Navarre Press Editorial

The way to a successful school year

The way to a successful school year

The children of Navarre will be returning to school Monday after what we hope was a great summer break. And with the return of the school year we have many reminders to pass along. We will begin with the most important one: Be present in your child’s schoolwork and activities and pay attention for any […]

Learning to mitigate your risks

Learning to mitigate your risks

We live in the most beautiful place in Florida, along the coast’s most beautiful beach. It is paradise. We are also fortunate to live among some pretty spectacular wildlife. The list includes bald eagles, ospreys, deer, coyotes, bears, sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, sharks and so many other species. Nearly every day we see a video […]

Ghost crab hunting no fun for sea turtles

Ghost crab hunting no fun for sea turtles

In this issue of Navarre Press, our reporter Jamie Gentry visited Navarre Beach after dark and what she found was shocking. When she arrived, predominantly on the west side of the pier in front of the condos, hundreds of people were out with bright flashlights looking for ghost crabs. The crabs respond to the beam […]

Juana’s one of a kind

Juana’s one of a kind

In this week’s issue you will read about a local family, the Rudzkis, who built one of the top 10 best beach bars in Florida from literally a shack 30 years ago. You can read the full article on our community page, but their accomplishments are nothing short of impressive. And in a town where […]

Are we privatizing part of our law enforcement?

Are we privatizing part of our law enforcement?

We learned in the last two weeks about a couple of instances where it has become necessary to hire off duty deputies to slow down speeders in Holley by the Sea and to direct the flow of weekend traffic on Gulf Boulevard at the Navarre Beach Causeway. This presents an interesting scenario. On one hand, […]

County needs change from within

County needs change from within

When it comes to the process of opening a business in Santa Rosa County, the county staff should look at themselves, as a whole, in the mirror. That is where the change must start. At the small-business roundtable hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber and Small Business Development Council of UWF, we listened to […]

Hurricane Season again

Hurricane Season again

While our friends to the east are still reeling from Hurricane Michael of October 2018, making landfall as a category 5 storm, it is the beginning of another season. While it seems the 2018 season just ended, the 2019 season is starting. Included in this issue is a Hurricane Preparedness Guide with new storm names […]

To the class of 2019

To the class of 2019

Our community is getting ready to celebrate a new chapter in the life of our youth as the oldest of these graduate high school. Seniors, congratulations on your achievement. Graduation day marks a turning in your life from childhood to adulthood. As you move the tassel to the other side of your cap, you are […]

What is the threshold?

What is the threshold?

A Milton mother of five has been charged with felony child neglect – five counts. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office investigated and entered the home to find the children living in squalor. What they found was disgusting. Children living in a roach-infested house. No furniture except a dining room table. A room with three mattresses on […]

A heartbeat is life

A heartbeat is life

If anyone has experienced the miracle of child birth, you will forever remember the first time you heard your baby’s heartbeat. The fast flutter sound fills the room along with the smiles and giggles from the parents. The heartbeat signifies life – a living, breathing life. The heartbeat of an unborn baby is no exception. […]

Keep public notices in media

Keep public notices in media

As fellow, red-blooded Americans who cherish the freedoms this nation provides, we at Florida Tax Watch hold dear the independent and unfiltered manner of governmental entities placing public notices in local newspapers of record. Such notices further a citizen’s right to know about their elected official’s decisions affecting their daily lives–a bedrock principle of our […]

When the Home Builders speak, the county should listen

When the Home Builders speak, the county should listen

    The Home Builders Association turned out in numbers to Monday’s County Commission meeting wearing their red HBA shirts. The Home Builders Association of West Florida is a membership driven networking and advocacy group focused on the needs of the building and development industry and related business in Escambia and Santa Rosa County. The […]

The County Commissioners failed on the master plan

The County Commissioners failed on the master plan

Here’s a question. If a plan is formulated based on robust voter input and if that plan is the pillar on which the representative of that area is elected by nearly 75 percent of the voters in his district and if the voting body has been discussing wanting the elements of this plan for nearly […]

