tourist taxes

New location for beach condos proposed

New location for beach condos proposed

The developers behind an unpopular plan to build condominiums in Navarre Beach Marine Park have told Santa Rosa officials they are willing to swap that private property for a what they hope is a less controversial county-owned parcel. Although Ron Ward and Victor Deal rejected a county proposal to trade land last summer, that exchange […]

Marine Park developers reject land swap idea

Marine Park developers reject land swap idea

The developers of a planned 134-unit condominium complex on a private parcel in Navarre Beach Marine Park have spurned a proposal by opponents to trade the land for a plot outside the public recreation area. “The county property that they (opponents) are suggesting just won’t work for us,” said Ron Ward, a Pensacola-based developer. “None […]

New park’s lack of restrooms questioned

New park’s lack of restrooms questioned

The county’s new $750,000 Bagdad Mill Site Park that’s scheduled to open May 16 will be a recreational showplace, but some tourism leaders have questioned why it won’t have public restrooms. “We need bathrooms at parks where families will bring their children,” said Kyle Holley, a member of Santa Rosa County’s volunteer Tourism Development Council, […]

Lynchard backs sharing tourist taxes with Gulf Breeze

Lynchard backs sharing tourist taxes with Gulf Breeze

The longtime sharing of county tourist tax dollars with the City of Gulf Breeze that was abruptly halted by Clerk of the Court Don Spencer last fall should be restarted, said Commission Chairman Lane Lynchard. Last October Spencer ordered a stop to providing Gulf Breeze with up to $134,000 a year in the taxes collected […]