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Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa County Commissioners spent their Monday meeting balancing potential projects against infrastructure needs. Discovery Center dream dashed? Concerns over water quality trumped conservation education efforts Monday as commissioners weighed how to spend millions of RESTORE dollars over the next 12 years. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Westgate families get helping hand; some still stuck

Westgate families get helping hand; some still stuck

United Way of Santa Rosa County has thrown a life preserver to a dozen families stranded without water at a Milton mobile home park. But the rescue is slow going. Residents of Westgate Mobile Home Park, located just outside NAS Whiting Field, have been without water for more than a month. Read the full article […]

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) handled several requests for park funding NYSA playground to get fresh rubber In Navarre, that meant funding to replace the problematic rubber surface for the playground at the NYSA. District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson questioned why the surface needed to be replaced so shortly after it was installed. […]

Study’s verdict: Business incubator viable but costly

Study’s verdict: Business incubator viable but costly

The results are in, and Santa Rosa County would stand to gain a lot from a business incubator. But the costs could exceed the benefits, at least in the short term. Florida State University Applied Economics graduate students Patrick Mas, Holt Johnson and Courtney Clark were tasked by their professors with studying the viability, impact […]

Retribution Rob strikes again

Retribution Rob strikes again

At Thursday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, things got a little tense during a presentation by Whispering Pines resident Heidi Allgood. During her presentation she talked about how the residents there felt they could not reach out to their District 4 Commissioner, so instead they chose to go to the Chairman of the Board, Commissioner […]

Commissioners rein in developers’ housing plans

Commissioners rein in developers’ housing plans

In yet another unusually high turnout, the Board of County Commissioners meeting hall was packed July 26 with residents of Santa Rosa County seeking to have their voices heard at the monthly Special Rezoning meeting. Many were there in favor of allowing a motocross facility to be opened in the north end of the county. […]

Zoning Board packed over motocross debate

Zoning Board packed over motocross debate

Children of various ages in motocross gear accompanied dozens of adults who crowded into the Santa Rosa County Commission meeting hall the night of July 12 for the monthly Zoning Board meeting. The group gathered with a single goal in mind: Support Josh Neptune in his attempt to open a motocross facility at 8115 Munson […]

Navarre Master Site plan set to begin

Navarre Master Site plan set to begin

County Commissioners Monday selected the firm that will shape Navarre’s future or at least the plan for it. Matrix Design Group was selected by a three to two vote to create a District 4 Master Plan. District 4 includes Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach. The firm will be paid approximately $80,000 to $150,000 for the […]

Commission rejects bid to allow beach vendors

Commission rejects bid to allow beach vendors

Gourmet lemonade and homemade popsicles were on the chopping block Monday as the Board of County Commissioners unanimously squashed an attempt to change beach vendor regulations. Currently, the county ordinances do not allow mobile vendors on public beach land, but lemonade business owner Tamara Davis and popsicle makers Phillip and Janell Stephens want to change […]

Pier partners pardoned for contract violation

Pier partners pardoned for contract violation

Threatened with possible eviction from their Navarre Beach Pier business, the embattled principals who run it bought more time this week with a three-year-late payment of $3,250 on their revenue-sharing pact with the county. County Attorney Roy Andrews backed off his recent ultimatum to Coastal Concessions LLC over the company’s unauthorized subcontract with an outside […]

Rough seas ahead for SHIPs due to strained infrastructure

Rough seas ahead for SHIPs due to strained infrastructure

While the Navarre community was deliberating  support for a hike in fire taxes for a Holley-Navarre Fire District strapped for personnel, Holley-Navarre Water System scrambles to keep pace with growing water and sewer needs, U.S. Highway 98’s excess of 5,000 cars and Navarre High School is bursting at the seams, an outside agency has determined […]

Gigi the loggerhead granted lease extension

Gigi the loggerhead granted lease extension

District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson and Gigi the blind loggerhead sea turtle finally met, and he saw things her way. After his first visit to the Navarre Beach Turtle Conservation Center since its August opening – and a review of the nonprofit’s barebones finances – Williamson agreed this week that Gigi’s aquarium and accompanying environmental […]

Turtle turmoil resurfaces at County Commission

Turtle turmoil resurfaces at County Commission

Gigi the loggerhead sea turtle and District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson have never seen each other. That’s because she’s blind and Williamson has never visited the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, where Gigi lives under the care of volunteers he occasionally feuds with over finances. The latest round erupted at Monday’s board meeting when […]

Sales tax spending group to exclude commissioners

Sales tax spending group to exclude commissioners

If the proposed half-cent sales tax for new county infrastructure is passed by voters on Aug. 30, the business community group backing it wants an advisory panel that’s independent of county commissioners to help decide how the money is spent. Citing concern about “public trust,” Ed Carson, who heads Moving Santa Rosa Forward, a volunteer […]