Commissioner Bob Cole

Sure, build on potential toxic waste

Sure, build on potential toxic waste

The Santa Rosa County Commissioners had an opportunity to make a small step toward amending a sin of the past during their meeting last Thursday. They chose not to. They approved building of 16 homes over potentially contaminated water and soil in Gulf Breeze. Water Leaf subdivision is at just the beginning stages of the […]

County OKs housing next to abandoned dump

County OKs housing next to abandoned dump

A month after Abbey Rodamaker told county commissioners about the dump and water contamination she discovered waiting under her soil, the commission last week approved a residential development that could be facing the same problems. The Nov. 14 approval, despite multiple concerns voiced by neighbors, allows a 16-lot subdivision, dubbed Water Leaf, to continue forward […]

Potential impact fees inching forward

Potential impact fees inching forward

County commissioners did not commit to impact fees Tuesday during their regular meeting in Milton, but the board that has outright rejected the idea in the past allowed two potential proposals for fees to move forward. Santa Rosa County School District approached the commission back in May to request the board create a draft ordinance […]

Zoning Board replacement moving forward

Zoning Board replacement moving forward

Santa Rosa County will have a new Zoning Board and new policies governing citizen committees. The Board of County Commissioners Tuesday set the issue for a final approval vote Thursday. The Zoning Board has become a source of controversy in the last two months after the commissioners voted to fire all sitting members of the […]

Veterans Day events scheduled for Santa Rosa

Veterans Day events scheduled for Santa Rosa

Two Veterans Day events in Santa Rosa County will be attended by members of the Board of County Commissioners Nov. 11 according to a press release. In Navarre Park, the festivities are set to start at 11 a.m. presented by local veteran’s organizations including Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4407 American Legion posts. Other participating organizations include Navarre High School […]

Commissioner selected for National Association of Counties leadership

Commissioner selected for National Association of Counties leadership

The National Association of Counties (NACo) appointed Santa Rosa County Commissioner Bob Cole, District 2, to serve a second term as vice chair of the Arts and Culture Commission and a third term as subcommittee vice chair of the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee. Cole has been a member of NACo for the […]

Family finds landfill hidden under the surface

Family finds landfill hidden under the surface

When the Rodamaker family purchased a wooded lot at the end of Ocean Breeze Lane in Gulf Breeze, their plan was to build the place where they would raise their family. Abbey Rodamaker described her dream of building a house, planting a garden and letting her 6-year-old son play and grow on the 6.5 acres […]

New schools need new roads

New schools need new roads

Santa Rosa School District has the land for two new schools in Pace. Now it needs the roads to reach them, but that might be unpalatable to some neighbors. School district officials approached the Board of County Commissioners Monday during its regular meeting asking for reassurances that if the district finalizes the pending purchase of […]

Improvements recommended for building process

Improvements recommended for building process

Amid continued complaints from small-business owners, County Commissioner Bob Cole called for some accounting in the planning and building departments Monday during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting. Cole pointed to reports of lengthy delays, continued confusion and changing expectations from projects seeking to get off the ground.   Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Navarre dog beach on pause

Navarre dog beach on pause

Efforts to open a section of Navarre Beach to dogs will likely be delayed by another month following the Board of County Commissioners meeting Monday. An ordinance currently prohibits dogs on both the sound-side and Gulf-side beaches in Navarre, but an amended ordinance set for public hearing Thursday would create a designated dog walking area […]

Five things to know: Countdown to legislative session 2020

Five things to know: Countdown to legislative session 2020

As of this issue’s publication date, there are 131 days until the start of Florida’s 2020 legislative session, but preparations are already in full swing. Governments, legislators, lobbyists and organizations throughout the state have been setting their priorities, talking strategy and drafting their bills to prepare for roughly 60 days of the meat and potatoes […]

Board OKs rezoning linked to conservation pledge

Board OKs rezoning linked to conservation pledge

County commissioners voted on faith Aug. 22 as they approved the rezoning of more than 400 acres of vacant land near Naval Air Station Whiting Field on the promise the property would be donated as conservation easements. That promise comes from property owner and developer Edwin Henry, owner of Henry Company Homes.     Read […]

Three options offered for Navarre Community Access Road

Three options offered for Navarre Community Access Road

Do not call it an alternative U.S. Highway 98. The Navarre Community Access Road was never meant to be a relief valve for Navarre’s crowded main corridor, according to county officials. Instead, Santa Rosa County spent the past 20 months studying how to improve roadways already impacted by diverted traffic.   Read the full article […]

County advances Navarre dog beach plan

County advances Navarre dog beach plan

County commissioners moved forward Monday with a proposal to allow dogs on a portion of Navarre Beach’s Santa Rosa Sound coastline. Under the proposed ordinance, owners would pay an annual fee of $30 to allow their dogs on a stretch of the beach near the water tower on White Sands Boulevard between 4 p.m. and […]

