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Couple sues county for home flooding

Couple sues county for home flooding

Santa Rosa County is set to pay out at staff’s recommendation $15,000 in a settlement with homeowners alleging that the county is responsible for flooding of their home. In court filings, James and Joy Cowart, through their attorney Darryl Steve Traylor, Jr., allege that lack of maintenance by the county of county-owned stormwater drainage system […]

BREAKING: Aldi grocery planned for corner of Ortega

BREAKING: Aldi grocery planned for corner of Ortega

Aldi grocery chain is planning a new location in Navarre according to documents filed with the county. Located at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and Ortega street alongside Culvers, the roughly 19 acre parcel sold to Navarre 19 LLC in June 2018 for $3.29 million. Navarre 19 LLC is registered to Kraig Cruse and […]

BREAKING: Sales tax increase has Commission support

BREAKING: Sales tax increase has Commission support

Voters may go to the polls on a request for another half cent sales tax as early as August as County Commissioners unanimously supported the idea Thursday during a Budget Workshop. Commission Chairman Sam Parker brought forward the suggestion of a special ballot initiative for the new tax. “I have really searched about how we […]

284 lot subdivision plan for Midway

284 lot subdivision plan for Midway

County commissioners will be asked this week to approve preliminary plats for construction of 284 single family homes in Midway near Edgewood Drive. Forest Bay Estates is a new subdivision proposed for 210-acres of vacant land located west of Edgewood Drive and east of River Birch Road. Primary access to the neighborhood will be off […]

Hotel, RVs planned for Navarre Beach Marine Park

Hotel, RVs planned for Navarre Beach Marine Park

Despite being a source of contention with locals, the only commercial property in Navarre Beach Marine Park may see construction of a new hotel, RV parking, restaurant and more according to county records. But to move forward, the plans will have to go before the Board of County Commissioners for a vote Oct. 25. Property […]

Special swine guest tries to sway Zoning Board

Special swine guest tries to sway Zoning Board

Supporters of miniature pigs in Santa Rosa County gained a victory last night after the Zoning Board voted 5 to 1 to recommend approval of allowing the pigs in subdivisions. They got a little help from a special guest. Currently, all pigs are considered livestock under county ordinance. While residents may have a pet pig […]

Commissioners approve fire MSBU increases

Commissioners approve fire MSBU increases

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously approved increases for several Municipal Service Benefit Units (MSBUs) for fire districts throughout the county, including Navarre Beach Fire Protection. The reevaluation of fire MSBU rates in the county began after Navarre Beach Fire approached the BOCC in February requesting to raise residential and commercial rates for […]

County considers legalizing mini pigs

County considers legalizing mini pigs

Pigs could be coming to subdivisions of Santa Rosa County under a proposed Land Development Code amendment set to be heard next month. Under the proposed change certain breeds of miniature pig would be allowed in residential recorded subdivisions said Planning and Zoning Director Shawn Ward. “In July 2018, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) […]

Holley Navarre Water System President James Calkins resigns

Holley Navarre Water System President James Calkins resigns

After his contentious appointment to the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board Thursday, James Calkins resigned as the President of the Holley Navarre Water System Board of Director in a letter emailed to fellow board members and water system staff Friday. In the letter Calkins wrote he would no longer be able to fulfill his duties […]

Update: Sanborn resigns from Tourist Development Council

Update: Sanborn resigns from Tourist Development Council

Update: Jack Sanborn submitted his letter of resignation from his position on the Tourist Development Council Thursday to the Board of County Commissioners. He resigned prior to a scheduled vote to by the BOCC to decide whether or not to remove Sanborn from the council following allegations of threats made on social media and an […]

Tourism council seeks Navarre Park reevaluation

Tourism council seeks Navarre Park reevaluation

The Tourism Development Council (TDC) is asking for a second look at funding of the Navarre Park Master Plan putting the park plan in limbo once again. Roughly $3.6 million of funding discussed to improve the park’s parking lots, splash pad, play equipment, add a restroom and build a new Panhandle Butterfly House vivarium and […]

Whispering Pines developments nixed

Whispering Pines developments nixed

Both of the PUD developments proposed along Whispering Pines Boulevard were halted Thursday night, but development of at least one of the properties is still likely. The issue was up for vote before the Board of County Commissioners Thursday night durign their regular special rezoning meeting. The first and most contentious of the developments would […]

