Jim Melvin

Navarre private school offers a traditional classical education

Navarre private school offers a traditional classical education

If you were to observe a recitation during the third week of first grade at Gulf Pointe Latin School (GPLS), you would hear 10 young voices happily and excitedly recite from memory in their sing-song young voices: the seasons, the five vowels and the sounds they make, how many months there are in a year […]

SpringHill celebrates grand opening

SpringHill celebrates grand opening

Hotelier Marilyn Hess and former District 4 Commissioner, Jim Melvin cut the ribbon celebrating the grand opening of the beach hotel. Melvin said the finished project was more the he could have imagined. Hess credits Melvin for making the hotel possible during his term as commissioner. Featured in the June 22 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Turtle center hatches

Turtle center hatches

The wooden beachfront shack sat vacant, collecting sand and salty grime from years of lacking care. Mold had begun to grow on the walls, floors and ceiling of the county-owned building. Once a state park information center, it shut its doors in 2008, left to sit and rot. Until some turtle ladies, a handful of […]

Draft flood mitigation plan reflects little action

Draft flood mitigation plan reflects little action

The floods of April 2014 illuminated flood-vulnerable areas and the lack of stormwater management in South Santa Rosa County. More than a year later, residents are still living in fear of when the next heavy storm system will flood their home. At this point, they feel it isn’t a matter of ‘if’ but a matter […]

‘No comment’

‘No comment’

We never understand why certain politicians refuse to deal with the press. Do they believe their “No comment” will prevent the story from running? It won’t. Or do they think that ignoring us will teach us some kind of lesson? It won’t. The only people they’re hurting are their constituents. We don’t need to tell […]

No recount in Cole/Melvin race

No recount in Cole/Melvin race

Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane and members of the county canvassing board reviewed 11 provisional ballots this morning. The results from those ballots provided enough votes to eliminate the need for a recount for the District 2 Board of County Commission race between incumbents Bob Cole and Jim Melvin. Unofficial results now show Cole […]

Candidate’s visits prompt questions

Like many other Santa Rosa County residents this campaign season, Norman Stephens was visited by a political candidate. Rob Williamson, who is seeking the District 4 county commission seat, stopped by Stephen’s house in Milton to campaign. Stephens, who has yard signs supporting Commission Chairman Jim Melvin, said during the visit Williamson claimed Melvin appointed […]

District 2 candidates focus on beach

District 2 candidates focus on beach

The primary election race for Santa Rosa County Commission District 2 is a bit of an oddity. Two current Santa Rosa County Commissioners — Bob Cole and Jim Melvin — are squaring off in the Republican primary. The winner will face Independent candidate Wallis Mahute in the general election. All three candidates spent nearly an hour […]

Voters to decide courthouse location

Voters to decide courthouse location

For three weeks Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Jim Melvin heard citizens protesting county plans to spend $3.75 million on a site for the proposed courthouse. Opposition was so strong that Melvin felt it doomed the entire project, which depends on voters passing a temporary sales tax increase. Therefore, he added site selection back to […]

Sixth candidate enters commission race

Sixth candidate enters commission race

Etta Lawlor filed papers March 7 with the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Office and is now the sixth candidate vying for commissioner in District 4. Lawler filed as a Libertarian Party of Florida candidate. The other five candidates — James Broxson, Ruth Esser, Yvonne Harper, Andrea McDermott and Rob Williamson — all filed […]

Candidates debut in first debate

Candidates debut in first debate

Nearly 50 people attended a Feb. 6 debate hosted by the Central Republican Club for the Santa Rosa County Commission District 4 seat, which represents the greater Navarre area. Currently five candidates are in that race – all of whom are Republican. The event gave commission hopefuls the opportunity to introduce themselves. Michael Sallmen, president […]

Melvin takes helm of reorganized commission

Santa Rosa County Commissioners reorganized at Thursday’s meeting, selecting District 4 Commissioner Jim Melvin as the board chair.  Melvin currently serves as the Navarre area’s representative on the Board. Melvin has served as vice-chair the past year. District 3 Commissioner Don Salter was selected as vice chair.  Each year the board organizes itself selecting a […]