Santa Rosa County

Sand Sculpting gives way to scrutinized dredging

Sand Sculpting gives way to scrutinized dredging

Planning for the sixth annual Navarre Beach Sand Sculpting Festival next April consumed considerable time and effort from Santa Rosa County tourism development leaders before the event was abruptly doomed last week by, of all things, sand. The scheduled April 15-16 festival boasted a budget of $55,000 in bed tax funding despite a spat between […]

No recycling in Santa Rosa County

No recycling in Santa Rosa County

According to an announcement made by Santa Rosa County, recycling services will be at a standstill for at least four to six months, beginning Jan. 4. While the decision has left residents frustrated, the county says there was no other cost-effective option at this point. The franchise waste haulers for the county, Waste Pro, Waste […]

Santa Rosa County halts filling unadvertised jobs

Santa Rosa County halts filling unadvertised jobs

In the wake of disclosure that Santa Rosa County government jobs for student workers aren’t advertised, Human Resources Director DeVann Cook told commissioners that practice has been stopped. “We changed the policy,” he said in a commission meeting on Tuesday. The absence of public notice by the county for such jobs was reported in the […]

Bridge toll proposed to help fund future renourishment

Bridge toll proposed to help fund future renourishment

Pensacola Beach already has its estimates for beach renourishment and the cost is 8 percent lower than the estimate for Navarre Beach’s renourishment. Robert Coley is just one of many Navarre Beach leaseholders who will be footing a good portion of the bill, and he wants the county look into the cost difference. Coley also […]

Santa Rosa ranks high in tax value survey

Santa Rosa ranks high in tax value survey

  Your property tax dollars are well spent in Santa Rosa County, according to a new survey that compares the ad valorem rates with the quality of public schools and crime numbers. Santa Rosa ranks seventh among Florida’s 67 counties in the index compiled by Smart Asset, a New York-based financial technology company. Small counties […]

Wings & Rings location uncertain

Wings & Rings location uncertain

District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson’s announcement Wednesday regarding Buffalo Wings & Rings moving to Navarre was “a bit premature,” according to  restaurateur Glenn Schaible. At Tuesday night’s Holley-Navarre Water System meeting, Schaible presented bills from the same franchise in Ohio and Florida, which convinced the board to lower the initial tap fee from $198,000 for his […]

Gulf Breeze to raise Tiger Point utility fees

Gulf Breeze to raise Tiger Point utility fees

The City of Gulf Breeze’s leaders have hit upon a partial solution to their municipality’s budget squeeze: charge more for water and sewer service to South Santa Rosa Utility customers who live outside the city’s boundaries. Under a plan suggested by the Gulf Breeze City Council on Saturday, SSRU ratepayers who live in unincorporated Santa […]

Gulf Breeze hires new official from pool of one

Gulf Breeze hires new official from pool of one

The hiring of a new $61,000-a-year administrative assistant by the City of Gulf Breeze without considering other applicants or advertising the job is drawing fire from Joe Henderson, the mayor pro tem. “I don’t know of anyone else who has been hired this way in the six years I have been on City Council,” Henderson […]

Tiger Point Golf investment group takes shape

Tiger Point Golf investment group takes shape

Show us the money. That’s what City of Gulf Breeze leaders are waiting to see as their light at the end of the Tiger Point Golf Club tunnel. Now a Tiger Point business leader and resident, Paul Stagner, has emerged as the organizer of investors he is contacting from Miami to Jacksonville to acquire the […]

Committee hopes to extend candidate search

Committee hopes to extend candidate search

Hoping to find a more qualified talent pool, the committee tasked with creating a short list of candidates for the county’s new administrator suggested extending the search by 30 days. “I feel the pool is not as strong as we’d hoped for, especially if the county has a desire for Florida experience,” Chris Holley, a member of […]

County will schedule hearing on gas tax

County will schedule hearing on gas tax

The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners agreed at Monday’s budget workshop to approve scheduling a public hearing for a possible gas tax increase. The county is facing a $2.8 million shortage for its upcoming budget and is projecting major road resurfacing projects will cost about $9.8 million over the next five years. The […]

Economic development group makes hard sell

Economic development group makes hard sell

It’s not easy selling a community to outside businesses and investors. Despite incentives, such as tax breaks and free land, recruiting industry is a challenge, especially when other states are wooing the same companies. Competition can be fierce. Cliff Krut, a certified economic development representative for Gulf Power, explained how Northwest Florida, specifically Santa Rosa […]

Bike plan awaits county approval

Bike plan awaits county approval

The Santa Rosa Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is finished and is now awaiting approval from the county zoning board. The plan, which is focused on making the south end of the county more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, will be presented to the zoning board Thursday. If approved, the plan will go before the county commissioners two […]

Country on the Sound moves to marine park

Country on the Sound moves to marine park

Following concerns about traffic and parking, Navarre Family Watersports has scrapped its plan to host Country on the Sound at its U.S. 98 location and instead has requested the use of Navarre Beach Marine Park. The concert, scheduled for Sept. 25 and 26, will feature local acts and two headliners: Trace Adkins and Big & […]

Pier’s popularity continues to soar

Pier’s popularity continues to soar

  More than a year after the ownership of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier switched hands from Pier Inc. to Coastal Concessions, improvements in management and atmosphere are tough to ignore. Scott Rayner, who owns Coastal Concessions, discussed the improvements this week and the effort that has been made to turn the pier into a hot […]

