Tappie Villane

Holley Navarre Water System: Past, present, future

Holley Navarre Water System: Past, present, future

As the election of four new members to the Holley Navarre Water System’s board of directors draws near, discussions of the utility have flared on social media, in conversations and even in the Board of County Commissioners’ chambers. The candidates chosen Jan. 15 will act as the leadership entity for a water system that serves […]

Primary election spurs strong turnout

Primary election spurs strong turnout

The 2018 primary election drew more than one-fourth of the voting population to the polls, and many in Santa Rosa County are celebrating that turnout. Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane said she was pleased to see the spike in participation. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press […]

Williamson criticized for ‘liking’ vulgar Facebook posts

Williamson criticized for ‘liking’ vulgar Facebook posts

County Commissioner Rob Williamson faced heat from constituents Monday for ‘liking’ vulgar comments made about Navarre residents on the social media platform Facebook. Navarre resident Yvonne Harper, past president of the Holley by the Sea Homeowners Association, told the Board of County Commissioners that she wanted to bring some comments to light during the public forum […]

Williamson campaign postcard makes false claims

Williamson campaign postcard makes false claims

As District 4’s heated election season comes to a close, potentially thousands of voters received mail-out postcards touting current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson as a conservative businessman and avid supporter of President Donald Trump. The mailer, marked as approved and paid for by the Rob Williamson campaign, also paints Williamson’s opponent, Dave Piech, […]

July 30 deadline for voter registration

July 30 deadline for voter registration

Qualifying citizens of Santa Rosa County have less than a week to update their voter party affiliation or get registered to vote ahead of the primary election Aug. 28. The Supervisor of Election’s books close 30 days prior to Election Day, meaning the deadline for changes is July 30. Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane said […]

Mail-in ballots for all, not just absentee voters

Mail-in ballots for all, not just absentee voters

Red and blue signs bearing candidate names have started cropping up in front yards across the county. Social media platforms are abuzz with chatter about local and national issues. Election season is fast approaching. Read the full article in the June 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Voters can now register online

Voters can now register online

Santa Rosa County residents can now register to vote from the comfort of home with the launch of online registration. Florida is the 36th state to offer this option. Residents of Florida can go to registertovoteflorida.gov to input their information and complete registration. Users may also update their registration information, such as a change of […]

Santa Rosa voter rolls shrinking

Santa Rosa voter rolls shrinking

  Although Republican voters hold a 3-1 edge over Democrats in Santa Rosa, they lost some of that lead this year. In the biennial updating that state law requires county Elections Supervisor Tappie Villane to do in every odd-numbered year, her staff has moved 4,874 Republicans to “inactive” status, compared with 2,066 Democrats. The trend […]

Gulf Breeze Don Quixote tilts power structure

Gulf Breeze Don Quixote tilts power structure

Jim Doyle is disproving the old adage that you can’t fight City Hall. He recently rallied several of his Gulf Breeze neighbors to defeat a plan devised by the City Council and its paid staff to levy a special assessment of $1,686 per home to pay for new stormwater drainage infrastructure near their houses. Doyle […]

School district sales tax passes

School district sales tax passes

In a show of support for Santa Rosa School District, voters passed the continuance of the one-half cent sales tax for 10 years beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The funds are designated for construction of new school district facilities, renovations to existing schools, land acquisition and improvements, and the upgrading and equipping of school district facilities […]

School Board seeks renewal of 20-year-old levy

School Board seeks renewal of 20-year-old levy

Residents throughout the county have begun receiving sample ballots in the mail for a special election March 28. The sole item on the ballot will be a request to renew the 20-year-old half-cent sales tax for Santa Rosa School District capital outlays. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Few elections in The Satisfied City

Few elections in The Satisfied City

Even the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger probably can’t get satisfaction so complete as that long expressed by the City of Gulf Breeze electorate. In a year of national political movements from Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, the civic stillness in Gulf Breeze has produced a city council of five members who have never had to […]

School Board moves to extend life of half-cent tax

School Board moves to extend life of half-cent tax

A third of the Santa Rosa School District’s capital outlay budget will be on the line March 28, 2017, with a special election to decide if a half-cent capital outlay sales tax will continue in the county. The tax, which brings in an estimated $7.5 million a year, has been in place since 1998. “This […]

Near-record numbers in election

Near-record numbers in election

Voters of Santa Rosa county turned out to vote in numbers not seen since the 2008 General Election, and before that you have to go all the way back to 1984 when the voter turnout was 70.28 percent of all registered voters.  In this 2016 election the percentage was 68.04.  In a heated presidential race […]

When, where, how to vote

When, where, how to vote

Roughly 25 percent of Santa Rosa County’s nearly 131,000 voters have already cast their ballot for the presidential election after early voting opened in the county Monday, Oct. 24. Santa Rosa’s voters, the majority of which have been Republican, have cast 19,755 early votes and 13,224 votes by mail. Of the early votes the majority, […]

Votes for Donald Duck considered but not counted

Votes for Donald Duck considered but not counted

One election night result that Tappie Villane can almost surely count on is that Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse will get some votes for President of the United States. However, by law, the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections isn’t required to tabulate or record such prank ballots. No matter that the cartoon characters, among […]

Milton and county seek courthouse tax alternatives

Milton and county seek courthouse tax alternatives

Searching for support on the proposed local-option sales tax to build a new downtown Milton courthouse, city leaders ponied up $5,000 for a mass mailing to voters as time ran short before this week’s election. But even before the ballots were counted, Milton’s city council and some paid officials started strategizing to cope with the […]

Wild ride as more candidates enter races, others drop out

Wild ride as more candidates enter races, others drop out

Candidate signs have been going up like wildfire here, there and everywhere – something code enforcement won’t be happy about since so many enthusiastic campaign staffers forget to take them down after the elections are over. There were a number of late-minute surprises last week at the Santa Rosa County Elections office in what has […]

Crunch time for Florida voters

Crunch time for Florida voters

With the Presidential Preference Primary election coming up March 15, those not registered as Republicans or Democrats will be unable to vote in that type election which occurs every four years. This is because Florida is considered a closed-primary state said Tappie Villane, Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections. There are 26,981 registered voters in […]

Voter registration deadline July 28

Voter registration deadline July 28

If you would like to vote in the Aug. 26 primary election but are not registered or would like to change your party affiliation for the primary, then you need to take action before the end of the day Monday, July 28. “Florida is a closed primary state, so a person must vote the party […]

Elections office prepares for primary

Elections office prepares for primary

Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane and her staff have been gearing up for the Aug. 26 primary election. Sample ballots were recently released, and absentee ballots are being mailed out this month. Early voting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Aug. 11 through Aug. 23. Read more in the […]

Giraud will remain Santa Rosa County Judge

Giraud will remain Santa Rosa County Judge

Santa Rosa County Judge Jose “Tony” A. Giraud has the position to which he was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in November 2012. His only contender withdrew from the race, leaving him unopposed as the qualifying period ended at noon May 2. “It won’t be on the ballot because he won’t have any opposition,” said […]

Candidates debut in first debate

Candidates debut in first debate

Nearly 50 people attended a Feb. 6 debate hosted by the Central Republican Club for the Santa Rosa County Commission District 4 seat, which represents the greater Navarre area. Currently five candidates are in that race – all of whom are Republican. The event gave commission hopefuls the opportunity to introduce themselves. Michael Sallmen, president […]