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Gulf Breeze moving past mayor’s resignation

Gulf Breeze moving past mayor’s resignation

Following the abrupt resignation of Mayor David Landfair last week in a texting scandal, former City Council member Renee Bookout has emerged as the favorite to fill the volunteer panel’s fifth seat as Mayor Pro Tem Cherry Fitch moves up. “I think it would be a smooth transition for her and the council,” said Tom […]

New water utility directors take control

New water utility directors take control

Move over. The four new board members at Holley Navarre Water System wasted no time asserting themselves Tuesday in their first public meeting. They voted to replace board President Will Goulet with one of their own, Mike Kennedy. Read the full article in the Jan. 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

284 lot subdivision plan for Midway

284 lot subdivision plan for Midway

County commissioners will be asked this week to approve preliminary plats for construction of 284 single family homes in Midway near Edgewood Drive. Forest Bay Estates is a new subdivision proposed for 210-acres of vacant land located west of Edgewood Drive and east of River Birch Road. Primary access to the neighborhood will be off […]

Alabama man assaults Okaloosa County Commissioner

Alabama man assaults Okaloosa County Commissioner

Okaloosa County Commissioner Graham Fountain, immediate-past chairman, was injured last Saturday evening in Crestview while trying to assist a young woman who was being beaten by a male assailant. Irby Franklin Jordan, of Dothan, Alabama faces multiple felony charges for the Jan. 12 incident. According to an Okaloosa County press release, at around 3:30 p.m. […]

BREAKING: Landfair resigns as Gulf Breeze mayor

BREAKING: Landfair resigns as Gulf Breeze mayor

Newly elected Gulf Breeze Mayor David Landfair abruptly resigned on Friday, less than a month into his first term. He wrote the following letter: ”To the City Council and Citizens of Gulf Breeze: Today, I resign as Mayor of the City of Gulf Breeze. Life does not always go as planned. I had looked forward […]

Wetlands whittled down in Holley by the Sea

Wetlands whittled down in Holley by the Sea

Holley by the Sea homeowners Don and Marilyn Beyer discovered that their backyard is roughly 0.04 acres bigger than they thought, but the couple is not happy about it. That’s because the extra acreage along Redfield Drive came at the expense of local wetlands after a 2017 mistake by the seller not giving their builder […]

Zoning Board defers ruling in land-use dispute

Zoning Board defers ruling in land-use dispute

Milton-based small business Arcadia Culverts was given a six-month reprieve from being shut down Jan. 10 after the county Zoning Board voted to postpone any code compliance action. The decision was made in opposition to vocal neighbors. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Bridge contractor under pressure for repairs

Bridge contractor under pressure for repairs

State officials have been pressing the lead contractor on the new Pensacola Bay Bridge since October for details on the company’s plan to fix numerous cracks in the span’s concrete deck. In an email to the Florida Department of Transportation, obtained by this newspaper in a public records request, an independent bridge inspector raised questions […]

FDOT sets 98 flyover as recommended alternative

FDOT sets 98 flyover as recommended alternative

More than 360 people crowded into the Days Inn and Suites Navarre Conference Center Jan. 15 to view and comment on plans to widen U.S. Highway 98 and put a flyover through Navarre. After more than two years of work, Florida Department of Transportation officials presented their top chosen option based on the data. The […]

Technology helps keep realtors safe

Technology helps keep realtors safe

Realtors face real dangers. On the evening of Sept. 25, 2014, realtor Beverly Carter was planning to show a home in Scott, Arkansas, to an interested client. She parked her car in the driveway and unlocked the home. Then she disappeared. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Entire pier deck to be replaced

Entire pier deck to be replaced

Walking the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico, visitors may notice a few cracks and even holes in the decking. Those blemishes should be going away soon as Santa Rosa County plans to completely re-deck the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier in 2019. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Postal service asks for postage increase

Postal service asks for postage increase

The price of a postage stamp for first class mailings of a letter (1 oz.) is set to rise to 55 cents January 27 if the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) passes the increase. Currently, the first-class rate is 50 cents. It will be the first increase since 2014, when postage stamps went up to the […]

Tourism council backs funding for wildlife refuge

Tourism council backs funding for wildlife refuge

After balking at a request for nearly half a million dollars, the county’s Tourist Development Council did agree Jan. 3 to fund $117,000 for animal habitats at the new Holley location of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR). While ECWR has steadily been securing donations since December 2016, the timeline for completion of the new […]

Courthouse contractor picked, construction to begin

Courthouse contractor picked, construction to begin

After more than 20 years of debate, construction of a new Santa Rosa County courthouse will begin this year according to county officials. The Santa Rosa County Commission took a huge step in that direction Tuesday, selecting the firm that will design and build a new judicial center complex along Avalon Boulevard in Milton. Read […]

Area housing market on steady growth pace

Area housing market on steady growth pace

The Navarre real estate market isn’t booming quite like sometimes in the past, but it’s on a solid growth trajectory that doesn’t appear to hold a bust in store either. In other words, it may be just right. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Bridge tolls issue goes to court

