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County looks at stronger tree protections

County looks at stronger tree protections

Following the issue of a development order, many parcels in Navarre and Santa Rosa County are leveled to the dirt for impending development. That includes trees that may have been growing there for decades, possibly 100 years or more. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for […]

County admin recommends butterfly house at wildlife refuge

County admin recommends butterfly house at wildlife refuge

In one of his last acts as District 4 County Commissioner, Rob Williamson said he has lost confidence in the fiscal viability of the Panhandle Butterfly House. “Where I once had a confidence that they would be able to run a yearlong, sustainable operation and take on the expenses that they have never before paid […]

Speaker series aims to Decontaminate Navarre

Speaker series aims to Decontaminate Navarre

Addressing issues ranging from algae blooms fed by fertilizer runoff to an increasing number of bear encounters due to loss of habitat, the Navarre Garden Club has created the Decontaminate Navarre speaker series to help the community tackle concerns facing our environment. Navarre Garden Club President Ginger Eisele said the club launched the series in […]

Taxing power for sheriff is coming

Taxing power for sheriff is coming

Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson has long had the Midas touch when asking county commissioners to boost his budget, but soon they intend to have him send much of his ever-increasing annual bill straight to taxpayers. “The idea is for the sheriff to become a taxing authority all his own, similar to the school district,” […]

County rejects hotel; eyes District 4 Master Plan

County rejects hotel; eyes District 4 Master Plan

County commissioners squashed a plan to build a hotel and RV site inside the Navarre Beach Marine Park, unanimously voting against a lease amendment for the property during a special rezoning meeting Oct 25. Attorney Will Dunaway, of the Clark Partington law firm, represented the potential buyer and developer, NOBC LLC. That company is registered […]

County endorses pet pigs—with limits

County endorses pet pigs—with limits

In a unanimous decision by the commissioners present, miniature pigs were approved to live in the subdivisions of Santa Rosa County. Board of County Commission (BOCC) Chairman Bob Cole said he supported the change. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Bridge woes jeopardize subdivision’s access

Bridge woes jeopardize subdivision’s access

For the residents of Bernath Place, a single-lane bridge along Seneca Trail is their lifeline. The subdivision of a few dozen houses in Milton is somewhat of an island with marsh blocking access on one side and a railroad blocking access on the other. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre […]

Santa Rosa Medical breaks ground on Navarre project

Santa Rosa Medical breaks ground on Navarre project

Where once signs for a car wash stood, Navarre now has signage promising a new medical facility for 2019. Representatives of Santa Rosa Medical Group symbolically broke ground with golden shovels alongside Santa Rosa county commissioners Sept. 21 on a new medical center at the west corner of Navarre Parkway and Harvest Village Court. Read […]

Parking dispute highlights county right of way dilemma

Parking dispute highlights county right of way dilemma

Tensions regarding the use of parking facilities at the Soundview Plaza shopping center flared again Aug. 23 as patrons of TC’s Front Porch parked in spaces marked for plaza customers only. But due to a longstanding “grandfathering” arrangement, towing of these vehicles may not have been allowed. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 […]

Proposed small pig ordinance attempts to draw the line

Proposed small pig ordinance attempts to draw the line

Santa Rosa County is considering allowing some types of pigs, referred to as miniature or mini pigs, to live in residential neighborhoods, but defining what constitutes a mini pig is a bit difficult. While there is no clear definition, the county will consider an ordinance next month that will at least create a set of […]

Williamson criticized for ‘liking’ vulgar Facebook posts

Williamson criticized for ‘liking’ vulgar Facebook posts

County Commissioner Rob Williamson faced heat from constituents Monday for ‘liking’ vulgar comments made about Navarre residents on the social media platform Facebook. Navarre resident Yvonne Harper, past president of the Holley by the Sea Homeowners Association, told the Board of County Commissioners that she wanted to bring some comments to light during the public forum […]

