Santa Rosa County Commissioners

Potential impact fees inching forward

Potential impact fees inching forward

County commissioners did not commit to impact fees Tuesday during their regular meeting in Milton, but the board that has outright rejected the idea in the past allowed two potential proposals for fees to move forward. Santa Rosa County School District approached the commission back in May to request the board create a draft ordinance […]

5 things to know: Tuesday county commission meeting

5 things to know: Tuesday county commission meeting

The agenda for Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting in Milton is packed with issues that have elicited packed board rooms over the past year including replacement of the entire Zoning Board and potential implementation of impact fees. Here are five of the highlights from the 92-item agenda: Impact fees for school construction After undergoing […]

Residential real estate prices up, inventory low

Residential real estate prices up, inventory low

With prices rising and more people looking to move to Navarre, the housing market continues to see incremental growth through 2019, but shortages of inventory are playing a major role in the real estate narrative. Navarre’s residential real estate market has or nearly has recovered to pre-recession levels on all indicators, according to several data […]

Holley by the Sea septic-to-sewer out of RESTORE

Holley by the Sea septic-to-sewer out of RESTORE

Ahead of today’s deadline for amendments to RESTORE Spill Impact funding plans, Santa Rosa County has opted to withdraw $4 million from septic-to-sewer conversions in Holley by the Sea. County commissioners approved submitting the amendments Oct. 24. The HBTS plan would have laid sewer infrastructure to replace 595 residential septic systems in the massive subdivision. […]

Recycling still on hiatus

Recycling still on hiatus

Restoration of the recycling program in Santa Rosa County is stalled again, marking seven months of recyclable material being dumped in the landfill instead. With a new Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) contract in place, processing of Santa Rosa’s papers, metals, glasses and plastics was scheduled to resume in October. But the plan has hit […]

A win for the citizens of Santa Rosa County

A win for the citizens of Santa Rosa County

Whether you were for or against the sales tax increase on the Oct. 8 ballot, you must give a great deal of credit to the citizens of Santa Rosa County, and eventually the County Commissioners. The citizens rose up and said “no” to the increase in a loud way. And before they voted no, the […]

Sales tax fallout: Zoning board and commissioners respond

Sales tax fallout: Zoning board and commissioners respond

In all but one precinct of voting, a proposed one cent local option sales tax for Santa Rosa County failed to pass Oct. 8. For the County Commissioners who had championed the tax to tackle deteriorated infrastructure and mounting sheriff’s office requests, the result was a wake-up call. After dozens of public hearings in which citizens […]

Gas station nixed near Navarre High School

Gas station nixed near Navarre High School

Plans to build a Cefco gas station at the northwest corner of Highway 87 and High School Boulevard were denied Oct. 10. The Zoning Board rejected several variances to the Land Development Code, including a request to cut the required buffer space between residential houses and underground gas tanks by nearly half.   Read the […]

Tourism council backs dog park on sound, not Gulf

Tourism council backs dog park on sound, not Gulf

County commissioners tossed the ball of creating a dog beach to the Tourist Development Council for its input Oct. 3, but conflicting public opinions have made the topic a hot potato. Current law prohibits dogs on all public beaches. Creation of a beach area allowing dogs was originally proposed in August to be located along the […]

Navarre Park revamp delayed by missing permits

Navarre Park revamp delayed by missing permits

The multimillion-dollar renovation of Navarre Park could be delayed by more than six months thanks to missing wetlands permits from state and federal officials. District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech, who represents the Navarre area, said the permits were never applied for.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Land in beach marine park secured by county

Land in beach marine park secured by county

Fears that commercial developments would one day be built in the heart of the Navarre Beach Marine Park are coming to an end Thursday as county commissioners officially accept donation of $2 million worth of waterfront property. The nonprofit Trust for Public Land has been working on and off for years to secure purchase of […]

County cracks down on M&M Construction violations

County cracks down on M&M Construction violations

Much of the operations at Juarez M&M Construction in Navarre will have to shut down after county commissioners voted not to change land requirements for property along Constitution Drive Sept. 26 during their Special Rezoning meeting. Neighbor Ron Millis said it is about time something gets done.   Read the full article in the Oct. […]

Sales tax, impact fees on menu for Republican Women

Sales tax, impact fees on menu for Republican Women

Once again discussion on passing an additional half cent sales tax in Santa Rosa County turned to questions about impact fees Tuesday during the Santa Rosa Republican Women’s monthly luncheon. County Administrator Dan Schebler addressed the gathering at Bella Luna in Navarre to dispel some myths circulating about the tax.   Read the full article […]

Dog beach on hold; voluntary license program passes

Dog beach on hold; voluntary license program passes

Santa Rosa County commissioners approved a revamp of the county’s animal control ordinances Sept. 12 during a public hearing in Milton, but those changes did not include the creation of an area for leashed dogs on Navarre Beach. The dog beach area was originally proposed in August to be located along the Santa Rosa Sound […]

Zoning Board rejects request from chronic violator

Zoning Board rejects request from chronic violator

Derelict vehicles, clearing land without permits, operating a business without a site plan and operating an industrial business in a residential area are just a few of the violations attributed to Juarez M&M Construction in Navarre. The company has been in and out of code enforcement cases since 2007. It operates at 1885, 1879, 1859 […]

