Crestview Council to discuss safe haven resolution, annexation fees

Ashleigh Wilde
Crestview News Bulletin

CRESTVIEW — The City Council is set to meet Monday night at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.

The agenda for Monday night’s meeting includes discussion of the safe-haven resolution passed by the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners, a six-month moratorium on annexation fees and an agreement with the Marine Forces Special Operations Command for training inside city limits.

During the meeting, city staff will ask the council to pass a resolution declaring the city of Crestview as a Second Amendment safe-haven.

The proposed resolution comes after the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners voted to make the county a Second Amendment safe-haven. The purpose was to demonstrate that the board is a proponent of gun rights and the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

“A resolution of support of the action taken by the county would be the best way to show support of this very important constitutional right,” the council agenda reads.

The council will also hear the second reading of an ordinance for a six-month moratorium on annexation fees.

If passed, it will be the second time the council has made the decision to waive the fees for annexing properties of 10 acres or less into the city.

“A six-month moratorium on annexation processes. which require a small-scale amendment process, would allow for analysis of the current voluntary annexation process fee structure,” the agenda reads.

Also on the agenda is a discussion on whether or not to approve a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city and the Marine Forces Special Operations Command.

The MOU would allow the Marines to conduct covert training inside the city limits that is necessary for the missions they perform abroad.

“The approval of this MOU is a step to continue the strong relationship between the City of Crestview and our armed forces,” the council agenda reads.

According to the documents attached to the agenda, the training would run from April 24 to May 6. The training would include eight to 10 participants conducting low visibility recon training from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m, the documents said.

“No firearms (real or simulated), ammunition, or pyrotechnics will be used during this training,” the Marine notification of training document said. “Prior to the start of the training, local law enforcement will be notified and the Marines will be thoroughly briefed on the safety plan.”

To view the rest of the agenda, visit the city’s website.