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Navarre Beach Fire set for special election

Navarre Beach Fire set for special election

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue will be on the special election ballot in August seeking to become a special fire district. The issue was brought before the Board of County Commissioners Monday. Fire board member Ben Boyd said they wanted to get the nonbinding referendum of the special election ballot, otherwise it would have to wait […]

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Movers and shakers of Northwest Florida convened in Miramar Beach April 17-18 with the intent of growing economic success in the region during the 22nd Gulf Power Economic Symposium, held at Baytowne Conference Center at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. This year’s theme was Our Time. Our Place. Our Now! Read the full article in the […]

County, citizens explore funding options in workshop

County, citizens explore funding options in workshop

County Administrator Dan Schebler fielded tough questions about spending of tax dollars Monday during the first of two citizen budget workshops. The first was hosted at Woodbine Church. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription […]

Beach construction to impact summer months

Beach construction to impact summer months

Summer on Navarre Beach is set to be busy this year, but it is not just tourists that will be crowding the shoreline. A collection of improvement projects across the beach will be impacting the traditional tourist season. The largest among these investments is the renovation of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Read the full […]

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

County commissioners plan to ask voters to raise the local option sales tax (LOST) in an August special election. This would extend and expand an existing half-cent LOST approved by voters in 2016. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up […]

BREAKING: Sales tax increase has Commission support

BREAKING: Sales tax increase has Commission support

Voters may go to the polls on a request for another half cent sales tax as early as August as County Commissioners unanimously supported the idea Thursday during a Budget Workshop. Commission Chairman Sam Parker brought forward the suggestion of a special ballot initiative for the new tax. “I have really searched about how we […]

Settlers Colony receives $6.2 million drainage upgrade

Settlers Colony receives $6.2 million drainage upgrade

Construction of $6.2 million of drainage improvements in Settlers Colony Expansion in Gulf Breeze began Dec. 12. The county project includes installation of an improved stormwater collection and conveyance system with new outfall locations and stormwater treatment components. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Piech sets priorities for new job as commissioner

Piech sets priorities for new job as commissioner

District 4 will have a new county commissioner as of Nov. 20, when Dave Piech takes the oath of office for the seat he won in the August election. Giving a preview of what he plans to prioritize, Piech addressed the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) Oct. 20. Read the full article in […]

Taxing power for sheriff is coming

Taxing power for sheriff is coming

Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson has long had the Midas touch when asking county commissioners to boost his budget, but soon they intend to have him send much of his ever-increasing annual bill straight to taxpayers. “The idea is for the sheriff to become a taxing authority all his own, similar to the school district,” […]

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

In the past 10 years, three times as many tourist development dollars were spent in Milton than in Navarre for infrastructure improvements. In contrast, the beach alone accounts for more than half of the dollars generated.               Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of Navarre Press. […]

County to improve drainage on Venetian Way, Coronado Drive

County to improve drainage on Venetian Way, Coronado Drive

Construction for the Venetian Way and Coronado Drive drainage improvement project in Gulf Breeze began Monday. The project includes improved stormwater systems and construction of an outfall canal to improve the conveyance of stormwater. Read the full article in the Aug. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) handled several requests for park funding NYSA playground to get fresh rubber In Navarre, that meant funding to replace the problematic rubber surface for the playground at the NYSA. District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson questioned why the surface needed to be replaced so shortly after it was installed. […]

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 […]

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

When Garner Economics LLC presented a five-year blueprint for Santa Rosa County’s economic development, owner Jay Garner coined a simple phrase: “No product, no project.” County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree heeded that advice. Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per […]

District 4 County Commission candidates get heated in debate

District 4 County Commission candidates get heated in debate

As the clock winds down toward primary election day, tensions are high between incumbent District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson and opponent Dave Piech. Williamson, owner of Rob Williamson Landscaping, was running for re-election unopposed until November 2017 when Piech filed to run. The retired Air Force commander had served roughly 28 years as an […]

Crime down, sheriff’s budget up

Crime down, sheriff’s budget up

In the past six months, crime in Santa Rosa County has dropped 23 percent according to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Rich Aloy. Accompanying the dropping crime rate has been an increase in clearing of cases by the department, meaning the cases were resolved. Read the full article in the July 5 […]

Local option sales tax may fund new Avalon sports park

Local option sales tax may fund new Avalon sports park

Following the acceptance by voters of a half-cent local option sales tax (LOST) in November 2016, the Board of County Commissioners held a series of public meetings throughout the county asking what the public would like to see done with that money. A repeated plea was recreational space, including additional sports fields. Read the full […]

