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Santa Rosa County

Board of Commissioners

Your County, Your Government Annual Report to the Citizens of Santa Rosa County Fiscal Year 2011/2012

Table of Contents

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Welcome County Leadership County Administrator & County Attorney Organizational Chart County Profile County Figures

13 County Engineer Engineering Department, Environmental Division, and Navarre Beach 19 Human Resources Personnel, Risk Management, Grants Department, and Library System 23 Office of Management & Budget Administrative Services, Budget Office, Procurement Department, and Computer/GIS Department 27 Public Services Animal Services, Emergency Management, Development Services, Housing, Transportation, Long Range Planning, and Veterans Services 37 Public Works Building Maintenance, Road & Bridge, and Parks Department 40 Economic Development 41 Public Information 42 Veterans Memorial 43 County Extension 45 Maps

On the Cover Photos left to right: Sunflower by Aleta Floyd, Computer/GIS; Girls on Bike by Lydia McConnell, Development Services; Aircraft at NAS Whiting Field by Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field; Navarre Beach by Prudence Caskey, Extension Services; Jack Floyd Bridge Rebuilding by Tom Collins, Public Works; and John Deere Planter by Candice Tritt, Blackwater Soil & Water Conservation

About the 2011/2012 Annual Report to the Citizens In order to offer this service at the lowest cost possible, this publication was created in-house and is not professionally printed, but is available on the county’s website at The public can view current and past issues of county publications at and sign up to receive the publication of their choice automatically via e-mail by clicking the subscribe button found on To help ensure access to the county's informational pieces, citizens without internet access are encouraged to use the public computer resources available at one of the five county libraries or call (850) 983-1877 to receive a copy by mail.


Board of County Commissioners Bob Cole, Don Salter, Jim Williamson, Jim Melvin, and Lane Lynchard

Whether a member of a family that has deep roots and a long history in Santa Rosa County or the newest member of our community, we each find our own reasons to call this beautiful county home. We enjoy natural blessings of crystal clear springs, rivers and our emerald gulf that provide recreation in dozens of ways. Our fields are fertile and provide products that are sold and shipped all over the nation. The acres of forest are lush with native pines, oaks and wildflowers and our swamps are lined with cedars and cypress trees. The beach with its sugar white sand is covered with sea oats and home to several species of flowering plants. All of these areas of our county are home to hundreds of animals from woodpeckers to fiddler crabs, gators to bream, mullet to cattle, eggs to oysters. I cannot think of anything that does not thrive in our county including its citizens. Our naval air station trains young Americans to fly some of the most advanced aircraft in the world to protect our values and freedoms. Towns, cities, villages, subdivisions, farms, businesses and the highest ranked schools in the state - the Blessings we all share and enjoy are far too great to list. Each of these tie together in some form or fashion to jobs. As the 2013 Santa Rosa Board of County Commission Chairman, a position I am truly honored to hold, I give you the board’s commitment to work diligently to continue to reshape our economic development efforts. This is not a task we can achieve alone; each citizen, chamber of commerce, and private business can provide input to the success of our future. Additionally, identifying a location and a revenue source to construct a new judicial center is very important. The conditions at the old court house continue to deteriorate both in safety and health conditions, that not only employees must endure but also those of us that have and will be called to serve on jury duty. We must address this sooner than later. The people that serve this county are outstanding and committed individuals that each day provide the services that we all expect to be there when we call. Whether it is building permits, inspections, emergency service, road repair, a sheriff deputy or anyone between, we know that call will be answered. However these same people have not seen any type of increase in their salaries in over four years. I would like our administration staff to start at the lower levels and design reasonable levels of adjustments to these salaries. To some these items may seem like problems; I consider them challenges that this board is ready to work together with each of you who are willing to help continue to build Santa Rosa County as the best county in the state, even the nation.

May God always Bless each of us and our county that we love,

Bob Cole Chair & District 2 Commissioner Photo by Darliene Stanhope, Development Services


Santa Rosa County 2011/2012 ANNUAL REPORT

The Board of County

The board of county commissioners consists of five constitutional officers or five elected commissioners, who are elected at-large to serve and represent one of five districts and the county as a whole, as the governing body for Santa Rosa County. The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners serves as the legislative and policy setting body of Santa Rosa County as established under Section 125 of the Florida Statutes.


Jim Williamson DISTRICT 1 A Santa Rosa County native, Williamson graduated from Milton High School in 1964 and played professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals for four years. He is a state certified electrical contractor who has locally-owned and operated his business Williamson Electrical Company since 1976. Williamson served on the Milton City Council from 1977 to 1985. Commissioner Williamson became commissioner in 1996 and was re-elected in 2000. Williamson was again elected in 2008 and 2012.

Bob Cole

CHAIR & DISTRICT 2 Cole earned his Associate Degree from Pensacola Junior College in Industrial Education. He is owner of the local business Bob Cole’s Automotive. He is a very involved member at Pine Terrace Baptist Church, Past President of the Men’s Brotherhood, and member of Gideon International. Cole serves as a member of the Milton Kiwanis, charter member of the Milton Rotary, member of the optimist club of North East Pensacola, Milton High School Soccer and Track Team supporter.

Don Salter



Salter was first elected to the commission in November 2000 and was re-elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Before becoming a county commissioner, he proudly served his country as an US Army Paratrooper in Vietnam. He also worked for Gulf Power Company, retiring in 2000 after 32 years. Salter has a Masters of Science in Management degree from Troy State University. He serves as chairman of the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Foundation, and Santa Rosa Military Advisory Council.

Photo by Scott Markel, Emergency Communications


Jim Melvin is a life-long resident of Santa Rosa County. After graduating from UWF, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served as an active and reserve pilot. Jim also served as an assistant director of maintenance and operations for the Santa Rosa County School Board. He was then called back to active duty in 1979, retiring from the military in 1994. Jim returned to school to earn a masters in accounting and became a licensed CPA. He is an active member of his church and serves as part of the Pace Rotary Club.

Lane Lynchard

DISTRICT 5 Lane Lynchard graduated from Milton High School in 1990 and received a B.S. in Finance, cum laude, from the University of South Alabama in 1994. Lynchard received his law degree, cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law, and his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida. Lynchard is an attorney with Lynchard & Greene in Navarre. He is an active member of his church, Gulf Breeze Rotary, and the Navarre Beach, Pace, Gulf Breeze and Santa Rosa County chambers of commerce.

Board Duties The board duties include, but are not limited to: • Adopting, reviewing, and adjusting the annual county budget (see page 11) and authorizing expenditures. • Setting and authorizing the levy and collection of county-wide property taxes, with the exception of school board, water and fire district millage rates (see page 12 for millage rate history). • Establishing policies and procedures for county departments to meet county goals. • Appointing the county administrator (see page 5), county attorney, and county representatives to other governmental boards or committees. • Ratifying, modifying or denying the actions of commissions and boards which are advisory to the county board. • Adopting and ratifying ordinances and resolutions as needed for the enforcement of county-wide actions. • Reviewing the effectiveness of county services and programs as performed by the departments under the board of county commissioners. Departments primarily provide development, building, emergency, environmental, road, and park functions or services. • Communicating to state and federal government agencies and officials the needs and concerns of Santa Rosa County residents and our community. • Representing the county on administrative/advisory boards, commissions, and associations which provide direct and indirect county services, on a local, regional and state level. • Other duties and responsibilities that may be enacted by the federal government, state legislature and governor. The commission meets in regular session to vote on agenda items beginning at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Discussion of agenda items takes place during committee meetings on the Monday prior to the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Both meetings are held in the commissioners’ board room in the administrative center located at 6495 Caroline Street. Meetings can also be viewed on the Web live at, or by watching the meeting in its entirety posted the afternoon of the meeting at the same link. Special meetings and workshops are advertised and open to the public. HOW TO CONTACT YOUR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: (850) 983-1877 Office, (850) 983-1856 Fax 6495 Caroline Street, Suite M Milton, FL 32570

VOTING VS. WORKING DISTRICTS In Santa Rosa County, the commission is elected “at large,” meaning all registered voters in the county are able to cast a vote for each commission seat on the ballot. The commissioners represent one of the five districts and the county as a whole. Voting district lines are drawn every ten years to divided the population as evenly as possible into the five commission districts. Santa Rosa County also has “working districts” for the county, with each district containing an equal number of road miles (see page 45 & 46 for larger maps).








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Santa Rosa County 2011/2012 ANNUAL REPORT

County Administrator 6495 Caroline Street, Ste. D Milton, FL 32571 850.983.1855



Both the county administrator and county attorney are appointed by the board of commissioners.


Administrator & Attorney

On behalf of the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners, it is my honor as the County Administrator to present the 20112012 Santa Rosa County Annual Report, which is designed to encapsulate the accomplishments and achievements of the offices, functions, and departments responsible to the board of commissioners for the fiscal year.

During FY 2011-2012 the board of commissioners and staff conducted a comprehensive review of the economic development effort which led to the termination of the contract with TEAM Santa Rosa EDC, Inc. and the establishment of the Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office directly responsible to the board through this office. The existing staff has been transitioned to the EDO office and the recruitment of the Photo by Candice Tritt, Blackwater Soil & Water Conservation economic development director is underway. This will continue to be a work-in-progress as we move through 2013. Again this year, as part of the annual budget process, this office, along with senior management staff conducted department by department review to ensure workforce was property aligned to the workload resulting in reduction in a number of budgeted positions. A product of this review was the replacement of the legacy PBS telephone system with Voice Over Internet, or VoIP technology which has resulted in significant savings in telephone/communications service costs throughout the county offices and functions. This changeover in state-of-the-art technology is underway and will continue through early 2013. This is a generational change in technology and one which will enable county employees to work smarter and more efficiently. This annual report details the projects, results and accomplishments of the individual functions, offices, and departments of the Board of Commissioners in 2012. I remain extremely proud of our employees and their dedication to providing the best service to Santa Rosa County residents.

Hunter Walker County Administrator

County Attorney 6495 Caroline Street, Ste. C Milton, FL 32571 850.983.1857


County Administrator Duties

County Attorney Duties

The county administrator acts as the chief administrative officer for the county and is responsible to the board for the day-to-day operations of county government.

The county attorney serves as the in-house chief legal counsel to the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners in all legal matters. The attorney provides legal advice and representation to the board of commissioners, the county administrator, all county departments, and the boards and committees organized under the board of commissioners on matters related to its official responsibilities. Angela Jones has served as the Santa Rosa County Attorney since 2010.

Department directors and staff work under the county administrator to provide a wide variety of services to our residents as directed by the policies and procedures established by the board of county commissioners. The county administrator’s main duties include assuring the commissioner’s directives are conducted thoroughly and efficiently, drafting a recommended county annual operating budget for the board, preparing policy recommendations for commissioners’ approval, preparing commission meeting agendas, assisting the commission in establishing long and short term goals and objectives for the county, and coordinating efforts with other state, federal, county, municipal and non-profit agencies. Hunter Walker has served as the Santa Rosa County Administrator since October 23, 1995.

The county attorney represents the commission in litigating claims filed both on behalf of and against the county in state and federal court including eminent domain, personal injury, and breach of contract cases, but does not handle any criminal matters. Duties also include attending mediation and arbitration sessions, drafting ordinances, resolutions, contracts, interlocal government agreements and other legal documents, handling mortgage foreclosures and bankruptcy petitions and performing legal research. The county attorney is not authorized to provide legal advice to private citizens in her capacity as county attorney.

Peter Prince Airport Industrial Park Whiting Aviation Park

Procurement Orrin Smith 850. 983.1870

Risk Management Melissa Lloyd 850. 983.1863

Computer/GIS Aleta Floyd 850. 983.1841

Budget Office Jayne Bell 850. 983.1843

Administrative Services Tammy Simmons 850. 983.1940

Personnel Cindy Williams 850. 983.1889

Library Services Gwen Wilson 850. 981.7323

Environmental Jerrel Anderson, PE 850. 981.7135

Navarre Beach Terry Wallace 850. 963.6110

Grants Sheila Harris 850. 983.1848

Asst. County Engineer Michael Schmidt, PE 850. 981.7100

Property Appraiser

Veterans Services Karen Haworth 850. 981.7155

Planning & Zoning Beckie Cato 850. 981.7000

Inspections & Compliance Rhonda Royals 850. 981.7000

Emergency Management Sheryl Bracewell 850. 983.5360

Animal Services Dominic Persichini 850. 983.4680

Public Services Director Tony Gomillion 850. 981.7000

Economic Development Office Shannon Olgetree 850. 623.0174

Supervisor of Elections

Office of Mgmt. & Budget Jayne Bell 850. 983.1843

County Administrator Hunter Walker 850. 983.1855

Board of County Commissioners

Human Resources DeVann Cook 850. 983.1863



County Engineer Roger Blaylock, PE 850. 981.7100

Public Information Officer Joy Tsubooka 850. 983.5254

Clerk of the Court


Parks Department Doyle Godwin 850. 983.1940

Building Maintenance Thad Allen 850. 626.1569

Road Department Jimmy White 850. 626.0191

Assistant Director Stephen Furman, PE 850. 626.0191

Public Works Director Avis Whitfield 850. 626.0191

County Attorney Angela Jones 850. 983.1857

Tax Collector

Santa Rosa County 2011/2012 ANNUAL REPORT




Top 10 Major Private Employers

2011 Estimates

Total Population % Change, April 2010 to July 2011 Population under 5 years old Population under 18 years old Population 65 years old +

154,104 1.8% 5.9% 23.4% 13.2%

Source: US Census Bureau

Registered Voters

(As of November 21, 2012) Republican 64,194 Democratic 28,285 Non-Partisan 17,287 Other 3,823

Public Organizations

Income SRC Median Household Income FL Median Household Income SRC Population Below Poverty Level FL Population Below Poverty Level

# Employed Walmart Stores (3) 1,282 Baptist Healthcare Systems 626 Santa Rosa Medical Center 498 Publix (3) 359 Mediacom 300 Lowe’s (2) 280 The Studer Group 166 AppRiver, LLC 155 Andrews Institute 150 Lifeguard Ambulance Service 130

$55,129 $47,661 11.3% 13.8%

# Employed State Government 3,219 Santa Rosa County School District 2,615 Federal Military 1,741 Santa Rosa County Government 913 Federal Contractor 830 Federal Civilian Government 487 (Employment numbers as of September 2012)

Source: US Census Bureau

Geography Total area of 1,174 square miles 1,017 square miles of land 157 square miles of water 88.5 miles of coast line

County Roads Dirt roads 111 miles Paved roads 1,458.61 miles Total miles 1,569.61

Property Value (in billions)

2010 2011 2012 Value of Real Property $12.20 $11.26 $10.75 Residential $7.30 $7.36 $7.10 Vacant Land $.61 $.55 $.55 Commercial $.92 $.91 $.87

Parcels Photo by Cheryl Powell, Engineering 7

Total Parcel Count Homesteaded parcels Senior Exemptions

2010 2011 2012 103,130 103,380 103,763 41,843 41,812 41,859 2,533 2,521 2,516

Labor Force

August 2012, Not Seasonally Adjusted Civilian Labor Force 72,925 Number Employed 67,054 Number in County Unemployed 5,871 Unemployment Rate 8.1% % Change from August 2011 -1.9% Source:

Agricultural (2011) Total planted crops County gross value Top crops Livestock gross value

74,981 acres $73,571,380* Cotton & Peanuts $6,984,788

*Includes Green Industry est. $15,000,000 Green industry consists of nurseries that produce trees, shrubs, sod and flowering plants; retail outlets that sell these products, commercial landscape installation/maintenance services, and horticultural operations including truck crops.


Bed Tax Collections FY 2011/2012 FY 2010/2011 % Change

$1,190,475 $1,037,441 +14.8%

Estimated Construction Dollars Spent in SRC

120 In Millions

The construction dollar graph represents structure $131,363,266 costs for both residential and commercial projects.

High $146,140,680


The spike in 2009 construction dollars is a result of two major projects, the Blackwater Correctional Facility and the H.T. Hackney distribution center.

90 60 30 0

Low $8,063,200 2000 2001

2002 2003


2007 2008 2009

2005 2006






All graphs represent calendar year figures.

All Residential Permits

Number of Permits

3000 2,509

2500 2000 1500

Building Permit History

Single Family Permits


1,270 725


All Commercial Permits







45 2001










New Homes- 277 Average Construction Costs- $115,830 Remodel/Improvements/Additions Single Family- 671 New Commercial Buildings- 16 Commercial Remodels/Additions- 17 AREA 2 New Homes- 292 Average Construction Costs- $152,752 Remodel/Improvements/Additions Single Family- 743 New Commercial Buildings- 24 Commercial Remodels/Additions- 100 AREA 3



DID YOU New Homes- 28 Average Construction Costs- $118,536 Remodel/Improvements/Additions Single Family- 42 New Commercial Buildings- 1 Commercial Remodels/Additions- 6



Transportation impact fees were suspended for 2012 for the fourth consecutive year. Any new construction, residential or commercial, which would normally be assessed a transportation impact fee during the building permit process in 2009, 2010, 2011, or 2012 had impact fees waived. Those paying installments were required to make payments for 2010 and 2011. Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners originally voted to suspend the collection of transportation impact fees for the 2009 calendar year as an incentive to stimulate new local construction projects. 8

How do we

Santa Rosa County 2011/2012 ANNUAL REPORT

Cost Per Citizen


Santa Rosa County has one of the lowest per capita costs per citizen, or the average cost per person residents pay for county services. The per capita rate (county taxes only) does not include the operating millage and any special county taxes for certain districts, MSTU, or debt service levies. The chart below compares Santa Rosa County to our two neighboring counties and three comparable sized Florida counties. The data is available from the Florida Office of Economic & Demographic Research at Content/local-government/data/data-a-to-z/advaltxco.xls.

County Citrus Escambia Indian River Martin Okaloosa Santa Rosa

2011 Population Estimates 140,956 299,261 138,694 146,689 181,679 154,901



In the 2011 Florida Tax Watch Report “How Florida Counties Compare,” when including city and town tax revenues, Santa Rosa County ranks 61 out of 67 Florida counties in terms of total county and city taxes per capita, with 67 being the least taxed in the state. The state average, $1,014 per capita, is more than double Santa Rosa’s $407 per capita tax burden.

% Change 2010 Estimates - 9% - 4% -2% +2% - 7% +6%



Santa Rosa County provides services at the lowest cost compared to four of five neighboring and similarsized counties. Okaloosa County does have a lower per capita rate, but it also has only 59 percent of its population living in unincorporated areas, where Santa Rosa has 90 percent. People living in incorporated areas, or towns and cities, generally pay additional town or city taxes which are not reflected in this table.

2011 Operating Total Taxes Levied Millage Rate per Capita 2011 5.7299 $448 6.9755 $342 3.0892 $524 5.7336 $939 3.2899 $256 6.0953 $290


Local Option Sales Tax Rate

FL County Ranking *

Citrus Escambia Indian River Martin Okaloosa Santa Rosa

0 1.5 1 .5 0 .5

61 2 26 53 65 56

% Change 2010 +3% +4% - 4% - 2% +2% - 8%

% of Population in Unincorporated Areas 92% 82% 65% 86% 59% 90%

Local Option Motor FL County Fuel Tax Rate Ranking * .12 .07 .06 .12 .07 .06

Local option sales tax rates and local option motor fuel rates according to *The higher the number the least taxed the county is, with 67 being the least taxed in Florida.

Staffing Comparison




358 Fiscal Year 2011/2012 Santa Rosa County 362 Fiscal Year 2012/2013 588 Citrus County 587 806 Okalossa County 807 843 Indian River County 834 849 Martin County 862 1,105 Escambia County 1,088




Number of Employees



4 29 59 12 42 65

Santa Rosa Authorized Position History 450 361






450 388






2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14

Fiscal Year

Santa Rosa County has the least number of employees per resident when compared to our neighboring counties and those Florida counties of similar size. For fiscal year 2011/2012, Santa Rosa County averaged one employee for every 420 residents. While some counties’ staff numbers include county-run EMS and fire services, Santa Rosa County’s staffing numbers are still significantly lower than our comparable and neighboring counties.

County Citrus Escambia Indian River Martin Okaloosa Santa Rosa

Staff to Resident Ratio 1:240 1:271 1:165 1:173 1:225 1:433

Santa Rosa Staff Salary Ranges

$29,999 or less



$90,000120,000 $30,000- 49,999

Photos top to bottom: Darliene Stanhope, Development Services; Joy Tsubooka, PIO; Karen Haworth, Veterans Services; Cheryl Powell, Engineering; & Lydia McConnell, Development Services



Santa Rosa County 2011/2012 ANNUAL REPORT

Where the Money Comes From


Total Revenue $88,472,635 For the general, road & bridge and fine & forfeiture funds.

Taxes 56%

Total Expenses $87,994,884 Expenditures for the general, road & bridge and fine & forfeiture funds

Public Safety 39%

Intergovernmental 21%

General Government 21%

Transfer In 11%

Charges for Services 6% Fines & Forfeits <1%

Miscellaneous 4%

Economic Environment <1% Court Related 1% Culture/ Recreation 3% Physical Environment 4%

Licenses & Permits 1%



The county budget cycle runs on a fiscal year, not a calendar year. The fiscal year starts on October 1 and ends on September 30.

2011 Property Tax Revenue Comparison 2011 County Property Tax Revenue Comparison Indian River County

In Millions

$40.80 $44.91

Santa Rosa County


Okaloosa County


Citrus County $95.95

Escambia County

$98.29 0



Where the Money Goes


Martin County 60



Transportation 17% Transfers Out 9%

Human Services 6%

• Public Safety - services provided for the security of persons and property. • General Government - services provided by the legislative and administrative branches of the local government for the benefit of the public as a whole. • Transportation - cost of services for the safe and adequate flow of vehicles, travelers and pedestrians. • Transfers Out - flows of assets (such as cash or goods) between funds without equivalent flows of assets in return and without requirement for repayment. • Human Services - services for the care, treatment and control of human illness, injury or handicap, and for the welfare of the community as a whole and it’s individuals. • Culture & Recreation - cost of providing and maintaining cultural and recreational facilities and activities for the benefit of citizens and visitors. • Physical Environment - services provided for the primary purpose of achieving a satisfactory living environment by controlling and utilizing elements of the environment. • Court Related - Costs of operating the judicial branch including County Court, Circuit Court, the State Attorney’s Office and the Public Defender. • Economic Environment - services which develop and improve the economic condition of the community and its citizens.

Revenue information from

Breakdown of Constitutional Officers Funding $70,852,113 General Fund Only

Tax Collector 3.2% Property Appraiser 4.2%

Board of County Commissioners $33,249,032 Sheriff $30,142,919 Property Appraiser $ 2,926,391 Tax Collector $ 2,282,702 Clerk of the Court $ 1,328,871 Supervisor of Elections $ 922,198

Clerk of Court 1.9% Supervisor of Elections 1.3%

Board of County Commissioners 46.9%

The general fund does not include funding from the road & bridge or the fine & forfeiture funds.

Sheriff 42.5%


Workshops to develop and finalize the coming year’s budget often begin in July with a series of workshops followed by two public hearings before the budget is passed by the board in September. Current approved budgets and budgets from the past 10 years are available online at


Santa Rosa Milage History 2000 2001


2002 2003 2004 2005


Property taxes are charged in “mills” and the amount paid is based on the value of the property. A mill is equal to $1 per $1,000 of value.

