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News Release
May 4, 2022
 
Fitch Upgrades Collier County Florida’s Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘AAA’ and its outstanding rated Special Obligation Bonds to ‘AA+’; Outlook Stable
In a report dated April 29, 2022, Fitch assigned its highest IDR to Collier County, Florida:
 
“The upgrade of the IDR to ‘AAA’ reflects Fitch’s expectations for the continuation of strong tax base, population and economic activity growth in the county, reflected in robust revenue, labor force and income gains. The IDR also reflects the county’s historically solid operating performance characterized by high independent revenue raising ability, solid expenditure flexibility and maintenance of sound reserve levels. The county also benefits from low long-term liabilities relative to the economic resource base.”
 
Credit ratings are important indicators of the credit worthiness of Collier County Government and the bonds it issues. A ‘AAA’ issuer rating enables Collier County to sell bonds at lower, more favorable interest rates, saving taxpayers millions of dollars over the life of the bonds.
 
“Together, the Clerk’s Finance and Accounting Department, County Administration and the Office of Management and Budget work diligently to secure the best possible ratings for our county,” said Clerk and Comptroller Crystal K. Kinzel. “I want to recognize the great cooperation to achieve these results for our taxpayers.”
 
View the full report here.
 
For more information, contact Derek Johnssen at (239) 252-7863.
 
 
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News Release
April 12, 2022
 
Collier Clerk's Office Presents Comprehensive Finanical Report to County Commissioners
At the Board of County Commissioners meeting held on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, the Office of the Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller presented commissioners with the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2021. Director of Finance Derek Johnssen led the discussion, which included a presentation by the independent certified audit firm of CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP.
 
Each year, the Clerk’s finance team produces the CAFR in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. The CAFR encompasses the entire financial operations for county government, including the constitutional officers. It serves as a valuable tool for assessing the county’s fiscal health and for long-term financial planning.
 
We take our stewardship of public funds very seriously,” said Clerk Crystal K. Kinzel. “Our goal with the CAFR is to provide transparent and thorough financial reporting to our citizens. Our finance team works with staff from the County and Constitutional Offices to achieve that goal. I encourage all residents to learn more about our government finances.”
 
The 2021 CAFR, which includes a clean audit opinion from the independent audit firm CliftonLarsonAllen, was unanimously accepted by county commissioners.
 
The 2021 CAFR is available for viewing at CollierClerk.com.
 
For more information, contact Derek Johnssen at (239) 252-7863.
 
2021 CAFR Report
 
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News Release
March 23, 2022
 
Collier Clerk's Office to Hold Operation Green Light
An opportunity to pay overdue fines, save money, and get the "green light" to legally get back on the road.
 
Saturday, April 9, 2022
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
The Office of the Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court will hold a driver license reinstatement event known as “Operation Green Light,” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at the newly opened Heritage Bay Government Center, 15450 Collier Blvd., Naples, Florida 34120.
 
During Operation Green Light, individuals whose driver license has been suspended as a penalty for unpaid fines are given the opportunity to pay those fines without having to pay additional collection fees. Once paid, those who meet eligibility requirements will advance to the next step toward license reinstatement. Staff from the Collier County Tax Collector’s office will be on hand to print new driver licenses.
 
The event was especially planned to take place on Saturday to accommodate working residents who are unable to take time off on weekdays. Individuals who are unable to pay the total amount owed at one-time are encouraged to speak to a deputy clerk about payment plan options.
 
A person is not eligible for license reinstatement through the Operation Green Light event if his/her driver license has been suspended or revoked due to the following reasons:
  • Failure to fulfill a court-ordered child support obligation;
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Failure to complete a required driver training course or alcohol/substance abuse program;
  • A traffic-related felony; or
  • Being a habitual traffic offender as defined in Florida Statute 322.264.
For more information, contact Mike Sheffield, Director, Community Relations and Outreach at (239) 252-6879 or Mike.Sheffield@CollierClerk.com.
 
 
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News Release
August 26, 2021
 
Disagree with the Assessed Value of Your Property?
Deadline to File with the Value Adjustment Board is September 10, 2021
 
Crystal K. Kinzel, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, would like to remind property owners that the deadline to file a petition with the Value Adjustment Board (VAB) is 5 p.m., Friday, September 10, 2021. The VAB hears appeals made by property owners who disagree with the assessment of their property's value, or with the denial of a property tax exemption or classification.
 
