Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Heart of Navarre storage units approved

Heart of Navarre storage units approved

  With two county commissioners abstaining and one absent, only two “yes” votes were needed to win approval for a zoning variance to allow construction of a self-storage facility in the Heart of Navarre. The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners, following a recommendation by the Zoning Board, March 15 granted a conditional use permit […]

South Santa Rosa Arc secures building

South Santa Rosa Arc secures building

There are approximately 120 adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities in south Santa Rosa County eligible for services from a care provider. Currently there are zero facilities providing this care, meaning these individuals must travel to Pensacola, Milton or Fort Walton Beach to receive services. But that is about to change. Arc Gateway CEO Missy […]

DEP $1 million short on Navarre Beach Park improvements

DEP $1 million short on Navarre Beach Park improvements

Design and permitting of Deepwater Horizon oil spill funded improvement projects for Navarre Beach Park are coming to a close as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) prepares to put the roughly $2.8 million project out for bid in January. That $2.8 million projection blows past the initial estimate for these improvements FDEP’s coordinator […]

Cole makes zoning board selection

Cole makes zoning board selection

The Board of County Commissioners appointed a new member to the county zoning board Sept. 8 during their regular meeting. Greg Scoville, an experienced building planner, was selected to fill the vacant Zoning Board District 2 seat by Commissioner Bob Cole after the seat sat vacant for six months. “I’m a native of Santa Rosa […]

Clock is ticking on selling tax to voters

Clock is ticking on selling tax to voters

Voters might have been left with more questions than answers after a presentation by Moving Santa Rosa Forward’s Ed Carson on the half cent local option sales tax (LOST) for capital improvements to the Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee (EDC) Friday, Aug. 19. Though the majority of attendees generally spoke positively about the Aug. […]

Milton City Councilman accuses Cole of violating Sunshine Law

Milton City Councilman accuses Cole of violating Sunshine Law

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Bob Cole is once again facing a Sunshine Law violation accusation after Milton City Councilman Jimmy Messick Jan. 15 publicly questioned the actions of Cole and fellow Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board (DRAB) member Elba Robertson. Messick said prior to the meeting he observed the two DRAB members discussing the nomination of Milton resident Kim Macarthy to the […]

County reserves drop below 25 percent

County reserves drop below 25 percent

The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners Aug. 28 passed a resolution to transfer $8.2 million from unrestricted county reserves to a restricted fund for an upcoming Navarre Beach renourishment project. The move reduced the county’s general reserve balance from $25,101,665 to $16,901,665 – less than one quarter of the board’s $100 million annual budget. Commissioners […]

Melvin takes helm of reorganized commission

Santa Rosa County Commissioners reorganized at Thursday’s meeting, selecting District 4 Commissioner Jim Melvin as the board chair.  Melvin currently serves as the Navarre area’s representative on the Board. Melvin has served as vice-chair the past year. District 3 Commissioner Don Salter was selected as vice chair.  Each year the board organizes itself selecting a […]