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Fire department considers breaking with county

Fire department considers breaking with county

Amid frustrations over taxation, the Navarre Beach Fire Department is considering moving out from under the county’s supervision altogether. Tensions between the Santa Rosa County Commission and the fire department’s board of directors, along with Chief Danny Fureigh, began Feb. 8 after the commission largely blocked a request to increase the municipal service benefit unit […]

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 […]

Ownership dispute puts Jubilee land donation on hold

Ownership dispute puts Jubilee land donation on hold

Amid an ownership dispute over 2,718-acre Pace area property known as Jubilee, Santa Rosa commissioners abruptly canceled a special hearing to consider accepting it as a donation. The hearing had been scheduled for Dec. 20 but has now been pushed back to an undetermined date in January. Read the full article in the Dec. 22 […]

Time line of the missing Sugar Dunes lease fees

Time line of the missing Sugar Dunes lease fees

The strategy of writing off a long overdue debt recently cost Santa Rosa County about $180,000, but it sliced the annual lease fees roughly in half for the owners of 14 Navarre Beach condominium units in the Sugar Dunes complex. Thus the saga of Sugar Dunes’ unaccounted-for lease fees ended last month without so much […]

Sugar Dunes leaseholders get clean slate

Sugar Dunes leaseholders get clean slate

The leaseholders of 14 condominium units at Sugar Dunes on Navarre Beach will be allowed to pay the amended annual fee rate of $250 each, even though $180,000 remains due on the property, uncollected by the County since 1987.   “From our perspective we are clean,” Ron Lewis, president of the condo association, said. County […]

Downscaled courthouse-tax vote set for Aug. 30

Downscaled courthouse-tax vote set for Aug. 30

As Santa Rosa County commissioners have discussed the proposed new courthouse in recent weeks, and a new one-half cent sales tax to pay for it, both have shrunk. Now the stage is set for voters to decide if the building and its funding -both downscaled last week by about one-third in their latest incarnations – […]

Bear-control law shot down

Bear-control law shot down

No, residents of Santa Rosa won’t be breaking the law by failing to pick up ripe fruit that has fallen from trees or bushes in their yards. County commissioners this week unanimously rejected adopting an ordinance modeled after one in Seminole County that contains such requirements. Despite numerous complaints of black bears being a nuisance, […]

Lease fees overdue on hundreds of beach properties

Lease fees overdue on hundreds of beach properties

More than 300 Navarre Beach leaseholders are at least 120 days behind on paying their lease fees in amounts totaling $348,145, according to Santa Rosa County finance records. Most of the delinquencies, which range from a few hundred dollars to more than $9,000 each, are less than a year old, but some date back as […]

Beach Beautification volunteer group quits

Beach Beautification volunteer group quits

Much of the foliage, trees and the entry signs to and from Navarre Beach are the product of a group of dedicated volunteers who are Beach Beautification Committee (BBC) members of the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA.) Similar to many other committee projects in Navarre, the BBC existed to meet a need that […]

County not tracking officials’ social media use

County not tracking officials’ social media use

Santa Rosa County’s guidelines and record-keeping practices for its officials’ use of social media fall short of the standards recommended by the Florida Bar that have been adopted by some other counties, including Escambia. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 […]

County in quandary over missing lease fees

County in quandary over missing lease fees

The mystery of why $180,000 in lease fees from 14 Navarre Beach condominium units weren’t paid to the county since the 1980s has government officials and the homeowners searching for answers. Read the full article in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

County withholds tourism money from Gulf Breeze

County withholds tourism money from Gulf Breeze

For the third time in recent months Santa Rosa County and the City of Gulf Breeze are at odds, this time over a share of tourist development funds that exceed $100,000 annually. The county has a long history of remitting to Gulf Breeze the bed tax money generated by the city’s hotels—a total of $801,178 […]

Condo complex’s contested lease fees top $180,000

Condo complex’s contested lease fees top $180,000

The lease fees collected by a developer from the owners of 14 Sugar Dunes condominium units since the late 1980s, but never paid to Santa Rosa County as normally required, total more than $180,000. The Sugar Dunes homeowners association’s property manager, Tammy Pahal-Morgan, said she learned of the discrepancy soon after being hired in 2014. […]

Pier pressure relief

Pier pressure relief

Pier managers, Scott Rayner and Stephanie Maddox addressed the county commissioners Monday. Management company, Coastal Concessions, (Coastal) is current on the admission fees owed Santa Rosa County and is seeking equitable relief on portions of their pier maintenance contract with Santa Rosa County. County Commissioner Rob Williamson met with Coastal prior to the Monday meeting […]

Gomillion gets nod for county executive post

Gomillion gets nod for county executive post

Santa Rosa County officials are promoting from within for the next county administrator. Tony Gomillion, a veteran Santa Rosa bureaucrat who oversees the public services division, was the unanimous choice of county commissioners during a meeting Monday in Milton. Gomillion was one of three finalists and was selected over experienced top-level administrators with master’s degrees. […]

Plan eyed to pump Navarre Beach effluent to mainland

Plan eyed to pump Navarre Beach effluent to mainland

The proposed sale of Navarre Beach Water and Sewer would probably involve building a new pipe across Santa Rosa Sound to transfer sewage for treatment at the mainland plant owned by Holley-Navarre Water System. “We would be hoping to run the sewage across and pump it inland,” said Billy Sublett, executive director of Holley-Navarre Water, […]