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FISCAL YEAR 2012/2013


Supporting a Growing Community PRESENTED BY THE

Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners @SRCBOCC

TABLE OF CONTENTS 3 BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS 4 COUNTY LEADERSHIP 6 COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR & ATTORNEY 7 ORGANIZATIONAL CHART 8 COUNTY PROFILE 12 COUNTY STATISTICS 14 COUNTY ENGINEER 14 Engineering Department 15 Environmental Department 16 Navarre Beach Administration 18 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 19 HUMAN RESOURCES 19 Personnel 20 Risk Management 21 Grants 22 Library Services 23 OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET 23 Administrative Services 24 Budget Office 24 Procurement 25 Computer/GIS 27 PUBLIC SERVICES 27 Animal Services 29 Development Services 31 Housing 32 Transportation 32 Long Range Planning 33 Veterans Services 34 Emergency Management 38 PUBLIC WORKS 38 Building Maintenance 39 Parks 40 Road & Bridge 41 PUBLIC INFORMATION & NEWS 42 VETERANS MEMORIAL PLAZA 43 COUNTY EXTENSION 46 MAPS


Santa Rosa County is Florida’s 21st county created from portion of Escambia County in 1842. It gains its name from Santa Rosa Island, which was named for Saint Rosa de Viterbo.

SUPPORTING A GROWING COMMUNITY Santa Rosa County’s population is currently estimated at 151,372 with a population growth of 28.5 percent since 2000.* Job growth between 2010-2012 was at 10.9 percent.** *Source: US Census bureau. **Source: Census data, Onboard Informatics projection.

Cover Page Photos Blackwater River by Candice Tritt, Vet Plaza by Aleta Floyd, Navarre Beach by Tammy Simmons, Downtown Milton courtesy of the Tourist Development Council, Sunrise by Cheryl Powell, Soybean Field by Candice Tritt; Horseback courtesy of the Tourist Development Council This Page Map image by Florida Center for Instructional Technology, University of South Florida. Florida state bird photo by Aleta Floyd. About the 2012/2013 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 publications automatically via e-mail by clicking the subscribe button found. 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. The photography shown throughout this report was taken throughout Santa Rosa County courtesy of Santa Rosa County employees.




Jim Williamson, District 1

Bob Cole, District 2

(From Left to Right) District 2 Commissioner Bob Cole, Vice-Chair & District 3 Commissioner Don Salter, District 1 Commissioner Jim Williamson, Chair & District 4 Commissioner Jim Melvin, and District 5 Commissioner Lane Lynchard

Message from The Commission Chairman Santa Rosa County is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. And regardless of whether you have just discovered our beautiful county, or come from a long line of Santa Rosa natives, we all proudly call it home. From the beaches of the south end of the county to the rolling farm lands of the north, Santa Rosa is a truly unique county, rich in a wide variety of natural resources.

Don Salter, Vice-Chair & District 3

Our economy is as diverse as our landscape. Tourism is a major portion of our economy, as are the military and our agricultural products. We rely on sugar white beaches, winding rivers and state forests to attract tourists. We have a strong military presence, which together with our rich farm land in the north of the county forms the backbone of our economy. Our local economy is showing signs of growth after several years of steady decline. Housing statistics are up for the first time in three years. Our revised economic development efforts are paying dividends, with new industries locating in Santa Rosa County, and several strong prospects on the horizon.

Jim Melvin, Chair & District 4

In order to support our growing economy, we must ensure that we provide the critical infrastructure necessary to facilitate that growth while preserving the quality of life that makes this a truly special place to live.

Jim Melvin Chair and District 4 Commissioner

Lane Lynchard, District 5



COUNTY LEADERSHIP 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

County Commissioners 6495 Caroline Street Suite M Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1877

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’s 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 Board of County Commissioners Board Meeting

Don Salter

vice-chair & District 3

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.

Jim Melvin

District 2 Cole earned his Associate Degree from Pensacola State College in Industrial Education. He owns local business, Bob Cole’s Automotive. He’s also an involved member at Pine Terrace Baptist Church and Gideon International and is prior President of the Men’s Brotherhood. Cole serves as a member of the Milton Kiwanis, charter member of the Milton Rotary, member of the optimist club of North East Pensacola, & supports Milton High School Soccer and Track.

chair & District 4

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. Melvin 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 Melvin 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

June Ates Arena Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

District 5

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. He is an attorney with Lynchard & Greene in Navarre. Lane Lynchard is also an active member of his church, Gulf Breeze Rotary, and the Navarre Beach, Pace, Gulf Breeze and Santa Rosa County chambers of commerce. 4


Tiger Point Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

COUNTY LEADERSHIP Board Duties The board duties include, but are not limited to: •

Adopting, reviewing and adjusting the annual county budget and authorizing expenditures (see page 12)

S etting 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 13 for millage rate history)

Establishing policies and procedures for county departments to meet county goals

 ppointing the county administrator, county attorney, and county representatives to other governmental boards or A committees (see page 6)

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

 eviewing the effectiveness of county services and programs as performed by the departments under the board of R county commissioners. Departments primarily provide development, building, emergency, environmental, road, and park functions or services

 ommunicating to state and federal government agencies and officials the needs and concerns of Santa Rosa County C residents and our community

 epresenting the county on administrative/advisory boards, commissions and associations which provide direct and R 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 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 be viewed live or at any time at Special meetings and workshops are advertised and open to the public.

Lifeguard Ambulance Service GroundBreaking

Honoring NAS Whiting Field on 70th Anniversary

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.

June Ates Arena Groundbreaking



COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR & ATTORNEY On behalf of the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners, it is my honor as the county administrator to present the 2012/13 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. At the conclusion of calendar 2012, the board of commissioners established by resolution the Local RESTORE Council pursuant to provisions of the Resources Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012. The council meets monthly and is charged with developing and reviewing potential projects and programs to assist Santa Rosa County in long term recovery from the economic and environmental damage inflicted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ultimately, fines generated by the oil spill from British Petroleum and other responsible parties will fund these projects and programs.

County administrator 6495 Caroline Street Suite D Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1855 hunterw@santarosa. administrator.cfm Walker Speaking During a Diplomacy Council Meeting

Also in 2013, the county completed a large number of capital projects across a broad spectrum of uses. From traditional public works projects including the realignment of Berryhill Road and the Five Points intersection, to sidewalks around Spencer Field and along East Bay Boulevard, to drainage projects in the Ramblewood Drive area, to construction of new facilities including the June Ates Arena and Tiger Point Community Center. In hindsight, a great deal was accomplished during the past year in a number of areas. 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 Administrator Responsibilities

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. 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.


County Attorney Responsibilities

The county attorney serves as the in-house chief legal counsel to the county 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. The county attorney represents the commission in litigating claims filed both on behalf of and against the county in state and federal court. 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.


County attorney 6495 Caroline Street Suite C Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1857 attorney.cfm

Blackwater sun photo by Prudence Caskey. Hunter Walker photo by Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council

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. 983.1860

Administrative Services Tammy Simmons 850. 983.1940

Personnel Cindy Williams 850. 983.1889

Navarre Beach Terry Wallace 850.981.8888

Library Services Gwen Wilson 850. 981.7323

Environmental Jerrel Anderson, PE 850. 981.7135

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 Brad Baker 850. 983.4610

Animal Services Dale Hamilton 850. 983.4680

Public Services Tony Gomillion 850. 981.7000

Economic Development Office Shannon Ogletree 850. 623.0174

Supervisor of Elections

Office of Mgmt. & Budget Jayne Bell 850. 983.1860

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

Residents of Santa Rosa County


Updated Dec. 2013

Parks Department Doyle Godwin 850.983.1940

Building Maintenance Thad Allen 850.623.1569

Road Department Jimmy White 850.626.0191

Assistant Director Stephen Furman, PE 850.626.0191

Public Works Avis Whitfield 850.626.0191

County Attorney Angela Jones 850. 983.1857

Tax Collector



COUNTY PROFILE 2012 County Population Estimates Total Population 159,000 Change in % Since 2011 +3.2% Median Age 40.0 years Population Under 18 years old 23% Population 65 years old 13% Source: US Census Bureau

Registered Voters Republican 69,459 Democratic 27,694 Other 25,354 Total 122,507

Walmart Stores (4) 1,000 Baptist Healthcare Systems 580 Santa Rosa Medical Center 400 Publix (3) 359 Lowe’s 304 Mediacom 300 The Studer Group 203 AppRiver, LLC 188 Lifeguard Ambulance Service 162 Andrews Institute 150 Public Organizations #Employed

Source: as of Dec. 19, 2013

Income (2012) County Median Household Income Florida Median Household Income County Population Below $15,000/year County Income Over $150,000/year Florida Population Below Poverty Level

Top 10 Major Private Employers #Employed

$61,031 $47,827 8% 7% 14.7%

County School District 2,640 Federal Military 1,336 State Government 1,301 County Government 937 Federal Government 813 (Employment numbers as of October 2013)

Source: US Census Bureau

Labor Force

Geography Land Water Coast Line Total area

October 2013, Not Seasonally Adjusted

1,017 square miles 157 square miles 88.5 square miles 1,174 square miles

Civilian Labor Force Number Employed Number in County Unemployed Unemployment Rate Change in % from August 2012

County Roads Dirt Roads Paved Roads Total Miles

74,449 70,395 4,054 5.4% -1.3%


103 miles 1,468 miles 1,571 miles

Property Value (in billions) 2011 Value of Real Property Residential Vacant Land Commercial

$11.26 $7.36 $.55 $.91

Parcels 2011 Total Parcel Count Homesteaded parcels Senior Exemptions

Agricultural (2012)

2012 $10.75 $7.10 $.55 $.87 2012

103,380 103,763 41,812 41,859 2,521 2,516

2013 $10.87 $7.14 $0.65 $1.01 2013 104,303 41,874 2,576

Total Planted Crops County Gross Value Top Crops Livestock Gross Value

74,981 acres $76,795,602* Peanuts & Cotton $9,050,500

*Includes Horticulture Nurseries

Tourism (Bed Tax Collections) Bed Tax Collections FY 2012/2013 FY 2011/2012 Change in %

$1,331,633 $1,190,475 +11.9%

Background: Sunset photo by Cheryl Powell



COUNTY PROFILE Construction is on the rise. Residential and commercial structure dollars spent in our county for calendar year 2012 totaled $131,363,266. Over the last five years, the construction dollar amount was only higher in 2009 when totals were $222,643,827 as a result of the construction of the Blackwater Correctional Facility and the H.T. Hackney distribution center. The panhandle also saw an increase in construction in 2005 after Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis.

