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Santa Rosa voter rolls shrinking

Santa Rosa voter rolls shrinking

  Although Republican voters hold a 3-1 edge over Democrats in Santa Rosa, they lost some of that lead this year. In the biennial updating that state law requires county Elections Supervisor Tappie Villane to do in every odd-numbered year, her staff has moved 4,874 Republicans to “inactive” status, compared with 2,066 Democrats. The trend […]

School Board moves to extend life of half-cent tax

School Board moves to extend life of half-cent tax

A third of the Santa Rosa School District’s capital outlay budget will be on the line March 28, 2017, with a special election to decide if a half-cent capital outlay sales tax will continue in the county. The tax, which brings in an estimated $7.5 million a year, has been in place since 1998. “This […]

Near-record numbers in election

Near-record numbers in election

Voters of Santa Rosa county turned out to vote in numbers not seen since the 2008 General Election, and before that you have to go all the way back to 1984 when the voter turnout was 70.28 percent of all registered voters.  In this 2016 election the percentage was 68.04.  In a heated presidential race […]

Navarre High elects Trump as president

Navarre High elects Trump as president

Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States and Marco Rubio would be Florida’s next U.S. senator if Navarre High School voters had their way. NHS students cast their ballots in the school’s first full-blown mock election Wednesday, Nov. 2 as part of an effort to get students engaged in the political […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 10

ENDANGERED DEER GET MEDICATION STATIONS TO FIGHT SCREWWORMS Anti-parasitic feeding troughs baited with sweet corn, oats and other grains are being deployed deep inside the National Key Deer Refuge. U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Joanna Davis says this provides another layer of protection to the endangered herd. The agency has been releasing sterile male screwworm […]

Like it or not, this election is a referendum

Like it or not, this election is a referendum

Guest Opinion There is a sizeable faction in this country that is disgusted with the choices we have going into the 2016 General Election. While the choices are far from the quality a great nation like the United States deserves, they are what they are. No amount of complaining, abdication of responsibility or indignation will […]

Santa Rosa takes steps to prevent voter fraud

Santa Rosa takes steps to prevent voter fraud

As Election Day looms ever closer and early voting winds to a close, suspicions of voter fraud are on the forefront of many minds. The issue has received massive amounts of national media attention in the wake of statements by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump saying that millions of fraudulent votes would be cast against […]

When, where, how to vote

When, where, how to vote

Roughly 25 percent of Santa Rosa County’s nearly 131,000 voters have already cast their ballot for the presidential election after early voting opened in the county Monday, Oct. 24. Santa Rosa’s voters, the majority of which have been Republican, have cast 19,755 early votes and 13,224 votes by mail. Of the early votes the majority, […]

Should I vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’?

Should I vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’?

At a recent presentation to the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development and Government Affairs audience, Mary Blackwell president of The League of Women Voters (LWV) in Okaloosa County explained the four amendments voters should expect to see on the Nov. 8 ballot. Each of the amendments will need at least 60 percent […]

Votes for Donald Duck considered but not counted

Votes for Donald Duck considered but not counted

One election night result that Tappie Villane can almost surely count on is that Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse will get some votes for President of the United States. However, by law, the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections isn’t required to tabulate or record such prank ballots. No matter that the cartoon characters, among […]

Adults get refresher in U.S. politics

Adults get refresher in U.S. politics

Navarre residents got a crash course in citizenship and the Constitution Tuesday, Sept. 6, during Adult Civics Class at Holley-Navarre Middle School. Civics teachers Ashley Hall, Pam Rose and Brandon Czubinski are collaborating to instruct the free five-week course. The class is designed to give adults a refresher on the topics Navarre’s middle-schoolers learn about […]

Milton and county seek courthouse tax alternatives

Milton and county seek courthouse tax alternatives

Searching for support on the proposed local-option sales tax to build a new downtown Milton courthouse, city leaders ponied up $5,000 for a mass mailing to voters as time ran short before this week’s election. But even before the ballots were counted, Milton’s city council and some paid officials started strategizing to cope with the […]

Santa Rosa splits on sales tax

Santa Rosa splits on sales tax

Enthusiasm for the two proposed half-penny sales-tax measures is much higher on the north end of Santa Rosa County than in Navarre or Gulf Breeze. As the Aug. 30 election nears, yard signs are easily noticeable in the Milton area, where the planned new county courthouse would be built with revenue from one of the […]

Wild ride as more candidates enter races, others drop out

Wild ride as more candidates enter races, others drop out

Candidate signs have been going up like wildfire here, there and everywhere – something code enforcement won’t be happy about since so many enthusiastic campaign staffers forget to take them down after the elections are over. There were a number of late-minute surprises last week at the Santa Rosa County Elections office in what has […]