County Commission working to revamp animal services

County Commission working to revamp animal services

Cats and kittens brought to the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter have a nearly 90 percent chance of being euthanized, based on 2016 data from the shelter. This means that only one in 10 cats will leave the shelter alive. This places Santa Rosa County at the highest rate of euthanasia reported in the state, […]

Commissioners rein in developers’ housing plans

Commissioners rein in developers’ housing plans

In yet another unusually high turnout, the Board of County Commissioners meeting hall was packed July 26 with residents of Santa Rosa County seeking to have their voices heard at the monthly Special Rezoning meeting. Many were there in favor of allowing a motocross facility to be opened in the north end of the county. […]

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

A restroom is likely to be placed on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier later this summer, but it will not meet with specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ken Fountain, a managing partner with pier operating firm Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises (GSE), said his company plans to put an ADA-compliant facility on the pier […]

Fire tax increase tentatively approved

Fire tax increase tentatively approved

After months of debate, Santa Rosa County commissioners unanimously approved raising the fees that fund the Navarre Beach Fire Department, increasing its annual budget by roughly $232,000. The tentative approval of the increase in Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) rates, often referred to as the “fire tax,” follows the department’s warnings that it is seriously […]

Williamson champions Calkins for Zoning Board

Williamson champions Calkins for Zoning Board

Candidate for Zoning Board James Calkins caught criticism Monday during the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting. Commission Chairman Bob Cole selected Calkins as his nominee for Zoning Board, but the county commission was not unanimous in support of that decision following comments from the public. The Zoning Board is a 10-person committee that makes […]

Missing millions, Santa Rosa moves to boot medical examiner

Missing millions, Santa Rosa moves to boot medical examiner

Santa Rosa County commissioners are not sure what they bought with roughly $2.5 million of taxpayer money. The funds, paid over a 15-year period to the office of the area’s chief medical examiner, all fall under the title “professional services.” Santa Rosa County Clerk of Courts Don Spencer said defining what is included in that […]

Rubble rivalry halted by county

Rubble rivalry halted by county

Santa Rosa commissioners decided against pursuing their contentious claim to concrete chunks from next year’s planned demolition of the old Pensacola Bay Bridge to be used as material for offshore reef building. They balked partly at competing with Escambia County, which also wants a major portion of the estimated 150,000 tons of rubble that will […]

Heart of Navarre storage units approved

Heart of Navarre storage units approved

  With two county commissioners abstaining and one absent, only two “yes” votes were needed to win approval for a zoning variance to allow construction of a self-storage facility in the Heart of Navarre. The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners, following a recommendation by the Zoning Board, March 15 granted a conditional use permit […]

Rubble rivalry may have ‘pieceful’ solution

Rubble rivalry may have ‘pieceful’ solution

There should be plenty of big concrete chunks from next year’s planned demolition of the old Pensacola Bay Bridge to supply the offshore reef-building needs of both Santa Rosa and Escambia for years to come. Although some commissioners from both counties are contentiously claiming shares of the valuable material to construct habitat for sport fish, […]

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 […]

All about the timing

All about the timing

In traffic management timing can be crucial, but traffic issues along U.S. Highway 98 may not be so easily solved. Surveying and engineering company DRMP, Inc.  is currently working to “resignalize” the roadways of Santa Rosa County including the 20 mile portion of 98 that runs from Kelton Boulevard to Orion Drive. There are 21 […]

Navarre Beach appoints new fire chief

Navarre Beach appoints new fire chief

In an unusually large turnout, the meeting room of Regency Condominiums was full Jan. 5 as the Navarre Beach Fire District board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Danny Fureigh as the new fire chief. Board chair John Lewis joked that he did not realize Fureigh had so many friends. He then had Fureigh take […]

Access road could clash with neighborhood needs

Access road could clash with neighborhood needs

Fueled by continued frustration over congestion on U.S. Highway 98, the Santa Rosa County Commission took a step forward Monday toward creating an alternative route. The board approved a feasibility study on the possible construction of a Navarre Community Access Road north of U.S. Highway 98 between Edgewood Drive and Whispering Pines Boulevard. A joint […]