Fiscal responsibility makes us stronger as a community and as a nation. Elected officials must work for a vibrant economy. We must get creative with ways to draw revenue from what we have.
The free market system, competitive capitalism, and private enterprise create the greatest opportunity and the highest standard of living for all.
I am all about SMART development, but we must consider all impacts that come with growth: roadway accessibility and safety, water and drainage, and longterm consequences to our schools and the surrounding environment.
In Santa Rosa County, we are surrounded by incredible beaches, waterways, and wooded paradises. A balance must always be maintained between smart growth and protecting our natural resources.
IN GOD WE TRUST
The phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution. The First Amendment to the Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” This prevents the government from establishing a national church/denomination. However, it does not prohibit God from being acknowledged in government buildings. Symbols of Christian heritage should not be removed from public and government spaces (eg., the Ten Commandments should continue to be displayed in Federal buildings).
Those who break the law by entering the U.S. illegally do not have the same rights as those who obey the law and enter legally. The borders should be secured before addressing the problem of the illegal immigrants currently in the country. The Federal Government should secure the borders and enforce current immigration law.
LOWER TAXES/ SMALLER GOVERNMENT
Lower taxes create more incentive for people to work, save, invest, and engage in entrepreneurial endeavors. Money is best spent by those who earn it, not the government.
The military is essential in protecting the United States freedoms. The men and women who serve in the military should be respected.
I value the sacrifice of the police and other first responders and vehemently oppose criminals who want to be above the procedures of law.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Our community needs recreational spaces for youth sports and families. I want the existing proporties and facilities to be maintained with pride. Historically, communities “build and move on”, and we both cannot risk losing the value of our existing resources or haphazardly throw money at projects when we have very large problems with infrastructure that must be addressed to maintain quality of life.
I think public education is changing in this country. School vouchers create competition and therefore encourage schools to improve performance, but local governments make decisions for schools. In Santa Rosa County, we have a strong public school system, and I want to support making that system becomes even stronger.
The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms. Individuals have the right to defend themselves. I am a gun owner and the Constitution protects my right to defend my home.
POSITIONS ON ISSUES
ISSUE: NAVARRE PASS
PIECH’S POSITION: We should not pursue a pass or spend any tax payer money on studying a pass until we can be assured that the Federal Government and our own state government will not resist and a comprehensive Environmental Impact Study is completed.
The Chief of Staff of the Air Force has sent a letter stating that a pass would be detrimental to the Eglin Range Training Mission. US Air Force and the DoD oppose a Navarre Pass due to potential impacts on the Eglin Range Mission.
The Dept of Interior has stated that a pass would be detrimental to the Gulf Islands National Seashore, which was recently voted #1 attraction in Florida over Disney World.
Governor Scott, the Florida Senate and the House of Representatives has sent a resolution to the US Congress stating that the Military Mission & Range in the Gulf of Mexico is a priority and must be protected from oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Current infrastructure will not support the increase in traffic that a pass will create. (Bridge, roads, etc)
How do we fund the reoccurring maintenance of a pass, estimated to be $1 to $1.5M per year?
We do not have definitive data on the impacts to the water and aquatic life in the sound.
ISSUE: FIRE DEPARTMENT CONSOLIDATION
PIECH’S POSITION: If current study reports favorably on consolidation of fire services, then pursue consolidation.
Current feasibility study underway. Significant potential to save money and reallocate duplicative resources allowing for enhanced fire protection coverage.
The savings potential in training, personnel, and resource sharing benefits all.
ISSUE: FEE SIMPLE TITLE & CONSERVATION/RECREATION LANDS ON NAVARRE BEACH
PIECH’S POSITION: Grant Fee Simple Title to Navarre Beach Lease Holders. Current lands zoned as Conservation/Recreation Land on Navarre Beach must remain as Conservation/Recreation Land in perpetuity. I oppose current District 4 County Commissioner’s desire to allow future rezoning and development of 50+ acres of Conservation/Recreation Land on the Soundside west of Homeport Drive.
Granting fee simple title to Navarre Beach Leaseholders as stated in current legislative language makes sense. Titles to personal property stop at the north edge of the sand berm. Beach land remains in the possession of Santa Rosa County.
ISSUE: COMMUNITY & PLANNING DEVELOPMENT
Piech’s Position: CODE COMPLIANCE MUST BE ENFORCED!
Enforce the Land Development Code and fully scrutinize variance requests with the fortitude to refuse variances that are incompatible with the codes and plans we have in place. If the LDC is deemed to be outdated, then we must adapt it to meet the needs of the community as a whole. Additionally, large scale housing developments must require a comprehensive look at all potential impacts to the surrounding neighborhoods and community.
The Land Development Code exists as required by State Law and “the Board of County Commissioners of Santa Rosa County finds that the regulations contained within this Code are necessary to protect the public health, safety, general welfare, natural environment and economic vitality of the County”
However, our current Land Development Code (LDC) provisions are constantly being waved as evidenced by the large number of variances being recommended for approval by the Zoning Board and subsequently approved by the Board of County Commissioners.
Recently on 8 March 2018, 14 different variance requests were reviewed and recommended for approval by the Zoning Board. While some were minor, such as temporary use of an RV during construction etc., a majority were variance requests to reduce setback requirements (permission to build outside the area intended by Land Codes) and one was:
“Conditional use to allow storage usage, specifically a climate control storage facility, within a HCD – HON (Highway Commercial Development – Heart of Navarre) zoning district. (LDC 6.05.24.B.2)”
“Variance to eliminate the requirement within the Heart of Navarre Overlay District prohibiting metal and vinyl buildings and to allow a building with non-metal façade in the front along Highway 87 S and the remaining three sides as metal. (LDC 6.05.24.C.2.a)”
Santa Rosa County spends a large amount of time, effort and tax dollars to develop plans in order to enhance the economic growth of the county. If we constantly grant variances to the LDC without the vision for the future, then we will continue to see incompatible uses of property that do not grow and form the Community envisioned and paid for in our plans.
A Veteran with a Conservative Vision for our County
Paid by Dave Piech, Republican for Santa Rosa County Commissioner, District 4.
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