During the week of August 16, property owners received their 2021 Notice of Proposed Property Taxes, also called a Truth in Millage (TRIM) notice, from the Collier County Property Appraiser. Property owners in disagreement with any of the following found in the notice have options as authorized by Florida Statute Chapter 194:
  • The property appraiser's assessment of the property's value;
  • A denial of an application for an exemption, such as homestead, veterans, or senior citizen;
  • A denial of an application for property classification, such as agricultural or historic;
  • A denial of an application for tax deferral; or
  • A determination that a change of ownership or control, or a qualifying improvement has occurred.
Property owners who disagree with their property’s assessed value are encouraged to contact the Office of the Collier County Property Appraiser to discuss how the value was determined. If the disagreement remains unresolved, the property owner may file a petition to appeal the assessment with the VAB. The Office of Collier County Clerk receives and processes petitions and schedules hearings. Property owners may file online at www.CollierClerk.com or in person at the VAB Office, Building F, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 401, Naples, Florida 34112.
 
The fee for filing with the VAB is $15 per parcel. The deadline to file is 5 p.m., Sept. 10, 2021.
 
To speak with a representative from the Collier County Property Appraiser’s Office call (239) 252-8141. For more information about filing a petition with the Value Adjustment Board, call the Collier Clerk’s Office at (239) 252-7240.
 
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News Release
August 3, 2021
 
Sept. 1 is the Deadline to Claim Funds Listed in the Unclaimed Funds Public Notice
 
Pursuant to Florida Statute 116.21, a list of unclaimed funds in the possession of Crystal K. Kinzel, Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, was published in the July 31, 2021 edition of the Naples Daily News. Persons having or claiming interest in such funds shall file a written claim and make sufficient proof on or before Sept. 1, 2021, with the Clerk of the Circuit Court, P.O. Box 413044, Naples, FL 34101-3044. After such date, the unclaimed monies shall be declared forfeit. For more information contact the Clerk’s Accounting Department at (239) 252-2724.
 
Review the published list of unclaimed funds.
 
Review additional lists of unclaimed funds and learn how to submit a claim.
 
 
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News Release
June 22, 2021
 
Collier Residents Encouraged to Take Advantage of the 2021 Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday
July 1 - July 7
 
Thinking about buying a new bicycle? A new gas grill or fishing pole? Collier County Clerk Crystal K. Kinzel is encouraging residents to enjoy celebrating Independence Day with family and friends and to take advantage of the 2021 Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday that runs from Thursday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 7.
 
Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday provides Floridians with the opportunity to purchase a variety of outdoor recreational items without having to pay sales tax. The Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday applies to purchases of outdoor recreational items including bicycles, barbeque grills, boating supplies, camping equipment, fishing equipment, sports equipment and water activity supplies including kayaks and canoes. The sales tax holiday also applies to admission to entertainment-based events including concerts, festivals, movies, sporting events and theatrical performances.
 
Qualified items purchased on the internet are also tax-exempt when the order is accepted during the sales tax holiday period. However, residents are encouraged to support our local economy by shopping locally. All businesses are reminded that they are responsible for correctly exempting qualifying items.
 
For more information about the 2021 Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday, or to view the full list of qualifying sales tax free items, visit www.floridarevenue.com.
 
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News Release
June 3, 2021
 
Collier Clerk's Office to Hold a Job Fair
Saturday, June 12, 2021
9:00 a.m. - noon
 
The Office of the Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller will hold a Job Fair from 9 a.m. – noon, Saturday, June 12, at the North Collier Government Services Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples, Florida 34109.
 
Collier Clerk Crystal Kinzel and her department directors are looking to fill mission-critical positions in court operations, customer service, data entry, finance, and information technology. This event is open to anyone in the job market and will be especially beneficial for recent high school and college graduates. Those interested in attending may stop in anytime between 9 a.m. and noon.
 
Attendees will meet directly with hiring managers and should be prepared to talk about their skills, experience, and career goals. Those interested in applying for a position may do so on-the-spot or online at www.CollierClerk.com.
 
The Collier County Clerk and Comptroller provides a wide range of services and programs to the public and performs over 1,000 constitutional and statutory functions for the court system and county government.
 