$178 million county budget headed for approval

$178 million county budget headed for approval

Santa Rosa County is set to approve its largest budget in more than 15 years, but County Commissioners say that’s not the whole story. The board unanimously approved Sept. 12 a roughly $178 million tentative budget for fiscal year 2020. The final public hearing and budget adoption is set for Sept. 24.   Read the full […]

Board gets preview of new courthouse interior

Board gets preview of new courthouse interior

Layout of the interior of a new $45 million county courthouse was revealed to Santa Rosa County commissioners last week as the project inches forward. Jay Smith of Ajax Building, one of a handful of companies tasked with designing the new facility, told commissioners Sept. 9 that the project is proceeding on schedule.   Read […]

Improvements recommended for building process

Improvements recommended for building process

Amid continued complaints from small-business owners, County Commissioner Bob Cole called for some accounting in the planning and building departments Monday during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting. Cole pointed to reports of lengthy delays, continued confusion and changing expectations from projects seeking to get off the ground.   Read the full article in the Sept. […]

One cent local option sales tax election

One cent local option sales tax election

Santa Rosa County Commissioners are pushing hard for an additional half cent sales tax to be added to purchases within Santa Rosa County, but that will be up to the voters to decide Oct. 8. Sample ballots have been mailed and registration books closed for a countywide special election on the issue.   Read the […]

Navarre Beach waters safe despite Facebook scare

Navarre Beach waters safe despite Facebook scare

The Navarre Beach Lifeguard Program apologized Sept. 4 for posting a faulty water quality advisory telling swimmers the beach was unsafe and closing the water to visitors.   Following the initial Facebook post, Beach Safety Director Austin Turnbull announced that the post was a false alarm and that the waters were safe, but the initial post […]

Board OKs rezoning linked to conservation pledge

Board OKs rezoning linked to conservation pledge

County commissioners voted on faith Aug. 22 as they approved the rezoning of more than 400 acres of vacant land near Naval Air Station Whiting Field on the promise the property would be donated as conservation easements. That promise comes from property owner and developer Edwin Henry, owner of Henry Company Homes.     Read […]

Three options offered for Navarre Community Access Road

Three options offered for Navarre Community Access Road

Do not call it an alternative U.S. Highway 98. The Navarre Community Access Road was never meant to be a relief valve for Navarre’s crowded main corridor, according to county officials. Instead, Santa Rosa County spent the past 20 months studying how to improve roadways already impacted by diverted traffic.   Read the full article […]

County advances Navarre dog beach plan

County advances Navarre dog beach plan

County commissioners moved forward Monday with a proposal to allow dogs on a portion of Navarre Beach’s Santa Rosa Sound coastline. Under the proposed ordinance, owners would pay an annual fee of $30 to allow their dogs on a stretch of the beach near the water tower on White Sands Boulevard between 4 p.m. and […]

Truck driver training coming to Santa Rosa industrial park

Truck driver training coming to Santa Rosa industrial park

As demand for commercial tractor-trailer drivers across the country soars, Santa Rosa County students will soon be able to secure a commercial driver’s license (CDL) locally. County commissioners approved a deal July 25 with Pensacola State College to offer land in the Santa Rosa Industrial Park East for creation of a new truck driver training […]

If it passes… Transportation tops the list for sales tax

If it passes… Transportation tops the list for sales tax

Santa Rosa County has proposed replacing the current half-cent local sales tax, set to expire in 2021, with a one-cent sales tax for 10 years. Voters will have a chance to approve or deny the tax on a special ballot Oct. 8.   Read the full article in the July 25 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Divvying up the LOST: Improved animal services a top priority

Divvying up the LOST: Improved animal services a top priority

While Santa Rosa County commissioners pursue a one-cent sales tax for an Oct. 8 ballot referendum, determinations still must be made for spending of the county’s existing half-cent sales tax for fiscal year 2020. The local option sales tax (LOST) that took effect in 2017 has paid for millions of dollars in completed projects across […]

New courthouse taking shape

New courthouse taking shape

Santa Rosa County Commissioners are not yet picking out paint colors or curtains for a new Santa Rosa County Courthouse, but they have selected the shape of the new building. With a large landscaped plaza area to one side, the entrance to the new three-story judicial building would have soaring windows with large pillar-like supports. […]

Spring Jam raises over $30,000 for Kids’ House

Spring Jam raises over $30,000 for Kids’ House

Cat Country 98.7 announced April 25 that Spring Jam 2019 raised more than double the dollars for Santa Rosa Kids’ House than the event raised last year. The concert pulled in $30,710 to support the Kids’ House advocacy centers for children who have suffered abuse.   Read the full article in the May 2 issue […]

School District weighs impact fees

School District weighs impact fees

Santa Rosa School District is considering implementation of a roughly $5,000 impact fee for all new single-family homes. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said they put out for a study on the subject to explore funding for continued capacity expansion as schools bump up against their capacity ceilings. Read the full article in the April 25 issue […]

Commissioners reject purchase of landfill over water supply

Commissioners reject purchase of landfill over water supply

The land above the aquifer that provides water to all of south Santa Rosa County could become the home of a construction debris landfill after the County Commission indicated Monday it would reject the owners’ offer to sell the property for $12 million. Blue Water Holdings SRC Inc. owns the property itself. Read the full […]

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