Brian Kelly

Accusations cloud water utility election

Accusations cloud water utility election

Hopes are being shaken that cronyism at Holley Navarre Water System would be challenged by the Jan. 15 election in which four seats on the volunteer board of directors are up for grabs. Five Navarre residents who are customers of the water utility recently wrote to its attorney that board member Doug Larson had improperly […]

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 […]

Water board attorney quits amid legal fee questions

Water board attorney quits amid legal fee questions

Michael Tidwell, attorney for Holley Navarre Water System, resigned as legal counsel to the board Jan. 26, effective Feb. 1, amid a mounting call for an accounting of legal fees paid to the attorney. The amount of legal fees paid to Tidwell in 2017 has been a sticking point in his relationship with the new […]

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 […]

‘A rigged election’ for Holley Navarre Water System

‘A rigged election’ for Holley Navarre Water System

“Our attorney sent us a letter saying that we properly removed Brian’s (Kelly) membership,” Bien May announced at the Dec. 19 pre-meeting of the Holley Navarre Water System Board. The removal has been the source fueling questions surrounding the legality of removing a board member. Board member eligibility was called into question in September after […]

Kelly abruptly removed from Holley Navarre Water board

Kelly abruptly removed from Holley Navarre Water board

Under accusations that Holley Navarre Water System board members Brian Kelly and James Calkins “colluded with his (Calkins) brother-in-law to get Brian Kelly services” at the address listed for Kelly’s water service, a motion was made by Troy Bossier to rescind his membership certificate and remove him from the board. The motion passed with two […]

Suspicions rile water board

Suspicions rile water board

The rebellion among Holley Navarre Water System board members against proposed debt restructuring by the collective that supplies their water focuses on concerns that the motive behind the deal is actually to enrich the City of Gulf Breeze. “It’s a money grab,” said Brian Kelly, an HNWS director and finance committee chairman in an email […]

Water board faces outside political pressure

Water board faces outside political pressure

Do it our way. That’s the message from City of Gulf Breeze officials to the Holley Navarre Water System board about a controversial proposal to refinance $9.8 million in debt held by the collective from which the utility buys most of its water. A majority of HNWS directors recently rebuffed the inperson pitch by Fairpoint […]

Winds of change buffet water board

Winds of change buffet water board

The fractious fraternity that makes up the seven-member board of Holley Navarre Water System is becoming more strident with almost every monthly meeting and the delicate balance of voting power may be in for a shake-up. That’s partly because the utility’s board elections scheduled for January could bring the return of Daryl Lynchard, the board […]

Water utilities to gamble on more debt

Water utilities to gamble on more debt

Failing to set aside funds for emergencies has previously meant a financing scramble for the utility collective that provides water to south Santa Rosa, and now officials think they see a solution: take on about $4 million in long-term debt. Though perhaps unlikely at first glance, the strategy of Holley Navarre Water System and the […]

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. […]

HNWS board members’ eligibility called into question

HNWS board members’ eligibility called into question

After intense arguments at the September meeting, every member of Holley Navarre Water System’s board will now have to prove they are eligible to serve on the board. The board voted Sept. 19 to have a third party, selected by general manager Paul Gardner, review the eligibility of all board members following multiple allegations of […]

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, […]

Lies, cover-ups, projection and deceptions

Lies, cover-ups, projection and deceptions

  Holley-Navarre Water Department board member, Robert Coley, didn’t tell the truth when he said he was not planning on resigning the Holley-Navarre Water System Board of Directors. At the May 16 meeting the board members and the 30 people in attendance expected board member Robert Coley to resign his position. In fact, board members […]

Proxy voting decides water board election

Proxy voting decides water board election

  Of the 14,091 votes that could have been cast to elect two new members to Holley-Navarre Water System’s board of directors, only 70 people actually cast a ballot. That is a less than 1 percent voter turnout. Incumbent Brian Kelly and newly appointed Rick DeSantis will serve a four year term on the board […]

Holley-Navarre Water updates election protocol

Holley-Navarre Water updates election protocol

The election of two members to the Holley-Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors will be held Jan. 17, and the rules regarding how to vote have changed. The 2015 and 2016 elections led to accusations of candidates and even HNWS employees manipulating proxies. The addition of absentee ballots and PIN numbers is the utility’s […]

Candidates for Holley Navarre Water board talk rates, transparency

Candidates for Holley Navarre Water board talk rates, transparency

Holley Navarre Water System will hold an election for two of the seven seats on its board of directors Jan. 17. Four candidates have thrown their hat into the ring for the election: incumbent Brian Kelly, Ricki DeSantis, Shane Kahl and George “Geo” Mayer. Candidates must be an HNWS member, reside within the franchise area, […]

Pain, suffering still lingers 15 years after 9/11

Pain, suffering still lingers 15 years after 9/11

None of us can ever forget where we were on that fateful day, the indelible images burned in our minds. Sept. 11, 2016 is the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the most cataclysmic terrorist attack on American soil, resulting in the loss of 2,996 lives, and injuring more than 6,000 others. Texas state Sen. Brian Birdwell […]

Injunction malfunction

Injunction malfunction

Do you know the easiest way to tell when you are getting oh so close to the truth?  When the company you are making nervous files an injunction against you to attempt to silence the truth.  It happened last week.  Holley-Navarre Water System filed an injunction against Navarre Press and Sandi Kemp to prevent us […]

Kelly newest face on Holley-Navarre Water System board

Kelly newest face on Holley-Navarre Water System board

Brian Kelly has a strong background in the financial world and now he’ll have a chance to use that experience in Navarre. Kelly was elected to the Holley-Navarre Water System Board last week, the only new person to earn a seat on the board. He will serve a one-year term and head up the water […]

Board election for water system nears

Board election for water system nears

In the midst of the controversy swirling around Holley-Navarre Water System, an annual meeting and election of board of directors is scheduled for Jan. 19. Four seats are open on the board; three from expiring terms and one from the resignation of Will Goulet. The meeting will commence at 7 a.m. at the Board of […]