Northwest Florida Water Management District

Home Builders Association defends growth to Commissioners

Home Builders Association defends growth to Commissioners

More than 100 members of the Home Builders Association of West Florida, mostly clad in red shirts, packed into the County Commissioners board room Monday. The parking lot of the building was full of vehicles from building contractors. The gathered builders, electricians, engineers, construction workers and small business owners called for commissioners to refuse attempts […]

Floridians fall behind on flood insurance

Floridians fall behind on flood insurance

When county Floodplain Manager Karen Thornhill tells residents to buy flood insurance, she is speaking from experience. In her younger years, Thornhill opted not to purchase the insurance for her home. Her flood zone code was an X, meaning very low risk. But unexpectedly heavy rains left her house with several inches of standing water. […]

Santa Rosa selected for national coastal resiliency program

Santa Rosa selected for national coastal resiliency program

Santa Rosa County has been selected by the National Association of Counties (NACo) as one of only four counties in the country to participate in the Coastal Counties Resilience Team Challenge. This three-year program is designed to provide training, offer assistance and promote collaboration to strengthen the ability of counties to handle extreme weather events […]

Sunshine Law cloudy for Fairpoint Regional

Sunshine Law cloudy for Fairpoint Regional

While a recent unannounced gathering of some Fairpoint Regional Utility Service directors may appear to have violated Florida’s Sunshine Law, some are questioning their obligation to meet in public. In fact, Holley Navarre Water’s president, Bien May—who is also a Fairpoint director–when asked by a reporter recently whether the Sunshine Law applies to the boards […]

Tax Collector returns money back to county

Tax Collector returns money back to county

Since 2009 when Stan Colie Nichols first took office as Tax Collector of Santa Rosa County, he has been giving unspent revenues back to various county agencies and taxing authorities representing the citizens of the county. Read the full article in the Oct. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little […]

Residents learn about county flood-zone changes

Residents learn about county flood-zone changes

More than 100 Santa Rosa County residents showed up to two meeting Sept. 28 and 29 to discuss changes to the county’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and the potential effects on their flood insurance costs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating coastal region FIRMs across the nation, and Santa Rosa’s potential changes […]

Kayak launch coming to Navarre Park West

Kayak launch coming to Navarre Park West

In a little known park at the end of Blue Tip Drive in Navarre, Santa Rosa County will be installing a new kayak launch.  The request for the addition came from James Broxson, owner of Broxson Outdoors located at the corner of Blue Tip Drive and Navarre Parkway and District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson. […]

New Publix to preserve nearby wetlands

New Publix to preserve nearby wetlands

Construction of the planned new Publix-anchored Tiger Point Shopping Center may result in about 8 acres of green space in Holley by the Sea being preserved in its natural state. The seemingly unrelated development and the 400-acre green belt a few miles away in the nearby residential community are linked by state statutes that require […]

Santa Rosa Tax Collector returns unspent funds to county

Santa Rosa Tax Collector returns unspent funds to county

At the Nov. 12 Santa Rosa Board of Commissioners meeting held at the Tiger Point Community Center, Santa Rosa Tax Collector Stan Colie Nichols returned $370,081 in unspent funds back to the county. “It’s always one of my favorite days of the year,” Nichols said. “I’m proud of our staff and our team. We work […]

‘Successful’ prescribed burn at Garcon Point

‘Successful’ prescribed burn at Garcon Point

Officials with the Northwest Florida Water Management District (NFWMD) said strong, gusty winds were beneficial to a 2,045-acre prescribed burn conducted March 25 near Garcon Point. “Although Red-Flag weather conditions are not appropriate for backyard burning, the weather proved to be beneficial for this particular burn. The wind kept the smoke off the highway and […]

Grant funds flowing to Gulf Breeze

Grant funds flowing to Gulf Breeze

The Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD) announced Feb. 13 more than $1.2 million in grant funds will flow to Santa Rosa County communities to support water supply development projects, and nearly $350,000 is heading to the City of Gulf Breeze to help fund construction of an elevated water storage tank. According to a news […]