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Advocacy On Behalf Of Our Members
As part of our local Mission, from time to time NABOR takes a position on certain issues that relate to private property rights, protecting property taxes and advancing responsible & effective local legislation that is conducive for our members to prosper. We advocate for the real estate industry, the real estate profession and our members' ability to do business.
REALTORS® vote at the highest rate of any profession at 85%
REALTORS® act to protect private property rights and promote homeownership
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Santa Rosa County Impact Fees
The Navarre Area Board of Realtors® reiterates its position against the reinstatement of impact fees in Santa Rosa County.
The county’s population is growing at an exponential rate, which is reflective of the success of our economy. With rising property values the county collects millions more in revenue every fiscal year. That huge number helps demonstrate how successful we have been in allowing the market to react directly to supply and demand, without the added pressure of additional taxation levied on developers and passed on to home buyers.
Why then, would we want to take a step backwards and reinstate something that has the potential to slow our growth, drive developers and homebuyers away and starve our municipal services of the much-needed funding they receive from expanding property tax revenue?
The Navarre Area Board of Realtors® urges the county to maintain their suspension of residential impact fees; to budget wisely with the increased ad valorem taxes resulting from future land development, and to seek a “complete solution” for funding that does not hamper or deter growth, but rather balances public capital improvements fairly on all who enjoy the county’s services.
Santa Rosa County Land Development Code 2023 Revision Position Statement
Our mission as a REALTOR® organization is always to protect private property rights and to promote homeownership….they are two of our most important core values. Santa Rosa County, in common with many other areas, has an affordable housing crisis. It is a fact that over 1,000 people move to Florida every single day, and recent years have seen an unprecedented demand for new homes in the local area. We are blessed with outstanding schools, low crime, an educated workforce, proximity to 7 military installations, some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and our famous southern hospitality. All of these culminate in making us one of the most desirable places to live in the U.S.
We are all keenly aware of our local infrastructure needs and the sins of the past that failed to keep pace with growth; all we can do is lobby for a brighter future that allows every citizen to enjoy their hard-earned property and an affordable, harmonious way of life….it’s what brought many of us here, and what will continue to attract growth.
Recently the NABOR organization asked for your support in our advocacy efforts to preserve certain private property rights that were seemingly eroded in the latest iteration of Santa Rosa County’s Land Development Code. NABOR’s leadership opposed some of the proposals that, in our opinion, would increase the costs of development, slow economic growth and ultimately increase costs for prospective homebuyers, those who are already facing unprecedented affordability and availability challenges. Leadership worked with legislative staff at Florida Realtors to address these concerns and met on multiple occasions with county staff. In many cases a satisfactory compromise was reached that helped to mitigate the additional costs to development while remaining sensitive to environmental issues. At heart always was, and remains, the need to develop attainable housing options that are not compromised by additional layers of bureaucracy.
We thank those involved for their extensive efforts, but it would be remiss not to acknowledge that our message incorrectly reflected a five-year moratorium on any future changes to the Land Development Code. The Board of County Commissioners have confirmed using the five-year benchmark as a regular review the Land Development Code in its entirety. As a living document the Land Development Code continues to be subject to amendments as the Commissioners deem appropriate. NABOR is proud of our position as the largest trade association in Santa Rosa County and as an organization has invested tens of thousands of dollars to support the local community. Our members commit countless volunteer hours for the good of their neighbors, and we remain fervent in our resolve to continue to advocate for private property rights, affordable and fair housing for all.
Short Term Rentals
NABOR stands in favor of protecting private property rights and encourages the Commission not to get involved in regulating short term rentals.
NABOR is neither for nor against incorporation; it is a matter for the people of Navarre to decide.
Holley Navarre Water System
It is vital that the community is represented by strong leadership with vision and integrity to protect our most valuable asset: clean water. We need leaders who are fiscally responsible in all decision making, and who are effective in planning for future growth (both residential and commercial) and the safe and ecologically sound disbursement of wastewater.
After careful review of the candidates running, your NABOR Board of Directors recommends the re-election of:
NABOR Advocacy Successful!
Santa Rosa County Land Development Code Re-write NABOR Advocacy Successful!
NABOR lobbied successfully for the Code to respect private property rights and to recognize the
importance of the real estate industry as an economic driver in the county. Provisions detrimental to
real estate were removed and replaced with industry-friendly alternatives.
Clean Water Initiative
NABOR recognizes the importance of the environment and clean water to our community and economy.
We have members serving in key leadership positions on our Water System, and staff and
leadership regularly work to help keep our beaches pristine.
NABOR is in favor of renewing the half cent Local Option Sales tax on the November 2020 ballot. NABOR Advocacy Successful!
The half-penny Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) provides an additional funding stream for the infrastructure needs of our growing county while reducing the reliance on property tax. Identifying diverse funding sources like the LOST, which generates revenue for much-needed capital projects from visitors - not just residents - is essential to keeping Santa Rosa County ad valorem taxes low.
