Commissioner Dave Piech

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 […]

County OKs housing next to abandoned dump

County OKs housing next to abandoned dump

A month after Abbey Rodamaker told county commissioners about the dump and water contamination she discovered waiting under her soil, the commission last week approved a residential development that could be facing the same problems. The Nov. 14 approval, despite multiple concerns voiced by neighbors, allows a 16-lot subdivision, dubbed Water Leaf, to continue forward […]

5 things to know: Mobi mats returning to Navarre Beach

5 things to know: Mobi mats returning to Navarre Beach

The peak of tourism season is over, and members of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) are continuing to seek improvements to infrastructure along Navarre Beach ahead of next season. District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech, who is also a member of the TDC, gave a quick update Nov. 7 on the state of projects along […]

Navarre celebrates service, sacrifice

Navarre celebrates service, sacrifice

Residents decked in red, white and blue packed Navarre Park’ center pavilion and spilled out across the lawn toward the Black Hawk Memorial Monday for the annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Each year the ceremony is presented by local veteran’s organizations including Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4407 American Legion posts.   Read the full article […]

Veterans Day events scheduled for Santa Rosa

Veterans Day events scheduled for Santa Rosa

Two Veterans Day events in Santa Rosa County will be attended by members of the Board of County Commissioners Nov. 11 according to a press release. In Navarre Park, the festivities are set to start at 11 a.m. presented by local veteran’s organizations including Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4407 American Legion posts. Other participating organizations include Navarre High School […]

Customers wait months for new WastePro cans

Customers wait months for new WastePro cans

According to a WastePro representative, customers in south Santa Rosa County are still waiting for 400 new and replacement cans as of Oct. 29. Residents of Navarre have reported delays in replacement and new cans lasting months. According to Holley by the Sea resident Mandie Carpenter, it took four and half months to receive the […]

Property appraiser launches new website

Property appraiser launches new website

The Santa Rosa County property appraiser’s website has a new look, new features and a lower price tag thanks to a revamp launched Oct. 1. But county Property Appraiser Greg Brown said the initial reception has not been entirely warm. Change is hard, Brown said, and the website, especially its property record features, are widely […]

Sales tax fallout: Zoning board and commissioners respond

Sales tax fallout: Zoning board and commissioners respond

In all but one precinct of voting, a proposed one cent local option sales tax for Santa Rosa County failed to pass Oct. 8. For the County Commissioners who had championed the tax to tackle deteriorated infrastructure and mounting sheriff’s office requests, the result was a wake-up call. After dozens of public hearings in which citizens […]

Tourism council backs dog park on sound, not Gulf

Tourism council backs dog park on sound, not Gulf

County commissioners tossed the ball of creating a dog beach to the Tourist Development Council for its input Oct. 3, but conflicting public opinions have made the topic a hot potato. Current law prohibits dogs on all public beaches. Creation of a beach area allowing dogs was originally proposed in August to be located along the […]

Four things to know: Commercial developments in Navarre

Four things to know: Commercial developments in Navarre

Dozens of commercial projects are moving forward in Santa Rosa County, while others are spinning their wheels. Here’s an update on some of the developments planned for Navarre.   Helen Back awaiting buyer At last update, the defunct Helen Back Again property at 8651 Navarre Parkway had an interested buyer under contract, ready to close […]

Navarre Park revamp delayed by missing permits

Navarre Park revamp delayed by missing permits

The multimillion-dollar renovation of Navarre Park could be delayed by more than six months thanks to missing wetlands permits from state and federal officials. District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech, who represents the Navarre area, said the permits were never applied for.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Land in beach marine park secured by county

Land in beach marine park secured by county

Fears that commercial developments would one day be built in the heart of the Navarre Beach Marine Park are coming to an end Thursday as county commissioners officially accept donation of $2 million worth of waterfront property. The nonprofit Trust for Public Land has been working on and off for years to secure purchase of […]

County cracks down on M&M Construction violations

County cracks down on M&M Construction violations

Much of the operations at Juarez M&M Construction in Navarre will have to shut down after county commissioners voted not to change land requirements for property along Constitution Drive Sept. 26 during their Special Rezoning meeting. Neighbor Ron Millis said it is about time something gets done.   Read the full article in the Oct. […]

Leaseholders weigh in on incorporation

Leaseholders weigh in on incorporation

When Navarre Beach residents gathered Saturday to hear from Navarre Area United Political Action Committee head Jonathan Cole on his group’s effort to make Navarre a city, many of their questions had the same answer: It will be in the feasibility study. The PAC has placed a lot of faith on the contents of this […]

Dog beach on hold; voluntary license program passes

Dog beach on hold; voluntary license program passes

Santa Rosa County commissioners approved a revamp of the county’s animal control ordinances Sept. 12 during a public hearing in Milton, but those changes did not include the creation of an area for leashed dogs on Navarre Beach. The dog beach area was originally proposed in August to be located along the Santa Rosa Sound […]

