Commissioner Rob Williamson

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 […]

County admin recommends butterfly house at wildlife refuge

County admin recommends butterfly house at wildlife refuge

In one of his last acts as District 4 County Commissioner, Rob Williamson said he has lost confidence in the fiscal viability of the Panhandle Butterfly House. “Where I once had a confidence that they would be able to run a yearlong, sustainable operation and take on the expenses that they have never before paid […]

Butterfly House future still up in the air

Butterfly House future still up in the air

A decision has been put off once again on the location of a new Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) vivarium and learning center. During the Board of County Commissioners meeting Monday morning, the board opted to postpone a final determination until the PBH could provide a more comprehensive business plan. Read the full article in the […]

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 […]

Navarre Park’s Trojan butterfly won’t fly

Navarre Park’s Trojan butterfly won’t fly

We want to preface this with a simple statement of goal. We want the Panhandle Butterfly House to succeed. They are an asset to our community. But, in May we said: this is a bad idea. Dropping a small nonprofit program that has no stable revenue stream or even its own book keeper into a […]

Panhandle Butterfly House future in limbo

Panhandle Butterfly House future in limbo

When the doors closed on the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) this season, they also closed on the group’s 21 years at its location in Navarre Park. The shop, vivarium and gardens, created through donations and thousands of volunteer hours, are scheduled to be demolished in 2019. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue […]

County endorses pet pigs—with limits

County endorses pet pigs—with limits

In a unanimous decision by the commissioners present, miniature pigs were approved to live in the subdivisions of Santa Rosa County. Board of County Commission (BOCC) Chairman Bob Cole said he supported the change. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Bridge woes jeopardize subdivision’s access

Bridge woes jeopardize subdivision’s access

For the residents of Bernath Place, a single-lane bridge along Seneca Trail is their lifeline. The subdivision of a few dozen houses in Milton is somewhat of an island with marsh blocking access on one side and a railroad blocking access on the other. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre […]

More than 400 jobs coming to Santa Rosa

More than 400 jobs coming to Santa Rosa

More than 400 jobs could be coming to Santa Rosa County as yet another tenant plans to open shop at the nearly vacant Northwest Florida Industrial Park @ I-10. Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree announced Monday that Project Runner, a warehouse distribution company, is moving to finalize opening a facility on 50 acres of the […]

Gulf Boulevard landscaping plan gains momentum

Gulf Boulevard landscaping plan gains momentum

For years, the multiuse path along Navarre Beach has gone without landscaping. The dry sands, mixed with intense heat for much of the year, have made it difficult to plant anything more than a few palm trees along Gulf Boulevard. Read the full article in the Sept. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Williamson loss means state, national vacancies

Williamson loss means state, national vacancies

When current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson finishes his term in mid-November, he will leave a few positions vacant. During his time as commissioner, Williamson became an active member of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), a lobbying group composed of elected representatives from all the Florida counties. Williamson was voted into the position […]

Residents intensify push for Whitesands sidewalk

Residents intensify push for Whitesands sidewalk

Larry Hoffman was hit by a car while jogging along Whitesands Boulevard on Navarre Beach. Now he is working to make sure it does not happen to anyone else. Hoffman was jogging about a foot off the shoulder of the road, part of his daily routine, when a vehicle hit him from behind on March […]

Commissioners hold firm on zonings

Commissioners hold firm on zonings

We support what you are doing, but not where you want to do it. That was the message county commissioners delivered to a business owner seeking to open her real estate office in Navarre. Rocio Cuevas went before the Board of County Commissioners Aug. 23 to request that a single-family residence at 7654 East Bay […]

County approves increase in building permit fees

County approves increase in building permit fees

In exchange for faster service and better staffing, developers will be paying more for permits in Santa Rosa County. But the increase still leaves the county well below its neighbors in terms of cost to build. As growth across Santa Rosa continues to explode, the Board of County Commissioners voted Aug. 23 to approve increases […]

Due to popular demand: Rob Williamson articles and editorials

Due to popular demand: Rob Williamson articles and editorials

  Candidates for County Commissioner District 4 – 2/13/2014 Commission candidates file financial reports – 2/20/2014 Candidate’s visits prompt questions – 8/7/2014 Long-awaited RESTORE guidelines expected this week – 8/14/2014 ‘No Comment‘ – 10/30/2014 Candidates for County Commissioner District 4 – 10/30/2014 Election 2014: Analyzing Navarre’s votes – 11/13/2014 New county board members sworn in – 11/20/2014 Commissioner Rob Williamson to open Navarre office – 12/11/2014 Williamson suggests more […]

Williamson criticized for ‘liking’ vulgar Facebook posts

Williamson criticized for ‘liking’ vulgar Facebook posts

County Commissioner Rob Williamson faced heat from constituents Monday for ‘liking’ vulgar comments made about Navarre residents on the social media platform Facebook. Navarre resident Yvonne Harper, past president of the Holley by the Sea Homeowners Association, told the Board of County Commissioners that she wanted to bring some comments to light during the public forum […]

The truth is not biased

The truth is not biased

Originally Published 5/17/2018   Biased, according to the dictionary, means a particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling or opinion, especially one that is preconceived or unreasoned. It means showing favoritism. We have been accused of being biased in our coverage of our current county commissioner Rob Williamson. This very page is called the Editorial page for a […]

Williamson hosts fourth listening tour

Williamson hosts fourth listening tour

District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson is hosting his fourth annual countywide listening tour this summer. Residents are encouraged to attend one of three remaining meetings, held at a variety of times and locations, to discuss issues that impact the county as a whole. The next meetings will be: Aug. 30 from 8 to 9 […]

County Commission working to revamp animal services

County Commission working to revamp animal services

Cats and kittens brought to the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter have a nearly 90 percent chance of being euthanized, based on 2016 data from the shelter. This means that only one in 10 cats will leave the shelter alive. This places Santa Rosa County at the highest rate of euthanasia reported in the state, […]

How low can you go Commissioner?

How low can you go Commissioner?

The Rob Williamson campaign mailer, or “hit piece,” that arrived in voters’ mailboxes over the weekend was one for the record books. We thought the low point of his campaign was running on his addictions. But, to our surprise, he reached a new low – just flat out lying. We remind our readers we have […]

Williamson campaign postcard makes false claims

Williamson campaign postcard makes false claims

As District 4’s heated election season comes to a close, potentially thousands of voters received mail-out postcards touting current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson as a conservative businessman and avid supporter of President Donald Trump. The mailer, marked as approved and paid for by the Rob Williamson campaign, also paints Williamson’s opponent, Dave Piech, […]

The many faces of Rob

The many faces of Rob

Many months ago, District 4 commissioner and incumbent candidate Rob Williamson was keeping count of how many editorials we wrote about him. In the spirit of not wanting to disappoint him, and because time may be running out for the opportunity, we have at least one more. He won’t mind because he recently said on […]

Deadline looms in school board, District 4 commissioner races

Deadline looms in school board, District 4 commissioner races

As primary election voting inches closer, the window is closing for school board candidates to win over voters. All three of the school board seats up for grabs will be decided on the primary ballot Aug. 28, and votes in the race can be cast as early as Aug. 13. For much of the race, […]

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. […]

Florida’s Best Kept Secret sign appears at Juana’s

Florida’s Best Kept Secret sign appears at Juana’s

One of the iconic Navarre Beach “Florida’s Best Kept Secret” signs has re-emerged at local hot spot Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill on the beach. The signs, which have garnered much love from locals, were removed from the foot of the Navarre Beach bridge entrance last year. Juana’s owner Kevin Rudzki said he is not […]

Study’s verdict: Business incubator viable but costly

Study’s verdict: Business incubator viable but costly

The results are in, and Santa Rosa County would stand to gain a lot from a business incubator. But the costs could exceed the benefits, at least in the short term. Florida State University Applied Economics graduate students Patrick Mas, Holt Johnson and Courtney Clark were tasked by their professors with studying the viability, impact […]

Retribution Rob strikes again

Retribution Rob strikes again

At Thursday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, things got a little tense during a presentation by Whispering Pines resident Heidi Allgood. During her presentation she talked about how the residents there felt they could not reach out to their District 4 Commissioner, so instead they chose to go to the Chairman of the Board, Commissioner […]

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. […]

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