One way or another, courthouse paid by tax payers

One way or another, courthouse paid by tax payers

Funding for county infrastructure needs and a new county courthouse will be decided by voters this August as the two separate half cent local option sales taxes (LOST) have been finalized for the primary ballot by the Board of County Commissioners. If approved by voters, both of these taxes would add half a cent each […]

Downscaled courthouse-tax vote set for Aug. 30

Downscaled courthouse-tax vote set for Aug. 30

As Santa Rosa County commissioners have discussed the proposed new courthouse in recent weeks, and a new one-half cent sales tax to pay for it, both have shrunk. Now the stage is set for voters to decide if the building and its funding -both downscaled last week by about one-third in their latest incarnations – […]

Timing of sales-tax vote under scrutiny

Timing of sales-tax vote under scrutiny

Some backers of the proposed 1-cent sales tax to pay for a new Santa Rosa County courthouse are debating whether their plan should be put before the voters in prime time. They’re unsure if a required countywide referendum about the local- option sales tax will stand a better chance on the August primary ballot, or […]

Courthouse cost and tax details remain unclear

Courthouse cost and tax details remain unclear

The clock is ticking on Santa Rosa County commissioners to make their case to voters for a 1-cent local option sales tax that would help pay for a new courthouse in Milton. To get the proposed tax on the ballot next August that language must be crafted by June 1, but so far the commissioners […]

New courthouse encounters trial and tribulation

New courthouse encounters trial and tribulation

For a building in which evidence is supposed to carry the day, the proposed new Santa Rosa County courthouse in Milton appears in need of a strong closing argument. Burdened by the sales-tax increase that will require voters’ support to fund it, the new courthouse is mired in politics and indecision. Read the full article […]

Matt Gaetz coming to Navarre Saturday

Matt Gaetz coming to Navarre Saturday

Matt Gaetz’s announcement bus tour arrives in Navarre Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. as the bus rolls into Helen Back Again, located at 8651 Navarre Parkway. Gaetz is calling his effort the Fight Washington Bus Tour whereby he aims to talk to voters and share his plan to restore America with bold conservative reforms, […]

$47 Million is just too much

$47 Million is just too much

Let me start by saying I am in favor of building a new courthouse.  The current courthouse is obsolete and must be replaced.  But that doesn’t mean I support the plan to build a $47 million courthouse in Downtown Milton.  And no matter how many times Mr. Rob Williamson calls me a knucklehead on his […]

Electing a President: Understanding the Electoral College

Electing a President: Understanding the Electoral College

This election cycle commands the attention of a greater number of Americans than many in the recent past. Whether the increased number of people turning their attention to politics and the electoral process is because of frustration and anger or hope and foreseen opportunity remains in the eye of the individual. As citizen voters we […]

New faces join race for Miller’s seat

New faces join race for Miller’s seat

The congressional race for U.S. House District 1 is heating up with numerous candidates who have recently filed an intent to run.  A total of 2,298 signatures of registered voters are required to enable a candidate to actually qualify in lieu of paying a hefty $10,440 qualifying fee. The signatures must be received by the […]

Crunch time for Florida voters

Crunch time for Florida voters

With the Presidential Preference Primary election coming up March 15, those not registered as Republicans or Democrats will be unable to vote in that type election which occurs every four years. This is because Florida is considered a closed-primary state said Tappie Villane, Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections. There are 26,981 registered voters in […]

Board election for water system nears

Board election for water system nears

In the midst of the controversy swirling around Holley-Navarre Water System, an annual meeting and election of board of directors is scheduled for Jan. 19. Four seats are open on the board; three from expiring terms and one from the resignation of Will Goulet. The meeting will commence at 7 a.m. at the Board of […]

The courthouse roller coaster ongoing

The courthouse roller coaster ongoing

Most agree that Santa Rosa County needs a new courthouse. What can’t be agreed on is how big, how much, funding sources, or where to put it. The City of Milton wants it to stay in downtown Milton. Milton’s City Manager Brian Watkins made a presentation to the commissioner showing the “status of action” on […]

Florida’s congressional districts rejected

Florida’s congressional districts rejected

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state’s congressional maps don’t meet the requirements of a voter-approved constitutional amendment that prohibits political lines from being drawn to favor incumbents or a political party. The court ordered the Legislature to try drawing the maps again. The ruling means there could be an upheaval as incumbents […]

Listening to voters is crucial

Listening to voters is crucial

Increasing taxes seems to be the go-to response for many politicians, including Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Don Salter, who’s been discussing a hike in the local gas tax to fund transportation projects. That would be a copycat move. Last January, a similar increase went into effect in Escambia County. We suggest the Santa Rosa […]

Voters to decide courthouse location

Voters to decide courthouse location

For three weeks Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Jim Melvin heard citizens protesting county plans to spend $3.75 million on a site for the proposed courthouse. Opposition was so strong that Melvin felt it doomed the entire project, which depends on voters passing a temporary sales tax increase. Therefore, he added site selection back to […]