Anyone who requires reasonable accommodations to participate in the job fair should contact the Collier Clerk’s office no later than 48 hours before the start of the event. Reasonable accommodations will be provided at no cost to the individual. To request such accommodations, or for more information about the Job Fair, contact Mike Sheffield, Director of Community Relations, (239) 252-6879 or Mike.Sheffield@CollierClerk.com.
 
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News Release
March 16, 2021
 
Beware of Jury Duty Scam
 
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court are reminding residents not to fall victim to the jury duty scam.
 
The scam typically involves a telephone call from someone claiming to be a law enforcement officer or court official. The caller states that a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you have failed to show for jury duty. The only way to avoid arrest and incarceration is to immediately pay a fine by credit card, prepaid debit cards/gift cards, or money transfer.
 
If you protest that you never received a jury summons, the scammer asks for your Social Security number and date of birth, claiming to need it to cancel the arrest warrant. However, the personal information that you divulge may be used to commit additional fraud.
 
Remember: Neither law enforcement nor court clerks will ever contact you by telephone or email about missed jury duty or call you to collect payment of a fine by any method including credit card or prepaid debit cards/gift cards. To protect yourself do not reply to the email or voicemail. Unless you have initiated contact, never give out your personal or financial information to anyone.
 
This scam can take other forms, including impersonating the IRS, your bank, utilities, and many other legitimate organizations. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the Collier County Clerk’s Office encourage residents to report this type of activity immediately. For assistance with any suspicious encounter involving a request for money or personal information, contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s “Call Before You Pay” hotline – (239) 252-CALL (2255). The hotline is staffed Monday through Friday by a deputy in the Financial Crimes Bureau.
 
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News Release
March 9, 2021
 
Reminder from the Collier Clerk's Office:
Sunshine Week is March 15-21
A Time to Celebrate Government Transparency and the People’s Right to Access Public Meetings and Records
 
 
Lots of bright sunny days are in the forecast for Southwest Florida, but “Sunshine Week” is not about our beautiful weather.
 
Sunshine Week (March 15-21, 2021) is observed annually in Collier County to promote the importance of open government and to celebrate the people’s right to access public meetings and public records. The observance, which is held in mid-March to coincide with the anniversary of James Madison’s birth, serves as a reminder that a well-informed citizenry is essential in order to have an honest and accountable government. At their meeting held on March 9, 2021, Collier County Commissioners recognized the week with a proclamation.
 
“Sunshine week is an opportunity for all those in local government to reaffirm our commitment to providing our citizens with open, transparent and honest governmental operations,” said Clerk Crystal Kinzel. “Year round, but especially during Sunshine Week, I encourage residents to be active, engaged members of our community.”

The Office of the Collier County Clerk is responsible for recording, safeguarding, and providing access to public records, including:

  • Court judgements and other court records
  • Official land records such as deeds and liens
  • Wills and marriage licenses
  • Financial records and audits
  • Minutes and records of the Board of County Commissioners
Public access to records is not limited to weekday office hours; thousands of records can easily be viewed and printed day or night at www.CollierClerk.com. While providing quick and easy access to public records is among our highest priorities, the Collier Clerk’s Office is also committed to protecting from disclosure all legally confidential, sealed, and exempt information in accordance with statutes and court orders.
 
For more information, contact Mike Sheffield, Director of Community Relations and Outreach at (239) 252-6879.
 
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News Release
February 1, 2021

Need Documentation to Prove Florida Residency?  Print a Copy of your Deed or Mortgage at CollierClerk.com
 
Residents seeking “proof of residency” documentation for the COVID-19 vaccine are reminded that the Collier County Clerk’s office is the recorder of Official Land Records, including deeds and mortgages, and those records are available to the public for free on the Clerk’s website, www.CollierClerk.com.
 
The statewide public health directive that prioritizes Floridians for the COVID-19 vaccine requires recipients to demonstrate proof of residency prior to the first dose. Residents without a valid Florida driver license or valid Florida identification card must provide two forms of acceptable documentation consistent with the criteria set forth in Florida Statute 381.986(5)(b). Copies of deeds and mortgages are among those documents identified in the statute as acceptable.
 
The Collier County Clerk’s office provides the public with access to a free online database of Official Records, which is accessible from the convenience of your own home via our website. Copies of documents can easily be viewed, saved, and printed. In addition to deeds and mortgages, the database includes, but is not limited to, liens, subdivision plats, declarations of domicile, declarations of condominium, and mortgage/lien satisfactions.

