• Commissioners reverse course on impact fees

    “Our schools are full,” Santa Rosa County School Board Member Jennifer Granse told county commissioners on Monday. The school district approached commissioners last spring, seeking impact fees as a funding source, but at the time the commission rejected the idea, siding with area developers who argued against it. Santa Rosa County Commissioners last spring rejected … read more

  • County tourism revenue reaches $3.9 M record-high mark

    Santa Rosa County tourism revenues continue to climb, setting a new record of $3.9 million for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which ended September 30. The new high surpasses last year’s revenues, which topped $3 million for the first time ever. “We have been very aggressive the last two years in our advertising and marketing efforts … read more

  • Pier operator explains delays

    Children’s playground equipment parts were visible November 7 at Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. After receiving a six-month extension to complete some contractual obligations, the pier operator was summoned to make a November 12 presentation to commissioners to provide an update. Santa Rosa County District 4 Commissioner Dave Piech on October 4 requested an update on … read more

  • Tips to beat the cold snap, lower energy costs and stay warm

    Weather plays the biggest role in the amount of energy customers use and how it impacts their power bill. Customers typically see their highest bills after the hottest and coldest months. With temperatures in Northwest Florida expected to drop into the 30s and even the 20s in some areas tonight, there are steps customers can … read more

  • County to discuss stop signs for Whispering Pines Boulevard

    The discussion for requests for multi-way stops on Whispering Pines Boulevard at the intersections with Pouder Lane and Parker Place Drive is on today’s Santa Rosa County Commission agenda. Some citizens had requested the signage as traffic-calming measures. Carmen Reynolds, who runs the Whispering Pines Concerned Citizens Facebook page, supports adding stop signs. In comments … read more

  • Commissioners to discuss proposed road resurfacing projects

    Santa Rosa County Commissioners during their November 12 meeting are expected to discuss the following proposed road resurfacing projects. The approved 2019-2020 fiscal year budget includes $1,600,000 in the Road and Bridge budget for the resurfacing of Primary Roads within the county. The roadway segments listed below, per county staff, are deemed the most imperative … read more

  • Candidates pre-file for local 2020 elections

    Jerry Couey on November 7 pre-filed for the District 3 County Commission race. During the 2019 special election campaign, he was frequently spotted along busy local roadways, waving at passersby while standing beside his truck, which was adorned with a bright yellow “No new taxes” sign. Following the October 8 landslide defeat of the local … read more