Travel expenses

Commissioners on loose leash for travel spending

Commissioners on loose leash for travel spending

Rarely are questions raised about Santa Rosa County commissioners’ use of the panel’s $50,000 annual travel budget. Instead, there’s a large degree of trust accorded in the commissioners’ judgment about the necessity of their occasional trips to such destinations as government policy meetings in Washington, D.C., and other gatherings in cities such as Orlando and […]

Holley man steals thousands from fed

Holley man steals thousands from fed

A Holley man, last known to live on Bob Tolbert Road,  has plead guilty to stealing almost $30,000 from the federal government. Timothy James Nelson, 36, faces jail time for falsifying travel expenses to steal government funds. According to a statement of facts agreed upon by both parties, Nelson falsified claims for his hotel expenses while […]

County officials’ travel expenses vary widely

County officials’ travel expenses vary widely

The work-related travel by certain Santa Rosa County officials at taxpayers’ expense more than doubled during the past year, while some others cut back on business trips. From a New York Times travel trade show in Manhattan to a National Association of Counties annual conference in Los Angeles, the receipts in county records total thousands […]

Tourism focus groups lacks focus

Tourism focus groups lacks focus

President of destination marketing consulting firm Zeitgeist Consulting, Inc. Bill Geist met last week with tourism stakeholders, the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council board of directors and the county’s new ad agency, Paradise Advertising, to shape the future of tourism and rebrand Santa Rosa County. The county paid $13,500 plus travel expenses to Zeitgeist […]

County officials’ travel expenses reviewed

County officials’ travel expenses reviewed

The travel by certain Santa Rosa County officials at taxpayers’ expense to numerous trade shows, government conferences and industry seminars is raising questions about the value of some trips. From the North American Travel Journalists Convention in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to Florida Association of Counties workshops in Ponte Vedra near Jacksonville, the receipts in county […]