Beach residents off the hook for renourishment

Navarre Beach dwellers won’t have to pay a special assessment for this summer’s $15 million sand renewal, the Santa Rosa County Commission vote unanimously Tuesday night.

Although Lane Lynchard, the commission chairman, said that beach residents do receive a “disproportionate benefit” from renewal of the shoreline, he acceded to his three board colleagues, who all spoke against the special charge.

“I can count,” Lynchard said with a laugh.

Thus the roughly 1,400 beach leaseholders eluded the formation of a so-called Municipal Service Benefits Unit that would have cost them a total of about $1.9 million to be paid over five years.

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