Santa Rosa County Comissioners

Reef expansion set to begin

Reef expansion set to begin

Navarre Beach’s gulf side artificial snorkel reef will triple in size by as early as September. Santa Rosa County Commissioners selected Walter Marine July 27 to place 60 new artificial reef structures on both sides of the existing reef as part of a $1.4 million National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant. The $210,900 cost for […]

Navarre Beach developers make their case

Navarre Beach developers make their case

Steve and Ann Hering get it: numerous neighbors of their would-be 60-house subdivision on Navarre Beach adamantly oppose the project, in part because the couple owes about $1.4 million in back property taxes. The Herings are all too aware that the building and zoning board has voted 6-1 against their request for variances that would […]

Water utilities raise yellow flags for expansion leverage

Water utilities raise yellow flags for expansion leverage

Price tag at $12  – $18 million to pipe wastewater to Eglin   Two of Santa Rosa’s major wastewater utilities are citing state-regulated effluent treatment limits while lobbying county commissioners to grant expansion plans that face public opposition. Both Holley-Navarre Water System and South Santa Rosa Utility – the latter owned by the City of […]

Much more Navarre Beach to enjoy

Much more Navarre Beach to enjoy

Keeping a protective watch for nesting sea turtles and birds, Weeks Marine Inc. is replenishing Navarre Beach with more than one million cubic yards of dredged sand in hopes of finishing by the holiday weekend of July Fourth. The contractor has already placed about 150,000 cubic yards of sand in a project that started in […]

County and cities seek recycling in Perdido

County and cities seek recycling in Perdido

The cities of Gulf Breeze and Milton are in discussions to mirror Santa Rosa County’s proposed agreement to send residents’ recyclables to the new Emerald Coast Utilities Authority facility in Escambia County when it opens this summer. Separate contracts that are now in the works would join about 27,000 residents of the county and two […]

Gallup resigns Tourist Development Council

Gallup resigns Tourist Development Council

Laurie Gallup, a high-profile member of the watchdog, volunteer Tourist Development Council has resigned, citing frustration with Santa Rosa’s government bureaucracy. A two-year veteran of the council, Gallup is the owner of Navarre Properties, which manages leisure guest accommodations in several condominiums on or near the beach. In her resignation letter sent to TDC Chairman […]

Grant request may inflate Tough Mudder’s benefit

Grant request may inflate Tough Mudder’s benefit

Every hotel and motel room in Santa Rosa County would have to be filled for an entire week in April by Tough Mudder enthusiasts to achieve the economic impact of the two-day event as estimated in a request for state funding filed by the Tourist Development Office. That’s because while there are 695 such rooms […]

Holley by the Sea drainage study released

Holley by the Sea drainage study released

The $400,000 engineering study ordered up by Santa Rosa County commissioners at the urging of then county commissioner Jim Melvin, suggests more than $80 million in possible flood control measures for Holley by the Sea. The Holley by the Sea Drainage Improvements Project report (storm water study) is complete. It can be read at: http://hbtsnews.com/FullDrainageStudy.pdf […]

County withholds tourism money from Gulf Breeze

County withholds tourism money from Gulf Breeze

For the third time in recent months Santa Rosa County and the City of Gulf Breeze are at odds, this time over a share of tourist development funds that exceed $100,000 annually. The county has a long history of remitting to Gulf Breeze the bed tax money generated by the city’s hotels—a total of $801,178 […]