NAVARRE, Fla. – Nearly 200 people showed up to a town hall meeting at the Navarre Community Center Monday night.
The town hall meeting was focused on the issue of incorporation. “Citizens to Incorporate Navarre” took the first step towards getting the town turned into a city. It commissioned a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study into incorporation.
Laurie Gallop, member of “Citizens to Incorporate Navarre” says the community would greatly benefit from the move.
“If we incorporate, we'll be the third largest city in the panhandle,” Gallup said.
The study was conducted by BJM Consulting, headquartered in Cape Coral, Fla.
According to the study, Navarre is a fast growing community. Its population is estimated at 43,300 people and the seasonal population grows to 50,000 people.
Many at the meeting had had their minds made up about incorporation, but other are still weighing the options.
“It gives us more control as a community for one. We’re going grow anyway and when you grow without a vision it can be a big mess,” said Andra Jones of Navarre.
Richard Crane, another resident, was concerned about the financial commitments to running a city.
“I think it’s something we got to be very careful about, because there are a lot of costs,” Crane said.
The study found incorporating Navarre into a city is possible based on resources, services and people. The study suggests Navarre contract out certain services it doesn’t have, like police and fire services.
“A lot of cities are starting to go that way because you can actually save a lot of money by contracting out services and maybe not having municipal employees,” Gallup said.
People in Navarre can take part in November 4th straw poll, which is non-binding. For Navarre to become an incorporated city, the issue will need to go to the state legislature. If lawmakers approve the move, Navarre residents will take a final vote in 2016.
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