Commissioner Bob Cole

Road renaming would honor Broxson family legacy

Road renaming would honor Broxson family legacy

On Christmas Eve of 1959, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bart Dell Broxson was driving along Highway 87 just south of the East River Bridge in his squad car when a reckless driver swerved into his lane. Broxson’s car collided head-on with the other vehicle. The deputy in his passenger seat was injured, but Broxson, 57, […]

County seeks to tweak contract after wave of complaints

County seeks to tweak contract after wave of complaints

County commissioners are set to offer Waste Pro three more years as Navarre’s sole waste hauler, despite hundreds of email complaints and widespread frustration among residents. The extension is an option within Waste Pro’s contract, but during Monday’s meeting, District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech said he’s not on board without changes. Read the full […]

Panhandle Butterfly House moving to Milton

Panhandle Butterfly House moving to Milton

A staple of Navarre Park for more than two decades, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) has cleared a major hurdle in relocating to a historic home in Milton. PBH representative Jenny Weber updated County Commissioners on the project’s future Dec. 12. “Milton is going to be a great location because it’s in the heart of […]

Local students win Christmas card contest

Local students win Christmas card contest

After thoughtful review of many fine submissions, judges selected winners of Santa Rosa County’s first Christmas card coloring contest. The winners were announced publicly Dec. 9 at the County Commissioners meeting. The theme for this year’s entries was “Christmas in my community.” The contest was open for third through fifth graders throughout the county.  Each winning artist was given […]

A HOPE clinic approved; gas station denied

A HOPE clinic approved; gas station denied

Volunteers of animal advocacy group A HOPE celebrated a victory Dec. 12 after county commissioners gave them the thumbs-up to open a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. The nonprofit was seeking a conditional use to allow it to build a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Milton on a 25-acre parcel off Pine Blossom Road.

School district pushes forward with impact fees

School district pushes forward with impact fees

School Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick rejected requests to slow down and wait on impact fees during a lengthy Board of County Commissioners meeting Monday. The school district, which has been pursuing impact fees for more than a year, is nearing implementation of a fee of roughly $5,000 for each newly constructed home. The school board will […]

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 […]

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