The Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office is participating in the Strike Out Hunger, community-wide food drive event. We have donation boxes setup at each location and are accepting donations of canned and non-perishable food items from now until the end of October. The beneficiaries of the food items will be citizen’s of Alachua County and nonprofit food banks and pantries. If you need additional information on the Strike Out Hunger Week, please contact The Long Foundation or the MLK Commission at (352) 371-4566.
On September 22, 2017, Governor Rick Scott announced that he has expanded the license-free freshwater and saltwater fishing offer made to Florida’s law enforcement and first responders to include utility workers. At the Governor’s direction, utility workers will now be able to enjoy license-free freshwater and saltwater fishing beginning today through June 30, 2018. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will accept official utility workers’ identification in lieu of a Florida fishing license during this period. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is also offering free day-passes to Florida State Parks that can be used on an unlimited basis until October 2018 for all law enforcement officers, first responders and utility workers.
Governor Scott said, “Florida’s utility workers have worked around the clock to turn the lights back on in communities throughout our state and we are thankful for their relentless commitment and hard work. Since Hurricane Irma, utility workers have restored power to more than 6.7 million homes and businesses, helping Floridians get back on their feet and recover from this devastating storm. I am proud today to offer this license-free fishing opportunity to our utility workers as a thank you for their great work and commitment to getting Florida’s power back on.”
FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley said, “Florida’s utility workers have worked day and night to bring power back to our communities and we are proud to offer them the opportunity to enjoy Florida’s world class freshwater and saltwater fishing license-free.”
The Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office will be open regular business hours on September 13th – 15th following Hurricane Irma. Due to power outages, school closures, and general transportation issues locally, the Tax Collector’s office will only have limited availability of staff during these days. To save our customers time, we strongly encourage you to use our online services portal at www.alachuacollector.com. If your needs require a visit to one of our branch offices, please consider making an appointment for the week of September 18th or later. Our appointment system can be accessed at this link.
If you do visit one of our branch locations this week, please be prepared for longer than usual wait times. We value your time, and we will do our best to serve you as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We hope all of you are safe and secure following the storm!
The Alachua County Tax Collector will be closed on Monday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th due to Hurricane Irma.
The Tax Collector’s Office will work with any customers with appointments affected by office closures to re-schedule.
Thank you, and be safe!
These decals can do great things for manatees and sea turtles. Come in to any one of our locations and pick yours up for a donation of $5.00 (each) while supplies last. Your donation helps to conserve manatees and sea turtles for future generations.
Look out for Manatees!
When boating or using a personal watercraft in Florida waters, look out for manatees. Mature manatees grow to 1,000 pounds or more, but can be difficult to see when they’re swimming, grazing or resting underwater. Wear polarized sunglasses, and then watch and listen carefully to detect the signs of manatees nearby. Look for circles on the water’s surface indicating their underwater movement and snouts sticking out of the water as they surface to breathe. You also may hear huffing noises when they come up for air.
Over the past few years, the Florida Wildlife Commission has worked very hard to sustain our manatee population. They have made some strides forward, but there is still work to be done. Your $5.00 donation provides funds dedicated to these ongoing efforts.
A Green Success Story!
Green sea turtles nest on Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coast beaches and until recently were classified as endangered. Now after years of conservation efforts, the number of nesting green turtles has increased substantially. This species has been reclassified as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. That’s a major step in “green” recovery! Remember “Hands off!” is the best policy for beachgoers encountering any species of nesting or hatchling sea turtle. Watch from a distance, do not disturb them and never use a cell phone or camera to shoot flash photos.
Through research, conservation and habitat management, the Florida Wildlife Commission is working hard to maintain sufficient nesting sites for our endangered marine turtles. Funds collected support these efforts as well as a Sea Turtle Grants Program: http://