Follow these steps to search for and print your deed and/or mortgage:

  1. Go to www.CollierClerk.com. On the homepage, click Records Search
  2. Click the link, Official/Land Records found toward the middle of the page
  3. In the box titled Official Record (upper left-hand) click Document Search
  4. Enter your name as it appears on the deed or mortgage (last, first). You do not need to enter a document number.
  5. For Document Type, click the box(s) for Deed and/or Mortgage
  6. Click Search (lower right-hand)
  7. A list of documents matching the search criteria will display
  8. Locate your deed and/or mortgage. Click the Adobe PDF icon on the left-hand margin to display the document information.
  9. To print a copy, right-click on your mouse and click Print. To save the document to your computer, double click on the document – it will change color - then right-click. Select save image as or copy image.
Residents without computer access can purchase copies at the Clerk’s office for a small fee. Visit us at our main office or any of our six branch locations during regular business hours. A list of office locations can be found on our website, www.CollierClerk.com.
 
For more information, contact Mike Sheffield, Director of Community Relations and Outreach at (239) 252-6879.
 
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News Release
January 28, 2021

Collier County Clerk's Office to Hold Operation Green Light
A One-Day Opportunity to Restore Suspended Driving Privileges and Save Money
 
Friday, February 26, 2021
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
 
Do you have a suspended driver license? Past due traffic ticket or court costs?  We want to help you save money and legally get back behind the wheel. The office of Collier County Clerk Crystal K. Kinzel will hold "Operation Geen Light," a one-day-only opportunity for those who have lost driving privileges as a consequence of unpaid fines, to pay those overdue costs without having to pay additional collection fees. Operation Green Light will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, February 26, at the Golden Gate Government Services Center, 4715 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples FL, 34116.
 
Once overdue costs are paid, individuals who meet all eligibility requirements will be able to restore their driving privileges. The Collier County Tax Collector’s office will be on hand to process new licenses.
 
“For this one-day event, the extra collection agency fees won’t be assessed,” said Clerk Kinzel. “This is a great opportunity to pay your overdue bill, save some money, and get back on the road – legally. If you’re experiencing financial hardship and can’t pay the full amount at one time, please talk to us about the flexible payment plans that we have available.”

A person is not eligible for reinstatement by the Clerk’s office if his/her driver license or driving privilege has been suspended or revoked due to:

  • Failure to fulfill a court-ordered child support obligation;
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI);
  • Failure to complete a required driver training program, driver improvement course, or alcohol or substance abuse education or evaluation program;
  • A traffic-related felony; or
  • Being a habitual traffic offender as defined in Florida Statute 322.264.
 
For more information, contact Mike Sheffield at (239) 252-6879 or Mike.Sheffield@CollierClerk.com.
 
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News Release
December 21, 2020

Collier County Clerk's Office
Awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
 
Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Crystal K. Kinzel has proudly announced that her office has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award was achieved in recognition of the clear financial reporting and “spirit of transparency and full disclosure” demonstrated in the 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) which was produced by the Clerk’s Finance and Accounting Department.
 
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment. However, this isn’t the first time that the Collier Clerk’s Office has received this honor; it’s been achieved every year since 1986.
 
"We take our stewardship of public funds very seriously, and we are honored to receive this prestigious award once again,” said Clerk Kinzel. “Our goal with the CAFR is to provide transparent and thorough financial reporting to our citizens, and our finance team works hard to achieve that goal.”
 
The CAFR encompasses the entire financial operations of county government, and it serves as a valuable tool for assessing the county’s fiscal health and for long-term financial planning. The 2019 CAFR is available for viewing on the Clerk’s website, www.CollierClerk.com.
 
For more information, contact Mike Sheffield, Director of Community Relations and Outreach at (239) 252-6879 or Mike.Sheffield@CollierClerk.com.
 
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News Release
September 18, 2020

National Financial Experts:
Collier's Credit Position is Superior and Among the Best in the Nation
 
As the COVID-19 health crisis continues to cause an unprecedented global economic slowdown, two of the world’s largest credit rating surveillance agencies, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings, report excellent financial health for Collier County.
 
Moody’s Investors Service has assigned an Aaa General Obligation rating to Collier County, which is the credit agency’s highest credit rating. Moody’s most recent analysis found no “material immediate credit risks for Collier County” and identified the county’s ratings outlook as stable. In a summary issued on August 21, 2020, Moody’s wrote, “The credit position for Collier County is superior. Its Aaa rating is higher than the median rating of Aa2 for US counties. The financial position of the county is robust and is aligned with the assigned rating of Aaa.”
 
