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Wildlife refuge secures development order

Wildlife refuge secures development order

Plans to construct a wildlife rehabilitation and conservation education center in Holley took a big step forward last week as the county issued a development order for property along Clopton Circle. Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge director Bill Andersen said the order means the organization is one step closer to building a new home to facilitate […]

Wildlife refuge sets target date for grand opening

Wildlife refuge sets target date for grand opening

  Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge hopes to hold the grand opening of its permanent home in Holley Sept. 25, and last week it inched closer to making that a reality. The board of directors of ECWR voted to submit permits and hire a contractor for construction of a medical rehabilitation center, education center and wildlife […]

Zoo sale brings wildlife refuge closer to relocation

Zoo sale brings wildlife refuge closer to relocation

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) finalized sale of the Crestview Zoo Sept. 21, bringing it one step closer to financing construction of a new rehabilitation facility in Navarre. ECWR board president Bill Anderson announced the refuge’s intention to move from Okaloosa Island to a site in Holley last year. Anderson and his wife donated […]

Wildlife refuge clears last hurdle for move to Navarre

Wildlife refuge clears last hurdle for move to Navarre

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge can officially call Navarre its new home. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed a motion Monday to rezone a roughly 2.2-acre piece of property to allow relocation of the refuge’s rehabilitation center, animal ambassadors and marine rescue unit. Read the full article in the April 27 issue of Navarre […]

Wildlife refuge relocation delayed again

Wildlife refuge relocation delayed again

Unexpected medical problems have prompted postponement of a decision on the fate of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s attempts to move to the Navarre area. The site under discussion is a parcel of donated land in Holley on Cloptons Circle, off State Road 87.  Refuge officials announced in December 2016 that they were seeking to […]

Wildlife refuge relocation moves forward

Wildlife refuge relocation moves forward

Despite neighbor complaints, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge has moved one step closer to relocating its operations to Holley. The county Zoning Board recommended approval of rezoning for the 2.3-acre property last Thursday. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Wildlife refuge development postponed by neighbors’ concerns

Wildlife refuge development postponed by neighbors’ concerns

Rezoning of a Holley property to allow for the relocation of a wildlife refuge to the area was postponed for a month following concerns from neighbors. The two parcels up for a zoning change are located on Cloptons Circle off State Road 87 south. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre […]