Commissioner Lane Lynchard

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 […]

Holley by the Sea septic-to-sewer out of RESTORE

Holley by the Sea septic-to-sewer out of RESTORE

Ahead of today’s deadline for amendments to RESTORE Spill Impact funding plans, Santa Rosa County has opted to withdraw $4 million from septic-to-sewer conversions in Holley by the Sea. County commissioners approved submitting the amendments Oct. 24. The HBTS plan would have laid sewer infrastructure to replace 595 residential septic systems in the massive subdivision. […]

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 […]

Truck driver training coming to Santa Rosa industrial park

Truck driver training coming to Santa Rosa industrial park

As demand for commercial tractor-trailer drivers across the country soars, Santa Rosa County students will soon be able to secure a commercial driver’s license (CDL) locally. County commissioners approved a deal July 25 with Pensacola State College to offer land in the Santa Rosa Industrial Park East for creation of a new truck driver training […]

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. […]

Overruling Zoning Board, county OKs RV exception

Overruling Zoning Board, county OKs RV exception

The Board of County Commissioners went against the recommendation of the Zoning Board and the complaints of neighbors May 23 to grant a resident’s request to allow RV parking in his front yard because of a medical hardship. Doug Walborn applied for a special exception to the county code to allow his ailing mother to […]

Pier patches to get a touch up

Pier patches to get a touch up

While the actual redecking of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier is potentially months away, replacing 121 bright orange plywood patches could be underway soon. County Commissioners said they were opposed to the current patches May 9 during their regular meeting at Tiger Point Community Center.   Read the full article in the May 16 issue […]

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 […]

Opening day for Miracle League play

Opening day for Miracle League play

Braves, Angels, Cubs, Pirates, Mets and Red Sox lined up Saturday for opening day of the Miracle League in Tiger Point Park. A total of 12 teams, with somewhere around 100 players, will play their inaugural a six-week spring schedule on a newly constructed adaptive baseball field in Gulf Breeze. Read the full article in […]

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 […]

Commissioners reject purchase of landfill over water supply

Commissioners reject purchase of landfill over water supply

The land above the aquifer that provides water to all of south Santa Rosa County could become the home of a construction debris landfill after the County Commission indicated Monday it would reject the owners’ offer to sell the property for $12 million. Blue Water Holdings SRC Inc. owns the property itself. Read the full […]

Advanced technologies could improve traffic flow

Advanced technologies could improve traffic flow

Adding asphalt is not the only way to make traffic flow faster along corridors such as U.S. Highway 98. Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS) could be the answer. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription […]

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 […]

726 Lakes of Woodbine homes approved

726 Lakes of Woodbine homes approved

Amid complaints of overcrowding and innuendos about campaign finance, Santa Rosa county commissioners voted unanimously to approve a 726-home subdivision along Woodbine Road in Pace. The Lakes of Woodbine is a gated subdivision development on 240.5 acres with commercial frontage along Woodbine Road. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. […]

StRIVE Grant open for applications

StRIVE Grant open for applications

Applications are now being accepted for the first round of StRIVE grants which will provide business owners the opportunity to fund thousands in improvements to their commercial properties. County Commissioners dedicated $50,000 to the StRIVE (Santa Rosa Improvement Vitalization Enterprise) Grant program in January 2019 to help businesses improve their look through signage and facade changes. Read […]

County purchases Westgate property

County purchases Westgate property

Santa Rosa County commissioners voted Monday to purchase the Westgate Mobile Home property as part of a land purchase for conservation around NAS Whiting Field. In October, the Westgate Mobile Home Community was left without water when an aging septic tank cracked and began releasing sewage. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue […]

Forest Bay Estates under wetlands scrutiny

Forest Bay Estates under wetlands scrutiny

Roughly 100 acres of discrepancy was more than neighbors and county commissioners could swallow, at least not without a closer look. So, development of the 284-lot subdivision Forest Bay Estates has been put on hold, at least temporarily. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

The County Commissioners failed on the master plan

The County Commissioners failed on the master plan

Here’s a question. If a plan is formulated based on robust voter input and if that plan is the pillar on which the representative of that area is elected by nearly 75 percent of the voters in his district and if the voting body has been discussing wanting the elements of this plan for nearly […]

District 4 plan draws mixed reviews

District 4  plan draws mixed reviews

Outright adoption or even acceptance of the District 4 Master Plan was more than the Santa Rosa County commissioners could swallow Jan. 24. Of the five commissioners, three failed to throw support behind the document that took 19 months, hundreds of public comments, multiple public hearings and $150,000 of taxpayer funds to create. Read the […]

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 […]