Some of the key factors identified by Moody’s for assigning their highest rating include the county’s robust financial position and substantial tax base. The Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Finance team is responsible for managing and accounting for public funds held by the Board of County Commissioners, including the investment of surplus funds and financial reporting on debt.
 
Fitch Ratings specifically reviewed $61.8 million in outstanding Tourist Development Tax Revenue Bonds - Series 2018, and their rating was affirmed at AA+. The AA+ rating is a revised upgraded rating that moves the bonds outlook position from negative to stable. In a summary issued by Fitch on September 3, 2020, one of the key factors identified for the upgraded rating was solid expectations of long-term growth in the county. The revenue bonds reviewed by Fitch were issued to construct the county’s new tournament-caliber amateur sports complex.
 
Fitch Ratings specifically reviewed $61.8 million in outstanding Tourist Development Tax Revenue Bonds - Series 2018, and their rating was affirmed at AA+. The AA+ rating is a revised upgraded rating that moves the bonds outlook position from negative to stable. In a summary issued by Fitch on September 3, 2020, one of the key factors identified for the upgraded rating was solid expectations of long-term growth in the county. The revenue bonds reviewed by Fitch were issued to construct the county’s new tournament-caliber amateur sports complex.
 
Having the Aaa and AA+ ratings enables Collier County to sell long-term bonds at the most favorable rates, saving taxpayers millions of dollars over the life of the bonds.
 
“Working together, the County’s Office of Management and Budget and the Clerk’s Finance and Accounting Department work diligently to secure the high-level ratings for our county,” said Clerk Crystal K. Kinzel. “I want to recognize the great cooperation to achieve these results for the taxpayers.”
 
For more information, contact Derek Johnssen, Director of Finance and Accounting at (239) 252-7863.
 
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News Release
September 16, 2020

Jury Trials to Resume in Collier County...Slowly and Cautiously

After a suspension of jury trials that has lasted for seven months, jury trials will slowly and cautiously resume in Collier County beginning in October.
 
In response to the public health emergency, the Florida Supreme Court and the 20th Judicial Circuit suspended or limited in-person procedures and services including criminal and civil jury trials. Using a four-phased transitioning timeline, the 20th Judicial Circuit is gradually authorizing the resumption of services, which includes a handful of felony and misdemeanor jury trials in Collier County beginning Oct. 6.
 
The Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court will mail juror summonses for two upcoming jury trials that are scheduled to be held in October. A jury summons is a court order directing a citizen to appear in court for potential jury service.
 
“We are moving forward! Jury trials are a vital part of our justice system and it’s great to see them restored in Collier County,” said Clerk Crystal Kinzel. “If you receive a summons, know that you are crucial to the restoration of our court system. I am grateful for your service.”
 
People entering the courthouse, including potential jurors, are required to follow mandatory safety measures ordered by the Chief Judge. Those measures include wearing a face mask at all times, a brief health screening that will include a temperature scan, and maintaining six feet social distancing. To learn more about the COVID-19 courthouse safety measures, the public is encouraged to view an informational video produced by staff in the Collier Clerk’s Office. A link to the video can also be found on CollierClerk.com.
 
The 20th Judicial Circuit has authorized COVID-19 related juror excusals and postponements to enhance juror safety, mitigate the spread of the virus, and address hardships related to the pandemic.
 

Prospective jurors who indicate (subject to penalty of perjury) that they meet any of the criteria listed below may request a COVID-19 related excusal:

  • Prospective juror does not meet the court's screening requirements for courthouse entry;
  • Prospective juror is at higher risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 infection;
  • Prospective juror must care for a child or relative whose regular care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19;
  • Prospective juror is receiving leave pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Prospective jurors who indicate (subject to penalty of perjury) that they meet any of the criteria below may request a COVID-19 related postponement:

  • Prospective juror recently returned to work after being unemployed due to COVID-19;
  • Prospective juror has suffered a financial or personal loss due to COVID-19 that makes it a hardship to perform jury service.
 
For more information, contact Mike Sheffield at (239) 252-6879. To view up-to-date juror information, visit the Clerk’s Jury Duty page.
 
