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Settlers Colony receives $6.2 million drainage upgrade

Settlers Colony receives $6.2 million drainage upgrade

Construction of $6.2 million of drainage improvements in Settlers Colony Expansion in Gulf Breeze began Dec. 12. The county project includes installation of an improved stormwater collection and conveyance system with new outfall locations and stormwater treatment components. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Phase I price tag $3 million

Phase I price tag $3 million

Based on Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is no longer part of Navarre Park’s Phase I makeover, but it is not being relocated to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge either. That issue aside, County Administrator Dan Schebler told the commissioners that they need an answer to move forward on […]

Disabled veterans lose ‘fire tax’ exemption

Disabled veterans lose ‘fire tax’ exemption

While veterans with 100 percent disability are exempt from property taxes under Florida law, those living along Navarre Beach will no longer get a free pass when it comes to fire protection. The change could cost these veterans $500 a year under the recently approved increase in the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) for Navarre […]

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 […]

Miracle League’s all-inclusive baseball field on pace for spring opening

Miracle League’s all-inclusive baseball field on pace for spring opening

Rain moved out and the sun pushed through the clouds Thursday morning at Tiger Point Park ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony for the first Miracle League all-inclusive sports field in Santa Rosa County. What should have taken between five and six years is going to be a reality in a span of 22 months. Read […]

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 […]

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

The District 4 Master Plan has been revealed, and it is full of some great ideas: a plan for phasing in more walkability, new downtown friendly land development codes and lots of green space. We like where Matrix is going with this, especially when you look at the new overlay zoning. It intends to encourage […]

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 […]

100 Women Who Care about Miracle League

100 Women Who Care about Miracle League

Local philanthropic group 100 Women Who Care Emerald Coast presented a grant to The Miracle League of Santa Rosa County to help in creating an all-inclusive sports field and baseball program in Tiger Point. Members of the board for the Miracle League knew a check was coming but did not know the amount. Read the […]

County to improve drainage on Venetian Way, Coronado Drive

County to improve drainage on Venetian Way, Coronado Drive

Construction for the Venetian Way and Coronado Drive drainage improvement project in Gulf Breeze began Monday. The project includes improved stormwater systems and construction of an outfall canal to improve the conveyance of stormwater. Read the full article in the Aug. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) handled several requests for park funding NYSA playground to get fresh rubber In Navarre, that meant funding to replace the problematic rubber surface for the playground at the NYSA. District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson questioned why the surface needed to be replaced so shortly after it was installed. […]

Baskerville-Donovan secures Tom King Bayou design

Baskerville-Donovan secures Tom King Bayou design

For Baskerville-Donovan Inc. (BDI), Holley by the Sea’s flooding woes have become a continuing source of work and income from the county. The Pensacola-based engineering firm has secured more than $1 million for study and design work in the area. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

A procedural approval for Creet’s Landing subdivision turned to tension among county commissioners and residents of Whispering Pines Boulevard. During the board’s regular meeting on July 26, District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson accused Commission Chairman Bob Cole of inserting himself into issues in Williamson’s district during discussion of the Creet’s Landing project. The highly contentious […]

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. […]

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

When Garner Economics LLC presented a five-year blueprint for Santa Rosa County’s economic development, owner Jay Garner coined a simple phrase: “No product, no project.” County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree heeded that advice. Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per […]

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 […]

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

The numbers are in, and Navarre Beach Fire Department annual funding needs far exceed their initial increase request by $313,687, according to a study by Government Services Group Inc (GSG). The department in February had requested that the Board of County Commissioners approve a $109,000 increase, split between the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) rates […]

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 […]

Commissioners on loose leash for travel spending

Commissioners on loose leash for travel spending

Rarely are questions raised about Santa Rosa County commissioners’ use of the panel’s $50,000 annual travel budget. Instead, there’s a large degree of trust accorded in the commissioners’ judgment about the necessity of their occasional trips to such destinations as government policy meetings in Washington, D.C., and other gatherings in cities such as Orlando and […]

Missing millions accounted for, medical examiner affirmed

Missing millions accounted for, medical examiner affirmed

First Judicial District Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrea Minyard secured support April 26 to continue in her position from the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) despite getting an unfavorable review by Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson. Okaloosa Sheriff Larry Ashley has also complained about response times for autopsies. Read the full article […]

Kiln Walk center receives first funding push

Kiln Walk center receives first funding push

  After more than a decade of work and grant applications, the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk in Holley has finally received funds to take the first steps toward making its learning and arts center a reality. But the money is only a drop in the bucket of what the organization will need to break ground. […]

Consultant outlines 5-year strategy for county economy

Consultant outlines 5-year strategy for county economy

  New staff, expanded infrastructure, improved industrial parks and better websites are among the items on a laundry list of plans that Garner Economics LLC devised for Santa Rosa County’s next five years of economic development. And all of it comes with a price tag. Read the full article in the April 12 issue of […]

Visionaries wanted

Visionaries wanted

A visionary: thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom (Merriam-Webster). The Collins English Dictionary says if you refer to someone as a visionary, you mean that they have strong, original ideas about how things might be different in the future, especially about how things might be improved. Visionaries step out of the […]

Growing pains

Growing pains

Navarre Press found out today that development orders have been issued on not one…not two…but three car washes for little ol’ Navarre. One will be located down the street from our office to the west and it will be Navarre Car Wash. The other two will be Ronny’s Car Washes with one located on Coral […]

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 […]

County abandons beach effluent irrigation plan

County abandons beach effluent irrigation plan

Santa Rosa County will not be sprinkling effluent on Gulf Boulevard. The cost is too high, and the impact is too low. The Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) has been lobbying for irrigation to be added along Gulf Boulevard to improve landscaping on the beach’s main street. The group has also been advocating […]

Williamson to Tourist Development Committee: ‘Stay in your lane’

Williamson to Tourist Development Committee: ‘Stay in your lane’

In Thursday’s Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners meeting, District 4 commissioner Rob Williamson questioned the Tourist Development committee’s recommendation to keep $1 million in reserve funds. Noting that the staff recommendation is to keep $750,000 in the reserve fund, Williamson asked, “What is the compelling reason to push it to a million dollars and […]

Five things to know: County Commission

Five things to know: County Commission

1. No courthouse tax needed The cost of clearing underbrush from the future location of the new county courthouse came back at a third of the expected amount thanks to a low bid by J.M. Diamond Timber and Conservation, but the commissioners have decided to pass on the effort altogether. More than that, the commissioners […]

Navarre Beach Fire rates still up in the air

Navarre Beach Fire rates still up in the air

Navarre Beach Volunteer Fire Department has gotten the go-ahead on its request to increase the residential municipal service benefit unit (MSBU) on the beach by $50, but a proposed commercial increase has hit a wall. The Board of County Commissioners voted Feb. 8 to move forward with increasing the MSBU rate for residential properties, but […]

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