lease fees

Dilapidated beach house on the market for $1.5 million

Dilapidated beach house on the market for $1.5 million

Boarded up windows overlook white sand beaches and garbage lays alongside a new for sale sign at a home that has riled neighbors for more than a decade. Legal proceedings to terminate the lease on the crumbling Gulf front home at 7315 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach have stalled, and the owners have made yet […]

County pursues lease-fee laggards

County pursues lease-fee laggards

Three years after county commissioners agreed to cap the annual lease fees on Navarre Beach residential property at $250 a year, about 150 leaseholder accounts are still overdue with total delinquencies of $215,258. Some of the lease accounts have had overdue balances that started long before the county capped the fees in 2015, and a […]

Board seeks way to revive fee simple bill

Board seeks way to revive fee simple bill

Federal fee simple legislation for Navarre Beach is dead in the water, but the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed possible alterations that could jump-start the bill’s chances in the Senate. Three of five commissioners indicated they would be willing to modify the language of Senate Bill 1073 if it meant securing fee […]

The Santa Rosa exemption

The Santa Rosa exemption

When the U.S. Senate returns to Capitol Hill in September from its monthlong vacation, the members will be considering national issues such as reforming health care and rewriting the tax code. But along with the big issues, there is a measure on the agenda that will directly affect only two counties in the Florida Panhandle. […]

Fee simple survives committee without amendment

Fee simple survives committee without amendment

Never before has legislation to give Santa Rosa Island residents ownership of their property been so favorably positioned according to supporters. The fee simple title bill, entitled “Escambia County Land Conveyance Act,” has made it out of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Spearheading the bill is freshman U.S. congressman […]

Fee simple title gains support in Washington

Fee simple title gains support in Washington

Legislation to give residents of Navarre Beach equal rights to their land has garnered a new supporter in Washington. Democratic U.S. senator for Florida Bill Nelson signed on as co-sponsor earlier this month for a bill that would allow fee simple title for Navarre Beach residents. Senate bill 1073 entitled “Escambia County Land Conveyance Act” […]

County pursues overdue lease fees

County pursues overdue lease fees

Two years after county commissioners agreed to cap the annual lease fees on Navarre Beach residential property at $250 year, more than 200 leaseholder accounts are still overdue with total delinquencies exceeding $200,000. Read the full article in the April 20 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Time line of the missing Sugar Dunes lease fees

Time line of the missing Sugar Dunes lease fees

The strategy of writing off a long overdue debt recently cost Santa Rosa County about $180,000, but it sliced the annual lease fees roughly in half for the owners of 14 Navarre Beach condominium units in the Sugar Dunes complex. Thus the saga of Sugar Dunes’ unaccounted-for lease fees ended last month without so much […]

Sugar Dunes leaseholders left in limbo

Sugar Dunes leaseholders left in limbo

Even the most aggressive bill collectors must sometimes resign themselves to writing off some debts. Whether the difficulty is because of a bankruptcy, the death of a debtor or the lack of adequate records to legally support the claim, most banks, retailers and others with stale receivables on their books know that the time may […]

Beach replenishment tab is moving target

Beach replenishment tab is moving target

Although at least three Santa Rosa commissioners support exempting beach leaseholders from paying an extra share of the planned $17 million sand replenishment project, the board’s eventual vote will likely hinge on the county’s overall budget needs. “I think we’re going to see some commissioners keep their powder dry” until next year’s budget is prepared […]

Lease fees overdue on hundreds of beach properties

Lease fees overdue on hundreds of beach properties

More than 300 Navarre Beach leaseholders are at least 120 days behind on paying their lease fees in amounts totaling $348,145, according to Santa Rosa County finance records. Most of the delinquencies, which range from a few hundred dollars to more than $9,000 each, are less than a year old, but some date back as […]

County in quandary over missing lease fees

County in quandary over missing lease fees

The mystery of why $180,000 in lease fees from 14 Navarre Beach condominium units weren’t paid to the county since the 1980s has government officials and the homeowners searching for answers. Read the full article in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

Condo complex’s contested lease fees top $180,000

Condo complex’s contested lease fees top $180,000

The lease fees collected by a developer from the owners of 14 Sugar Dunes condominium units since the late 1980s, but never paid to Santa Rosa County as normally required, total more than $180,000. The Sugar Dunes homeowners association’s property manager, Tammy Pahal-Morgan, said she learned of the discrepancy soon after being hired in 2014. […]

Lease fee cap eludes hundreds on Navarre Beach

Lease fee cap eludes hundreds on Navarre Beach

About 1500 Navarre Beach residents who are eligible for the new $250 cap on their lease fees have missed the June 30 deadline to apply for them, costing some individuals hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Only about 500 of the roughly 2,000 lessees eligible for the cap have filed the required application, said Mike Burton, Santa Rosa County finance director. “They need to contact the […]

Beach lease fees on Feb. 9 agenda

Beach lease fees on Feb. 9 agenda

Santa Rosa County Commissioners plan to continue working with federal delegates toward fee simple ownership on Santa Rosa Island, which would effectively eliminate Navarre Beach’s 2,020 residential beach leases. In the meantime, the county is drafting an “equitable” Navarre Beach lease fee policy for consideration at the Feb. 9 commission committee meeting. After the Florida […]