Lane Lynchard

BREAKING: PAC seeking incorporation ballot measure

BREAKING: PAC seeking incorporation ballot measure

A political action committee (PAC) is seeking to revive an effort to incorporate Navarre into its own city. Navarre Area United PAC is scheduled to make an appearance at the Monday Board of County Commissioners meeting. Agenda documentation provided ahead of the meeting did not provide any information regarding the purpose of the meeting, only […]

Holley Navarre Water System President James Calkins resigns

Holley Navarre Water System President James Calkins resigns

After his contentious appointment to the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board Thursday, James Calkins resigned as the President of the Holley Navarre Water System Board of Director in a letter emailed to fellow board members and water system staff Friday. In the letter Calkins wrote he would no longer be able to fulfill his duties […]

Update: Sanborn resigns from Tourist Development Council

Update: Sanborn resigns from Tourist Development Council

Update: Jack Sanborn submitted his letter of resignation from his position on the Tourist Development Council Thursday to the Board of County Commissioners. He resigned prior to a scheduled vote to by the BOCC to decide whether or not to remove Sanborn from the council following allegations of threats made on social media and an […]

County considering new tax for sheriff’s office

County considering new tax for sheriff’s office

While trying to reconcile the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office’s budget request to revenue realities, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed the possibility Thursday of implementing a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) for law enforcement services during the first of their annual budget workshops. Sheriff Bob Johnson told commissioners that he needs nearly every penny […]

Storage units planned for Heart of Navarre

Storage units planned for Heart of Navarre

County Commissioner Lane Lynchard has requested a variance from zoning laws in the Heart of Navarre to build a self-storage business. Lynchard and business partner Nadja Robles plan to build a storage unit facility along Highway 87 north of James M. Harvell Road. The 5.2-acre property is next door to Navarre Cross Fit. The Zoning […]

Beach residents off the hook for renourishment

Beach residents off the hook for renourishment

Navarre Beach dwellers won’t have to pay a special assessment for this summer’s $15 million sand renewal, the Santa Rosa County Commission vote unanimously Tuesday night. Although Lane Lynchard, the commission chairman, said that beach residents do receive a “disproportionate benefit” from renewal of the shoreline, he acceded to his three board colleagues, who all […]

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 […]

Tourism leaders seek delay in beach dredging

Tourism leaders seek delay in beach dredging

The cheapest price isn’t the best deal on the $15 million dredging project to renourish Navarre Beach this spring, area tourism leaders assert. They estimate the economic damage to the area’s leisure industry at $10 million, far more than Santa Rosa County Commissioners will save by recently accepting the lowest bid from Weeks Marine Inc., […]

Commissioner raises concerns with Tough Mudder

Commissioner raises concerns with Tough Mudder

Following doubts expressed by area tourism leaders on the value of the Tough Mudder Inc. military-style endurance event scheduled for next April, District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson is stepping in before Santa Rosa County signs a contract with the New York company. In a Dec. 3 email to Kate Fitzpatrick, a Tough Mudder senior director, […]

Navarre Beach Restoration to begin in March

Navarre Beach Restoration to begin in March

Weeks Marine won the bid for the Navarre Beach restoration project and operations are expected to commence in March with completion in mid-June. Weeks Marine is the same company that performed the Navarre Beach restoration in 2006 and was the low bidder coming in at $14,920,300 – $3 million less than the original estimate. The […]

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 […]

Public pushes back on RESTORE plans

Public pushes back on RESTORE plans

Too much process and not enough progress to protect our precious coast. That’s the reaction of about a dozen Santa Rosa County residents to the local RESTORE Act council’s recommendations for spending $3.7 million in BP oil spill recovery money on 15 projects conceived as boosts for the area’s environment and economy. “What saddened me […]

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 […]

Williamson suggests more staff

Williamson suggests more staff

Santa Rosa County Jan. 15 began accepting applications for the first allocation of local RESTORE Act funding – roughly $4.3 million. District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson suggested adding county staff to help manage up to $75 million anticipated for 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill recovery. In a Dec. 30 email, Williamson asked County Administrator […]

Long-awaited RESTORE guidelines expected this week

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson met with local leaders Aug. 6 in Pensacola, pushing for release of hundreds of millions of dollars intended to help Florida’s coastal communities recover from the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, which resulted in the largest oil spill U.S. history. Congress passed the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived […]