Navarre Press Editorial

If you build it visitors will still go to the beach

If you build it visitors will still go to the beach

At the Board of County Commissioners meeting Sept. 14, a slide presentation of photos was used to show the disrepair of Navarre Park. There were photos of the park pier still damaged from past hurricanes with a “Do not enter” sign, an opened electrical box that needed to be closed, a piece of fencing laying […]

Lessons from Irma

Lessons from Irma

Hurricane Irma decided Navarre was not for her. She looked at us for a while, taunted us by moving west and west again and again and one last time before she made the turn to the alluring Florida Keys. We are a grateful community. We learned a lot in the 10 days we were watching […]

Williamson: Commissioner of parks and rec

Williamson: Commissioner of parks and rec

Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and District 4 commissioner Rob Williamson has proposed a $6 million Navarre Park renovation – or reno as it is popularly called on DIY shows. Only this is no DIY. To be clear, updates and upgrades are needed at the park. A new splash pad is needed, updated […]

I witnessed death in Florida

I witnessed death in Florida

I will never look at a yellow number two pencil the same way again. I was one of the press witnesses to the first execution to occur in Florida in more than a year. Mark Asay was put to death for the murders of Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell via lethal injection Aug. 24. […]

To Holley Navarre Water System: First Amendment (America) wins every time

To Holley Navarre Water System: First Amendment (America) wins every time

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment, Constitution of the United States of America […]

City council high on self

City council high on self

In November 2016, 70 percent of Floridian voters amended the state’s constitution to expand medical marijuana use for thousands of patients. Milton, Niceville and Crestview have decided to ignore these constituents by placing bans on medical marijuana dispensaries. Despite even higher levels of support – 79 percent – within their constituency, Gulf Breeze’s city council […]

To pursue a college degree or not?

To pursue a college degree or not?

Ditch the diploma Harry Truman didn’t need a college degree to end the Second World War. In a decision that would change the course of history, Truman – one of a dozen U.S. presidents lacking a formal higher education – authorized the use of atomic weaponry against Japan. The 72nd anniversary of that decision will […]

No art in this deal

No art in this deal

To paraphrase John Goodman as Walter Sobchak in the Coen Brothers’ 1998 crime comedy “The Big Lebowski”: “Just because we’re taxpayers doesn’t mean we’re saps.” Walter got irate when he thought a funeral director demanded too much money for a crematory urn. Instead of overpaying, the bereaved Sobchak buys a coffee can at a nearby […]

May’s dispute refuted

May’s dispute refuted

Navarre Press received a letter to the editor from Holley Navarre Water president Bien May. Below is the letter in its entirety, followed by responses from Navarre Press.   First I would like to say I am not a politician nor do I aspire to be one. I typically would not respond publically to news […]

In Honor of Courage

In Honor of Courage

“IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776. THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF THE THIRTEEN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHEN, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which […]

Insufficient funds for local events

Insufficient funds for local events

Of the $2,398,948 collected last fiscal year in bed tax dollars in Santa Rosa County, the Tourist Development Office set aside $75,000 to use as grant money for local events that help promote tourism. A criterion was set that had to be met in order to qualify for the grant money. The requests could not […]

Preserving the past, moving to the future

Preserving the past, moving to the future

I’ve been thinking about the Navarre Beach sign this week and the passion behind those that want to keep a part of history of our area and those that are reluctant to speak up about their thoughts on the subject. I’ve been in this area since the mid-70s and grew up coming to Navarre Beach […]

Actions = Consequences

Actions = Consequences

In Monday’s county commission meeting, Commissioner and Chairman Rob Williamson put the other commissioners in a difficult position when he removed the signs from the causeway in the middle of the night Thursday. Quite clearly he undermined the board as expressed by both Lane Lynchard and Sam Parker. He failed to defend county staff for […]

Weaselly Williamson and His Ghoulish Groupies

Weaselly Williamson and His Ghoulish Groupies

Guest Opinion The term “snowflake” is the hot buzzword of the hour. It is usually applied to the young, naïvely-preening men and women who whine about appropriated burritos and that pesky protected speech. Sometimes this whining leads to mob action, as it did in Portland this past week. There, a Category Five Twitter storm shut […]

Holley Navarre Water: A house of cards

Holley Navarre Water: A house of cards

We have been part of many professional boards in our 17 years of existence, and we have never seen anything like this. The cover-ups, deceit and outright lies leave us wondering what will become of HNWS when it all comes to light. The Holley Navarre Water board of directors is made up of the president, […]

