Lee Clerk reopens June 1 with increased safety measures
FORT MYERS, FLA (May 29, 2020) – Lee County Clerk Linda Doggett has announced her offices will resume in-person court and official records services starting 8 a.m. Monday, June 1 at the Lee County Justice Center and Administration Building in downtown Fort Myers. All other locations will remain closed.
“Even though our court and recording offices are reopening, we highly encourage customers to continue using online services when possible,” Doggett said. “New safety measures, in accordance with the CDC and state orders, have been implemented at the Justice Center, which may cause long lines outside the building.”
For the safety of customers and employees, the Clerk’s office has installed plexiglass shields and removed lobby chairs in all customer service areas. To help customers comply with social distancing requirements, floor decals have also been installed.
Customers entering the Court House are now required to wear face masks or face coverings, maintain six feet of distance from others, and have their temperatures checked. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees will not be permitted to enter the building. Only customers with court business will be given access and a limited number will be allowed in the lobbies. Customers will be able to file case documents, pay traffic tickets and court fines, and conduct other court-related business.
Customers who need to record mortgages, deeds or other official records, may continue to e-record at LeeClerk.org or mail them to Recording Office, P.O. Box 2278, Fort Myers, FL 33902. Documents may also be dropped off on the first floor of the Administration Building or use in-person services on the second floor of 2115 Second Street in Fort Myers. Couples may apply for a marriage license or have a wedding ceremony performed virtually or in our office by appointment only. Details available at LeeClerk.org.
Only customers with Official Records business will be given access to the second floor and in compliance with social distancing only 17 customers will be permitted at any one time. The public is required to wear masks or face coverings when entering the premises. All others, including children when possible, must remain outside the building.
Tourist Development Tax payments can be submitted online, mailed to Tourist Development Tax Collections, P.O. Box 2257, FM 33902 or dropped off at the City/County Annex Building, 1825 Hendry St., 1st floor, Fort Myers. To schedule an appointment call 239-533-2190 or email TouristTax@leeclerk.org.
The Lee County Justice Center is located at 2075 Dr. MLK Blvd., the Administration Building is located at 2115 Second St. and the City/County Annex Building at 1825 Hendry St, . all in downtown Fort Myers.
For more information about the Clerk’s in-person and online services or social distancing guidelines, please visit LeeClerk.org.
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The Florida Constitution established the Clerk of the Circuit Court as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Linda Doggett is directly elected by and accountable to Lee County residents. In addition to the role of Clerk of the Circuit Court, the Clerk is the County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, and the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Lee County.
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