Jun 9, 2021

More listening, civility needed in public meetings

In recent months, Santa Rosa County has developed a reputation for public meetings marked by outbursts, arguing and, as a result, increased law enforcement presence.

The Santa Rosa County School District responded by strictly enforcing rules of conduct and having deputies remove audience members who defy those rules in any way.

Jun 2, 2021

Blackwater River’s past whispers along its banks

Once upon a time, the Blackwater River was a conveyor belt of prosperity. Loggers floated longleaf pine trunks to the mills.

May 26, 2021

Governor takes step to get much-needed employees back to work

A Navarre Press reader was shopping at a dollar store recently. Her purchase was put in a bag along with a flier letting her know the store is hiring.

Everyone is hiring these days, it seems.

Apr 21, 2021

Editorial No more losing

When people tell me they don’t want Navarre to incorporate, I can understand why. Just look at the county. And then look at the cracks in our roads and the absence of sidewalks across our area.

Apr 14, 2021

Editorial: Change is on the way to Navarre

Change is coming to Navarre, whether local residents or the infrastructure is ready for it. The opening of three emergency rooms in about six months – all within a few miles of each other along U.S. Highway 98 – would seem to speak to a population that can support that kind of growth.

Apr 7, 2021

Beach safety proves top priority of county, and we agree

Spending taxpayers’ dollars at any level is a decision sure to spark a reaction. We all have our own perspectives on what government – at all levels – should and should not spend money on.

Mar 31, 2021

Editorial: We must fight to protect public’s right to know

For democracy to function, citizens must have the right to know what their elected officials are doing and saying. The right to full and public notice of when elected officials are discussing or making decisions must be ensured.

As a nonpartisan government watchdog and taxpayer-research institute that focuses on promoting government accountability and transparency, Florida TaxWatch supports the use of public notices in local newspapers of record by government entities to notify all of their citizens of meetings and votes.

Mar 24, 2021

Editorial: Traffic congestion tough road to hoe

Santa Rosa County businesses and officials want tourists to come. They are and in solid numbers if recent bed tax revenues are the indicator.

When the tourists come, they arrive in cars. The cars cause more congestion on our always crowded roads.

Mar 18, 2021

Editorial: Give us back our bridge

There is no shortage of adjectives to describe how folks on both sides of the Pensacola Bay Bridge felt earlier this month when they learned that it would not reopen as promised March 22. Angry, betrayed, hopeless and sad are just a few.

Mar 12, 2021

Damaged bridge sparks unanswered questions

Why did that barge cause damage to the bridge?

The answer, as I see it, there was no protection for the bridge supports. Now, the question is, why not? Was it not in the design contract or did the design engineers not include protection for the bridge supports?

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