2006 2007 2008 2009



2010 2011 2012


In Santa Rosa County, there are two primary taxing authorities to which all property owners pay property tax also known as “ad valorem taxes”, the county and the public school system. Each taxing authority has the ability to charge or levy a tax on a property and each have their own governing board to propose and adopt their respective tax rate. The county’s taxes are levied by the board of county commissioners. The taxes collected are used to fund the board of county commissioners and the other five constitutional offices - tax collector, property appraiser, clerk of the court, supervisor of elections and sheriff- and the vital services they provide to county residents.










More than half, 54 percent, of your ad valorem taxes goes toward funding the public school system.

Mills 12

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The county engineering division is comprised of three departments: engineering, environmental, and Navarre Beach Utilities.


Engineering Department Engineering Department 6051 Old Bagdad Hwy. Ste. 300 Milton, FL 32583 850.981.7100

The engineering department provides technical support to all county operations and departments. Services include engineering planning, surveying, environmental and regulatory permitting, and design and construction document preparation. It also involves inspection for multiple county projects involving storm water management, traffic management and control systems, roadway improvements, airport infrastructure, hazard mitigation, county-owned water & wastewater systems and industrial park infrastructure improvements. Additionally, all commercial site plans and subdivision developments are reviewed to determine potable water, and wastewater concurrency and compliance with the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storm water requirements with the land development code. The department reviews four submittal phases - preliminary plat, construction plans, final plat, paved road and drainage maintenance of subdivision developments and makes recommendations to the board of county commissioners for each phase of development. Top right: Keith White conducts a survey on the Chumuckla Springs Boat Ramp project.


Right: An Aqua-Barrier is used to create a barrier to allow drainage construction at the Harrison Avenue Hazard Mitigation Grant Project.

FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Peter Prince Airfield East apron & T-Hanger taxiways, project management • Navarre Bridge rehabilitation, project management • Tiger Point Community Center, project management • Pace Community Center, project management • Berryhill Road realignment (Five Points), project management • Pine Forest Road drainage, surveying, design/permitting, project management • Grand Pointe-Settlers Colony drainage, surveying, design/permitting, bidding and project management • Ramblewood Drive HMGP drainage, project management • Harrison Avenue HMGP drainage, project management • Ganges/Madura HMGP drainage, project management • Bagdad VFD, surveying, design/permitting, bidding and project management • Benny Russell Park Tennis, site layout, surveying, design/permitting, bidding and project management • Historic S.R. 1 multi use trail, design/bidding, CEI services, LAP administration • Bagdad Mill Site, assisted grants department and design consultant with surveying and public meetings • Cornell Drive road paving MSBU project, bidding, contract administration • Chumuckla Spring boat ramp that will replace the Sandy Landing Boat Ramp, surveying, design/permitting, project support for Santa Rosa Public Works during construction • Jay sidewalk project, design/permitting, bidding, LAP administration and project management. • 100 commercial pre application meetings



Construction on the Five Points intersection improvement project began in late July. The improvements include realigning Berryhill Road from Ashmore Lane to Chumuckla Highway. The realignment will move the current intersection approximately 500 feet to the north and create a new two lane roadway section north of Berryhill Road connecting to Chumuckla Highway. Other project features include creation of a new retention pond and widening of the right turn and merge lanes on both Quintette Road and Chumuckla Highway. Complete in spring 2013, the project will greatly improve safety and traffic flow to the area. Up to $1 million of project costs will be funded by FDOT with the county matching the remaining 50 percent.

Above: The stormwater lift station at the Ganges/Madura Hazard Mitigation Project. Left: Historic State Road 1, constructed in 1921, was originally only around nine feet wide, but as cars became larger, four feet wide concrete “shoulders” were added to each side of the brick to serve the growing vehicle population of the time. In 2003, the Blackwater Heritage Trail, Inc. applied to FDOT for renovation funding. Construction began in May 2011 and is expected to be complete in March 2013.


Santa Rosa County 2011/2012 ANNUAL REPORT

Environmental Division There are two departments within the environmental division including solid waste & recycling, and mosquito control. Environmental Division 6065 Old Bagdad Hwy. Milton, FL 32583 850.981.7135

SOLID WASTE & RECYCLING The solid waste program for Santa Rosa County consists of Central Landfill, Jay Transfer Station and two closed landfills.


Central Landfill is a Class I and III facility. Garbage is categorized into either Class I for household garbage or Class III for non hazardous, non food contaminated debris. Special waste and certain hazardous materials are accepted under specific requirements. Many items that are brought to the landfill for disposal are actually segregated for recycling or alternate disposal. During Fiscal Year 2012, Central Landfill received a total of 110,000 tons of Class I materials, 30,000 tons of Class III materials and diverted over 16,000 tons of debris from landfill disposal. The attendants assisted approximately 97,000 customers.


FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • During the last fiscal year, nearly 7,000 customers utilized the Jay Transfer Station. • Household hazardous waste expanded their list of acceptable items to include proper disposal of contaminated needles and electronic materials. • HHW assisted over 4,000 customers and recovered nearly 15,000 gallons of paint, chemicals, pesticide and used oil, over 6,000 fluorescent bulbs and tubes and more. • The HHW attendants received an award from the Solid Waste Association of North America for their expertise of handling a potential dangerous substance. • The hardware and software at the scale house was upgraded. • We integrated the register drawer, credit card processor, added thermal printers, and customer signature pads. By interfacing the credit card scanner with the program, we converted to a new credit card processor, which allowed us to cut processing fees that were previously passed on to customers. These new upgrades reduced double data entry, which reduced key errors and customer transaction time. • The residential drop off area has been paved for customer convenience and safety. • A new compactor was purchased for the Class I hill to help ensure compaction and cover to maximize the duration of the landfill cell. • In an effort to cut cost and save money, the recycle building and drop site containers were contracted to West Florida Recycling. Under the new recycle contract, recycling materials can now be collected single stream. • Nearly 15 million pounds of materials were received countywide for recycling. • In Santa Rosa County we have remediation systems at Holley, Class III, and Central Landfills. The purpose of the remediation systems is to clean and reduce contamination of ground water.

Above: Employees of Household Hazardous Waste Center received the “Most Explosive Event” award from the Solid Waste Association for their expertise in a potential dangerous substance at the HHW center. Below: Upgrades to the scale house register and credit card process have reduced errors and customer transaction time.

• Holley Landfill remediation has recovered approximately 85,978,300 gallons of water to date. • Santa Rosa Central Landfill has pumped to date 3.8 billion gallons of groundwater for treatment before return to the Sand and Gravel Aquifer. Santa Rosa County is still used by FDEP as an example for successful remediation. MOSQUITO CONTROL The mosquito control department is responsible for the larvacide and adulticide treatment of mosquitoes for Santa Rosa County. Mosquito prevention is achieved through public education, surveillance, and monitoring of adulticide and larvacide treatments. Larvacide assessments are completed throughout the year. Mosquito larva is treated in ditches, abandoned pools, holding ponds, etc. In addition to larviciding, when temperatures are above 60 degrees, we utilize up to three fog trucks per weeknight, for spraying the adult mosquitoes. The mosquito control department has 28 spray routes that cover the entire county. During the spray season, approximately 15 routes are sprayed each week. Traps are set throughout the county, to monitor species of mosquitoes, migration patterns and breeding areas. FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • In Fiscal Year 2012, mosquito control held interactive mosquito education presentations for over 700 students in Santa Rosa County. • Mosquito Control treated approximately 700,000 acres with adulticide and 700 acres were treated for larva. • Comparing FY 12 to FY 11, call volume increased by 48 percent, larvacide applications increased by over 30 percent, and adulticide treatment increased by up to 30,000 acres. The Asian Tiger mosquito pictured below, is a non-native species that arrived accidentally in tires imported from Japan. They will lay eggs in anything that collects water including flowerpots, buckets, rain gutters, old soda cans, birdbaths, and kiddie pools.



Single stream or “single sort” recycling was made available in Santa Rosa County in June 2012. Residents utilizing the public recycling areas or residential curbside recycling no longer need to separate or sort recyclables by type, but can collect and dispose of all recyclable materials in the same container. The recycling process is made possible by the contracting of recycling services with West Florida Recycling. Accepted Recyclable Materials: • Paper – all paper including office paper waste, shredded paper, hardback and paperback books, magazines, junk mail including envelopes, phone books, and pizza boxes. • Glass – all glass except light bulbs, plate glass or safety glass. • Metal – All aluminum, tin and steel including tin cans, aluminum cans, aluminum foil, pie tins, cake tins, and empty aerosol cans. • Plastic Containers – All plastic except Styrofoam and motor oil containers. • Cardboard – all cardboard including pizza boxes. To help save space in the recycle bins, please break down or flatten all boxes. Non-recyclable Materials • Light bulbs • Styrofoam • Motor oil containers • Mylar – found in plastic balloons, chip bags, and candy bags • Waxy Cardboard – found in milk cartons, orange juice cartons, wine boxes and waxy produce and seafood boxes. • Any household garbage like food waste and diapers. Oil, gas, paint, antifreeze, fertilizers, pesticides and other household hazardous waste can be disposed of at no charge at the Household Hazardous Waste Center located at the entrance of the Central Landfill, 6337 Da Lisa Road in Milton, Monday- Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Recycling Tips • Labels do not have to be removed from any containers. • Containers do not need to be rinsed. • Lids do not need to be removed from any containers. Recycle areas are not disposal areas for furniture or household garbage that is not recyclable material. Violators may be fined for illegal dumping.


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Navarre Beach Navarre Beach Utilities 1411 Utility Dr. Navarre Beach, FL 32561 850.981.8888 Navarre-Beach@

The main functions of the Navarre Beach Department are the daily operations of the utility system, the Navarre Beach Park, the beaches, public access areas and the boat ramp. FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • The water system pumped a total of 109 million gallons of water last year to approximately 1,020 customers on Navarre Beach. • The wastewater treatment facility treated a total of 102 million gallons of waste water. • The Navarre Beach Park pavilion rentals totaled 399 . • Turtle nesting season was the busiest on record for our beaches, with a total of nine nests with lots of hatchlings. • Twelve lifeguards manned four towers daily during the peak of the guard season. An average of 5,000 beach goers were on the lifeguarded portion of the beach monthly. Lifeguards made 43 rescues. The highest attendance day was Memorial Day weekend with a total of 800 beach goers on the lifeguarded portion of the beach alone.

Photo above and facing page by Chris Verlinde, County Extension Photo right by Amy McDonald, Library Services




In fiscal year 2011/2012, over 130,000 people visited the Navarre Beach Pier. As shown by the gate numbers, the Navarre Beach Pier is loved by locals and tourist alike. It not only offers fishermen topnotch fishing on the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico, but with the spectacular view of all that Navarre Beach has to offer, is extremely popular with walkers. In October, Navarre Fishing Pier, Inc. , Holley by the Sea Fishing Club, State of Florida, and Navarre High School Marine Science Center holds the “Take a Kid Fishing” event. The extremely popular annual event offers children an opportunity to learn about fishing, conservation and to encourage family and friends to go fishing with a child. The event is free to children and each are provided a rod and reel they can take home.



The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association announced on May 1 that the Navarre Beach 2006 restoration project won its “Best of the Best” Restored Beaches contest. To celebrate 10 years of honoring Best Restored Beaches Across America, ASBPA asked anyone who loves the beach to pick the Best of the Best of Restored Beaches from a list of past award winners. In 2010, Navarre Beach was one of four beaches nationwide selected as a Best Restored Beach. This year nominees were placed in one of three categories- Urban, Community and Park/Habitat beaches- and competed by region. Thanks to voters’ support, Navarre Beach won the entire Best Community Beach category as well as garnering the highest overall vote total.

Top left: The staff of Navarre Beach Department Left: 2012 Navarre Beach Lifeguard staff Photos courtesy of the Navarre Press


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Santa Rosa County Human Resources is comprised of two departments, which are personnel and risk management. They provide extensive human resource management services and ensure that principles of personnel administration are upheld through the fair and equitable application of rules, policies, and procedures across the departments within the county. The core functions are to provide technical assistance, advice, and guidance to departments and their employees on a variety of employer/employee topics. Such topics include federal and state employment related laws and regulations, Human Resources policies, and disciplinary actions.

Photo by Natasha Godwin, Library Services

Personnel Department

Personnel Department 6495 Caroline Street Ste. H Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1948

The personnel department provides information on work-related issues through brochures, job announcements, the employee handbook, standard forms, policies, and other informational materials. The department is responsible for the development, maintenance, and revision of the classification and compensation plans for all positions in the classified service; works cooperatively with county departments in the development of new and revised job classifications based on new programs, re-organizations, and new technology in the workplace. An important element of this analytical work involves conducting and participating in a variety of salary surveys on a national, regional, and local level. Personnel staff verifies personnel transactions and assures that all transactions comply with applicable county practices, policies, procedures, and compensation plans. The staff administers scheduling and advertising for the classified service by establishing procedures of recruiting, testing, and assessing applicant qualifications, creating lists of qualified applicants, providing the best qualified applicants to county departments for interviews, and evaluating the qualifications and credentials of employees applying for internal job vacancy postings.


Organizing the annual Employee Health Fair is one of the duties of the Santa Rosa County Human Resources Division.



Staff Years of Service Less than 1 year - 8% 1 to 5 years - 19% 6 to 10 years -28% 11 to 15 years -19% 6 to 20 years -10% 21 to 30 years - 11% Over 30 years - 5%

FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Employment announcements/postings - 61, an increase of 69 percent over fiscal year 10/11 • Web page employment interest hits more than doubled from last fiscal year to 20,228 • Applicant Online Interest Cards completed – 924 (this system enables applicants to sign up for automatic e-mail notification when jobs matching their interests are opened for applications). • Applications received and evaluated for minimum qualifications – 2,173, this fiscal year – up 110 percent from last fiscal year. • Eligible employment lists established and certified to departments for hiring - 78 • Certified applicants referred to hiring department – 736 • Processed applicant criminal record checks - 127 • Elimination of BOCC positions due to budget reductions – 7 • Personnel reassignments/transfers – 3 • Employee separations – 51 (24 resigned, 19 retired, 2 dismissed, 4 released during probation). • Position descriptions created and/or revised - 69 • Prepared and processed personnel actions - 774 • Organized and facilitated new employee orientations – 32 • Updated and reproduced the Santa Rosa County Employee Handbook in the form of a CD – 600 (we progressed from a paper handbook to a CD version, which provided thousands saved in the cost of production and improved the convenience of use). • Coordinated a flu shot clinic for employees in October 2011. CVS Pharmacy provided onsite flu shots for employees. • Received and reviewed 420 applications related to the State of Florida mandated program, Health Care Responsibility Act. • Prepared 96 in-house and public records and report requests.


The average employee age is 48. The average employee length of service in years is 12. The average employee earns $36,134.64.

Risk Management Santa Rosa County Risk Management administers the self-insurance fund which requires the processing and adjusting of all insurance claims resulting from auto liability, general liability, property, inland marine and workers’ compensation claims. Adjusted 27 new workers’ compensation claims; a significantly lower number from last year. This decrease reflects improvement with safety processes throughout the county during the fiscal year.

Risk Management 6495 Caroline Street Ste. I Milton, FL 32570 850. 983.1863

FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Adjusted 20 auto claims, 36 property loss claims, 26 general liability claims and 15 equipment claims. • Reviewed certificates of insurance and contracts for those doing business with Santa Rosa County and those using county facilities. • Worked with our third-party administrator, rehabilitation nurses and attorneys on workers’ compensation claims. • Managed the county’s safety shoe program. • Coordinated employee safety awards. • Generated loss analysis reports reflecting all claims against the county. • Continued maintenance of all Material Safety Data Sheets for county departments. • Minimized lost-time expenses by placing injured employees in light-duty positions whenever possible. • Held safety meetings and provided training where applicable. • Invoked the “county facilities monitor” position to provide security in areas where vandalism was prevalent. • Performed indoor air quality testing at the East Milton gymnasium and inspected various parks and buildings throughout the county for any deficiencies. • Attended mediations and hearings related to liability and workers’ compensation claims 20

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Grants Department Grants Department 6495 Caroline Street Ste. H Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1848


The grants department provides grant writing, grant management and project management assistance to other departments in the county. This year the grants department assisted other departments with the management of over 30 grants totaling more than $15 million in state and federal funding. These grants are for a variety of projects including drainage improvement projects, flood mitigation projects, housing projects, park projects, sewer extension programs, emergency management preparedness programs, disaster recovery public assistance programs, and transportation improvement projects. FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Selection of a sewage contractor for the Bagdad Disaster Recovery CDBG project was completed. Improvements will begin on sewer line extensions and hookups in fall 2012. • Design of sewage improvements for the Neighborhood Revitalization CDBG project in the Navarre East neighborhood is complete. Construction of sewer line extensions and hookups is expected by winter 2013. • Defense Infrastructure Grant funds of approximately $71,000 were expended to purchase property and restrictive easements around NAS Whiting Field to prevent further encroachment and to protect the base from BRAC. • Permitting of Bagdad Mill Site improvements is currently underway and final permit approval is expected by the end of December 2012. Site improvements are expected to begin in early to mid 2013. • Administered Florida Department of Transportation beautification grant for landscaping improvements to three medians at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 98 and Avalon Boulevard in Gulf Breeze in partnership with the United Peninsula Association. • Acquired Coastal Partnership Initiative and Recreational Trail Program grant funding to assist with construction of Bagdad Mill Site. • Administered acquisition and demolition of floodprone property in Gulf Breeze utilizing Flood Mitigation Program Funds. • Administered elevation of three flood-prone properties in Gulf Breeze utilizing Flood Mitigation Program Funds. • Finalized close out of Public Assistance funds for 2004 and 2005 disasters. • Assisted with administration of Hazard Mitigation Grant Funds for the Villa Venyce, Saber Tooth, Ganges/ Madura Trail, and Harrison Avenue hazard mitigation grant stormwater improvement projects in the south end of the county. • Administered Environmental Protection Agency grant funding for the Navarre Beach Clarifier upgrade. • Updated Natural Resource Damage Assessment project list as requested by the Department of Environmental Protection as a result of the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill.

Top: The U.S. Hwy. 98 beautification project was a partnership with the United Peninsula Association. Center & below: A home before and after a flood mitigation project to elevate the home.

Library Services The Santa Rosa County Library System offers a variety of services to its residents. Libraries are located in Gulf Breeze, Jay, Milton, Navarre and Pace. Residents of all ages are invited to check out the many resources that are located at each facility. The libraries offer free programs for adults and children as well as study areas and meeting room space in some locations. By obtaining a free library card, card holders have access to a number of bestselling fiction, nonfiction, music, and movies in several formats. Santa Rosa County library card holders also have access to public computers, free Wi-Fi during library hours, and a number of databases that meet the needs of those seeking information as well as those seeking entertainment. Library patrons may visit the library website at to access many of the library’s resources both inside the library and from the comfort of their homes.

Library Services 6275 Dogwood Drive Milton, FL 32570 850. 981.7323

FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Items checked out - 430,550 • New library cards issued - 6,573 • Research questions answered by library employees - 30,761 • Countless hours of instruction on basic technology use and location of library materials • Community groups used meeting rooms 594 times with over 6,000 attendees • Over 1,300 hours of assistance was provided by adult volunteers through the Library Volunteer Program. • Sixty-one student volunteers provided 620 hours of service toward their scholarship goals. • Library youth programs - 232 with 4,422 attending • Record setting Summer Reading Program: 910 registered read for 9,885 minutes, held 65 programs with 2,004 attendees • Number of youth participating in the library system’s Internet Safety Program - 109 • Over 1,500 items were provided to care centers through Library Outreach. • Bulletin Boards and display cases were used to distribute non-profit information as well as to showcase artwork and collectibles from the community. • Voter Registration assistance was provided to citizens. • Tax Assistance was provided to citizens by AARP through the use of library meeting rooms.



This year, both the Navarre Library and the Jay Library received renovations. The wallpaper in the Navarre Library meeting room was removed and fresh coats of paint were applied to its walls as well as the walls in the foyer. Additionally, the landscaping received a makeover and now boasts a variety of new blooms and fragrances for the public to enjoy. The Jay Library was completely renovated. Old metal shelving was removed and replaced with new, light colored wood shelving along with the addition of a new inside book drop. The carpet was replaced, and the walls have been repainted. The new floor plan provides easier access to library materials and has created more space for library patrons to browse shelves, sit, read, use computers, and simply enjoy the library.

The Navarre and Jay Libraries


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Office of Management & The office of management and budget consists of the budget office, procurement, administrative services, and computer/GIS mapping division.




After 15 years, Joel Haniford, the Santa Rosa Office of Management & Budget Director retired. Jayne Bell was hired to take his place in June.

Right photo by Ron Strickland, Computer/GIS

Budget Office Budget Office 6495 Caroline Street Ste. L Milton, FL 32570 850. 983.1853

The budget department is responsible for establishing and maintaining a comprehensive budget system and providing financial management information to the county administrator and board of county commissioners so that sound financial decisions can be made. The budget department advises, informs, and makes recommendations to the departments on financial and programmatic matters leading to the effective and efficient use of available resources. In addition to preparing the annual county budget, the budget department analyzes the fiscal impact of all proposed county actions and relevant proposed state legislation to provide clear and complete public information regarding each yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget.

Procurement 6495 Caroline Street Ste. L Milton, FL 32570 850. 983.1870 23

Procurement The procurement department is responsible for all aspects of the county bid process including the review of bid specifications; development and submittal of the advertisement of each bid request in accordance with the Florida statutes associated with each one; notification to vendors of each project or item up for bid; receipt and review of bid submittals; maintenance of the files related to each bid request; and maintenance of the list of registered vendors, currently numbering over 2,500.



Administrative Services Administrative Services 6495 Caroline Street Ste. J, Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1940 adminservices@

The Santa Rosa County administrative services department provides administration for county owned parks, airplane hangars at Peter Prince Field, road vacation requests, county record management compliance and various other services utilizing two full-time employees.

A ribbon cutting on Aug. 1 officially opened the newest Santa Rosa County public facility- the Pace Community Center. Located in the Santa Rosa Sportsplex at 5976 Chumuckla Highway, the new community center fills an unmet need for a public meeting space in Pace and will serve as a permanent facility for the Wallace, or Precinct 2, polling site. The community center offers approximately 2,800 sq. ft. event room with a 260 sq. ft. kitchen.

During the fiscal year 2011-2012, administrative services issued 415 work orders for park related issues and processed 468 reservations for use of various park facilities. Revenue received for park reservations during the fiscal year was $29,783. The administrative services manager acts as a liaison between the county and the sport associations to assure management agreement compliance and facilitates the Santa Rosa Parks and Recreation Committee. Santa Rosa County owns 100 hangars and maintains 90 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 100 percent occupancy at Peter Prince Field. Administrative services is responsible for the compliance of tenant leases for the hangars at the airport. The primary duties performed are biannual hangar inspections and processing of work orders for repair and maintenance issues, 102 work orders were issued during the fiscal year 2011-2012. Administrative services provides administrative support to the county aviation advisory board and is responsible for the minutes of meetings. Road vacations are processed in administrative services upon request by citizens according to the Florida Statute and county policy. Prior to presenting a vacation request to the board of county commissioners for approval several other departments are tasked with verifying county/citizen need, surveys, and any other related issues. Administrative services serves as the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners Records Management Liaison Officer to insure records are maintained/destroyed according to Florida Statute and is responsible for the recording and distribution of county meetings. Top: The new Pace Community Center opened in August 2012. Center: This interactive musical item was installed at Patriot Park as part of an Eagle Scout Project. Bottom: Soccer, baseball and football are very popular at county parks.


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Computer/GIS Mapping Division Computer/GIS Mapping Division 6495 Caroline Street Ste. L Milton, FL 32570 850. 983. 1840 bcc-computer@

The Santa Rosa County Computer/Geographic Information System, or GIS, Division provides technical and mapping support for over 40 divisions and agencies and fulfills map and public record requests for the public. Over 1,000 various types of technology equipment are monitored and maintained such as work stations, thin clients, tablet computers, servers, network equipment, printers, and GPS equipment and as of 2012, new Voice Over Internet telephones. Responsibilities include providing support for all of the public libraries, maintaining county databases, creating and maintaining hundreds of county software programs, creating GIS maps from hundreds of mapping layers, and assisting Emergency Management operations with the paging system, citizen alert system, and e911 mapping. Routine support is provided for phones, e-mail, Anti-virus/spam/spyware protection, data file backups, and daily technology health checks. FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 TECHNOLOGY MILESTONES • A new County Enterprise VoIP Phone System was installed to replace approximately six legacy phone systems in various county offices. The new phone system united the departmental phones into one seamless voice system and now allows internal four digit dialing to approximately 300 phones. This seamless voice system allows customers to be transferred faster to the appropriate employee for assistance. By embracing the new VoIP technology immediate savings were realized by merging previous separate capital voice and computer network infrastructures. Further monetary and labor savings are realized by having one system to maintain and monitor all phone and computer equipment. • The audio and video system in the board of county commissioners main meeting room was over 13 years old and overdue for an upgrade. In January 2012, a fully digital video and audio system was installed along with high definition cameras. The new upgrades allowed us to keep up with requests for better quality video streaming to computers, ipads, and even to mobile smartphones, such as iPhones. Citizens now have more digital options to be engaged with local governmental meetings. Replays of meetings continue to be available, but are now playable on the new mobile and tablet devices. A new digital voting system was also installed to allow efficient touch screen voting. • A new software program, “GoPlans” was created to track commercial and residential building plans submitted to development services. This tracking system facilitates a faster approval process for the customer by improving documentation efficiencies. • GoVendors was created to track vendor registrations and their requests to be notified of open bids applicable to their desired bid categories.




The county’s website - - is always online and open for business 24/7. Have you noticed the newly redesigned look? A major overhaul was needed to reorganize the thousands of web pages into a more organized format for ease of use while searching through the volumes of information.

Photos top to bottom: The new VoIP phone system is expected to save over $40,000 per year. The board room audio, video and voting system was replaced in January, offering clearer sound and picture for citizens viewing the meeting online.


DID YOU FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 GIS MAPPING & DOCUMENT IMAGING MILESTONES • The new 2013/2014 map books were printed and are available for purchase at the Santa Rosa County Development Services Office. The map books contain the most current street and subdivision information derived from the county’s mapping system. Many new popular features of public interest were added to the map books this year. Map books include: àà Location of all fire hydrants in the county. Hydrant locations directly affect insurance rates, and knowing the location of each is also critical to protection of life and property during fires. àà Colored pages of Navarre Beach are included along with the property parcel lines, and names of all condo and apartment complexes, and businesses. The details of pavilions, life guard stations, and dune walkovers are denoted too. àà The location of every park, boat ramp, nature trail, post office, airfield, hospitals, community center, school, library, cemetery, governmental building, fire station, apartment complexes, mobile home & RV park, campground, major shopping center, bridge, correction facilities, and landfill/transfer station. • GIS staff are key players with Santa Rosa County’s Emergency Operations Center by providing on demand maps for disasters. This year maps were needed for the June 2012 flood event and preparing for Hurricane Isaac. • To further stretch tax dollars, partnerships continue to be formed with other governmental agencies in order to share common mapping layers. The county’s GIS department partnered with the City of Milton by hosting the city’s water and sewer infrastructure mapping layers for tracking data for water piping, mains, pumps, and valves. • The residential and commercial building layer now contains over 109,500 locator points and approximately 15,200 street segments in the streets layer. • Many other GIS Mapping layers have been updated throughout the year. Layers of interest now contain 177 bridges, over 5,800 hydrants, 397 billboards, 478 retention ponds, over 560 critical facilities identified, and over 28,600 street signs GPS points collected. • Over 250,000 pages and 40,000 documents were added to the county’s document/imaging system. • The county’s document imaging system was upgraded with a major software revision allowing county staff to continue to shift from a paper filing system to a paperless document system.

Santa Rosa County 2013/2014 Official Map Book

Compiled by the Board of County Commissioners Computer/GIS Department

The GIS Mapping staff’s main job function is to create and provide maps to county departments, businesses and citizens. One of the most popular features on the county website is the ability for citizens to search, pull data and create custom maps. Please visit for your mapping needs. Includes master street listings, parks, boat ramps, fire stations, fire hydrants, sheriff office sub stations, schools, hospitals, public beach accesses, subdivisions, railroads, apartment complexes, mobile home/RV parks, libraries, waterways and municipalities. NEW! Now includes a color Navarre Beach section with multi-purpose paths, buildings, parcels, pavilions, restrooms, lifeguard towers, and aerials. 2012 Map Book Cover.indd 1

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Above: The latest map book has the most current street and subdivision information. Left: The county now hosts the city’s water and sewer infrastructure mapping layers.

FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 NETWORK/COMPUTER STAFF MILESTONES • To fight the never ending battle of security, the county’s firewalls were updated to more robust state of the art appliances that allow redundant failovers. • The county’s network backbone was increased from one Gigabyte per second to 10GB, 10 fold speed increase to meet network traffic demands. • Legacy Network equipment replaced in all county offices with network switches to support both data and voice traffic. This upgrade will continue to reap savings and benefits by being able to combine phone and computer connections on common equipment. • A new centralized management CITRIX system installed to manage Thin Client computers. As aged computers are phased out, they are being replaced with a thin client computer that has a seven to 10 year life cycle. • The EOC computer equipment and software was thoroughly tested to ensure the center is ready to be operational during disaster event activations. All performed as expected during the Hurricane Isaac activation. • Assisted E911 with their major hardware and software upgrade of the 911 system. 26

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The five divisions of Santa Rosa County Public Services include inspections and compliance, community planning, zoning, and development; emergency management, animal services and veteran services. These divisions work hard to continuously evaluate new ways to meet the needs and expectations of our customers. The public services staff has done a great job of embracing the numerous customer service initiatives over the past four years, and the results are evidenced by the increased positive feedback from customers. The fact that a number of divisions are regulatory in nature increases the challenge of obtaining a positive response from those being impacted by these regulations. The increased positive customer responses received by these divisions is of particular importance and is a significant indicator of the success of the customer service programs that have been implemented.

Animal Services Animal Services 850.983.4680 4451 Pine Forest Road Milton, FL 32583


The mission of the Santa Rosa County Animal Services Department is to educate the public about responsible pet ownership and to enforce Florida state laws and county ordinances, while providing humane care, medical triage for sick or injured animals as well as shelter for impounded animals. Animal Services provides two main functions in our community. Our two functions are that we provide a temporary safe haven for all stray animals and that we educate and enforce laws. Having an Animal Shelter makes it possible for stray animals to find new homes and helps to prevent situations such as cruelty towards animals. Each day animal control officers investigate animal bites and citizen complaints, impound stray animals, issue citations for ordinance violations, investigate cruelty and neglect, prosecute court cases, and respond outside of business hours to emergency calls. With 7,970 calls received this fiscal year, up from 7,518 last year, the task continues to require our experience, knowledge and support. We want to ensure that each case is met and handled professionally and properly while keeping in mind all parties involved, especially the animals.

In FY 2011/2012, three aging animal control trucks were replaced.

Photo by Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field The shelter staff continues to maintain the only open admission animal shelter in Santa Rosa County. Our staff is responsible each day for providing humane care for all impounded animals. While supervising the quarantine of all bite animals, assisting owners who are claiming their lost pets, handling the adoption of animals, and conducting the euthanasia and disposal of unwanted animals, our kennel technicians regretfully have to make decisions on issues that irresponsible pet ownership can create. The shelter is open for viewing and adoptions Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Citizens can access our services and view animals available for adoption. Those searching for a lost pet or those who would like to view animals up for adoption can also find pictures uploaded to our website every hour on the hour at that includes many features.

FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Officer Responses - 7,970 • Total Adoptions -517 • Animals Transferred to rescues -126 • Total Bite Investigations - 398 • Total Animals through Shelter -7,588 • Partnership with PetSmart to increase pet adoptions- 72 pet adoptions Impound Source Disposal Required 15

Euthansia Request 101

Confiscated 86 Owners Surrendered 2,053

Stray 5,145

Quarantine 117 Adoption Returns 71



In August of 2011, Santa Rosa County Animal Services partnered with Pensacola State College, Warrington Campus for the grand opening of the college’s new Veterinarian Technology program. As part of our Healthy Pet Program, the shelter transports medically triaged animals to the campus for hands-on training and education of the students. With our partnership, students learn the basics of veterinary medicine . They are responsible for the daily care of animals needs such as feeding, walking, taking weights, etc. Each semester the students learn and progress to different aspects of their future role as a veterinarian technician. Students learn animal restraint holds, dental cleanings and will assist with spaying and neutering shelter animals. This partnership is a win-win situation for the students, their future employers, the shelter and the animals. Some of the pets have been adopted by the students as well. Featured below from the left to right are student Sebrina Salter, Jeannie Peden (Instructor) and Robyn Knight (student).

In partnership with the Santa Rosa County Health Department, local veterinarians, the Medical Reserve Corps, and Pace CERT, hosted a low cost rabies clinic in observance of World Rabies Day on September 28 (pictured below). Thanks to Dr. Summerlin, Dr. Harper and Dr. Inomato from Ark Animal Hospital and Dr. Mongue from Pace Veterinarian Clinic, the rabies clinic helped to vaccinate 318 animals, an increase over last years’ 197. Many pets did not even have to leave their owner’s vehicle!

Many may not realize that Healthy Pet Program is not new here. Currently we have six veterinarians who donate between 1-2 hours a week at our shelter to evaluate animals who need medical attention. They diagnose various health issues in the stray animals and prescribe a treatment plan for their well-being. Thank you to: Dr. Natalie Dyson of St. Francis Veterinary Center Dr. Beverly Fair, Animal Hospital of Tiger Point Dr. Tim Gossman, Gulf Breeze Animal Hospital Dr. Krystal Lindsey, Woodbine Animal Clinic Dr. Kimberly Pearson, Animal Hospital of Tiger Point Dr. David Summerlin, Ark Animal Hospital


Santa Rosa County 2011/2012 ANNUAL REPORT

Emergency Management Emergency Management 850.983.5360 4499 Pine Forest Road Milton, FL 32583 emergencymanagement@

Since disasters begin as a local responsibility one of Santa Rosa County Emergency Management’s primary focus is to continually build relationships with local government, cities, state and federal agencies, non-profit agencies, faith based organizations, businesses and volunteer organizations to mitigate the effects of various hazards, to prepare for measures which will preserve life and minimize damage, to respond effectively during emergencies, and to establish a recovery system to return the community to a normal status as quickly as possible. As we have learned from previous disasters, planning, training and being prepared are keys to effectively dealing with different types of disasters. Emergency management develops and maintains the Santa Rosa County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan as a blueprint for responding to a variety of scenarios. We continuously review this plan for updates and modifications, especially following an incident or exercise. During this past year, we offered or coordinated several training courses in emergency management, hazardous materials, and life saving techniques to prepare local emergency responders to effectively deal with disasters and their aftermath. Exercises and drills conducted across the county offered opportunities to put these skills into practice in a controlled setting. We offered preparedness information and training to our schools, neighborhoods, businesses, and government agencies. We offered courses to teach individuals how to be prepared for all hazards and then how to respond when disasters do occur. The division is also responsible for coordination with the Emergency Medical Services contract provider and the MSBU fire departments. FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • June 2012 Flood Event – Major impacts: flooding in homes in Midway. • June 2012 Tropical Storm Debby – Major impacts: Navarre Beach erosion. Two of our staff deployed as part of an Incident Management Team to assist the Suwannee County Emergency Operations Center. Funds provided through a partnership with Florida Division of Emergency Management. • June 2012 I-10 Wildfire – Major impacts: traffic hazards and damage to agricultural property. • August 2012 Hurricane Isaac – Major impacts: some road damage and beach erosion.


