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End of peak tourism season means self-reflection

End of peak tourism season means self-reflection

Looking at the numbers, Navarre Beach had a busy summer tourism season with bed tax totals climbing 16% over the previous year’s peak season. More than $1.71 million flowed into county coffers from bed taxes between May and July.   Read the full article in the Sept. 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Duplex rezoning request denied

Duplex rezoning request denied

County commissioners grappled with housing needs and zoning realities Feb. 28, ultimately siding with neighbors who opposed a rezoning request. Brett Ramsey of Ramsey & Walker LLC had asked the commissioners to rezone a lot near Panhandle Trail to allow construction of duplexes. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Economic development alliance growing

Economic development alliance growing

Santa Rosa’s Economic Development Office (EDO) has expanded its reach and services thanks to partnerships with two arms of the University of West Florida, bringing new professionals into the mix. The newest of these partnerships is a joint agreement with the University of West Florida’s Office of Economic Development and Engagement as part of the […]

More than 400 jobs coming to Santa Rosa

More than 400 jobs coming to Santa Rosa

More than 400 jobs could be coming to Santa Rosa County as yet another tenant plans to open shop at the nearly vacant Northwest Florida Industrial Park @ I-10. Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree announced Monday that Project Runner, a warehouse distribution company, is moving to finalize opening a facility on 50 acres of the […]

Beaches to Woodlands Tour boosts off-season tourism

Beaches to Woodlands Tour boosts off-season tourism

For coastal communities, Labor Day weekend often marks the end of the peak season. Belts are tightened. Hotel room rates are reduced to attract more visitors. For county government, that dip in visitors typically comes with a decline in collections of bed taxes, the tax charged on temporary accommodations. Read the full article in the […]

Triumph project will bring training, testing possibilities for Navarre students

Triumph project will bring training, testing possibilities for Navarre students

A project approved by Triumph Gulf Coast April 27 will mean local students will be able to get commercial driver training and in-demand certifications in cybersecurity at Pensacola State College (PSC). A Federal Aviation Administration testing site will also be set up at the George Stone Technical Center in Pensacola. Read the full article in […]

Navarre lacks housing for young professionals

Navarre lacks housing for young professionals

In Santa Rosa County, 45 percent of residents are considered rent-burdened according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Rent-burdened is defined as any household in which housing costs exceed 30 percent of monthly household income. Read the full article in the May 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Santa Rosa tourists here for friends, stay for events

Santa Rosa tourists here for friends, stay for events

County Commissioners and Tourist Development Council (TDC) members gained insight into the impact of tourism in the county last week as the University of West Florida Haas Center unveiled the Tourism Market Economic Impact Study. This yearlong effort examined many aspects of tourism including spending by visitors, where visitors were coming from and how this […]

Commissioners back off park fees for organizations

Commissioners back off park fees for organizations

Commissioners will vote Thursday to restructure the fee schedule for use of public facilities and parks to be comparable with other counties. After months of debate, the board decided to exclude “open spaces” in those parks from the fees to protect existing not for profit events. Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce CEO, Judy Morehead, […]