Beach lease fee reduction on hold

Santa Rosa County Commissioners plan to seek a legal opinion from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi prior to lowering Navarre Beach lease fees to $1 per year. The board had planned to proceed with the reduction while
awaiting federal legislation aimed to eliminate beach leases fees by providing Santa Rosa Island leaseholders with
fee simple ownership.

However, County Attorney Roy Andrews brought to the board’s attention a 1978 Florida Supreme Court decision in Archer versus Marshall. That ruling could render the planned lease fee reduction, and the county’s
current lease credit policy, unconstitutional.

Read more in the Sept. 11 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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