Jim Waite

Zoning members out; Parker accused of intimidation

Zoning members out; Parker accused of intimidation

The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners voted  4-1 Monday morning to fire the entire Zoning Board, a citizen committee appointed by commissioners to hear cases for exceptions to the Land Development Code. Three of those appointees found themselves in hot water after, what Commission Chairman Sam Parker called, “disingenuous and disrespectful” comments during their […]

Zoning board members resign after voter criticism

Zoning board members resign after voter criticism

In the fallout of a failed sales tax referendum, two of the appointees to the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board have issued their resignation following negative comments toward voters. Jim Waite and Jeremy Reeder both made comments regarding traffic concerns on Woodbine Road Oct. 10, implying that voters objecting at the polls to a sales […]

Retribution from the zoning board

Retribution from the zoning board

Well, the voters have spoken, and it’s not really a surprise what they said. Support the tax or oppose it, street chatter revealed what the outcome was likely to be. The proposed increase of a half cent to the county’s local option sales tax failed by a large margin. Unfortunately, the appointees of the zoning […]

Sales tax fallout: Zoning board and commissioners respond

Sales tax fallout: Zoning board and commissioners respond

In all but one precinct of voting, a proposed one cent local option sales tax for Santa Rosa County failed to pass Oct. 8. For the County Commissioners who had championed the tax to tackle deteriorated infrastructure and mounting sheriff’s office requests, the result was a wake-up call. After dozens of public hearings in which citizens […]

Cellular Nerd temp location receives county OK

Cellular Nerd temp location receives county OK

Driving down U.S. Highway 98 in the Heart of Navarre a new popular site has begun to spring up: mobile businesses. Though a few have come and gone through the area, donut shops, hot dogs, phone repair and more have been becoming a regular sight.   Read the full article in the May 16 issue […]

Zoning Board split on 726 home development in Pace

Zoning Board split on 726 home development in Pace

After more than 3 hours of emotional debate and a meeting that ran past midnight, Zoning Board members could not come to a consensus regarding development of 726 homes along Woodbine Road in Pace called Lakes of Woodbine. The Santa Rosa County board room in Milton was packed with members of the impact fee and […]

Special swine guest tries to sway Zoning Board

Special swine guest tries to sway Zoning Board

Supporters of miniature pigs in Santa Rosa County gained a victory last night after the Zoning Board voted 5 to 1 to recommend approval of allowing the pigs in subdivisions. They got a little help from a special guest. Currently, all pigs are considered livestock under county ordinance. While residents may have a pet pig […]

Baskerville-Donovan secures Tom King Bayou design

Baskerville-Donovan secures Tom King Bayou design

For Baskerville-Donovan Inc. (BDI), Holley by the Sea’s flooding woes have become a continuing source of work and income from the county. The Pensacola-based engineering firm has secured more than $1 million for study and design work in the area. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

Zoning Board packed over motocross debate

Zoning Board packed over motocross debate

Children of various ages in motocross gear accompanied dozens of adults who crowded into the Santa Rosa County Commission meeting hall the night of July 12 for the monthly Zoning Board meeting. The group gathered with a single goal in mind: Support Josh Neptune in his attempt to open a motocross facility at 8115 Munson […]

New doubts cloud hotel plan

New doubts cloud hotel plan

Shortly after signals that the project was moving forward, a proposed new hotel for Navarre has been put back on hold indefinitely. Temporarily dubbed Navarre Hotel, the planned business on Highway 98 just east of the Navarre Beach Bridge has been in the works for years and has hit multiple holdups. The now-defunct plans filed […]

Whispering Pines development: apartments no, subdivision yes

Whispering Pines development: apartments no, subdivision yes

It was standing room only Nov. 9 at the Tiger Point Community Center as roughly 100 people showed up to speak out against two developments along Whispering Pines Boulevard being considered by the county Zoning Board. The crowd succeeded in securing unanimous rejection of one of the developments, Sanctuary Apartments. But that denial is not […]

Holley by the Sea wetlands regulation hits wall

Holley by the Sea wetlands regulation hits wall

All or nothing. That was the stance of the county Zoning Board May 11 as they voted unanimously against a procedure change that could improve stormwater drainage in the county’s largest flood-prone subdivision. The current version of a change in the building permit process would require builders in Holley by the Sea (HBTS) to provide […]

Shoreline setback could shorten for Santa Rosa

Shoreline setback could shorten for Santa Rosa

Discussion of shoreline setback regulations for Santa Rosa County by the Zoning Board Thursday, Nov. 10 may result in changes to the law regarding the 50-foot regulation to limit just how far construction can encroach toward the water. Data provided by the planning and development office showed that the board generally approves most requests. Between […]

Navarre Beach developers make their case

Navarre Beach developers make their case

Steve and Ann Hering get it: numerous neighbors of their would-be 60-house subdivision on Navarre Beach adamantly oppose the project, in part because the couple owes about $1.4 million in back property taxes. The Herings are all too aware that the building and zoning board has voted 6-1 against their request for variances that would […]

Rough seas ahead for SHIPs due to strained infrastructure

Rough seas ahead for SHIPs due to strained infrastructure

While the Navarre community was deliberating  support for a hike in fire taxes for a Holley-Navarre Fire District strapped for personnel, Holley-Navarre Water System scrambles to keep pace with growing water and sewer needs, U.S. Highway 98’s excess of 5,000 cars and Navarre High School is bursting at the seams, an outside agency has determined […]

Zoning Board says ‘no way’ to pet pigs

Zoning Board says ‘no way’ to pet pigs

These little piggies need to find a new home. A Pace family may have to relocate their four pet pigs after a variance was denied by the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board Thursday, Aug. 11, to allow the pigs in a residential neighborhood. It was a close vote, split 3-3. The applicant, Joseph Passman said […]

Get to know the Zoning Board

Get to know the Zoning Board

Created in 2011, the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board governs how land is used in Santa Rosa County. Whether building a grocery store in a neighborhood or digging a pit in the backyard, you will likely have to fill out a request with the Zoning Board. The board consists of two members for each district […]

HBTS Drainage Town Hall meeting

HBTS Drainage Town Hall meeting

Baskerville Donovan brought its drainage study presentation to the Holley by the Sea Recreation Facility for a town hall meeting at the request of HBTS Board President Yvonne Harper. About 50-60 members were present as well as Santa Rosa County Administrator Tony Gomillion, County Engineer Roger Blaylock and County Commissioner Rob Williamson. Read the full […]

Holley by the Sea drainage study released

Holley by the Sea drainage study released

The $400,000 engineering study ordered up by Santa Rosa County commissioners at the urging of then county commissioner Jim Melvin, suggests more than $80 million in possible flood control measures for Holley by the Sea. The Holley by the Sea Drainage Improvements Project report (storm water study) is complete. It can be read at: http://hbtsnews.com/FullDrainageStudy.pdf […]