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FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 ANNUAL REPORT

TO THE CITIZENS OF SANTA ROSA COUNTY

C Reaching Forward

PRESENTED BY THE

Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners santarosa.fl.gov @SRCBOCC /SantaRosaCountyBOCC


TABLE OF CONTENTS 3 BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS 4 COUNTY LEADERSHIP 6 COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR AND ATTORNEY 7 ORGANIZATIONAL CHART 8 COUNTY PROFILE 12 COUNTY STATISTICS 14 COUNTY ENGINEER 14 Engineering Department 15 Environmental Department 16 Navarre Beach Department 18 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 19 HUMAN RESOURCES 19 Personnel 20 Risk Management 21 Grants 22 Library Services 23 OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET 23 Budget Office 23 Procurement 24 IT/Geographic Information System 26 PUBLIC SERVICES 26 Animal Services 28 Development Services 30 Housing 31 Transportation 31 Long Range Planning 32 Veterans Services 33 Emergency Management 37 PUBLIC WORKS 37 Building Maintenance 38 Parks 39 Road and Bridge 40 Administrative Services 41 PUBLIC INFORMATION AND NEWS 42 VETERANS MEMORIAL PLAZA 43 COUNTY EXTENSION 46 MAPS

ABOUT SANTA ROSA COUNTY

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.

REACHING FORWARD Santa Rosa County’s population is currently estimated at 163,422 with a population growth of 39 percent since 2000.* Job growth between 2010-2013 was at 11.23 percent.** *Source: US Census Bureau. **Source: FloridaJobs.org

Cover Page Photo Field of Flowers by Sabrina White This Page Map image by Florida Center for Instructional Technology, University of South Florida. Kayaking photo by Tammy Simmons. About the 2014/2015 Annual Report to the Citizens To offer this service at the lowest cost possible, this publication was created in-house and is available as a PDF on the county’s website at santarosa.fl.gov. The public can view current and past issues of county publications at santarosa.fl.gov/news and sign up to receive publications automatically via e-mail by clicking the subscribe button. 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.

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BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JAYER WILLIAMSON, VICE-CHAIR AND DISTRICT 1

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

BOB COLE, DISTRICT 2

MESSAGE FROM THE COMMISSION CHAIRMAN As we prepare for a new year, I am excited about the bright future for Santa Rosa County. The year 2016 will mark a new chapter for Santa Rosa County with the retirement of Hunter Walker, who served as our county administrator for 20 years. Our new county administrator, Tony Gomillion, has the knowledge and skills to oversee the continued growth and prosperity of our great county. Our county’s story is one not just of potential, but results. Santa Rosa County ranks high in the categories that matter. Our economy is strong, with unemployment rates well below the state and national average. Our low crime rate makes us attractive to visitors and those looking to relocate. Our education system ranks near the top in the state year after year.

DON SALTER, DISTRICT 3

Add to that the potential, not just Santa Rosa County but the whole region has, as a result of the RESTORE Act, Triumph Gulf Coast, and the other sources of funding coming from the BP disaster. We are already seeing the benefits of these funds bear fruit, and it is going to be an exciting time to live and work in the Panhandle. Santa Rosa County will remain not just a good place to live, but a place where we continue to lead in those areas that matter to people: education, the economy, responsive local government, and a low crime rate.

ROB WILLIAMSON, DISTRICT 4

I wish you the best of success in the coming year. I appreciate all you do in our community, and look forward to continue working to make Santa Rosa County an even better place to live, work and play.

Lane Lynchard Chair and District 5 Commissioner

LANE LYNCHARD, CHAIR AND DISTRICT 5

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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.

Jayer Williamson

DISTRICT 1

JayerWilliamson@santarosa.fl.gov

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS 6495 Caroline Street Suite M Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1877 bocc@santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/bocc

Jayer Williamson is a native of northwest Florida, graduating from Milton High School and the University of West Florida. An electrical contractor and part owner of Williamson Electrical Company in Milton, he currently serves on several local boards and has been heavily involved in community service and volunteer efforts throughout his lifetime. Williamson was appointed by Governor Rick Scott on June 18, 2014 to fill the vacancy created by the passing of his father, Jim Williamson and was elected to complete the term in August 2014.

Bob Cole RECOGNITION OF FIRST RESPONDER APPRECIATION WEEK

Don Salter

CHAIR AND DISTRICT 3

comm-salter@santarosa.fl.gov

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 U.S. 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.

DISTRICT 2

comm-cole@santarosa.fl.gov 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 is prior President of the Men’s Brotherhood. Cole serves as a charter member of the Milton Rotary, member of the National Association of Counties and supports Milton High School soccer and track.

Rob Williamson DISTRICT 4 RobWilliamson@santarosa.fl.gov

Rob Williamson is a Florida native, growing up in the small town of Seminole and has called Santa Rosa County home since 2003. Rob earned his bachelors degree from Florida State University and has been a successful Santa Rosa small business owner for more than a decade. Rob brings his years of successful business leadership experience, a passion for helping others maximize their God-given talents and a strong belief that government should be focused on delivering outcomes citizens want.

Lane Lynchard

SPRINGHILL SUITES GROUNDBREAKING

DISTRICT 5

comm-lynchard@santarosa.fl.gov

Lynchard graduated from Milton High School and received a bachelors of science in finance, cum laude, from the University of South Alabama. 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 and Seely. Lane is an active member of Community Life United Methodist Church and enjoys fishing and boating. 4

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COUNTY LEADERSHIP

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 santarosa.fl.gov/bocc/bocc_calendar. Special meetings and workshops are advertised and open to the public. 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. Each member must reside within the particular district for which seat he/she seeks election. Each year the board organizes itself selecting a chair and vice-chair from among its members to preside at commission meetings.

RECOGNITION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACCREDITATION

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PRESENTATION

FAIR HOUSING WEEK PROCLAMATION

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 county R 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

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COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR AND ATTORNEY On behalf of the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners, it is my honor for the last time as the county administrator to present the 2014/2015 Santa Rosa County annual report. This report is designed to encapsulate the accomplishments, achievements and initiatives developed by the board of commissioners and implemented by the offices, functions, and departments responsible to the board during fiscal year 2014/2015.

HUNTER WALKER PRESENTED WITH CONGRESSIONAL RECORD RECOGNIZING 20 YEARS OF SERVICE

As you will note from this report, the board of commissioners is responsible for a number of varied departments and functions providing multiple services to county residents. From roads and bridges to animal services to branch libraries to building inspections and so on, county employees provide quality customer service across the spectrum of local government services.

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR 6495 Caroline Street Suite D Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1855 tonyg@santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/bocc/ administrator.cfm

I am proud of the work of the board and employees during fiscal year 2014/2015 and I am extremely appreciative of the dedication to providing the best service to Santa Rosa County residents by both the board and its employees. With my retirement at the end of 2015, I know the county and employees will be in good hands with the new county administrator, Tony Gomillion.

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 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. Tony Gomillion was selected to serve as the Santa Rosa County administrator after Hunter Walker retired December 31, 2015. 6

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. Roy Andrews was selected as Santa Rosa County’s attorney in 2014.

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.

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COUNTY ATTORNEY 6495 Caroline Street Suite C Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1857 roya@santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/bocc/ attorney.cfm

Gulf Breeze sunset photo by Amy McDonald


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COUNTY PROFILE TOP 10 MAJOR PRIVATE EMPLOYERS #EMPLOYED

2014 COUNTY POPULATION ESTIMATES Total Population 163,422 % Change, April 2010 to July 2014 8% Median Age 39.4 years Population Under 18 years old 22.6% Population 65 years old + 14.5% Source: US Census Bureau

REGISTERED VOTERS Republican Democratic Other Total

69,631 25,913 26,579 122,123

Source: votesantarosa.com as of Oct. 20, 2015

INCOME (2014) County Median Household Income Florida Median Household Income County Population Below $15,000/year County Income Over $150,000/year County Population Below Poverty Level Florida Population Below Poverty Level

$57,703 $46,956 9% 7.4% 12.3% 16.3%

Source: US Census Bureau

County School District 2,750 Federal Military 1,336 State Government 1,282 County Government 949 Federal Government 751 (Employment numbers as of September 2015)

LABOR FORCE Civilian Labor Force Number Employed Number in County Unemployed Unemployment Rate Change in % from August 2014

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

74,755 71,318 3,437 4.6% -1.1%

Source: FloridaJobs.org

COUNTY ROADS Dirt Roads Paved Roads Total Miles

PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS #EMPLOYED

SEPTEMBER 2015, NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED

GEOGRAPHY Land Water Coast Line Total Area

Walmart Stores 1,285 Baptist Health Care 543 Santa Rosa Medical 400 Blackwater Correctional Facility 400 Publix 380 Navy Federal 340 Mediacom 300 Goldring Gulf Distributing 240 AppRiver, LLC 220 Lifeguard Ambulance 160

98.5 miles 1,479 miles 1,577.5 miles

AGRICULTURAL (2014) Total Planted Crops County Gross Value Top Crops Livestock Gross Value

PROPERTY VALUE (IN BILLIONS) 2013

2014

2015

$10.87 $7.14 $.65 $1.01

$11.63 $8.37 $.69 $1.06

$11.99 $8.09 $.72 $1.32

*Includes Horticulture Nurseries

2013

2014

2015

Bed Tax Collections FY 2014/2015 FY 2013/2014 Change in %

Value of Real Property Residential Vacant Land Commercial PARCELS Total Parcel Count Homesteaded parcels Senior Exemptions

104,303 105,159 105,813 41,874 42,135 42,522 2,576 2,591 2,621

73,098 acres $66,278,233* Cotton and Peanuts $13,452,050

TOURISM (BED TAX COLLECTIONS) $2,175,353 $1,544,964 +23%

Background: Sunset photo by Ginny Palmer

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COUNTY PROFILE Construction is on the rise. Residential and commercial structure dollars spent in our county for calendar year 2014 totaled $190,647,065. 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

$399,149,178

400

Hurricane Ivan

In Millions

300

Hurricane Dennis

350 250 200

$190,647,065

150 100 50 0

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Commercial

Residential

All graphs represent calendar year figures.