Estimated Construction Dollars Spent - Santa Rosa County

350 Hurricane Ivan

In Millions

300 250 200

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2000 2001

2002 2003


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2007 2008 2009






All graphs represent calendar year figures.

Building Permit History 3,298


Impact Areas

Residential Permits

3000 Number of Permits

2,509 2500 2000 1500

Single Family Permits


Area 1





Commercial Permits





175 2001




Area 2

72 2005








Area 3

Construction By Impact Area Area 1

Area 2

Area 3

New Homes 15 Avg. Construction Cost $119,000 Remodel/Additions Single Family 41 All Commercial* 18

New Homes 415 Average Construction Costs $119,000 Remodel/Additions Single Family 694 All Commercial* 38

New Homes 371 Average Construction Costs $155,000 Remodel/Additions Single Family 877 All Commercial* 16

*Commercial includes townhouses and condominium construction





2012 Population Estimates

% Change 2012 Estimates

Citrus Escambia Indian River Martin Okaloosa Santa Rosa

140,761 299,511 139,446 147,203 187,280 155,390

-.01% .08% .54% .35% 3.08% .32%

2012 Operating Total Taxes Levied Millage Rate per Capita 2012 5.9783 6.9755 3.0892 5.6956 3.2899 6.0953

$454 $335 $497 $925 $245 $283

Santa Rosa County continues to have 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

% Change 2011

% of Population in Unincorporated Areas

+1.3% - 2.1% - 5.6% - 1.5% - 4.3% - 2.4%

92% 82% 65% 86% 59% 90%

Wake Boarding on Blackwater River by Cheryl Powell

Santa Rosa County provides services at the lowest cost compared to four of five neighboring and similar-sized 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. Fiscal Year 2013/2014

Staffing Comparison

Fiscal Year 2012/2013

369 369 Santa Rosa County 362 County 517 517 Citrus (Decrease due in part to Fire/Rescue 588 moved under sheriff ) 828 Okalossa County 806 812 812 Indian River County 808 X878 Martin County 863 Escambia County X 1,635 (Increase due in part to assuming jail 1,088 operations from sheriff )

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1400 1600

COUNTY PROFILE Santa Rosa Authorized Position History

Number of Employees

500 400

450 361






450 388






300 200 100


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 2012/2013 Santa Rosa County averaged one employee for every 421 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.

Santa Rosa County Staff Salary Ranges

County Citrus Escambia Indian River Martin Okaloosa Santa Rosa

Staff to Resident Ratio 1: 272 1: 183 1:172 1:168 1:226 1:421

$30,000 - $49,999 (44%) $29,999 or less (39%)

3% 3%

$90K+ $70 $89,999

$50,000 - $69,999 (11%) $70,000 - $89,999 (3%)

$50,000 $69,999

$90,000 - 140,000 (3%)

11% $29,999 or less


$30,000 - $49,999


Shimmer & walkover beach photos by Sonja Lusk


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Where the Money Goes

Total Revenue: $75,613,593

Total Expenses: $74,929,412

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& Forfeits 2012Fines Property Tax Revenue Comparison Miscellaneous 2012 County Property Tax Revenue Comparison 47% Transfers In Indian River County $39,238,427

Transfers Out


15% Public Safety


63% Licenses & Permits 2% 63% 1%


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2% Licenses & Permits Licenses & Permits 15% Intergovernmental Intergovernmental


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Did You Know? The county budget

47%runs on a fiscal

year calendar from October 1 to September 30.

Culture/Recreation Public Safety - services provided for the security of persons and Court-Related property General Government - services provided by the legislative and Transfers Out administrative branches of the local government for the benefit of the public as a whole Santa Rosa County $44,029,673 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 Okaloosa County $44,630,265 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 $54,064,516 Citrus County 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 $93,871,489 Escambia County Physical Environment - services provided for the primary purpose of achieving a satisfactory living environment by controlling and utilizing elements of the environment $96,562,120 Martin County Court Related - Costs of operating the judicial branch including County Court, Circuit Court, the State Attorney’s Office and the Public Defender. 0 20 40 60 80 100 Economic Environment - services which develop and improve the economic condition of the community and its citizens Revenue data:





Breakdown of Constitutional Officers Funding












$25,258,105 $0

$10,000,000 $20,000,000 $30,000,000

Total General Fund: $63,426,003

Did You Know?

Your Taxes More than half of your ad valorem taxes goes In Santa Rosa toward funding the County, there public school system. 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 sheriffand the vital services they provide to county residents. 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.

Santa ROsa County Millage History

2000 2001


2002 2003 2004 2005


2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013











Mills Riverwalk photo by Cheryl Powell



COUNTY ENGINEER Engineering Department

Engineering department

The engineering department provides technical support to all county operations and departments. All commercial site plans and subdivision developments are reviewed to determine potable water and wastewater concurrency and compliance with the county’s stormwater requirements of 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 engineering makes recommendations to the board of county commissioners for each phase of development.

6051 Old Bagdad Hwy. Suite 300 Milton, FL 32583 850.981.7100

Services include: •

Engineering planning


Environmental and regulatory permitting

Design and construction document preparation

Inspection for stormwater management projects

Traffic management and control systems

Roadway improvements

Airport infrastructure

Hazard mitigation

County owned water & wastewater systems

Industrial park infrastructure improvements



Tiger Point Community Center

Bagdad Mill Site Park | Assisted with surveying and public meetings

Bagdad Volunteer Fire Department | Surveying, design, permitting, bidding and project management

Benny Russell Park Tennis Facilities | Site layout, surveying, design, permitting, bidding and project management

Berryhill Road realignment (Five Points) | Project management

Cornell Drive road paving Municipal Service Benefit Unit | Project review, bidding and contract administration

East Spencer Field / Highway 90 safety upgrades | Design, permitting, contract administration and inspection

Grand Pointe-Settlers Colony | Drainage, surveying, design, permitting, bidding and project management

Gulf Cable Rail Spur | Bidding and project management 

 ighway 98 / Navarre Beach Causeway intersection improvements | Design, permitting, bidding, project management and H inspection

Jay sidewalk project | Design/permitting, bidding, Local Agency Program administration and project management

June Ates Equestrian Center | Project management

Peter Prince Airfield east apron and T-hangar taxiways | Project management

Ramblewood Drive Hazard Mitigation Grant Program drainage | Project management

S tate Route 1 Historic Restoration / Multi-use Trail project | Design/bidding, construction engineering and inspection services and Local Agency Program administration

Spencer Field sidewalks Local Agency Program project | Design and project management

Tallwood Court road paving Municipal Service Benefit Unit | Project review, bidding and contract administration

Tiger Point Community Center | Project management

Whiting aviation fence project | Design, bidding and project management

A total of 100 commercial pre-application meetings



Train Trestle photo by Cheryl Powell

COUNTY ENGINEER Environmental Department The environmental division consists of three departments, solid waste, household hazardous waste and mosquito control. Solid Waste The solid waste program includes 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 2012/2013, Central Landfill received approximately 110,000 tons of class I materials, more than 35,000 tons of class III materials and diverted more than 15,000 tons of debris from landfill disposal. The attendants assisted nearly 100,000 customers.

Environmental department

More than 6,000 customers utilized the Jay Transfer Station.

T he Household Hazardous Waste Facility assisted nearly 5,000 customers and recovered nearly 15,000 gallons of paint, chemicals, pesticide and used oil, more than 4,000 fluorescent bulbs and tubes and more. This number of fluorescent bulbs was slightly lower than the previous year but is expected to increase due to incandescent bulbs becoming obsolete.

6065 Old Bagdad Hwy. Milton, FL 32583 850.981.7135 environmental-dept@

 new bull dozer was purchased for the class I hill to work in conjunction with the compactor to A ensure compaction and cover to maximize the duration of the landfill cell.

 new administration building was constructed at Central Landfill. Construction cost were kept to a minimum because all labor A for the building was done by landfill employees.

Phase I of the landfill gas collection and control system was awarded to the American Environmental Group.

 emediation systems are present at Holley, class III and Central Landfills. The purpose of the remediation systems is to clean and R reduce contamination of the sand and gravel aquifer.

T o date, Central Landfill has pumped 4.2 billion gallons of groundwater for treatment before return to the sand and gravel aquifer. Santa Rosa County is still used by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as an example for successful remediation.

Household Hazardous Waste •

 ousehold Hazardous Waste shipped more than 33,000 pounds of electronic scrap to be recycled rather than landfilled. They H also diverted nearly 500 batteries from landfill disposal.

The landfill also diverted nearly 300,000 pounds of used tires from landfill disposal.

 est Florida Recycling continued to collect and process single stream recycle materials. More than 16 million pounds of W materials were received for recycling. Continued on Page 16...

Arcadia photo by Cheryl Powell



COUNTY ENGINEER Environmental Division (continued) 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 various places including ditches, abandoned pools and holding ponds. In addition to larviciding, when temperatures are above 60 degrees, up to three fog trucks are utilized per weeknight for spraying 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 2012/13 Highlights •

 osquito control held interactive mosquito education presentations for M more than 500 students in Santa Rosa County.

 osquito control treated approximately 700,000 acres with adulticide and M approximately 500 acres were treated for larva.

I n contrast to last fiscal year, call volumes decreased by 11 percent, larvacide applications decreased by 37 percent, and adulticide treatment decreased by approximately 70,000 acres. Bed frame garden photo by Melodie Taylor

Navarre Beach Administration & Utilities Fiscal Year 2012/13 Highlights

Navarre Beach administration 1411 Utility Dr. Navarre Beach, FL 32566

T he water system pumped 134 million gallons of water last year to approximately 1,035 customers on Navarre Beach.

The wastewater treatment facility treated 109 million gallons of waste water.

850.981.8888 Navarre-Beach@santarosa.

The Navarre Beach marine park pavilion rentals totaled 322.

A total of 108,641 visitors were counted enjoyed walking and fishing on the Navarre Beach Pier.

T urtle nesting season was May 1 through Oct. 31. Navarre Beach saw a record 12 turtle nests; 11 Loggerhead Sea Turtles nests and one Green Sea Turtle nest. The Green Sea Turtle nest is significant because one hasn’t been seen at Navarre Beach since 2005. There are typically no nest discoveries past August, however, the last hatching was Aug. 18 with one nest remaining. It’s believed bad weather has delayed the hatching of this last nest.

T his year lifeguard season at Navarre Beach ran from March 11 – Oct. 27. Twelve lifeguards manned four towers daily during the peak of the guard season. All but one of our 12 lifeguards are returning lifeguards and most have been with us for several seasons. During the peak of the guard season an average of 9,500 beach goers were on the lifeguarded portion of the beach monthly. Lifeguards made 41 rescues. The highest attendance day was Memorial Day with 1,744 beach goers on the lifeguarded portion of the beach alone.

South floating docks at Navarre Beach boat ramp were replaced in July 2013.

 lack Skimmers returned to Navarre Beach Causeway this year. The Black Skimmer bird is protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird B Treaty Act and protected as a State Species of Special Concern by Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species Rule. Each year at nesting time we are happy to see the Black Skimmer return to Navarre Beach. Special fencing is put up along the causeway and slower speed limit signs are posted to protect them.



COUNTY ENGINEER Navarre Beach Administration & Utilities (continued)

2013 Navarre Beach Lifeguard staff

Child playing in the Beach Sand

Floating Dock at Navarre Beach

Lifeguard photo by resident John Richardson Baby at beach photo courtesy of Cindy Deem Floating dock photo by Terry Wallace Background: Beach photo by Terry Wallace


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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The economic development office is the primary entity that serves businesses that want to expand their existing operations as well as out-of-state businesses wanting to relocate to the county. They are focused on increasing jobs and investment in Santa Rosa County with the intent of enhancing wealth within our community. To help clients make intelligent decisions on expanding or relocating to the area, information and resources on our ever-evolving economy are rapidly provided. The second leg of the economic development department is the business recruitment program which targets specific companies to locate to the area, in which both the county and company receive a mutual benefit. Some of the target areas focused on are aviation and defense, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and transportation and logistics. As an entity that serves the business world, the economic development office stands ready to meet the needs of clients 24/7. FISCAL YEAR 2012/2013 HIGHLIGHTS •

I nitiation of the Gulf Power site certification process on county owned sites including Santa Rosa Industrial Park East and Northwest Florida Industrial Park

economic development

Development of a new building and sites database at

Assisted in the expansion of Taminco US Inc. and Gulf Cable Inc.

6491 Caroline Street Suite 4 Milton, FL 32570

Successfully located Priton LLC to the former 84 Lumber location in Santa Rosa Industrial Park


Managed 21 active projects, including:


Seven customer contact centers Eight manufacturing-related projects


Four aviation-related projects Two company expansions

Assisted four companies with a capital investment of $130+ million and 170 expected new jobs

 ade 66 industry visits to provide information on state and local M benefits and to gather information on what companies may need to stay and grow in Santa Rosa County. Through these visits we are able to look for indicators of possible closures, expansions and training needs

Assisted four companies with expansions

Assisted in one Incumbent Worker Training Grant

S old 30+ acres in the Santa Rosa Industrial Park to Gold Ring Gulf Distributing for their new $10 million distribution facility expected to create an additional 200+ jobs

Held various events, including: -----


T wo industry lunches to bring interested parties together International workshop Annual industry tour Industry appreciation luncheon

Other items associated with the Economic Development Office: -Facilitated road resurfacing at the Santa Rosa Industrial Park -New Industrial Park signs to improve park aesthetics


HUMAN RESOURCES Human resources is comprised of two departments, personnel and risk management. They provide extensive human resource management services and strengthen principles of personnel administration of equitable application of rules, policies and procedures across the county departments. 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.


6495 Caroline Street Suite H Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1948

The personnel department is responsible for scheduling and advertising county employment opportunities, reviewing employment applications for required qualifications and credentials, providing county hiring departments with eligible applicant data for interview selection, processing background and pre-employment requirements, and evaluating credentials and qualifications of current employees for internal job postings. The department is responsible for modifying position classification and compensation data as necessary to remain competitive and compliant with comparable agencies. Personnel staff verifies personnel transactions to ensure the action complies with applicable county practices, policies, procedures and compensation plans. Records maintenance and retention is an essential function in personnel involving personnel files, medical files, I-9/E-Verify, family medical leave, EEO reporting, drug free workplace program, and other applicable records. Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights • Employment announcements or postings | 93 • Webpage employment interest hits | 33,357 • Applicant online interest cards completed | 557 -This system enables applicants to sign up for automatic email notification when jobs matching their interests are available -Applications received and evaluated for minimum qualifications | 2,942 -Increased 35 percent from previous fiscal year • Eligible employment lists established and certified to departments for hiring | 91 • Certified applicants referred to hiring departments | 1102 • Employee separations | 67 -43 resigned, 17 retired, 4 dismissed, 3 released during probation • Position descriptions created and/or revised | 66 • Prepared and processed personnel actions | 888 • Organized and facilitated employee orientations | 33 orientations, 57 attendees • Coordinated the employee health fair “Amazing Adventures Wellness Expedition” with free health screenings, flu shots by CVS on location, door prizes, free samples, and more • Arranged employee training on harassment & discrimination provided by The Krizner Group • Organized training for managers and supervisors in best practices with interviewing techniques & disciplinary process, sponsored by The Krizner Group • Planned for and participated with online training via drug free workplaces for all county supervisors to enhance awareness of obligations and employees rights

personnel department

Flowers photo by Aleta Floyd


Years of Service


County Employee Statistics as of September 30, 2013

Less than 1 year 1 - 5 years 6 - 10 years 11 - 15 years 16 - 20 years 21 - 30 years More than 30 years

48 105 137 112 50 66 23

Average Employee Age Average Employee Length of Service Average Employee Salary Note: Sheriff’s Office personnel not included

48 years old 11.2 years $36,294.08



HUMAN RESOURCES risk management

Risk Management Risk management administers, through a combination of insured and self-insured programs, the processing and adjusting of claims resulting from auto liability, general liability, inland marine, property and workers’ compensation claims for the board of county commissioners, clerk of courts, property appraiser, sheriff’s department (property only), supervisor of elections and tax collector.

