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State audit roils Gulf Breeze City Hall

State audit roils Gulf Breeze City Hall

State auditors who started a probe of Gulf Breeze finances and operations last April continue to ask more questions in an examination destined to extend into summer. “I have spoken with the city manager (Samantha Abell), who expressed her frustration about this,” said State Sen. Doug Broxson. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 […]

County holds ex-commissioner at arm’s length

County holds ex-commissioner at arm’s length

Wary of violating a Florida statute about consorting with former colleagues, Santa Rosa officials are carefully avoiding work-related contact with Rob Williamson, the new CEO of Holley Navarre Water System. Keeping Williamson at arm’s length has already required dodging an overture last week to tour Holley Navarre Water’s facilities on Turkey Bluff Road along with […]

County Legislative Delegation sets public hearing

County Legislative Delegation sets public hearing

The Santa Rosa County Legislative Delegation, consisting of Sen. Doug Broxson, Rep. Alex Andrade and Rep. Jayer Williamson, will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Dec. 19 in the Santa Rosa County Commissioner Chambers from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The delegation will consider local bills, hear presentations from government entities and take public testimony on […]

Gulf Breeze audit and legal pressures grow

Gulf Breeze audit and legal pressures grow

The state audit that City of Gulf Breeze officials tried to avoid is expanding at a time when the municipality just lost the latest round of a controversial and costly property rights case. City Manager Samantha Abell told the Navarre Press that the Florida Auditor General’s operational review, which began last April, is requiring her […]

Sharp divides surface in Gulf Breeze mayor’s race

Sharp divides surface in Gulf Breeze mayor’s race

The long quiet political landscape in the City of Gulf Breeze is rumbling. For the first time since 2008, candidates for the mayor’s seat on the city council are putting out yard signs, knocking on doors and airing their differences in a political campaign of the sort many residents can’t recall witnessing before. Read the […]

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

The unfolding struggle to alleviate the traffic strangle on Highway 98 through Navarre is shaping up to be a major lobbying effort that may take several years and will likely reach to Tallahassee and even Washington, D.C. A campaign organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is getting underway with invitations being prepared […]

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

While the Florida Department of Transportation continues to pursue expanding U.S. Highway 98 to six lanes and implementing a flyover in the Heart of Navarre, the thoroughfare continues to increase beyond its intended maximum capacity. When an accident occurs, the areas only major east-west corridor can become blocked, leaving both local and long-distance traffic at […]

First official mayoral candidate emerges in Gulf Breeze

First official mayoral candidate emerges in Gulf Breeze

Patty Burke, an outspoken critic of how the City of Gulf Breeze is run, has become the first official candidate for mayor in the election scheduled for November. “I would just like to bring more fiscal responsibility to City Hall,” said Burke, a 56-year-old former investment counselor at the Dean Witter brokerage firm. Read the […]

City sees silver lining in Tiger Point land sale

City sees silver lining in Tiger Point land sale

The City of Gulf Breeze’s proposed sale of part of Tiger Point Golf Club to the Santa Rosa County School District may be a better deal for Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick’s organization than either side realized. In fact, the results of a new appraisal received by the City of Gulf Breeze this week indicates that the […]

Gulf Breeze mayor’s race in the making

Gulf Breeze mayor’s race in the making

Challenges by some Gulf Breeze City Council members over delays in their requests for specifics about the municipality’s mounting legal fees are putting Mayor Matt Dannheisser on the political hot seat. In fact, in a city where unopposed candidates are the norm, three of Dannheisser’s colleagues on the council are thinking of running against him […]

State probe of Gulf Breeze may take months

State probe of Gulf Breeze may take months

  After three months of sifting through tips from would-be sources, state auditors are still trying to decide how far and deep their planned look into City of Gulf Breeze operations will be. The Florida Auditor General’s staff had planned to set up shop at Gulf Breeze City Hall by the end of March, but […]

Lawmakers drop bridge purchase idea

Lawmakers drop bridge purchase idea

No deal. The prospect of a state government offer to buy the Garcon Point Bridge and reduce tolls has relied on legislators’ reaching agreement to include millions of dollars in this year’s budget. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive […]

School shooting prompts Florida to take action

School shooting prompts Florida to take action

On Valentine’s Day, 17 lives were lost in a horrific act of violence. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, became the center of national attention as the story of yet another mass shooting played out. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Spread of ‘Old Stinky’ in Tiger Point questioned

Spread of ‘Old Stinky’ in Tiger Point questioned

  The proposed expansion of the sewer plant at Tiger Point Golf Club won’t be quite as inexpensive as City of Gulf Breeze leaders have projected, area residents learned this week. Adding on to the plant, known as “Old Stinky” to owners of houses near the golf course, will cost an estimated $17.6 million, according […]

Hard bargaining looms in Garcon bridge deal

Hard bargaining looms in Garcon bridge deal

  Local legislators want to acquire the Garcon Point Bridge, but first they have to sell the deal to fellow lawmakers and then to current private owners of the bonds that funded the bridge’s construction in 1999. The devil will be in the dollars. “Even if it just costs $100, you know some people are […]

Gulf Breeze questions audit petitions

Gulf Breeze questions audit petitions

Unable to fend off a state audit of his city’s operations, Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser is casting doubt on the number of petitioners who requested the review. In a letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee dated Dec. 7—obtained by a public records request—Dannheisser questioned a previous assertion by State Sen. Doug Broxson that […]

School district not yet sold on Tiger Point site

School district not yet sold on Tiger Point site

Contrary to public comments by Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser last week, the Santa Rosa School District isn’t in negotiations with the City of Gulf Breeze to buy a portion of its Tiger Point Golf Club. Assistant School Superintendent Joey Harrell told this newspaper last week that the district, while interested in a 47-acre parcel […]

Scope of Gulf Breeze probe could widen

Scope of Gulf Breeze probe could widen

The planned inquiry by the Florida Auditor General’s Office into the City of Gulf Breeze’s finances will take several months and may extend to questions about controversial legal expenditures. Requested recently by State Sen. Doug Broxson, the audit will bring a Tallahassee-based team of accountants and other specialists to set up shop at Gulf Breeze […]

Fear of lawmakers’ retribution questioned

Fear of lawmakers’ retribution questioned

Don’t be a “Fraidy Cat.” That’s what current and former lawmakers advise in response to the recent timidity of Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Rob Williamson about supporting resolutions that oppose bills backed by influential Tallahassee legislators. Williamson expressed concerns twice last week about two requests for board resolutions—written statements in disagreement with proposed new […]