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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
PUBLIC RECORDS
What is a Public Record Request?

A public records request is a request to either inspect or copy or both, public records pursuant to
Chapter 119, Florida Statutes. There is no requirement that the request be made in person or in writing, or be in any particular form. The person making the request is not required to identify himself/herself, or to provide information about the reason for the request or how the records will be used. The request must be clear enough to enable the City to conduct a meaningful search. The City may ask questions about the request in order to respond to the request fully and in a timely manner. The City of Naples acknowledges that access to information is a fundamental and necessary right of every citizen of Naples.
  
Where can I request a Public Record?
Requests for public records are submitted to the City Clerk by phone (239)213-1015, in person (735 8th Street South, 1st floor) or in writing submitting a Records Request
Form. The charge for single sided photocopies on letter sized paper is $.15 per page or $.20 per page for double sided copies (no charge to small public records request up to $5.00 of copying charges per day). Other photocopies are available at varying prices dependent upon size and format. Audio records are available at no cost. See Resolution No. 16-13789 for further details. 

Please note that the City does not have copies of birth or death certificates, divorce decrees or accident reports - please contact Collier County main number 239-252-8999 for this information.

What is the Florida Statutes, Chapter 119?
The Florida Public Records Chapter 119 is designed to give the public access to records in the possession of public agencies. 

CITY COUNCIL
How do I find out about a law or an ordinance in the City?
The City of Naples/Municipal Code is a collection of the current legislation adopted by the City Council. You can access the
 Municipal Code online. Additionally, a hard copy of the Code of Ordinances is located at the City Clerk's Office, City Hall.

When and where does the City Council meet?
City Hall 
City Council regular meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month and workshops are held on the 3rd Monday of each month in the Council Chamber, at City Hall, 735 8th Street South, Naples, Florida. Sessions begin at 8:30 am. Agendas are prepared listing the topics to be discussed. Click 
here to access agendas online.  

If you wish to speak at a City Council meeting, please fill out and return a speaker registration, available in the Council Chamber, and return it to the City Clerk. For more information on speaking at a Council meeting, please see the FAQ entitled, "How do I address the City Council?"

Are the Council meetings televised?
  
The City of Naples, Florida broadcasts
live meetings and replays on local Comcast Cable Channel 98, as well as Streaming Video on the internet for both live and archived meetings. Our television channel also broadcasts current information with regard to upcoming meeting schedules, agendas for those meetings, current City of Naples job openings and other current information. The City of Naples television channel is managed through the Technology Services department. If you have questions or suggestions about our services, you can contact the Technology Services department at 239-213-5100.

How do I address the City Council?   
Members of the public may speak in front of the City Council either under “Public Comments” or on an item that is listed under “Public Hearings.” “Public Comment” is limited to items which are under the Council’s jurisdiction. The Florida Sunshine Law prohibits Council from acting on any matter that is not on the agenda. It is the policy of Council to refer such matters to staff for investigation and/or action. Speakers are requested to fill out a “Request to Speak” form located on the table by the door and hand it to staff; or if you prefer, complete an electronic Request to Speak Form. Speakers are limit to three minutes each. 

May I speak in front of a Closed Session meeting?
By State law, Closed Session meetings are not open to the public. Members of the public may address the City Council at their regular meetings during the Public Comment periods.         

What will be discussed at a Council meeting?
Upcoming Council meeting agendas are available online
here.   
    
Who are my elected officials?
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Bottom row pictured left to right: City Clerk Patricia Rambosk, Council Member Michelle McLeod, Mayor Bill Barnett, Council Member Ellen Seigel, and Council Member Sam J. Saad III. 
Top row pictured left to right: City Attorney Robert Pritt, Council Member Reg Buxton, Council Member Doug Finlay, City Manager A. William Moss and Vice-Mayor Linda Penniman.


The City of Naples has a seven-member City Council consisting of a Mayor and six Council members who are nonpartisan and elected at large. Serving four-year terms, City Council members and the Mayor are limited to two consecutive terms per the City Charter
The City Manager and the City Clerk are appointed by the City Council. General Municipal Elections are held in February of even years.
 
How can I reach a member of the City Council?
You can call the Mayor’s Office at (239) 213-1000 and your message will be forward to the Council Member you are trying to reach, or you can phone them directly. Click here to access Council contact.

CITY CLERK
What are the duties of the City Clerk?
The City Clerk is the custodian of the official records of the City of Naples, records and maintains all proceedings of the City Council, appointed boards, committees and commissions of the City, prepares minutes for each, and processes all legislation (ordinances and resolutions) for filing. The City Clerk provides information to the public upon request from these documents as well as provides assistance to all persons, upon request, in accessing nonexempt City records, in conformance with state laws. In addition, the Clerk’s Office directs the retention program for all City records and operates the City’s in-house Records Management Center, and periodically engages in research projects (supplying historical information) for others in the organization. The City Clerk reports directly to the City Council.

OFFICIAL RECORDS
How can I view previous or current City Council meetings, agenda and/or minutes?
Staff reports, minutes and back-up materials for Council and Boards and Committees are available for review at the City’s website. For assistance, please call the City Clerk's office at (239) 213-1015. Also, meetings are broadcast live on local cable Comcast Cable Channel 98, as well as Streaming Video on the internet for both live and archived meetings. Our television channel also broadcasts current information with regard to upcoming meeting schedules, agendas for those meetings, current City of Naples job openings and other current information. The City of Naples television channel is managed through the Technology Services department. If you have questions or suggestions, you can contact the Technology Services department at 239-213-5100.

