A slap on the wrist is all County Commissioner Rob Williamson will face for unilaterally deciding to remove the temporary welcome signs placed at the foot of the Navarre Beach Causeway.
The decision by the Board of County Commissioners Monday morning also decided to replace the signs with the new version.
The metal signs were installed May 25 as part of a larger tourism rebranding effort for the county in which identical signs were placed throughout the beach. The temporary signs were going to be replaced by a permanent version the following week, and they replaced the long standing “Florida’s best kept secret” signs.
Social media reactions to the signs came with mixed reviews, but Williamson stated overwhelming negative response prompted him to act.
At approximately 1 a.m. the following morning Williamson removed the temporary metal signs with a hammer, leaving behind the exposed poles ahead of Memorial Day Weekend. He then posted a picture of his handy work to Facebook with the statement “done.” Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Deputies were on scene at the time, but they made no arrests.
The board has decided to stick with their original vote to install the new signs when they are delivered this week. For more information pick up the June 8 edition of the Navarre Press or subscribe.