6495 Caroline Street, Suite I Milton, FL 32570 850. 983.1863 melissal@santarosa.

FISCAL YEAR 2012/2013 HIGHLIGHTS • Adjusted 19 new workers’ compensation claims and continued maintenance of 36 ongoing claims from previous years • Adjusted 20 auto claims, 29 property loss claims, 28 general liability claims and 26 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 Santa Rosa County • Continued maintenance of all material safety data sheets for county departments • Reduced lost-time expenses by placing injured employees in light-duty positions when possible • Held safety meetings and provided training where applicable • Provided routine monitoring of county property, via the county facilities monitor, in an effort to reduce vandalism • Performed indoor air quality/mold testing in buildings and areas of concern • Attended mediations and hearings related to liability and workers’ compensation claims • Assisted with inspections of various county parks and facilities to determine any deficiencies • Made insurance policy adjustments to the county property schedule • Worked to insure ADA compliance of county facilities • Submission of forms as required by the Florida Department of Financial Services • Generated insurance billing to county departments

Snake, Alligator and Drainage photos by Cheryl Powell



HUMAN RESOURCES Grants The grants department provides grant writing, grant research, grant management and project management assistance to county departments. During the past fiscal year, the grants department assisted various departments with the management of more than 40 grants totaling more than 18 million dollars in state and federal funding. These grants are for a variety of projects including drainage improvement, flood mitigation, housing, park projects, sewer extension programs, emergency management preparedness programs, disaster recovery public assistance programs, and transportation improvement projects. Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights •

T he Bagdad Disaster Recovery CDBG sewer project was nearly complete by the end of the fiscal year. Approximately 15 homes will be connected to sewer in this project.

 avarre East Neighborhood Revitalization CDBG sewer project N is approximately 60 percent complete. Approximately 50 homes will be connected to sewer in this project.

 efense Infrastructure Grant funds of approximately D $106,000 were expended to purchase property and restrictive easements around NAS Whiting Field to prevent further encroachment and to protect the base from BRAC.

Groundbreaking at Bagdad Mill Site

 onstruction of Phase I Bagdad Mill Site improvements began C in summer of 2013. It is expected that the park will be open to the public in the summer or fall of 2014.

Administered elevation of two flood-prone properties in Gulf Breeze utilizing Flood Mitigation Program Funds.

S ecured Hazard Mitigation Grant Funds for the Ramblewood stormwater/drainage improvement project. Permits have been approved and construction is expected to begin in early 2014.

Administered Environmental Protection Agency grant funding for the Navarre Beach clarifier upgrade.

 ssisted with Deep Horizon Oil Spill funding opportunities including Natural Resource Damage Assessment process and the A RESTORE Act.

 ssisted with Economic Development Trust Fund grant project to construct a rail line to service the expansion of Gulf Cable in the A Industrial Park.

 ssisted with the Florida Defense Support Task Force grant to upgrade the fence between NAS Whiting Field and Whiting A Aviation Park.

Grants Department 6495 Caroline Street, Suite H Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1848

Gulf Breeze Elevation Project: before & after





Library Services The Santa Rosa County libraries are located in Gulf Breeze, Jay, Milton, Navarre and Pace. Residents are encouraged to enjoy the many free services and programs that are offered to adults and children at each library. Santa Rosa County library card holders are able to check out a variety of best selling fiction and nonfiction books, audio books, DVDs, and music CDs, as well as access databases inside the library or remotely. Public computers and free wi-fi are also available during library hours. Please visit the library website at for more information. Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights • Items checked out: 425,484 • New library cards issued: 5,635 • Research questions answered by library employees: 61,187 • Meeting room uses: 630 uses with 6,749 attendees • Student Volunteer Hours: 469 • Adult Volunteer Hours: 1,100 • Library Youth Programs: 239 • Youth Program Attendance: 4,949 • Summer Reading Programs: 77 • Summer Reading Program Registrants: 965 • Summer Reading Program Attendance: 2,195 • Items provided for outreach: 1,805 • Voter Registration Applications: 149 • Tax Assistance provided to citizens by AARP through the use of library meeting rooms

6275 Dogwood Dr. Milton, FL 32570 850. 981.7323

ecosystem Education at The Milton Library

Vegetable Gardening at The Pace Library

Viva Florida Time Capsule Ceremony At Jay Historical Society Museum Milton Library Youth Program

VIVA Florida 500 This year the library system joined other public libraries in the state in celebrating VIVA Florida 500. This celebration is a statewide initiative led by Governor Rick Scott to commemorate Juan Ponce DeLeon’s landing in our beautiful state and naming it La Florida. Santa Rosa County libraries teamed up with other departments in the county to present exciting and informative VIVA Florida Programs. More than 650 people attended the Santa Rosa County VIVA Florida Programs! •

Gulf Breeze: Unearthing Florida with presenter from Florida Public Archaeology Network

J ay: Dig Into Reading with Dept. of Agriculture, IFAS Extension Office & Tuffy: A Real American Quarter Horse Hero

 ilton: Florida’s Rich Diversity- An Overview of Florida’s M Ecosystem with presenter from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Navarre: Artists and Authors with approximately 20 local author and artist exhibits

Pace: Florida-Friendly Vegetable Gardening with presenter from Santa Rosa County IFAS Extension: Master Gardeners

Jay Historical Society Museum: Time Capsule Ceremony

Unearthing Florida at the Gulf Breeze Library

Local artists and authors at The Navarre Library




Administrative Services The administrative services department provides administration for various entities including county-owned parks, airplane hangars at Peter Prince Field, road/plat vacation requests, and county record management compliance. Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights Parks

6495 Caroline Street Suite J Milton, FL 32570 850. 983.1940 adminservices@

 ayo Park was a recipient of the “2013 Great American M Clean-up” program selected by Santa Rosa Clean; with the assistance of the Whiting Field Naval Sea Cadets and Milton High School NJROTC, all concrete structures were sealed and the restroom facility was repainted

Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart Foundation, through volunteer hours of their employees, donated $750 toward future park projects

Issued 320 work orders for park-related issues

Processed 819 reservations for use of various park facilities

Received $34,605 in park reservations revenue

S erved as liaison between the county and the sport associations to assure management agreement compliance

Facilitated Santa Rosa Parks and Recreation Committee

S erved as a staff member of the county ADA and safety • Performed background screenings on volunteers work groups associated with sports programming (2,519 active Assisted in the planning of future projects, renovations, and volunteers) expansion from original aspiration to completion of desired project

Peter Prince Field • Provided administrative functions for 100 airplane hangars with 98 to 100 percent occupancy -Compliance of tenant leases -Biannual hangar inspections -Processing of 147 work orders for repair and maintenance issues during the fiscal year -Staff member to Aviation Advisory Board with administrative functions including the writing of meeting minutes during official proceedings Vacation and annulment of plats subdividing land and/or public road rights-of-way •

 acations request consist of street, alleyway, road, V subdivision, portion of subdivision, easements, setback lines, and more

mayo park

Youth Sports: PARA Football Complex

 arious county departments are utilized in the vacation V process

Record management compliance •

 ecords management liaison officer to insure records are R maintained and destroyed according to Florida Statute

 pproved and reported to state destruction of 157.02 A cubic feet of records for fiscal year 2011-2012. Report due to state by Dec. 31 of each year

 esponsible for control room, control room operators, R and distribution of media produced from county meetings

 ublications useful in managing records are located at P

peter prince field: hangar inspections

Youth sports photo by Courtney Kolling



OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET Budget Office The office of management and budget is responsible for providing a financial plan and outline for the board of county commissioners, the county administrator and management staff in order to make educated policy decisions and to ensure their financial decisions are implemented and followed to guarantee that the taxpayers of Santa Rosa County receive the best possible services through the most effective and efficient use of resources.

BUDGET office 6495 Caroline Street Suite L Milton, FL 32570 850. 983.1853

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 yearly budget.


Did You Know? All Santa Rosa County approved budgets and budget amendments can be found at budget

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 submissions, maintenance of the files related to each bid request, and maintenance of the list of registered vendors (currently numbering more than 2,500). Photos on left by Prudence Caskey Photos on right by Ron Strickland 24

PROCUREMENT 6495 Caroline Street Suite G Milton, FL 32570 850. 983.1870


OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET Computer/Geographic Information System The computer and geographic information system division provides technical and mapping support for more than 40 divisions and agencies and fulfills map and public record requests for the public. They support and maintain more than 1,000 various types of technology equipment such as PC’s/ thin clients/ tablets, servers, network equipment, printers and GPS equipment. Additionally, approximately 750 phones, cell phones, and fax lines are managed and maintained since the implementation of the new county-wide voice over internet phone system. The computer/GIS department also provides technical support for the five public libraries, along with maintaining county databases, creating and maintaining hundreds of county software programs for county offices, and creating and maintaining the county’s GIS mapping system. They also support the emergency operations center staff and are on standby to work around the clock during activations along with supporting emergency operations with the paging system, citizen alert system/reverse911, and e911 mapping. Daily tech support is also provided to all county departments in order to keep all offices running smoothly.

computer / gis department 6495 Caroline Street Suite L Milton, FL 32570 850. 983.1840 bcc-computer@

More than $300,000 saved annually with new VoIP System! The third and final phase of the new county-wide Voice over IP phone system was completed in 2013. More than 10 legacy and independent phone systems throughout the county were replaced with one major VoIP phone system that now unites offices in every major county building into a seamless voice system. This enables all employees to communicate with four digit dialing which greatly improves customer service with transferring calls easily to appropriate department. There is no need for a customer to have to hang up and redial a different number. All major buildings and offices, including the courthouse, county administrative complex, public works, public services, emergency management, animal services, South Santa Rosa Center, Navarre Beach utilities, probation, states attorney, public defender, judicial, clerk of courts, property appraiser, and supervisor of elections are a part of this centralized phone system. Initial investment of equipment will be recovered customer using the thin clients for Library Internet Access in fiscal Year 2014 via annual communication savings from all departments of more than $300,000! The savings are a result of switching to VoIP and utilizing phone services from the state Suncom program. Internet Service Improved for Library Customers Due to the very popular free PC and internet services at the libraries, the internet bandwidth for the library customers has been increased from 20 Mbps to 50 Mbps to meet demand. Even the monthly costs were reduced by the computer department and library administration jointly by negotiating the best internet pricing collectively with the other elected official offices. Additional savings are also recouped for the libraries by being reimbursed 60 percent of their communication costs via a federal program called E-Rate. New Building Inspections App = Better Service to Contractors, Customers A new software application called GoPermitsMobile was created for Santa Rosa County building inspectors to view daily requested building inspections and, once on the job site, the inspector can enter the inspection results. These results are immediately emailed to the contractors in order to expedite power releases and certificate of occupancies, and to facilitate contractor’s project plans for the next building phase. Continued on Page 26... Using the Building Inspections Smartphone App



OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET Computer/Geographic Information System (continued) Technology Improvements for Emergency Operations Center The emergency operations center had major upgrades completed in order to ensure that the county’s technical requirements are up-to-date to meet the demands and system overloads that potential activations require. •

 ore than 100 cat-6 network cables were pulled for centralized network support, 45 PC’s were M replaced with high availability virtual thin clients and energy efficient monitors, along with upgrading the emergency operations center servers to a high availability environment for improved server failover support.

