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Gas station nixed near Navarre High School

Gas station nixed near Navarre High School

Plans to build a Cefco gas station at the northwest corner of Highway 87 and High School Boulevard were denied Oct. 10. The Zoning Board rejected several variances to the Land Development Code, including a request to cut the required buffer space between residential houses and underground gas tanks by nearly half.   Read the […]

Developer donates land for conservation, base buffering

Developer donates land for conservation, base buffering

Developer Edwin Henry, owner of Henry Company Homes, is seeking to donate a total of 900 acres as a conservation easement off Highway 87. He has already handed over more than 200 acres to the county to be held in conservation into perpetuity near the intersection of Highway 87 and Clear Creek Road bordering Naval […]

School district seeks power to limit development

School district seeks power to limit development

Amid the arguments for and against impact fees earlier this month, school district Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick leveled a choice for county commissioners. He said the county should either impose impact fees to help pay for new schools or give him the authority to deny increasing the density of developments. Read the full article in the […]

Cellular Nerd temp location receives county OK

Cellular Nerd temp location receives county OK

Driving down U.S. Highway 98 in the Heart of Navarre a new popular site has begun to spring up: mobile businesses. Though a few have come and gone through the area, donut shops, hot dogs, phone repair and more have been becoming a regular sight.   Read the full article in the May 16 issue […]

Zoning Board split on 726 home development in Pace

Zoning Board split on 726 home development in Pace

After more than 3 hours of emotional debate and a meeting that ran past midnight, Zoning Board members could not come to a consensus regarding development of 726 homes along Woodbine Road in Pace called Lakes of Woodbine. The Santa Rosa County board room in Milton was packed with members of the impact fee and […]

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 […]

Zoning Board defers ruling in land-use dispute

Zoning Board defers ruling in land-use dispute

Milton-based small business Arcadia Culverts was given a six-month reprieve from being shut down Jan. 10 after the county Zoning Board voted to postpone any code compliance action. The decision was made in opposition to vocal neighbors. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Rocky D’s BBQ cleared by county zoning board

Rocky D’s BBQ cleared by county zoning board

Visitors to Navarre Beach will be able to get some barbecue with their snow cones after the county zoning board cleared Rocky D’s BBQ to continue operations. The travel trailer restaurant located at 8460 Gulf Blvd. on Navarre Beach fell under scrutiny earlier this year for violating several county zoning ordinances including being within less […]

Holley by the Sea wetlands regulation hits wall

Holley by the Sea wetlands regulation hits wall

All or nothing. That was the stance of the county Zoning Board May 11 as they voted unanimously against a procedure change that could improve stormwater drainage in the county’s largest flood-prone subdivision. The current version of a change in the building permit process would require builders in Holley by the Sea (HBTS) to provide […]

Drug therapy unwelcome in Milton neighborhood

Drug therapy unwelcome in Milton neighborhood

“Not in our neighborhood!” declared signs and neighbors Thursday night as community members spoke in opposition to the opening of a substance abuse therapy center in Milton at the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board’s regular meeting. The 25.32 acre property located on Tildon Street includes two multi-story living houses and an entertainment building including a […]

Wildlife refuge relocation moves forward

Wildlife refuge relocation moves forward

Despite neighbor complaints, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge has moved one step closer to relocating its operations to Holley. The county Zoning Board recommended approval of rezoning for the 2.3-acre property last Thursday. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Milton nudist gets higher fence approved by county

Milton nudist gets higher fence approved by county

Privacy fences are designed for exactly that, privacy, and Santa Rosa County says 6 feet is privacy enough. In fact, county ordinance limits all residential fences to 6 feet or lower with possible penalty of citation and required removal of the fence for even an inch higher. But when property is built on a hill, […]

Get to know the Zoning Board

Get to know the Zoning Board

Created in 2011, the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board governs how land is used in Santa Rosa County. Whether building a grocery store in a neighborhood or digging a pit in the backyard, you will likely have to fill out a request with the Zoning Board. The board consists of two members for each district […]

Water system seeks approval for conditional land use

Water system seeks approval for conditional land use

The Holley-Navarre Water System is seeking conditional-use of land that it has owned for 10 years to build two Rapid Infiltration Basin Systems (RIBS) to effectively eliminate treated waste water otherwise known as reclaimed water or effluent.  There will be no mechanical building or equipment on the site of the RIBS and the entire site […]

Navarre Family Watersports gets more room to roam

Navarre Family Watersports gets more room to roam

Despite officials’ concerns about safety, the Navarre Family Watersports complex won approval from the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board to expand operations within its existing property—moving closer to Santa Rosa Sound and putting boaters nearer to the facility’s helicopter pad. Read the full article in the Mar. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to […]