Economic development office

County officials’ travel expenses reviewed

County officials’ travel expenses reviewed

The travel by certain Santa Rosa County officials at taxpayers’ expense to numerous trade shows, government conferences and industry seminars is raising questions about the value of some trips. From the North American Travel Journalists Convention in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to Florida Association of Counties workshops in Ponte Vedra near Jacksonville, the receipts in county […]

Some locales land Tough Mudder without taxpayer dollars

Some locales land Tough Mudder without taxpayer dollars

The $110,000 subsidy that Santa Rosa County officials have voted to pay for-profit Tough Mudder Inc. in return for staging its military style endurance event near Milton next April is far more taxpayer funding than the New York-based company often receives. “I hope they make a lot of money as long as we’re not going […]

Tension builds over role of TDC

Tension builds over role of TDC

After months of turmoil between county officials and the Tourist Development Council (TDC), Commissioner Rob Williamson wants to revisit the ordinance that established the TDC, and some members are concerned he’s trying to redefine their roles. Tension has been building since last year, when the county brought the tourism staff in-house and under the supervision […]