Software that supports the emergency operations center operation for more than 50 ESF stations was enhanced by adding document management tools. This will help with the situation status reports to the public and to the state’s emergency operations center.

S oftware that manages the registration of residents with special needs was also enhanced to reduce the time for the application process including the registration of family members at the special needs shelters.

 new feature was added to the county website to assist residents with reporting A neighborhood flood events. Citizens can now upload flood photos with details in order to help with the dissemination of flooding information to the appropriate departments. NEW Evacuation Zone App Rolled out in 2013 The current GIS evacuation zone mapping program on the county website gets high resident traffic when storms approach, so a mobile app has been created to access important storm information and to help residents determine which evacuation zone they live in. Mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads and Androids can be used to download the “b ready Santa Rosa” app for free in the various app stores.

GIS Mapping Ready to meet your Mapping Needs The GIS Mapping staff’s primary job function is to create and provide maps to county departments and, per request, for businesses and citizens. One of the most popular features on the county website is the ability for citizens to search for data on maps and create custom maps on the fly just by entering their address. Please visit for your mapping needs. GIS staff are key players with the emergency operations center by providing on-demand maps for disasters. Maps were needed for the May through July 2013 flood events along with maintaining mapping of more than 450 critical facilities. Statistics •

 total of 110,788 residential and commercial buildings were identified for structure A layer which is used by e911 dispatchers and permitting staff.

 total of 15,161 street segments with attached street details were used by the road & A bridge department daily, with details on 176 bridges and 498 retention ponds.

 total of 29,291 street signs are mapped and used daily by road and bridge and other A county departments

 total of 5,895 fire hydrants are identified. This critical data is used by e911 and fire A departments and water utilities.

A total of 400+ billboards are mapped to assist development services staff

 new color map book was created for public works by working district and color A coded by street maintainer.

 total of 191,033 pages / 29,580 documents were added to the county’s document / A imaging system.

Aerial View of Navarre Beach Pier

New Santa Rosa County Aerials Available! DOR and DOT state agencies fly the county every two to three years and provide the aerial images at no charge to the county. The most recent aerials from Oct. 2012 are available at 26


PUBLIC SERVICES Animal Services Animal services serves as both the animal shelter and a response agency for the citizens of Santa Rosa County with focus on educating the public about responsible pet ownership as well as enforcing state laws and county ordinances. The shelter receives injured animals in need of medical attention and animals are received as owner surrenders, euthanasia requests and for roaming at large. Some animals received have aggressive behavior or are acting as nuisances causing destruction to private property and endangering the public. Animal services is open to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with kennel/adoption hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Night drop boxes for stray or owned animals are offered to the citizens after business hours from 4:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. Visit animal services online for more information and to see pictures and details of stray and adoptable animals.

ANIMAL SERVICES 4451 Pine Forest Rd. Milton, FL 32583 850.983.4680

The kennel technicians work hard to ensure the animals received, whether strays or owner surrenders, are kept in a clean environment, watered and fed, and healthy so that they may be adoption-eligible if they meet the criteria. Pets available for adoption are screened for heartworms, given vaccinations, de-wormed, and temperament tested before being listed for adoption. There is an application and short interview process to adopt with a minimal fee, plus the cost of altering and rabies vaccination. Animal control officers respond to regular calls for service between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is an after-hours, oncall officer who responds through the dispatch center at emergency communications, between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. One animal control officer is available for emergency calls on weekends and holidays. Animal services faces many challenges, such as animal bites, injured animals, citizen complaints, impounding of stray animals, citation issuance for ordinance violations, investigation of cruelty/ neglect cases, and prosecution of court cases.

happy tales FISCAL YEAR 2012/2013 STATISTICS Total adoptions | 509 • • • •

Animals transferred to rescue | 206 Animal control officer responses | 7,020 Bite investigations | 552 Animals in shelter | 7,537 Kitten adopted by woman from Destin, FL

coonhound puppy rescued & adopted

black pug & beagle bonded instantly. both were adopted together

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PUBLIC SERVICES Animal Services (continued) FISCAL YEAR 2012/2013 Highlights •

 irector of operations, Dominic Persichini, retired in 2013. Dominic worked as a D Santa Rosa County EMT/paramedic/paramedic supervisor from April 4, 1976 through September 30, 1985. He returned as animal control director from March 17, 2003 through September 13, 2013. During his time with animal services he was always very involved in public relations, and worked hard to maintain a good relationship with the citizens of Santa Rosa County. Following are just a few of his many accomplishments: ------

 ominic was the public safety branch manager for the ESF17 program & D hurricane preparedness where he helped establish a pet-friendly shelter for citizens to be able to stay with their pets during a hurricane. He set up a compassion fatigue program for the kennel technicians in dealing with the stressfulness of euthanizing animals. He established the partners for pets program to enable the shelter and the public to get animals altered for a low fee. He purchased and maintained a generator for the shelter to have electricity during emergencies. Dominic had a security system installed and upgraded the fire alarm system for the shelter.

 nimal services welcomed new director, Dale Hamilton, in October 2013. Dale worked A in building inspections for three years before being hired as an animal control officer in 2005 where he worked the night shift and was on-call. Dale is very dependable and dedicated to his work duties. He is eager to continue creating accomplishments for the shelter and to be available to the citizens of Santa Rosa County.

Continued Partnerships Animal services continues to partnership with different businesses and organizations throughout the county. •

Animals are adopted through Petsmart, with 63 dog and cat adoptions this fiscal year.

T he Healthy Pet Program local veterinarians alternate donates one to two hours per week of their time to help evaluate shelter animals who need medical attention.

 third grant for $22,250 was received from the “Florida Animal Friend, Inc.” license A plate program for the low income spay/neuter program. From October 2012 until July 2013, 334 family pets who met certain criterea were spayed or neutered courtesy of this program.

T his was the sixth year of partnership with Mediacom airing pet videos on Channel 27. All adoptable pets are individually featured in monthly pet videos to encourage adoption and to provide information on each pet’s characteristics, mannerisms, personality and history.

The shelter continues to offer pet safety programs to the schools.

 nimal services collaborates with many pet rescues all over the state of Florida, and A some out of state, in transferring animals that may be otherwise unadoptable due to health, special needs or breed, for foster or adoption through their organization.

Photos top to bottom: 4H Goat Farm Tour Day by Candice Tritt Hawk, Goose at Carpenter Park, Baby Mockingbird, Goat, Horse and Squirrel photo by Cheryl Powell 28


PUBLIC SERVICES Development Services The development services center administers a variety of services, such as plan review, inspections, code compliance, flood management, planning and zoning. Our goal is to provide accurate and consistent plan reviews, land use and zoning reviews, timely inspections, uniform enforcement of the code and overall customer service in an objective and helpful manner using reasonable judgment to assure compliance with local regulation and state laws. FISCAL YEAR 2012/2013 HIGHLIGHTS •

Issued 12,960 permits. Of this total, 1,015 were single-family dwellings and 78 were new commercial projects

Estimated cost of construction for all projects was $196,175,000

Conducted 109 pre-application meetings with new customers

I mplemented our “Go Inspection” application which allows inspectors to immediately update a permit record with inspection results. Contractors are sent an email within minutes of the inspection notifying them of the inspection result

 articipated in community outreach at the third Annual Santa Rosa County Preparedness Expo and Home Depot Health and P Safety Day

Sponsored 86 applicants for contractor licensing

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW The development review section is responsible for the review and approval of all plans for residential and commercial development to ensure compliance with the Florida Building Code, the Land Development Code and other applicable regulation. A key component of the development review process is our project manager system. We assist our customers through the review process from their initial contact with our department until they are ready to occupy their structure.

