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Author: Ken Garner

Bed tax uses, Whiting Aviation Park among SRC legislative priorities

Easing restrictions on how Santa Rosa County is allowed to spend tourist-development tax revenue and funding to build a taxiway and apron to connect Whiting Aviation Park to an NAS Whiting Field runway are among the requests County Commission Chairman Colten Wright will share with state legislators at the county legislative delegation’s annual public hearing at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center on Shoreline Drive.

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State delegation to meet Tuesday in Gulf Breeze

The public is invited to address the Santa Rosa County state legislative delegation at a public hearing beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive in Gulf Breeze. The hearing is the only one scheduled in Santa Rosa County before lawmakers report to Tallahassee on Dec. 12 for interim committee meetings.

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SRC Commission skips Calkins, names Wright chairman

In a break from tradition, the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners skipped the sitting vice chairman and named District 5 Commissioner Colten Wright chairman for the coming year. Commissioner James Calkins, vice chairman for the board’s 2021-2022 term, presided over the first part of the commission’s organizational meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22.

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Eddington, Smith take oaths of office

The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners held its reorganizational meeting this morning in Milton, seating two new board members and electing the chairman and vice chairman for the coming year. Judge Robert Hilliard, himself a former county commissioner, administered the oaths of office to new District 4 Commissioner Ray Eddington and District 2 Commissioner Kerry Smith. The new board elected District 5 Commissioner Colten Wright to be chairman and District 1 Commissioner Sam Parker to serve as vice chairman until November 2023.

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County honors Piech

Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Bob Cole, center, presents a plaque to Commissioner Dave Piech this morning commemorating his service on the Board of County Commissioners.

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Judge dismisses injunction; Adams cleared to serve South End

Adams Sanitation can legally provide trash service in the south end of Santa Rosa County after a judge dismissed a temporary injunction against the Okaloosa County business last week.

Waste Pro, a private waste collection company that has a franchise agreement with Santa Rosa County, asked for the injunction against Adams Sanitation after the county commission voted 3-2 to allow Adams to begin serving customers south of the Yellow River.

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