Tourist Development Council

Tourism office releases partner plan

Tourism office releases partner plan

Vacation rentals are open. Businesses are back to business. Memorial Day weekend has launched the tourism summer season, and Santa Rosa County’s tourism development office is rolling out the welcome mat.  To help industry partners jump on board the effort, the office has issued a “Santa Rosa County Partner Relaunch” plan document. Tourist Development Director […]

Tourism industry turns attention to recovery plan

Tourism industry turns attention to recovery plan

Navarre Beach tourism’s summer season for 2020 will likely be heavily impacted. The global pandemic is driving cancellations of discretionary travel and even a month’s long ban on vacation property bookings in Florida. Summer’s cancellations Cancelations due to COVID-19 fears appeared to have started in early March according to data from state marketing agency Visit […]

TDC setting rules for project funding

TDC setting rules for project funding

After years of funding a variety of tourism amenities as they came up, the Tourist Development Council (TDC) made a move Feb. 6 toward limiting those big ticket spends to the budget cycle and creating a matrix to better measure their potential. Up to this point, infrastructure and amenity projects requesting funding through the TDC […]

Ira Mae Bruce honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Ira Mae Bruce honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Few people make enough impact in their lifetime to shape an entire community. Even fewer earn the respect of so many people that those efforts are memorialized. But during the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Awards Gala Friday night, one such woman received the Lifetime Achievement Award: Ira Mae Hewatt Bruce. Read the […]

Tourism council backs dog park on sound, not Gulf

Tourism council backs dog park on sound, not Gulf

County commissioners tossed the ball of creating a dog beach to the Tourist Development Council for its input Oct. 3, but conflicting public opinions have made the topic a hot potato. Current law prohibits dogs on all public beaches. Creation of a beach area allowing dogs was originally proposed in August to be located along the […]

Dog beach on hold; voluntary license program passes

Dog beach on hold; voluntary license program passes

Santa Rosa County commissioners approved a revamp of the county’s animal control ordinances Sept. 12 during a public hearing in Milton, but those changes did not include the creation of an area for leashed dogs on Navarre Beach. The dog beach area was originally proposed in August to be located along the Santa Rosa Sound […]

Navarre dog beach on pause

Navarre dog beach on pause

Efforts to open a section of Navarre Beach to dogs will likely be delayed by another month following the Board of County Commissioners meeting Monday. An ordinance currently prohibits dogs on both the sound-side and Gulf-side beaches in Navarre, but an amended ordinance set for public hearing Thursday would create a designated dog walking area […]

Movies by the Dunes coming spring 2020

Movies by the Dunes coming spring 2020

Movies by the Dunes is coming to Navarre Beach next year. The Tourist Development Council (TDC) supported a grant of nearly $5,000 Aug. 1 for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to host the event.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

County gets to down to business with StRIVE

County gets to down to business with StRIVE

Businesses across Santa Rosa County are set to get a facelift thanks to the first round of StRIVE grants set for approval this week. The StRIVE (Santa Rosa Improvement Vitalization Enterprise) program was proposed by Chairman Sam Parker in January.     Read the full article in the June 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Paradise gets tourism council thumbs-up

Paradise gets tourism council thumbs-up

Paradise Advertising has likely secured yet another three years of representing Santa Rosa County’s tourism image and the more than $750,000 annually that comes with it. The St. Petersburg-based destination advertising and marketing firm was put forward unanimously as the top pick by a selection committee of local tourism professionals after a competitive request for […]

Navarre Chamber announces new potential home, tourism programming

Navarre Chamber announces new potential home, tourism programming

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is eyeing a new forever home, and with that new space comes new programming targeted at Navarre’s largest economic sector: tourism. Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Gail Acosta presented these new programs and a financial ask May 1 to the county’s Tourist Development Council (TDC). […]

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 […]

Amphitheater planned for Navarre Beach

Amphitheater planned for Navarre Beach

Tourist Development Council (TDC) members voted Thursday to earmark $300,000 in next year’s budget to build a beachfront amphitheater. The project was brought forward by Tourist Development Director Julie White during the TDC’s annual budget meeting. She explained that the beach currently holds host to a variety of concerts and events, including the Tunes by […]

Leaseholders reject county’s beautification plans

Leaseholders reject county’s beautification plans

Some of the planned improvements for Gulf Boulevard along Navarre Beach have been put “on the back burner” according to county Tourist Development Director Julie White. White said plans to replace benches and garbage cans while adding shade sails along the high-traffic portion of Gulf Boulevard are not moving forward amid complaints from beach residents. […]

