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School board building treated for air quality, rodent problems

School board building treated for air quality, rodent problems

Air quality tests from the 103-year-old Santa Rosa County School Board’s building at 5068 Canal St. in Milton showed elevated levels of carbon dioxide and mold spores, prompting a thorough scrub-down last month. According to public records obtained by the Navarre Press, the school district had Intertek PSI conduct professional air quality testing June 7. […]

Saltwater intrusion continuing concern for Holley Navarre Water

Saltwater intrusion continuing concern for Holley Navarre Water

Seven times in the past nine years, Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) sodium levels have exceeded the maximum contaminant level set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). HNWS General Manager Paul Gardner said saltwater intrusion is a common problem for water systems in the area. Read the full article in the July 12 […]

Wetumpka tragedy hits home

Wetumpka tragedy hits home

According to Elmore County, Alabama Sheriff Bill Franklin, at around 5 p.m. Saturday, Robert Orsi shot and killed his estranged wife, Charlene and one of their four daughters (12 year old triplets and a 13 year old daughter) who was one of the triplets. He shot and wounded the other two triplets before they could […]

Hughes out as Beach Community Bank CEO

Hughes out as Beach Community Bank CEO

Takes on new role as NWFL Market President Charles “Chip” Reeves is the new CEO for Beach Community Bank and he is optimistic about the bank’s future after a $100 million capital raise by bank investment group, Hovde Group, LLC. The Hovde Group is based out of Inverness, Illinois, and they specialize in mergers and […]

Due to popular demand: Rob Williamson articles and editorials

Due to popular demand: Rob Williamson articles and editorials

  Candidates for County Commissioner District 4 – 2/13/2014 Commission candidates file financial reports – 2/20/2014 Candidate’s visits prompt questions – 8/7/2014 Long-awaited RESTORE guidelines expected this week – 8/14/2014 ‘No Comment‘ – 10/30/2014 Candidates for County Commissioner District 4 – 10/30/2014 Election 2014: Analyzing Navarre’s votes – 11/13/2014 New county board members sworn in – 11/20/2014 Commissioner Rob Williamson to open Navarre office – 12/11/2014 Williamson suggests more […]

Crime down, sheriff’s budget up

Crime down, sheriff’s budget up

In the past six months, crime in Santa Rosa County has dropped 23 percent according to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Rich Aloy. Accompanying the dropping crime rate has been an increase in clearing of cases by the department, meaning the cases were resolved. Read the full article in the July 5 […]

Protesters call for Williamson to get the boot

Protesters call for Williamson to get the boot

While District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson held an invitation-only meet and greet with supporters at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill early Monday morning, residents of Navarre stood outside in the rain waving signs calling for the incumbent to be ousted from office. Williamson is seeking re-election to the commission seat representing the Navarre area against […]

PSC vocational campus planned for I-10 industrial park

PSC vocational campus planned for I-10 industrial park

Santa Rosa County’s Northwest Florida Industrial Park @ I-10 may soon be home to a Pensacola State College (PSC) satellite campus. Currently, the plan consists of creation of a 5 acre truck driver training facility for PSC students to gain vocational credits. The campus could later be expanded to include lineman vocational training as well […]

Navarre woman arrested for kidnapping fake

Navarre woman arrested for kidnapping fake

After reporting an alleged attempted kidnapping on Navarre Beach, Navarre resident Naomi Herrera was arrested June 25 for providing a false statement to law enforcement. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Herrera, 33, called 911 April 23 and told dispatchers that two men had attempted to force her into a van. […]

Holley calls for revisiting of long-term plan for Navarre projects

Holley calls for revisiting of long-term plan for Navarre projects

It took the Tourist Development Council seven hours of debate in October over how to pay for a $7 million renovation of Navarre Park to finally come to a consensus. In a meeting filled with differing perspectives, by the end of the Oct. 5, 2017, meeting all those sitting on the board agreed on a plan […]

Property tax burden could shift under ballot proposals

Property tax burden could shift under ballot proposals

Non-homestead properties in Santa Rosa County could see their taxes automatically rise next year if a ballot initiative known as Amendment 2 fails in November. Voters will be presented with 13 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. Read the full article in the June 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

New buses arrive

New buses arrive

Effective July 1, Student Transportation of America (STA) will take over as the bus service contractor for Santa Rosa County School District. As part of the $10.5 million first-year contract, STA has provided an all new fleet of school buses. Read the full article in the June 28 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

Husfelt found guilty in Milton stabbing

Husfelt found guilty in Milton stabbing

A Santa Rosa County Jury found Jevon Marquise Lamar Husfelt, 22, guilty of two counts of attempted first degree premeditated murder with a weapon. According to a press release from State Attorney Bill Eddins office, on November 9, 2017, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on Kabel Drive in Milton […]

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

A restroom is likely to be placed on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier later this summer, but it will not meet with specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ken Fountain, a managing partner with pier operating firm Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises (GSE), said his company plans to put an ADA-compliant facility on the pier […]

Car wash site back on market

Car wash site back on market

It may not be a car wash after all. “A Proper Wash” signs have been taken down from property at the corner of Harvest Village Court and U.S. Highway 98 and tucked behind the “for sale” signs. Santa Rosa County had approved plans for construction of a tunnel-style car wash with self-service vacuuming stations, but […]

