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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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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. 

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