Commission could reinstate Turtle Center funding

Santa Rosa County Commissioners on Monday will address the June 11 suspension of county funding toward the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center initiated by Commissioner Rob Williamson, who recently placed some blame for accounting issues on county staff.

“It would seem the main issue keeping us from having a clear accounting on this project is the inability of our county staff to match up checks issued from the county with invoices submitted from the turtle center,” Williamson said in a June 16 email to County Administrator Hunter Walker.

Williamson said he is waiting for the July 6 commission meeting to hear county staff’s “version of events” related to the center. He has said county staff did not receive needed information from the turtle center.

Depending upon discussions, the board at its July 9 meeting could reinstate the center’s funding.

Other items on next week’s commission agenda include:

– a $41,300 defense grant to update the land acquisition study for properties surrounding Naval Air Station Whiting Field and its outlying fields

– a $5,000 proposal from the Florida Association of County Managers to provide assistance in the recruitment of a new county administrator

– an $18,000 sublease to Lifeguard Air Ambulance of hanger space under county lease by Peter Prince Aviation Partners, LLC

– construction plans for The Waters, a 126-lot subdivision planned for Soundside Drive, and an 84-lot expansion of Reserve Point in Navarre

– 2015-2016 Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) projects.

Additionally, the county zoning board July 9 will review a request from Twelve Oaks Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center to allow a 936-square-foot expansion of its Navarre residential facility.

Read the full story in the July 9 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.


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