Sanborn supporters lament his exit from TDC

Sanborn supporters lament his exit from TDC

Jack Sanborn’s forced resignation from the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council last week came so suddenly that some of his supporters missed their chance to send letters backing him. “I was preparing a letter but he resigned before I could send it,” said Milton City Councilman Alan Lowery, who also sits on the volunteer […]

Man arrested in Navarre for threatening officer

Man arrested in Navarre for threatening officer

A man was arrested in Navarre for aggravated stalking Monday after sending multiple threats of violence to a law enforcement officer and his family. According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports, Donald Leon Heitz Jr., 33, sent multiple text messages and a voicemail to a Florida Highway Patrol officer. Starting June 11, Heitz allegedly sent […]

Navarre man killed in 98 crash

Navarre man killed in 98 crash

A fatal crash at the intersection of Panhandle Trail and U.S. Highway 98 Monday claimed the life of Navarre resident Everett Franklin Ruzowski, 82. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Ruzowski had stopped his Dodge Caravan in the southbound lane of Panhandle Trail at the traffic light at the road’s intersection with 98 at approximately […]

Holley Navarre Water System President James Calkins resigns

Holley Navarre Water System President James Calkins resigns

After his contentious appointment to the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board Thursday, James Calkins resigned as the President of the Holley Navarre Water System Board of Director in a letter emailed to fellow board members and water system staff Friday. In the letter Calkins wrote he would no longer be able to fulfill his duties […]

Update: Sanborn resigns from Tourist Development Council

Update: Sanborn resigns from Tourist Development Council

Update: Jack Sanborn submitted his letter of resignation from his position on the Tourist Development Council Thursday to the Board of County Commissioners. He resigned prior to a scheduled vote to by the BOCC to decide whether or not to remove Sanborn from the council following allegations of threats made on social media and an […]

County considering new tax for sheriff’s office

County considering new tax for sheriff’s office

While trying to reconcile the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office’s budget request to revenue realities, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed the possibility Thursday of implementing a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) for law enforcement services during the first of their annual budget workshops. Sheriff Bob Johnson told commissioners that he needs nearly every penny […]

Recruiting hype

Recruiting hype

Before social media became the hotbed for finding out anything and everything about someone else’s life, athletes around the nation had no idea who was getting what offer from what school. At least not instantly. Times have changed, according to Tony Carter, an assistant football coach at Navarre. Read the full article in the June […]

Williamson champions Calkins for Zoning Board

Williamson champions Calkins for Zoning Board

Candidate for Zoning Board James Calkins caught criticism Monday during the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting. Commission Chairman Bob Cole selected Calkins as his nominee for Zoning Board, but the county commission was not unanimous in support of that decision following comments from the public. The Zoning Board is a 10-person committee that makes […]

District 4 Master Plan taking shape

District 4 Master Plan taking shape

New and expanded parks, an entertainment and mixed use urban core, miles of new sidewalks and increased interconnectivity, Navarre residents were presented with two plans to transform District 4 Monday night at the District 4 Master Plan second public open house. The District 4 Master Plan began in September 2017. Read the full article in […]

Pedestrian fatality on U.S. Highway 98

Pedestrian fatality on U.S. Highway 98

Friends and loved ones are grieving the death of Troy Edward Walter, a 46 year old from Navarre, who died after stepping into the path of a car while trying to cross U.S. Highway 98. The Florida Highway Patrol says it happened just after midnight Sunday morning. Jamaal Brewer, age 20 of Pensacola, and his […]

Inmate guilty of sending bomb threat

Inmate guilty of sending bomb threat

Santa Rosa Correctional Institution inmate Craig T. Pope, 29, faces life in prison after he allegedly threatened to blow up a county courthouse. Pope pleaded guilty Friday in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola to mailing threatening communications and threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction. The guilty plea was announced by Christopher P. […]

Pier progress praised

Pier progress praised

It has been roughly six months since the previous operators of “the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico” walked out early on their contract with Santa Rosa County, leaving the 2017 bid winner, Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises (GSRE), to jump in early. In those first few weeks, the operators faced quite a few challenges […]

Project underway to spruce up State Road 87

Project underway to spruce up State Road 87

Workers broke ground May 29 along State Road 87 on a project to give tourists a more aesthetically pleasing entry into Navarre, Santa Rosa County’s largest tourist-tax generating region. The project incorporates new landscaping and signage along roughly three miles on 87 to be installed by Piney Grove Nursery & Landscaping LLC. Design work was […]

Skylar remembered for bright personality

Skylar remembered for bright personality

Usually in a pair of Chuck Taylors and a tie dye shirt, Skylar Farej, 14, never went anywhere without her headphones. She loved music especially country songs by artists such as Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan. She also had a soft spot for rap. She could name nearly every song on the radio. “She knew […]

NYSA athletic fields worn out from overuse

NYSA athletic fields worn out from overuse

Worn down from overuse, the NYSA athletic fields aren’t in pristine condition. Many of the soccer fields have spots where there is only dirt. Weeds and stickers have also been a problem at times on fields that see hundreds of games played on them each year. The site’s condition is not uncommon for a city- […]

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