BUILDING PERMIT HISTORY 3,298

3500

IMPACT FEE AREAS

Residential Permits

3000 Number of Permits

2,509 2500 2000 1500

1,869

Area 1

Single Family Permits

1,270

1126

1000 500 0

253 2000

958

Commercial Permits 175 2001

2002

2003

2004

Area 2

71 2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Area 3

CONSTRUCTION BY IMPACT FEE AREA (NO FEE CURRENTLY EXISTS) AREA 1

AREA 2

AREA 3

New Homes 32 Average Construction Cost $144,850 Remodel/Additions Single Family 53 All Commercial* 5

New Homes 443 Average Construction Costs $134,380 Remodel/Additions Single Family 893 All Commercial* 38

New Homes 457 Average Construction Costs $163,420 Remodel/Additions Single Family 1,207 All Commercial* 215

*Commercial includes townhouses and condominium construction

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COUNTY PROFILE: HOW DO WE COMPARE?

COST PER CITIZEN

County

2014 Population Estimates

% Change 2014 Estimates

Citrus Escambia Indian River Martin Okaloosa Santa Rosa

140,798 303,907 140,955 148,585 190,666 159,785

.2% .93% .98% .34% 1.23% 1.57%

2014 Operating Total Taxes Levied Millage Rate per Capita 2014 7.7855 6.6165 3.3375 5.9651 3.4308 6.0953

$496 $349 $563 $1,007 $269 $293

% Change 2013

% of Population in Unincorporated Areas

-23.6% +3.3% +4.7% +4.6% +4.3% +3.2%

93% 82% 66% 87% 58% 90%

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 above 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 and Demographic Research at http://edr.state.fl.us/Content/local-government/data/ data-a-to-z/a-f.cfm. 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 58 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.

COUNTY STAFFING COMPARISON

Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Fiscal Year 2014/2015

403 Santa Rosa 385 519 Citrus 525

848 Indian River 815 892 Okaloosa 873 916 Martin 903

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COUNTY PROFILE

SANTA ROSA AUTHORIZED POSITION HISTORY

Number of Employees

500 400

379

385

2000/01 2001/02

2002/03

361

395

407

481

450

450 388

375

364

358

362

369

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

385

403

300 200 100 0

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

2014/15

2015/16

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 2014/2015 Santa Rosa County averaged one employee for every 396 residents. While some counties’ staff numbers include county-run EMS and fire services, Santa Rosa County’s staffing numbers are still significantly lower than our comparable and neighboring counties.

County Citrus Escambia Indian River Martin Okaloosa Santa Rosa

Staff to Resident Ratio 1: 271 1: 176 1:166 1:162 1:214 1:396

SANTA ROSA COUNTY STAFF SALARY RANGES $29,999 or less (41%) $70 $89,999

$90K+

$30,000 - $49,999 (41%) $50,000 - $69,999 (13%)

2% 2%

$70,000 - $89,999 (2%) $90,000 - 140,000 (2%)

$50,000 $69,999

13%

$30,000 - $49,999

41%

$29,999 or less

41%

Satsuma photo by Cheryl Powell, Navarre Beach after remnants of Patricia by Sheila Taylor

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COUNTY STATISTICS

Where the Money Originates

Where the Money Goes

Total Revenue: $89,881,762

Total Expenses: $84,607,480

EXPENSES

REVENUE Charges for Services

Taxes Licenses and Permits Intergovernmental

Fines and Forfeits Miscellaneous Transfers In

2014 PROPERTY TAX REVENUE COMPARISON 2014 County Property Tax Revenue Comparison

$44,728,749 Indian River County $46,868,543 Santa Rosa County $49,337,289 Okaloosa County $61,301,541 Citrus County $94,259,092 Escambia County $105,664,444 Martin County 0

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General Government Public Safety Physical Environment Transportation

Economic Environment Human Services Culture/Recreation Court Related Transfers Out

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


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COUNTY STATISTICS DID YOU KNOW

BREAKDOWN OF CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS FUNDING SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

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

YOUR TAXES In Santa Rosa County, there are two primary CLERK TO THE BOARD taxing authorities to which all property owners CLERK TO THE BOARD pay property tax also known as “ad valorem TAX COLLECTOR taxes,” the county and the public school system. TAX COLLECTOR Each taxing authority has the ability to charge or levy a tax on a property and each have their PROPERTY APPRAISER PROPERTY APPRAISER own governing board to propose and adopt their respective tax rate. The county’s taxes are levied SHERIFF SHERIFF by the board of county commissioners. The taxes collected are used to fund the board of county BOARD COMMISSIONERS BOARDOF OFCOUNTY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS commissioners and the other five constitutional offices - tax collector, property appraiser, clerk of $0 $0 $10,000,000 $20,000,000 $30,000,000$30,000,000 $40,000,000 $10,000,000 $20,000,000 the court, supervisor of elections and sheriff- and the vital services they provide to county residents. Property taxes are charged in “mills” and the Total General Fund: $73,510,459 amount paid is based on the value of the property. A mil is equal to $1 per $1,000 of value. SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

SANTA ROSA COUNTY MILLAGE RATE HISTORY

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2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

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Engineering Department

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

The engineering division is comprised of three departments consisting of engineering, environmental and Navarre Beach utilities.

6051 Old Bagdad Highway Suite 300 Milton, FL 32583 850.981.7100 engineering@santarosa.fl.gov

The engineering department provides technical support to all county operations and departments. santarosa.fl.gov/engineering Services include engineering, planning, surveying, environmental and regulatory permitting, design and construction document preparation, and inspection for multiple county projects involving stormwater management, traffic management and control systems, roadway improvements, airport infrastructure, hazard mitigation, county owned water and wastewater systems and industrial park infrastructure improvements. Additionally, all commercial site plans and subdivision developments are reviewed to determine potable water, and wastewater concurrency and compliance with the county’s stormwater requirements with the land development code. The department reviews four submittal phases - preliminary plat, construction plans, final plat, paved road and drainage maintenance of subdivision developments and makes recommendations to the board of county commissioners for each phase of development. FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS •

Blackwater Heritage Trail connector | Design

Berryhill Road resurfacing | Administer design consultant and construction contract bidding

Tiger Point Boulevard sidewalk | Design, construction contract bidding and administer CEI consultant

• Local agency program estimates | King Middle School and Glover Lane sidewalks •

Review initial RESTORE project submittals

Assist with grant application for Godwin bike/ped connector

Identify and prioritize corridor management projects with Florida Department of Transportation

Villa Venyce Canal dredging

Grand Canal washout and Venetian Way washout

Industrial Boulevard parking lot

Villa Venyce, Patterson Lane, and Maranatha/Chipper drainage improvements for hazard mitigation grant program

Settlers Colony drainage improvements

Tennis Center at Benny Russell Park

Aurora Drive drainage improvements

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Environmental Department

ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENT

The environmental division consists of three departments consisting of solid waste, household hazardous waste and mosquito control. SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AND RESOURCE RECOVERY The solid waste program for Santa Rosa County includes Central Landfill, Jay Residential Drop Off Station and two closed landfills.

6065 Old Bagdad Highway Milton, FL 32583 850.981.7135 environmental-dept@ santarosa.fl.gov

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 regulated materials are accepted under specific requirements. Residential household hazardous waste is taken at HHW. Many items that are brought to the landfill for disposal are actually segregated for recycling or alternate disposal. During fiscal year 2014/2015, Central Landfill received over 160,000 tons of Class I materials, nearly 70,000 tons of Class III materials and diverted over 13,000 tons of materials from landfill disposal. In addition, the landfill reused over 4,500 tons of yard waste as alternative daily cover. The scale house attendants assisted nearly 120,000 customers. A major environmental project at Central Landfill has been to take steps to convert landfill gas into usable compressed natural gas, or CNG, an alternative vehicle fuel. Phase I of our landfill gas project included installing the collection system at Central Landfill. The collection system included 30 vertical landfill gas (LFG) extraction wells, three condensate sumps and a total of 14,048 feet of high density polyethylene piping for collection and transportation of LFG to the flare station for destruction, removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Phase II of the project included the engineering design to move forward for approval of the next phase which will include converting the gas being destructed into CNG. Another goal completed this fiscal year included leasing major equipment. The department leased six key pieces of large equipment that are essential for landfill everyday operations. Leasing the equipment saved thousands of dollars in reoccurring repair and maintenance costs for over used, older equipment. A six-acre, double-lined Class 1 disposal cell is in the process of being completed and will provide an additional four years of disposal capacity. FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS •

T he ECUA contract began for residents north of the Yellow River, including areas such as Pace, unincorporated Milton and Jay. This provides residents cheaper rates and increased service options.

Over 6,000 customers were serviced at the Jay Residential Drop Off Station.

Central Landfill pumped to date approximately 6.7 billion gallons of groundwater for treatment before returning it to the sand and gravel aquifer. Santa Rosa County continues to be an example of successful remediation.

The environmental department hosted education tours for approximately 120 in the fifth grade from Rhodes Elementary School. They were taught landfill concepts, leachate management, groundwater monitoring, proper disposal of household hazardous waste and the importance of categorizing materials for proper disposal and planning.

Design plans have begun to implement and construct a new commercial inbound scale and entrance road at Central Landfill. The plans will accommodate not only commercial waste haulers but also help accelerate the weigh-in process for county residents.

CHECKING OUT A CHEMICAL LOCKER

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE •

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility assisted nearly 6,000 customers and recovered nearly 14,000 gallons of paint, 2,000 gallons of chemicals, over 11,000 gallons of oil and gas, and nearly 5,000 fluorescent bulbs and tubes.

Household Hazardous Waste shipped over 200 tons of electronic scrap to be recycled, rather than buried in the landfill. They also diverted over eight tons of batteries from landfill disposal. Proper disposal saves landfill, makes a product reusable again and also helps protect against groundwater contamination.

On average, 14 televisions were recycled per day.

Over 300,000 pounds of used tires were diverted from Central Landfill disposal.

Over 9,000 tons of single stream recyclables were collected.

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Environmental Department (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 treatment. Larvacide assessments are completed throughout the year. Mosquito larvae are treated in ditches, abandoned pools, holding ponds, etc. In addition to larvaciding, when temperatures are above 60 degrees, technicians utilize up to three fog trucks per week night for spraying adult mosquitoes. The mosquito control department has 30 spray routes that cover the entire county. Traps are set throughout the county, to monitor species of mosquitoes, migration patterns, and breeding areas. FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS •

Mosquito control held educational activities for students from Bagdad Elementary, Rhodes Elementary, Santa Rosa Christian and Gulf Breeze Middle School. The presentations included species identification, health risk, life cycle, treatment and source education.

• During the fiscal year, mosquito control treated approximately 800,000 acres with adulticide and Pink Flowers photo by Casey Smith-Cavazos approximately 250 acres for larva.

Navarre Beach Department The Navarre Beach department is responsible for utilities, such as water and wastewater, on Navarre Beach including, but not limited to, running a wastewater treatment plant and two wells that supply water to island residents and businesses. Members of our staff perform all maintenance for Navarre Beach Park, park restrooms and pavilions as well as maintaining 12 walkovers and public parking areas on the island. In our office we assist residents with all things related to Navarre Beach including utility issues and billing questions. We also handle all pavilion reservations for Navarre Beach Park. Our department hires and supervises seasonal certified lifeguards each year to oversee public safety on Navarre Beach.

NAVARRE BEACH DEPARTMENT 1411 Utility Drive Navarre Beach, FL 32566 850.981.8888 Navarre-Beach@santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/navarrebeach

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The water system pumped 108 million gallons of water last year to 1,868 customers on Navarre Beach.

The wastewater treatment facility treated 112 million gallons of wastewater.

Lifeguard season ran from March 14 - November 1 with lifeguards making 93 rescues. July 4th was the busiest day of the year with 1,195 beachgoers on the lifeguarded portion of the beach. The month of July was the busiest month with 13,519 beachgoers on the lifeguarded portion of Navarre Beach.

Lifeguards began doing roving patrols at unguarded beach areas, resulting in both increased visitor awareness and rescues this fiscal year.

Pavilion rentals at Navarre Beach Marine Park totaled 355.

Navarre Beach Pier sold 152,855 passes for visitors who enjoyed fishing and walking the pier.

Thirteen turtle nests hatched on Navarre Beach.

The beach renourishment project is scheduled to begin at the end of 2015.

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PELICAN IN THE GULF VIEW FROM THE PIER TURTLE NEST ON NAVARRE BEACH

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Economic development is a team sport and like any team sport, players are brought in and used for their special talents that will develop a winning program. In Santa Rosa County this team is assembled and ready to take that winning shot. Members of our team include various stakeholders such as CareerSource Escarosa, and the Small Business Development Center along with educators from the Santa Rosa County School District, Pensacola State College, and University of West Florida plus our fellow county departments such as development services, engineering, and road and bridge just to name a few. These entities, along with our utilities and cities help all those pieces come together with the final result being job creation for Santa Rosa County.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 6491 Caroline Street Suite 4 Milton, FL 32570 850.623.0174 edo@santarosa.fl.gov santarosaEDO.com

The economic development office focuses on three major pieces of the economic development puzzle; recruitment, retention and expansion. Recruiting new companies to move to Santa Rosa County and create jobs is just one of the pieces of the puzzle. Once companies call Santa Rosa County home, economic development staff have a business retention program that helps the company retain their employees and grow their business allowing for that final piece of expansion. FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS •   Successfully completed the Gulf Power Site Certification Program for two county owned     sites including 135 acres in the Santa Rosa Industrial Park East located off Jeff Ates Road in     East Milton and 90 acres in the Northwest Florida Industrial Park at I-10, acquiring    information that included: o All environmental/archaeological/wildlife studies completed o Showing all utilities are near/adjacent to site and meet site certification standards o Develop topographic surveys to showcase flat-level terrain of each site o Identifying the site as a Zone C, which is an area of minimal flooding through FEMA Flood Maps

•   Since site certification of the two sites, approximately two-dozen site location consultants     and companies have shown interest in the property, resulting in more than 10 site visits     from these interested parties. •   Celebrated the opening of the newly constructed 190,000 square foot Goldring Gulf     Distributing facility in the Santa Rosa Industrial Park. The company, a multi-line beverage     distributor, will employ over 200 and will service the northwest Florida region. STRAND CORE WORKER

•   Conducted 58 existing industry visits to provide information on state and local programs like incumbent worker training grants, NWFL Manufacturing Council, machinery and equipment sales tax exemption. These visits also help identify what common barriers to growth companies are seeing which in turn assists economic development staff in helping them overcome those barriers. •

Assisted companies with workforce issues by making the connections through CareerSource Escarosa and other workforce entities such as the Transition Assistance Program for separating military and also through the local Career Academies and Technical School graduating students.

Hosted Secretary of Commerce Bill Johnson, showcasing our three industrial parks, and touring numerous companies.

• Managed over 20 active projects in the following sectors: o Aviation and Defense o Advanced Manufacturing o Customer Contact Centers o Building Components o Logistics and Transportation o Cyber Security • Managed the expansions of five existing industries in the following sectors: o Manufacturing o Distribution o Education and Training 18

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HUMAN RESOURCES

Human resources is comprised of two departments, personnel and risk management. Together, they provide extensive human resource management services and strengthen the fair and equitable application of rules, policies and procedures across 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.

Personnel

PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT 6495 Caroline Street Suite H Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1948 HR@santarosa.fl.gov

The personnel department is responsible for providing a centralized program for personnel administration for santarosa.fl.gov/hr approximately 351 board of county commission employees. The department provides recruitment and referral of applicants for authorized county positions, administers the position classification and pay plan, organizes employee benefit programs, coordinates training and career development programs, oversees health and wellness programs, and ensures fair and equal treatment of employees and applicants. The department also provides recruitment assistance and personnel The average employee age is DID procedural information to the clerk of courts, property appraiser, sheriff’s office, 48 and the average employee YOU supervisor of elections, and tax collector. salary is $37,134.54 KNOW

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FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS •  Employment applications received and evaluated for minimum   qualifications - 2,163 •  Eligible employment lists certified to departments for hiring - 94 •  Certified applicants referred to hiring departments - 923 •  Employment announcements and postings - 70 •  Web page employment page views - 44, 306 •  Employee separations - 37 -  13 resigned, 19 retired, two dismissed, three released during    probation •  Position descriptions created and/or revised - 90 •  Prepared and processed personnel actions - 738 •  Organized and facilitated employee orientations - 62 orientations, 63   attendees

Rhododendron Bloom by Scott Markel

Ibis Birds in Flight photo by Aleta Floyd

AGE OF EMPLOYEES

# OF EMPLOYEES

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Risk Management

RISK MANAGEMENT

The risk management department is responsible for administering the processing and adjusting of all claims made against the board of county commissioners, clerk of courts, property appraiser, sheriff’s department (property only), supervisor of elections and tax collector. Safety training and inspections are also handled through this department. FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS • Reviewed certificates of insurance and contracts for those doing business with Santa Rosa County and those using county facilities • Worked with a third party administrator, physicians, rehabilitation nurses and attorneys on auto liability, general liability and workers’ compensation claims • Adjusted 24 new workers’ compensation claims and continued maintenance of ongoing claims from previous years • Adjusted 91 new claims comprised of 22 auto claims, three equipment claims, 32 general liability claims and 34 property loss claims, along with continued maintenance of ongoing claims • Conducted indoor air quality/mold testing in areas of concern • Attended mediations and hearings related to liability and workers’ compensation claims • Continued maintenance of the county’s property schedule • Worked to insure ADA compliance of county facilities • Coordinated employee safety awards • Managed the county’s safety shoe program • Generated loss-analysis reports reflecting all claims against Santa Rosa County • Attended workshops and completed online courses required to maintain insurance licenses • Worked with department leaders in an effort to reduce lost-time expenses by placing injured employees in light-duty positions when possible • Continued maintenance of all material safety data sheets for county departments • Submission of forms, as required by the Florida Department of Financial Services • Generated insurance billing to county departments

6495 Caroline Street Suite I Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1863 melissal@santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/hr

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Grants The grants department provides grant writing, grant research, grant management and project management assistance to county departments. This year the grants department assisted other departments with the management of over 55 grants totaling more than $13 million in state and federal funding. These grants are for a variety of projects including drainage improvement projects, flood mitigation projects, housing projects, park projects, sewer extension programs, emergency management preparedness programs, disaster recovery public assistance programs, and transportation improvement projects.

GRANTS DEPARTMENT 6495 Caroline Street Suite H Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1848 grants@santarosa.fl.gov

FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS •

Defense Infrastructure Grant funds of approximately $304,000 were expended to purchase property and restrictive easements around NAS Whiting Field to prevent further encroachment and incompatible development.

Managed construction of a fishing pier at the Bagdad Mill Site with Coastal Partnership and Land and Water conservation funding. It is expected that the park will be open to the public in May 2016.

Secured flood mitigation assistance program grant funds to elevate two flood-prone properties in Milton and Pace.

Completed the elevation of two repetitively flooded properties in Milton and Gulf Breeze utilizing flood mitigation assistance program grants.

Secured hazard mitigation grant funds for two stormwater drainage projects in the Pace Lane/Patterson Lane area of Pace and the Ranchettes Subdivision in Gulf Breeze. Design will take place in 2016.

Secured a Florida Recreational Development Assistance Program grant in the amount of $50,000 for improvements to Navarre Park.

Assisted with Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill funding opportunities, including the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process and the RESTORE Act.

Developed a draft multiyear implementation plan including 15 projects totaling $3.7 million to be implemented with RESTORE Act direct component funds available to Santa Rosa County.

Completed and closed out an economic development trust fund grant project to construct a rail line to service the expansion of Gulf Cable in the Santa Rosa County Industrial Park.

Completed the Florida Defense Support Task Force grant-funded project to remove a derelict carwash and improve line of sight for the NAS Whiting Field main entrance.

Secured Florida Defense Support Task Force grant funds to update the Land Acquisition Study that was completed in 2003 in conjunction with the Joint Land Use Study.

• Received and processed 502 Health Care Responsibility Act, or HCRA, applications. Fifty-five applications were approved, resulting in 12 claims received, of which five were approved and paid in the amount of $18,744.59. •

Secured an FDOT Beautification Assistance Grant in the amount of $171,300 for the Andorra Street to Ortega Lane segment of Highway 98 in Navarre.

Continued management of FEMA Public Assistance Program funds for the April 2014 flooding event.

Participated in the Local Mitigation Strategy Plan Update process for 2016-2021.

Participated in the FEMA High Water Mark Initiative Pilot Project.

GULF CABLE RAIL EXTENSION

HIGH WATER MARK INITIATIVE

EAST MILTON ELEVATION PROJECT

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Library Services

6275 Dogwood Dr. Milton, FL 32570

Santa Rosa County libraries offer a wide range of services to its citizens. Library cards are free to Santa Rosa 850.981.7323 County residents and property owners, and Pensacola Beach residents. Library cardholders have access to gwenw@santarosa.fl.gov bestselling fiction and nonfiction, both popular and classical music, current and classic movies and television series, as well as public computers and free wi-fi. Meeting rooms are available at the Gulf Breeze, Milton and santarosa.fl.gov/libraries Navarre libraries and most of the libraries have study rooms. Library patrons may also use their library cards to access numerous databases either inside the library or in their homes. For more information or to access the library’s online resources, please visit the Santa Rosa County Library website at www.santarosa.fl.gov. FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS • Number of library visits: 279,373 • Items added to collection: 17,101 • Items checked out: 420,730 • New library cards issued: 5,159 • Reference questions answered by library employees: 64,376 • Computer uses: 29,630 • Meeting room uses: 829 uses with 10,450 attendees • Scholarship Student Volunteer Hours: 901 hours by 23 students • Adult Volunteer Hours: 1,119 hours by 21 adults • Youth Programs and Attendance: 86 with 2,367 attendees • Summer Reading Program Attendance: 2,936 • Adult Programs and Attendance: 85 with 2,158 attendees • Items provided for outreach: 5,185 with 13 outreach facilities • Voter registration forms received: 128 • Tax assistance provided to more than 1400 citizens by AARP through the use of library meeting rooms

ARTISTS AND AUTHORS DAY

Learning at the Library photo by Ginny Palmer

SUMMER READING PROGRAM AT NAVARRE LIBRARY IT’S NEW @ YOUR LIBRARY •

T his year the library system received five A.W.E Early Literacy Stations through a Library Services Technology Act Grant. These interactive computers are designed for children ages two-eight and feature over 4,000 activities that promote learning. The activities included in the software promote literacy in math, science, social studies, geography, reading and writing, art, music, and computer skills. Since adding the A.W.E Stations in February, these attractive computers have had more than 1,500 uses by some of our youngest patrons.

EBOOKS ARE HERE!

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OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

Budget Office The office of management and budget, or OMB, is responsible for working with the county administrator in developing a fiscally conservative financial plan to achieve the goals of the board of commissioners. OMB provides fiscal analyses of proposed county endeavors and state mandates to ensure the fiscal impacts are manageable, and adopted policies provide Santa Rosa County taxpayers with the most value for the dollar.

BUDGET OFFICE 6495 Caroline Street Suite L Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1853 budget@santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/budget

Additionally, OMB coordinates the Municipal Service Benefit Unit, or MSBU, process for new projects and monitors more than 70 lighting and a dozen paving/ water/sewer and canal projects. Balancing state and departmental requirements with sustainability, resource efficiency, and minimal burden on the taxpayer proves more challenging each year. After evaluation of the county’s needs and lengthy discussion of possible revenue streams to meet these needs, the 2016 budget maintained the millage of prior years and added an additional six cents of gas tax to meet the county’s transportation needs. As the 2017 budget process begins, OMB will meet the challenge of responsible stewardship seeking additional funding sources to meet the continuing needs of Santa Rosa County.

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All Santa Rosa county approved budgets and budget amendments can be found at santarosa.fl.gov/budget

Procurement

Photos on right top to bottom: Adventures Unlimited Zip Line photo by Sheila Fitzgerald, Purple Flowers photo by Linda Leccese, Yellow Flowers photo by Aleta Floyd, River View photo by Darliene Stanhope, and Sunset photo by Kim Gallagher

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 PROCUREMENT review of bid submissions, 6495 Caroline Street maintenance of the files Suite G related to each bid request, Milton, FL 32570 and maintenance of the 850.983.1870 list of registered vendors bidinfo@santarosa.fl.gov (currently numbering more santarosa.fl.gov/bids than 2,500). 2014/2015 SANTA ROSA COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT

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IT/Geographic Information System

IT/GIS DEPARTMENT 6495 Caroline Street Suite L Milton, FL 32570

The Santa Rosa County Information Technology (IT)/Geographic Information System (GIS) Division provides technical and mapping support for over 40 divisions and agencies and fulfills map and public record requests for the public. The IT/GIS department supports and maintains over 1,000 various types of technology equipment 850.983.1840 such as PC’s ,tablets, servers, network equipment, printers, and GPS equipment. The department also provides bcc-computer@ full telecommunications support for all county departments and other elected official offices such as the clerk of santarosa.fl.gov courts, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, state attorney, public defender and the judicial offices in the santarosa.fl.gov/gis courthouse. The telecommunications support is for over 700 phones, fax lines, and security systems along with support for over 200 cell phones. The software support staff maintains and supports county databases, creates and maintains hundreds of county software programs both written in-house and purchased. This department supports the Emergency Operations Center and staff is on standby to work around the clock during activations along with supporting operations with the paging system, and E911 mapping. NEW HIGH SPEED PUBLIC WI-FI IN COUNTY BUILDINGS, EOC, AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES A new high-speed, secure public wi-fi is now available in all county buildings in order to meet the needs of our customers who depend on wireless access to conduct business. It also allows county employees to have better access to their work files as they travel to different county buildings for meetings, etc, which increases work efficiencies and productivity. The new wi-fi in the Emergency Management building has additional benefits by allowing business partners who help support the EOC during activations to have a secure private connection back to their business data centers. The libraries have had wi-fi for several years, but the speed has been doubled to meet the demands of the library customers who bring their own device for free Internet access. Over 2,150 unique devices have been brought into the libraries by customers over a recent six-month time period. The public wi-fi also provides a great service to those renting the county auditorium. Vendors can now easily process credit card payments for customers during sales events. BROADCAST OF PUBLIC MEETINGS TO ALL DEVICES AND DIGITAL FEED UPGRADES In years past, the streaming of the county meetings were best suited for personal computers. But with the trend of people using mobile devices today more than pc’s such as tablets, iPads, and smart phones to access the web, the county now streams all public meetings using the latest technology that will auto detect device screen size and will adjust the meeting stream accordingly. This was done to ensure all customers were reached across all platforms and devices that are interested in watching public meetings. For citizens who attend the public meetings in the county commissioners meeting room, the quality of the presentations displayed on the large wall projection screen have been improved by upgrading to a high definition digital feed. Thus projected PowerPoints and images are much sharper and easier to view as one follows the agenda items on the screen. COUNTYWIDE TECHNOLOGY AND SOFTWARE MILESTONES • Over 2,100 work tickets requesting technology assistance were completed by staff as they support over 1,000 computer devices, 700+ phones and 200+ cell phones • The county’s website and data access connections that allows citizens to search county databases for pertinent data had major security firewall upgrades which provides a critical layer of protection. This was a joint effort with the State of Florida’s Department of Management Services using F5 Technologies company to prevent malicious intrusion attacks. • The internal web services servers were replaced to latest version of intelligent detection protection software along with the email firewall system. • The Tourist Development Office and Blackwater Soil Conservation Jay Office was networked and added to the county network system after a new ethernet connection was installed. • Network services were expanded for the new Veterans Service office in Jay. • Two hundred county cell phones were replaced and upgraded to current models to ensure staff has solid communication links for not only safety reasons but also to ensure staff is accessible outside of the office for customer calls. Continued on Page 25... 24

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IT/Geographic Information System (continued) COUNTY SOFTWARE MAJOR REVISION RELEASES Since the county has in-house programming staff, millions of dollars have been saved over the years as opposed to buying expensive commercial counterparts that also require hefty annual maintenance fees. This fiscal year, the trend of saving taxpayer dollars continue by creating new county office software and implementing software enhancements to existing apps as employees make specific requests to improve efficiencies. Constant team effort! • A new “Go Work Orders” app was created to assist park and building maintenance support staff with reporting and tracking service requests of repairs needed at county public parks and county buildings. Statistical reporting is also available to the staff and management to analyze trends and issues. • All county apps received software and database upgrades such as the GoPermitsMobile which continues to assist the building inspectors with their daily inspections of construction to new and existing residential and commercial buildings all from the convenience of their smartphones. • GoBiz – software enhanced by improving tracking and search options for development services staff. • GoPermits – customer service features of this building permits app was expanded to provide additional inspection feedback reports to the building contractors. Also the new permitting fees and calculator tools were updated to assist staff. • GoCompliance was updated with a new automatic reminder call system of outstanding compliance issues GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM - COUNTY MAPPING DIVISION The GIS mapping staff’s main job function is to create and provide maps to county departments and managers and also 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 www.santarosa.fl.gov/gis for your mapping needs. GIS Milestones: • This year GIS staff worked diligently with E911 staff as they upgraded their computer dispatch center software to a more GIS mapping centric system. This joint effort was needed to ensure the mapping was updated to latest routing standards to quickly identify the location of an emergency along with the best route to travel for the responders. • Key map layers provided for the new Reverse911 GeoCast system. • New and current wall maps with street and hydrant locations were created for fire departments per their customized specifications. These maps also assist with providing joint aid to other fire districts. • New 2016 map books of the entire county, including color map pages of Navarre Beach, were printed and are available for sale to the public at the development services building.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY 2016-2017 Public Works Map Book by Commission District

Map Book Compiled by the Board of County Commissioners Computer/GIS Department

Santa Rosa County 2016/2017 Official Map Book

Compiled by the Board of County Commissioners Computer/GIS Department Map Book includes: Master street listings, commission districts, bridges, retention ponds, county owned parcels, county fiber, subdivisions, mobile home parks, campgrounds/ RV parks, railroad crossings, railroads, waterways, parks, boat ramps, fire stations, libraries, hospitals, multi-unit structures, governmental offices, landfills/transfer stations, schools, sheriff substations, jails/prisons, public beach access, dune walkovers, and municipalities. 2015 PW Map Book Cover.indd 1

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Includes master street listings, parks, boat ramps, fire stations, fire hydrants, sheriff office sub stations, schools, hospitals, public beach accesses, subdivisions, railroads, apartment complexes, mobile home/RV parks, libraries, waterways and municipalities. Also includes a color Navarre Beach section with multi-purpose paths, buildings, parcels, pavilions, restrooms, lifeguard towers, and aerials.

GIS STATISTICS • Over 111,000 residential and commercial buildings identified for structure layer which is needed not only by E911 dispatchers but all county departments. • A total of 15,918 street segments with attached street details used by public works road and bridge daily, along with details on 177 identified bridges and over 500 retention ponds. • Over 30,000 street signs are mapped and used daily by road and bridge. • A total of 6,138 fire hydrants are identified. This critical data is used by E911, fire departments and water utilities. • Over 400 billboards are mapped to assist development services staff. www.santarosa.fl.gov

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Animal Services Throughout the years animal services has served the citizens of Santa Rosa County as both the animal shelter and animal control. The goal is to educate the public about responsible pet ownership as well as enforcing state laws and county ordinances. The shelter receives animals for various reasons, such as: owner surrenders, euthanasia requests, roaming at large, nuisances causing destruction to private property, aggressive behavior, endangering public, and injured animals in need of medical attention.

ANIMAL SERVICES 4451 Pine Forest Road Milton, FL 32583 850.983.4680 animals@santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/animals

Animal control officers respond to regular calls for service between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is an after hours on-call 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. The on-call officer can be reached for emergencies at 850-983-5372. They face many challenges everyday, such as animal bites, injured animals, citizen complaints, as well as impound stray animals, issue citations for ordinance violations, investigate cruelty/neglect cases, and prosecute court cases. The kennel technicians work hard everyday to ensure the animals we receive, whether strays or owner surrenders, are kept in a clean environment, watered and fed, and stay healthy so that they may be able to be adopted if they meet the criteria. Pets available for adoption are screened for heartworms, given vaccinations, de-wormed, and temperament tested before they are put up 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 Services is located at 4451 Pine Forest Road in Milton, just off of Old Bagdad Highway. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m., with kennel/adoption hours from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 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 8:00 a.m. You can also visit the website at www.santarosa.fl.gov/animals that is updated hourly to view the services and see pictures of the stray and adoptable animals, plus other helpful information. The Partners for Pets program has continued to make a huge impact by aiding in getting the adoptable animals spayed or neutered and vaccinated for rabies in preparation for their new homes. This program is made possible through donations to the shelter by the citizens as well as contributions from different organizations and fund-raising projects. FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 STATISTICS Total adoptions | 613 Animals transferred to rescue | 529 Animal control officer responses | 7,153 Animals in shelter | 7,537 Animals returned to owner | 613

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Although the shelter does rescue hundreds of dogs and cats every year, from time to time there are also wildlife and animals of nature that need saving!

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Animal Services (continued) FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS •

 n October 18, 2014, animal services held its 8th Annual Adopt-a-Thon which was a O great success as always. The theme was Superheroes Wanted: Mission…Adopt A Pet! All the animals were altered and the adoptions were $20. There were over 20 vendors that made donations of food, gift certificates, and merchandise, as well as participation at the event. There was also food, games, special guests, and fun to be had by all.

In honor of Dominic Persichini, who served as the shelter’s director from March 2003-September 2013, a new sign was installed in the animal services lobby in recognition of his hard work and dedication to this department and to the citizens of Santa Rosa County.

Animal Services fifth year of approval and participation in the Florida Animal Friend Low Cost Spay/Neuter program was a great accomplishment. The grant was for $25,000 which helped 377 families of Santa Rosa County get their pets spayed or neutered.

CONTINUED PARTNERSHIPS Animal Services continues to partnership with different businesses and organizations throughout the county. •

This fiscal year there were 102 cat adoptions through partnering with Petsmart.

Through the Healthy Pet Program, local veterinarians alternated to donate one to two hours of their time per week to evaluate shelter animals who needed medical attention.

Mediacom continued their support for the eighth year by airing monthly videos on channel 27 of individual pets taped at the shelter to promote adoption by showing each pet’s personality and history.

The shelter continues to offer pet safety programs to the schools in Santa Rosa County.

The shelter collaborates with many pet rescues all over the state, and a few out of state, in transferring animals to find homes that may be otherwise unadoptable due to health, special needs, or breed.

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Development Services

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

The Santa Rosa County Development Services Center provides many services to our customers enabling the county to maintain high standards of building integrity and to preserve property values. Development Services’ goal is to help customers understand and meet the requirements that may apply to their project as promptly as possible. The department seeks to facilitate an efficient and effective development process that supports economic growth and development. These processes include land use approval, plan review services, inspections, floodplain management, sign regulation, contractor licensing, tree preservation, and code compliance.

6051 Old Bagdad Highway Milton, FL 32583 850.981.7000 developmentservices@ santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/ developmentservices

FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS •

A total of 8,246 building permits were issued. Of this total, 1,437 were new living units and 55 were new commercial units

Estimated cost of construction for all projects was $293,176,999

Conducted a total of 107 pre-application meetings with new customers

Selected by FEMA as High Water Mark Initiative Community

Sponsored 58 applicants for contractor licensing

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW What is land use review? Site plans are reviewed to ensure the proposed use of the land is allowed by the zoning designation of the property. In addition, all projects are reviewed for consistency with the land development code and comprehensive plan requirements such as parking, access, tree protection, landscaping, and signage. What is building plan review? Building plans are reviewed through a process of validating the plans to ensure the plans conform to the regulatory requirements of local, state and sometimes federal regulations. Depending on the occupancy of a building, plan review disciplines may consist of one or more of the following: • Building • Electrical • Plumbing • Mechanical • Fire/Life Safety • Energy

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There are many types of trees that are protected and cannot be removed without a permit. It pays to check first before clearing land or removing a tree.

Staff continues to monitor the plan review workload closely and will take the appropriate measures to address workload increases that exceed their ability to meet stated timelines. FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS •

Commercial site plan applications - 61

Commercial building plan applications - 439

Residential building plan applications - 3,918

Subdivision plat applications - 4

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Development Services (continued) PERMIT SERVICES The permit services section is responsible for the intake of permit applications, permit approval coordination and issuance of permits in accordance with the approved plans and/or intended construction work and development orders. Staff has continued to focus efforts on scanning permitted documents. Having documents available electronically has resulted in quicker fulfillment of public records requests. FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS • Issued a total of 18,475 permits -Building | 8,246 -Electrical | 5,013 -Mechanical | 2,396 -Plumbing | 2,161 -Gas | 563 -Life Safety | 96

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INSPECTION SERVICES Over the course of the past year there has been signification progress made towards further customizing the “technology improvement plan.” Each inspector has been equipped with a smart phone that allows them to enter the inspection results into an in-house built program, GoInspector. This software has resulted in inspection results being entered more quickly. Staff continues to evaluate workflows, processes and activities to streamline the inspection process. FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS • •

Performed a total of 34,083 inspections Performed a total of 280 life safety/fire prevention periodic inspections of existing commercial structures

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The fifth edition of the Florida Building Code went into effect on June 20, 2015.

FLOOD MANAGEMENT On December 9, 2014, Santa Rosa County and FEMA officials held a High Water Mark Initiative (HWM) event at the Navarre Park located on US98 near the foot of Navarre Beach Bridge. This event was to unveil the first of thirteen HWM signs to be located throughout the county to mark the point of the highest water level during Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The event was to also draw attention to Santa Rosa County’s proactive approach to flood risk mitigation and encourage citizens in low-risk areas to buy flood insurance at the low-cost preferred rate, as well as to raise awareness about the risk of flooding. In addition to the Navarre Park HWM sign, signs have been strategically positioned at the following locations: • • • • • •

Shoreline Park Boat Launch Navarre Visitors Center Riverwalk on Blackwater River North side of Avalon Bridge Oriole Beach Boat Ramp Navarre Beach Park

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Bay Bridge Boat Launch (west side of Gulf Breeze Parkway) Carpenter’s Park Boat Launch Andrew Jackson Drive Boat Launch Russell Harbor Landing Park Deaton Bridge Woodlawn Beach Boat Ramp South side of Avalon Bridge

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Addressing for new development in the county is handled at the development services office. Several county departments work together in a coordinated approach to ensure addresses are issued in a systematic and logical approach and a correct address is assigned to each residential or business location. During FY 2014/2015, a total of 1,457 new addresses were assigned.

Zoning division assists customers with the land development code questions and zoning approvals. During FY 2014/2015, a total of 6,288 customers were assisted and a total of 2,062 zoning reviews were performed.

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ZONING BOARD The Zoning Board hears all requests for rezoning, 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 a total of 153 cases during FY 2014/2015 compared to 115 total cases in the FY2013/2014. FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS • Rezoning case - 20 • Variance cases - 89 • Conditional use cases - 39 • Special exception cases - 5

6051 Old Bagdad Highway Suite 201 Milton, FL 32583 850.981.7076 erinm@santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/housing

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Transportation and Long Range Planning The departments of transportation and long range planning are tasked with looking at the longterm growth of the county. Staff works with residents as well as local, regional and state agencies in planning for the future. The department’s goals 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 AND LONG RANGE PLANNING 6051 Old Bagdad Highway Suite 201 Milton, FL 32583 850.981.7082 shawnw@santarosa.fl.gov

santarosa.fl.gov/transportation FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS • Managed grant and local funds to provide the door-to-door community transportation service in the rural areas of the county. • Obtained a Transportation Regional Incentive Program grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to fund the Navarre Community Access Road feasibility study. • Coordinated future public transit options with faith-based organizations and Santa Rosa Bridges Out of Poverty. • Submitted eight Transportation Alternative Program applications to the Florida Department of Transportation for sidewalk projects throughout the county. • Obtained state funding to construct sidewalk projects along Hamilton Bridge Road and Glover Lane. Also worked with the City of Milton to obtain state funding to construct sidewalks in the King Middle School vicinity. • Participated in the Escambia/Santa Rosa Community Traffic Safety Team. • Participated in the Florida – Alabama Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and the US 98 Corridor Authority planning processes. • Served 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. • Partially completed an Evaluation and Appraisal Report Based update to the county’s comprehensive plan, creating a more locally focused, results based plan for the county’s future growth and development. This project included numerous zoning board and county commission meetings and a total of six public meetings held through the county. • Completed the annual Utility Operational Status Report that provides the board of county commissioners with the opportunity to monitor the ability of the utilities to provide critical infrastructure services to county residents both now and in the future. • Completed a South Santa Rosa County Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan with grant funding from the State Department of Economic Opportunities. This plan is completely citizen based and links citizen ideas for a more walkable/bikeable south Santa Rosa to state and federal plans and priorities. This plan provides a blueprint and forward-moving concept to make south Santa Rosa’s transportation network more linked, multi-modal and to expand mobility and recreational options for resident and visitors. • Submitted a multiuse trail grant to the State Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Greenways and Trails. This project included securing an easement through the Soundside Preserve and a neighborhood to develop a paved trail connection from Soundside Drive to Madura Street in Tiger Point. In addition, design plans and cost estimates were prepared. • Submitted a grant to the State Department of Economic Opportunities to fund a bicycle pedestrian study for the Pace-Pea Ridge area.

