Tony Gomillion

Entrepreneurs must navigate obstacle course to succeed

Entrepreneurs must navigate obstacle course to succeed

In a lot of ways, Santa Rosa County is approaching small business the right way. That’s the opinion of Debbie Rogers-Guinn, the owner of Deb’s Coffee in Navarre. “They were really supportive of us from the very beginning and throughout,” she said. After seven years, Rogers-Guinn and her husband are currently seeking to move their […]

Retired Navy commander hired as assistant county administrator

Retired Navy commander hired as assistant county administrator

Santa Rosa County has a new assistant county administrator. Mark Murray, a retired Navy commander, started work July 9 at an annual salary of $105,000. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 […]

Santa Rosa County’s third annual Day of Service builds stronger community

Santa Rosa County’s third annual Day of Service builds stronger community

From providing free civil legal services to building wildlife habitats, dozens of volunteers lent their skills and labor Saturday for Santa Rosa County’s third annual Day of Service. The event is put on through Santa Rosa County’s Emergency Management and SAFER Santa Rosa program each year. Read the full article in the June 7 issue […]

Businessman accepts $850,000 offer for courthouse site

Businessman accepts $850,000 offer for courthouse site

Pensacola businessman Jerry Long didn’t waste time in accepting Santa Rosa’s $850,000 offer for his 19 acres on Avalon Boulevard as the prospective site of the new county courthouse. Long accepted the offer within days after the commission voted to make it last week, according to County Administrator Tony Gomillion. If the 75-day due diligence […]

Alabama manufacturer scouts Santa Rosa County

Alabama manufacturer scouts Santa Rosa County

The Strong Steel Inc. website states that the Andalusia, Ala.-based maker of frames sometimes used to build houses is “Now hiring framers, drywallers” and “persons with building experience.” Further, the privately held company’s managing principal, Anthony Attalla, says he’s considering an expansion than could mean up to 190 new jobs in Santa Rosa County. Read […]

Santa Rosa County pursues unpaid lease fees

Santa Rosa County pursues unpaid lease fees

Santa Rosa County is trying to give about 400 Navarre Beach leaseholders some incentive to pay their delinquent lease fees by imposing a deadline. But the measure recommended to commissioners by County Attorney Roy Andrews lacks teeth. Instead, meeting the county’s new Nov. 1 deadline to catch up on overdue lease fees – which in […]

Santa Rosa gives back during Day of Service

Santa Rosa gives back during Day of Service

Despite 90 degree heat, more than 700 volunteers of all ages stepped up to help their community Saturday, July 23, for the first Santa Rosa County Day of Service. More than 20 projects were submitted for the event serving animal shelters, parks, the disabled, the homeless and others. County Administrator Tony Gomillion helped organize the […]

County eyes unpaid lease fees

County eyes unpaid lease fees

Navarre Beach residents have long complained about being required to pay both Santa Rosa County ad valorem taxes along with their property lease fees. But some haven’t paid the latter for years. In fact, although the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association is lobbying to use lease fees to pay their share of the recent […]

Tough Mudder misses contract deadline

Tough Mudder misses contract deadline

The deadline passed weeks ago for Tough Mudder Inc. to file an economic impact study that documents how Santa Rosa County benefited from its April 9-10 event in Milton. Although submission of the study is required before the county gives the company $80,000 in support money, Tough Mudder nevertheless sent an invoice to Tourist Office […]

County hires new Public Information Officer

County hires new Public Information Officer

Brandi Whitehurst was approved to be the new public information officer for the county at the Jan. 14 Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners’ meeting. The PIO is responsible for promoting awareness of the county’s mission, programs, policies and initiatives to residents of the county and the media. Whitehurst’s employment began Jan. 19. According to […]

County approves pier contract amendments

County approves pier contract amendments

At the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners’ meeting on Jan. 14, the discussion with pier operator Coastal Concessions continued regarding making amendments to the pier management contract currently in place with the county. Coastal Concessions has been under the microscope recently because of overdue payment of pier admission fees to the county. Coastal Concessions […]

Same song, second verse?

Same song, second verse?

This past Monday our county commissioners voted to enter employment negotiations with Tony Gomillion to replace long-time county administrator Hunter Walker. Tony has been a department director with the county for 29 years, both as public services director and as environmental control director. On one hand, his 29 years with Santa Rosa County speaks volumes […]

Gomillion gets nod for county executive post

Gomillion gets nod for county executive post

Santa Rosa County officials are promoting from within for the next county administrator. Tony Gomillion, a veteran Santa Rosa bureaucrat who oversees the public services division, was the unanimous choice of county commissioners during a meeting Monday in Milton. Gomillion was one of three finalists and was selected over experienced top-level administrators with master’s degrees. […]