Bridge tolls issue goes to court

Here comes the judge. After years of cautiously circling each other, posturing and trading ultimatums, state officials and the investors who bought bonds to build the Garcon Point Bridge are headed for a legal showdown. “It seems like they want it their way or no way,” State Rep. Jayer Williamson told the Navarre Press on […]

Water System approves proposed budget

Water System approves proposed budget

Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) Board of Directors may have been skating on thin legal ice Dec. 18 as they voted to approve a budget for 2019, possibly in violation of the utility’s bylaws. While historically the budget has been approved in December for the past decade, board member Daryl Lynchard questioned whether that practice […]

Williamson’s hands are tied at the water utility

Williamson’s hands are tied at the water utility

The list of duties that are legally off-limits to the newly minted $100,000-a-year Chief Executive Officer at Holley Navarre Water System keeps growing. Already being held at arm’s length by Santa Rosa County officials, ousted District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson also won’t likely be allowed to handle applications for federal and state grants or loans […]

Utility gives Williamson free rein on travel

Utility gives Williamson free rein on travel

With a new travel budget equal to the $50,000 a year authorized for the entire Santa Rosa County Commission, new Holley Navarre Water System CEO Rob Williamson doesn’t need pre-approval for out-of-town trips to lobby or for other purposes. Although volunteer utility board President Will Goulet told the Navarre Press that the $50,000 isn’t a […]

Gardner reflects on 33 year career before retirement

Gardner reflects on 33 year career before retirement

On an evening in 1995, Paul Gardner and his wife were cresting the top of the Navarre Beach bridge when they spotted a breathtaking view, thousands of lights along the coastal community known as Navarre. The couple were headed home from a celebratory dinner. Gardner had just secured a promotion to Operations Manager at Holley […]

Navarre sergeant charged with child porn possession

Navarre sergeant charged with child porn possession

A Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office sergeant from Navarre has been arrested on multiple counts of child pornography after a search of his phone. Jeffrey Perkins was arrested Monday and charged with eight counts of child pornography following an investigation by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue […]

County holds ex-commissioner at arm’s length

County holds ex-commissioner at arm’s length

Wary of violating a Florida statute about consorting with former colleagues, Santa Rosa officials are carefully avoiding work-related contact with Rob Williamson, the new CEO of Holley Navarre Water System. Keeping Williamson at arm’s length has already required dodging an overture last week to tour Holley Navarre Water’s facilities on Turkey Bluff Road along with […]

Navarre’s largest brokerage splits from NABOR

Navarre’s largest brokerage splits from NABOR

Keller Williams Emerald Coast-Navarre, the largest local real estate brokerage by agent count, has announced a partnership with the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors (ECAR). The Dec. 19 announcement means a split from the Navarre Area Board of Realtors (NABOR). Keller Williams had been associated with NABOR for five years, and the decision to leave […]

Milton shooting, burglary suspect arrested

Milton shooting, burglary suspect arrested

Drugs may have been involved in an attempted homicide and burglary incident in Milton according a Santa Rosa County arrest report. Suspect Kristopher Telacy Brown, 20, of Pensacola was arrested Dec. 11 for allegedly shooting a man in the head with a sawed-off shotgun. Deputies arrived at 6461 Sunny Acres Court in Mil­ton about 9 […]

Phase I price tag $3 million

Phase I price tag $3 million

Based on Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is no longer part of Navarre Park’s Phase I makeover, but it is not being relocated to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge either. That issue aside, County Administrator Dan Schebler told the commissioners that they need an answer to move forward on […]

Camden Drive improvements underway

Camden Drive improvements underway

Construction for the Camden Drive Outfall Project Phase I in the Holley by the Sea subdivision in Navarre commenced Saturday. The $1.2 million project is the first of two phases that will provide improved stormwater conveyance and water quality of adjacent wetlands. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Escambia referendum may roadblock beach fee simple title

Escambia referendum may roadblock beach fee simple title

Voters in Escambia County may have barred Navarre Beach residents from receiving fee simple title following a referendum in the November election. More than 80 percent of the roughly 119,000 voters that cast a ballot on the issue called for a federal deed controlling the island’s ownership to remain in place. Read the full article […]

New leadership takes reins in Gulf Breeze

New leadership takes reins in Gulf Breeze

Working the room with handshakes all around, newly elected Gulf Breeze Mayor David Landfair acted more like a candidate than a winner Monday night. Emblematic of Landfair’s promises of city meetings that are more “collegial” than some of the contentious sessions of recent years, he thanked the 40 or so friends, residents and reporters who […]

Beach road reopens through National Seashore

Beach road reopens through National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore will reopen the road between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach through the Santa Rosa Area, at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Highway 399 (J. Earle Bowden Way) was closed in October ahead of Hurricane Michael making landfall on the Gulf Coast.  The hurricane caused significant damage to the road. Immediately following the storm […]

Woman’s body found on river bank

Woman’s body found on river bank

Detectives with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office are actively investigating the death of a woman whose body was found on the bank of the Escambia River in Jay. According to a sheriff’s office press release, the body was discovered around 11 a.m. Sunday after someone called dispatch to say they had found a body. […]

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