Bob Benaquis

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 […]

Highway 98: What would at-grade look like?

Highway 98: What would at-grade look like?

A proposed flyover along U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre has been met with opposition from business owners, residents and even the Santa Rosa County Commission. These entities have called for an at-grade solution to the roadway’s mounting traffic difficulties, but how much of a difference in impact would that amount to? Read the full article […]

Lease fee delinquencies abound

Lease fee delinquencies abound

Four years after county commissioners agreed to cap the annual lease fees on Navarre Beach residential property at $250 a year, about 130 leaseholder accounts are still overdue with total delinquencies of $216,819. Some of the lease accounts have had overdue balances dating to long before the county capped the fees in 2015, and a […]

County halts car towing on right of way

County halts car towing on right of way

Towing the cars of TC’s Front Porch patrons who park across the street from the restaurant will be stopped based on county policy, at least on the county-owned right of way. Business owners along Prado Street and Esplanade Street, where county right of way extends farther than on other streets, have been told to remove […]

Be the next Navarre

Be the next Navarre

No one succeeds by trying to be the next Silicon Valley. That was the message of author, journalist and civic advocate James Fallows to a gathering of Pensacola community leaders seeking to learn what makes a strong town at CivicCon Sept. 25. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Parking dispute highlights county right of way dilemma

Parking dispute highlights county right of way dilemma

Tensions regarding the use of parking facilities at the Soundview Plaza shopping center flared again Aug. 23 as patrons of TC’s Front Porch parked in spaces marked for plaza customers only. But due to a longstanding “grandfathering” arrangement, towing of these vehicles may not have been allowed. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 […]

TC’s Front Porch customers get unwelcome surprise

TC’s Front Porch customers get unwelcome surprise

Patrons to TC’s Front Porch in Navarre got a shock last week when they left the restaurant and walked across the street to the neighboring Soundview Plaza shopping center to find that their cars were no longer there. Owner Bob Benaquis said he became aware of the incident after customers began returning to the restaurant […]

County pursues lease-fee laggards

County pursues lease-fee laggards

Three years after county commissioners agreed to cap the annual lease fees on Navarre Beach residential property at $250 a year, about 150 leaseholder accounts are still overdue with total delinquencies of $215,258. Some of the lease accounts have had overdue balances that started long before the county capped the fees in 2015, and a […]

County selects fishing pier operator

County selects fishing pier operator

County Commissioners have selected Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises LLC to operate the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The company could take over pier fee collections and operation of a restaurant and gift shop as early as next month or as late as Jan. 1. The Board of County Commissioners heard from three pier management hopefuls Monday. […]

New deal may be imminent for beach restaurant

New deal may be imminent for beach restaurant

Tentative plans for local restauranteur Bob Benaquis to sublease the vacant restaurant site on Navarre Beach may have fallen through, but that hasn’t stopped property leaseholder Sylvia Martin from closing in on her goal to find a tenant. Located at the front of the parking area for the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier at the foot […]

Big plans not welcome at beach restaurant

Big plans not welcome at beach restaurant

Coming over the bridge onto Navarre Beach, visitors are greeted by nesting shore birds and rolling sand dunes. They are also greeted by a vacant building in need of repair. Once a bustling Italian restaurant, the building has sat empty collecting sand for a year and a half. The vacancy has cost the county an […]