Jayer Williamson

Cole: “We live in a county of cowards.”

Cole: “We live in a county of cowards.”

Navarre Area United Political Action Committee (PAC) has offered anonymity for donors contributing to the $41,000 price tag of a Navarre incorporation feasibility study. But the legal footing of that promise may be in question. PAC leader Jonathan Cole told potential donors they would not have to disclose their name, address and occupation as is required […]

Navarre Beach Fire set for special election

Navarre Beach Fire set for special election

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue will be on the special election ballot in August seeking to become a special fire district. The issue was brought before the Board of County Commissioners Monday. Fire board member Ben Boyd said they wanted to get the nonbinding referendum of the special election ballot, otherwise it would have to wait […]

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 […]

Election results for Santa Rosa County

Election results for Santa Rosa County

With a resounding voice at the polls, more than 57 percent of registered voters in Santa Rosa County cast their ballot in the 2018 mid-term election. In the U.S. Senate race, Rick Scott (Rep) received an overwhelming 74.5 percent of the vote over Bill Nelson (Dem), while in the state overall Scott had a slim […]

Osborne challenges Williamson for Florida House seat

Osborne challenges Williamson for Florida House seat

Time is running short for candidates throw their hat into the ring for the 2018 election season, and in a surprise development a new candidate has announced she will challenge incumbent Jayer Williamson of Pace for the Florida House of Representative District 3 seat. Bobbi Sue Osborne of Jay filed to open a campaign fund […]

Businessman accepts $850,000 offer for courthouse site

Businessman accepts $850,000 offer for courthouse site

Pensacola businessman Jerry Long didn’t waste time in accepting Santa Rosa’s $850,000 offer for his 19 acres on Avalon Boulevard as the prospective site of the new county courthouse. Long accepted the offer within days after the commission voted to make it last week, according to County Administrator Tony Gomillion. If the 75-day due diligence […]

New tax starts in January

New tax starts in January

Collection of a half-penny sales tax in Santa Rosa County will begin in January of next year, but appointment of the oversight committee for the LOST has been delayed until weeks before that collection. The Infrastructure Surtax Citizen Committee (ISCC) will look at spending of the estimated $35 million of revenue generated by the half-penny […]

Move afoot to get Parker seated now

Move afoot to get Parker seated now

Republican nominee Sam Parker is the only candidate left standing for the District 1 County Commissioner’s seat after write-in candidate Caleb Boudreaux dropped out Sept. 1. If he had defeated Boudreaux in the general election he would have taken office Nov. 15 at the end of previous commissioner Jayer Williamson’s term, but the seat is […]

Wild ride as more candidates enter races, others drop out

Wild ride as more candidates enter races, others drop out

Candidate signs have been going up like wildfire here, there and everywhere – something code enforcement won’t be happy about since so many enthusiastic campaign staffers forget to take them down after the elections are over. There were a number of late-minute surprises last week at the Santa Rosa County Elections office in what has […]

Gulf Breeze eyes big profit on Wayside Park

Gulf Breeze eyes big profit on Wayside Park

In a proposed deal that even Donald Trump might envy, the Gulf Breeze City Council is seeking a mark-up of nearly $13 million on a $100 investment by selling a sliver of Wayside Park to the state as right-of-way for the new Pensacola Bay Bridge. With the deadline just two weeks away for the Florida […]

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 […]

Timing of sales-tax vote under scrutiny

Timing of sales-tax vote under scrutiny

Some backers of the proposed 1-cent sales tax to pay for a new Santa Rosa County courthouse are debating whether their plan should be put before the voters in prime time. They’re unsure if a required countywide referendum about the local- option sales tax will stand a better chance on the August primary ballot, or […]

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 […]

Lynchard gets gavel as chairman

Lynchard gets gavel as chairman

Santa Rosa County officials have discussed building a new courthouse for more than two decades. Last week, they agreed waiting another month to decide the fate of a proposed site wouldn’t hurt. Commissioners are divided on a recent proposal to build the judicial center, estimated to cost between $30 – $40 million, in a low-lying […]

Rains, drains and pains

Rains, drains and pains

In the past two weekends, Navarre has seen more than a foot of rain. When the remnants of Hurricane Patricia swept through Oct. 25 – 26, nearly 7 inches of rain fell. The rain totals of Halloween weekend were nearly that at 6.41 inches with some areas receiving 7 inches. Rewind to Sept. 28 and […]

Jayer Williamson will seek State Representative Dist. 3 seat in 2018

Jayer Williamson will seek State Representative Dist. 3 seat in 2018

In a statement released today, Jayer Williamson announced that he will not seek re-election for his county commission seat, but instead will seek the District 3 State Representative seat in 2018. “This may be a surprise to many of you, but it became clear to me the decision I felt most comfortable with is to fulfill […]

Jayer Williamson earns special designation

Jayer Williamson earns special designation

The Florida Association of Counties presented District 1 Commissioner Jayer Williamson with the Certified County Commissioner designation following his completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association. Williamson received the designation with 12 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony at the FAC annual conference in St. Johns County. Read the full story […]

Jayer Williamson to lead transportation board

Jayer Williamson to lead transportation board

Santa Rosa County District 1 Commissioner Jayer Williamson June 10 was named chairman of the Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). “It is an honor to have the support of other elected officials from Northwest Florida and South Alabama,” Williamson said, adding, “The decisions we make now about our roads will impact future generations.” Read the […]

Conference helps lure industry scouts

Conference helps lure industry scouts

Business continues to thrive in Santa Rosa Industrial Park, and a visit this week by county officials to a large retail conference appears to have attracted more industrial scouts to the area. Santa Rosa County District 1 Commissioner Jayer Williamson and Shannon Ogletree, the county’s economic development director, just returned from the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference […]

Commissioners visit Tallahassee to push for state funds

Commissioners visit Tallahassee to push for state funds

Santa Rosa County Commissioners Jayer Williamson and Rob Williamson attended training in Tallahassee last week, where they also met with state legislators to seek local funding. The duo attended training through the Florida Association of Counties and pushed the county’s 2015 funding wish list with state legislators, who are about midway through their 60-day regular session. […]

BooFest features golf, music, fun

BooFest features golf, music, fun

A fun-loving crowd filled a huge portable tent at The Club at Hidden Creek July 26 to enjoy country music, country folks and to support area charities. PGA Tour pro Boo Weekley’s annual charity golf outing, BooFest, generates funds that are donated to nearly 20 charities including the Air Commandos Association, Fisher House Foundation, Navarre High School […]