Holley Navarre Water outlines RIBs agreement

Holley Navarre Water outlines RIBs agreement

Santa Rosa County received a letter July 26 from Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) outlining the beginning of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a joint effluent disposal project 20 years in the making. But that letter, and the offers it makes, were never formally approved by the HNWS board.   Read the full article […]

RVs and pit pass, vet clinic fails

RVs and pit pass, vet clinic fails

It was standing room only again July 25 as the Board of County Commissioners took up contentious development proposals previously vetted by the Zoning Board. Among the issues on the docket for the commission’s Special Rezoning meeting were proposals to bring a low-cost spay and neuter clinic to northern Milton, allow a dirt borrow pit […]

If it passes… Transportation tops the list for sales tax

If it passes… Transportation tops the list for sales tax

Santa Rosa County has proposed replacing the current half-cent local sales tax, set to expire in 2021, with a one-cent sales tax for 10 years. Voters will have a chance to approve or deny the tax on a special ballot Oct. 8.   Read the full article in the July 25 issue of Navarre Press. […]

If it passes… County sets goals for potential $165 million sales tax revenue

If it passes…  County sets goals for potential $165 million sales tax revenue

Santa Rosa County commissioners have already divvied up most of the $165 million of sales tax revenue expected to come in between 2020 and 2030. But that hinges on voters allowing the tax.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click […]

Waste Pro under scrutiny, recycling in limbo

Waste Pro under scrutiny, recycling in limbo

Continued complaints against south Santa Rosa waste hauling contractor Waste Pro prompted the Board of County Commissioners to call for answers. Division Manager Rick Chancey addressed the commissioners’ concerns June 27 during the board’s regular meeting. He acknowledged that the company had difficulties for several months in serving its 23,001 customers.   Read the full […]

Navarre Beach dog park gains county support

Navarre Beach dog park gains county support

The long-sought after Navarre dog beach concept may be on the horizon after Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. County staff have put forward a draft ordinance change to allow, among other things, a section of Navarre Beach sound side to go to the dogs, at least between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 […]

Commissioners weigh options for $9 million shortfall

Commissioners weigh options for $9 million shortfall

Santa Rosa County’s planned expenditures for 2020 are about $9.08 million above the $91.7 million budget reality, according to data presented to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) June 11. That shortfall will be the topic of debate over the next several months as the county grapples to reach a balanced budget.   Read the […]

Impact fees not gaining traction with County Commission

Impact fees not gaining traction with County Commission

High schools could be pulling double duty with one set of students in the first half of the day and a second school’s worth in the afternoon said district Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick during a joint meeting of the school board and county commission May 15. He said schools could also see more situations where two […]

Feather flags are safe for now

Feather flags are safe for now

Feather flags in Santa Rosa County may be legal, at least for the time being. After a County Code enforcement crackdown resulted in more than 100 warnings and 20 citations in three weeks, the Board of County Commissioners was seeking leniency in enforcement of sign ordinances Monday during its regular meeting.   Read the full […]

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Movers and shakers of Northwest Florida convened in Miramar Beach April 17-18 with the intent of growing economic success in the region during the 22nd Gulf Power Economic Symposium, held at Baytowne Conference Center at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. This year’s theme was Our Time. Our Place. Our Now! Read the full article in the […]

County Commissioners settle flooding lawsuit, Pier renovation bid uncertain

County Commissioners settle flooding lawsuit, Pier renovation bid uncertain

County Attorney Roy Andrews made it clear the county was not accepting guilt by paying out a $15,000 settlement for flood damage during the April 11 Board of County Commissioners meeting. In other action, the County Commission voted to reject all bids for redecking of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier after questions about the validity […]

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa County Commissioners spent their Monday meeting balancing potential projects against infrastructure needs. Discovery Center dream dashed? Concerns over water quality trumped conservation education efforts Monday as commissioners weighed how to spend millions of RESTORE dollars over the next 12 years. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

County commissioners plan to ask voters to raise the local option sales tax (LOST) in an August special election. This would extend and expand an existing half-cent LOST approved by voters in 2016. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up […]

County to clean up abandoned truck stop

County to clean up abandoned truck stop

An abatement that could lead to bids for the cleanup and removal of trash, junk and debris at an abandoned truck stop at 9234 Highway 87 near Milton was moved to the consent agenda for the Santa Rosa County Commission meeting this Thursday. The truck stop , which is close to the Highway 87 exit […]

Funding for courthouse, sheriff cause budget uncertainty

Funding for courthouse, sheriff cause budget uncertainty

Despite budget votes being more than 7 months away, Santa Rosa county commissioners are already wrangling with two major funding decisions in the wake of Thursday’s early Budget Workshop. One major point of concern is how to fund the $45 million price tag on a new courthouse and judicial complex. Read the full article in […]

Home Builders Association defends growth to Commissioners

Home Builders Association defends growth to Commissioners

More than 100 members of the Home Builders Association of West Florida, mostly clad in red shirts, packed into the County Commissioners board room Monday. The parking lot of the building was full of vehicles from building contractors. The gathered builders, electricians, engineers, construction workers and small business owners called for commissioners to refuse attempts […]

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