District 5 Commissioner Jim Coletta, Vice Chair, is pleased to announce that the 90-acre Big Jim Bass Lake, located in his district east of Immokalee Road and north of Oil Well Road, is that much closer to being accessible to public fishing thanks to a gift to Collier County of an adjacent canal this month.
“Big Jim Lake offers a perfect setting for anglers. It’s a passion of mine to bring to the residents another recreational option. I have been working on this vision for several years. To see it actually get traction and move forward in a positive direction is truly an achievement,” said Commissioner Coletta about the man-made, fresh-water body.
Unofficially named Big Jim Bass Lake, the fishing spot will be part of the Collier County Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park which is now in the planning stages. In the future, pending funding availability, this now 132-acre park will include a community center, four soccer fields, three tennis courts, two racquetball courts, a three-acre large dog run, a two-acre small dog run, two volleyball courts, a playground, restrooms, walking trails and a launch for small boats with electric motors, canoes and kayaks.
The canal, part of the Orangetree Planned Unit Development (PUD), was donated to Collier County on Oct. 11, 2011 by Roberto Bollt; Big Jim Bass Lake, part of the Orange Blossom Ranch PUD, was donated to the county on Jan. 2, 2009 by Bryan Paul.
“This lake was formerly landlocked. Having legal access – a first step – is really an accomplishment of huge proportions,” said Commissioner Coletta. “It may take us some time but good things are worth the wait. I am persistent and patient. Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park will reach fruition…and so will Big Jim Bass Lake. I’ll never quit until my vision becomes reality and the citizens in that vicinity have a park.”
But it’s not open to the public quite yet. However, Commissioner Coletta said he’ll continue pushing plans to develop the Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park featuring Big Jim Bass Lake.
For more information, please contact Commissioner Coletta at 239-252-8097.