funding

Governor to Obama: Fund Zika fight now

Governor to Obama:  Fund Zika fight now

In late January, the first concerns about the Zika virus began to surface in the state of Florida.  By February, the first alert was issued and Santa Rosa County had reported its first and, to date, only case of the mosquito-borne illness which was travel-related.  On Feb. 2, the Florida Department of Health in Santa […]

Round up for fire safety aids first-responders

Round up for fire safety aids first-responders

Would you like to round that up? Firehouse Subs has been asking that question of customers since 2005 when they created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The organization’s mission is to provide funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the nonprofit arm of the company, they have given […]

Increase needed for Holley-Navarre Fire

Increase needed for Holley-Navarre Fire

Many changes have taken place in Navarre during the last decade; the number of households has doubled, the population has soared, and schools are bursting at the seams. New home construction rates are up and two new apartment complexes are set to join the market in 2016. Read the full article in the Feb. 4 […]

Proposal on sharing tourist tax meets resistance

Proposal on sharing tourist tax meets resistance

Wresting control of some local tourist tax dollars to use for statewide leisure industry promotion and fund law enforcement may sound like a good idea in Tallahassee, but it’s getting mixed reviews hereabout. State Rep. Matthew Gaetz, chairman of the House Tax and Finance Committee, recently proposed legislation allowing up to 10 percent of bed […]

The courthouse roller coaster ongoing

The courthouse roller coaster ongoing

Most agree that Santa Rosa County needs a new courthouse. What can’t be agreed on is how big, how much, funding sources, or where to put it. The City of Milton wants it to stay in downtown Milton. Milton’s City Manager Brian Watkins made a presentation to the commissioner showing the “status of action” on […]

TDC Board approves two applicants for expiring term

TDC Board approves two applicants for expiring term

The board of directors for the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council voted in favor of recommending two of the three interested applicants to the Board of County Commissioners to fill two seats being vacated on the board.  They also voted to approve $32,000 in funding for organizations who submitted applications to receive grant money […]

Turtle center funding expected to resume in July

Turtle center funding expected to resume in July

Following Commissioner Rob Williamson’s surprise move to suspend county funding for the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, its representatives had their say at Monday morning’s commission meeting. During the public forum Navarre resident Yvonne Harper suggested Williamson’s actions may have led some to wrongly infer there had been a misappropriation of funds. Harper questioned […]

Renourishment tops local RESTORE proposals

Renourishment tops local RESTORE proposals

  Despite Navarre Beach renourishment’s top ranking in several local RESTORE funding categories, it’s not likely that Santa Rosa County will fund the proposal’s full $1 million request from that pot of money. The reasoning, according to County Commissioner Lane Lynchard, is because beach renourishment, which will total roughly $18 million, will happen “regardless” of […]

Beach renourishment tops RESTORE tourism funding scores

Beach renourishment tops RESTORE tourism funding scores

Two proposals for Navarre Beach restoration scored at the top of tourism proposals submitted for the first allotment of local RESTORE funding, which is expected to total around $4.3 million. More than 50 projects totaling more than $52 million are vying for the first local allotment, resulting from the RESTORE Act funds following the 2010 […]

56 projects compete for $4.3 million

56 projects compete for $4.3 million

Santa Rosa County is expecting roughly $4.3 million in its first direct allotment of RESTORE funding resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Allocation decisions are being made, and some Tourism Development Council (TDC) members are concerned about possible conflicts of interest. Before the April 3 submission deadline, the county received 56 project proposals, […]