Santa Rosa County

Piech sworn in as District 4 commissioner

Piech sworn in as District 4 commissioner

District 4’s new County Commissioner Dave Piech took the oath of office Nov. 20, officially beginning his four-year term on the heels of a contentious election. Judge Robert Hilliard did the swearing-in at the county administrative boardroom in Milton during the Board of County Commissioners’ annual reorganization meeting. Read the full article in the Nov. […]

After recount, Santa Rosa closes books on 2018 election

After recount, Santa Rosa closes books on 2018 election

As razor-thin margins between candidates for federal and state office prompted statewide recounts last week, volunteers pored over 2,426 questionable ballot selections Friday in the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections office’s manual recount. The county’s mandatory manual recount covered the races for U.S. Senate and Florida commissioner of agriculture, prompted by margins of less […]

Cole seeks to extend 16 years of service

Cole seeks to extend 16 years of service

Bob Cole first entered the political sphere because he had a bone to pick with then-County Commissioner Debbie Dawsey. “The very first time I ran, it was out of disgust in our commissioner that ran our district. At the time, several times I called her and did not get a response,” he said. Read the […]

County moves quickly on Ashley Plantation solutions

County moves quickly on Ashley Plantation solutions

For residents of Ashley Plantation subdivision in Pace, drainage fixes could not come soon enough as water flooded their roads, at times up to their house doors, and some backyards became rushing streams. A handful of neighbors came before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Sept.  27 requesting help in fixing the mess a builder allegedly […]

Primary election spurs strong turnout

Primary election spurs strong turnout

The 2018 primary election drew more than one-fourth of the voting population to the polls, and many in Santa Rosa County are celebrating that turnout. Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane said she was pleased to see the spike in participation. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press […]

Commissioners hold firm on zonings

Commissioners hold firm on zonings

We support what you are doing, but not where you want to do it. That was the message county commissioners delivered to a business owner seeking to open her real estate office in Navarre. Rocio Cuevas went before the Board of County Commissioners Aug. 23 to request that a single-family residence at 7654 East Bay […]

New school board seeks harmony with teachers

New school board seeks harmony with teachers

With two teachers union-backed candidates winning seats on the Santa Rosa School Board, some members foresee more cooperation on the lingering pay dispute that could ease contention with District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. “We need to look at our priorities, which include instructional salaries,” said Wei Ueberschaer. She defeated District 5 board incumbent Scott Peden, winning […]

Candidate Dave Piech unseats incumbent in District 4 County Commission race

Candidate Dave Piech unseats incumbent in District 4 County Commission race

In a stunning 26.26 percent turnout of voters in the Primary Election, Navarre resident and retired Air Force Colonel Dave Piech was elected to the seat of District 4 County Commissioner, upsetting the incumbent Rob Williamson by a 25.36 percent margin. Of the 34,623 ballots cast, 20,236 voted for Piech. Piech’s campaign lagged behind in […]

Deadline looms in school board, District 4 commissioner races

Deadline looms in school board, District 4 commissioner races

As primary election voting inches closer, the window is closing for school board candidates to win over voters. All three of the school board seats up for grabs will be decided on the primary ballot Aug. 28, and votes in the race can be cast as early as Aug. 13. For much of the race, […]

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) handled several requests for park funding NYSA playground to get fresh rubber In Navarre, that meant funding to replace the problematic rubber surface for the playground at the NYSA. District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson questioned why the surface needed to be replaced so shortly after it was installed. […]

Commissioners rein in developers’ housing plans

Commissioners rein in developers’ housing plans

In yet another unusually high turnout, the Board of County Commissioners meeting hall was packed July 26 with residents of Santa Rosa County seeking to have their voices heard at the monthly Special Rezoning meeting. Many were there in favor of allowing a motocross facility to be opened in the north end of the county. […]

Development and zoning tops debate questions

Development and zoning tops debate questions

Questions repeatedly returned to issues of development and allowing exceptions to the land development code during the Santa Rosa Republican Women’s county commissioners candidate forum Tuesday. The questions were submitted by the members in attendance, and candidates for both District 4 County Commission, representing Navarre, and District 2 representing Milton were invited to answer. District […]

Animal Services takes aim at pet homelessness

Animal Services takes aim at pet homelessness

Americans who wish to bring home a furry friend are faced with a multitude of choices. Fluffy the Norwegian forest cat might come from a close friend burdened by debt. Teddy the poodle may be found at a recommended breeder, and Fido the mutt just might jump into your arms from the pens at a […]

Williamson receives Advanced County Commissioner designation

Williamson receives Advanced County Commissioner designation

The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Board of County Commissioners Chairman Rob Williamson with the Advanced County Commissioner designation following his completion of a study program developed by FAC. Williamson, District 4 commissioner, received the designation June 29 along with 17 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference […]