Improvements recommended for building process

Improvements recommended for building process

Amid continued complaints from small-business owners, County Commissioner Bob Cole called for some accounting in the planning and building departments Monday during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting. Cole pointed to reports of lengthy delays, continued confusion and changing expectations from projects seeking to get off the ground.   Read the full article in the Sept. […]

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 […]

Small businesses struggle to launch in Santa Rosa

Small businesses struggle to launch in Santa Rosa

Booming construction throughout the region has translated to even more strain on Santa Rosa County’s building department. And for small businesses trying to capture a piece of the economic gold rush that means even more hurdles.   Read the full article in the Sept. 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Three options offered for Navarre Community Access Road

Three options offered for Navarre Community Access Road

Do not call it an alternative U.S. Highway 98. The Navarre Community Access Road was never meant to be a relief valve for Navarre’s crowded main corridor, according to county officials. Instead, Santa Rosa County spent the past 20 months studying how to improve roadways already impacted by diverted traffic.   Read the full article […]

Little Caesars is now open

Little Caesars is now open

After more than a year of work, businessman Brian Wood’s cheesy dream for Navarre has become a reality. Rapid-ready, pizza-to-go franchise Little Caesars opened its doors on a new Navarre location Aug. 21 with a celebratory ribbon cutting hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.   Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Camden Drive stormwater project complete

Camden Drive stormwater project complete

Construction is complete on $1.1 million in stormwater improvements for the Camden Drive Outfall Project Phase I in the Holley by the Sea subdivision in Navarre. The project was designed to improve stormwater conveyance and water quality of adjacent wetlands.   Read the full article in the Aug. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

County advances Navarre dog beach plan

County advances Navarre dog beach plan

County commissioners moved forward Monday with a proposal to allow dogs on a portion of Navarre Beach’s Santa Rosa Sound coastline. Under the proposed ordinance, owners would pay an annual fee of $30 to allow their dogs on a stretch of the beach near the water tower on White Sands Boulevard between 4 p.m. and […]

South Santa Rosa receives award for disability inclusion, independence

South Santa Rosa receives award for disability inclusion, independence

It started around a cafeteria lunch table. Years ago, a handful of parents of children with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities in south Santa Rosa County conferred together at Navarre High School, united by concern for the future.   Read the full article in the Aug. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Residents fed up with Waste Pro

Residents fed up with Waste Pro

When county commissioners called Waste Pro to account last month for mounting complaints about yard waste not being picked up, improper bagging and bundling was named as one of the causes. The sole franchised waste hauler for south Santa Rosa County said yard waste was going uncollected because customers had been leaving limbs too large […]

If it passes… Transportation tops the list for sales tax

If it passes… Transportation tops the list for sales tax

Santa Rosa County has proposed replacing the current half-cent local sales tax, set to expire in 2021, with a one-cent sales tax for 10 years. Voters will have a chance to approve or deny the tax on a special ballot Oct. 8.   Read the full article in the July 25 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Pier deck replacement approved

Pier deck replacement approved

After months of bright orange plywood patches greeting Navarre Beach Fishing Pier visitors, the Board of County Commissioners approved a $1.16 million project to replace the pier’s entire deck. The approval July 11 comes after a previous failed attempt to secure a contractor for the work.   Read the full article in the July 18 […]

Lease finally on the table for effluent disposal at Eglin

Lease finally on the table for effluent disposal at Eglin

Santa Rosa County’s elusive deal for moving treated effluent out of Santa Rosa Sound and onto Eglin Air Force Base property took a huge step forward Monday. County Engineer Roger Blaylock presented the Board of County Commissioners with Eglin’s proposed lease agreement for roughly 200 acres to build a Rapid Infiltration Basin System for treatment […]

Navarre incorporation needs 2,600 petition signatures

Navarre incorporation needs 2,600 petition signatures

The rules of engagement are taking shape for revival of the Navarre incorporation effort, even if information on what that will look like is hard to come by. Navarre Area United Political Action Committee (PAC) leader Jonathan Cole went before the Board of County Commissioners Monday to set the parameters for a petition effort. If […]

If it passes… County sets goals for potential $165 million sales tax revenue

If it passes…  County sets goals for potential $165 million sales tax revenue

Santa Rosa County commissioners have already divvied up most of the $165 million of sales tax revenue expected to come in between 2020 and 2030. But that hinges on voters allowing the tax.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click […]

Waste Pro under scrutiny, recycling in limbo

Waste Pro under scrutiny, recycling in limbo

Continued complaints against south Santa Rosa waste hauling contractor Waste Pro prompted the Board of County Commissioners to call for answers. Division Manager Rick Chancey addressed the commissioners’ concerns June 27 during the board’s regular meeting. He acknowledged that the company had difficulties for several months in serving its 23,001 customers.   Read the full […]