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New courthouse taking shape

New courthouse taking shape

Santa Rosa County Commissioners are not yet picking out paint colors or curtains for a new Santa Rosa County Courthouse, but they have selected the shape of the new building. With a large landscaped plaza area to one side, the entrance to the new three-story judicial building would have soaring windows with large pillar-like supports. […]

Determining new fate of old courthouse

Determining new fate of old courthouse

For the first time in 92 years, the Santa Rosa County Courthouse in downtown Milton will likely be vacant. After more than 20 years of argument and failed ballot measures, the county has concrete plans to move judicial services to a new location along Avalon Boulevard. Read the full article in the April 11 issue […]

Sheriff announces new drug unit

Sheriff announces new drug unit

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson revealed the details of two drug arrests over the weekend in Navarre and the creation of a new narcotics unit during a press conference on Monday. Amy Tomlinson of Gulf Breeze and Sheldon Hutchins of Navarre, former 2012-13 Holley Navarre Water System board member, are both being charged with […]

Courthouse contractor picked, construction to begin

Courthouse contractor picked, construction to begin

After more than 20 years of debate, construction of a new Santa Rosa County courthouse will begin this year according to county officials. The Santa Rosa County Commission took a huge step in that direction Tuesday, selecting the firm that will design and build a new judicial center complex along Avalon Boulevard in Milton. Read […]

New mayors look to future in Gulf Breeze and Milton

New mayors look to future in Gulf Breeze and Milton

David Landfair and Heather Lindsay face similar challenges about the future in the small cities to which they were elected mayor at either end of Santa Rosa County on Nov. 6. Both newly minted mayors vowed to quickly address questions that include how to improve and expand the business cores of both communities. Read the […]

Early morning I-10 crash kills driver

Early morning I-10 crash kills driver

An accident along I-10 near Avalon Boulevard claimed the life of one driver in the early morning hours Friday. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, a freightliner tractor trailer traveling eastbound at roughly 2:05 a.m. along I-10 toward mile marker 20, near the exit for Avalon Boulevard in Milton. Traffic along the road had […]

Local option sales tax may fund new Avalon sports park

Local option sales tax may fund new Avalon sports park

Following the acceptance by voters of a half-cent local option sales tax (LOST) in November 2016, the Board of County Commissioners held a series of public meetings throughout the county asking what the public would like to see done with that money. A repeated plea was recreational space, including additional sports fields. Read the full […]

Courthouse plans may include south-side satellite

Courthouse plans may include south-side satellite

The possibility of building a Santa Rosa Courthouse annex in the Navarre-Midway area with at least one courtroom is gaining traction. While occasionally suggested in the past by various commissioners, making the south-side judicial facility a reality has always taken a back seat to the county’s tortured effort to fund and construct a new main […]

Five things to know: County Commission

Five things to know: County Commission

1. No courthouse tax needed The cost of clearing underbrush from the future location of the new county courthouse came back at a third of the expected amount thanks to a low bid by J.M. Diamond Timber and Conservation, but the commissioners have decided to pass on the effort altogether. More than that, the commissioners […]

County asks county for variance

County asks county for variance

In a strange turn of events, Santa Rosa County had to ask Santa Rosa County for a bigger sign. The latest example of bureaucratic enigma was presented Thursday night during the Zoning Board’s monthly meeting at the Tiger Point Community Center. Read the full article in the Feb. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Sales tax shuffle

Sales tax shuffle

Santa Rosa County Commissioners are once again seeking to raise sales tax in the county while leaving ad valorem property taxes at their current rate. The new sales tax would levy a half-cent on every dollar spent in the county for items and some services, pushing the sales tax rate in Santa Rosa County to […]

Courthouse design will need update – and cash

Courthouse design will need update – and cash

Going back to the drawing board can be expensive. Now Santa Rosa officials are wondering if engineering plans for the proposed county courthouse on the newly purchased Avalon Boulevard site will cost anything like the roughly $475,000 already spent on such research for previously proposed locations that’s now at least partly obsolete. Read the full […]

Navarre Master Site plan set to begin

Navarre Master Site plan set to begin

County Commissioners Monday selected the firm that will shape Navarre’s future or at least the plan for it. Matrix Design Group was selected by a three to two vote to create a District 4 Master Plan. District 4 includes Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach. The firm will be paid approximately $80,000 to $150,000 for the […]

