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Alexi C. Cardona

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Recent articles by Alexi:

Hurricane Irma: Two years later, creating a more resilient Immokalee

When Hurricane Irma charged across Southwest Florida, one of Collier County’s most vulnerable communities felt much of the brunt of the impact. → Read More

Taking flight: Collier NAACP sends students to National Flight Academy in Pensacola

The NAACP of Collier County is sending eight girls to a six-day summer program at the National Flight Academy in Pensacola. → Read More

Advocates decry, law enforcement defends 287(g) agreement with ICE in Collier County

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office and ICE held a public meeting Friday afternoon for Collier residents to share their concerns and opinions on the agreement, known as 287(g). → Read More

Nonprofit: No ICE arrests for now, but Immokalee residents still wary

Social services organizations haven't heard of Immokalee residents being arrested during operations planned across the United States last weekend. → Read More

ICE reported Friday in Immokalee, stoking fears of deportation

ICE is expected to begin deportation roundups across the country Sunday, but it is unclear whether their presence in Immokalee was related. → Read More

ICE agents reported in Immokalee ahead of expected deportations Sunday

An ICE spokeswoman would not provide details about agents' operations, and the Sheriff's Office said it was not assisting. → Read More

County takes over operations of Collier business accelerators

Collier County commissioners on Tuesday finalized the termination of a public-private partnership to operate the county’s two business accelerators. → Read More

Benison Center in Immokalee gives to community in good times and bad

After the cavalry of aid workers and disaster relief agencies came and went, Immokalee needed a hub for resources after Hurricane Irma battered the community. → Read More

CCSO investigates after developmentally disabled woman reportedly attacked on Collier County paratransit bus

Melanie Pericat and another passenger, also a developmentally disabled woman, were left unsupervised on the bus for an unknown amount of time during the incident. → Read More

Immokalee accelerator celebrates successes, eyes growth

The accelerator, which opened in March 2018, was designed to give food entrepreneurs a place to practice their craft, get help jumping through regulatory hoops to obtain food licenses and permits, make their products and secure funding for brick-and-mortar establishments and beyond. → Read More

Naples artist wants to bring public photo display to Immokalee

Immokalee residents could one day see their faces on a large public art display in the community’s public plaza and on a mobile exhibit. → Read More

After plenty of sleep this summer, Immokalee High School senior off to study forensic science

Christian Soriano-Reyes knows he shouldn’t make career choices based on TV shows, but 'CSI: Miami' has the Immokalee senior ready to pursue a career in forensic science. → Read More

Immokalee master plan moves forward with commission vote

Immokalee is one step closer to having a formal blueprint for its growth and development. → Read More

On Mother's Day, Daily News reporter Alexi Cardona reflects on her grandma's love

If there is one thing I have learned since her death, it’s to talk to the people you love about their lives. Listen to them. Learn their stories. → Read More

After addiction and loss, Seminole mother finds strength in family, customs and herself

Every time Dakota Osceola hit rock bottom, she had the will to get back up and a mom who stood by her with outstretched hands — no judgment, no shaming, no ultimatums. → Read More

Community baby shower in Immokalee offers support to expectant moms

More than 30 expectant mothers attended the 4th annual community baby shower at the Immokalee Boys & Girls Club on Thursday. → Read More

College-bound: Immokalee high school tutors celebrated for triumphs, earn scholarships

Twenty-five Immokalee High School students enrolled in the Guadalupe Center's Tutor Corps program were honored during a dinner and scholarship award ceremony. → Read More

Children's Advocacy Center tries to break a world record for National Child Abuse Awareness Month

The Children's Advocacy Center of Collier County has planted pinwheel gardens at the beach before. They've done it every April since 2016 to raise awareness about child abuse during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. → Read More

Growing gains: Taste of Immokalee expands to 200 Publix stores

The program that teaches high school students to leadership skills will expand its product sales to about 200 Publix stores in Florida by the end of May. → Read More

After loss of limbs and unborn son, woman holds on to hope for family home in Ave Maria

In March 2017, a deadly illness claimed Kayleigh Ferguson-Walker's limbs and the life of her unborn child, but it didn’t take away her will to fight. → Read More