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A sign of possible progress on beach home

A sign of possible progress on beach home

Amid threats of foreclosure and years of complaints from neighbors, a dilapidated brick home on Gulf Boulevard may finally be renovated. A sign for Gulf Breeze-based company Sailwinds Construction has been placed in front of the structure at 7315 Gulf Blvd. Read the full article in the April 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Five things to know: County Commission meeting

Five things to know: County Commission meeting

Commissioners table floating alcohol ordinance When a floating restaurant-like structure appeared in Santa Rosa Sound last month just behind Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill, questions among residents abounded. Shortly after the appearance, County Commissioner Rob Williamson said he wanted the county to pursue an ordinance to bar these types of establishments. He said Santa Rosa […]

Sunshine Law complaint may go to trial

Sunshine Law complaint may go to trial

Jack Sanborn wants some light shed on allegations that he violated Florida’s Sunshine Law last June by speaking to another volunteer member of the Tourist Development Council. “I’d like to face my accuser and hear exactly what I said that supposedly violated the law,” Sanborn told the Navarre Press this week after State Attorney Bill […]

Sunshine scrutiny of tourist panel lingers

Sunshine scrutiny of tourist panel lingers

Even the most seemingly innocent phone call between two members of a volunteer group such as the Tourist Development Council can cause suspicion and trigger legal questions that last for months. Such a phone call in August from council member Jack Sanborn to panel colleague Kyle Holley apparently prompted a complaint from an undisclosed source […]

Update: Park funding sources change

Update: Park funding sources change

Update 9/24 Since Sept. 14, when District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson revealed his master plan for Navarre Park and his recommended funding plan for Phase 1, his funding sources have changed significantly according to the agenda for the Board of County Commissioners meeting slated for Monday.  Williamson’s former funding plan for the first phase was […]

County moves to end lease on dilapidated beach house

County moves to end lease on dilapidated beach house

Santa Rosa County has filed to terminate the lease on a property on Navarre Beach that has been vacant and in disrepair for more than a decade. The brick house located at 7315 Gulf Blvd. was damaged in 2004 and 2005 by Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis. It is leased by Gary and Staci Turner, the […]

Tourism council answers rebuke with an invitation

Tourism council answers rebuke with an invitation

Santa Rosa officials bristled at the recent scolding they received from House Speaker Richard Corcoran about the financial practices of the county’s Tourist Development Office. But they rejected a first impulse to fire off a terse letter to Corcoran—deciding instead to invite him here to prove the transparency with which the county handles its annual […]

House Speaker scolds tourism office

House Speaker scolds tourism office

Santa Rosa officials have sidestepped the volunteer Tourist Development Council to revoke the county’s longtime membership in the state’s leisure industry marketing agency–Visit Florida–prompting a warning from state House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Corcoran described the move led by County Tourism Director Julie Morgan as a “futile attempt to shield financial information from public scrutiny” in […]

Tiger Point golf neighbors wary of development

Tiger Point golf neighbors wary of development

The owners of homes near the defunct west course of Tiger Point Golf Club are expressing concern they may have new neighbors—either a public school or a sizable housing development. The former course, now vacant, is being studied as a possible school site while its owner—the City of Gulf Breeze—awaits prospective bids on the 47-acre […]

Big plans not welcome at beach restaurant

Big plans not welcome at beach restaurant

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 […]

Judge seeks to end pier partners’ turmoil

Judge seeks to end pier partners’ turmoil

Although the feuding business partners who manage the Navarre Beach pier are being allowed to stay on after a contract violation, they still face possible sanctions in Santa Rosa Circuit Court. Judge John Simon told Scott Rayner and Stephanie Maddox last week that they must soon end their four-month legal battle through supervised mediation. Read […]

Some oversight volunteers feel ignored

Some oversight volunteers feel ignored

Although a citizens group is supposed to oversee how the county’s new half-cent local option sales tax is spent, some members of that panel say the real decisions are being made without their input. Read the full article in the May 18 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

Pier partners pardoned for contract violation

Pier partners pardoned for contract violation

Threatened with possible eviction from their Navarre Beach Pier business, the embattled principals who run it bought more time this week with a three-year-late payment of $3,250 on their revenue-sharing pact with the county. County Attorney Roy Andrews backed off his recent ultimatum to Coastal Concessions LLC over the company’s unauthorized subcontract with an outside […]

