Coming over the bridge onto Navarre Beach, visitors are greeted by nesting shore birds and rolling sand dunes. They are also greeted by a vacant building in need of repair.
Once a bustling Italian restaurant, the building has sat empty collecting sand for a year and a half. The vacancy has cost the county an estimated $45,000 in revenue.
The county-owned property has been leased to property owner Sylvia Martin of Palms of Navarre, LLC since 2002 on a 99 year lease.
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