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Man gets 30 years for ramming cop car, other felonies

Man gets 30 years for ramming cop car, other felonies

After fleeing from police and driving his vehicle into a patrol car a Navarre man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in state prison. Christopher Delaine Bryant, 29, of Navarre was sentenced as a prison releasee reoffender and habitual felony offender by Circuit Judge David Rimmer following an incident that occurred in 2016. On June […]

FWC investigating death of bear in Navarre

FWC investigating death of bear in Navarre

A black bear was found dead near a home on Casa de Oro Street in Navarre around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Elizabeth Garrett found the bear when she came home that afternoon. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the incident at this time. FWC believes the bear was shot. Anyone with information is […]

FDOT weighs community input on 98 expansion

FDOT weighs community input on 98 expansion

Renderings of roundabouts and raised roadways along the heart of Navarre’s business corridor is just one of the options being considered by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for the expansion of U.S. Highway 98. FDOT placed the expansion of Highway 98 from four lanes to six on their five year plan last year and […]

Sunshine scrutiny of tourist panel lingers

Sunshine scrutiny of tourist panel lingers

Even the most seemingly innocent phone call between two members of a volunteer group such as the Tourist Development Council can cause suspicion and trigger legal questions that last for months. Such a phone call in August from council member Jack Sanborn to panel colleague Kyle Holley apparently prompted a complaint from an undisclosed source […]

Impact 100 gives thousands to Santa Rosa causes

Impact 100 gives thousands to Santa Rosa causes

The women of Impact 100 Pensacola Bay Area awarded more than $1 million in grants to local nonprofits Sunday including several Santa Rosa County organizations. There were 15 finalists across five categories, each vying to receive one of 10 grants amounting to $107,700 each. There were three Santa Rosa County-based winners. Read the full article […]

Student arrested after school shooting threat

Student arrested after school shooting threat

A Navarre High School student has been arrested in connection with threats to carry out a mass shooting at the school. Brandon Lee Hawkins, 15, of Constitution Drive in Navarre, was charged with two felony counts of intimidation, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office said. The specific charges are  “Write, send threat to kill or injure” […]

Navarre bypassed

Navarre bypassed

Roundabouts, raised roadways and removed businesses are a few of the features outlined by renderings of U.S. Highway 98 released by the Florida Department of Transportation in advance of its next public hearing on the widening of the highway. FDOT last year placed the expansion of Highway 98 from four lanes to six on its […]

Panel creates funding plan for park upgrades

Panel creates funding plan for park upgrades

After seven hours of argument and compromise, members of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) were able to reach a funding agreement for millions of dollars in Navarre Park improvements. The initial phase of funding would cover roughly $3.6 million for playground equipment, a new splash pad, new east-end restrooms, stormwater improvements and removal of the […]

Santa Rosa voter rolls shrinking

Santa Rosa voter rolls shrinking

  Although Republican voters hold a 3-1 edge over Democrats in Santa Rosa, they lost some of that lead this year. In the biennial updating that state law requires county Elections Supervisor Tappie Villane to do in every odd-numbered year, her staff has moved 4,874 Republicans to “inactive” status, compared with 2,066 Democrats. The trend […]

County selects fishing pier operator

County selects fishing pier operator

County Commissioners have selected Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises LLC to operate the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The company could take over pier fee collections and operation of a restaurant and gift shop as early as next month or as late as Jan. 1. The Board of County Commissioners heard from three pier management hopefuls Monday. […]

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: 10/7  8:30 a.m. Hurricane Nate is a category 1 storm steaming through the Gulf of Mexico. Currently maximum sustained winds are at 85 mph with movement to the north northwest at 22 mph. Currently our area remains under a hurricane watch, tropical storm warning and storm surge warning. We spoke with Jason Beaman, meteorologist […]

Tourism panel balks at loan for park redo

Tourism panel balks at loan for park redo

County tourism leaders were hesitant Monday to back plans to pay for nearly $2 million in Navarre Park improvements through more than doubling the loan on the Navarre Beach Visitors Center. Tourist Development Committee (TDC) members in attendance all spoke favorably of the proposal to make some improvements to the park despite negative comments about […]

Air Force: Reopening Navarre Pass would interfere with future missions

Air Force: Reopening Navarre Pass would interfere with future missions

In a letter to Senator Bill Nelson, Gen. David Goldfein, the U.S. Air Force chief of staff writes in part, “Reopening Navarre Pass in a way that goes through the Santa Rosa Island Controlled Firing Area would interfere with current and future Air Force and DOD missions. Consequently, the Air Force opposes reopening that pass.” […]

Santana arrested in Texas

Santana arrested in Texas

Friday morning at 6:30 a.m. the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office SWAT, Narcotics Unit and Major Crimes Detectives executed a judge-signed search warrant at 3286 Hwy. 87 in Holley. According to The Republic, a newspaper in Columbus, Indiana, the Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics enforcement team simultaneously served a related warrant at an address in Columbus. […]

Update: Reef Deployment complete

Update: Reef Deployment complete

As of  6 p.m. Wednesday, deployment of the expansion of the Navarre Beach near-shore snorkel reef was completed. Despite rough seas and shallow water earlier in the process, workers from reef-building company Walter Marine were able to place the final modules more than doubling the snorkel reef’s size.  Deployment began last week, but sand changes […]