Absenteeism hampers work of tourism council

Absenteeism hampers work of tourism council

While bed tax collections are up for another month, the board responsible for making recommendations on how to spend that money is shrinking. Attendance at Tourist Development Council board and committee meetings has been spotty. Nearly half the board is absent at any given time, and Commissioner Rob Williamson, who serves on the board, has […]

Some oversight volunteers feel ignored

Some oversight volunteers feel ignored

Although a citizens group is supposed to oversee how the county’s new half-cent local option sales tax is spent, some members of that panel say the real decisions are being made without their input. Read the full article in the May 18 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

LOST committee lost in the weeds

LOST committee lost in the weeds

Debate over what projects will be funded and who decides on those projects left the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) without a clear path forward for the estimated $39.5 million to be collected on the half cent local option sales tax, or LOST, Tuesday following the board’s annual Planning Workshop. Read the full article in […]

Logistics of the Local Option Sales Tax

Logistics of the Local Option Sales Tax

While county commissioners and staff are still sorting out the half-cent local option sales tax (LOST) issues, there is clarity on when the county will have those dollars in hand. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Nichols begins third term as tax collector

Nichols begins third term as tax collector

Santa Rosa Tax Collector Stan Colie Nichols officially began his third term Tuesday evening as he took his official oath of office. Sworn in by his father, Judge Colie Nichols, he was joined by friends, family and co-workers for the oath of office ceremony in the County Commissioners board room of the administrative complex in […]

Property appraiser’s innovative approach returns thousands to county

Property appraiser’s innovative approach returns thousands to county

The Property Appraiser’s Office handed back a check for more than $231,000 to Santa Rosa County Tuesday, Nov. 7, after it came in under its allotted budget for 2015-16. The amount of taxpayer dollars that were not spent by the appraiser’s office accounts for roughly 12 percent of the office’s overall budget Chief Deputy Bubba […]

Near-record numbers in election

Near-record numbers in election

Voters of Santa Rosa county turned out to vote in numbers not seen since the 2008 General Election, and before that you have to go all the way back to 1984 when the voter turnout was 70.28 percent of all registered voters.  In this 2016 election the percentage was 68.04.  In a heated presidential race […]

Commissioner Sam Parker sets sights on infrastructure, industrial parks

Commissioner Sam Parker sets sights on infrastructure, industrial parks

Newly sworn-in District 1 County Commissioner Sam Parker said he would work to improve infrastructure and promote business in county industrial parks Tuesday, Nov. 15, during the swearing-in ceremony for the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners. Parker said he was humbled to be given the opportunity to serve and he takes that weight […]

Santa Rosa takes steps to prevent voter fraud

Santa Rosa takes steps to prevent voter fraud

As Election Day looms ever closer and early voting winds to a close, suspicions of voter fraud are on the forefront of many minds. The issue has received massive amounts of national media attention in the wake of statements by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump saying that millions of fraudulent votes would be cast against […]

Tax Collector returns money back to county

Tax Collector returns money back to county

Since 2009 when Stan Colie Nichols first took office as Tax Collector of Santa Rosa County, he has been giving unspent revenues back to various county agencies and taxing authorities representing the citizens of the county. Read the full article in the Oct. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little […]

New tax starts in January

New tax starts in January

Collection of a half-penny sales tax in Santa Rosa County will begin in January of next year, but appointment of the oversight committee for the LOST has been delayed until weeks before that collection. The Infrastructure Surtax Citizen Committee (ISCC) will look at spending of the estimated $35 million of revenue generated by the half-penny […]

Cole makes zoning board selection

Cole makes zoning board selection

The Board of County Commissioners appointed a new member to the county zoning board Sept. 8 during their regular meeting. Greg Scoville, an experienced building planner, was selected to fill the vacant Zoning Board District 2 seat by Commissioner Bob Cole after the seat sat vacant for six months. “I’m a native of Santa Rosa […]

Move afoot to get Parker seated now

Move afoot to get Parker seated now

Republican nominee Sam Parker is the only candidate left standing for the District 1 County Commissioner’s seat after write-in candidate Caleb Boudreaux dropped out Sept. 1. If he had defeated Boudreaux in the general election he would have taken office Nov. 15 at the end of previous commissioner Jayer Williamson’s term, but the seat is […]

Tourism board favors current marketing agency

Tourism board favors current marketing agency

After hearing three 30-plus minutes of presentations Sept. 1, the Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Board ranked advertising and marketing company Davis, South, Barnett and Patrick Public Relations and Advertising (DSBP) as their top pick for managing marketing of the county’s tourism for the next three years. DSBP has been working with the county for […]

New sales tax boosts 2017 county budget

New sales tax boosts 2017 county budget

Santa Rosa County will be $5.1 million richer in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, but not at the expense of property owners. That’s because of the half-penny sales tax to pay for various infrastructure improvements that was approved by county voters on Aug. 30. Although the new tax is expected to bring in about […]

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