NABOR is strongly opposed to any building moratorium in Santa Rosa County.
Vote YES for Amendment 5 NABOR Advocacy Successful!
Amendment 5 seeks to increase this period from two years to three years; thereby allowing a Save Our Homes benefit to be transferred to a new homestead established by January 1st of the third year subsequent to abandonment of the old homestead. If approved by voters, this change will go into effect January 1st, 2021 and first apply to the 2021 property tax roll.
Proposed change to the LDC and Comprehensive Plan to allow expansion of borrow pits in the Wellfield Protection Area (WPA). NABOR Advocacy Successful!
The Navarre Area Board of Realtors opposes any expansion of borrow pits in the Wellfield Protection Area. Many years of careful planning went into setting up some protections of the aquifer that supplies water to the East Milton area and to all of the south end of Santa Rosa County, which resulted in the creation of the WPA. One of those protections included prohibiting any expansion of borrow pits that currently exist in the WPA. Our water supply is our most precious asset and one that we cannot afford to have contaminated and which must be protected at all costs. To change the LDC and the Comprehensive Plan now to allow expansion of borrow pits would subject our water supply to potential risks that are not worth the minimal benefit that would come from having a more convenient location for a borrow pit. NABOR strongly opposes this proposed change and urges you to keep the protections of our water supply in place in the WPA.
Santa Rosa County Land Development Code proposed revisions NABOR Advocacy Successful!
NABOR urges the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners and the County Administrator to suspend the current review and adoption process for the LDC Rewrite and to develop a new and reasonable review and adoption process with the input of the real estate industry stakeholders.. NABOR urges the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners and the County Administrator to suspend the current review and adoption process for the LDC Rewrite and to develop a new and reasonable review and adoption process with the input of the real estate industry stakeholders. Read the full statement here
Re-Election of Bob Johnson - SRC Sheriff NABOR Advocacy Successful!
The NABOR Board of Directors has unanimously approved the successful re-election of Sheriff Bob Johnson in the August 2020 Primary. In the short time Sheriff Johnson has been in office, he has made a huge impact. Sheriff Johnson’s experience, professionalism and leadership serve our community well: The county’s crime rates are dramatically reduced and he has created an environment for success within his agency. NABOR strongly recommends his re-election knowing that he is committed to continuing to provide the excellent services we have come to expect for the citizens of Santa Rosa County.
2020 Local Elections: NABOR Candidate Recommendations
REALTOR® members from both NABOR and Pensacola Association screened the candidates running for election for Santa Rosa County Commission Districts 3 & 5 and School Superintendent. The recommendations are designed to provide the Board’s membership with information as to which of the candidates for the local elections are best qualified for the post and have most in common with our industry positions. All candidates seeking election to their respective offices were invited to interview during the screening process.
Following extensive questioning, the screening panel has recommended, and the Board of Directors has approved endorsement of the following candidates:
Santa Rosa County Commissioner District 3: Don Salter
Santa Rosa County Commissioner District 5: Colten Wright NABOR Advocacy Successful!
Santa Rosa School Superintendent: Dr. Karen Barber NABOR Advocacy Successful!
Sam Parker, Commissioner District 1 was previously endorsed by the Board for re-election. NABOR Advocacy Successful!
Gulf Coast Military Mission Line Moratorium NABOR Advocacy Successful!
The Navarre Area Board of Realtors Economic wishes to express our strong desire to protect the Eastern Gulf Test & Training Range from drilling and related activities. While energy independence is a worthy objective, drilling and exploratory activities in the eastern Gulf of Mexico threatens both our nation’s security and, with more than 78,000 local jobs tied to the defense sector, our county’s economy.
While drilling advocates have cited a potential economic impact resulting from drilling activities in the eastern Gulf as near 56,000 jobs and $2.6 billion in annual revenue; the resultant loss would be much greater. The January 2020 Florida Defense Factbook sites Eglin Air Force Base in NW Florida as providing an impact of over $9 billion annually and over 78,000 jobs. That economic impact would be at risk, not to mention our national security, if drilling and related exploratory activities were allowed in the EGOMEX military training range.
Oil drilling structures and associated exploratory activities east of the MML have been identified as being incompatible with military activities, would negatively impact our military’s readiness and compromise our nation’s military superiority. We respectfully request your support in continuing to protect this American asset by extending the Military Mission Line moratorium.
The Navarre Pass
NABOR is in favor of the Pass in so much as it does not impact the Military mission.
Private Property Rights
The Navarre Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR) believes that the right to private property is an essential condition for the operation of our free enterprise system and a primary principle of the social contract upon which our democratic system of government relies for legitimacy. As a result, NABOR passionately advocates for the right to freely purchase, own, use and transfer real property. Any erosion of this protection, real or perceived, is cause for serious alarm.
The Navarre Town Center Plan
NABOR is in favor of the Navarre Town Center Plan
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Fair Housing For All
As an organization we recognize the significance of the
Fair Housing Act and commit to upholding fair housing law as well as offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.
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