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Stories by Ben Johnson

Stories by Ben Johnson

County faces big challenges with smaller staff

August 11, 2021
The budget. Possible litigation. Assistant County Administrator Mark Murray resigned in July, and the county administrator and attorney are on their way out the door.

County Administrator to ask for early resignation

August 6, 2021
County Administrator Dan Schebler, who submitted his resignation notice on July 13, will ask the Board of County Commissioners if he can resign prior to his 90-day notice period.

Lawsuit against Santa Rosa County looming over RV Park

August 3, 2021
The Board of County Commissioners have received a litigation hold notice after a hotly debated discussion that ended in the commissioners voting to refuse amending the Navarre Beach lease agreement to allow construction of an RV Park.

Navarre Beach in need of renourishment

August 3, 2021
After Hurricane Sally displaced roughly 250,000 cubic yards of sand on Navarre Beach in Sept. 2020, Navarre Beach needs new berms and dunes.

Save Our Soundside fights to end clearcutting

July 28, 2021
With the new Santa Rosa County land development code nearing, Save Our Soundside, an organization dedicated to ensuring quality of life in Santa Rosa, continues to increase awareness against clearcutting.

Waste Pro ‘whistleblower’ comes forward

July 25, 2021
Natasha Borneo, former county compliance supervisor over Waste Pro, announced through her resignation letter that she was the whistleblower who filed claims against Waste Pro and Santa Rosa County.

RV park no-go for Navarre Beach

July 23, 2021
After months of debate and community opposition, the Board of County Commissioners voted to deny the request for a lease amendment during Thursday night’s rezoning meeting that would allow RV park construction on Navarre Beach.

Vote on commissioner cell phone policy imminent

July 23, 2021
The county commissioners plan to give their undivided attention to the citizens and their governmental duty with a vote on restricting personal device use of anyone on the dais during public meetings.

Commissioners start discussions on replacing county administrator

July 22, 2021
After receiving a written resignation less than 10 days ago, the Board of County Commissioners began discussing how to replace Dan Schebler’s role of County Administrator.

County employee terminated for repeated racial slurs

July 21, 2021

After the use of racial slurs on multiple occasions within 15 months, a county employee has been fired.

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