Politics

Dabney denied appointment to zoning board

Dabney denied appointment to zoning board

District 2 Commissioner Bob Cole Jan. 20 made a last-minute addition to the county commission meeting agenda – the appointment of one of his campaign contributors to the zoning board. But Cole’s motion to appoint Navarre businessman James Dabney was rejected in a 3-2 vote. Cole’s motion also angered residents, who accused him of intentionally […]

Milton City Councilman accuses Cole of violating Sunshine Law

Milton City Councilman accuses Cole of violating Sunshine Law

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Bob Cole is once again facing a Sunshine Law violation accusation after Milton City Councilman Jimmy Messick Jan. 15 publicly questioned the actions of Cole and fellow Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board (DRAB) member Elba Robertson. Messick said prior to the meeting he observed the two DRAB members discussing the nomination of Milton resident Kim Macarthy to the […]

Breaking down Navarre’s votes in the 2014 election

Breaking down Navarre’s votes in the 2014 election

If Navarre ran the state, election results would be … exactly the same. Navarre’s six precincts voted similarly to the rest of the county and matched almost every election result. The countywide results in favor of medical marijuana topped out at 54.93 percent. Statewide results were slightly higher at 57.62 percent. Navarre topped those numbers […]

Republicans run away with local races

Republicans run away with local races

“It’s awesome,” said Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane of voter turnout for the Nov. 4 general election primary, which was dominated by Republican voters who showed an expected outpouring of support for the Grand Old Party. Although 14.75 percent of Santa Rosa County voters turned out for the Aug. 26 primary election, nearly 18 percent cast early ballots before general elections polls opened Nov. […]

Voters say ‘no’ to incorporation study

Voters say ‘no’ to incorporation study

In a debate that divided Navarre for months, voters Tuesday night showed their lack of support for the possible incorporation of Navarre, with nearly 6,000 people voting no in the straw poll. The unofficial vote was 5,993-4,765 against continuing the study of incorporation. The straw poll asked voters whether or not they wanted to continue the study of incorporation. The poll was not […]

Less than half of registered voters cast ballot in midterm

Less than half of registered voters cast ballot in midterm

124,433 residents of Santa Rosa County were registered to vote for the 2014 General Election on Nov. 4. Only 43.15 percent of those voters cast their ballots in the election. In the last non-presidential general election voter turnout was slightly higher at 45.06 percent. Statewide, turnout was slightly higher at a reported 49.61 percent as […]

County sends Navarre voters to wrong precinct

County sends Navarre voters to wrong precinct

Navarre resident Laura Densford Navarre arrived at her polling station Tuesday to find she was unable to vote on one of the big issues of the day: incorporating Navarre. A quick look on the votesantarosa.com website shows voters who live in the new Duncan Ridge subdivision located off of High School Boulevard, where Densford lives, will vote in Precinct 10, […]

County Commissioners talk medical marijuana

County Commissioners talk medical marijuana

Could you please share your thoughts on Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana? County Commissioner District 2 candidates: I believe the use of medical marijuana has been proven to be substantial at helping people’s lives, however I do not believe it should be handled through an amendment; I feel that it should be addressed […]

Early voters numbers exceed August primary numbers

Early voters numbers exceed August primary numbers

It’s official. More people have voted in the days leading up to the Nov. 4 general election  than did for the entire voting period in the Aug. 26 primary. 18463 voters have cast their ballots as of 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, marking turnout at 14.83 percent so far. Earlier in the year 18,207 voters turned out at the […]

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