Navarre Press Editorial

The NIMBYs strike again

The NIMBYs strike again

At 3 a.m. on many mornings, Brandi Winkleman and her dedicated volunteers are at the Paw Pad in Milton, checking paperwork and loading up cat and dog carriers into a big van. Winkleman chugs a caffeinated beverage, then drives for hours to reach Operation Spay Bay with dozens of animals in tow. She does this […]

Sure, build on potential toxic waste

Sure, build on potential toxic waste

The Santa Rosa County Commissioners had an opportunity to make a small step toward amending a sin of the past during their meeting last Thursday. They chose not to. They approved building of 16 homes over potentially contaminated water and soil in Gulf Breeze. Water Leaf subdivision is at just the beginning stages of the […]

Honoring Veterans

Honoring Veterans

In our community, there is no lack of military appreciation. You see it everywhere. We are a community filled with veterans, retirees, active-duty and reservists. At night we are often lulled to sleep by the sounds of freedom; a C-130 circling overhead, CV-22s flying low and even the sound of gunship fire in the distance. […]

WastePro: Stop the excuses

WastePro: Stop the excuses

Since WastePro took over waste hauling services for south Santa Rosa County in January 2018, we have written seven articles featuring resident complaints of less than ideal service. Or no service at all. WastePro came into the picture on the heals of an already disgraced waste hauler. Waste Management tried to enact limits on yard […]

A win for the citizens of Santa Rosa County

A win for the citizens of Santa Rosa County

Whether you were for or against the sales tax increase on the Oct. 8 ballot, you must give a great deal of credit to the citizens of Santa Rosa County, and eventually the County Commissioners. The citizens rose up and said “no” to the increase in a loud way. And before they voted no, the […]

Retribution from the zoning board

Retribution from the zoning board

Well, the voters have spoken, and it’s not really a surprise what they said. Support the tax or oppose it, street chatter revealed what the outcome was likely to be. The proposed increase of a half cent to the county’s local option sales tax failed by a large margin. Unfortunately, the appointees of the zoning […]

LOST: Point/Counter Point

LOST: Point/Counter Point

No vote is a LOST opportunity If the local option sales tax (LOST) proposed on the Oct. 8 special election ballot fails, we will have LOST a lot. We will have lost $182 million in repaved roads, improved infrastructure, updated equipment for our first responders, stormwater improvements in Holley by the Sea and elsewhere, sidewalks […]

Time is money, and Santa Rosa’s wasting it

Time is money, and Santa Rosa’s wasting it

Time is money. The phrase popularized in 1748 by Benjamin Franklin rings all too true more than 270 years later. For the entrepreneur of Santa Rosa County, opening a business here continues to cost time and money. And lots of it. We hear horror stories of site plans that went missing, of costly changes to […]

Business of coaching getting smelly

Business of coaching getting smelly

Something smells in Santa Rosa School District athletics, and its not sweaty players. By their own admission, the school district has identified several instances at schools throughout the district where coaching supplements were mismanaged, potentially misusing tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds each year, including paying people who did not have appropriate clearance […]

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 […]

Guest Opinion: Why we support the flyover

Guest Opinion: Why we support the flyover

Navarre has always been a destination for its inhabitants. From its first homestead to today’s families and visitors, people have come to Navarre to put their feet up and settle down. But a destination means more than a journey home or a visit to the beach. It means a sense of place, a place where […]

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 […]

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