legislation

Legislative session a mixed bag for school district

Legislative session a mixed bag for school district

The deadline for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign or veto bills in 2019 has passed, and the results have left the Santa Rosa County School District with more freedom than they previously had. HB 7070, a massive and complex education bill, received the Governor’s signature May 9.   Read the full article in the May […]

Gaetz holds fee simple title town hall

Gaetz holds fee simple title town hall

U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz discussed the future of beach fee simple title legislation and reopening of Navarre Pass with community members, county leaders and press Monday at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Gaetz fielded questions about the timeline for presenting legislation, protecting that legislation from amendment and the future of the Navarre Pass. Gaetz […]

Arguments over fee simple, Navarre Pass boil down to history

Arguments over fee simple, Navarre Pass boil down to history

While U.S. congressman Matt Gaetz weighs pursuing fee simple title for residents of Navarre Beach, a fourth attempt at such legislation, the discussion continues to be mired in arguments over reopening Navarre Pass. That’s because every previous rendition of the bill has been amended to include a restriction to never open Navarre Pass again. Editor’s […]

Proposal on sharing tourist tax meets resistance

Proposal on sharing tourist tax meets resistance

Wresting control of some local tourist tax dollars to use for statewide leisure industry promotion and fund law enforcement may sound like a good idea in Tallahassee, but it’s getting mixed reviews hereabout. State Rep. Matthew Gaetz, chairman of the House Tax and Finance Committee, recently proposed legislation allowing up to 10 percent of bed […]