Welcome To Collier County Government
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In Collier County government’s continuous pursuit of excellence, exemplary customer service remains a top priority. Through the leadership and vision of the Board of County Commissioners, county government has worked tirelessly to exceed our customers’ expectations, plan responsibly for our future and serve as good stewards of our tax dollars.
Each day, Collier County government employees in the six primary branches of county government – the Board of County Commissioners, Sheriff’s Office, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector - work hard to provide services that will ensure the continued health, safety and welfare of our community. New roads, expanded water and sewer plants, new parks and drainage projects are just a few examples of the many efforts that are made to preserve and improve our community’s wonderful quality of life.
Aspiring to answer the needs of a dynamic and diverse community, county government constantly addresses the challenge of striking a balance between protection of our coveted natural resources and abundant wildlife with the demands of growth and prosperity.
Focusing our efforts and energies on learning from the past and applying those lessons to the present, we strive to plan intelligently and deliberately for the future to ensure that our exceptional quality of life will be preserved for generations which will also choose to live, work and play in Collier County.
Profile: Home to the Calusa Indians until the 1700s, and then to the Seminoles in the mid-19th Century, Collier County today is a dynamic community that seeks to balance the preservation of its heritage and natural resources with 21st Century sophistication and amenities.
Situated in the Southwest coast of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, Collier County is home to miles of white-sand beaches and the Gulf Ocean. Collier County includes the cities of Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City and is the largest county in the state with a total area of 2,305 square miles with a land area of 2,025 square miles. At least 80% of that is set aside as preserve lands, including Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, two national wildlife refuges, one national research reserve, three state parks, one state forest and many county, city and private parks and nature preserves.
Collier County's creation in 1923 and its early economic growth were closely tied to Memphis-born millionaire, Barron Collier. With his fortune from streetcar advertising, Collier introduced paved roads, electric power, telegraphs and countless new businesses and homeowners to Florida's last frontier. The completion of the Tamiami Trail in 1928 also unlocked the region's enormous agricultural and resort potential.
World War II introduced hundreds of aircraft servicemen to Naples and Collier County when the U.S. Army Air Field (now Naples Airport) was activated in 1943 to train combat pilots. At one point, several hundred men and 53 aircraft were assigned to the Naples base. Many veterans returned after the war as prospective home buyers and businessmen.
In the short span of thirty years, number of county residents swelled from 6,488 in 1950, to 85,000 by 1980. The county seat was transferred from Everglades City to East Naples in 1962, and signaled a new era of sustained growth in agriculture, tourism, and real estate that have made Collier County one of the fastest developing areas in the nation. As of the 2010 census, the population was 321,520.