Sunshine Week Celebrating Government Transparency
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 quicky 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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