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Five things to know: Countdown to legislative session 2020

Five things to know: Countdown to legislative session 2020

As of this issue’s publication date, there are 131 days until the start of Florida’s 2020 legislative session, but preparations are already in full swing. Governments, legislators, lobbyists and organizations throughout the state have been setting their priorities, talking strategy and drafting their bills to prepare for roughly 60 days of the meat and potatoes […]

Santa Rosa warned of state’s tight purse strings

Santa Rosa warned of state’s tight purse strings

We’ll try to help you, but we expect shallow pockets next year. That’s the message that the Santa Rosa County Legislative Delegation brought to local charities, political action groups and other organizations in a pre-Christmas hearing to discuss the 2019 budget and lawmaking session in Tallahassee. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue […]

Bridge tolls issue goes to court

Bridge tolls issue goes to court

Here comes the judge. After years of cautiously circling each other, posturing and trading ultimatums, state officials and the investors who bought bonds to build the Garcon Point Bridge are headed for a legal showdown. “It seems like they want it their way or no way,” State Rep. Jayer Williamson told the Navarre Press on […]

Williamson’s hands are tied at the water utility

Williamson’s hands are tied at the water utility

The list of duties that are legally off-limits to the newly minted $100,000-a-year Chief Executive Officer at Holley Navarre Water System keeps growing. Already being held at arm’s length by Santa Rosa County officials, ousted District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson also won’t likely be allowed to handle applications for federal and state grants or loans […]

Gulf Breeze seeks septic tank elimination

Gulf Breeze seeks septic tank elimination

The 1,000 or so septic tanks on residential properties in the City of Gulf Breeze are potential environmental hazards, and the municipality is proposing a massive switch to its sewer system. “We would like to start making this happen, especially in areas near Santa Rosa Sound, to protect it from potential contamination,” said Mayor Matt […]

Questions swirl around drainage projects

Questions swirl around drainage projects

Although Holley by the Sea residents are eager for some of the county’s 30 proposed stormwater protection projects to begin in their area, some suggest that a more organized approach is needed. “We want to get things done. But the right things,” said Yvonne Harper, president of the Holley by the Sea Improvement Association, a […]

Prosecutor drops Broxson probe

Prosecutor drops Broxson probe

The state prosecutor in Tallahassee has closed his investigation into a complaint that State Sen.-elect Doug Broxson violated a campaign law involving special interest groups during his successful race against Mike Hill. “I don’t see this going anywhere,” said State Attorney Willie Meggs in a phone interview with the Navarre Press. “I don’t see that […]

Broxson and Hill eye the future

Broxson and Hill eye the future

The estranged friends who battled for Northwest Florida’s state senate seat are both making plans in the wake of Doug Broxson’s decisive win over fellow Republican Mike Hill. Broxson said he is already focused on ensuring that legislators in other parts of the state don’t muscle away some of the $1.5 billion in BP settlement […]

Broxson wins mud fight for state Senate

Broxson wins mud fight for state Senate

Emerging from a campaign that brought out the worst in both candidates and some supporters, Doug Broxson defeated Republican Mike Hill for the northwest Florida state Senate seat by about 3,600 votes, winning 57.59 percent of those cast. Although neither Broxson nor his campaign returned a reporter’s phone calls Tuesday night, Hill said, “I’m disappointed […]

Broxson criticizes water utility endorsements

Broxson criticizes water utility endorsements

Doug Broxson has been phoning members of the Holley-Navarre Water System board to express concerns over their plan to endorse a candidate for the Northwest Florida Senate seat he is seeking. Broxson, the Republican state representative for Santa Rosa and northern Okaloosa counties, told the Navarre Press he objects to appearing for an interview before […]

Resign-to-run law ensnares Jayer Williamson

Resign-to-run law ensnares Jayer Williamson

Florida’s so-called resign-to-run law has been occasionally overlooked by candidates seeking higher office, and last week it forced District 1 Commissioner Jayer Williamson to resign abruptly from his county post. “I knew I would have to resign at some point but I thought it would be midnight of the election and I could finish my […]