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98 turn lane projects start Monday

98 turn lane projects start Monday

Work crews have begun construction on new turn lanes and safety improvements along U.S. Highway 98 under Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) supervision. The construction, which began last Monday, will cover an area stretching from the intersection of Constitution Drive east to the Navarre School Road intersection, according to an FDOT press release. The $847,000 […]

Update from FDOT: New bridge has at least 3,000 cracks

Update from FDOT: New bridge has at least 3,000 cracks

With construction of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge less than half completed, inspectors have found at least 3,000 cracks in newly placed concrete on the span’s decks. First disclosed by the Navarre Press last week, the cracks were described as “superficial” by a Florida Department of Transportation official in a media conference called by the […]

Hotel construction planned along Navarre Parkway

Hotel construction planned along Navarre Parkway

Despite lengthy delays, construction of a new hotel along Navarre Parkway near the eastern foot of the Navarre Beach Bridge could be underway soon. Owners of the vacant parcels between Tommy Snowballs and the foreclosed Helen Back Again have filed for a variance to allow construction of the multistory hotel closer to the property lines. […]

AT&T temporary outage coming to Gulf Breeze

AT&T temporary outage coming to Gulf Breeze

Residents of the Gulf Breeze area may temporarily loose television, internet and landline phone service early Tuesday morning according to a City of Gulf Breeze press release. The outage will occur as part of the Pensacola Bay Bridge replacement project. AT&T will be performing utility construction from 12:00 a.m. to 6 a.m. Sept. 19. Residents […]

Preserving the past, moving to the future

Preserving the past, moving to the future

I’ve been thinking about the Navarre Beach sign this week and the passion behind those that want to keep a part of history of our area and those that are reluctant to speak up about their thoughts on the subject. I’ve been in this area since the mid-70s and grew up coming to Navarre Beach […]

Holley by the Sea wetlands regulation hits wall

Holley by the Sea wetlands regulation hits wall

All or nothing. That was the stance of the county Zoning Board May 11 as they voted unanimously against a procedure change that could improve stormwater drainage in the county’s largest flood-prone subdivision. The current version of a change in the building permit process would require builders in Holley by the Sea (HBTS) to provide […]

McDonalds closing doors for construction

McDonalds closing doors for construction

The McDonalds at 8644 Navarre Parkway will be closing its doors and drive-thru for nine days starting Sunday, Feb. 12, as construction continues on expansions and improvements throughout the store. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

New homes on higher ground heighten flood concerns

New homes on higher ground heighten flood concerns

Jason Buttke looks up at the new house under construction next door to his on the 1800 block of Sunrise Drive and wonders where any excess stormwater will drain in the event of heavy rain. Like many new residences going up in Holley by the Sea, the lot under the Adams Homes building has been […]

Shoreline setback could shorten for Santa Rosa

Shoreline setback could shorten for Santa Rosa

Discussion of shoreline setback regulations for Santa Rosa County by the Zoning Board Thursday, Nov. 10 may result in changes to the law regarding the 50-foot regulation to limit just how far construction can encroach toward the water. Data provided by the planning and development office showed that the board generally approves most requests. Between […]

Welding program helps fill worldwide shortage

Welding program helps fill worldwide shortage

Initiated through help from an Alabama/Florida Technical Employment Grant, the welding technology program at Northwest Florida State College’s Niceville program is a success story behind a job placement percentage that is at nearly 100 percent. “Job placement for our graduates is at 90 percent,” said Mark Gonzalez, an assistant professor of welding technology at the […]

Tiger Point residents seek Sacred Heart compromise

Tiger Point residents seek Sacred Heart compromise

Tiger Point residents, frustrated by the lack of response from Sacred Heart Medical System to their objections about its construction plans for a new clinic, are suggesting a more community-friendly alternative. “If they would move the entrance on Tiger Point Boulevard about 200 feet south, there would be less traffic congestion and it would be […]

Gulf Breeze may seek changes to bridge plan

Gulf Breeze may seek changes to bridge plan

The Gulf Breeze City Council has a short wish list for construction of the new $450 million Pensacola Bay Bridge: Move the southbound landing to relieve a recurring bottleneck on U.S. Highway 98. Read the full article in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per […]

SpringHill Suites sets December opening

SpringHill Suites sets December opening

Construction of the $30 million SpringHill Suites on Navarre Beach has resumed after overcoming some obstacles, and the 161-room hotel is tentatively scheduled to open in December. Originally planned to open 15 months after breaking ground last June, the hotel was hampered by the discovery of about 200 wood pilings from the site’s former occupant, […]