Businessman accepts $850,000 offer for courthouse site

Businessman accepts $850,000 offer for courthouse site

Pensacola businessman Jerry Long didn’t waste time in accepting Santa Rosa’s $850,000 offer for his 19 acres on Avalon Boulevard as the prospective site of the new county courthouse. Long accepted the offer within days after the commission voted to make it last week, according to County Administrator Tony Gomillion. If the 75-day due diligence […]

No art in this deal

No art in this deal

To paraphrase John Goodman as Walter Sobchak in the Coen Brothers’ 1998 crime comedy “The Big Lebowski”: “Just because we’re taxpayers doesn’t mean we’re saps.” Walter got irate when he thought a funeral director demanded too much money for a crematory urn. Instead of overpaying, the bereaved Sobchak buys a coffee can at a nearby […]

After 17 years, courthouse site selected

After 17 years, courthouse site selected

Santa Rosa County may finally have a courthouse location. Following a contentious discussion period, the Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday to make an offer on the site owned by JDL of Santa Rosa, LLC for the construction of a new courthouse and judicial center. The 13 to 19 acre site is located on […]

Courthouse site search advances fitfully

Courthouse site search advances fitfully

Yes. No. Maybe. Let’s look at somewhere else. That’s how Santa Rosa County commissioners reacted July 10 when they discussed five offers of land on which to build a new county courthouse. Not only was there no consensus on the five offers on choosing a parcel of land for sale or lease—and one for free—from […]

First responders demonstrate rescue skills

First responders demonstrate rescue skills

Santa Rosa County first responders participated in a mock response to a three-car accident Thursday, Nov. 17, on Avalon Boulevard to show off techniques to the Leadership Santa Rosa Class 30 and other members of the public during their annual Mock Catastrophic Vehicle Accident (MVA). Read the full article in the Nov. 24 issue of […]

Tourism board favors current marketing agency

Tourism board favors current marketing agency

After hearing three 30-plus minutes of presentations Sept. 1, the Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Board ranked advertising and marketing company Davis, South, Barnett and Patrick Public Relations and Advertising (DSBP) as their top pick for managing marketing of the county’s tourism for the next three years. DSBP has been working with the county for […]

School Board to give Food World a facelift

School Board to give Food World a facelift

The Santa Rosa County School Board gave the go ahead Thursday, July 22 for the $1.45 million purchase of an old grocery store building in Milton to replace the district’s Berryhill Administrative Complex. Located at 6032 Highway 90, the roughly 46,000-square-foot building will need several updates to house the Exceptional Student Education administrative offices along […]

Property appraiser alerts BOCC to courthouse site bargain

Property appraiser alerts BOCC to courthouse site bargain

Nearly a month before Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted last Thursday to locate the planned new courthouse in downtown Milton, Property Appraiser Greg Brown tried to make them aware of a site he sees as a better value for taxpayers. Read the full article in the Mar. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to […]

Commissioners debate Milton site for courthouse

Commissioners debate Milton site for courthouse

The site of Santa Rosa County’s long-discussed new courthouse was debated by commissioners again on Monday. After nearly two hours, commissioners inched toward selecting a location by next month. The debate was triggered by Commissioner Rob Williamson’s proposal to build the estimated $35 million facility off Pine Street in Milton, adjacent to CSX railroad tracks […]

Sobriety checkpoint nets few offenders

Sobriety checkpoint nets few offenders

Less than five percent of the nearly 500 motorists stopped during a July 4 roadside sobriety checkpoint on US 90 near Avalon Boulevard in Santa Rosa County were arrested or issued traffic citations by the Florida Highway Patrol. In addition to seven criminal arrests and 16 traffic citations, 39 motorists received warnings or faulty equipment notices. The […]

Sobriety Checkpoint July 4

Sobriety Checkpoint July 4

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has announced that a Roadside Sobriety Safety Checkpoint will take place on US 90, west of Avalon Boulevard in Santa Rosa County. It will begin at 9:30 p.m., July 4 and continue through 1:30 a.m., July 5. During the operation, vehicles will be stopped to check for driver impairment and […]