6051 Old Bagdad Hwy. Suite 201 Milton, FL 32583

Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights • Commercial site plan applications | 36

850.981.7000 developmentservices@

Commercial building plan reviews | 433

Residential building plan reviews | 4526

Subdivision plat applications | 4

Total new projects | 137

development SERVICES developmentservices

PERMIT SERVICES The permit services section is responsible for processing building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, gas, and fire/life safety permits from the time a permit application is submitted until a permit is issued. Many different types of projects require permitting prior to work commencing, such as: • Roofing • Screen Rooms • New Construction • Remodel/Repair/Renovation • Accessory Buildings: • Change of Occupancy • Windows/Doors/Siding Garage/ Sheds/Pole Barns • Signs • Hurricane Protection: Shutters/Panels • Electrical service change • Tents • Docks/Piers/Seawalls • Replacement A/C unit • Mobile Homes • Pools • New gas fireplace • Additions Customers are encouraged to contact our office prior to commencing any work that may require a permit. The main office is located in Milton and is open five days a week from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The 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. Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights • Issued a total of 12,960 permits -Building | 5239 --Electrical | 3763 --Mechanical | 1599 --

Permits Issued FY 2012/2013


Life Safety



Plumbing | 1762 Gas | 513 Fire/Life Safety | 84



Electrical Mechanical





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PUBLIC SERVICES Development Services (continued) Permit data suggests a continued increase in development in Santa Rosa County since the total single family statistics has been trending upward over the past few years. INSPECTION SERVICES Construction or work for which a permit is required is subject to inspection by Santa Rosa County. Inspections ensure that construction is consistent with the approved plans and meets the minimum requirements of the Florida Building Code. During the fiscal year, the inspection services team performed 27,681 inspections. Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights •

 eceived five year building code effectiveness R grading reevaluation from the insurance services offices. The Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule® assesses the building codes in effect in a particular community and how well the community enforces its building codes, with special emphasis on mitigation of losses from natural hazards. The BCEGS program assigns each municipality a BCEGS grade of one (exemplary commitment to building-code enforcement) to 10. Santa Rosa County received a grade of three for residential construction and a grade four for commercial construction.

Performed a total of 310 life safety/fire prevention periodic inspections of existing commercial structures


Did You Know? As of March 1, 2002, the Florida Building Code went into effect and is updated every three years. The 2013 edition is set to go into effect on December 31, 2014.

FLOOD MANAGEMENT Floodplain management assists customers in meeting the minimum flood requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program, Florida Building Code and Land Development Code and is responsible for making flood determinations, issuing floodplain development permits, and maintaining elevation certificates. Santa Rosa County also participates in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System which is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements. As a result of Santa Rosa County’s participation in the program, flood insurance premium rates were discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk to properties due to Santa Rosa County being a CRS Class 5 community.

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 lass 5 provides a 25 percent premium reduction on flood insurance for C properties located within special flood hazard areas.

 lass 5 provides a 10 percent premium reduction on flood insurance for C properties outside of special flood hazard areas.

Did You Know? Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural disasters except for fire.


 ddressing for new development in the county is handled at the development A services service center and is done in a coordinated approach with input from several county departments to ensure addresses are being issued in a systematic and logical approach to ensure a correct address is assigned to each residential or business location. A total of 1,093 new addresses were assigned.

T he zoning division assists customers with the land development code questions and zoning approvals. A total of 5,165 customers were assisted and 1,547 zoning reviews were performed. Continued on Page 31... 30


PUBLIC SERVICES Development Services (continued)


ZONING BOARD The zoning board hears all requests for re-zonings, future land map amendments, variances, conditional uses, special exceptions and changes to the land development code and comprehensive plan. The board meets once a month and heard 123 cases during the fiscal year compared to 119 total cases last fiscal year.

6051 Old Bagdad Hwy. Suite 201 Milton, FL 32583

Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights

Rezoning case | 21

Variance cases | 67

Conditional use cases | 20

Special exception cases | 15

850. 981.7076

CODE COMPLIANCE Code compliance investigates violations of the Florida building code, Santa Rosa County land development code and other ordinances adopted by the board of county commissioners. This fiscal year, code compliance received 499 new cases of complaint. Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights • Abated 17 properties • Closed 458 cases

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 fiscal year, 50 families were assisted and $640,000 was invested to support affordable housing initiatives. Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights • Florida’s State Housing Initiatives Partnership, or more commonly known as the SHIP Program, awarded: -Down payment and closing cost assistance to 25 families to help with the purchase of their first home -Assistance with rehabilitation work to address safety and sanitary issues and building code violations for seven low income homeowners

Courthouse photo by Cheryl Powell

 ousing Urban Development partnership Initiative through the Escambia Consortium was expanded to include H home buyer assistance in addition to rehabilitation work. -A total of 14 low-income rehab/reconstruction projects were completed. -A total of 10 low-income home buyers were assisted with down payment and closing costs.

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. 2012/2013 SANTA ROSA COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT


PUBLIC SERVICES Transportation & Long Range Planning Long range planning and transportation are 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. It consists of providing a safe, cost effective, and functional transportation system for all residents of and visitors to Santa Rosa County that appropriately balances access and mobility needs.

transportation & long range planning 6051 Old Bagdad Hwy. Suite 201 Milton, FL 32583 850.981.7082

Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights •

 orked with the Florida Department of Transportation to secure construction W funding to complete the widening of State Road 87 South.

 btained a grant to purchase six replacement vehicles to provide the door-to-door O community transportation service.

 anaged grant and local funds to provide the door-to-door community M transportation service in the rural areas of the county. Continued to look for ways to expand and encourage additional partnerships to increase ridership for the service.

 btained state funding to construct a sidewalk in Jay from Max Lane to the Jay City O Hall.

 btained state funding to construct a sidewalk on old US Highway 90 from the O Blackwater Heritage Trail east to Henry Street.

 oordinated with the Florida Department of Transportation on the US Route 98 C safety audit that led to the installation of LED street lighting along the corridor and intersection improvements at Green Briar Pkwy/Country Club Road.

 articipation in the Florida – Alabama Transportation Planning Organization and P the US Route 98 Corridor Authority planning processes.

S erved with the team that operates Vets to VA Clinics, a shuttle service for Santa Rosa County veterans in need of transportation to the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Escambia County.

 reated a Santa Rosa Transit resources page at giving C citizens the opportunity to see what transportation resources are available within the county. Park & Ride lot identification has Google Map features for aerial location of the sites.

 reated a Santa Rosa County Transportation resources page at C transportation that houses transportation studies such as the US Highway 90 and US Route 98 Corridor Management Plans, Congestion Management Plan, and links to transportation related sources.

Updated the Water Supply Plan.

 reated the East Milton Wellfield Protection Overlay Zoning District designed C to protect the potable water wells and groundwater from contamination while allowing for appropriate commercial and industrial development.

 eveloped amendments to the Land Development Code related to landscaping D and tree protection designed to make the Code more business-friendly. Photos by Aleta Floyd 32


PUBLIC SERVICES veterans services

Veterans Services Veterans services assists veterans and their families in obtaining all eligible Veterans Affairs benefits. These benefit claims include disability compensation, pension, death/burial benefits, education, medical expenses, housing, and auto grants and appeals. County staff assists navigating through VA paperwork, requested forms and other military-related issues. Veterans services also provides assistance with State of Florida benefits such as homestead tax exemption letters and Florida ID cards for veterans that are one hundred percent permanently and totally disabled. Santa Rosa County is home to 22,440 veterans, which is 15 percent of the population. Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights •

Served 5,965 veterans and 2,454 family members

 ore than $3.1 million was awarded to veterans and family M members

Filed 412 new claims/customers for VA benefits

Processed 3,482 letters of correspondence

 rocessed 3,300 copies of newsletters for a veteran service P organization

 ersonnel conducted 22 house calls and 10 ALF/nursing P home visits to assist veterans and surviving spouses

Outreach actions: - Six events throughout Santa Rosa County - Nine visits to Santa Rosa Correctional Institute for 28 incarcerated veterans

Referred veterans for VA Homeless Grant Program

Participated in Vets to VA Transportation Program

 articipated in the following: VA Homeless Stand P Down, Veterans Day Parade/Ceremony, Memorial Day Ceremony

E mployees continue to provide excellent customer service indicated by clients’ comments and thank you cards

6051 Old Bagdad Hwy. Suite 204 Milton, FL 32583 850.981.7155 South Santa Rosa Service Center 5841 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 850.981.7110



PUBLIC SERVICES Emergency Management

emergency management

Because disasters start locally, county emergency management agencies have a vital role in preparation for, response to and recovery from disasters – both natural and manmade. While emergency management cannot predict what situations will occur, they can prepare by identifying area risks, developing plans and procedures, maintaining prevention programs, identifying resources, and training and educating the community.

Emergency and disaster operations planning

Threat and hazards analysis

Emergency response coordination

Coordination of fire/rescue and EMS system

Promote community involvement

Hazardous materials coordination

Training, drills and exercises

Promote multi-organization participation

One of the primary responsibilities of emergency management is developing and maintaining a comprehensive emergency management plan that is the framework which Santa Rosa County prepares for, responds to, recovers from, and mitigates the effects of a wide variety of disasters, regardless of cause, size or complexity. This plan is continuously being reviewed for updates and modifications. In accordance with Florida Statute 252, this plan is reviewed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management every four years. During fiscal year 2012/2013, the emergency management division coordinated, taught or participated in several training courses including 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. Preparedness information and training was provided to county schools, neighborhoods, businesses and other government agencies. Courses taught individuals how to be prepared for all hazards and what to do before, during and after a disaster. The division is also responsible for coordination with the emergency medical services contract provider and the MSBU fire departments.

