PO Box 5003

Navarre Beach, Fl 32566



Peter Birckhead

Vice President

Gary Buroker


Michelle Auwaerter


Kathy Boulton



November 16

December 21

All Meetings will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10:00 am unless specified otherwise at Juana’s Pagoda

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NBLRA Minutes

September 21, 2019 Meeting

The October meeting of leaseholders and residents association met Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Juana’s.  The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by President, Peter Birckhead.  The quorum was called and then it was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  We observed a moment of silence which was then followed by welcoming new members and guests to the meeting.  There were 41 present at the meeting.


Approve Minutes – The September minutes were approved.


Treasurer’s Report – Kathy Boulton, Treasurer referenced the October 14, 2019 report enclosed in the Agenda. There were dues collected of $145.  Total disbursements were $359.24.  The current checking account balance is $16,517.45 of which $7,511.74 is BBLC Donations.  The money market balance is $11,917.74.  Total Assets are $28,435.19.  There were 282 paid members which included 4 new members. The treasure report was approved.  Reference Treasure reports, dated October 14, 2019 for further details.


Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Report – The September fire report was presented.  There were 40 calls in September.  The main items in September are as follows:


  • Sent Captain Hughes, Micah Amey, and Kellen Martin to Jacksonville for Hurricane Dorian
  • Signed Lease for Lifeguard House on Blue Heron Ct.
  • Verified all construction on     Navarre Beach paying $63.00
  • Received rejection letter from AFG Grant and Impact 100 Grant
  • Received $2300 payment from Texas Construction
  • Received quilts from Santa Rosa County Quilters Guild
  • Received donated Generator from John Connor
  • Verified on TRIM notices 43 properties that should be paying $500 but were billed $63.00
  • Received refund from United Healthcare $484.76 for low claims
  • Extended POD pick up due to delay in construction
  • Ladder 49 small punch list of items repaired under warranty
  • Workers Compensation down 7.5% due to new Safety Policies and Smoke free verification
  • Contacted ESP for Generator retro fit
  • Met with Kathy Wilson from Turtle Conservation
  • C49 Guest Chef at Samurai rest for Starfish Project benefit fundraiser
  • Ordered Bunker gear extractor


Special Fire District - John Lewis informed the group that the vote on Special Fire District was not passed.  It will take between 3-4 years before it can be brought up to a vote again.  Based on Mr. Lewis’ research it appears there was concern that having the Special Fire District would result in higher taxes. However, Mr. Lewis stated that was a misunderstanding.  As advertised the fire department was not going to request any increase in tax.  Under the current organization the Fire Department only needs to request from the County to increase the MSBU where if they were a Special Fire District any increase in tax would require it to be voted on and passed by the voters.  By the Special Fire District not passing it adversely impacts the fire fighters because they will not get to participate in the State’s retirement plan.  Additionally, they will not be eligible to apply for grants.  Also, the fire department will not have access to premium tax dollars.


Program Committee – Courtland Gray introduced Major Bringmans to discuss the Police Department and answer any questions the group may have on the police department.  Major Bringmans replaced the original scheduled speaker County Sheriff Bob Johnson.

Major Bringmans provided an overview of how the Police Department is organized.  There are three divisions.

1. Patrol - Deputies at the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office who are assigned to the Patrol Division handle all of the initial investigative duties that pertain to calls for service in the County of Santa Rosa.  Governor mandates Patrol to cover schools which takes resources away from other areas.

2. Special Operations – The Special Operations Division includes Emergency Response Team, Crisis Negations Unit, Dive Team, and Honor Guard.

3. Administrative

Patrol currently has 120 police officers and has 22 vacancies to fill.  Patrol would like between 145 to 150 officers.  Vacancies are not easy to fill because it is hard to find the right person for the job.  Santa Rosa County competes with the other counties such as Escambia and Okaloosa for qualifying candidates too.

Patrol has three shifts:

  • Shift 1 – 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Shift 2 – 2 p.m. to Midnight
  • Shift 3 – 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Patrol is looking on how to spread resources to patrol other areas during the summer when school in not in session.  Patrol will obtain summer school schedule and then determine what resources can be diverted to cover the beach during the summer.

Questions directed to Major Bringmans as follows:

  • Is there a noise ordinance? – Major Bringmans stated that there effectively no noise ordinance for the beach.  There is one for public disturbance but not noise.
  • What are the most frequent calls?  Stolen items from unlocked cars.  The Department has looked into implementing License Plate readers which would help in finding stolen tags and/or stolen cars.
  • How can traffic be controlled at the corner of Tom Thumb during high season?  Major Bringmans stated until the roads are redesigned (maybe a roundabout) it would not be solved.
  • Can the County Commissioners direct the Sheriff?  The Sheriff is an elected position so the County does not control the Sheriff Department.  However, there is a good relationship between the County Commissioners so they do try to work together.
  • n How does a citizen report traffic problems or driving issues?  Citizens can call 850-981-2250 to report these issues.
  • Is there a way to recruit candidates for the vacancies?  The Department has a professional recruiting employed so doing what they can to obtain qualified candidates for the vacancies.
  • Legislative Update –
  • Marine Park Land Donation – Santa Rosa County purchased for $2.1 million the 5-acre parcel of soundside land on Navarre Beach from the owners who had a lease that allowed possible construction of a marina and RV park.  This land will now be used for conservation purposes only.
  • Turner House – Court ordered a structural engineer to determine if the structure is sound.  The County Zoning Code to strengthen the land code use language has been delayed until the first quarter of 2020.
  • n Dog Walk on Navarre Beach – BOCC asked TDC to come up with a location which includes both Sound and Beach side.  TDC recommended that the dog park be placed on Soundside.
  • Status Update – Zoning Case 2019-V-077 – 8438 Gulf Blvd (across from Century 21 Office) that requested a two-part variance had withdrawn its request.


Impact Fees - The Board of County Commissioners voted to explore the possibility of impact fees since the ½ cent sales tax did not pass.  There will be a study performed that will take between 6-10 months.  Commissioners can go ahead with implementing impact fees without having a vote.


Beach Beautification Liaison Committee Update – Christmas Decorations at NB Entrance Sign.  Peter Birchhead announced he was looking for a volunteer to take the lead of the Christmas Decorations.  Anyone interested should contact Peter Birckhead.


Nominating Committee – Scott Braun announced the following candidates have been identified thus far.

  • President – Gary Buroker
  • Vice-President – Jim Taylor
  • Secretary – Lisa Cichy
  • Treasurer – Kathy Boulton


Anyone who would like to run for any of the above offices can contact anyone on the Nomination Committee.  In order to run for any of the offices you must be a member for at least one year on the date of the November meeting.

Nominating Committee Members:

1. Courtland Gray – Cell: 214-683-2391; email:  cpgray3@gmail.com

2. Scott Braun – Cell: 770-639-5400; email: sbraun64@gmail.com

3. Georgie Weston – Cell: 817-800-1401; email: westonfamily.home@gmail.com


General Discussion –

The next meeting is scheduled for November 16th at Juana’s.  This concluded the meeting which adjourned at 10:42 a.m.


Respectively Submitted by,

Michelle Auwaerter


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