Support my campaign or else

Support my campaign or else

Yes, it’s campaign season – and all the ugly that comes with it. What you may not know is if you contribute money to Rob Williamson’s opponent he will shut you out. And apparently he has a long memory. One voter contributed to his campaign and the opponent’s campaign. Even though the voter gave him […]

Visionaries wanted

Visionaries wanted

A visionary: thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom (Merriam-Webster). The Collins English Dictionary says if you refer to someone as a visionary, you mean that they have strong, original ideas about how things might be different in the future, especially about how things might be improved. Visionaries step out of the […]

Growing pains

Growing pains

Navarre Press found out today that development orders have been issued on not one…not two…but three car washes for little ol’ Navarre. One will be located down the street from our office to the west and it will be Navarre Car Wash. The other two will be Ronny’s Car Washes with one located on Coral […]

Lost and found dogs and cats

Lost and found dogs and cats

In the past week, Navarre Press has reunited lost pets with their owners/families. First, a beautiful cat graced our porch looking for some reassurance that his story would have a happy ending. And it did. This cat (we now know his name is Mittens) did all the right things after he went missing. He got […]

Time and funding stand in front of school safety

Time and funding stand in front of school safety

On Monday Gov. Rick Scott released a School Safety Improvement Plan in response to the senseless murder of 17 children and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We have printed the entire plan on the next page. Please take a moment to read it. This plan contains sweeping changes to school security requirements, staffing, […]

Parkland shooting full of flags and failures

Parkland shooting full of flags and failures

A supposedly disturbed man walks into a school, pulls a fire alarm to lure students out of their classroom and begins shooting. They are easy targets for him. He leaves 17 dead on the school campus. Society begins to dissect what happened…who was he…who were the people he killed…they call for stronger gun control…they call […]

Department of Education oversight more like overreach

Department of Education oversight more like overreach

On the front page of Community we shared images of Holley Navarre Primary School students excitedly playing on newly purchased playground equipment for the first time. At a school where the student population has blown past projected growth and threatens to overflow capacity, providing enough space for children to play required a big investment. That […]

Follow the trail of money

Follow the trail of money

This week’s story by Rob Johnson on the Fairpoint refinancing sheds a lot of light on the entire deal that is now for all purposes – dead. Fairpoint’s board president, Buz Eddy is looking a little contrite after causing quite the stir over the supposed urgent need for refinancing Fairpoint’s debt. He and fellow board […]

Hope for the hopeless water board

Hope for the hopeless water board

Tuesday’s Holley Navarre Water System board election has reaffirmed something – there may be hope for a drowning system. No – they are not drowning financially, in fact, they are rich by any nonprofit’s standards. But they have been drowning themselves in the proverbial testosterone war that dogs usually lift their leg for. While entertaining […]

Basis for Litigation at Holley Navarre Water System

Basis for Litigation at Holley Navarre Water System

The Sept. 19, 2017, Holley Navarre Water System board meeting was peculiar in several respects. For the first time in months, all members were present. The meeting was contentious, filled with outbursts and accusations, open hostility, and President Bien May clearly lost control of the meeting; indeed, at times he personally joined in the unseemly […]

The district 4 Master Plan: a reflection of you

The district 4 Master Plan: a reflection of you

If you have read this paper over the last few months, years or even weeks, you know what issues Navarre is facing. Rapid growth of population, unmanaged stormwater, traffic problems, over taxed infrastructure and a steady disappearance of green spaces are a few. But what do we do about it? For the past five weeks […]

A house burned – where are the fire hydrants?

A house burned – where are the fire hydrants?

Wednesday, before Thanksgiving, a home on Tupelo Street burned. It was fully involved when the Holley Navarre Fire District and other agencies arrived – and what they discovered was not unusual for them. There was no fire hydrant on the street. Instead of hooking up to a hydrant to fight the fire, they had to […]

When bears come calling

When bears come calling

The situation we have in Navarre with bears is unfortunate. Scroll through Facebook and you will see both sides of the issue with neither side willing to bend on their opinion. The bears must go…don’t harm the bears…we moved into their territory…protect your children and family from bears. This all came to a head when […]

Community driven plans are essential for success

Community driven plans are essential for success

If we haven’t said it before, let us say it now – Quint Studer is truly a community genius. He has proven it over and over again. He has been described as a visionary – he is. An entrepreneur…yes. An investor in his community…absolutely. And he is also one of the best community planners. He […]

The game of endorsements

The game of endorsements

The announcement was made Monday morning. The Navarre Area Board of Realtors endorses current District 4 commissioner on his re-election bid. Period. Why the hurry? Potential candidates don’t have to file until June. We have a year left until the general election. Wouldn’t your endorsement mean more if you waited and  considered more than one […]