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2013 Emergency Operations Center Hurricane Exercise

Teen Certification Exercise - Central High

Did You Know? In order for local emergency management agencies to receive state and federal program monies, each agency has to complete several requirements developed by Florida Division of Emergency Management. Last year, Santa Rosa County emergency management received $238,577 in grant funds to support operational expenses, public awareness supplies and training and exercise costs.


850.983.5360 emergencymanagement@ emergency

Year-round Responsibilities: •

4499 Pine Forest Road Milton, FL 32583


Did You Know? Your best defense to be self-sufficient for 72 hours is to make an emergency kit that would work for all types of hazards.

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PUBLIC SERVICES Emergency Management (continued) Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights Santa Rosa County was spared from any major disasters last year; however, June through September brought more than 57 inches of rain, creating problems for many residents. Emergency Management worked with the computer department and other departments to develop an online damage report that will help the county review areas that may qualify for mitigation projects. A mobile application was also developed to provide residents with another tool to determine if they live in an evacuation zone.


Did You Know? Santa Rosa County received $24,787 in grant funds for volunteer fire department gear, supplies and communication equipment.

 ine emergency plan reviews (hospitals and N nursing homes)

Seventeen first aid courses training more than 203 participants

Instructed four Incident command system courses

42 all hazards presentations

Blackwater River Correctional Facility GEO mass casualty incident drill

T wo Community Emergency Response Team training academies with over 150 participants

Taminco Hazmat mass casualty incident drill

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• T wo first responder courses training 29 additional • emergency responders  ne firefighter I course with 15 firefighters O participating

T wenty-nine CPR Pro courses training more than • 131 professionals • Sixty community CPR courses training more than • 1,294 participants •

Pensacola airport exercise  egional Domestic Security Task Force hazardous materials R exercise Mock DUI drill at Pace High School Boy scout troop 451 disaster exercise Six active shooter trainings and exercises Annual hurricane exercise with more than 100 participants Annual emergency operations center training

Emergency Communications and Enhanced 9-1-1 Total number of calls answered | 120,298 • •

9-1-1 Calls Received | 64,674 Administrative Calls Received | 55,624

Fire and Rescue The fire service is comprised of 15 departments. Each district has a board of directors which is responsible for district funds. Fire department personnel consists of 65 career firefighters and more than 160 volunteer firefighters who responded to 13,567 calls last year. Fiscal Year 2011/2012 Highlights • • • •

MSBU Collections | $2,871,892 MSBU Expenditures | $2,866,572 Received and administered $24,787 in Florida Forest Service Grant funding Purchased 15 sets of fire protection gear, 8 two-way radios, 23 tone pagers for alerts, and stipend programs for more than 150 volunteers Continued on Page 36...

DUI Drill at Pace High School



PUBLIC SERVICES Emergency Management (continued) Emergency Medical Services The county has a ‘no subsidy’ contract with Lifeguard Ambulance Service. Santa Rosa County uses a tiered response system consisting of certified emergency medical dispatchers, medically trained first responders, advanced life support ambulance crews and a dedicated medical director. The complimentary skills and expertise of each partner and their desire to provide the public with optimal patient care creates a successful, high performance emergency medical service system. Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights •

Responded to 22,412 calls

 warded approximately $150,000 in grant funding which was used to A purchase additional advanced equipment for the citizens of Santa Rosa County, thus continuing to improve the services available

 ne hundred percent compliant in both urban and rural contract response O times

 ompleted Phase II of a multi-phase expansion project at the Avalon C Boulevard facility

 egan Phase III of a multi-phase expansion project at the Avalon Boulevard B facility with a groundbreaking on the renovation of its current administrative offices

S elected by the Santa Rosa economic development office and the Santa Rosa business development coalition as the recipient of the “Business Expansion Award.” This award recognizes a company that has demonstrated excellence in their field and has made a significant economic impact on Santa Rosa County.



Did You Know? According to the Health & Safety Institute, sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the US and the workplace. Your best defense – teach employees how to do Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation, also known as CPR.

Did You Know? You can look up which fire district you live in and the closest fire hydrant to your home at

Hazmat Decon Exercise

Active Shooter Exercise

Taminco Hazmat/Mass Casualty Incident Drill

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PUBLIC SERVICES Emergency Management (continued) Farewell to Sheryl Bracewell Emergency management director, Sheryl Bracewell, has retired. Her 35 years of hard work and dedication to Santa Rosa County is much appreciated. Santa Rosa County wishes her well as she embarks on her well deserved retirement.

Sheryl Bracewell

brad Baker



Welcome brad Baker, Emergency Management Director Brad held the position of emergency services coordinator. He has 20 years experience in emergency services, including certified Florida professional emergency manager, licensed State of Florida paramedic and firefighter 2, and national certified emergency medical and emergency fire dispatcher.

Rain photo and Lighting bolt photo by Cheryl Powell, Tropical Storm Karen by Tammy Simmons , Forest fire photo by Brad Baker 2012/2013 SANTA ROSA COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT


PUBLIC WORKS The public works department serves residents by developing and maintaining infrastructure relevant to roads, parks and county buildings. The department strives to provide excellent service in a cost-effective manner to enhance the quality of life for our citizens. A major emphasis is placed on professionalism and customer service 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.

Building Maintenance

PUBLIC WORKS 6075 Old Bagdad Hwy Milton, FL 32583 850.626.0191 public-works@

The building maintenance department provides maintenance and repair in all county owned buildings, rental buildings and county parks. The department also handles custodial and lawn maintenance duties. Floor Renovations @ Service Center

The facilities that are maintained include the county courthouse, administrative offices, libraries, emergency operations center, health departments and several other office buildings. An additional responsibility of the department is scheduling and preparing for events in the county auditorium. Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights Building maintenance AC Maintenance @ Court House

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

 ainted the exterior at the administrative P building

 ir duct cleaning at the Santa Rosa A County courthouse

 ir duct cleaning at Santa Rosa County A development services

F loor renovations at the South Service Center

Completed 1,227 work orders

AC Maintenance @ Court House

Painting Exterior of Admin. Building


Duct work Maintenance AT COURT HOUSE


AC Maintenance @ South Service Center

PUBLIC WORKS Parks The parks department has worked diligently to recondition our county owned parks. Much progress has been made toward that goal with dedicated employees that are diligent in teamwork and have a strong work ethic. The park employees take great pride in the county owned parks.

parks department 6495 Caroline Street Suite J Milton, FL 32570

850.983.1940 The county has three divisions that team together to perform maintenance of recreational parks, horse arenas, boat ramps, passive parks, and neighborhood parks. Work efforts include building maintenance and grounds maintenance. The building maintenance division has a full time crew with the responsibility of maintaining the grounds and facilities in our passive parks. The parks division is responsible for development, improvement, and major repair items in parks as well as any needed project management of these items. The administrative services division is responsible for all administrative duties associated with the parks to include assistance with park design, contract management and programming of activities. The county provides programming through management agreements with community sport associations for recreation parks that have sports programs.

Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights •

Renovated playground to address safety, durability, and lessen maintenance | Benny Russell Park

Boating restrictions | Archie Glover Boat Ramp

June Ates Arena ground breaking ceremony for construction | East Milton Park

Purchase of baseball storage for East Milton Youth Association| East Milton Park

Fencing to create dog park and management agreement with City of Milton | Optimist Park

Boating restrictions | Indian Bayou

Funding campaign and ground breaking for phase one construction | Bagdad Mill Site Park

Completion of the construction of the boat ramp facility | Chumuckla Springs Boat Ramp

Playground and ball field upgrades | City of Jay

Funding to Pace Area Tennis Association for equipment and supplies | Santa Rosa Sportsplex

Completion of the construction of the Pace Community Center | Santa Rosa Sportsplex

 inyl fencing along front of Community Center to compliment Center and create a barrier | Santa V Rosa Sportsplex

F unding for a playground and pavilion to enhance the Pace Community Center | Santa Rosa Sportsplex

Electrical upgrades to park wiring | Navarre Park

Sport lighting added to soccer kick wall | Navarre Soccer Complex

Funding to YMCA to enhance youth development programs | YMCA Navarre

Ground breaking for construction of Tiger Point Community Center | Tiger Point Park

Purchased four sets of five-row bleachers | Tiger Point Park



Santa Villa Park photo by Tammy Simmons



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PUBLIC WORKS Road & Bridge The road & bridge department maintains more than 1,500 miles of roadways. 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 in a cost effective manner.

road & bridge 6075 Old Bagdad Hwy. Milton, FL 32583 850.626.0191

The department also undertakes new construction projects including bridges, sidewalks, boat ramps, fishing piers and parking lots. Utilization of road & bridge personnel has proven to be significantly more cost-effective than contracting on such projects. The department continues to seek and implement innovative strategies to overcome a very demanding workload. One such strategy has been a transition to smaller and more specialized work crews which have enhanced the quantity and quality of work performed. Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights •

Resurfaced 24 miles of roadways

Paved 5.83 miles of dirt roads

 esurfaced Langley Street which is the access road to the west gate of R Whiting Field

 esurfaced Pine Blossom Road which connects Willard Norris Road to R State Route 89

 ebuilt Wagner Bridge on Springhill Road and the bridge over R Snowden Branch on Indian Ford Road and repaired eight other bridges

Completed 3,610 work orders

 ontinued construction of a concrete multi-purpose path on East Bay C Boulevard

 ompleted construction on the new Chumuckla Springs Boat Ramp C and parking lot

Resolved numerous drainage problems throughout the county

Wagner Bridge Rebuild

Bridge construction on Sunrise Dr.

