Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners

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 […]

$1.7 million for Gulf Breeze flooding in jeopardy

$1.7 million for Gulf Breeze flooding in jeopardy

Santa Rosa County is set to miss out on $1.7 million in drainage improvement grant money to tackle flooding in Gulf Breeze subdivisions because of one property owner’s reluctance to sell a portion of the property to the county. County Commissioners heard from the project lead and the resistant homeowner Feb. 14. Read the full […]

Beach church signs issue continues

Beach church signs issue continues

Navarre’s Beachside Church may have to keep its signs down as search for proof of an agreement between the county and church leadership has not turned up. For 25 years, Beachside Church has been holding informal church services in the Navarre Beach parking lot. Read the full article in the Feb. 21 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Forest Bay Estates under wetlands scrutiny

Forest Bay Estates under wetlands scrutiny

Roughly 100 acres of discrepancy was more than neighbors and county commissioners could swallow, at least not without a closer look. So, development of the 284-lot subdivision Forest Bay Estates has been put on hold, at least temporarily. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

StRIVE to improve business looks across county

StRIVE to improve business looks across county

Days may be numbered for shabby signs and cracked facades across Santa Rosa County as the commissioners approved a grant last week to spruce up the look of local business. Commissioners dedicated $50,000 to the StRIVE (Santa Rosa Improvement Vitalization Enterprise) Grant program in 2019 to help businesses improve their look through signage and facade […]

District 4 plan draws mixed reviews

District 4  plan draws mixed reviews

Outright adoption or even acceptance of the District 4 Master Plan was more than the Santa Rosa County commissioners could swallow Jan. 24. Of the five commissioners, three failed to throw support behind the document that took 19 months, hundreds of public comments, multiple public hearings and $150,000 of taxpayer funds to create. Read the […]

Lease fee delinquencies abound

Lease fee delinquencies abound

Four years after county commissioners agreed to cap the annual lease fees on Navarre Beach residential property at $250 a year, about 130 leaseholder accounts are still overdue with total delinquencies of $216,819. Some of the lease accounts have had overdue balances dating to long before the county capped the fees in 2015, and a […]

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

284 lot subdivision riling neighbors County Commissioners got an earful from concerned residents Tuesday morning as yet another subdivision development drew ire from neighbors. Forest Bay Estates is a new subdivision proposed for 210-acres of vacant land located west of Edgewood Drive and east of River Birch Road. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

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 […]

Holley Navarre Water System: Past, present, future

Holley Navarre Water System: Past, present, future

As the election of four new members to the Holley Navarre Water System’s board of directors draws near, discussions of the utility have flared on social media, in conversations and even in the Board of County Commissioners’ chambers. The candidates chosen Jan. 15 will act as the leadership entity for a water system that serves […]

My town

My town

I am the Holley Navarre Water System board director who voted against hiring Rob Williamson as CEO of the utility. My friends and family keep asking me, “why don’t you just quit? You have nothing to gain and nothing is going to change.” My answer is because this is my town. I got my first […]

County revising Land Development Code

County revising Land Development Code

After years of complaints and questions from citizens throughout the county about how future growth will be managed, Santa Rosa Planning and Zoning Office officials will be working to update the county’s Land Development Code (LDC). The LDC is the decades-old guiding document for all building in Santa Rosa County, covering issues ranging from the […]

Entire pier deck to be replaced

Entire pier deck to be replaced

Walking the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico, visitors may notice a few cracks and even holes in the decking. Those blemishes should be going away soon as Santa Rosa County plans to completely re-deck the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier in 2019. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Courthouse contractor picked, construction to begin

Courthouse contractor picked, construction to begin

After more than 20 years of debate, construction of a new Santa Rosa County courthouse will begin this year according to county officials. The Santa Rosa County Commission took a huge step in that direction Tuesday, selecting the firm that will design and build a new judicial center complex along Avalon Boulevard in Milton. Read […]

Williamson’s hands are tied at the water utility

Williamson’s hands are tied at the water utility

The list of duties that are legally off-limits to the newly minted $100,000-a-year Chief Executive Officer at Holley Navarre Water System keeps growing. Already being held at arm’s length by Santa Rosa County officials, ousted District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson also won’t likely be allowed to handle applications for federal and state grants or loans […]

