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PSC vocational campus planned for I-10 industrial park

PSC vocational campus planned for I-10 industrial park

Santa Rosa County’s Northwest Florida Industrial Park @ I-10 may soon be home to a Pensacola State College (PSC) satellite campus. Currently, the plan consists of creation of a 5 acre truck driver training facility for PSC students to gain vocational credits. The campus could later be expanded to include lineman vocational training as well […]

Candidates air views on county’s development, economic growth

Candidates air views on county’s development, economic growth

Precinct 34, an initiative to improve voter turnout in the Navarre area, brought together more than a dozen candidates for a variety of offices to debate the issues April 17. The main event of the Precinct 34 Candidate Forum involved the County Commission race. Two of the board’s five seats are up for election, including […]

New sales pitch needed for latest courthouse location

New sales pitch needed for latest courthouse location

When the proposed location for a new county courthouse was rejected by voters last year, it failed despite a core of support from downtown Milton and unanimity among the Santa Rosa commissioners who proposed it. The latest prospective site has neither. “I’m disappointed,” Milton City Council Member Alan Lowery told this newspaper Thursday after a […]

Navarre Beach renewal in line behind Sarasota

Navarre Beach renewal in line behind Sarasota

When Weeks Marine Inc. postponed its scheduled restoration of Pensacola Beach last week it seemed to signal that the company could start dredging and filling on Navarre Beach as planned on or about April 1. That’s because some of the same equipment and crew members used in filling in Pensacola Beach with sand dredged from […]

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 […]

County will seek more time to restore beach

County will seek more time to restore beach

The local hospitality industry’s quest to delay the Navarre Beach restoration project may get inadvertent support from Sheila Fitzgerald, director of Santa Rosa County special projects and grants. This move is unrelated to the Tourist Development Council’s recent plea to county commissioners that the $15 million project be pushed back to start after Labor Day […]

Still no site picked for new courthouse

Still no site picked for new courthouse

Downtown Milton has emerged as the most likely site for the proposed new Santa Rosa County courthouse if the challenges of environmental permitting and stormwater control at the low-lying locale can be met. Although the county commissioners aren’t scheduled to vote on the location until early next year, three of the panel’s five members now […]

Economic development giveaways drop

Economic development giveaways drop

Freebies are falling out of fashion as a means to lure new employers to Santa Rosa County. The recent slowdown by county officials in bestowing money or other incentives, such as discounting the sale of government-owned property to prospective new employers, is in step with the current advice of some economists. Job-recruiting sweeteners approved by […]

Same song, second verse?

Same song, second verse?

This past Monday our county commissioners voted to enter employment negotiations with Tony Gomillion to replace long-time county administrator Hunter Walker. Tony has been a department director with the county for 29 years, both as public services director and as environmental control director. On one hand, his 29 years with Santa Rosa County speaks volumes […]

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. […]

Public pushes back on RESTORE plans

Public pushes back on RESTORE plans

Too much process and not enough progress to protect our precious coast. That’s the reaction of about a dozen Santa Rosa County residents to the local RESTORE Act council’s recommendations for spending $3.7 million in BP oil spill recovery money on 15 projects conceived as boosts for the area’s environment and economy. “What saddened me […]