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Veterans Services The mission of Veterans Services is to assist eligible veterans and their families in obtaining Veterans Affairs benefits. These benefit claims include: medical, disability compensation, pension, death/burial benefits, education, and appeals. County staff, one staffed full-time in Milton with one full-time administrative assistant, provided by housing department and one part-time at the South Service Center, assists navigating through VA paperwork, correspondence 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 who are 100 percent permanently and totally disabled. Santa Rosa County is home to 23,503 veterans, which is 15 percent of the population.

VETERANS SERVICES 6051 Old Bagdad Highway Suite 204 Milton, FL 32583 850.981.7155 South Santa Rosa Service Center 5841 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 850.981.7110 karenh@santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/veterans

FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS • 23,503 veterans call Santa Rosa County home (15 percent of the population) •

7,113 veterans and 2046 family members were assisted

• Over $1.8 million (tax free) was awarded to veterans or family members •

278 new claims (new customers) were filed for VA benefits

2820 newsletters copied for a veteran service organization

2601 items of correspondence was processed

21 Assisted Living Facility visits conducted to assist veterans or surviving spouses

• Outreach: seven visits to Santa Rosa Correctional Institute for 80 incarcerated veterans • Participated in Vets to VA Transportation Program, VA Homeless Stand Down, Veterans Day Parade/Ceremony, Memorial Day Ceremony, Veterans Local Network Meetings •

Multiple VA Homeless Grant Program referrals

Established a pilot office in Jay for north county residents

Provided Landrum administrative assistance in Midway office

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

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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, along with training and educating the community. YEAR-ROUND RESPONSIBILITIES: •

Emergency and disaster operations planning

Threat and hazards analysis

Emergency response coordination

Coordination of fire/rescue and EMS system

Promotion of community involvement

Hazardous materials coordination

Training, drills and exercises

Promotion of multi-organization participation

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4499 Pine Forest Road Milton, FL 32583 850.983.5360 emergencymanagement@ santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/emergency

Emergency Management is on Facebook! Like their page to get the latest updates on events from natural disasters to safety tips. Check it out at facebook.com/SRCEmergencyManagement.

One of the primary responsibilities of emergency management is developing and maintaining a comprehensive emergency management plan. This is the framework within 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. Fiscal year 2014/2015 was another interesting year for emergency management. In November a CSX train derailed along Highway 90 just east of Highway 87S. This provided many challenges for first responders who had to secure the area, evacuate local residents, deal with a hazardous materials leak and provide an extended presence to help CSX as they removed the damaged cars. Then in March of 2015 the Blackhawk military aircraft crash occurred in the intercoastal waterway east of the Navarre Bridge. This response required a lot of resources from many different agencies and Santa Rosa Emergency Management helped in the coordination of these resources. An interagency branch was established to help Eglin Air Force Fire manage the incident. Participating agencies included Eglin Fire, Holley Navarre Fire, EM, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office and USCG along with many other local fire departments.

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Santa Rosa County dispatches the Lifeguard-1 helicopter from the Santa Rosa County 911 Dispatch Office.

FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS •

Thirty-six CPR Pro classes teaching 207 students

• Sixty-two CPR community classes teaching 1,011 students • Eighteen CPR and first aid classes teaching 254 students

Activated EOC one time for CSX train derailment and responded to the Black Hawk crash site

Participated in Pensacola Airport exercise

Participated in active shooter training at Benny Russell Elementary and Santa Rosa County Courthouse

Participated in the LEPC exercise

Four first aid classes teaching nine students

Seven EMR classes teaching 67 students

Twenty-seven school safety site visits

Conducted two ICS 300 classes with 43 in attendance

Seventy-eight hazard analysis of local businesses with extremely hazardous chemicals

Conducted two ICS 400 classes with 47 in attendance

Conducted a hurricane and recovery exercise

Three Teen CERT classes at two high schools teaching 70 students

Ebola preparedness exercises with Santa Rosa Medical Center and Gulf Breeze Hospital

Thirty emergency plan reviews

Tsunami table top exercise

Annual emergency operations center training

EMAP Accreditation

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS AND ENHANCED 9-1-1 Total number of calls answered | 123,482 9-1-1 calls received | 64,142 Administrative calls received | 59,340

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Fire Department Allentown Avalon-Mulat Bagdad Berrydale East Milton City of Gulf Breeze Harold Holley Navarre Town of Jay Midway City of Milton Munson Navarre Beach Pace Skyline

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Emergency Management (continued) EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES The county has a ‘no subsidy’ contract with Lifeguard Ambulance Service, which means no tax payer dollars subsidize Santa Rosa’s ambulance service. The provider charges all costs to the patient. 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 create a successful, high performance emergency medical service system.

Lifeguard Remains 100% Compliant

“Record Setting Response Times for 98 Consecutive Months”

EMS calls received | 24,694

September 2015 Volume and Response Times

LIFEGUARD AMBULANCE REMAINS COMPLIANT Lifeguard Ambulance Service is required to maintain 1,817 a 95 percent compliance to all emergency calls. They have maintained record setting Requests for Service response times for 98 consecutive months and remains 100 percent compliant.

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Lifeguard participated in several community outreach/prevention initiatives. Lifeguard’s chief and one of the captains attended the round table discussion for “Injury Prevention/Safe Community,” along with representatives from Emergency Management, hospitals, Department of Children and Families, the Health Department, and fire departments. Organized by the Florida Department of Health in SRC and SAFER Santa Rosa, the round table discussion was the first in the safety/ prevention series that will focus on issues, such as: falls prevention, water safety, child car safety seats, poisoning, and suicide prevention. Along with Tom Lloyd from Emergency Management, one Lifeguard ambulance crew and the onduty captain participated in the drill at Blackwater Correctional facilities. The drill consisted of a demonstration of inmates starting a fire in the laundry room and how the whole campus would be affected. The drill Lifeguard to work with the Blackwater staff, IN butTHE alsoHANGAR to demonstrate MAINTENANCE PERFORMED IN-HOUSE ONallowed LIFEGUARD LIFEGUARD-1 AMBULANCE its knowledge and ability to start a triage area during a chaotic emergency. The debriefing at the end was also beneficial, as it gave the entities time to talk through suggestions for system improvements. ROSAon COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT Furthermore, statewide the Florida Department of Health2014/2015 services ledSANTA the initiative World Heart Day within communities. Locally, Lifeguard participated in raising awareness by demonstrating

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Emergency Managementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website is easy-touse and mobile friendly! The site offers residents access to valuable information on disaster preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation and community programs. www.santarosa.fl.gov/emergency

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY The emergency communications center/911 personnel continue the 9-1-1 Awareness Program which teaches all first graders throughout the county their address and phone number as well as how and when to call 9-1-1. While these men and women work behind the scenes day in and day out 365 days a year you can also find them assisting emergency management with CPR/First Aid classes as well as CERT training. Many of them also volunteer with local charities, community organizations, churches and fire departments. To them their community and neighborhoods deserve the very best whether they are on the clock or on their own time making our county a safer and better place to live.

KIDS LEARNING HOW AND WHEN TO DIAL 9-1-1

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C PUBLIC WORKS The Public Works Department serves residents by developing and maintaining quality infrastructure relevant to roads, parks and county buildings. The department strives to provide timely services in the most cost-effective manner to enhance the quality of life of Santa Rosa County residents. A major emphasis is placed on professionalism and customer service as the department continually seeks ways to improve service to county residents. This past fiscal year was marked with the retirement of Avis Whitfield. Avis Whitfield served Santa Rosa County for 39 years, and his guidance will be missed. Stephen Furman was promoted to the position of public works director, with Glenn Bailey being hired as the assistant public works director.

PUBLIC WORKS 6075 Old Bagdad Highway Milton, FL 32583 850.626.0191 public-works@santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/roads

Public Works is the largest department under the authority of the board of county commissioners and consists of the roads and bridges, building maintenance and parks departments.

Building Maintenance The building maintenance department provides custodial services and building repairs to all county owned buildings, rental buildings and county parks, as well as landscaping and grounds keeping duties. Building repairs include HVAC, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, floors, painting and many other repairs. Buildings maintained include the county courthouse, administrative offices, county auditorium, libraries, emergency operations center, health department buildings, the south end annex, and several other office and storage buildings.

FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS BUILDING MAINTENANCE 4530 Spike’s Way Milton, FL 32583

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Parks The Santa Rosa County’s parks system offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities for all ages including sports programs, camping, picnicking, boating, fishing and wildlife observation. County parks offer year-round recreation for the whole family. The Parks Department maintains 13 recreational parks with athletic fields, one covered and two open horse arenas, 24 boat ramps, 12 basketball courts, two dog park locations, 23 playgrounds, nine tennis courts, and five community centers. Maintenance of these facilities includes mowing, fertilization, herbicide applications, trash removal, and repair of fences, playground equipment, piers, and boat ramps. The parks and building maintenance departments perform all maintenance in the county recreational parks, horse arenas, boat ramps, passive parks and neighborhood parks. The parks department has eight employees who routinely maintain 66 parks with over 500 acres.

PARKS DEPARTMENT 6075 Old Bagdad Highway Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1940 parks@santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/parks

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Conversion of conference room to a rentable event room | Benny Russell Park

Hosted Flicks on the Field movie nights | PARA Football Complex

Rebuilt stairs to announcer stand | PARA Football Complex

Continued progress toward the opening to the community | Bagdad Mill Site

Security lighting installed | East Milton Park

Arena water system installed | June Ates Arena

Security light added | McCallister Park

New bridge to fountain, new fencing and renewed paint | Veteran’s Memorial Park

Replaced trash receptacle and added to passive park crew for trash removal and trimming | Whiting Trail

Cover for new concession stand installed | Fidelis Community Center and Park

Contribution given to enhance the junior program | Pace Area Tennis Association

Provided aid for upkeep and maintenance of city parks | Town of Jay

Picnic tables provided | Holley Ball Park

Contribution toward leadership training | Navarre High School NJROTC

Replaced one play feature in the splash pad | Navarre Park

Contributed to Christmas in the Park | Navarre Park

Opened new restroom facility March 20, 2015 | Navarre Park

Added new trash receptacle | Navarre Park

Annual Aid | YMCA/Navarre Sports Complex

Inclusive playground with picnic tables and shelter, upgrades to restrooms and concessions, new scoring tables, bleachers, ATV, benches, and trash receptacle | Navarre Sports Complex

Installed additional safety netting and refurbished tennis and basketball courts | Tiger Point Park

Refurbished tennis courts and basketball goals | Villa Venyce

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ROAD AND BRIDGE

The road and bridge department maintains more than 1,500 miles of roadways. Roadway maintenance includes road paving and resurfacing, dirt road grading, drainage work, road shoulder repair, roadside mowing, brush removal, retention pond maintenance, sign installation and repair, traffic signal repair, litter removal and numerous other services. The road and bridge department utilizes four inmate crews to perform manual labor tasks to perform such tasks in a cost effective manner. The department has been able to continually provide all of our assigned services and duties despite significant decreases in budget funding and personnel since fiscal year 2007. Smaller and more specialized work crews have continued to thrive in the quantity and quality of work performed. Work zone foremen Terry Stephens and David Thomas retired during the year after providing over 60 years of combined service to the county.