Board rejects Military Trail density increase

Board rejects Military Trail density increase

Plans to build 11 condominiums along Military Trail in Navarre were squashed Dec. 13 when county commissioners refused a request to increase the property’s allowable density. Developer Jimmy Murphy of Homes by Vision LLC was seeking to have a 1.13-acre parcel rezoned to R2 to permit the construction of multi-family homes as opposed to the […]

Phase I price tag $3 million

Phase I price tag $3 million

Based on Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is no longer part of Navarre Park’s Phase I makeover, but it is not being relocated to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge either. That issue aside, County Administrator Dan Schebler told the commissioners that they need an answer to move forward on […]

Panhandle Butterfly House seeks third option

Panhandle Butterfly House seeks third option

In the ongoing saga of the Panhandle Butterfly House’s (PBH) future, a decision could finally come next Thursday at the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners meeting. But that answer may not be what the PBH leadership wants to hear. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Comment period closing for District 4 Master Plan

Comment period closing for District 4 Master Plan

Citizens wanting to weigh in on Navarre’s future have until Dec. 7 as the public comment period for the District 4 Master Plan is coming to a close. In September 2017, the Board of County Commissioners selected Matrix Design Group at a cost of $150,000 to create a master plan for the future of District […]

Disabled veterans lose ‘fire tax’ exemption

Disabled veterans lose ‘fire tax’ exemption

While veterans with 100 percent disability are exempt from property taxes under Florida law, those living along Navarre Beach will no longer get a free pass when it comes to fire protection. The change could cost these veterans $500 a year under the recently approved increase in the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) for Navarre […]

County looks at stronger tree protections

County looks at stronger tree protections

Following the issue of a development order, many parcels in Navarre and Santa Rosa County are leveled to the dirt for impending development. That includes trees that may have been growing there for decades, possibly 100 years or more. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for […]

Condos proposed along Military Trail

Condos proposed along Military Trail

While Navarre Beach is no stranger to condominiums, a new condo complex could be built far from the Gulf dunes along Military Trail near the Navarre Youth Sports Association. The property in question is up for potential rezoning to R2, allowing for the construction of two condominium buildings with a total of 11 units. Read […]

County admin recommends butterfly house at wildlife refuge

County admin recommends butterfly house at wildlife refuge

In one of his last acts as District 4 County Commissioner, Rob Williamson said he has lost confidence in the fiscal viability of the Panhandle Butterfly House. “Where I once had a confidence that they would be able to run a yearlong, sustainable operation and take on the expenses that they have never before paid […]

Butterfly House future still up in the air

Butterfly House future still up in the air

A decision has been put off once again on the location of a new Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) vivarium and learning center. During the Board of County Commissioners meeting Monday morning, the board opted to postpone a final determination until the PBH could provide a more comprehensive business plan. Read the full article in the […]

TDC fed up with two of everything

TDC fed up with two of everything

Two plunges is too many. That was the position taken by Tourist Development Council (TDC) member Liz Horton, a bed tax collector from the south end. She said she is tired of two of everything in Navarre from chamber of commerce breakfasts to events like New Year’s Day plunges. Read the full article in the […]

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

The District 4 Master Plan has been revealed, and it is full of some great ideas: a plan for phasing in more walkability, new downtown friendly land development codes and lots of green space. We like where Matrix is going with this, especially when you look at the new overlay zoning. It intends to encourage […]

Navarre guiding document draft ready for show

Navarre guiding document draft ready for show

Residents of Navarre will get their first chance Thursday evening to see the fruits of a year’s effort of planning and public comment to shape Navarre’s future through the District 4 Master Plan. Last September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 […]

Details revealed about potential Panhandle Butterfly House move

Details revealed about potential Panhandle Butterfly House move

As progress moves forward on the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s (ECWR) new location in Holley, the nonprofit awaits a decision by the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) about where their future location will be. The future of the PBH is currently in limbo as their building is set for demolition at the start of 2019. Read […]

County moves quickly on Ashley Plantation solutions

County moves quickly on Ashley Plantation solutions

For residents of Ashley Plantation subdivision in Pace, drainage fixes could not come soon enough as water flooded their roads, at times up to their house doors, and some backyards became rushing streams. A handful of neighbors came before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Sept.  27 requesting help in fixing the mess a builder allegedly […]

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

In the past 10 years, three times as many tourist development dollars were spent in Milton than in Navarre for infrastructure improvements. In contrast, the beach alone accounts for more than half of the dollars generated.               Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of Navarre Press. […]

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