Commissioner Dave Piech

Pier patches to get a touch up

Pier patches to get a touch up

While the actual redecking of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier is potentially months away, replacing 121 bright orange plywood patches could be underway soon. County Commissioners said they were opposed to the current patches May 9 during their regular meeting at Tiger Point Community Center.   Read the full article in the May 16 issue […]

Navarre Park: Living shoreline vs. seawall

Navarre Park: Living shoreline vs. seawall

Once upon a time, seawalls were the law of the land when it came to erosion protection, but scientists studying the impact on shorelines across the country have come to a different conclusion. Seawalls are a high expense for typically lower return on investment than more natural approaches known as living shorelines. Read the full […]

Feather flags are safe for now

Feather flags are safe for now

Feather flags in Santa Rosa County may be legal, at least for the time being. After a County Code enforcement crackdown resulted in more than 100 warnings and 20 citations in three weeks, the Board of County Commissioners was seeking leniency in enforcement of sign ordinances Monday during its regular meeting.   Read the full […]

Santa Rosa to get county flag

Santa Rosa to get county flag

Members of Leadership Santa Rosa class 33 have proposed creating an official county flag as their community project. Magen Norwood of Santa Rosa Medical Center spoke on behalf of the class. “An idea that has been circulating through our class has been to create a county flag. We would like your input on it,” she […]

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Movers and shakers of Northwest Florida convened in Miramar Beach April 17-18 with the intent of growing economic success in the region during the 22nd Gulf Power Economic Symposium, held at Baytowne Conference Center at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. This year’s theme was Our Time. Our Place. Our Now! Read the full article in the […]

Commissioners reject purchase of landfill over water supply

Commissioners reject purchase of landfill over water supply

The land above the aquifer that provides water to all of south Santa Rosa County could become the home of a construction debris landfill after the County Commission indicated Monday it would reject the owners’ offer to sell the property for $12 million. Blue Water Holdings SRC Inc. owns the property itself. Read the full […]

Crowder honored during Kids’ Fest

Crowder honored during Kids’ Fest

Taxpayers had a chance to soak their sheriff and county commissioner Saturday at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery during Norm Crowder Memorial Kids’ Fest. The dunk tank with local officials was only part of the fun. Games, live music and police animals were also on hand. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of […]

Beach construction to impact summer months

Beach construction to impact summer months

Summer on Navarre Beach is set to be busy this year, but it is not just tourists that will be crowding the shoreline. A collection of improvement projects across the beach will be impacting the traditional tourist season. The largest among these investments is the renovation of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Read the full […]

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa County Commissioners spent their Monday meeting balancing potential projects against infrastructure needs. Discovery Center dream dashed? Concerns over water quality trumped conservation education efforts Monday as commissioners weighed how to spend millions of RESTORE dollars over the next 12 years. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

726 Lakes of Woodbine homes approved

726 Lakes of Woodbine homes approved

Amid complaints of overcrowding and innuendos about campaign finance, Santa Rosa county commissioners voted unanimously to approve a 726-home subdivision along Woodbine Road in Pace. The Lakes of Woodbine is a gated subdivision development on 240.5 acres with commercial frontage along Woodbine Road. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Navarre Park revised price tag: $4.9 million

Navarre Park revised price tag: $4.9 million

Renovation of Navarre Park is set to begin in June, and the cost of updated plans for the roughly 4.7 acres has dropped from more than $7 million to $4.9 million. Paring down the project was part of District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech’s campaign for election. Read the full article in the April 4 […]

Leaseholders reject county’s beautification plans

Leaseholders reject county’s beautification plans

Some of the planned improvements for Gulf Boulevard along Navarre Beach have been put “on the back burner” according to county Tourist Development Director Julie White. White said plans to replace benches and garbage cans while adding shade sails along the high-traffic portion of Gulf Boulevard are not moving forward amid complaints from beach residents. […]

Bed taxes show robust growth trend

Bed taxes show robust growth trend

In a fiscal year of high numbers for bed-tax collections, January saw a 41 percent increase in these fees paid by overnight visitors to Santa Rosa County. Bed-tax revenues for January, the most recent month available, were $133,265. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Pier reports record revenue

Pier reports record revenue

Despite a rocky partnership dispute, the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier and associated facilities saw financial success in their first year under new management. Pier operations were contracted last year to Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises LLC (GSRE). Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

Duplex rezoning request denied

Duplex rezoning request denied

County commissioners grappled with housing needs and zoning realities Feb. 28, ultimately siding with neighbors who opposed a rezoning request. Brett Ramsey of Ramsey & Walker LLC had asked the commissioners to rezone a lot near Panhandle Trail to allow construction of duplexes. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Home Builders Association defends growth to Commissioners