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News Release
August 11, 2020

Clerk Kinzel Receives Certificate of Appreciation from Sheriff Rambosk for Her
Contributions Combatting Identity Theft and Fraud in Collier County

On Monday, August 10, Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Crystal K. Kinzel was presented with a certificate of appreciation from Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, in recognition of her innovative and proactive approach to combatting identity theft and fraud in Collier County by providing citizens with the free Risk Alert Notification Program.
 
“By providing the Risk Alert Notification Service to property owners, Clerk Kinzel has given our residents a means to easily monitor their property records for fraudulent activity,” said Sheriff Rambosk. “This is a significant contribution in our efforts to combat identify theft and fraud in Collier County, and Clerk Kinzel and her team are to be commended.”
 
Earlier this year, the Collier Clerk’s Office launched the Risk Alert Notification Program, which is a free service designed to help property owners monitor and protect their property records from property fraud. Property fraud can be committed in a number of ways when a scammer files a phony property document, such as a deed, to make it appear as if they own property that is not theirs, and then they often deceive people into giving them money to buy or rent the property, or deceive banks into giving them a loan.
 
Subscribers to the Risk Alert Notification Program will receive an email alert if a deed, mortgage or other record matching the subscriber’s name is recorded in the Official Records of Collier County. Subscribers can then determine whether the activity was legitimately initiated, or if a scammer is committing fraud. If fraud did occur, the subscriber can quickly take the next steps with law enforcement agencies.
 
“As criminals evolve in their methods to commit crimes, we must also evolve in our methods to meet those threats,” said Clerk Crystal Kinzel. “The Clerk’s Office is proud to work in partnership with the Sheriff’s Office to fight fraud and protect our residents and I am grateful to Sheriff Rambosk for this recognition.”
 
Over 800 residents and businesses have already subscribed to the free service. Those interested in subscribing will find a link to the online registration form on the homepage of the Clerk’s website, www.CollierClerk.com. For more information, contact Mike Sheffield, Director of Community Relations and Outreach at (239) 252-6879.
 
Rambosk and CKK Identity Theft 2020 Aug 14
 
 
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News Release
July 31, 2020

Collier Clerk's Office Seeks Rightful Owners of Millions in Uncashed Checks

Everyone likes to find forgotten money - a $10 bill in the pocket of an old pair of pants; an overlooked $20 tucked inside a pocketbook. But did you know that you might also find money that belongs to you at the Collier Clerk’s Office? Just look for your name on the Clerk’s lists of outstanding checks, and if it’s there, hurry and claim your money.
 
Collier Clerk Crystal Kinzel wants you to know that lists of outstanding checks held by the Clerk’s Office and the Board of County Commissioners have been compiled and are available for viewing on the Clerk’s website, CollierClerk.com – Unclaimed Monies. As of June 30, the combined total was over $8.9 million in outstanding checks payable to individuals and businesses for reasons that include jury duty compensation, court fees and vendor payments. The checks, in various amounts ranging from $1 to over $1 million, were either received by the recipient but never cashed, or were returned by the post office because the addressee moved without providing a forwarding address.
 
“This money belongs to our citizens, and we want them to have what is rightfully theirs,” said Clerk Crystal Kinzel. “Whether you are an individual or business, please make sure to look for your name on the unclaimed checks lists and help us by spreading the word to others. We would love to see this money returned to its owners.”
 
If your name appears and you believe that you have a valid claim to funds, follow the directions to complete the appropriate affidavit. Claimants must sufficiently prove ownership which includes providing a valid government issued photo identification and a notarized affidavit.
 
The lists of unclaimed funds, instructions, blank affidavit forms, and a link to unclaimed funds held by the State of Florida (www.fltreasurehunt.gov) can be found on the Clerk’s website, www.CollierClerk.com - Unclaimed Monies.
 
For more information, contact Mike Sheffield, Director of Community Relations, at (239) 252-6979.
 
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News Release
June 22, 2020

Tax Collector Larry Ray and Clerk Crystal Kinzel,
Announce the Relocation of the
Eagle Creek Government Services Satellite Office

Customers in southern Collier County will benefit by the new, larger location, especially during the busy winter months. Collier County Tax Collector Larry Ray and Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Crystal K. Kinzel are pleased to announce the relocation of the Eagle Creek Government Services Satellite Office to a larger location. Formerly located at the Shops At Eagle Creek near the intersection of Tamiami Trail East/Collier Blvd., the new office is located south of the intersection, at 6654 Collier Blvd., in front of the Walmart Superstore.
 
