Looking back at a smash sequel

Looking back at a smash sequel

The secret that was Navarre wasn’t only the white powdery sand, the forgotten history of the Spaniards nor the clear emerald waters of the Gulf. The terror that gripped the hearts of frolicking children and their parents at the sight of a gray fin sliding through red-hued water was the secret that held the nation’s […]

Sheriff: Current crime statistics reflect population growth

Sheriff: Current crime statistics reflect population growth

Population growth has caused the number of reported crimes in Santa Rosa County since Jan. 1 to be slightly higher when compared to the same period last year, Sheriff Bob Johnson told an audience at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Aug. 11. “As population goes up, crime goes up,” Johnson said. “It’s part […]

Creatures from the plastic lagoon

Creatures from the plastic lagoon

Reptile enthusiasts of a certain age likely remember the tiny turtles sold in lagoon containers, swimming in the nonexistent shade of a thumb-sized plastic palm tree. They lived short lives at the hands of the children who pined for them. But the times – and regulations — have changed. Housing a pet turtle, especially an […]

Fire district assessment ignites citizen concerns

Fire district assessment ignites citizen concerns

Notices for Holley-Navarre Fire District’s non-ad valorem assessments are arriving in mailboxes, and some property owners are expressing concerns about the listed dollar amounts. Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton said his office fielded more than 100 phone calls between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Aug. 9. Of those calls, “99 percent of them have been […]

Animal Services takes aim at pet homelessness

Animal Services takes aim at pet homelessness

Americans who wish to bring home a furry friend are faced with a multitude of choices. Fluffy the Norwegian forest cat might come from a close friend burdened by debt. Teddy the poodle may be found at a recommended breeder, and Fido the mutt just might jump into your arms from the pens at a […]

Firefighters respond to dual lightning strikes

Firefighters respond to dual lightning strikes

A lightning strike near a Navarre home Saturday afternoon carved a path through the front yard and into the side of the house, damaging electrical wiring and threatening to ignite an attic fire. Firefighters from  Holley-Navarre, Navarre Beach, Florosa and Midway responded to the call around 4 p.m. The homeowners told them the house – located […]

Commissioners move on Holley by the Sea flood control

Commissioners move on Holley by the Sea flood control

The Board of County Commissioners directed staff Thursday to prepare requests for proposals (RFPs) for flood mitigation efforts related to the Holley by the Sea homeowners’ association. Along with the realignment of drainage on select roadways, county staff will issue RFPs for the clearing of drainage easements throughout the subdivision. The clearing project was recommended […]

Fire district assessment ignites citizen concerns

Fire district assessment ignites citizen concerns

Notices for Holley-Navarre Fire District’s non-ad valorem assessments are arriving in mailboxes, and some property owners are expressing concerns about the listed dollar amounts. Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton said his office fielded more than 100 phone calls between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Aug. 9. Of those calls, “99 percent of them have been […]

New Holley by the Sea board holds first meeting

New Holley by the Sea board holds first meeting

The first meeting of the new Holley by the Sea homeowner’s association board addressed a variety of topics Tuesday evening, including a proposed $1.35 million renovation of the recreation center to make it more accessible for all members. General manager April Salazar made it clear to the board that as a private homeowner’s association, Holley […]

Fire destroys Navarre Beach home

Fire destroys Navarre Beach home

Smoke billowed from the gutted third story of a home on Navarre Beach Monday afternoon as firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze at the beach side house, located in the 7600 block of Gulf Boulevard. The thick haze from the fire extended nearly a quarter mile down Gulf Boulevard, where Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies had positioned […]

Chamber stays for now

Chamber stays for now

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will remain at the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center for the time being. At their July 24 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners shied away from issuing an immediate 90-day notice to the Chamber. Instead, the commissioners directed staff to find solutions to alleged friction between Chamber and […]

Holley by the Sea selects new board

Holley by the Sea selects new board

The second largest homeowner’s association in the state has new leadership. Holley by the Sea’s annual membership meeting, held July 15 at the association’s recreation center, saw the appointment of Bob Hutchison as president, replacing outgoing president Yvonne Harper. Read the full article in the July 20 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com […]

Kitten season taxes shelters

Kitten season taxes shelters

Vicki Hoff, manager of the Save Our Cats and Kittens (SOCKS) shelter in Fort Walton Beach, arrived at work one morning to find a box wrapped in garbage bags sitting at the front door. Inside was a kitten – “maybe two to three weeks old,” Hoff said. For cat lovers, there’s no such thing as […]

Williamson listening tour reaches Navarre

Williamson listening tour reaches Navarre

Board of County Commissioners Chairman Rob Williamson continued his third annual listening tour with a July 12 meeting at the Navarre Beach Visitors Center. Williamson, District 4 commissioner, spoke to about three dozen residents on a variety of concerns specific to the south end of the county. Williamson said his annual listening tour allows him […]

After 17 years, courthouse site selected

After 17 years, courthouse site selected

Santa Rosa County may finally have a courthouse location. Following a contentious discussion period, the Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday to make an offer on the site owned by JDL of Santa Rosa, LLC for the construction of a new courthouse and judicial center. The 13 to 19 acre site is located on […]

Williamson slams Holley by the Sea over stormwater drainage

Williamson slams Holley by the Sea over stormwater drainage

At the first stop on his third annual listening tour, Board of County Commissioners Chairman Rob Williamson took the opportunity to chastise the Holley By the Sea homeowners association in Navarre for its lack of drainage infrastructure. During the informal July 6 roundtable at Tiger Point Community Center in Gulf Breeze, Williamson, District 4 commissioner, […]