‘Welcome to Navarre’ sign looks for new home

‘Welcome to Navarre’ sign looks for new home

The “Welcome to Navarre” sign posted last fall at the site of an abandoned gas station on Highway 87 has received a rude reception. “Someone didn’t like that location. I’m not sure who,” said Mike Schmidt, Santa Rosa County assistant engineer. Moving the $3,700 sign means navigating a bit of bureaucracy. For one thing, a […]

State, DOD buy 165 acres at Whiting Field

State, DOD buy 165 acres at Whiting Field

Gov. Rick Scott and cabinet members approved the purchase of the 165-acre Clear Creek/Whiting Field parcel in Santa Rosa County for $705,000 from Paradise Bay Developers. This Florida Forever acquisition will expand a conservation corridor between state and private conservation lands for wildlife and recreational use as well as buffer Whiting Field Naval Air Station […]

38 apply for SRC administrator job

38 apply for SRC administrator job

The initial list of applicants to succeed retiring Santa Rosa County Administrator Hunter Walker stands at 38 people from across the country. One high-profile local applicant is Larry Newsom, former Escambia County interim administrator who was bypassed for the permanent job in 2014 when commissioners hired Jack Brown. Newsom is currently retired and living in Milton. […]

Navarre man arrested in shooting

Navarre man arrested in shooting

A Navarre man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a shooting in West Okaloosa County Tuesday that seriously injured a Fort Walton Beach man. Dustin Cooper, 28, of the 6600 block of Water street was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Investigators say Cooper […]

Santa Rosa still on economic recovery trail

Santa Rosa still on economic recovery trail

Santa Rosa County’s bounce back from the Great Recession of 2009 and 2010 isn’t complete, according to its jobless rate. But the way we were as a labor market may not come again. The county’s unemployment rate as of June, 4.9 percent, reflects great improvement over the peak of 10 percent in January 2010. Santa […]

Special tax suggested for Tiger Point Golf Club

Special tax suggested for Tiger Point Golf Club

The idea of creating a special taxing district in Santa Rosa County to pay for improvements at the struggling Tiger Point Golf Club is gaining support among officials at the City of Gulf Breeze, which owns the facility. Under various plans that will likely be discussed publicly on or before the scheduled Aug. 13 meeting between the […]

Twelve Oaks plans expansion to detox center

Twelve Oaks plans expansion to detox center

Twelve Oaks Treatment Center, located at 2068 Health Care Drive in Navarre, plans to expand its facility in an effort to increase its services. For more than 30 years, the Navarre location has offered substance abuse treatment to patients from throughout the country. The facility will expand the detox facility in order to increase the […]

Gulf Breeze leaders bristle over Tiger Point Golf

Gulf Breeze leaders bristle over Tiger Point Golf

Leaders of the City of Gulf Breeze never really wanted to own the Tiger Point Golf Club, located 7 miles east of their border, and the last thing they want now is to pay for building more of it. They’re digging in and sending the Santa Rosa County Commission and residents near the financially beleaguered […]

Shooting reported Sunday near Panhandle Trail

Shooting reported Sunday near Panhandle Trail

Santa Rosa County deputies were dispatched to a reported shooting at around 2:50 a.m. Sunday in the area of Panhandle Trail and Deer Lane. An adult male on the side of the road told police he was walking along the roadway when an unknown vehicle with an unknown driver shot at him, striking him in […]

Portion of Tiger Point could go for $500K

Portion of Tiger Point could go for $500K

The City of Gulf Breeze has floated a possible price for which Santa Rosa County could buy the disputed west course of Tiger Point Golf Club: $500,000. That figure, roughly 18 percent of the amount the city paid for the entire financially struggling club in 2012, has surfaced during a Navarre Press interview with Gulf […]

County contracted with dissolved company

County contracted with dissolved company

The recent award of a Santa Rosa County contract for military affairs consulting to a company that had been administratively dissolved by the Florida Division of Corporations is being questioned by another bidder for that work. Greystone Consulting in Pace, which had the part-time $33,500-a-year military liaison job, was awarded a new contract on April […]

15 projects eyed for RESTORE funds

15 projects eyed for RESTORE funds

Santa Rosa County’s local RESTORE council has identified 15 projects which could be recommended for funding through county’s first direct allocation of RESTORE Act funds, and several Navarre area projects made the list. If the projects make the final cut later this year, including surviving a 45-day public comment period and receiving county commission approval, they could be implemented […]

Tiger Point clubhouse closed

Tiger Point clubhouse closed

The clubhouse at Tiger Point Golf Club in Gulf Breeze is closed today after catching fire Tuesday night. The cause of the blaze has yet to be determined, according to Midway Fire District Chief Jonathan Kanzigg. “There seems to be no obvious start to the fire,” Kanzigg said. “But the state fire marshal is on […]

County may purchase part of Tiger Point Golf

County may purchase part of Tiger Point Golf

Up to 70 acres of the beleaguered Tiger Point Golf Club would become a Santa Rosa County park under a tentative agreement reached Tuesday morning by officials of the county and City of Gulf Breeze. In a closed door meeting at Gulf Breeze City Hall, the leaders focused on a proposal under which the city […]

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