LEGISLATION
Where can I obtain a copy of an Ordinance or Resolution?
Copies of ordinances and resolutions approved by the City Council are available at the City of Naples
website. You may also obtain a copy at the City Clerk’s office, City Hall, 735 8th Street South and/or call the City Clerk’s office at 239-213-1015.

BOARDS AND COMMITTEES         
How can I serve on a Board or Committee?
                   
The City Council seeks nominations/applications of citizens interested in serving as vacancies arise. Current Boards and Committees, who are filled by appointment, are:
  • Board of Directors of Carver Finance, Inc.
  • Citizen Police Review Board
  • Code Enforcement Board
  • Collier County Contractors Licensing Board
  • Collier County Coastal Advisory Committee
  • Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board
  • Community Services Advisory Board
  • Design Review Board
  • East Naples Bay Citizens Advisory Comm.
  • MPO Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Moorings Bay Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Pension Boards
  • Planning Advisory Board
  • Public Art Advisory Committee
  • Unless otherwise specified, all members of boards and committees must meet city residency requirements and are subject to state and local ethics laws; some are also subject to State of Florida financial disclosure requirements. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Application forms are available from the City Clerk's Office website, or will be emailed or faxed upon request. For further information, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (239)213-1015.
     
    When and where do the various Boards and Committees meet?
    Board of Directors of Carver Finance, Inc. At least annually - At least annually (October)
    Citizens's Police Review Board At least annually - (City Council Chamber)
    Code Enforcement 4th Thursday - 2:00 p.m. (City Council Chamber)
    Collier County Contractors Licensing Board 3rd Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. (County Commission Chamber)
    Collier County Coastal Advisory Committee 2nd Thursday - 1:30 p.m. (County Commission Chamber)
    Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board 4th Monday - 9:00 a.m. (City Council Chamber)
    Community Services Advisory Board 2nd Tuesday - 8:30 a.m. (City Council Chamber)
    Design Review Board 4th Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. (City Council Chamber)
    East Naples Bay Citizens Advisory Committee 2nd Monday - 9:00 a.m. (City Council Chamber)
    MPO Citizens Advisory Committee 4th Monday - 2:00 p.m. (2885 Horseshoe Drive South)
    Moorings Bay Citizens Advisory Committee 3rd Tuesday - 9:00 a.m. (City Council Chamber)
    Pension Boards Quarterly/1st Friday - 8:30 a.m. (Feb, May, Aug, Dec) (City Council Chamber
    Planning Advisory Board 2nd Wednesday - 8:30 a.m. (City Council Chamber)
    Public Art Advisory Committee 4th Tuesday - 3:00 p.m. (City Council Chamber)

    ELECTION
    How do I run for office (Mayor, City Council)?
     
      
    Voters in the City of Naples select the following elected officials: (1 position) Mayor and (6 positions) City Councilmembers.    

    During election years, candidate manuals are prepared by October for those seeking elected office. The next regularly scheduled election will be February, 2018. For further information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (239)213-1015.

    What are the Voter Registration Requirements?   
    All voters must be 18 years old on or before the election, citizens of the United States and legal residents of City of Naples. Voter registration forms are available on-line at the Collier County 
    Supervisor of Elections. Registered voters who move must notify the Registrar of any change in name or address. For further information, contact the Supervisor of Elections at (239) 252-8450.

    How do I apply for an Absentee Ballot?          
    Absentee voting by mail is allowed for all registered voters. To obtain an application, contact the Collier County
    Supervisor of Elections office on-line or by phone (239) 252-8450.
              
    How do I find my polling place?
    Polling places may differ from election to election, and you should check with the Collier County
    Supervisor of Elections at (239) 252-8450 to find out where you vote for a particular election. Your polling place is also listed on your sample ballot for easy reference.

    OTHER MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION?
    City Clerk’s Office (239-213-1015,
    www.naplesgov.com) 

    • Agendas, Meeting Packets, Video Recordings and Minutes for City Council and City Boards/Committees
    • Action Reports for City Council and City Planning Advisory Board
    • City Ordinances and Resolutions
    • Agreements and Contracts
    • City Code of Ordinances
    • Public Records Requests
    • City Elections
    • Meeting Calendar
    • City News Releases
    • Legal Advertisements
    • City Board/Committee Applications
    • Attestation for Foreign Pension Recipient

    COLLIER COUNTY (Main Switchboard Number 239-252-8999)
    Clerk of Courts (239-252-2646,
    www.collierclerk.com)

    • Probate
    • Traffic Violations
    • Deeds
    • Domicile
    • Land Records
    • Liens
    • Marriage Licenses
    • Passports
    • Recording (i.e. Notice of Commencements, etc.)
    • Tax Deeds

    Health & Community Services (239-252-8200, www.collierhealthdept.org)

    • Public Health
    • Dental Clinic
    • W.I.C. Program
    • Services for Seniors
    • Social Services
    • Veteran Services

    Health & Community Services, Bureau of Vital Statistics
    (239-252-8205,
    www.collierhealthdept.org)

    • Birth Certificates
    • Death Certificates

    Supervisor of Elections (239-252-8450, www.colliervotes.com)

    • Voter Registration
    • Party Change
    • Absentee Ballots

    Tax Collector (239-252-8172, www.colliertax.com)

    • Driver Licenses
    • Fishing & Hunting Licenses
    • Vehicle Registrations
    • Boat Registrations
    • Mobile Home Registrations
    • Handicapped
    • Parking Stickers
    • Property Taxes

    Affordable Housing (239-252-2330, www.colliergov.net)

    Property Appraiser (239-252-8141,
    www.collierappraiser.com)