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Gulf Breeze struggles to balance budget

Gulf Breeze struggles to balance budget

Find me the money. That’s what City of Gulf Breeze council members are saying to department heads and their accountant as they try to escape a pool of red ink welling up in the budget for next year. Although the municipality of about 6,000 residents boasts an affluent image with average housing values topping $240,000– […]

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 […]

Save $1 million to lose $10 million or Penny wise – pound foolish

Save $1 million to lose $10 million or Penny wise – pound foolish

Beach renourishment makes our beaches beautiful and whole again. It’s the process by which new sand is brought up from the Gulf to replace the lost sand on our beaches. That is an oversimplification of course. The end result is beautiful but the process is not. Our beaches will be under major construction with large […]

2-4-6-8 how do you negotiate?

2-4-6-8 how do you negotiate?

When you buy a house, you negotiate the sales price. When you buy a car, you negotiate the bottom dollar on the car. When you take a new job, you negotiate the salary and terms of your employment. Very few things in life are set in stone – most things are negotiable. Our county seems […]

Tough Mudder eases lodging demands

Tough Mudder eases lodging demands

Tough Mudder Inc. blinked. Under questioning from a prospective lodging “partner” about the company’s recent financial demands in return for promoting Santa Rosa County overnight stays at its event scheduled here next April, a company executive now says its fees are negotiable. A month after sending out controversial contracts to area hotels and condominium managers […]

Record-breaking year for Pier

Record-breaking year for Pier

The Navarre Beach pier operator has averted a debt default and takeover of its operations by Santa Rosa County, but Coastal Concessions nevertheless says sharing business responsibilities could help avoid a future financial crisis. Commission Chairman Lane Lynchard agreed in an email to the Navarre Press that a “more equitable division of expenses could be […]

Santa Rosa Tax Collector returns unspent funds to county

Santa Rosa Tax Collector returns unspent funds to county

At the Nov. 12 Santa Rosa Board of Commissioners meeting held at the Tiger Point Community Center, Santa Rosa Tax Collector Stan Colie Nichols returned $370,081 in unspent funds back to the county. “It’s always one of my favorite days of the year,” Nichols said. “I’m proud of our staff and our team. We work […]