HNWS board members’ eligibility called into question

HNWS board members’ eligibility called into question

After intense arguments at their most recent meeting, every member of Holley Navarre Water System’s board will now have to prove they are eligible to serve on the board. The board voted Sept. 19 to have a third party, selected by general manager Paul Gardner, review the eligibility of all board members following multiple allegations […]

Commissioners express ‘sticker shock’ over park plan

Commissioners express ‘sticker shock’ over park plan

“When we embarked on the master plan for Navarre Park, I had no idea whatsoever that we would end up with a $6.5 million plan,” District 5 commissioner Lane Lynchard said during Monday’s Board of County Commissioner committee meeting in regards to the Navarre Park master plan. He and other commissioners described their reaction as […]

Update: Park funding sources change

Update: Park funding sources change

Update 9/24 Since Sept. 14, when District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson revealed his master plan for Navarre Park and his recommended funding plan for Phase 1, his funding sources have changed significantly according to the agenda for the Board of County Commissioners meeting slated for Monday.  Williamson’s former funding plan for the first phase was […]

School support staff election goes to runoff

School support staff election goes to runoff

Postelection, it remains unclear as to who will be the representative union for the hundreds of educational support staff members of Santa Rosa County School District. Just four votes separated challenger Santa Rosa Education Association (SREA) from the current union, Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE). SREA garnered 115, and SRPE got 111. That was not […]

Courthouse design will need update – and cash

Courthouse design will need update – and cash

Going back to the drawing board can be expensive. Now Santa Rosa officials are wondering if engineering plans for the proposed county courthouse on the newly purchased Avalon Boulevard site will cost anything like the roughly $475,000 already spent on such research for previously proposed locations that’s now at least partly obsolete. Read the full […]

Two new housing developments planned

Two new housing developments planned

Proposed rezoning requests at last week’s county Zoning Board meeting revealed two more subdivisions planned for the Navarre area. The first is located on Bob Tolbert Road off U.S. Highway 98 down the street behind Holley Hills Pottery. The property is owned by Jimmy Tolbert. While a potential site plan was not included with the […]

AT&T temporary outage coming to Gulf Breeze

AT&T temporary outage coming to Gulf Breeze

Residents of the Gulf Breeze area may temporarily loose television, internet and landline phone service early Tuesday morning according to a City of Gulf Breeze press release. The outage will occur as part of the Pensacola Bay Bridge replacement project. AT&T will be performing utility construction from 12:00 a.m. to 6 a.m. Sept. 19. Residents […]

Commissioners choose pier shortlist

Commissioners choose pier shortlist

County commissioners selected the shortlist of candidates to run and remodel the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier Thursday during their regular meeting. The county started seeking a new operator to “build up” the pier several months ago in preparation for the end of the current operators contract. The commissioners indicated they would like to see a […]

Utility seeks fix to Hidden Creek Golf flooding

Utility seeks fix to Hidden Creek Golf flooding

The plight of Holley-Navarre Water System and the Hidden Creek Golf Club it owns have been similar in recent weeks: too much water and nowhere to put much of it. Heavy rains from June through August have forced the club to close on some days, making water hazards out of some of its sand traps, […]

Vandal tags home, car with hate

Vandal tags home, car with hate

“Kill yourself.” Those harsh words in big, black spray painted letters greeted the neighbors along Bahama Street Monday morning in Holley by the Sea. It was sprayed across the garage door of the home of Dylan Bruce, 19. His car parked in the driveway was worse off with white spray painted profanities on all sides. […]

Faces of Hurricane Irma evacuees

Faces of Hurricane Irma evacuees

Navarre Press had the opportunity to interview a few people who evacuated from Hurricane Irma to our area. Some came here because they knew something about us and others just happened by and decided to stay. They will be leaving soon to find out whether or not their home survived the storm. We will follow […]

Teachers’ union not settling for salary decision

Teachers’ union not settling for salary decision

Weeks after the Santa Rosa County School Board sided with Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick over the teachers’ union in salary negotiations, some teachers and union leaders are not dropping the issue. They appeared before the school board to make arguments during a public forum Sept. 7. In mid-August the school board voted unanimously to offer the […]

Attempted murder suspect from New York arrested in Holley by the Sea

Attempted murder suspect from New York arrested in Holley by the Sea

In an unexpected turn of events, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man wanted for attempted murder in New York. September 12, deputies received a call about a stolen iPhone in Gulf Breeze. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the deputies walked the victim through locating the phone through an app, which […]

County alerted to ‘extraordinary’ park makeover cost

County alerted to ‘extraordinary’ park makeover cost

Lee Majors, television’s “Six Million Dollar Man,” now has something of a financial kinship with Rob Williamson, the Santa Rosa County commissioner with a $6 million plan. Williamson intends to unveil the seven-figure fiscal details about the proposed overhaul of Navarre Park to his commission colleagues in their Sept. 14 meeting. The District 4 commissioner […]

Tourism council answers rebuke with an invitation

Tourism council answers rebuke with an invitation

Santa Rosa officials bristled at the recent scolding they received from House Speaker Richard Corcoran about the financial practices of the county’s Tourist Development Office. But they rejected a first impulse to fire off a terse letter to Corcoran—deciding instead to invite him here to prove the transparency with which the county handles its annual […]

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