Turtle Center funds set for reinstatement

Santa Rosa County Commissioners July 9 released the remainder of a $165,000 allocation toward the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center.

However, the board upheld suspension of county bed tax funding to ensure those funds are appropriately expended as per state statute requirements.

Following the June 11 suspension of all county funding by Commissioner Rob Williamson, who questioned financial accountability related to the county funding, it was discovered county staff was responsible for “most” of the issues.

A budget amendment in the amount of $7,488 from the general fund reserves for contingencies to “closeout” the $165,000 financial commitment was approved during the board’s regular meeting. Additionally, the board approved a budget amendment correcting a previously approved erroneous budget amendment.

Read the full story in the July 9 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

Watch Monday’s turtle debate at the County Commissioner meeting here

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