If you drink, hand over your keys

If you drink, hand over your keys

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017, 10,874 people died in drunk driving crashes. It equates to one person every 48 minutes. If it takes your breath away, think about this – that number has decreased from previous years. The 10,874 people had families that grieved for the loss of a son, […]

My town

My town

I am the Holley Navarre Water System board director who voted against hiring Rob Williamson as CEO of the utility. My friends and family keep asking me, “why don’t you just quit? You have nothing to gain and nothing is going to change.” My answer is because this is my town. I got my first […]

Our hopes for 2019

Our hopes for 2019

We hope Holley Navarre Water System will get their act together and behave like a professional board that controls one of the largest budgets in the county. We wish successful business owners, or at least people with board experience, would seek to become part of the board for no other reason than to serve their […]

The guardians…of truth and freedom

The guardians…of truth and freedom

Today Time Magazine named four journalists and a newspaper as its 2018 Person of the Year for what the magazine said was standing up for the truth in the face of persecution and violence. Time calls the group “the guardians” and certainly the words “…of truth and freedom” should be added. The group is made […]

Remember when…

Remember when…

The date was Nov. 21, 2017, and it was a standing room only board meeting of the Holley Navarre Water System. Tempers were raging – some were trying to remove Brian Kelly from the board and others were trying to save him from being ousted. It all swirled around Kelly’s eligibility to serve on the […]

Williamson’s $100,000 a year consolation prize

Williamson’s $100,000 a year consolation prize

  Navarre voters overwhelmingly said “no” to Rob Williamson as District 4 County Commissioner in the August election. They used their votes to voice their displeasure with his representation, his decisions and his financial management of Navarre. Holley Navarre Water System has decided Williamson deserves a high-paying consolation prize with an offer to be their […]

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

The District 4 Master Plan has been revealed, and it is full of some great ideas: a plan for phasing in more walkability, new downtown friendly land development codes and lots of green space. We like where Matrix is going with this, especially when you look at the new overlay zoning. It intends to encourage […]

Navarre community united in relief efforts

Hurricane Michael had eyes on the northern Gulf Coast before it even entered the Gulf of Mexico. And for a while, Navarre was in the cross-hairs of the impending landfall. We watched and waited. Then we nervously watched and waited. All the while the forecasters were predicting what seemed like an impossible turn to the […]

Navarre Park’s Trojan butterfly won’t fly

Navarre Park’s Trojan butterfly won’t fly

We want to preface this with a simple statement of goal. We want the Panhandle Butterfly House to succeed. They are an asset to our community. But, in May we said: this is a bad idea. Dropping a small nonprofit program that has no stable revenue stream or even its own book keeper into a […]

Introducing Eden Davenport

Introducing Eden Davenport

You may have noticed a new name in the paper for the past two issues – Eden Davenport. Navarre Press is excited to introduce you to the young lady behind the name. Eden is a new intern from Navarre High School who is now a budding young journalist. She took a journalism class and loved […]

Bully Breeds now adoptable in Santa Rosa

Bully Breeds now adoptable in Santa Rosa

With great joy and even tears our community heard the news Monday that Santa Rosa Animal Services would end the practice of breed bans on adoptions. Moving forward they will base decisions on a dog’s temperament instead of the breed. Members of the community rejoiced at the news. Navarre Press posted the breaking news to […]

The innocence of children, the worry of parents

The innocence of children, the worry of parents

We knew about the arrest of school bus driver, Kenneth Webb, Saturday. He was arrested and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography. We saw other reports about the arrest and decided to wait before we reported on it. We wanted to dig in a little deeper than just reporting his arrest. He […]

What you condone, you own

What you condone, you own

And, silence is permission Navarre Press is certain the outcome of the primary election, including the win by District 4 commissioner-elect Dave Piech is what is best for Navarre and Santa Rosa County. Piech used a saying in his campaign, “No vote, no voice,” and residents responded in big numbers (well, bigger than years past). The […]

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