Leaseholders

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 get clean slate

Sugar Dunes leaseholders get clean slate

The leaseholders of 14 condominium units at Sugar Dunes on Navarre Beach will be allowed to pay the amended annual fee rate of $250 each, even though $180,000 remains due on the property, uncollected by the County since 1987.   “From our perspective we are clean,” Ron Lewis, president of the condo association, said. County […]

Deadline looms for late lease fees

Deadline looms for late lease fees

With the Nov. 1 deadline imminent for the payment of delinquent lease fees, nearly 200 Navarre Beach residents still haven’t caught up on overdue amounts that range from a few hundred dollars to more than $9,000. Read the full article in the Oct. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little […]

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 […]

County eyes unpaid lease fees

County eyes unpaid lease fees

Navarre Beach residents have long complained about being required to pay both Santa Rosa County ad valorem taxes along with their property lease fees. But some haven’t paid the latter for years. In fact, although the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association is lobbying to use lease fees to pay their share of the recent […]

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 […]

Fee Simple Title legislation passes House committee

Fee Simple Title legislation passes House committee

The House Natural Resources Committee has moved forward legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla. to allow Santa Rosa Island leaseholders to attain fee simple title to their property. H.R. 1452 would authorize Escambia County to convey certain property on Santa Rosa Island. It would also streamline the management of the island by conveying […]

Bridge toll proposed to help fund future renourishment

Bridge toll proposed to help fund future renourishment

Pensacola Beach already has its estimates for beach renourishment and the cost is 8 percent lower than the estimate for Navarre Beach’s renourishment. Robert Coley is just one of many Navarre Beach leaseholders who will be footing a good portion of the bill, and he wants the county look into the cost difference. Coley also […]

Leaseholders shouldn’t pay more for renourishment

Leaseholders shouldn’t pay more for renourishment

If you’ve been to Navarre Beach this summer, raise your hand. If you’ve gone jet skiing in the Sound, or paddleboarding in the Gulf, raise your hand. If you’ve gone snorkeling on the reefs, raise your hand. There’s no doubt that Navarre Beach is our greatest asset. Whether it’s attracting tourism or full-time residents, that […]

Clock’s ticking on beach renourishment

Clock’s ticking on beach renourishment

When Santa Rosa County began discussing the next go-round of beach renourishment in January 2013, the estimated price was $12 million to $13 million. All necessary permits have been issued and the project now has an $18 million price tag, which could increase to $19 million if the county doesn’t act soon, according to Michael […]

Renourishment, sign pollution concerns top survey

Renourishment, sign pollution concerns top survey

Sign pollution, a contingency plan for beach renourishment funding and adding lifeguard coverage west of Navarre Beach Fishing Pier are top concerns for some island residents. Recently the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association polled its 287 members, asking them on which issues they want the group’s leadership to focus. Nearly 15 percent responded. Tim […]

Good news, bad news for leaseholders

Good news, bad news for leaseholders

The good news is the Board of County Commissioners is expected to reduce some residential beach lease fees Thursday. The bad news is commissioners plan to discuss implementing another municipal services benefit unit tax on leaseholders to fund future beach renourishment projects. Last year the Florida Supreme Court upheld the assessment of property taxes on […]

Leaseholders encourage attendance at upcoming workshop

Leaseholders encourage attendance at upcoming workshop

Residential beach leaseholders are a bit unnerved as the clock ticks toward an extended March 31 deadline for lease fee payments. Whether or not they will have to pay them remains unresolved, but the matter is scheduled for discussion at an upcoming Santa Rosa County Commission workshop. The Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) […]

House approves Miller’s Santa Rosa Island legislation

House approves Miller’s Santa Rosa Island legislation

The House of Representatives Thursday approved a bill, sponsored by Congressman Jeff Miller, that would require Escambia County to convey Navarre Beach to Santa Rosa County and provides an option for leaseholders on Santa Rosa Island in both counties to gain fee simple title to their property. “Santa Rosa and Escambia counties have requested legislation that […]