Santa Rosa County Commissioners

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 […]

County, citizens explore funding options in workshop

County, citizens explore funding options in workshop

County Administrator Dan Schebler fielded tough questions about spending of tax dollars Monday during the first of two citizen budget workshops. The first was hosted at Woodbine Church. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription […]

Santa Rosa Animal Shelter: No dogs or cats euthanized in March

Santa Rosa Animal Shelter:  No dogs or cats euthanized in March

Animal advocates that once took Santa Rosa County to task are now singing its praises this month after the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter turned over outcome results that are nothing short of transformational. In 2018, A HOPE for Santa Rosa County founder Brandi Winkleman went before the county commission calling for change. Read the […]

Beach construction to impact summer months

Beach construction to impact summer months

Summer on Navarre Beach is set to be busy this year, but it is not just tourists that will be crowding the shoreline. A collection of improvement projects across the beach will be impacting the traditional tourist season. The largest among these investments is the renovation of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Read the full […]

726 Lakes of Woodbine homes approved

726 Lakes of Woodbine homes approved

Amid complaints of overcrowding and innuendos about campaign finance, Santa Rosa county commissioners voted unanimously to approve a 726-home subdivision along Woodbine Road in Pace. The Lakes of Woodbine is a gated subdivision development on 240.5 acres with commercial frontage along Woodbine Road. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. […]

County case against Turner house lags

County case against Turner house lags

Quick action on a nuisance property in Milton has stirred up anger among beach residents fed up with the condition of a beach front home on Gulf Boulevard. Windows that surround the property at 7315 Gulf Boulevard have been boarded up, and the concrete slab under the building has cracked and eroded around the edges. […]

StRIVE Grant open for applications

StRIVE Grant open for applications

Applications are now being accepted for the first round of StRIVE grants which will provide business owners the opportunity to fund thousands in improvements to their commercial properties. County Commissioners dedicated $50,000 to the StRIVE (Santa Rosa Improvement Vitalization Enterprise) Grant program in January 2019 to help businesses improve their look through signage and facade changes. Read […]

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge grand opening on horizon

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge grand opening on horizon

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge plans to open doors on its new Navarre facilities June 15, welcoming visitors and assisting sick and injured wildlife in the area. Work to bring the nonprofit to Holley has been underway for years, and the shapes of buildings have emerged over the fence line of the vacant land along Clopton […]

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

County commissioners plan to ask voters to raise the local option sales tax (LOST) in an August special election. This would extend and expand an existing half-cent LOST approved by voters in 2016. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up […]

County to clean up abandoned truck stop

County to clean up abandoned truck stop

An abatement that could lead to bids for the cleanup and removal of trash, junk and debris at an abandoned truck stop at 9234 Highway 87 near Milton was moved to the consent agenda for the Santa Rosa County Commission meeting this Thursday. The truck stop , which is close to the Highway 87 exit […]

Duplex rezoning request denied

Duplex rezoning request denied

County commissioners grappled with housing needs and zoning realities Feb. 28, ultimately siding with neighbors who opposed a rezoning request. Brett Ramsey of Ramsey & Walker LLC had asked the commissioners to rezone a lot near Panhandle Trail to allow construction of duplexes. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Grassroots movement calls for impact fee revival

Grassroots movement calls for impact fee revival

As growth continues to strain infrastructure across Santa Rosa County, residents of Pace are echoing cries by south county residents to make developers shoulder more of the burden. More than 50 residents along Woodbine Road in Pace gathered Feb. 21 for the first meeting of Santa Rosa Voters Against Overcrowded Roads and Schools (Voters Against). […]

Funding for courthouse, sheriff cause budget uncertainty

Funding for courthouse, sheriff cause budget uncertainty

Despite budget votes being more than 7 months away, Santa Rosa county commissioners are already wrangling with two major funding decisions in the wake of Thursday’s early Budget Workshop. One major point of concern is how to fund the $45 million price tag on a new courthouse and judicial complex. Read the full article in […]