To better serve residents, the Tax Collector and the Clerk routinely co-locate services at satellite locations across the county. The Eagle Creek office, which is especially busy during the winter high season, serves southern Collier County, including residents in Marco Island and Goodland, and communities that include Eagle Creek, Fiddler’s Creek, Hammock Bay, Isles of Capri, Lely/Lely Resort, Naples Heritage, Naples Lakes, Naples Manor, Treviso Bay and Verona Walk.
 
“I don’t think we could have found a better location for our customers and for our team members,” said Collier County Tax Collector Larry Ray. "The new location is larger and has more customer service windows, which will increase our service capacity. We want our customers to be in and out as quickly as possible, especially during peak season.”
 
“This new bright location offers enough space to serve our residents living in the growing communities to the south,” said Collier Clerk Crystal Kinzel. “Because our county is so vast, our goal is to bring first-class services to our citizens in the neighborhoods where they live. We’re very excited to greet residents at this new location.”
 
The new office is now open and offering all the same services as before, including:
 
Tax Collector Services:
  • Partial driver license services (no testing)
  • Motor vehicle registration
  • Acceptance of property tax payments
  • Registration services for boats/vessels
  • Hunting & fishing license services
Clerk of Court Services:
  • Acceptance of payments for court fines and traffic citations
  • Recording of Notices of Commencement and Declarations of Domicile
  • Passport application services (available 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • Marriage license services (available 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • Marriage ceremonies (by appointment 239-252-2654)
The Eagle Creek Government Satellite Office is located at 6654 Collier Blvd. Naples FL, 34114, south of the intersection of Tamiami Trail East/Collier Blvd., in front of the Walmart Supercenter.  Office hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday.
 
For more information, contact Mike Sheffield at (239) 252-6879.
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News Release
May 28, 2020

Collier Clerk Opens New Customer Service Counter at the Tax Collector's Driver License Facility on Airport Road


Collier Clerk Crystal K. Kinzel is pleased to announce that residents visiting the Tax Collector’s Driver License Facility on Airport Road can now pay traffic citations, pay court ordered fines, establish payment plans, submit documents for Official Recording, apply for a marriage license, and more.
 
The facility, located at 725 Airport Rd., across from the Naples Municipal Airport, has been a busy location for several years, providing residents with driver license and vehicle registration services. The Tax Collector and the Clerk routinely co-locate services at satellite locations to better serve the people of Collier County, and with the addition of Clerk services at the Airport Road location, a convenient “one-stop” facility is provided.
 
“Some of the Tax Collector’s customers seeking a driver license or vehicle registration may have outstanding costs for traffic citations or other court payments. Until now they have had to drive to the courthouse or another satellite office to pay their fines and then return to the Driver’s License facility to complete the process,” said Clerk Kinzel. “Co-locating services at this location simply makes sense and will help the people we serve get through some of the red tape a bit easier.”
 
A current employee of the Clerk’s office has been assigned to the new service counter so there will be no additional personnel costs. Clerk services were previously offered at this location until budget cuts during the economic downturn of 2008-2009 caused some expanded services to be discontinued.
 
Beginning Monday, June 1, walk-in services offered at this location include:
  • Acceptance of court ordered payments;
  • Acceptance of traffic citation payments;
  • Payment plan arrangements;
  • Recording of Notices of Commencement and Declarations of Domicile;
  • Marriage license services, and more. 
Passport services are not yet available at this location because the U.S. Department of State has limited its passport operations during the pandemic.
 
The Driver License facility is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. This location brings the number of conveniently located customer service counters provided by the Clerk to seven, as follows:
 
Main Office
Gov. Center/Courthouse
3315 Tamiami Trail E.
Naples, FL 34112
 
Satellite Offices
Golden Gate Gov. Center
4715 Golden Gate Parkway
Naples, FL 34116
 
Immokalee
106 South First Street
Immokalee, FL 34142
 
North Collier Government Center
2335 Orange Blossom Drive
Naples, FL 34109
 
Everglades City Hall
102 Copeland Ave. N.
Everglades City, FL 34139
 
Eagle Creek-Now at the new location next to the Walmart Superstore
6654 Collier Boulevard
Naples, FL 34114
 
Driver's License Facility- New, beginning June 1
725 Airport Road South
Naples, FL 34104
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