Home Builders Association defends growth to Commissioners

More than 100 members of the Home Builders Association of West Florida, mostly clad in red shirts, packed into the County Commissioners board room Monday. The parking lot of the building was full of vehicles from building contractors. The gathered builders, electricians, engineers, construction workers and small business owners called for commissioners to refuse attempts […]

NYSA dealing with vandalism

NYSA dealing with vandalism

Vandalism has been an issue at NYSA recently. The baseball concession stand was broken into and playground equipment, including the zip line, has been damaged. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre Press […]

Arts unite from half a world away

Arts unite from half a world away

More than a decade later, a group of familiar faces from across the southeast and across the world gathered at Gulf Coast Kiln Walk for the 14th Annual Woodstoke Festival to celebrate the arts of two continents. Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society founder and president Brenda Stokes addressed the crowd of artists and visitors at […]

Five things to know: Tourist Development Council

Five things to know: Tourist Development Council

Focus for Santa Rosa County’s Tourist Development Council and tourism staff continues to be turned to improvements along the county’s biggest bed tax generator: Navarre Beach. Projects for the beach dominated the council’s agenda Feb. 7. Lifeguards need new towers The transformation keeps on coming for the Navarre Beach lifeguard program under recently hired Beach […]

Japanese culture comes to Pensacola State College, Kiln Walk

Japanese culture comes to Pensacola State College, Kiln Walk

The silence in the crowded gallery was broken by a single, booming drumbeat. Musician Mayumi Shara Waidaiko started a slow rhythm on traditional Japanese drums Jan. 31 at Pensacola State College before launching into a full song on three different pitched drums. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Forest Bay Estates under wetlands scrutiny

Forest Bay Estates under wetlands scrutiny

Roughly 100 acres of discrepancy was more than neighbors and county commissioners could swallow, at least not without a closer look. So, development of the 284-lot subdivision Forest Bay Estates has been put on hold, at least temporarily. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 24 to inform state officials they oppose construction of a flyover on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre. The opposition was led by the commissioner representing the area, Dave Piech. The commission’s stance will be conveyed by letter to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Read the full article in the […]

District 4 plan draws mixed reviews

District 4  plan draws mixed reviews

Outright adoption or even acceptance of the District 4 Master Plan was more than the Santa Rosa County commissioners could swallow Jan. 24. Of the five commissioners, three failed to throw support behind the document that took 19 months, hundreds of public comments, multiple public hearings and $150,000 of taxpayer funds to create. Read the […]

Animal Shelter policies get revamp

Animal Shelter policies get revamp

Last year in Santa Rosa County, 3,685 of the cats and dogs that found themselves in the county Animal Shelter were euthanized due to space constraints. Of those killed, 76 percent were cats and kittens. Read the full article in the Jan. 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

284 lot subdivision riling neighbors County Commissioners got an earful from concerned residents Tuesday morning as yet another subdivision development drew ire from neighbors. Forest Bay Estates is a new subdivision proposed for 210-acres of vacant land located west of Edgewood Drive and east of River Birch Road. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

Zoning Board defers ruling in land-use dispute

Zoning Board defers ruling in land-use dispute

Milton-based small business Arcadia Culverts was given a six-month reprieve from being shut down Jan. 10 after the county Zoning Board voted to postpone any code compliance action. The decision was made in opposition to vocal neighbors. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Aldi grocery chain among retailers eyeing Navarre

Aldi grocery chain among retailers eyeing Navarre

New retailers, including Aldi grocery stores, could be coming to Navarre and Pace as the Birmingham-based firm NextSite provides market analysis and retailer courting services for Santa Rosa County. Since April 2018 the firm has been collecting data on population, traffic and demographics in the county’s major areas and then using that data in contacts […]

Tourism council backs funding for wildlife refuge

Tourism council backs funding for wildlife refuge

After balking at a request for nearly half a million dollars, the county’s Tourist Development Council did agree Jan. 3 to fund $117,000 for animal habitats at the new Holley location of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR). While ECWR has steadily been securing donations since December 2016, the timeline for completion of the new […]

Courthouse contractor picked, construction to begin

Courthouse contractor picked, construction to begin

After more than 20 years of debate, construction of a new Santa Rosa County courthouse will begin this year according to county officials. The Santa Rosa County Commission took a huge step in that direction Tuesday, selecting the firm that will design and build a new judicial center complex along Avalon Boulevard in Milton. Read […]