Photos top to bottom: Navarre Beach Pier during Hurricane Isaac (photo by Cheryl Powell, Engineering); Settlers Colony during the June 2012 flooding event, the citizen’s information line received over 800 calls during Hurricane Isaac, damage to Garcon Point Road by Hurricane Isaac





Our mission is founded in public service - our goal is to protect lives and property by effectively preparing for, preventing, responding to, and recovering from all threats, hazards, and emergencies.

The common thread which binds together all disaster response priorities is the need to protect human life. FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 MAJOR PROJECTS • Developed 2012 Disaster Guide and distributed over 30,000 copies. • Conducted hazards analysis on 51 facilities. • Reviewed disaster continuity plans for 16 businesses and 1 school. • Added four receiver sites to improve communications for law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire departments. • Added router equipment that converts the method that communications are relayed on analog circuit lines to digital, reducing monthly costs for radio circuit phone lines used for Public Safety. • Remodeled a 32 foot trailer to be used as a mobile command vehicle with telescoping antenna, generator and radio communications equipment to use in the field or as a back-up communications system. • Developed a Dispatcher Certification Training program – With the new requirement that 911 dispatchers be state certified with no less than 232 hours of training, our center developed and received state approval for a training program to be used inhouse eliminating travel costs for dispatchers to attend out of county training.

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS AND ENHANCED 9-1-1 Total number of calls answered: 126,830 9-1-1 Calls Received: 66,329 9-1-1 Calls Transferred: 35,173 Sheriff’s Department: 25,122 Gulf Breeze Police & Fire Departments: 1,826

Administrative Calls Received: 60,501 Calls handled by EMC: 31,156 Milton Police Department: 3,219 Other Agencies: 5,006

FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Eighty-eight all hazards presentations • Four Community Emergency Response Team Training and Academies with more than 200 participants • Eight First Responder courses training 66 additional emergency responders • One Firefighter I course with 13 firefighters participating • Ten CPR Pro courses training over 194 professionals • Seventy-six Community CPR courses training over 1,304 participants • Nineteen First Aid courses training over 269 participants • Annual Florida Division of Emergency Management Hurricane Exercise with over 100 participants • Annual emergency operations center training • Participated in Whiting Field aircraft drill • EM staff assisted as instructors for several Incident Command System courses during the year.

Photos top to bottom: The remodeled mobile command vehicle, I-10 June wildfire , aircraft fire exercise with NAS Whiting Field, an active shooter exercise with Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Department, fire departments and Lifeguard Ambulance Service


Santa Rosa County 2011/2012 ANNUAL REPORT

FIRE AND RESCUE The fire service in Santa Rosa County is comprised of 15 departments. Each district has a board of directors which is responsible for district funds. Fire department personnel consist of 61 career firefighters and over 160 volunteer firefighters who responded to 13,519 calls last year. Fire Department Allentown Avalon-Mulat Bagdad Berrydale East Milton Gulf Breeze Harold Jay & Town of Jay Midway City of Milton Munson Navarre Navarre Beach Pace Skyline

Tax Designation MSBU Legislative MSBU MSBU MSBU Municipality MSBU MSBU Legislative Municipality MSBU Legislative Special MSBU MSBU MSBU

Annual Calls 194 565 447 185 913 784 120 314 2048 1443 144 2619 259 2338 1146

ISO Rating 5/9 5/9 6/9 6/9 6/9 4 9/9 7/9 3 6 7/9 7/9 5 6/9 5/9

FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Collections - $2,823,112 • Expenditures - $2,806,784 • Received and administered $34,667 in Florida Forest Service Grant funding • Purchased - 21 sets of fire protection gear, 29 two-way radios, 12 tone pagers for alerts, and stipend programs for over 150 volunteers When ISO develops a single Public Protection Classification for a community, all of the community’s properties receive that classification. In many communities, ISO develops a split classification (for example, 5/9). Generally, the first class applies to properties within five road miles of a fire station and within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant. The second class (Class 9 in the example) applies to properties within five road miles of a fire station but beyond 1,000 feet of a hydrant. ISO generally assigns Class 10 to properties beyond five road miles.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES Santa Rosa County is committed to providing our citizens with a high standard of patient care in pre-hospital emergency services. The County has a ‘no subsidy’ contract with Lifeguard Ambulance to provide these services. The relationship between Lifeguard Ambulance, the emergency management communications team and a dedicated medical director contributed to the continued success of this public-private partnership.


FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Lifeguard Ambulance Service responded to 23,232 calls, a slight increase from the previous year. They were awarded six grants totaling $129,000.00 which is used for purchasing advanced equipment and improving the services available to the citizens of Santa Rosa County. • New Equipment - Lifeguard implemented the new Rad-57 carbon monoxide monitors, Lucas2 Automated Chest Compression Device, deployed three new ambulances (replacing older vehicles), Polaris Ranger 6 x 6 ATV for rough terrain transport, Stryker Power-Load system, Stryker Stair Chairs, UHF Motorola Radios. Lifeguard began Phase I of a four phase expansion project to their operations facility on Avalon Blvd. • Lifeguard remains 100 percent compliant in both urban and rural contract requirement response times.



Lifeguard Ambulance Service was selected as the 2011 Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year. The award recognizes a business which has made a significant impact in our community either through economic impact, expansion, involvement in the Chamber, or their willingness to give back to our community.

Housing Housing program efforts focus on utilizing state and federal funding to improve housing conditions and to increase home ownership opportunities for low and moderate income families. During the past year, 61 families were assisted and $1.3 million was invested to support affordable housing initiatives.

Above: Before and after, a home receives a new roof and windows to improve safety and energy efficiency under the HOME program. Below: Before and after, a major renovation on this home will provide years of comfort to a very low-income family. The handicap ramp is essential to safe access.

Housing 6051 Old Bagdad Hwy. Ste. 201 Milton, FL 32583 850. 981.7076

FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Florida’s State Housing Initiatives Partnership, or SHIP Program –– Nine families received down payment and closing cost assistance to help with the purchase of their first home. –– Six low-income homeowners were assisted with rehabilitation work to address safety and sanitary issues and building code violations. • Assistance was provided to build 4 Habitat homes for very-low income families. • HUD HOME Partnership Initiative through the Escambia Consortium was expanded to include homebuyer assistance in addition to rehabilitation work. –– Ten rehab/reconstruction projects were completed –– Twenty-seven homebuyers were assisted with down payment and closing costs • HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program final funds were used to complete three very-low income rental units and two homebuyer purchases. The units purchased and repaired with NSP dollars must remain affordable to income-eligible families for a minimum of 15 years. The program produced 14 rental properties and assisted 15 homebuyers for a total of 29 projects. • Fair housing activities were held throughout the year to share information on housing rights. The policy of Santa Rosa County is to promote through fair, orderly and lawful procedure the opportunity for each person to obtain housing of their choice, without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, familial status, handicap, or age.


Santa Rosa County 2011/2012 ANNUAL REPORT

Development Services Development Services 850.981.7000 6051 Old Bagdad Hwy. Suite 201 Milton, FL 32583 developmentservices@

The Santa Rosa County Development Services Center, made up of the building inspections and planning and zoning departments, provides coordinated permitting, inspections, and compliance services in the county. Building upon previous year’s customer service efforts, the focus this year has been to improve communication with our customers. The goal is two-fold: to provide good information and to listen to what they have to say. FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Initiated a post-certificate of occupancy survey sent to property owners and contractors seeking feedback regarding the development process. • Created e-Connection, a periodic electronic memorandum to our customers about code-related issues. • Created a development services newsletter highlighting new code requirements, explaining the purpose of code sections, sharing what happens behind the scenes, and reporting on new development in the county. • Conducted 89 pre-application meetings with new customers. Pre-application meetings invite the property owner and developer to sit down with employees from Building Inspections, Planning and Zoning, and Engineering to discuss the full development process. Those meetings are followed up with written letters recapping what was discussed. PERMITTING The permitting section operates out of two offices. The main office, located in Milton, is open five days a week from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A second office is located in the south end of the county and is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Together these offices issued 4,617 building permits for a total of 411 commercial and 4,206 residential projects. This is an increase of 585 projects from FY 2010-2011. The estimated cost of construction for projects permitted during the last year was $157,435,097. • • • • • •

Building permits – 4,617 Electrical permits – 3,100 Mechanical permits – 1,374 Plumbing permits 1,507 Gas Permits – 387 Life Safety – 141


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DEVELOPMENT REVIEW The development review section reviews all plans for residential and commercial development to ensure compliance with the Building Code and the Land Development Code. A key component of the development review process is the weekly commercial review meeting. Each project is assigned a project manager who will routinely contact the project representative, contractor and/or design professional to ensure that the project is moving smoothly and help resolve any problems as they arise. Each week plan review and management staff members meet to discuss the status of current projects and to develop a plan for moving forward. Projects are tracked through all phases of development which enables staff to anticipate and respond to customer needs. FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Commercial site plan applications – 37, up 32 percent from last year • Commercial building plan applications – 67 • Residential building plan applications – 737 • Subdivision plat applications – 3 33

ADDRESSING AND ZONING Addressing for new development in the county is handled at the development services center. During FY 2011-2012, 1,024 new addresses were assigned. Zoning questions covering a wide range of topics are answered at the development services center. During FY 2011-2012, 7,651 zoning customers were served compared to 6,246 in FY 2010-2011.

INSPECTIONS All development that receives a building permit is required to be inspected during and at the end of the construction process. Inspections ensure that construction occurs consistent with approved plans and code requirements. During the last year, 24,972 individual inspections were performed.

ZONING BOARD The Zoning Board was created this year by combining the previous Santa Rosa County Local Planning Board and Board of Adjustments. The zoning board hears all requests for rezonings, future land use map amendments, variances, conditional uses, special exceptions, and changes to the Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan. There were 119 total cases heard in FY 2011-2012 compared to 80 cases in FY 2010-2011. FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Rezoning cases – 28 • Variance cases – 56 • Conditional use cases –19 • Special exception cases –16

CODE COMPLIANCE The code compliance section responds to requests from the community to enforce violations of the Building Code and the Land Development Code. During fiscal year 2011-2012, code compliance handled 484 cases. On March 12, 2012, the new 2010 Florida Building Code went into effect. The most significant changes were those dealing with wind design in accordance with ASCE 7-10 (American Society of Civil Engineers pamphlet). The new wind design standard creates a new wind map for the state and generally reduces the design pressure. Other changes include: • Flood - Inclusion of provisions for construction in special flood hazard areas. • Mitigation - A prescriptive method for placing a new roof covering over an existing roof. • Energy - Replacement A/C units must be sized in accordance with a nationally recognized standard and calculations submitted for permitting. During the last year, several changes to the Land Development Code were approved including: • The use of red clay adjacent to bays, basins, and bayous was limited. • Commercial canal-front development was made subject to shoreline development standards. • A conditional use process was approved to allow property owners to live in a recreational vehicle on their property during a construction project. • The Heart of Navarre Overlay District was amended to remove architectural specifications. 34

Santa Rosa County 2011/2012 ANNUAL REPORT

Transportation & Long Range Planning The long range planning and transportation section is tasked with looking at the long term growth of the county. Staff works with residents as well as local, regional and state agencies in planning for the future. Transportation & Long Range Planning 6051 Old Bagdad Hwy, Ste. 201 Milton, FL 32583 850.981.7082


FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Worked with the Florida Department of Transportation to secure design funding for the widening of SR 87N. • Obtained a grant to purchase a replacement vehicle to provide the door-to-door community transportation service. • Recipient of a US Department of Transportation Veterans Transportation and Community Living Grant Initiative II for $222,387 to purchase scheduling software and in-vehicle navigation for the fleet of community transportation vehicles serving Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. • Provided technical support for the adoption of US 98 Corridor Management Plan study on US 98 from Pensacola Bay Bridge to the Okaloosa County Line. • Managed grant and local funds to provide the door-to-door community transportation service in the rural areas of the county. • Managed grant and local funds to provide Santa Rosa Transit bus service along U.S. Hwy. 90. • Prepared amendments to the Land Development Code to address red clay along shorelines, commercial canal-front development, use of RV’s during construction projects, and removal of Navarre area architectural requirements. • Prepared updates to the School Interlocal Agreement and Annual Utility Report.

