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Navarre Beach open for regular hours

Navarre Beach open for regular hours

Navarre Beach will re-open fully May 6 from COVID-19 closures. County Commissioners voted Tuesday, May 5, to rescind the limited hours order during a specially called meeting in Milton. Navarre Beach officially re-opened to public for limited hours May 1.  County officials expressed support for the decision. Sheriff Bob Johnson’s deputies were responsible for regulating the […]

Commissioners to discuss emergency order, further beach opening

Commissioners to discuss emergency order, further beach opening

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’s announcements regarding phase I of re-opening Florida, the Santa Rosa County Commission will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday at 9 a.m. During the meeting, the board will discuss the current local declared state of emergency due to COVID-19. The board previously voted to extend the state of emergency despite multiple citizen […]

Santa Rosa in-step with governor’s order

Santa Rosa in-step with governor’s order

After a meeting Thursday morning with Santa Rosa County officials, Dan Schebler, county administrator said the county and its incorporated cities are following the guidance of the governor’s executive order.  The order issued by Gov. DeSantis yesterday states that all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to […]

COVID-19: Status as of March 17

COVID-19: Status as of March 17

Santa Rosa County schools will remain closed through April 15 at the earliest. State officials will make a determination by the end of this week whether or not students will return to classrooms at all this school year or complete school virtually. Public school testing and grades have been waived, and parents have the option […]

County seeking new waste hauling contract

County seeking new waste hauling contract

Waste Pro could be out as Navarre’s solid waste hauler. After months of complaints by residents, Santa Rosa County is looking to re-bid the contract for garbage, yard waste and recycling hauling services in the unincorporated areas of the county according to documentation released today.  Under the proposal going before county commissioners Monday, a new […]

5 things to know: Tuesday county commission meeting

5 things to know: Tuesday county commission meeting

The agenda for Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting in Milton is packed with issues that have elicited packed board rooms over the past year including replacement of the entire Zoning Board and potential implementation of impact fees. Here are five of the highlights from the 92-item agenda: Impact fees for school construction After undergoing […]

Zoning members out; Parker accused of intimidation

Zoning members out; Parker accused of intimidation

The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners voted  4-1 Monday morning to fire the entire Zoning Board, a citizen committee appointed by commissioners to hear cases for exceptions to the Land Development Code. Three of those appointees found themselves in hot water after, what Commission Chairman Sam Parker called, “disingenuous and disrespectful” comments during their […]

Zoning board members resign after voter criticism

Zoning board members resign after voter criticism

In the fallout of a failed sales tax referendum, two of the appointees to the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board have issued their resignation following negative comments toward voters. Jim Waite and Jeremy Reeder both made comments regarding traffic concerns on Woodbine Road Oct. 10, implying that voters objecting at the polls to a sales […]

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 […]