Navarre Press Editorial

Department of Education oversight more like overreach

Department of Education oversight more like overreach

On the front page of Community we shared images of Holley Navarre Primary School students excitedly playing on newly purchased playground equipment for the first time. At a school where the student population has blown past projected growth and threatens to overflow capacity, providing enough space for children to play required a big investment. That […]

Follow the trail of money

Follow the trail of money

This week’s story by Rob Johnson on the Fairpoint refinancing sheds a lot of light on the entire deal that is now for all purposes – dead. Fairpoint’s board president, Buz Eddy is looking a little contrite after causing quite the stir over the supposed urgent need for refinancing Fairpoint’s debt. He and fellow board […]

Hope for the hopeless water board

Hope for the hopeless water board

Tuesday’s Holley Navarre Water System board election has reaffirmed something – there may be hope for a drowning system. No – they are not drowning financially, in fact, they are rich by any nonprofit’s standards. But they have been drowning themselves in the proverbial testosterone war that dogs usually lift their leg for. While entertaining […]

Basis for Litigation at Holley Navarre Water System

Basis for Litigation at Holley Navarre Water System

The Sept. 19, 2017, Holley Navarre Water System board meeting was peculiar in several respects. For the first time in months, all members were present. The meeting was contentious, filled with outbursts and accusations, open hostility, and President Bien May clearly lost control of the meeting; indeed, at times he personally joined in the unseemly […]

The district 4 Master Plan: a reflection of you

The district 4 Master Plan: a reflection of you

If you have read this paper over the last few months, years or even weeks, you know what issues Navarre is facing. Rapid growth of population, unmanaged stormwater, traffic problems, over taxed infrastructure and a steady disappearance of green spaces are a few. But what do we do about it? For the past five weeks […]

A house burned – where are the fire hydrants?

A house burned – where are the fire hydrants?

Wednesday, before Thanksgiving, a home on Tupelo Street burned. It was fully involved when the Holley Navarre Fire District and other agencies arrived – and what they discovered was not unusual for them. There was no fire hydrant on the street. Instead of hooking up to a hydrant to fight the fire, they had to […]

When bears come calling

When bears come calling

The situation we have in Navarre with bears is unfortunate. Scroll through Facebook and you will see both sides of the issue with neither side willing to bend on their opinion. The bears must go…don’t harm the bears…we moved into their territory…protect your children and family from bears. This all came to a head when […]

Community driven plans are essential for success

Community driven plans are essential for success

If we haven’t said it before, let us say it now – Quint Studer is truly a community genius. He has proven it over and over again. He has been described as a visionary – he is. An entrepreneur…yes. An investor in his community…absolutely. And he is also one of the best community planners. He […]

The game of endorsements

The game of endorsements

The announcement was made Monday morning. The Navarre Area Board of Realtors endorses current District 4 commissioner on his re-election bid. Period. Why the hurry? Potential candidates don’t have to file until June. We have a year left until the general election. Wouldn’t your endorsement mean more if you waited and  considered more than one […]

A failure to plan

A failure to plan

Looking back over history in Navarre, since 2010 our population has grown by more than 69 percent. The rule of thumb around here has been to select a piece of vacant property, buy it, clear it, build on it and sell it. Wait…we forgot to mention the very important step of building up the dirt […]

The fight against bullying

The fight against bullying

We need to have a conversation. One that involves the entire community, schools, administrators, parents, students, influencers and churches. It will take every one of these groups to be present in order to have solutions. The topic? Bullying. Recently we have reported on a couple of students at our local high school who threatened other […]

Water board on a collision course

Water board on a collision course

In an Oct. 3 meeting of the Holley Navarre Water System Board of Directors, President Bien May told one person in the audience it was a good sign if people weren’t showing up to their meetings. It means everyone is happy with the job they are doing.  He is either oblivious or arrogant or both. […]

The light shining through tragedy

The light shining through tragedy

We are in a time when our country seems so divided; racial outcries, black, white, Muslim, Christian, Atheists, whose life matters, sexism and so much more. The voices of today’s generation are all muddled by what they believe, all speaking at the same time and over everyone else’s voice. We cannot hear each other speak, […]

Haste makes $7 million waste

Haste makes $7 million waste

One thing we can all agree on is Navarre Park needs upgrades. The playground equipment needs repairs, and is not friendly to special needs children. The things we cannot agree on is why we would spend $7 million on one 7 acre park and the source of the $7 million. Pam Wingate, president of the […]

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 […]

Coley clarifies resignation

Coley clarifies resignation

Navarre Press received an email from Robert Coley who opposed our story “Lies, cover-ups, projection and deception” in the May 25 issue. Tuesday morning, we received a phone call from Mr. Coley. During his phone call, Mr. Coley informed me that he did not resign from the board of commissioners of the Navarre Beach Fire […]

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, […]

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