Veterans Services Our mission is to assist veterans and their families in obtaining all benefits they are entitled to receive from Veterans Affairs. These claims for numerous benefits include disability compensation, pension, death/ burial benefits, education, medical expenses, housing and auto grants and appeals. Our staff of two assists navigating through VA paperwork, requested forms and other military related issues. Additionally we assist with State of Florida benefits such as homestead tax exemption letters and Florida ID card for veterans that are 100 percent permanently & totally disabled.

Veterans Services 6051 Old Bagdad Hwy, Ste. 204 Milton, FL 32583 850.981.7155

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• Santa Rosa County is home to 23,169 veterans (15 percent of the population; based on 2011 statistics). • Served 5,815 veterans and 2,421 family members. • Over $3.3 million was awarded to veterans or family members; additional tax free dollars which are spent in Santa Rosa County (same as last year). • Filed 487 new claims (new customers) for VA benefits. • Processed 2,841 letters of correspondence. • Processed 3,300 copies of newsletters for a veteran service organization. • Personnel conducted 18 house calls and 12 ALF/ nursing home visits to assist veterans and surviving spouses. • Outreach actions included 10 presentations/events throughout Santa Rosa County. • Referred veterans for VA Homeless Grant Program. • Employees continue to provide excellent customer service indicated by clients’ comments and thank you cards. • Participated in the following: VA Homeless Stand Down, Veterans Day Parade/Ceremony, 1st Annual Congressman Miller’s Veterans Expo, Memorial Day Ceremony.

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Santa Rosa County 2011/2012 ANNUAL REPORT

The Santa Rosa County Public Works Department serves the people of our county by performing maintenance and construction relevant to roads, parks and county buildings. The department strives to provide timely services in a cost-effective manner to enhance the quality of life for our citizens. Professionalism and customer service are of the utmost importance as we continually seek ways to improve our service to residents. Consisting of the roads and bridges, building maintenance and parks departments, it is the largest department under the authority of the board of county commissioners.

Photo by Jennifer Nelson, Animal Services

Building Maintenance Building Maintenance 4530 Spike’s Way Milton, FL 32583 850.623.1569 building-maintenance@

Building maintenance provides custodial services and building repairs in all county- owned buildings, rental buildings and county parks. Building repairs include HVAC, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, floors, painting, and many other repairs. Buildings maintained include the county courthouse, administrative offices, libraries, emergency operations center, health department and several other office buildings. FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHT • Remodeled Courtroom 213 at the courthouse • Installed Air Chiller System at the courthouse • Remodeled Fisher Hamilton Building • Remodeled Jay Library • Completed 1,325 work orders

Top right: Francis Brown repairs an A/C duct at Milton Health Department. Right: Rod Hardy repairs a fence at Benny Russell Park. Far right: Robert Obcena replaces a bulb in the exit light at Midway Health Department. 37

Road & Bridge The road & bridge department maintains more than 1,400 miles of paved roads and more than 100 miles of dirt roads. Roadway maintenance includes road paving and resurfacing, dirt road grading, drainage work, bridge repair, road shoulder repair, roadside mowing, brush removal, retention pond maintenance, sign installation and repair, litter removal and numerous other services. The department utilizes four inmate crews to perform manual labor tasks in order to perform such tasks at a very low cost. Road & Bridge 6075 Old Bagdad Hwy. The department also undertakes new construction projects Milton, FL 32583 including bridges, sidewalks, boat ramps, fishing piers 850. 626.0191 and parking lots. Utilization of Road & Bridge personnel has proven to be significantly more cost-effective than public-works@ contracting on such projects. The department continues to seek and implement innovative strategies to avoid any reduction of services despite significant decreases in budget funding and personnel over the past few years. Smaller and more specialized work crews have continued to thrive in the quantity and quality of work performed.

FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHT • Resurfaced 31.96 miles of roadways. • Paved 6.8 miles of dirt roads. • Resurfaced Hamilton Bridge Road utilizing Small County Outreach Program grant from FDOT for 75 percent of the funding. • Resurfaced Old Bagdad Highway (C.R. 191A) utilizing Small County Outreach Program grant from FDOT for 75 percent of the funding. • Widened and resurfaced Garcon Point Road (C.R. 191) from Mary Kitchens Road to one mile south of Interstate 10, utilizing Small County Outreach Program grant from FDOT for 75 percent of the funding. • Rebuilt two bridges on Red Rock Road and one on Jack Floyd Road. Repaired eight other bridges. • Completed 3,112 work orders. • Continued construction of a concrete multi-purpose path on East Bay Boulevard that began at SR 87 and will ultimately end at Edgewood Drive. • Began construction on the new Chumuckla Springs Boat Ramp which will provide side by side launching and a parking area with adequate space for 30 trucks with trailers and 20 standard parking spaces. • Resolved numerous drainage problems throughout the county. Top to bottom: Construction of multipurpose path on Hwy. 399, rebuilding of bridge on Red Rock Road, ditch paving at the new Chumuckla Springs Boat Ramp, and installation of new culverts on Garcon Point Road.


Santa Rosa County 2011/2012 ANNUAL REPORT

Parks Parks Department 6495 Caroline Street Ste. J Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1940 adminservices@

The parks department strives to provide clean, safe, and appealing parks. Park employees take pride in their work in hopes the community will enjoy the varied opportunities that are provided upon over 400 acres. Employees provide routine maintenance and special improvements to parks. Crews perform a variety of routine tasks such as general landscaping, fertilization, chemical application, equipment maintenance and repairs, trash pickup and removal, and restroom cleaning on park-maintained properties. FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Two docks constructed at Archie Glover Boat Ramp funded by the boating improvement fund. • Underwater archeology survey at Bagdad Mill funded by the District 2 recreation fund. • Agri-plex design at the East Milton Park funded by the District 2 recreation fund. • Refurbished horse arena panels at East Milton Park Community centers and some park DID YOU funded by the District 2 recreation fund. amenities can be reserved very • Enclosed gym for Boys and Girls Club program at the inexpensively for your family reunion, East Milton Park funded by District 2 recreation fund. birthday party or other event. Contact • Constructed concrete slabs under bleachers at East our administrative services staff at 850.983.1940 for Milton Park funded by District 2 recreation fund. more information. • Pier addition at the Oyster Pile Boat Ramp funded by Boating Improvement Fund. • Constructed bleacher cover and bleacher pads at Chumuckla Park funded by District 3 recreation fund. • Construction of Chumuckla Springs boat ramp facility targeted completion by Jan. 2013 funded by Boating Improvement Funds. • Construction of the Pace Community Center at the Santa Rosa Sportsplex funded by District 1 and District 3 recreation fund. • Bray-Hendricks tennis court upgrade in Jay, FL funded by District 3 recreation fund. • Purchase of the property of Live Oak Street for parking at Holley Boat Ramp funded by Boating Improvement Fund. • Expansion of Navarre Visitors Center at Navarre Park funded by District 4 recreation fund. • Installed nets between fields and adjacent subdivision at Navarre Soccer Complex funded by District 4 recreation fund. • Purchased eight new scoreboards for ball fields at Navarre Sports Complex funded by District 4 recreation fund. • Installed four sets of five-row bleachers, upgraded irrigation system, installed fence top protection and The parks department staff are responsible for a variety of netting for ball fields at Tiger Point Park funded by maintenance tasks at county parks from grounds maintenance, District 5 recreation fund. irrigation, mowing, to fence repair.



Economic Development


Economic development is anything a community does to foster and create a healthy economy. Santa Rosa’s EDO Office acts as a liaison between public and private sectors with the primary goal of promoting economic growth and stability by supporting exiting industry and targeting new industry to Santa Rosa County. It’s role is to be a catalyst for economic growth and sustainability, to help ensure jobs and to improve the quality of life for our residents. September 4 was the first day of business for the county’s newly-instated economic development office. Previously, economic development was performed by a private non-profit agency which was more than 90 percent funded by Santa Rosa County. The new economic development organization is now housed under the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners. By bringing economic development inhouse with increased oversight and accountability, the commission hopes to regain the support and confidence of the business community and our residents. The Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office is tasked with attracting new industry to the county and assisting existing local business with expansion and growth programs. FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS With only one month remaining in the 2011/2012 fiscal year, the major accomplishment for the fiscal year was the completion of the transition process which included: • Creation of new website of • Transition of phones and e-mail service • Development of new collateral material • Actively worked with Vision 2015 partners to develop a two county marketing plan • Met with local businesses, chambers and the public to reassure that economic development is active in our county

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Photo by Aleta Floyd, Computer/GIS


Public Information

Santa Rosa County 2011/2012 ANNUAL REPORT

The Public Information Officer is responsible for coordinating county communications and releasing accurate and timely information to Santa Rosa County residents, the media and board of county commissioners’ employees. The office is tasked with the organization of seasonal campaigns, managing crisis or disaster related information, as well as the day to day management of internal and external communication strategies. The PIO provides similar services to a fullservice communications agency, focusing on heightening awareness of the county’s mission, programs, policies, initiatives and services offered by its 22 divisions. The county PIO also works in the field during emergencies and is available to the media 24/7.

Public Information Office 4499 Pine Forest Rd. Milton, Florida 32583 850.983.5254

FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Responded to over 200 media and resident requests for information. • Issued more than 450 press releases, media advisories and "tweets" to local media and citizens to promote awareness of county meetings, services, programs and public safety. • Provided copy writing, design, media training and other communications support to county departments. • Responded on scene to fires, accidents, and weather events to support media and staff. • Worked with computer staff to keep county website up-to-date. • Continued to make improvements to the county's crisis response initiatives by integrating and managing multiple tools for disseminating information in times of disasters and emergencies. • Designed county publications including the 2011-2012 Annual Report to the Citizens, 2012 Disaster Preparedness Guide, Transit Ride Guides and other informational printed pieces. • Designed and distributed 12 commission district newsletters, eight development services newsletters, one economic development newsletter and two“Your County, Your Government” fact sheets to help the public better understand county services and programs. • Published four issues of “Inside Connection,” a newsletter for county staff. • Organized and/or assisted county and state organizations with special events. 24- Walmart Pea Ridge

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Santa Rosa Transit provides route fixed deviated service during the hours of midday service only. To request a deviation please (850) 476-8130 at call least one working day prior. There may be times due to route deviations when buses run a little later than scheduled.


Eastbound Route: Pensacola to East Milton  See reverse for express routes.

Provides an extended, non- express service stopping at 38 locations along the transit route. Times are approximate and depend upon traffic and weather conditions. Arrive at the bus stop 2-3 minutes early to avoid missing the bus.

Santa RoSa County DiviSion of EmERgEnCy managEmEnt Citizen information Center (850) 983-info or 4636

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Westbound Route: East Milton to Pensacola 

Santa Rosa Transit Rules

For your safety, please use designated bus stops. No smoking. No open containers of food or drink on the bus. No litter on the bus or at bus stops. Only service animals are permitted on the bus. Shoes and shirts are required. No profanity or loud talking. Music should only be heard through earphones. No weapons of any kind including, but not limited to: firearms, knives of any length, composition or description; cutting instruments, including carpet knives, box cutters or extra blades; devices with a folding or retractable blade, ice picks or straight razors. • Riding Santa Rosa Transit is a privilege; those not following the transit rules will be asked to disembark the bus.


