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Lee Clerk to host free community shredding event

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 19, 2023) — Lee County Clerk Kevin Karnes is hosting a free document shredding event to help community members keep their personal information safe.

The Big Shred will take place from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Estero Rec Center, located at 9200 Corkscrew Palms Boulevard in Estero. It is a convenient way for citizens to securely dispose of their confidential records.

Identity theft is a common problem and occurs when someone uses your personal or financial information without your permission. Thieves can gather this kind of information through trash, which is why it’s so important to properly dispose of documents.

Identity theft is one of thefastest growing crimesin the United States,” Karnes said. “As Lee County’s official record keeper, the Clerk’s office goes to great lengths to ensure personal information is protected in your public records and we want to help you do everything you can to keep your confidential information at home safe.”

To take part in The Big Shred, all you have to do is drive up and hand off your confidential documents to a Clerk team member, who will then walk them to the on-site shredding truck for secure disposal.

Documents must be in a box, and there is a limit of three per car. No plastic bags or electronics will be accepted.

For more information about the Clerk’s office, visit


The Florida Constitution established the Clerk of the Circuit Court as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Kevin Karnes 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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