Sunrise Drive reopened

Sunrise Drive reopened

District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson and Holley by the Sea (HBTS) Assistant General Manager Lauren Riley cut the ceremonial ribbon May 16 on stormwater improvements for Sunrise Drive at the entrance to HBTS. They were joined by county Public Works Director Stephen Furman, HBTS board member Tom Beckman and HBTS board president Bob Hutchinson. […]

Edgewood turn lane inching forward

Edgewood turn lane inching forward

  Improvements along Edgewood Drive could be underway by the end of the year said Santa Rosa Assistant County Engineer Michael Schmidt. Among those improvements will be the installation of a dedicated right turn lane at the southernmost point of the roadway that connects East Bay Boulevard to U.S. Highway 98. Read the full article […]

Sunrise Drive work ahead of schedule

Sunrise Drive work ahead of schedule

Elevation and drainage improvements on Sunrise Drive at the entrance to Holley by the Sea are proceeding ahead of schedule may be completed before the June 3 deadline. County Engineer Michael Schmidt said contractor Chavers Construction has been making good progress. Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Lucky chain of events saves life of Navarre shopper

Lucky chain of events saves life of Navarre shopper

Randal Leonard of Navarre is a lucky man, in that his wife Janette St. John had him running errands Feb. 22. The 59-year-old was also lucky that he chose to pick up groceries at the Walmart Supercenter in Navarre, where he went into cardiac arrest. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 issue of […]

Sunrise Drive to close for flood-control work

Sunrise Drive to close for flood-control work

Construction to reduce repeated flooding at the entrance of Sunrise Drive in Navarre will begin March 5 with the installation of traffic control measures. This project, funded with roughly $530,000 in local option sales tax (LOST) dollars, is designed to help prevent flooding from the ponds located on each side of Sunrise Drive following extended […]

Courthouse plans may include south-side satellite

Courthouse plans may include south-side satellite

The possibility of building a Santa Rosa Courthouse annex in the Navarre-Midway area with at least one courtroom is gaining traction. While occasionally suggested in the past by various commissioners, making the south-side judicial facility a reality has always taken a back seat to the county’s tortured effort to fund and construct a new main […]

Five things to know: County Commission

Five things to know: County Commission

1. No courthouse tax needed The cost of clearing underbrush from the future location of the new county courthouse came back at a third of the expected amount thanks to a low bid by J.M. Diamond Timber and Conservation, but the commissioners have decided to pass on the effort altogether. More than that, the commissioners […]

Department of Education oversight more like overreach

Department of Education oversight more like overreach

On the front page of Community we shared images of Holley Navarre Primary School students excitedly playing on newly purchased playground equipment for the first time. At a school where the student population has blown past projected growth and threatens to overflow capacity, providing enough space for children to play required a big investment. That […]

Sales tax shuffle

Sales tax shuffle

Santa Rosa County Commissioners are once again seeking to raise sales tax in the county while leaving ad valorem property taxes at their current rate. The new sales tax would levy a half-cent on every dollar spent in the county for items and some services, pushing the sales tax rate in Santa Rosa County to […]

The game of endorsements

The game of endorsements

The announcement was made Monday morning. The Navarre Area Board of Realtors endorses current District 4 commissioner on his re-election bid. Period. Why the hurry? Potential candidates don’t have to file until June. We have a year left until the general election. Wouldn’t your endorsement mean more if you waited and  considered more than one […]

Panel creates funding plan for park upgrades

Panel creates funding plan for park upgrades

After seven hours of argument and compromise, members of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) were able to reach a funding agreement for millions of dollars in Navarre Park improvements. The initial phase of funding would cover roughly $3.6 million for playground equipment, a new splash pad, new east-end restrooms, stormwater improvements and removal of the […]

Update: Park funding sources change

Update: Park funding sources change

Update 9/24 Since Sept. 14, when District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson revealed his master plan for Navarre Park and his recommended funding plan for Phase 1, his funding sources have changed significantly according to the agenda for the Board of County Commissioners meeting slated for Monday.  Williamson’s former funding plan for the first phase was […]

County ready to pay again for economic advice

County ready to pay again for economic advice

The County Commission’s recent proposal to pay up to $120,000 for an economic development strategy devised by a private consultant seems to ignore that it paid $25,000 for such a plan in 2013. In fact, three current commissioners and Santa Rosa Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree are listed in the report by California-based Chabin Concepts […]