County purchases Westgate property

County purchases Westgate property

Santa Rosa County commissioners voted Monday to purchase the Westgate Mobile Home property as part of a land purchase for conservation around NAS Whiting Field. In October, the Westgate Mobile Home Community was left without water when an aging septic tank cracked and began releasing sewage. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue […]

‘Your speed is’ signs donated for White Sands Boulevard

‘Your speed is’ signs donated for White Sands Boulevard

Additional safety features are coming to White Sands Boulevard in the form of two electronic “your speed is” signs for the roadway. The signs are courtesy donations resulting from advocacy by the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA), which secured roughly $5,000 for two signs. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 issue […]

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 24 to inform state officials they oppose construction of a flyover on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre. The opposition was led by the commissioner representing the area, Dave Piech. The commission’s stance will be conveyed by letter to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Read the full article in the […]

The County Commissioners failed on the master plan

The County Commissioners failed on the master plan

Here’s a question. If a plan is formulated based on robust voter input and if that plan is the pillar on which the representative of that area is elected by nearly 75 percent of the voters in his district and if the voting body has been discussing wanting the elements of this plan for nearly […]

Remember when…

Remember when…

The date was Nov. 21, 2017, and it was a standing room only board meeting of the Holley Navarre Water System. Tempers were raging – some were trying to remove Brian Kelly from the board and others were trying to save him from being ousted. It all swirled around Kelly’s eligibility to serve on the […]

Taxing power for sheriff is coming

Taxing power for sheriff is coming

Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson has long had the Midas touch when asking county commissioners to boost his budget, but soon they intend to have him send much of his ever-increasing annual bill straight to taxpayers. “The idea is for the sheriff to become a taxing authority all his own, similar to the school district,” […]

County rejects hotel; eyes District 4 Master Plan

County rejects hotel; eyes District 4 Master Plan

County commissioners squashed a plan to build a hotel and RV site inside the Navarre Beach Marine Park, unanimously voting against a lease amendment for the property during a special rezoning meeting Oct 25. Attorney Will Dunaway, of the Clark Partington law firm, represented the potential buyer and developer, NOBC LLC. That company is registered […]

No end in sight to effluent pumped into sound

No end in sight to effluent pumped into sound

Although county commissioners have said for years that cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound is a top priority, the water utility they control will apparently keep putting treated sewage effluent into the bay indefinitely. The county-owned Navarre Beach Water System has applied for and received tentative approval for a five-year renewal of its state permit to […]

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

A procedural approval for Creet’s Landing subdivision turned to tension among county commissioners and residents of Whispering Pines Boulevard. During the board’s regular meeting on July 26, District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson accused Commission Chairman Bob Cole of inserting himself into issues in Williamson’s district during discussion of the Creet’s Landing project. The highly contentious […]

Development and zoning tops debate questions

Development and zoning tops debate questions

Questions repeatedly returned to issues of development and allowing exceptions to the land development code during the Santa Rosa Republican Women’s county commissioners candidate forum Tuesday. The questions were submitted by the members in attendance, and candidates for both District 4 County Commission, representing Navarre, and District 2 representing Milton were invited to answer. District […]

Westgate families left without water

Westgate families left without water

Just outside NAS Whiting Field in Milton, a group of 12 families live in dated mobile homes clustered along a little dead-end street. Among the families are seniors and children as young as a year old. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as […]

Miracle League ball field to open next year

Miracle League ball field to open next year

If all goes according to plan, America’s pastime will be a lot more inclusive in south Santa Rosa County starting next spring. Tiger Point Park is set to receive the county’s first Miracle League baseball field following approval by Santa Rosa County commissioners May 10. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of […]

Missing millions, Santa Rosa moves to boot medical examiner

Missing millions, Santa Rosa moves to boot medical examiner

Santa Rosa County commissioners are not sure what they bought with roughly $2.5 million of taxpayer money. The funds, paid over a 15-year period to the office of the area’s chief medical examiner, all fall under the title “professional services.” Santa Rosa County Clerk of Courts Don Spencer said defining what is included in that […]

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