UPDATE: Navarre incorporation on hold, not dead

Updated 6/25 at 11 a.m. to include comments from Navarre Area United Political Action Committee head Jonathan Cole.

Though the primary ballot is out of reach, Navarre Area United Political Action Committee (PAC) has not halted efforts to incorporate Navarre into a city according PAC leader Jonathan Cole. 

“We are still moving forward with the effort as a whole,” he said. 

The PAC fell short of the threshold for petitions to get on the August primary ballot, but they were set to go before the Board of County Commissioners Thursday to advocated for a ballot initiative.

According to PAC members interviewed earlier this month, the plan was to ask for an allowance on the November general election ballot. PAC head Jonathan Cole attributed the petition pitfall to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

But in an email Wednesday, County Commissioner Dave Piech told the Navarre Press the incorporation PAC would not be on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting. 

“As of yesterday the PAC requested the item off of the agenda and the issue is over.  One of the committee members told me they do not intend to pursue incorporation at this time,” Piech wrote in the email. 

Thursday morning, Cole told Navarre Press that the issue was not over, but he said the timeline for moving forward is not clear. 

“We are still kind of weighing the options,” he said, adding that the removal from the agenda was due to schedule conflicts.  

This is the second political action committee to attempt to incorporate Navarre into a city since 2015. The first effort ended at the ballot box after a failed non-binding referendum. 

Cole said they plan to continue pursuing a feasibility study, though they have been unable to make a down payment on the project. He also said COVID-19 concerns have prevented any town halls on the issue. 

But he said there are more opportunities to come. 

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