The town of Immokalee, which means ďmy homeĒ in Seminole, started out as a ranching town in the 1800ís, but has blossomed into the center of the regionís agricultural industry. The farms of Immokalee produce a significant portion of the nationís fresh produce, including tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, potatoes, citrus and more. Fresh and delicious blueberries are also available from March to May at the Harvest Blueberry U-Pick.
Immokalee will remain an agricultural center, but there are other highpoints of this historic town. The Seminole Indians have a rich history here and it can be experienced throughout. The Seminole Casino is a fun destination for video gaming, bingo and poker and is well known for its Seminole-themed restaurant. Lake Trafford is a 1,500-acre freshwater lake, which is an important element of the Everglades ecosystem, is renowned for fishing , and viewing wildlife. The Airboats tours that departing from Lake Trafford Marina give children and adults alike the thrill of seeing Floridaís famous Gators in action.
Immokalee is also soon to become home to Ave Maria, a designed community and University currently under development. Ave Maria will have a new Catholic university, Ave Maria University, at its core. The town is planned to have a population of 3,000 permanent residents and 5,000 students. This is a very exciting venture for the Immokalee area, and is already bringing further development in housing and entertainment for residents and visitors.
The unique mix of agriculture, quaint small town feel, and new development make Immokalee a very exciting place to find a home.