A failure to plan

A failure to plan

Looking back over history in Navarre, since 2010 our population has grown by more than 69 percent. The rule of thumb around here has been to select a piece of vacant property, buy it, clear it, build on it and sell it. Wait…we forgot to mention the very important step of building up the dirt […]

The fight against bullying

The fight against bullying

We need to have a conversation. One that involves the entire community, schools, administrators, parents, students, influencers and churches. It will take every one of these groups to be present in order to have solutions. The topic? Bullying. Recently we have reported on a couple of students at our local high school who threatened other […]

Water board on a collision course

Water board on a collision course

In an Oct. 3 meeting of the Holley Navarre Water System Board of Directors, President Bien May told one person in the audience it was a good sign if people weren’t showing up to their meetings. It means everyone is happy with the job they are doing.  He is either oblivious or arrogant or both. […]

The light shining through tragedy

The light shining through tragedy

We are in a time when our country seems so divided; racial outcries, black, white, Muslim, Christian, Atheists, whose life matters, sexism and so much more. The voices of today’s generation are all muddled by what they believe, all speaking at the same time and over everyone else’s voice. We cannot hear each other speak, […]

Haste makes $7 million waste

Haste makes $7 million waste

One thing we can all agree on is Navarre Park needs upgrades. The playground equipment needs repairs, and is not friendly to special needs children. The things we cannot agree on is why we would spend $7 million on one 7 acre park and the source of the $7 million. Pam Wingate, president of the […]

If you build it visitors will still go to the beach

If you build it visitors will still go to the beach

At the Board of County Commissioners meeting Sept. 14, a slide presentation of photos was used to show the disrepair of Navarre Park. There were photos of the park pier still damaged from past hurricanes with a “Do not enter” sign, an opened electrical box that needed to be closed, a piece of fencing laying […]

Lessons from Irma

Lessons from Irma

Hurricane Irma decided Navarre was not for her. She looked at us for a while, taunted us by moving west and west again and again and one last time before she made the turn to the alluring Florida Keys. We are a grateful community. We learned a lot in the 10 days we were watching […]

Williamson: Commissioner of parks and rec

Williamson: Commissioner of parks and rec

Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and District 4 commissioner Rob Williamson has proposed a $6 million Navarre Park renovation – or reno as it is popularly called on DIY shows. Only this is no DIY. To be clear, updates and upgrades are needed at the park. A new splash pad is needed, updated […]

I witnessed death in Florida

I witnessed death in Florida

I will never look at a yellow number two pencil the same way again. I was one of the press witnesses to the first execution to occur in Florida in more than a year. Mark Asay was put to death for the murders of Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell via lethal injection Aug. 24. […]

To Holley Navarre Water System: First Amendment (America) wins every time

To Holley Navarre Water System: First Amendment (America) wins every time

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment, Constitution of the United States of America […]

Assistant state attorney serving up justice at any cost

Assistant state attorney serving up justice at any cost

Last week an 89 year old gentleman was taken from his nursing home in Gulf Breeze to be booked into Santa Rosa County jail on the order of Assistant State Attorney James Parker. In May, Mr. Karl Trugenberger was driving on Highway 98 when he hit a bicycle rider, Michael Rice. The accident left Rice […]

City council high on self

City council high on self

In November 2016, 70 percent of Floridian voters amended the state’s constitution to expand medical marijuana use for thousands of patients. Milton, Niceville and Crestview have decided to ignore these constituents by placing bans on medical marijuana dispensaries. Despite even higher levels of support – 79 percent – within their constituency, Gulf Breeze’s city council […]

Make an informed decision

Santa Rosa County voters in less than a month will cast ballots for candidates seeking a variety of elected offices. In some cases, the candidate that receives the most votes during the primary will win the office. So, the importance of the Aug. 26 primary election cannot be overstated. Navarre Press for the last five […]

To pursue a college degree or not?

To pursue a college degree or not?

Ditch the diploma Harry Truman didn’t need a college degree to end the Second World War. In a decision that would change the course of history, Truman – one of a dozen U.S. presidents lacking a formal higher education – authorized the use of atomic weaponry against Japan. The 72nd anniversary of that decision will […]

No art in this deal

No art in this deal

To paraphrase John Goodman as Walter Sobchak in the Coen Brothers’ 1998 crime comedy “The Big Lebowski”: “Just because we’re taxpayers doesn’t mean we’re saps.” Walter got irate when he thought a funeral director demanded too much money for a crematory urn. Instead of overpaying, the bereaved Sobchak buys a coffee can at a nearby […]

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