In recognition of 2017 Sunshine Week (March 12-18), the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers pledged their continued support of open government and the accountable, transparent processes used in their offices statewide.

Florida’s Sunshine Laws are among the strongest in the nation, giving every citizen access to the information necessary for participating in the democratic process. These laws protect a citizen’s right to know how government operates, making information such as public events, government meeting minutes, and court proceedings available to all.

“As Constitutional Officers and public trustees, we hold our offices to a high standard and know that providing citizens access to public information ensures dependability, clarity, and openness in government,” stated Lee County Clerk and Comptroller Linda Doggett. “Our recognition of Sunshine Week serves to reaffirm the commitment we have to uphold open government in all of Florida’s 67 counties and defend each citizen’s right to know.”

 Clerks and Comptrollers not only provide access to financial information and official records, but also perform audits to ensure that tax dollars are being used correctly to guarantee efficiency, transparency, and oversight of government. They also have an integral role in public safety through the prompt transmission of criminal justice information and court-related mental health records required for background checks and weapon permitting.

Clerk Linda Doggett has scheduled two public seminars – The Value of Searching Public Records and Online Services – to educate the community on how to search public records and better understand the information available. Join us on:

 Friday – May 5, 2017

Cape Coral Library

921 SW 39 Terrace, Cape Coral 33914

1:30pm – 3:30pm

Wednesday – October 25, 2017

Lakes Regional Library

15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 33919

1:30pm – 3:30pm 

Understanding Tax Certificate and Tax Deed Sales

Saturday – March 18, 2017

Lee County Election Center (across from Bell Tower)

13180 S. Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers

10:00am – 12:30pm

Reservations are not required. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis for all seminars.

For more information contact Rita Miller, Community Relations Manager at RMiller@LeeClerk.org or call 239-533-2766.

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