New candidate announced for District 4 County Commissioner

New candidate announced for District 4 County Commissioner

Until Friday, current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson was unchallenged for re-election to that seat in 2018. However, a new candidate has thrown his hat in the ring. David Piech, who resides on Admiral Street in Holley by the Sea, announced his candidacy with the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections office. Raised in Chicago, […]

Commissioners choose pier shortlist

Commissioners choose pier shortlist

County commissioners selected the shortlist of candidates to run and remodel the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier Thursday during their regular meeting. The county started seeking a new operator to “build up” the pier several months ago in preparation for the end of the current operators contract. The commissioners indicated they would like to see a […]

Pier restrooms get thumbs up

Pier restrooms get thumbs up

Placement of restrooms along the Gulf of Mexico’s longest fishing pier, the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, was cleared Wednesday by Florida Gov. Rick Scott according to an announcement made by district County Commissioner Rob Williamson. Williamson made the announcement via a video posting to Facebook. “I just want to say thank you to Gov. Scott […]

Holley by the Sea flood fixes require more money, manpower

Holley by the Sea flood fixes require more money, manpower

We cannot afford it in-house, and it will not solve the entire problem. Those were the take-aways from Santa Rosa County Commissioners and staff Aug. 7 as they discussed another drainage improvement study for Holley by the Sea. The county’s largest subdivision has been dealing with persistent flooding for years, prompting the county to pay […]

Eleven bid for Navarre Beach pier contract

Eleven bid for Navarre Beach pier contract

Santa Rosa County received 11 proposals Monday from vendors competing to manage the Navarre Beach pier. Select each organization to view the proposal in its entirety. 8599 Navarre Pier, LLC. Pasco Gibson Jr; Dominick Galiano III Pier Management Group Johnny Hustons Grille & Bar Ian Kaple; Yolanda Wells Robert J. Benaquis; Kenny C. Cook Growing […]

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 […]

Chamber stays for now

Chamber stays for now

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will remain at the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center for the time being. At its July 24 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners shied away from issuing an immediate 90-day notice to the chamber that would end its 24-year stay in Navarre Park. The chamber began leasing space […]

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 […]

New signs to be installed at Navarre Beach Causeway

New signs to be installed at Navarre Beach Causeway

A slap on the wrist is all County Commissioner and Chairman Rob Williamson will face for deciding to remove the temporary welcome signs placed at the foot of the Navarre Beach Causeway. The Board of County Commissioners also decided Monday morning to replace the signs with the new versions that were approved months ago. The […]

Future of sales tax funds unclear

Future of sales tax funds unclear

Debate over what projects will be funded and who decides on those projects left the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) without a clear path forward for the estimated $39 million to be collected on the half cent local option sales tax, or LOST, Tuesday following the board’s annual Planning Workshop. A proposal by County Administrator […]

Zoning Board says ‘no way’ to pet pigs

Zoning Board says ‘no way’ to pet pigs

These little piggies need to find a new home. A Pace family may have to relocate their four pet pigs after a variance was denied by the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board Thursday, Aug. 11, to allow the pigs in a residential neighborhood. It was a close vote, split 3-3. The applicant, Joseph Passman said […]

Tourist Development committee needs their voice back

Tourist Development committee needs their voice back

Numerous articles in Navarre Press over the past year and few months have highlighted the pains endured and discord with the Board of County Commissioners that continues to plague the all-volunteer advisory Tourist Development Council.  The Legislature-mandated council is made up of tourism stake-holders as required by Florida Statute 125.0104.  While the statute allows for […]

Fate of old courthouse building undetermined

Fate of old courthouse building undetermined

While argument over the location and funding of a new county courthouse is in full swing, the fate of the old courthouse remains unclear. Built in 1927, the building at 6865 Caroline Street in Milton, Fla. has served as Santa Rosa County’s court building for more than 80 years, costing $137,000 to build. There is […]

Chair rentals cause visitor complaints

Chair rentals cause visitor complaints

The summer tourist season is in full swing on Navarre Beach, and west of the fishing pier, lines of bright blue and green umbrellas once again dot the waterline courtesy of rental companies. These wooden, collapsible chairs with matching sun shades offer visitors relief from carrying their belongings to the water. Pay a fee, and […]

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 […]

Courthouse size and funding to be cut

Courthouse size and funding to be cut

Santa Rosa commissioners took a long look at the latest engineering cost analysis of a new county courthouse and agreed that the projected size and estimated $50 million tab must both be scaled back. The panel also acknowledged that the proposed local sales tax increase of one cent on retail purchases be cut in half […]