Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners

Commissioners seek ordinance against floating businesses

Commissioners seek ordinance against floating businesses

The floating structure that appeared in the Santa Rosa Sound in early March was a topic of discussion at the Board of County Commissioners meeting this morning.  District 4 commissioner Rob Williamson brought it to the attention of the board as a developing situation. “We don’t know who they are or their intentions, but one […]

Sheriff looking for half-cent ‘justice’ sales tax

Sheriff looking for half-cent ‘justice’ sales tax

At the Oct. 9 Board of County Commissioner’s committee meeting, Sheriff Bob Johnson stood before the board with the message the jail is past capacity. “We have inmates sleeping on the floor on air mattresses,” Johnson told commissioners. “Every corner is taken.” In a presentation to the board, Johnson said he had already directed his […]

More study needed before acting on low-income housing requests and locations

More study needed before acting on low-income housing requests and locations

This week we were all broadsided by four agenda items for the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners meeting this past Monday which was released at approximately 4:45 p.m. on Thursday afternoon leaving no time for citizens to do their homework and leading to a lot of speculation. Alarm bells rang out when two of […]

County commits BP dollars to clean up Santa Rosa Sound

County commits BP dollars to clean up Santa Rosa Sound

The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners voted Thursday, Aug. 25, to allocate the county’s portion of Pot 3 of the RESTORE funds toward five projects to improve the water quality of Santa Rosa Sound. Applications for the county’s $12.3 million portion of the fund must be approved by the RESTORE Council, the Department […]

Four little piggies get to stay home

Four little piggies get to stay home

The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved an appeal to allow four pet pigs to remain with their family in a residential neighborhood Thursday, Sept. 22, during the monthly Special Rezoning meeting. Lana and Joseph Passman applied to the Zoning Board for a variance to allow their two Kune Kune pigs, Gypsy and Sunshine, […]

Tourism board favors current marketing agency

Tourism board favors current marketing agency

After hearing three 30-plus minutes of presentations Sept. 1, the Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Board ranked advertising and marketing company Davis, South, Barnett and Patrick Public Relations and Advertising (DSBP) as their top pick for managing marketing of the county’s tourism for the next three years. DSBP has been working with the county for […]

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 […]

Holley Hills subdivision gets county go-ahead

Holley Hills subdivision gets county go-ahead

Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners gave final approval Thursday, Aug. 25, for the final platting of Holley Hills subdivision, and construction of homes could be underway as early as September. The triangular plat was separated into 55 lots located off Highway 87. The entrance will connect from Randal Drive, less than a mile […]

Beach residents off the hook for renourishment

Beach residents off the hook for renourishment

Navarre Beach dwellers won’t have to pay a special assessment for this summer’s $15 million sand renewal, the Santa Rosa County Commission vote unanimously Tuesday night. Although Lane Lynchard, the commission chairman, said that beach residents do receive a “disproportionate benefit” from renewal of the shoreline, he acceded to his three board colleagues, who all […]

Commission blinks on Tiger Point Golf

Commission blinks on Tiger Point Golf

  County commissioners will allow City of Gulf Breeze officials to renege on their promises to repair and reopen Tiger Point Golf Club’s defunct west course. After a three-hour meeting that resembled a legal hearing in which witnesses were sworn to tell the truth, the commission unanimously approved the Gulf Breeze request to move ahead […]

County gives go ahead for new private-school campus

County gives go ahead for new private-school campus

A rezoning to allow a private school to be built in Navarre was passed to roaring applause at the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners’ rezoning meeting May 26. The school to be built on East Bay Boulevard is a relocation of the Christian private school Gulf Pointe Academy. The new location will combine […]

Breach on the beach over ‘ragtag’ label

Breach on the beach over ‘ragtag’ label

Former Air Force pilot John Lewis, who flew in Korea and Vietnam, led fellow members of the now-resigned Navarre Beach Beautification Committee to protest County Commissioner Rob Williamson’s recent labeling of them as “ragtag” volunteers. “I’ve never been called ‘ragtag’ before,” said Lewis, a retired lieutenant colonel, speaking to the commission at its meeting Monday. […]

Blackwater WMA cleaning station set to reopen in fall

Blackwater WMA cleaning station set to reopen in fall

Starting next fall, the Blackwater River Wildlife Management Area will have a cleaning station again. Through efforts of hunters, the Florida Forest Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the station will be reopened. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as […]

County hires new Public Information Officer

County hires new Public Information Officer

Brandi Whitehurst was approved to be the new public information officer for the county at the Jan. 14 Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners’ meeting. The PIO is responsible for promoting awareness of the county’s mission, programs, policies and initiatives to residents of the county and the media. Whitehurst’s employment began Jan. 19. According to […]

$5K slated for new administrator search

$5K slated for new administrator search

Santa Rosa County Commissioners today are expected to approve a $5,000 proposal from the Florida Association of County Managers (FACM) to help recruit a replacement for long-time County Administrator Hunter Walker. Walker announced in April that after serving in the position for two decades, he would retire at the end of the year. His salary […]

Cole charged with Sunshine violation

Cole charged with Sunshine violation

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Robert “Bob” Cole has been charged with a non-criminal violation of the Sunshine Law, punishable by a fine not exceeding $500, according to a release sent from State Attorney Bill Eddins’ office. The charge stems from a discussion Cole with a fellow Milton Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board member. Prior to a […]