Sam Parker

Zoning members out; Parker accused of intimidation

Zoning members out; Parker accused of intimidation

The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners voted  4-1 Monday morning to fire the entire Zoning Board, a citizen committee appointed by commissioners to hear cases for exceptions to the Land Development Code. Three of those appointees found themselves in hot water after, what Commission Chairman Sam Parker called, “disingenuous and disrespectful” comments during their […]

Holley Navarre Water System President James Calkins resigns

Holley Navarre Water System President James Calkins resigns

After his contentious appointment to the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board Thursday, James Calkins resigned as the President of the Holley Navarre Water System Board of Director in a letter emailed to fellow board members and water system staff Friday. In the letter Calkins wrote he would no longer be able to fulfill his duties […]

Update: Sanborn resigns from Tourist Development Council

Update: Sanborn resigns from Tourist Development Council

Update: Jack Sanborn submitted his letter of resignation from his position on the Tourist Development Council Thursday to the Board of County Commissioners. He resigned prior to a scheduled vote to by the BOCC to decide whether or not to remove Sanborn from the council following allegations of threats made on social media and an […]

County considering new tax for sheriff’s office

County considering new tax for sheriff’s office

While trying to reconcile the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office’s budget request to revenue realities, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed the possibility Thursday of implementing a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) for law enforcement services during the first of their annual budget workshops. Sheriff Bob Johnson told commissioners that he needs nearly every penny […]

Tourism council seeks Navarre Park reevaluation

Tourism council seeks Navarre Park reevaluation

The Tourism Development Council (TDC) is asking for a second look at funding of the Navarre Park Master Plan putting the park plan in limbo once again. Roughly $3.6 million of funding discussed to improve the park’s parking lots, splash pad, play equipment, add a restroom and build a new Panhandle Butterfly House vivarium and […]

After 17 years, courthouse site selected

After 17 years, courthouse site selected

Santa Rosa County may finally have a courthouse location. Following a contentious discussion period, the Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday to make an offer on the site owned by JDL of Santa Rosa, LLC for the construction of a new courthouse and judicial center. The 13 to 19 acre site is located on […]

Move afoot to get Parker seated now

Move afoot to get Parker seated now

Republican nominee Sam Parker is the only candidate left standing for the District 1 County Commissioner’s seat after write-in candidate Caleb Boudreaux dropped out Sept. 1. If he had defeated Boudreaux in the general election he would have taken office Nov. 15 at the end of previous commissioner Jayer Williamson’s term, but the seat is […]

Johnson secures sheriff’s office

Johnson secures sheriff’s office

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Republican nominee Bob Johnson is now unopposed after write-in candidate Chuck Miller dropped out of the race Sept. 7. In his letter of withdrawal to the Santa Rosa elections office, Miller said he would be unable to fulfill the needs of the office due to travel obligations associated with ministry. Johnson will […]

No property tax increase seen for courthouse

No property tax increase seen for courthouse

Santa Rosa residents won’t have to pay higher ad valorem taxes because they rejected the referendum to fund a new county courthouse in downtown Milton with a temporary sales tax increase. Although some commissioners had indicated before the election that higher property taxes seemed the only alternative to building the $35 million courthouse, three of […]

Frazier: Do away with Social Security

Frazier: Do away with Social Security

If you are younger than 35, you should expect to retire much later in life. That was U.S. representative candidate Matt Gaetz’s stance on Social Security during the 2016 Candidate Forum Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Tiger Point Community Center. “We have observed the greatest generational theft that mankind has ever known through Social Security […]

Wild ride as more candidates enter races, others drop out

Wild ride as more candidates enter races, others drop out

Candidate signs have been going up like wildfire here, there and everywhere – something code enforcement won’t be happy about since so many enthusiastic campaign staffers forget to take them down after the elections are over. There were a number of late-minute surprises last week at the Santa Rosa County Elections office in what has […]

Resign-to-run law ensnares Jayer Williamson

Resign-to-run law ensnares Jayer Williamson

Florida’s so-called resign-to-run law has been occasionally overlooked by candidates seeking higher office, and last week it forced District 1 Commissioner Jayer Williamson to resign abruptly from his county post. “I knew I would have to resign at some point but I thought it would be midnight of the election and I could finish my […]