County eyes unpaid lease fees

Navarre Beach residents have long complained about being required to pay both Santa Rosa County ad valorem taxes along with their property lease fees. But some haven’t paid the latter for years.

In fact, although the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association is lobbying to use lease fees to pay their share of the recent $17.4 million sand restoration project, the county account in which those funds are tracked is showing a small deficit.

All this underscores the tortured history of Santa Rosa County’s lease fees, which are in essence premiums paid to have property on the beach. The fees began in 1956.

Although the county commission voted in February 2015 to cap the lease fees at $250 per property, retroactive to November 2014, qualifying for that rate requires the roughly 1,300 eligible residents to file applications for amended leases.

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