6075 Old Bagdad Highway Milton, FL 32570 850.626.0191 public-works@santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/roads

FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS •

Resurfaced 64 miles of roadways

Paved seven miles of dirt roads

Made significant progress toward completing the Bagdad Mill Site Park

Restriped Woodbine Road in preparation of the upcoming resurfacing of Berryhill Road

• Replaced and upgraded a significant pipe under Whispering Pines Boulevard •

Repaired major erosion damage to the Floridatown drainage ditch south of Scoggins Street

Assisted the Florida Forest Service in the construction of a new bridge on Bryant Bridge Road

Constructed an alternate stormwater discharge along Pace Patriot Boulevard to protect residential properties from flooding

Repaired erosion caused by the April 2014 flood to the Floridatown outfall ditch

WHISPERING PINES CULVERT REPLACEMENT

• Completed 3,234 work orders and several hundred incidental work orders • Continued construction of a concrete multi-purpose path on East Bay Boulevard •

Worked with the county’s engineering consultant to secure RESTORE funding for dirt road paving and water quality projects

Corrected deficient drainage structures along Harrison Avenue

Mitigated hazardous shoulder conditions along many major roadways in the county

Coordinated with the district 4 commissioner and the grants department on the third phase of the US 98 median beautification project that will be funded with a FDOT grant

Constructed a modified stormwater conveyance for the Pine Forest Road and Highway 90 drainage

Resolved numerous drainage problems throughout the county

FLORIDATOWN DRAINAGE DITCH REPAIR

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Administrative Services The Santa Rosa County Administrative Services Department provides administration for county owned parks, airplane hangars at Peter Prince Field, road/plat vacation request, county record management compliance and various other services utilizing two full-time employees.

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES 6075 Old Bagdad Highway Milton, FL 32570 850.983.1940 adminservices@ santarosa.fl.gov

FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS Parks •

Issued 439 work orders for park related issues - up five percent from last year

• Processed 762 reservations for use of various park facilities - Revenue received from park reservations during the fiscal year totaled $64,054 - up 51 percent from last year. The increase is due to the lease with the Boys and Girls Club •

Management of agreements with host/sports organizations and caretakers

• Assisted in the planning of future projects, renovations, and expansion • Performed 1,067 background screenings on volunteers associated with sports programming - new Florida Statute requires background screening to be done on an annual basis •

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Worked with grants department to identify grant opportunities for parks

• Coordinated and managed the following volunteer projects: - Worked with five scout troops to accomplish their goals - Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart Foundation volunteered 26 hours within county parks and donated $250 toward future park projects •

Maintained parks webpage

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Provided administrative functions for 115 airplane hangars with 98 to 100 percent occupancy - Hangar agreement management and compliance - Biannual hangar inspections - Processing of 128 work orders for repair and maintenance issues during the fiscal year - Staff member to Aviation Advisory Board with administrative functions including writing of meeting minutes during official proceedings

Performed research, surveys, reports, policy, and more on airport related issues

HANGAR INSPECTIONS AT PETER PRINCE AIRFIELD

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Approved and reported to state destruction of 593.39 cubic feet of records for fiscal year 2013-2014. Report due to state by December 31 of each year

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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 23 divisions. The county public information officer works in the field during emergencies and is available to the media 24/7.

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE 4499 Pine Forest Road Milton, FL 32583 850.983.5254 news@santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/news

FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS •

Responded to over 300 media and resident requests for information and interviews.

• Managed county informational tools including: - Issuing more than 200 press releases and media advisories - Managing the county’s Twitter accounts with over 500 “tweets” from the handles @SRCBOCC and @SRCEDO. - Managing the emergency management and tourist development office Facebook accounts. - Worked with computer staff to keep county website current. - Created and managed distribution of county publications including the 2013/2014 Annual Report to the Citizens, Disaster Preparedness Guide, economic development marketing materials, commission district, employee, development services and economic development newsletters; and other informational web based and printed pieces. - Launched commissioner video newsletter series. •

Provided copy writing, design, media training and other communications support to county departments.

Responded on-scene to fires, accidents, and weather events to support media and staff.

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

PUBLICATIONS For more information visit FloridaEvacuates.com

Visitors & Evacuations

Also available, Florida Evacuates Mobile App!

Welcome to Santa Rosa County Feb. 3, 2015 #150203-RESTORE

Contact: Public Information Office (850) 983-5254

RESTORE Application Workshop A pre-application workshop for the first round of Santa Rosa County RESTORE project funding is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in the board meeting room located at 6495 Caroline St. in Milton. While attendance is not mandatory, individuals or groups interested in submitting projects to be included in the county’s RESTORE MultiYear Implementation Plan are encouraged to attend. Approximately $4.3 million is available to Santa Rosa County in the first funding offered through the RESTORE Act. Applicants are asked to review the complete request for proposals, including submittal criteria, guidance, and milestones available at www.santarosa.fl.gov/bocc/restore.cfm before attending the workshop. Questions about the Santa Rosa County RESTORE application process can be emailed before or after Feb. 9 to RESTORE@santarosa.fl.gov or contact Sheila Harris at (850) 983-1848. This initial release of funding is a small part of an estimated $20-60 million Santa Rosa County is expected to receive once litigation and Clean Water Act fines against BP are finalized. The funding for the county’s multi-year plan, called the direct component, is just one of the many sources of funding associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (click here to see flow chart of oil spill funds in Florida).

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HuRRICaNe evaCuatIoNS

While evacuation orders can be issued at anytime for a variety of safety issues, hurricanes are the most common reason evacuations are ordered in Santa Rosa County as high winds and the potential for severe flooding from storm surge make it dangerous. In the case of a storm, an evacuation may be issued for campgrounds and the beach first. Officials want visitors to have plenty of time to get out of harm’s way as well as to not impede the movement of local residents in the event of a full evacuation. Follow emergency directives in a timely Superheroes wanted: manner when asked, to avoid delays and to leave safely. Boaters also need to respond to the warning quickly because of the extra timemission...adopt-a-pet! needed to secure watercraft.

Recommended evacuation

Mandatory evacuation

If the threat is not severe, you may wish to stay in a more northern location of the county. For local accommodation information, contact the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office at (850) 981-8900 or on the web at www.floridasplayground.com. Other parts of Florida not in the storm’s forecasted track may also be an option. Call Visit Florida at (800) 287-8598 to locate lodging in safe areas. Staying at a shelter is also available to visitors. However, shelters are crowded, uncomfortable and noisy. A shelter should be considered a last resort. Consider staying in a hotel or with family or friends that are located outside an evacuation zone. A pet friendly shelter is available for visitors who wish to shelter with their cat or dog. Don’t forget your pet’s supplies!

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What to Bring to a Shelter

Opening Ceremony at 9 a.m. with Colors presented by the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets - Whiting Division

Contests & prizes

10:30 - Best Costume 11:00 - Best Talent 11:30 - “All Bark & No Bite” 12:00 - Dog & Owner Look Alike 12:30 - Best of Show Drawings & more throughout the day!

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Bring the entire family for a fun-filled day!

MEDIA STAGING

Pets are welcome to attend but they must wear current Shelter openings may vary with each emergency. Do not go to a shelter until you have been notified that it is open. We will advise all local media rabies tag and be on a leash outlets of shelter locations and opening times and will activate the Citizen Information Center phone at (850) 983-INFO (4636). You can also call the Contact Us Citizen Information Center if you need transportation to a shelter. You will be required to register at the time you enter a shelter. SouthSanta Santarosa Rosa Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan county animal Services 24-Hour

4451 pine forest road in milton (850)983-4680Since 2006, there have been 110 crashes involving bikes or pedestrians in the south end of the county, www.santarosa.fl.gov resulting in 19 fatalities. In order to address the increasing conflict between cyclist, pedestrians, and motorist and to find ways to better order our streets for all users, planning department staff applied for a technical assistance grant from the Department of Economic Opportunity to conduct a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for the south end of the county. In October, the county received a grant in the amount of $25,000 and staff is using this grant money to contract with the West Florida Regional Planning Council for technical assistance.

Once the storm passes, officials will assess damage and safety. If the storm has had little or no impact on theInspection infrastructure, visitors should be Line: (850) 981-7050 able to return quickly, possibly the next day. Main: (850) 981-7000

How Will I Know if a Hurricane is Coming?

In Florida, hurricane season is June 1 through November 30, though storms have formed before and after the official season. Modern-day forecasting provides plenty of time to safeguard people and property. Although evacuations are not a top priority when people are on vacation, it is important to monitor the local media or official weather sites: Santa Rosa County: www.santarosa.fl.gov National Weather Service: www.nws.noaa.gov National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov

Email Stay CoNNeCted developmentservices @santarosa.fl.gov Fax Number: (850) 623-1208

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Animals adopted during the Adopt-a-thon come with a free spay/neuter voucher or are previously altered. Have pets at home? Please bring proof of current rabies vaccination for your pets.

A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes. Toiletries, personal items and all medications. Activities for Kids Blankets or sleeping bags. Candy Guess -- Color Contest Cutest Pet Name Identification. Home Depot Kid’s Workshop Games or toys for children, and books for adults. Bouncy House Hallelujah Hounds Special items for infants or elderly family members. Blue Wahoo’s Kazoo Any special dietary needs and nonperishable foods for snacks.“Smokey Bear” and Fire Safety Prevention @ 9 a.m. Battery operated radio, flashlights and spare batteries.

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Residents and visitors in the affected area are encouraged to seek refuge on their own initiative and independently od safe foobtain accommodations.

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FoR SaNta RoSa CouNty, tHeRe aRe tWo typeS oF evaCuatIoNS: Everyone must evacuate the area of danger. It is illegal to stay under a mandatory evacuation order. Access to areas may be restricted. Shelters will open in conjunction with mandatory evacuations. Additionally, traffic control measures are implemented.

