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Gary Diamond
Dec 26, 2020

Navarre firefighter shot to death, leaves angry, grieving family

In the season leading up to Christmas, Gary Diamond worked in package delivery to make extra money to buy presents for his family.

Diamond, who had worked his way up to captain at the Navarre Beach Fire Rescue, was that way – always taking care of others.

So it makes sense that when he died early Saturday morning, during a domestic incident in Molino, he was putting other people’s needs ahead of his own, family members  say.

Dec 24, 2020

Stories with Santa

Our community reporter Kaitie Meyer sat down with Santa Claus as he shared some seasonal memories throughout the years.

Although we all know Santa Claus calls the North Pole his home, the big man in red also has a home in Holley by the Sea.

Dec 23, 2020

Water System plans to protest county’s decision

Portraying proposed changes to the Santa Rosa County comprehensive land-use plan as a significant threat to potable water safety and supply, the Holley-Navarre Water System board of directors decided at their December monthly meeting to intensify the utility’s opposition campaign.

]The proposed land-use amendment would permit borrow pit expansion, which was requested by some pit owners.

Dec 22, 2020

Joint utility set to fight for water protection

Fairpoint Utility, the collective of water utilities for south Santa Rosa County, announced a new strategy for stopping repeal of water well protections.

A press release issued Dec. 22 addresses a vote by the board of county commissioners (BCC) Dec. 10 to repeal a section of the Comprehensive Plan that would allow expansion of a borrow pit and vegetation dumping over the wells that supply water to all of south Santa Rosa.

Dec 22, 2020

New Year’s Day down to one plunge

Taking a chilly dip on New Year’s Day has become a tradition in Navarre over the past several years.

After a celebratory evening of ringing in the New Year the night before, hundreds of Navarre locals and tourists typically submerge themselves in sub-60-degree water for a great cause.

Dec 22, 2020

HNWS users may see 2021 fee hike

The Holley-Navarre Water System board voted 3-to-2 Tuesday to propose a 2021 budget to utility members that includes a 6.2% rate increase. Two board members were absent.

The hike was subdivided into a one-time 5% rate bump and a 1.2% increase based on the Federal Consumer Price Index.

Mardi Gras parade
Dec 18, 2020

Jesters concerned about COVID, cancel parade

The Navarre Krewe of Jesters announced their decision Friday morning to cancel the 2021 Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade.

The decision was made with “heavy hearts,” according to Charlene Tremor, president of the Krewe. She said general membership made the decision Wednesday night.

Dec 18, 2020

Blaylock calling it a career

“It’s truly been a blessing for me,” Blaylock said. “But it was time to retire. I’m looking forward to taking some time off.”

Dec 17, 2020

Bay bridge update: Pile driving underway

With damage inspections completed, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) contractors are focusing on pile driving operations and setting beams for the reconstruction of the Pensacola Bay Bridge, according to the December update.

Dec 17, 2020

Holiday photo op: Family shares 10-foot wreath

Josh Hale, his wife Eleanor and their 7-year-old son Colton moved to Navarre Beach from Mary Esther about 2 years ago and they brought their gigantic decoration with them.