​Donna Marie Collins, Chief Hearing Examiner

The Lee County Hearing Examiners Office is an independent reviewer of Lee County's regulation of land development and land use. 

Rezonings and Land Use Applications

The Hearing Examiner holds public hearings on land-related applications -- rezonings and other land use requests.


  • The Hearing Examiner provides a recommendation to Board of County Commissioners, which holds a second hearing and makes the final decision on whether to approve the request.

Land Use Requests:

  • The Hearing Examiner makes final decisions on applications for special exceptions, variances and administrative appeals.

Code Enforcement

The Hearing Examiner acts in the place of a code enforcement board, conducting the code enforcement hearings and making the decisions on whether a violation exists, how the violation should be corrected, and the fine if the violation is not corrected.

Quasi-judicial Hearings

All of the hearings before the Hearing Examiner are quasi-judicial. This means the hearings are court-like. The Hearing Examiner is prohibited by ordinance from discussing cases outside the public hearing setting.

Public Participation

The public may participate in zoning, special exception and variance hearings before the Hearing Examiner. Read more about the requirements for Public Participation and view our Public Participation Guide.


  • Phone: 239-533-8100
  • 1500 Monroe St., Room 218
    Fort Myers, FL 33901
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  • Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 398
    Fort Myers, FL 33902-0298
  • Email: hex@leegov.com


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