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Florida Public Law and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, age or marital status. Persons who suspect discrimination based on these conditions may file a complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations at (850) 488-7082 or (800) 342-8170 for voice messaging.

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All buses are equipped with bicycle carriers. Bikes ride for free. As the bus approaches, you must have your bike ready to load, including removing any items that could fall off like water bottles, packs, etc. Riders with bikes are required to properly secure their bike and notify the driver when you are going to remove your bike once you arrive at your stop. Santa Rosa Transit is not responsible for any damage to your bicycle.

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Santa Rosa Transit connects to the Escambia County Area Transit or ECAT at University Parkway/Nine Mile Road in Pensacola. For ECAT routes and times can be call (850) 595-3228 or visit

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Buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts. Riders with special needs are asked to notify the driver when boarding the bus of any assistance they may require.

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For more information about Santa Rosa Transit tickets or route information: or (850) 626-6806

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Santa Rosa Transit service is provided through cooperation of the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners, Pensacola Bay Transportation LLC, the Florida – Alabama Transportation Planning Organization, and the Federal Transit Administration. For information about the Santa Rosa Transit program including general operations, partners, funding or adding additional bus stop locations, contact the Santa Rosa County Transportation Planner at (850) 981-7080.

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Tsubooka ticket prices, Transit Your guide to Santa RosaJoy routes, bus stops and schedules. 30, 2012 Santa Rosa County Development Services Center [] on Effective AprilFrom: behalf of Santa Rosa County Development Services Center []


Thursday, July 19, 2012 2:15 PM


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Subject: Development Services July Newsletter

Chair & District 1 Commissioner Jim Williamson Contact 6495 Caroline Street Suite M Milton, FL 32570 Phone: (850) 983-1877 WK (850) 994-0646 HM

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Public Swimming Pool Regulation Changes On April 27, House Bill 1263 went into effect upon signing by Governor Rick Scott. HB1263 reorganized the Department of Health and transferred authority over public swimming pools and bathing places to local building departments. Some of the changes include: Read on

As of Oct. 1, Santa Rosa County started the 2012/13 fiscal year. With the budget balanced and no increase in taxes, our revenue is approximately 1.5 percent less than last year’s budget. I am completing my one year term as chairman of the board of county commissioners which ends in November. I am grateful to the citizens of Santa Rosa County for electing me to serve four more years as District 1 Commissioner beginning Nov. 20. Thank you to staff, county employees, constitutional officers and fellow commissioners for continuing to work together in these tough economic times to provide quality service to our citizens. I hope everyone is enjoying this autumn weather as much as I am. It’s hard to believe this calendar year is almost over and Thanksgiving and Christmas will be soon arriving. May God bless you and yours as greatly as he has blessed me.

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Creating New Lots


Photo by Chris Verlinde, Extension Services

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Jim Williamson Commission Chair & District 1 Commissioner

Pace Community Center Opens A ribbon cutting on Aug. 1 officially opened the newest Santa Rosa County public facility - the Pace Community Center. Located in the Santa Rosa Sportsplex at 5976 Chumuckla Highway, the new community center fills an unmet need for a public meeting space in Pace and will serve as a permanent facility for the Wallace, or Precinct 2, polling site. The Aug. 14 primary election was the first event held at the new center. District 1 Commissioner Jim Williamson and District 3 Commissioner Don Salter worked together to fund the project, with each contributing $347,320 from their respective recreation funds. The community center offers approximately 2,800 sq. ft. event room with a 260 sq. ft. kitchen. The community center will be managed by the Santa Rosa County Parks Department and will be available to the public for community and private events such as weddings, family reunions and birthday parties. Rental fees range from $20 per hour to $100 for eight hours, $35 for kitchen usage and a $100 refundable security deposit is required. For more information about reserving the Pace Community Center or other county community centers, please contact the Santa Rosa Parks Operations Department at (850) 983-1940.

Veterans Memorial


The Veterans Memorial Plaza is dedicated to the men and women of our country who have served in the military armed forces. The location consists of statues to commemorate branches of the military and the memory of the fallen military soldiers. The memorial plaza is located near the Riverwalk in Downtown Milton.

Veterans Memorial Plaza 5191 Willing St. Milton, FL 32570 850.626.7292



• Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and Fourth of July ceremonies were all conducted at the memorial plaza. • Assisted a veteran by repairing his air conditioning unit in his home. • Three wheelchair ramps were built to meet the accessibility needs of the veterans. • In honor of the veterans, 94 bricks were placed in the veteran’s plaza. • Participated in the Vets to VA program. The VETS to VA Clinics program provides scheduled shuttle service for Santa Rosa County veterans in need of transportation assistance to the VA clinic in Pensacola for health care. Vets to VA began service in November 2012 after Operation Connect Vet, which provided a similar service , was suspended in May 2010 due to lack of funds.


Santa Rosa County 2011/2012 ANNUAL REPORT

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The Cooperative Extension Service is the county’s access to research-based information developed through the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. We conduct educational programs for county citizens in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, family and consumer sciences, natural resources, marine interest, and 4-H youth development. This year, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act, which created the land-grant university system, of which the University of Florida is a part. This act created a system in which university faculty and researchers share their knowledge and discoveries with the public for the benefit of Florida’s communities and economy.

Photo by Prudence Caskey, Extension Services

FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 HIGHLIGHTS • Two hundred twenty-five local officials and area citizens participated in the 46th annual Santa Rosa County Farm Tour where they learned first-hand of the importance of agriculture and forestry in the county and the issues facing local farmers. • Santa Rosa County Extension co-hosted the “Northwest Florida Agricultural Innovators Award” event with Farm Credit of Northwest Florida. Thirteen farmers across the panhandle were honored in Jay for outstanding agricultural innovation. The event included networking, a lunch banquet, and a farm tour of one of our local farms. • Ninety-one farmers and agri-business representatives participated in a “Late Season Field Day Plot Tour” held at a local farm. Attendees visually evaluated peanut fungicide and cotton variety field trial demonstrations. • Conducted the Northwest District “Extension Beekeeping in the Panhandle” interactive video course with 14 other Florida and Alabama counties. The course consisted of eight, two hour sessions, held over a three month period via interactive video. In addition, a district beekeeping trade show and workshop was held. The team effort taught basic beekeeping information to 255 new and existing beekeepers, including 12 local residents. • Forty farmers and agri-business representatives participated in a “Sprayer Rodeo” educational workshop where they tested pesticide spray rigs for correct application. By quantifying calibration errors, this event identified appropriate adjustments, allowing spray operators to accurately calibrate their large-boom sprayers for the 2012 crop season. • Green Industry – Best Management Practices training and certification was provided to eight local landscapers with 100 percent of participants passing. This initial training will allow the landscapers to apply and obtain a fertilizer application license that will be mandatory in 2014. • Community festivals, such as Sea grass Awareness in Gulf Breeze, World Oceans Day and Coastal Encounters on Navarre Beach, provided natural resource education through hands-on activities to more than 1,200 participants. • Beach ecology field trips, fishing field trips, marine camps and

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summer camps provided outdoor hands-on learning opportunities for more than 2,500 youth. Events were at various locations, including: Navarre Beach Park, Naval Live Oaks, Opal Beach, Shoreline Park and Russell Harbor Landing. Thirty-tree teachers, 4-H leaders and informal educators, attended a local Project Learning Tree workshop and a NOAA Oil Spill workshop that was broadcast in AL, MS and LA. Topics included: watersheds, trees, the water cycle and current oil spill research updates. More than 150 residents participated in the 28th Annual Northwest Florida Rivers Clean-Up removing over 18 pickup loads of trash from area waterways. The Rivers Clean-up promotes clean water in NW Florida, an important aspect of economic development and quality of life for residents and visitors. An on-going oyster reef restoration project, in partnership with FDEP, has resulted in nearly 4 acres of reef habitat in East Bay. These oyster reefs help to maintain marine habitats that are vital to the oyster fishery and the local economy. Santa Rosa County 4-H reached over 7,600 youth through community clubs, after school clubs and school enrichment programs. A wide variety of subject matter was offered to youth participants through trained adult and teen leaders, including agriculture and healthy living. This was accomplished with 245 adult and nine youth 4-H volunteers. Public speaking and communication skills were taught through various 4-H projects and activities. 3,757 youth participated in the 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking program and over 100 youth participated in County, District, and State contests, workshops and events. “4-H Know Your Government” programs allowed 617 fourth and fifth graders the opportunity to learn about government and elections. 21 county 4-H members were among 587 other 4-H members statewide who participated in “4-H Day at the Capitol” in Tallahassee. One hundred eighteen caregivers received assistance with correctly installing their car seats or boosters. Nine new child passenger safety technicians completed the national certification program and 18 currently certified child passenger safety technicians were assisted with re-certification in order to provide resources and assistance to caregivers in Santa Rosa and surrounding counties. Santa Rosa was one of three Florida counties to meet the stringent requirements to receive a Healthy School District Gold award. The Santa Rosa County Extension Office’s Family Nutrition Program and the 4-H after-school program played active roles in making Santa Rosa one of the first Florida counties ever to receive this award. Santa Rosa’s Home and Community Educators provided approximately 2,000 local volunteer hours, conducting educational programs and making useful handcrafts such as “Fidget Aprons” for Alzheimer’s patients, “Ouch Dolls” for children receiving immunizations, and bibs for nursing home residents. Four hundred thirty clients utilized the South Annex Plant Clinic to assist them in identifying and resolving their landscape issues. Four hundred three free pH, EC and nutrient tests were performed for clients. Ten county residents completed the 2012 Master Gardener training course. The Panhandle Butterfly House had 12,325 visitors. 2,990 attended the Annual Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival and 472 monarch butterflies were tagged for research and educational purposes. Program volunteers, including 4-H members and leaders, Home and Community Educators, Master Gardeners, Butterfly House volunteers, and Marine Science volunteers contributed over 24,700 hours of volunteer service. Valued at $18.20 per hour, this represents nearly $450,000 in-kind contribution to the county. 44

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2010 Census Tracks &

Santa Rosa County Census Tracts 2010 Census Popluation








102 pop = 4281





104 pop = 2634


101 pop = 3904

103 pop = 9578




105.02 pop = 7429




105.03 pop = 5756

106 pop = 6115

107.08 107.04 pop = 5298 pop = 5357


107.05 pop = 3204

108.08 pop = 7585



107.07 pop = 4266

105.04 pop = 4559





107.06 pop = 7722




108.09 pop = 4996


Census Tract - Population (2010 Census) 101 - 3904 102 - 4281 103 - 9578

108.02 pop = 4354

104 - 2634

107.02 pop = 6837

105.02 - 7429


105.03 - 5756 105.04 - 4559 106 - 6115 107.02 - 6837 107.04 - 5357 107.05 - 3204


107.06 - 7722 107.07 - 4266


107.08 - 5298 108.02 - 4354

108.14 pop = 5744

108.08 - 7585 108.09 - 4996

108.13 - 4669

108.15 pop = 7444


108.13 pop = 4669

108.11 - 13589 108.12 - 4561

108.11 pop = 13589

109 pop = 5763

108.17 pop = 4474

108.19 pop = 11253

108.12 pop = 4561

108.14 - 5744 108.15 - 7444 108.17 - 4474 108.19 - 11253


109 - 5763 Disclaimer: The GIS maps and data distributed by the Santa Rosa County BOCC departments are derived from a variety of public and private sector sources considered to be dependable, but the accuracy, completeness, and currency thereof are not guaranteed. The Santa Rosa County Commission makes no warranties, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness, currency, reliability, or suitability for any particular purpose of information or data contained in or generated from the County Geographic Database. Additionally, the Santa Rosa Commission or any agent, servant, or employee thereof assume no liability associated with the use of this data, and assume no responsibility to maintain it in any matter or form. For further map assistance, call 850-983-1840 or email: SRC mapping website:

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The annual report highlights the activities, programs, projects and accomplishments of the departments under the board of commissioners for...


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