Beckie Cato

Zoning Board split on 726 home development in Pace

Zoning Board split on 726 home development in Pace

After more than 3 hours of emotional debate and a meeting that ran past midnight, Zoning Board members could not come to a consensus regarding development of 726 homes along Woodbine Road in Pace called Lakes of Woodbine. The Santa Rosa County board room in Milton was packed with members of the impact fee and […]

Zoning Board defers ruling in land-use dispute

Zoning Board defers ruling in land-use dispute

Milton-based small business Arcadia Culverts was given a six-month reprieve from being shut down Jan. 10 after the county Zoning Board voted to postpone any code compliance action. The decision was made in opposition to vocal neighbors. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Jubilee land plans faintly rekindled

Jubilee land plans faintly rekindled

The Atlanta developer who last year stopped his partners’ proposed donation to Santa Rosa County of the 2,718-acre property known as Jubilee is still working behind the scenes to create a huge residential community there. Ronald Reeser met with several county officials in July, according to Shawn Ward, Santa Rosa’s interim planning and zoning director, […]

Commissioners squelch move to force HBTS builder compliance

Commissioners squelch move to force HBTS builder compliance

Months of effort by county staff and residents of Holley by the Sea to hold builders accountable went up in smoke Thursday night as the Board of County Commissioners moved to scrap a proposed change to the building permit process that would verify that builders were indeed following federal and state wetlands regulations. Read the […]

Holley by the Sea wetlands regulation hits wall

Holley by the Sea wetlands regulation hits wall

All or nothing. That was the stance of the county Zoning Board May 11 as they voted unanimously against a procedure change that could improve stormwater drainage in the county’s largest flood-prone subdivision. The current version of a change in the building permit process would require builders in Holley by the Sea (HBTS) to provide […]

LOST direction found, committee still directionless

LOST direction found, committee still directionless

County Commissioners seem a little less lost on the LOST (local option sales tax) following Monday’s regular meeting after newly hired assistant county administrator Dan Schebler provided a less structured solution. While the past months have seen project list after project list outlining how the money should be spent each year down to the dime, […]

Drug therapy unwelcome in Milton neighborhood

Drug therapy unwelcome in Milton neighborhood

“Not in our neighborhood!” declared signs and neighbors Thursday night as community members spoke in opposition to the opening of a substance abuse therapy center in Milton at the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board’s regular meeting. The 25.32 acre property located on Tildon Street includes two multi-story living houses and an entertainment building including a […]

County works with HBTS to tackle drainage problems

County works with HBTS to tackle drainage problems

As county commissioners prepare to spend millions of dollars to improve drainage in Holley by the Sea, county staff members are coordinating with the Homeowners Association to better regulate how new construction will affect drainage in the neighborhood. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Wildlife refuge relocation moves forward

Wildlife refuge relocation moves forward

Despite neighbor complaints, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge has moved one step closer to relocating its operations to Holley. The county Zoning Board recommended approval of rezoning for the 2.3-acre property last Thursday. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

U.S. Highway 98 expansion reshaping Navarre

U.S. Highway 98 expansion reshaping Navarre

U.S. Highway 98 is more than 10,000 trips a day in excess of its capacity according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Solutions for 98’s congestion have been a topic of discussion for many years in Navarre. To read the full article or to view maps of the proposed expansion that may affect local businesses […]

New athletic park planned for Navarre

New athletic park planned for Navarre

Santa Rosa County Commissioners moved forward with turning a piece of county owned land into new athletic fields in Navarre off East Bay Boulevard Thursday, Jan. 26. The 11-acre, L-shaped parcel is zoned for recreational park uses, but could not be used for that purpose due to being in a military airport zone. The parcel […]

Getting medical marijuana no easy task

Getting medical marijuana no easy task

After more than 70 percent of Florida’s voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution broadening allowable use of medical marijuana, law makers at the state and local level were scrambling to put regulations in place and sort out fact from fiction as Amendment 2 went into effect Jan. 3. As the Florida Senate Health […]

New homes on higher ground heighten flood concerns

New homes on higher ground heighten flood concerns

Jason Buttke looks up at the new house under construction next door to his on the 1800 block of Sunrise Drive and wonders where any excess stormwater will drain in the event of heavy rain. Like many new residences going up in Holley by the Sea, the lot under the Adams Homes building has been […]

Cole makes zoning board selection

Cole makes zoning board selection

The Board of County Commissioners appointed a new member to the county zoning board Sept. 8 during their regular meeting. Greg Scoville, an experienced building planner, was selected to fill the vacant Zoning Board District 2 seat by Commissioner Bob Cole after the seat sat vacant for six months. “I’m a native of Santa Rosa […]

Code complaint shuts down small business

Code complaint shuts down small business

Violating the Santa Rosa County zoning code can come back to bite you. No one knows that better than Milton resident Joshua Pittman, who as of Thursday night, June 23, had to shut down his business and sole source of income. Some 20 years ago when the Pittman’s first moved to the 4 acre plat […]

Get to know the Zoning Board

Get to know the Zoning Board

Created in 2011, the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board governs how land is used in Santa Rosa County. Whether building a grocery store in a neighborhood or digging a pit in the backyard, you will likely have to fill out a request with the Zoning Board. The board consists of two members for each district […]

Beach replenishment tab is moving target

Beach replenishment tab is moving target

Although at least three Santa Rosa commissioners support exempting beach leaseholders from paying an extra share of the planned $17 million sand replenishment project, the board’s eventual vote will likely hinge on the county’s overall budget needs. “I think we’re going to see some commissioners keep their powder dry” until next year’s budget is prepared […]

New projects promise more South Santa Rosa growth

New projects promise more South Santa Rosa growth

Plans for two new restaurants, a gas station-convenience store and an expression of interest in building a 17-story hotel on Navarre Beach all emerged last week to give South Santa Rosa County prospects for its biggest commercial development year since before the Great Recession. Read the full article in the Mar. 24 issue of Navarre […]

Navarre Family Watersports gets more room to roam

Navarre Family Watersports gets more room to roam

Despite officials’ concerns about safety, the Navarre Family Watersports complex won approval from the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board to expand operations within its existing property—moving closer to Santa Rosa Sound and putting boaters nearer to the facility’s helicopter pad. Read the full article in the Mar. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to […]

Santa Rosa County Public Services Selects Employee of the Year

Santa Rosa County Public Services Selects Employee of the Year

Santa Rosa County’s Public Services Department selected Jennifer Tilden as employee of the year for 2015. Tilden, who has served the county as zoning administrator since January 2013, was recognized by the Board of County Commissioners at the Jan. 28 meeting. Read the full article in the Feb. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE […]

County hires new Public Information Officer

County hires new Public Information Officer

Brandi Whitehurst was approved to be the new public information officer for the county at the Jan. 14 Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners’ meeting. The PIO is responsible for promoting awareness of the county’s mission, programs, policies and initiatives to residents of the county and the media. Whitehurst’s employment began Jan. 19. According to […]