In an email sent to several Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce members and military Public Affairs offices, Tony Hughes, former Military Affairs Council chairman for the NBACOC announced the organization of a new chamber of commerce in Navarre. It will be known as The Greater Navarre Area Chamber, not so different from the existing Navarre Beach Area Chamber.
In the statement sent out, Hughes said the new chamber was born out of “frustrations with the NBACOC” with the intent being to make the Navarre area stronger and more unified.
NBACOC Executive Director Judy Morehead says she has difficulty understanding how potentially dividing a chamber by opening a new one can create unity. “It would appear that McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell have not found a need to put two of their franchises in Navarre and they always have a line of customers,” Morehead said. “So, I’m not sure why we need two chambers of commerce. However, I would assume that there was a feasibility study or a survey completed and from there they found a need.”
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