Pier partners seek county’s good graces

Pier partners seek county’s good graces

While infighting continues among the partners who manage the Navarre Beach Pier, they met the deadline for the monthly payment on their lease with Santa Rosa County due April 17. After missing their March 15 deadline, prompting a slap on the wrist from County Attorney Roy Andrews, embattled Coastal Concessions LLC delivered two checks totaling […]

County pursues overdue lease fees

County pursues overdue lease fees

Two years after county commissioners agreed to cap the annual lease fees on Navarre Beach residential property at $250 year, more than 200 leaseholder accounts are still overdue with total delinquencies exceeding $200,000. Read the full article in the April 20 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Pier partners jockey for position

Pier partners jockey for position

As county commissioners prepare to advertise for a replacement of the embattled company that manages Navarre Beach Pier, the partners of Coastal Concessions, LLC continue their infighting over who should be in charge until their current contract ends Dec. 31. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at […]

Wildlife refuge relocation delayed again

Wildlife refuge relocation delayed again

Unexpected medical problems have prompted postponement of a decision on the fate of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s attempts to move to the Navarre area. The site under discussion is a parcel of donated land in Holley on Cloptons Circle, off State Road 87.  Refuge officials announced in December 2016 that they were seeking to […]

County orders pier partners to pay up

County orders pier partners to pay up

Accusations and ultimatums are flying fast and furious among the partners who manage the Navarre Beach Pier, and Santa Rosa County Attorney Roy Andrews has stepped in with a deadline ordering them to straighten out at least some of it by April 30. Read the full article in the April 6 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Commissioners exempt from Facebook oversight

Most Santa Rosa commis­sioners aren’t using the official Facebook pages –offered to them last year by the county— on which their postings could be monitored and archived as public records. Although the commission­ers unanimously approved a new set of social media over­sight guidelines for themselves last August, those rules allow voluntary compliance. Since then, only […]

No holds barred in pier dispute

No holds barred in pier dispute

The legal dispute among partners who manage the Navarre Beach Pier has them hurling allegations at each other over nearly everything but the kitchen sink –and who’s in charge of that is even in doubt. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as […]

Pier partners are worlds apart

Pier partners are worlds apart

The lawsuit filed last week by Scott Rayner against Stephanie Maddox, his partner in the company that manages the Navarre Beach Pier, has prompted Maddox to form a separate business and has asked for a review of their split by county officials. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Beach pier partners to face off in court

Beach pier partners to face off in court

Scott Rayner and Stephanie Maddox have long presented a public image as shoulder-to-shoulder allies in managing the Navarre Beach Pier through everything from financial woes to cleaning up vandalized restrooms. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.    

Jubilee land lawsuit may snag gift to county

Jubilee land lawsuit may snag gift to county

Conflict over the ownership of the 2,718-acre parcel known as Jubilee in north Santa Rosa could stall or even stop the planned donation of the property to the county. Atlanta area investor Ron Reeser, who once led the original development group that in 2007 planned to build thousands of houses and a golf course on […]

Deadline looms for late lease fees

Deadline looms for late lease fees

With the Nov. 1 deadline imminent for the payment of delinquent lease fees, nearly 200 Navarre Beach residents still haven’t caught up on overdue amounts that range from a few hundred dollars to more than $9,000. Read the full article in the Oct. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little […]

Sugar Dunes leaseholders left in limbo

Sugar Dunes leaseholders left in limbo

Even the most aggressive bill collectors must sometimes resign themselves to writing off some debts. Whether the difficulty is because of a bankruptcy, the death of a debtor or the lack of adequate records to legally support the claim, most banks, retailers and others with stale receivables on their books know that the time may […]

Santa Rosa County pursues unpaid lease fees

Santa Rosa County pursues unpaid lease fees

Santa Rosa County is trying to give about 400 Navarre Beach leaseholders some incentive to pay their delinquent lease fees by imposing a deadline. But the measure recommended to commissioners by County Attorney Roy Andrews lacks teeth. Instead, meeting the county’s new Nov. 1 deadline to catch up on overdue lease fees – which in […]

County eyes unpaid lease fees

County eyes unpaid lease fees

Navarre Beach residents have long complained about being required to pay both Santa Rosa County ad valorem taxes along with their property lease fees. But some haven’t paid the latter for years. In fact, although the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association is lobbying to use lease fees to pay their share of the recent […]