Sunshine law

Thompson fraud fallout spreads

Thompson fraud fallout spreads

Concerns about former Milton Mayor Guy Thompson’s guilty plea on charges of looting the United Way of Santa Rosa County may prompt an in-depth audit aimed at uncovering whether financial fraud occurred within the city government he ran for 20 years. Although current Milton Mayor Heather Lindsay doubts that Thompson could have stolen municipal funds, […]

Agencies stonewalling on bridge flaws

Agencies stonewalling on bridge flaws

Sen. Bill Nelson’s office is warning that thousands of cracks found in construction on the Pensacola Bay Bridge, among others, “may involve inadequate supervision.” But both Nelson’s office and the Navarre Press have been blocked by government agencies in requests for details on the construction of bridges in Florida. Read the full article in the […]

Sanborn not guilty of Sunshine Law charge

Sanborn not guilty of Sunshine Law charge

Tourist Development Council member Jack Sanborn was found not guilty Friday on charges that he violated Florida’s Sunshine Law by phoning two other panel volunteers to discuss matters that had previously come before the board. Santa Rosa County Judge Jose Giraud ruled after nearly an hour-long hearing that while Sanborn’s calls on his personal cellphone […]

Sunshine scrutiny of tourist panel lingers

Sunshine scrutiny of tourist panel lingers

Even the most seemingly innocent phone call between two members of a volunteer group such as the Tourist Development Council can cause suspicion and trigger legal questions that last for months. Such a phone call in August from council member Jack Sanborn to panel colleague Kyle Holley apparently prompted a complaint from an undisclosed source […]

Lies, cover-ups, projection and deceptions

Lies, cover-ups, projection and deceptions

  Holley-Navarre Water Department board member, Robert Coley, didn’t tell the truth when he said he was not planning on resigning the Holley-Navarre Water System Board of Directors. At the May 16 meeting the board members and the 30 people in attendance expected board member Robert Coley to resign his position. In fact, board members […]

Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine

Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law gives the public the right of access to government meetings and public records. It ensures that government works out in the open for all to see – no backroom conversations between elected officials before a vote. However, as we recently found out, in Santa Rosa County those officials can send texts or […]

Hinote steps into Santa Rosa County District 2 school board

Hinote steps into Santa Rosa County District 2 school board

Newly appointed District 2 School Board Member Buddy Hinote took the oath of office Thursday, Nov. 17, in front of a crowd of students, school personnel, family and community members. He steps into a seat that has been held by the same man since 1992, previous member Hugh Winkles. Earlier in the day, the board […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 24

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 24

OFFICIALS: MAN WHO RAN FROM DEPUTY KILLED IN CHASE ARRESTED A U.S. Attorney’s Office news release says 26-year-old Francisco Obidio Portillo-Fuentes was in federal court Wednesday in Jacksonville, facing a charge of illegally re-entering the U.S. He faces up to two years in prison. A criminal complaint says the El Salvador man was in a […]

Proposed worker’s comp rate hike: Floridians deserve transparency

Proposed worker’s comp rate hike: Floridians deserve transparency

Guest Opinion Florida’s extraordinary tradition of open government is founded on the simple but essential concept that the people have a right to know how and why the government makes decisions on their behalf. After all, it’s our government. So when a government action stems from a process shrouded in secrecy, we have a right not […]

Tourist Development committee needs their voice back

Tourist Development committee needs their voice back

Numerous articles in Navarre Press over the past year and few months have highlighted the pains endured and discord with the Board of County Commissioners that continues to plague the all-volunteer advisory Tourist Development Council.  The Legislature-mandated council is made up of tourism stake-holders as required by Florida Statute 125.0104.  While the statute allows for […]

Another Sunshine Law complaint involving City of Milton

Another Sunshine Law complaint involving City of Milton

The Office of State Attorney Bill Eddins April 15 received another possible Sunshine Law violation complaint stemming from actions involving the City of Milton’s Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board (DRAB). Following a previous complaint, Santa Rosa County District 2 Commissioner Bob Cole is facing a June 6 mandatory court hearing before County Judge Jose Giraud, following […]

Cole charged with Sunshine violation

Cole charged with Sunshine violation

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Robert “Bob” Cole has been charged with a non-criminal violation of the Sunshine Law, punishable by a fine not exceeding $500, according to a release sent from State Attorney Bill Eddins’ office. The charge stems from a discussion Cole with a fellow Milton Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board member. Prior to a […]

Milton City Councilman accuses Cole of violating Sunshine Law

Milton City Councilman accuses Cole of violating Sunshine Law

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Bob Cole is once again facing a Sunshine Law violation accusation after Milton City Councilman Jimmy Messick Jan. 15 publicly questioned the actions of Cole and fellow Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board (DRAB) member Elba Robertson. Messick said prior to the meeting he observed the two DRAB members discussing the nomination of Milton resident Kim Macarthy to the […]