Background: Blackwater River photo by Cheryl Powell

Freshly paved Boatramp road

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Chumuckla Springs Boat Ramp concrete construction

PUBLIC INFORMATION & NEWS The public information office 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 and disaster related information, as well as the day-to-day management of internal and external communication strategies. The PIO provides services similar to those provided by a full-service communications agency, focusing on heightening awareness of the county’s mission, programs, policies, initiatives and services offered by its 22 divisions. The county public information officer works in the field during emergencies and is available to the media 24/7.


Information Office 4499 Pine Forest Rd. Milton, FL 32583 850.983.5254


Responded to over 300 media and resident requests for information.

Issued more than 550 press releases, media advisories and “tweets” to local media and citizens to promote awareness of county meetings, services, programs and public safety.

 rovided copy writing, design, media training and other communications support to P 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.

 esigned county publications including the Annual Report to the Citizens, Disaster D Preparedness Guide, economic development marketing material and other informational printed pieces.

 esigned and distributed 10 commission district newsletters, four development services D newsletters, and four economic development newsletters.

Published four issues of “Inside Connection,” a newsletter for county staff.

Organized and/or assisted county and state organizations with special events.

Board Meeting Photography

Ribbon Cutting Event Coordination





SHELTER-IN-PLACE Find a safe place right where you are in a chemical emergency



1. Gather your children & pets and go inside. Stay inside.

GroundBreaking Event Coordination

2. Close all windows & doors. 3. Turn off AC, heaters and fans. 4. Listen to the radio or T.V. to learn what to do next.

5. Do not call 9-1-1 for information. Learn more at

Economic Dev. Twitter Updates

County Twitter Updates



VETERANS MEMORIAL PLAZA 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 5191C Willing St. Milton, FL 32570 850.626.7292 vetmemorial@

Honored soldier headstone photo by Sarah Whitfield. Additional veterans plaza photos by Bill Gamblin


Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Highlights •

 eterans Day, Memorial Day, and Fourth of July ceremonies were all V conducted at Veterans Memorial Plaza

Assisted one veteran in the repair of his home plumbing

 ne wheelchair ramp was built to meet the accessibility needs of O the veteran

I n honor of the veterans, 164 bricks were placed in the Veterans Memorial Plaza

 articipated in the Vets to VA program. The VETS to VA Clinics P 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.


COUNTY EXTENSION county extension

UF/IFAS extension is the county’s access to research-based information developed through the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Educational programs are conducted for county citizens in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, family and consumer sciences, natural resources, marine interest, and 4-H youth development. The following services are provided to the public: classes, computer networking, consultations, demonstrations, educational materials, field days, meetings and workshops. Experts have developed and reviewed all Santa Rosa County extension educational programs to ensure that citizens’ needs are fulfilled and that they receive accurate, relevant and helpful information.

6263 Dogwood Dr. Milton, FL 32570 850.623.3868

FISCAL YEAR 2012/2013 Highlights


 total of 267 local officials and area citizens A participated in the 47th Annual Santa Rosa County Farm Tour where they learned firsthand the importance of agriculture and forestry in the county and the challenges facing local farmers.

T he “Northwest Florida Agricultural Innovator of the Year” program, conducted by UF/IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida, recognized 13 farmers and ranchers across the panhandle for their outstanding agricultural innovation. Farmer Lucas Killam was chosen as Santa Rosa County’s Agricultural Innovator and honored at a special ceremony in Marianna.

 onducted the Northwest District “Extension C Beekeeping in the Panhandle” course with 14 other Florida and Alabama counties. The course consisted of four interactive video sessions and a district beekeeper field day and trade show in Chipley. The team effort taught advanced topics to more than 250 new and existing beekeepers, including 28 local residents.

 ore than 80 farmers and agri-business M representatives participated in the second annual “Multi-State Sprayer Rodeo” workshops at three locations (Santa Rosa, Escambia and Escambia County, Alabama). Hands-on training allowed farm sprayer operators to accurately calibrate their largeboom sprayers for the crop season.

 inety-eight farmers and agri-business N representatives participated in the 2013 Extension Farm Field Day at the West Florida Research and Education Center. Attendees evaluated variety and pest management demonstrations in peanuts, cotton, soybeans and biofuel crops.

5259 Booker Lane Jay, FL 32565 850.675.3107

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COUNTY EXTENSION Fiscal Year 2012/13 Highlights •

 reen Industry – Best Management Practices training and certification G was provided to 32 local landscapers with 94 percent of participants passing. This will allow the landscapers to obtain a fertilizer application license that will be mandatory in 2014.

 ore than 60 people attended the Vegetable Producers Round Up which M was a networking and educational event for small vegetable and fruit producers. The event included sessions on marketing, integrated pest management, food safety and a Q&A with local produce buyers.

S anta Rosa County Extension and the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center teamed up to start a new initiative for small farmers called the Gulf Coast Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises. The first field day was held in May at the WFREC with more than 80 people attending. Field day stops featured irrigation, food safety, hydroponics and integrated pest management.

S anta Rosa County Extension participated in a peanut butter food drive with the other counties across the panhandle called “Take a Bite Out of Hunger.” Santa Rosa County collected more than 500 lbs. of peanut butter, the most of any county.

 ore than 2,030 residents attended educational presentations and M hands-on activity driven field days on coastal issues and marine resources.

 total of 81 teachers, 4-H leaders, and informal educators attended A four workshops on collecting aquatic species, Project Learning Tree and marine activities. Topics included watersheds, trees, the water cycle, phytoplankton, fish identification, and collecting and holding marine specimens.

S ea Grant agents partnered with Florida FWC and local artificial reef coordinators to conduct the 2013 Northwest Florida Artificial Reef Workshop for 90 participants. The two-day workshop focused on artificial reef construction and management, along with fisheries and species monitoring.

 n on-going oyster restoration project, in partnership with FDEP, has A resulted in 890 oyster reefs in East Bay between Garcon and White Points. These reefs will contribute to the oyster population while helping to maintain and protect marine habitat that are vital to the local economy.

F orty-four adult volunteers participated in three modules of the Florida Master Naturalist program and received training on our local natural resources through classroom and field activities.

S anta Rosa County 4-H reached more than 7,500 youth through community clubs, after school clubs and school enrichment programs. A wide variety of projects were offered to youth including those for new clubs in shooting sports, horse and poultry. Through the new poultry project, 43 youth had the opportunity to raise and show their chickens and 13 participated in the State Poultry Judging competition in Gainesville. Teen leaders and adult volunteers assisted with the more than 100 projects that 4-H has to offer. Continued on Page 45... 44


COUNTY EXTENSION Fiscal Year 2012/13 Highlights •

 total of 3,622 fourth through sixth grade students improved their public speaking and communication skills through A participation in the annual 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Program. More than 100 youth participated in county, district and state contests, workshops and events.

“ 4-H Know Your Government” programs allowed 500 fourth and fifth graders the opportunity to learn about government and elections. 36 county 4-H’ers were among 750 4-H’ers statewide who participated in “4-H Day at the Capitol” in Tallahassee.

 ne hundred twenty-two parents and caregivers learned to correctly install their car seats or boosters and received new car O seats through the Child Passenger Safety Program. Twelve nationally certified child passenger safety technicians received assistance to complete their recertification and continue providing resources and education to caregivers in Santa Rosa and surrounding counties.

 total of 2,483 students, family members, new parents and developmentally disabled adults received nutrition education to A help them learn to eat healthier foods, improve food safety practices and encourage them to become more physically active.

S anta Rosa’s Home and Community Educators provided approximately 2,000 local volunteer hours teaching crafts, conducting nutritional cooking demonstrations, making and distributing bibs for nursing home residents, providing food preservation information to recipients of food baskets and volunteering individually to meet other community needs.

 ,760 clients utilized the Master Gardener plant clinics in Milton and the South Service Center to solve their lawn and landscape 1 problems.

 ore than 12,000 visitors enjoyed the Panhandle Butterfly House, including visitors from at least eight foreign countries. 2,200 M attended the Annual Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival and 500 monarch butterflies were tagged and released for research and educational purposes.

Master Gardener volunteers presented 33 programs on Florida-friendly landscaping topics to 740 residents.

T wenty-eight children in the after school program at East Milton Elementary built and planted a school garden with the assistance of Extension faculty and funding from the UF/IFAS Farm to School Project.

 rogram volunteers, including 4-H members and leaders, Home and Community P Educators, Master Gardeners, Butterfly House volunteers, and Marine Science volunteers contributed 27,132 hours of volunteer service. Valued at $18.85 per hour, this represents more than $511,000 in-kind contribution to the county.



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Photos, left to right, top to bottom: Blackwater sunset on Wright’s Basin by Karen Haworth Casual garden in Jay by Melodie Taylor Ducks and geese by Aleta Floyd Horse by Aleta Floyd Benny Rusell Park by Tammy Simmons Cleaning fish by Cheryl Powell Fall flowers by Candice Tritt Sunset by Ron Strickland

2012/2013 Santa Rosa County Annual Report Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners 6495 Caroline Street | Milton, FL 32570

Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Annual Report to the Citizens of Santa Rosa County  

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

Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Annual Report to the Citizens of Santa Rosa County  

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