Bed taxes show robust growth trend

Bed taxes show robust growth trend

In a fiscal year of high numbers for bed-tax collections, January saw a 41 percent increase in these fees paid by overnight visitors to Santa Rosa County. Bed-tax revenues for January, the most recent month available, were $133,265. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Five things to know: Tourist Development Council

Five things to know: Tourist Development Council

Focus for Santa Rosa County’s Tourist Development Council and tourism staff continues to be turned to improvements along the county’s biggest bed tax generator: Navarre Beach. Projects for the beach dominated the council’s agenda Feb. 7. Lifeguards need new towers The transformation keeps on coming for the Navarre Beach lifeguard program under recently hired Beach […]

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

284 lot subdivision riling neighbors County Commissioners got an earful from concerned residents Tuesday morning as yet another subdivision development drew ire from neighbors. Forest Bay Estates is a new subdivision proposed for 210-acres of vacant land located west of Edgewood Drive and east of River Birch Road. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

Tourism council backs funding for wildlife refuge

Tourism council backs funding for wildlife refuge

After balking at a request for nearly half a million dollars, the county’s Tourist Development Council did agree Jan. 3 to fund $117,000 for animal habitats at the new Holley location of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR). While ECWR has steadily been securing donations since December 2016, the timeline for completion of the new […]

Bed-tax surge points to strong tourism trend

Bed-tax surge points to strong tourism trend

Shortly after announcing its first $3 million year, the county Tourist Development Office reported Dec. 2 that October’s bed-tax collections blew past the previous October by 51.61 percent. The county brought in $268,125.73 in bed taxes during the month. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for […]

Phase I price tag $3 million

Phase I price tag $3 million

Based on Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is no longer part of Navarre Park’s Phase I makeover, but it is not being relocated to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge either. That issue aside, County Administrator Dan Schebler told the commissioners that they need an answer to move forward on […]

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Bulldog Beach Volleyball held its inaugural tournament Sunday for new volleyball courts built alongside the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach. The successful beach volleyball program is an arm of Navarre Beach Sports and Recreation LLC, owned by volleyball professional Judd Smith and Kim Larson. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre […]

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

In the past 10 years, three times as many tourist development dollars were spent in Milton than in Navarre for infrastructure improvements. In contrast, the beach alone accounts for more than half of the dollars generated.               Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Gulf Boulevard landscaping plan gains momentum

Gulf Boulevard landscaping plan gains momentum

For years, the multiuse path along Navarre Beach has gone without landscaping. The dry sands, mixed with intense heat for much of the year, have made it difficult to plant anything more than a few palm trees along Gulf Boulevard. Read the full article in the Sept. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Tourist development project list takes shape

Tourist development project list takes shape

A revisit of the strategic plan resulted in a checklist of projects for the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Sept. 6 as the council weighed where their best investments would be to increase quality of place. Under the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan for the Santa Rosa County TDC, the group charged with oversight of bed taxes collected […]

Tourism strong despite brush with Gordon

Tourism strong despite brush with Gordon

Hoteliers in Navarre continued to see high numbers of visitors over Labor Day weekend despite an impending tropical storm. Hampton Inn and Suites Navarre General Manager Andy Peterson said the hotel was busy with families ready to hit the beach. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

On August 7, 2017, Tamara Fountain stepped into the role of CEO and president for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. In the 12 months that followed, Fountain assessed and scrutinized everything the chamber did. From events to programming to the very mission statement, she worked alongside the board of directors, chairman, membership director […]

Services set for Navarre resident Norm Crowder

Services set for Navarre resident Norm Crowder

Navarre lost a community advocate and volunteer last week. Norman “Norm” Crowder, 65, of Navarre, Florida passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. During his time in Navarre Norm worked with several community groups advocating for abused children, small business, seniors and the community at large. Norm was born January […]

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 […]

Tourism council balks at Milton Riverwalk fund request

Tourism council balks at Milton Riverwalk fund request

Milton officials faced harsh questioning by members of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Aug. 2 over whether to commit funds toward the continuing Milton Riverwalk project. Milton City Manager Randy Jorgenson came to the TDC requesting funding for construction of additional Riverwalk pathway along 210 feet of shoreline in downtown Milton next to the Blackwater […]

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) handled several requests for park funding NYSA playground to get fresh rubber In Navarre, that meant funding to replace the problematic rubber surface for the playground at the NYSA. District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson questioned why the surface needed to be replaced so shortly after it was installed. […]