Commission Chairman Lane Lynchard

More study needed before acting on low-income housing requests and locations

More study needed before acting on low-income housing requests and locations

This week we were all broadsided by four agenda items for the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners meeting this past Monday which was released at approximately 4:45 p.m. on Thursday afternoon leaving no time for citizens to do their homework and leading to a lot of speculation. Alarm bells rang out when two of […]

Santa Rosa economic strategy focuses on tax growth

Santa Rosa economic strategy focuses on tax growth

High wages are getting relatively low priority in Santa Rosa’s effort to recruit new employers. Instead, the county’s current approach appears centered on building the tax base by subsidizing new jobs in employment sectors that produce a bigger bang in quantity than quality: retail outlets and call centers. That’s in part a response to public […]

Turtle turmoil resurfaces at County Commission

Turtle turmoil resurfaces at County Commission

Gigi the loggerhead sea turtle and District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson have never seen each other. That’s because she’s blind and Williamson has never visited the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, where Gigi lives under the care of volunteers he occasionally feuds with over finances. The latest round erupted at Monday’s board meeting when […]

Commission rejects RV Park on beach

Commission rejects RV Park on beach

The request of developers to build a recreational vehicle park on 22 acres of Navarre Beach has been rejected by Santa Rosa County Commissioners. Commission Chairman Lane Lynchard led opposition at Monday’s board committee meeting, but he did direct county staffers to review legal protocol on amending such leases as the one held by Chris […]

Utility distorts threat of sewer hookup ban

Utility distorts threat of sewer hookup ban

    The risk of a state-imposed regulatory moratorium on new sewer hookups by Holley-Navarre Water System is being exaggerated so the company can build a controversial wastewater treatment unit in the Williams Creek residential neighborhood. In persuading Santa Rosa County commissioners to approve HNWS’s request for a permit to build the $1 million disposal […]

County’s closed-door meeting riles Tiger Point residents

County’s closed-door meeting riles Tiger Point residents

Tiger Point residents’ worries over traffic safety around the new Sacred Heart clinic under construction on U.S. Highway 98 are growing after they were excluded from a closed-door meeting of county and state officials on the issue last week. “The county commission seems to have made a decision without much input from people who live […]

Courthouse cost and tax details remain unclear

Courthouse cost and tax details remain unclear

The clock is ticking on Santa Rosa County commissioners to make their case to voters for a 1-cent local option sales tax that would help pay for a new courthouse in Milton. To get the proposed tax on the ballot next August that language must be crafted by June 1, but so far the commissioners […]

Lynchard backs sharing tourist taxes with Gulf Breeze

Lynchard backs sharing tourist taxes with Gulf Breeze

The longtime sharing of county tourist tax dollars with the City of Gulf Breeze that was abruptly halted by Clerk of the Court Don Spencer last fall should be restarted, said Commission Chairman Lane Lynchard. Last October Spencer ordered a stop to providing Gulf Breeze with up to $134,000 a year in the taxes collected […]

Commissioners seek to accelerate gas-tax projects

Commissioners seek to accelerate gas-tax projects

Commissioners want residents of Santa Rosa County to see tangible results from the gas tax that was implemented Jan. 1. Read the full article in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

Local-Option Sales Tax on November ballot

Local-Option Sales Tax on November ballot

Santa Rosa County Commissioners will again seek a local-option sales tax (LOST) in November to fund the building of a new courthouse on a site that has yet to be determined. The LOST would come on the heels of a gas tax implemented Jan. 1 that brought the taxes paid on gas from 6 cents […]

Tough Mudder seeks sweeter deal

Tough Mudder seeks sweeter deal

Navarre Beach hoteliers are balking at a solicitation by New York-based Tough Mudder Inc. to pay commissions of 15 percent on rooms they book for the scheduled April 9-10 event in Milton. The initial Santa Rosa County Tourist Development grant application from Tough Mudder was for $120,000.  At the Nov. 5 TDC meeting, director Julie […]