Two dozen attend ‘listening’ tour meeting

Commissioner Rob Williamson hosted his third stop on a “listening” tour he is conducting at sites throughout the county, and two dozen residents showed up for his July 24 meeting at the Navarre Visitor Information Center.

A group of Navarre Beach residents attended and expressed concern about delays with the projected $18.4 million beach renourishment project. “There’s a catastrophic failure looming,” said Larry Sims, a member of the Beach Beautification Committee.

Williamson told attendees he met with county staff July 23 to discuss ways to move the project forward before the end of 2016, pointing out he hopes to find a more “equitable” distribution of the $13.5 million local share of the project’s costs.

“It cannot wait until 2017,” Sims said, adding later, “It’s no longer about money. The island is in jeopardy.”

Other topics of discussion included the county budget, economic growth and development, local parks and recreation and the proposed Navarre pedestrian overpass.

The final stop of Williamson’s tour takes place at noon, Aug. 3, at the Jay Community Center, located at 5259 Booker St.

Read the full story in the July 30 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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