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Ghost of planning past

Ghost of planning past

While there has been talk of trying to create a downtown for Navarre, technically a Town Center already exists. Back in 2004, Navarre’s heart was designated as the area east of State Road 87, west of Granada Street, north of U.S. Highway 98 and south of Laredo Street. A panel of citizens volunteered their summer […]

Holley Navarre Water says hydrants on horizon

Holley Navarre Water says hydrants on horizon

Questions have arisen recently about a lack of fire hydrants in areas of Navarre following a house fire on Tupelo Drive Nov. 22. The lack of hydrants in the area made fighting the fire more difficult for Holley Navarre Fire District, forcing the teams to depend on their tanker trucks for water. In fact, there […]

Navarre Beach Fire Chief resigns position

Navarre Beach Fire Chief resigns position

Navarre Beach Fire Department Chief Mike Howard has resigned his position with the department. In a letter to the department’s board of commissioners tendered Monday, Dec. 4, Howard resigned requesting two months of severance pay and three months of health insurance. The fire commissioners discussed the task of replacing Howard at their regularly scheduled meeting […]

New suspicious activity – how to keep your children safe

New suspicious activity – how to keep your children safe

A new report of suspicious activity involving a child has the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office encouraging parents to have a conversation with their children about “stranger danger.” The most recent reports are from Woodlawn Beach Road/Barbarosa Road in Midway Nov. 16 around 1:45 p.m. and the description is an older white male in a black […]

Freezing temps tonight and tomorrow

Freezing temps tonight and tomorrow

The National Weather Service in Mobile has issued a freeze warning in effect from 6 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. Temperatures will drop into the upper 20s and lower 30s across the warning area, bringing the first freeze of the season. Holley Navarre Fire District Battalion Chief Howie Rounsaville reminds everyone to protect your […]

UPDATE: Lindsay found guilty for Musil murder

UPDATE: Lindsay found guilty for Musil murder

  Lori Musil was an artist. She was a mother, and she was the kind of person who “never met a stranger.” Musil texted her children goodnight every day. Musil was young and loving, and she took the time to go on outings with her children and grandchildren regularly. Her grandchildren referred to her as […]

Science station debuts new learning tool

Science station debuts new learning tool

When busloads of Holley Navarre Primary School students arrived at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) on Thursday, they were greeted by one massive new friend. Diana the humpback whale made her debut. Diana is a life-size inflatable model that the science station will be using to teach lessons about marine mammals. Composed of […]

Candidates for Holley-Navarre Water board face off

Candidates for Holley-Navarre Water board face off

  Holley-Navarre Water System will hold an election for two of the seven seats on its board of directors Jan. 16. Five candidates have been declared in the race: incumbent Troy Bossier, incumbent Gaius Bruce, William Goulet (previously served on the board), Daryl Lynchard (previously served on the board) and Mark Miller. Candidates must be […]

Reward offered for identity of spray paint vandals

Reward offered for identity of spray paint vandals

Following an incident where three individuals defaced private property Saturday evening, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to their arrest According to the Sheriff’s office press release, multiple calls were received of criminal mischief in the Whispering Pines Boulevard area of Navarre. In the overnight hours of Dec. […]

Sanborn not guilty of Sunshine Law charge

Sanborn not guilty of Sunshine Law charge

Tourist Development Council member Jack Sanborn was found not guilty Friday on charges that he violated Florida’s Sunshine Law by phoning two other panel volunteers to discuss matters that had previously come before the board. Santa Rosa County Judge Jose Giraud ruled after nearly an hour-long hearing that while Sanborn’s calls on his personal cellphone […]

Man allegedly beats, handcuffs 90 year old

Man allegedly beats, handcuffs 90 year old

Elder abuse, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm by a felon are just a few charges facing a  man who allegedly beat a 90-year-old man of Navarre while trying to rob him then handcuffed him. Dennis Shibler, 37, faces multiple felony charges from the incident after he drove himself to the Santa Rosa County […]

Sunshine Law cloudy for Fairpoint Regional

Sunshine Law cloudy for Fairpoint Regional

While a recent unannounced gathering of some Fairpoint Regional Utility Service directors may appear to have violated Florida’s Sunshine Law, some are questioning their obligation to meet in public. In fact, Holley Navarre Water’s president, Bien May—who is also a Fairpoint director–when asked by a reporter recently whether the Sunshine Law applies to the boards […]

Wildlife refuge joins #GivingTuesday

Wildlife refuge joins #GivingTuesday

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) Tuesday will be accepting donations to support their residents and future visitors at their new facility in Holley. The donation drive is part of #GivingTuesday, a global fundraising movement for nonprofits that follows the Thanksgiving shopping weekend. ECWR is a rescues, rehabilitates and releases more than 1,200 sick, injured or […]

Update: Dog survives massive house fire in Navarre

Update: Dog survives massive house fire in Navarre

Though their house was completely burned, a Navarre family had at least one thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Fire fully engulfed a residence on Tupelo Drive Nov. 22 causing half the house to collapse and the other half of the home to be heavily damaged, but the family dog, trapped inside the home […]

Stroads: “The futons of transportation investments”

Stroads: “The futons of transportation investments”

  In September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $80,000-$150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 Master Plan for the Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach area. As development of that plan gets underway the Navarre Press is taking a look at planning the future of Navarre. […]

Holley by the Sea receives $65,000 bear grant

Holley by the Sea receives $65,000 bear grant

The Holley by the Sea Homeowners Association has secured $65,000 in grant money to combat black bears in the neighborhood. This “BearWise” grant program was funded by the Florida Legislature and Florida Fish and the Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The program will award $515,000 in grants across the state. Read the full article in the […]

Gulf Breeze faces state audit

Gulf Breeze faces state audit

  Nearly three years after the City of Gulf Breeze started levying water utility surcharges on its customers who lives outside the municipality’s border, the Florida Auditor General’s Office is looking into numerous complaints about those fees. Requested by State Sen. Doug Broxson, the state’s audit will apparently be a top-to-bottom investigation of the city’s […]

Facebook busts alleged Club II burglar

Facebook busts alleged Club II burglar

The Club II in Gulf Breeze had unwelcome visitors Oct. 23, and Facebook has allegedly landed at least one of those visitors behind bars. Brittny Still, 28, of Gulf Breeze is facing third degree felony unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure and first degree misdemeanor larceny petty theft for the theft of keys to the […]

Recipe for a well-planned community

Recipe for a well-planned community

In September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved paying $80,000-$150,000 to consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 Master Plan for the Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach area. As development of that plan gets underway, the Navarre Press is taking a look at planning the future of Navarre. As the […]

Cole named County Commission chairman

Cole named County Commission chairman

With a shake of the hand, Board of County Commissioners Chairman Rob Williamson of Navarre passed the gavel Nov. 9 to incoming chairman County Commissioner Bob Cole during the board’s annual reorganization meeting. Cole is the representative for District 2 which includes the Milton and East Milton area. He will lead the board for fiscal […]

Whispering Pines development: apartments no, subdivision yes

Whispering Pines development: apartments no, subdivision yes

It was standing room only Nov. 9 at the Tiger Point Community Center as roughly 100 people showed up to speak out against two developments along Whispering Pines Boulevard being considered by the county Zoning Board. The crowd succeeded in securing unanimous rejection of one of the developments, Sanctuary Apartments. But that denial is not […]

Water board under Sunshine Law scrutiny

Water board under Sunshine Law scrutiny

Allegations that three of Fairpoint Regional Utility’s seven board members violated Florida’s Sunshine Law by meeting in private last month are under review by the State Attorney’s Office in Pensacola. “The only thing I can say at this time is I can confirm that we have received a copy of the complaint regarding the Sunshine […]

Update: Arrest made in Milton stabbing

Update: Arrest made in Milton stabbing

The name of the Milton man accused of stabbing two people Thursday morning has been released. Jevon Lamar Husfelt, 22, is facing two counts of first degree felony attempted homicide in relation to an incident that occurred at an address on Kabel Drive in Milton according to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office press release. Deputies […]

Sunshine Law complaint may go to trial

Sunshine Law complaint may go to trial

Jack Sanborn wants some light shed on allegations that he violated Florida’s Sunshine Law last June by speaking to another volunteer member of the Tourist Development Council. “I’d like to face my accuser and hear exactly what I said that supposedly violated the law,” Sanborn told the Navarre Press this week after State Attorney Bill […]

Suspicions rile water board

Suspicions rile water board

The rebellion among Holley Navarre Water System board members against proposed debt restructuring by the collective that supplies their water focuses on concerns that the motive behind the deal is actually to enrich the City of Gulf Breeze. “It’s a money grab,” said Brian Kelly, an HNWS director and finance committee chairman in an email […]

New apartments, subdivision being considered

New apartments, subdivision being considered

Navarre’s continued growth is a known trend, and the influx of residents means an increased demand for housing. Among the potential developments is a proposed new apartment complex on Whispering Pines Boulevard. The Sanctuary Apartments would be a 164-unit, seven building complex located at the northern end of Whispering Pines Boulevard just south of Pouder […]

New candidate announced for District 4 County Commissioner

New candidate announced for District 4 County Commissioner

Until Friday, current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson was unchallenged for re-election to that seat in 2018. However, a new candidate has thrown his hat in the ring. David Piech, who resides on Admiral Street in Holley by the Sea, announced his candidacy with the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections office. Raised in Chicago, […]

Residents concerned about losing property

Residents concerned about losing property

Maps of miles of U.S. Highway 98 stretched across tables last week at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) public hearings outlining the impacts that widening the road could have on hundreds of property owners and hundreds of thousands more who drive the corridor each day. Among the changes were proposals that would put a […]

Water board faces outside political pressure

Water board faces outside political pressure

Do it our way. That’s the message from City of Gulf Breeze officials to the Holley Navarre Water System board about a controversial proposal to refinance $9.8 million in debt held by the collective from which the utility buys most of its water. A majority of HNWS directors recently rebuffed the inperson pitch by Fairpoint […]

Waste Pro to take over waste disposal services

Waste Pro to take over waste disposal services

Following customer complaints about failures to collect yard waste and a request for more money, Waste Management lost the contract for servicing south Santa Rosa County residents earlier this year. Starting Jan. 1, there will be a new waste hauler in town: Waste Pro. The contract covers 13,000 residents of south Santa Rosa County including […]

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