Santa Rosa Mall makeover planned

Santa Rosa Mall makeover planned

The real estate management company that operates Santa Rosa Mall is planning an exterior facelift, new restaurants, redesigned retail space and the addition of residential development on a 10-acre parcel within the property’s footprint. “It’s still in the conceptual stage,” said Jason Scott, local leasing director for Stirling Properties, the Covington, La., company that oversees […]

Road closure in Blackwater River State Forest

Road closure in Blackwater River State Forest

Officials with the Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater River State Forest have closed a portion of Sandy Forest Road for bridge replacement and road repair. The road is closed from Munson Highway to Charlie Foster Road. The bridge removal will be done by the Florida Forest Service and the new bridge will be installed by a […]

New Publix to preserve nearby wetlands

New Publix to preserve nearby wetlands

Construction of the planned new Publix-anchored Tiger Point Shopping Center may result in about 8 acres of green space in Holley by the Sea being preserved in its natural state. The seemingly unrelated development and the 400-acre green belt a few miles away in the nearby residential community are linked by state statutes that require […]

Draft flood mitigation plan reflects little action

Draft flood mitigation plan reflects little action

The floods of April 2014 illuminated flood-vulnerable areas and the lack of stormwater management in South Santa Rosa County. More than a year later, residents are still living in fear of when the next heavy storm system will flood their home. At this point, they feel it isn’t a matter of ‘if’ but a matter […]

Bull market in Navarre area home construction

Bull market in Navarre area home construction

While the bears are growling on Wall Street, the bulls keep right on running in the Navarre area residential construction market. Home builders are experiencing strong sales and some are already buying up lots in both Navarre and Holley by the Sea, anticipating more of the same in 2016. “We’ve been out purchasing lots all […]

Construction project won’t hamper school year

Construction project won’t hamper school year

With just days before students return to the classroom, Holley-Navarre Middle School is undergoing major construction. Principal Joie DeStefano and Assistant Principal Robert Trigg are prepared for the inconvenience. The drop-off area has changed temporarily this year, so parents will use the “rainy day” drop-off in the back of the building. DeStefano said once parents […]

DOT seeks input on $1.5 million pedestrian overpass

DOT seeks input on $1.5 million pedestrian overpass

If plans for a pedestrian overpass continue moving forward its $1.5 million construction could start in 2021. Dozens of Navarre residents attended a meeting hosted June 30 by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to provide details about and get public input on the proposed project, which is planned for U.S. 98 at Navarre Park in the […]

Sea turtle center construction to continue

Sea turtle center construction to continue

Despite District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson’s surprise move to suspend county funds for the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, planned construction will continue. “We were surprised by Commissioner Rob Williamson’s sudden decision to suspend funding,” Cinnamon Holderman, board president, said. “Additionally, we’re taken aback by statements that claim we have been uncooperative.” Williamson, who […]

Commission moves to extend suspension of impact fees

Commission moves to extend suspension of impact fees

County commissioners are expected Thursday to approve scheduling public hearings to extend a county ordinance suspending transportation impact fees on new residential or commercial construction. The move will buy time for commissioners to decide whether to reinstate the impact fees or potentially increase the local gas tax to offset the loss of monies from the Florida […]

Flyover construction will tie up traffic

Flyover construction will tie up traffic

Construction work will take place at the new flyover bridge on U.S. 98 at Hurlburt Field over the next two weeks. The north/south traffic lanes across Highway 98 will be closed during construction (schedule below) to allow the contractor’s personnel and equipment to safely install the massive structural beams for the bridge. Highway 98 through […]

Hotelier gets six-month extension

Hotelier gets six-month extension

Marilyn Hess, president of Holi Corp, successfully advocated county commissioners Jan. 22 for a six-month extension to start construction of a $30-million hotel on Navarre Beach. Although Holi Corp originally requested a spot on the board’s agenda to request mortgaging the future hotel in the name of TIN, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Holi Corp, […]

Beach Colony Resort construction continues

Beach Colony Resort construction continues

The noise coming from Beach Colony Resort won’t be winding down any time soon, much to the dismay of nearby residents. According to Tammy Pahal-Morgan, who heads the property’s management team, the construction work on the east tower won’t be completed until the end of February. “During the April ice storm, the building was damaged […]

Causeway turn lane ‘hopefully’ done by Memorial Day

Causeway turn lane ‘hopefully’ done by Memorial Day

Crews this week are starting a project to add a second left turn lane to accommodate motorists heading north from the Navarre Beach Bridge onto Highway 98. The project is scheduled to take 60 days and that means it should be completed about a week prior to the busy Memorial Day weekend. “It should be […]