Not in my neighborhood

Not in my neighborhood

Not in my neighborhood. It is the common refrain when new construction comes to Navarre. The idea that this or that might be built near my castle is an insult. We have heard it discussed before with officials on everything from signage for apartments, a wildlife refuge to private schools. But the cry was loudest […]

If governor signs, 2.7 million criminal records vanish from public view

If governor signs, 2.7 million criminal records vanish from public view

More than 2.7 million criminal records will be sealed and the arrest records of hundreds of thousands of people will be concealed under a bill heading to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. An open records advocacy group is sounding the alarm and calling for Scott to veto the bill, warning it could hide the backgrounds of […]

May is Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month

In 1999, congress declared May would be National Military Appreciation Month so the citizens of our country could publicly thank everyone who puts on the uniform of their branch of service. Navarre Press would like to thank each of you who serves our country. You do so quietly, humbly and with great integrity. Those who […]

Lost L.O.S.T.

Lost L.O.S.T.

Guest Opinion: Lost: “no longer possessed; retained,” and “having gone astray or missed the way.” Based on recent comments regarding storm water projects related to the Local Option Sales Tax revenue tentative projects’ list, it seems District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson is lost on the L.O.S.T. Last November, the voters approved the L.O.S.T. because the […]

2017 Taxpayer Independence Day

2017 Taxpayer Independence Day

On Monday, April 17, Florida TaxWatch joined the taxpayers in our state in celebrating Florida Taxpayer Independence Day 2017. On that day, Floridians are finally earning money for themselves–not for the tax collector. This symbolic date assumes that every dollar earned since Jan. 1 goes to pay federal, state and local tax obligations. This measure of tax […]

Acceleration of drug choices

Acceleration of drug choices

In 2016, Castlight Health did a nationwide study and probed the rates of opioid painkiller abuse in the U.S. cities. What it found might surprise you. Our neighbor to the west, Pensacola, is listed as the 16th most drug addicted city in the country and our neighbor to the east, Panama City is listed as […]

A child cries out

A child cries out

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month Somewhere today, as you read this, a child is crying and desperately begging a parent or other family member to stop the beating. Cowered down in a protective fetal position crying and begging. Slaps to the head and face, hits to the arms or something worse, instilling a deep […]

We must continue fight to protect public’s right to maintain a vigilant eye on their elected officials

We must continue fight to protect public’s right to maintain a vigilant eye on their elected officials

By Florida TaxWatch Chairman-Elect Pat Neal and President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro The cornerstone of our constitutional democratic republic is protecting citizens’ right to full and public notice when their elected officials are discussing or making decisions that could affect taxpayers’ daily lives. As a nonpartisan government watchdog and taxpayer-research institute that focuses on […]

Growth stumps county

Growth stumps county

Growth is a great thing. When our children are growing we measure off every inch marking the same door frame over and over so we can see how tall they are getting. We make plans for the next inch by buying the next size up in clothes and shoes. We replace the crib with a […]

Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine

Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law gives the public the right of access to government meetings and public records. It ensures that government works out in the open for all to see – no backroom conversations between elected officials before a vote. However, as we recently found out, in Santa Rosa County those officials can send texts or […]

Celebrating Newspaper in Education Week

Celebrating Newspaper in Education Week

Guest Opinion The American Press Institute commemorates and celebrates Newspaper in Education Week annually the first full school week in March. Florida Press Educational Services is honored to commemorate Newspaper in Education Week 2017 and encourages teachers, parents and students to read the newspaper daily in school and at home to enrich their lives. FPES […]

Eight reasons to repeal Obamacare

Eight reasons to repeal Obamacare

As the debate over repealing Obamacare intensifies, it’s important to remember the law’s most glaring failures. Here are eight: 1) Costs Despite repeated promises of premium reductions, Obamacare has delivered major increases. In the employer-sponsored market, costs continue to increase. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, average family premiums for employer-sponsored plans have increased almost 32 […]

The great divide

The great divide

Monday’s county commission meeting was interesting to say the least. Two chambers on the agenda presented applications to host the same event in different years. It is the same event that the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) has hosted for 10 years with a new venue. They built the event, grew it and […]

Oversight or hindsight?

Oversight or hindsight?

The county has published their proposed spending plan for an estimated $39 million in local option sales tax funds, and not surprisingly folks aren’t happy with the distribution. The projects listed are clearly important. The first responders’ radio tower that is listed at a price of $750,000 should have been built years ago. It is […]

Breaking the spirit of democracy*

Breaking the spirit of democracy*

All over the country we see demonstrations, walks, protests and childish political maneuvering because Donald Trump was elected president. Social media posts are even worse with name calling and other juvenile tactics. We see college students crying and in some cases rioting over the election. Celebrities refused to perform at his inauguration, some even promised […]

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