Santa Rosa County Division of Emergency Management 4499 Pine Forest Road ▪ Milton, FL 32583 (850) 983-5360 ▪ Citizen Information Center (850) 983- INFO or 4636

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The end result of this planning project will be a citizen driven plan for physical bicycle and pedestrian related infrastructure improvements. Some of the infrastructure improvements discussed to date are things like installing sidewalks near schools, constructing a paved connector between Soundside Drive and the eastern side of the Tiger Point neighborhood

as part of a designated bike loop, and marking or improving the paved shoulder on Gulf @SRCBOCC

Boulevard to make it safer for bikes. Other critical plan components include the listing of bicycle and pedestrian goals to be used in prioritizing projects and the identification of funding sources. An example of a goal could be something like to increase opportunities for improved community health. This planning project has been somewhat innovative for the county, in its use of social media such as Facebook, a dedicated project website, project logo creation and the use of internet based feedback mechanisms. So far, this has worked out really well in terms of getting a large amount of citizen input on the front end of the project as well as successfully informing citizens through two way education and information sharing. Through these easily accessible tools, the citizens were able to communicate ideas to used to formulate plan recommendations.

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The plan must be completed by the end of May per the grant specifications and is currently approximately 40 percent complete. Additional public meetings will be held in February to discuss final plan recommendations with the citizens. Additional information can be found by accessing the project Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ssrbpp or by searching for South Santa Rosa County Bicycle-Pedestrian Plan, or the project website at www.ssrbpp.org/.

Pool Safety Recently, Santa Rosa County Development Services hosted a two hour contractor and inspector continuing education class on the pool safety act. One area of importance that was discussed was “field built sumps” that may be being built in an unsafe configuration creating a potential for entrapment. Continued on page 2...

Santa Rosa’s Development Service Center was created to provide a collaborative and comprehensive approach to customer service. The DSC enables residents and property owners to accomplish all of their development related county business at one location, with the help of well trained and organized county employees. How’s our customer service? www.santarosa.fl.gov/customerservice/survey.html

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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. FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS

VETERANS MEMORIAL PLAZA 5191C Willing Street Milton, FL 32570 850.626.7292 vetmemorial@ santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.fl.gov/vetplaza

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

Nearing completion of a home for the Daniel Palmer family

Assisted four veterans in the repair/replacement of their air conditioning units

• Placed 72 bricks in the memorial plaza in honor of the veterans •

Participated in the Vets to VA program. The Vets to VA Clinics program provides scheduled shuttle service for Santa Rosa County veterans in need of transportation assistance to the VA clinic in Pensacola for health care. Vets to VA began service in November 2012 after Operation Connect Vet, which provided a similar service, was suspended in May 2010 due to lack of funds. There are currently 89 veterans signed up for the program. Approximately 378 trips have been made to and from the VA clinic.

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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. Through the combined efforts of state and county faculty, staff, volunteers, advisory committees, and local partners, UF/IFAS Extension Programs respond to the needs of area residents. Educational programs are conducted in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, family and consumer sciences, natural resources, marine interest, and 4-H youth development.. FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS •

The “Northwest Florida Agricultural Innovator of the Year” program, conducted by UF/IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida, recognized 12 farmers and ranchers across the panhandle for their outstanding agricultural innovation. Jerry Davis of Davis Farms was chosen as Santa Rosa County’s Agricultural Innovator for 2015 and honored at a special ceremony in Monticello.

Conducted the Northwest District “Extension Beekeeping in the Panhandle Short Course” for the fourth year with 16 other Florida counties. The course consisted of three interactive video sessions and a county “Bee-Yard Field Day.” The team effort taught basic beekeeping topics to 323 new and existing beekeepers, including 24 local residents.

Conducted a peanut fungicide efficacy demonstration consisting of 14 different fungicide treatments. This demonstration provided area farmers the opportunity to examine peanut fungicide options that are available to them in a side by side comparison. Yield data gathered is used in determining future fungicide programs by our farmers and farmers throughout the peanut production region.

Over 100 farmers and industry representatives participated in the 2015 Extension Farm Field Day at the West Florida Research and Education Center. Attendees got the latest information on crop genetics and management of cotton, peanuts, and soybeans. They also learned about sesame, a potential new crop for the area.

Green Industry – Best Management Practices training and certification was provided to 23 local landscapers with 100 percent of participants passing. This will allow the landscapers to apply and obtain a fertilizer application license that became mandatory on January 1, 2014.

Santa Rosa and Escambia Extension held a “Build Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual” workshop for 10 small farmers. Extension agents taught the basics of setting up a farm food safety plan. Food safety plans are an integral part of a farm who wishes to sell to wholesale markets.

Twenty-three small farmers attended a three-part series on small farm organic production of vegetables focusing on the USDA National Organic Program certification, integrated pest management, and organic production methods.

Extension hosted a “Spring Field Day” for small farm vegetable production at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center. Nearly 40 attendees visited high tunnel trials of organic tomatoes and seedless cucumbers, and field trial of seedless watermelons.

An advanced horticultural workshop called the “ProHort Series: Tree installation” was held at the University of Florida Milton campus. Thirty-nine landscape professionals learned the details of properly planting containerized and balled and burlap trees into the landscape.

COUNTY EXTENSION 6263 Dogwood Drive Milton, FL 32570 850.623.3868 5259 Booker Lane Jay, FL 32565 county-extension@ santarosa.fl.gov santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu

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The “Gulf Coast Agritourism and Ecotourism Business Development Conference” was planned and coordinated by a team of extension agents from Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. The two-day conference was held at a local ecotourism business with 76 attendees split evenly between ecotourism and agritourism. The conference focused on teaching agri/ecotourism operators better ways to market and manage their businesses. A follow-up conference is planned for early 2016.

The Florida Sea Grant Agent coordinated the Great Scallop Search in Santa Rosa County. Twenty-two teams of citizen volunteers were trained and surveyed 22 grids in search of bay scallops in the Santa Rosa Sound. Unfortunately, no scallops were found during the survey, although live scallops were reported in the Sound prior to the survey date. This project supported NRDA funding for scallop restoration in the Santa Rosa Sound.

The Florida Sea Grant Agent trained and certified 14 local oystermen to receive their oyster harvester education endorsement required by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The agent coordinated meetings with the department to facilitate communication between local oyster harvesters and the shellfish division director on the upcoming NRDA Florida oyster cultch placement project.

Florida Master Naturalists and citizen science volunteers provided 1,272 hours of volunteer service valued at $27,488 to the Florida Sea Grant marine science extension program in 2015.

Santa Rosa County 4-H reached more than 5,500 youth through community clubs, 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. 4-H has new clubs all over the county; from Jay to Navarre and everywhere in between. Teen leaders and adult volunteers assisted with the more than100 projects that 4-H has to offer.

4-H worked closely with all extension agents to bring their specialty to the youth. Leaning on their expertise in livestock, agriculture, horticulture, entomology, marine science and nutrition education, our 4-H members benefit immensely from the affiliation.

Nearly 4,000 fourth through sixth grade-students improved their public speaking and communication skills through participation in the annual 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Program.

• Nearly 50 youth participated in camping with Santa Rosa County 4-H. An additional 150 youth participated in county, district and state contests, workshops and events focusing on the theme of “Learn by Doing.” •

Taught interactive nutrition education programs to 1,717 pre-K through 12th grade students through a total of 585 family nutrition program lessons.

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Provided samples of dishes cooked with fresh produce to 400 families participating in the Farm to City Week food basket giveaway event for Thanksgiving. Offered recipes and preservation information for the food the families received. Over 200 participants reported that they learned a more nutritious way to prepare food and more than 100 reported that they used the nutrition information they received the year before.

• Assisted 121 caregivers with installation of 149 child safety seats. Used hands on training to teach caregivers how to safely and correctly install their own car seats. •

Santa Rosa Home and Community Educators clubs provided 976 volunteer hours, assisting community members through educational programs and handmade resources such as “fidget aprons” for Alzheimer’s patients.

Santa Rosa County Extension spearheaded a peanut butter drive with counties across the panhandle and collected a record 2,259 pounds of peanut butter for the needy in the county. The Florida Peanut Producers Association donated two pallets of peanut butter in support of the project. Four hundred families at the annual Farm to City Day event in November received a jar and the rest was donated local food pantries.

The Residential Horticulture Agent presented 26 programs on vegetable gardening, garden design, citrus, mulch, palm care and other topics to 962 residents.

Fifteen new master gardeners were trained in 2015 raising the number of Santa Rosa County Master Gardener volunteers to 97. These dedicated volunteers worked 11,486 hours with a value to the county of $243,962 advising residents on Florida-friendly landscaping, volunteering at the Panhandle Butterfly House and teaching youth about horticulture. Master gardeners presented 25 instructional programs to 900 residents.

A total of 2,180 residents utilized the master gardener plant clinics in Milton, Jay and the South Service Center to obtain advice on their lawns, landscapes and gardens. Free soil pH testing was provided to 319 residents.

The residential horticulture agent instructed teachers and students at two area elementary schools on planning, planting and maintaining a school vegetable garden.

Over 14,000 visitors enjoyed the Panhandle Butterfly House, including visitors from 48 states and 18 foreign countries. Nearly 2,000 attended the Annual Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival in October and 500 monarch butterflies were tagged and released in conjunction with Monarch Watch at the University of Kansas. Seventy-five master gardeners and community volunteers contributed over 5,500 volunteer hours to make it possible. The 39 community volunteers contributed 1,786 hours of their time at a value of $37,935 to the county.

More than 1,000 school children learned about butterfly biology in field trips to the Panhandle Butterfly House.

Eight seventh grade classes at Woodlawn Heights Middle School received six interactive horticulture trainings from Santa Rosa master gardeners on butterflies, invasive plant species, plant identification, birds, composting and plant propagation. 2014/2015 SANTA ROSA COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT

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

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Photos top left to bottom: Navarre Beach Summer by Amy McDonald, Purple Flower by Linda Leccese, Seashells by Sonja Lusk, Jakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bayou by Sheila Fitzgerald, Kayaking by Kim Gallagher, Azaleas by Sabrina White, Fall Fun by Ron Strickland, Volleyball Player by JoLynn Peoples, Summer Watermelons by Linda Leccese, Sunrise by Casey Smith-Cavazos, Navarre Beach Sunset by Sheila Taylor, Clouds by Sarah Whitfield, and Cooper Basin by Sabrina White

2014/2015 SANTA ROSA COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners | 6495 Caroline Street | Milton, FL 32570 | www.santarosa.fl.gov

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