County Commissioner Rob Williamson

New signs to be installed at Navarre Beach Causeway

New signs to be installed at Navarre Beach Causeway

A slap on the wrist is all County Commissioner and Chairman Rob Williamson will face for deciding to remove the temporary welcome signs placed at the foot of the Navarre Beach Causeway. The Board of County Commissioners also decided Monday morning to replace the signs with the new versions that were approved months ago. The […]

Will a pass improve water quality?

Will a pass improve water quality?

  Editor’s Note: This is part four of four in a series taking a look at the possibility of a Santa Rosa Sound pass, a historical view, the challenges and legislation. Santa Rosa Sound is impaired, and it has been for years. Through the dumping of effluent from the Navarre Beach Wastewater Treatment Facility, runoff of […]

Welcome to Navarre sign mysteriously missing

Welcome to Navarre sign mysteriously missing

If you have driven down southbound Highway 87 coming into Navarre in the past two weeks, you may have noticed something is missing. The brightly painted “Welcome to Navarre” sign is gone, and neither county officials nor Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) members know where it went or who may have taken it. […]

FDOT responds to traffic analysis along US 98

FDOT responds to traffic analysis along US 98

Longtime Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce member Ralph Agnew helped spearhead an effort to have the Florida Department of Transportation do a traffic analysis in areas along U.S. Highway 98 that, as Agnew states, “have been prone to accidents for years.” FDOT recently responded with its recommendations for locations on the highway – Biscayne […]

$47 Million is just too much

$47 Million is just too much

Let me start by saying I am in favor of building a new courthouse.  The current courthouse is obsolete and must be replaced.  But that doesn’t mean I support the plan to build a $47 million courthouse in Downtown Milton.  And no matter how many times Mr. Rob Williamson calls me a knucklehead on his […]

HBTS Drainage Town Hall meeting

HBTS Drainage Town Hall meeting

Baskerville Donovan brought its drainage study presentation to the Holley by the Sea Recreation Facility for a town hall meeting at the request of HBTS Board President Yvonne Harper. About 50-60 members were present as well as Santa Rosa County Administrator Tony Gomillion, County Engineer Roger Blaylock and County Commissioner Rob Williamson. Read the full […]

Record-breaking year for Pier

Record-breaking year for Pier

The Navarre Beach pier operator has averted a debt default and takeover of its operations by Santa Rosa County, but Coastal Concessions nevertheless says sharing business responsibilities could help avoid a future financial crisis. Commission Chairman Lane Lynchard agreed in an email to the Navarre Press that a “more equitable division of expenses could be […]

Wings & Rings location uncertain

Wings & Rings location uncertain

District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson’s announcement Wednesday regarding Buffalo Wings & Rings moving to Navarre was “a bit premature,” according to  restaurateur Glenn Schaible. At Tuesday night’s Holley-Navarre Water System meeting, Schaible presented bills from the same franchise in Ohio and Florida, which convinced the board to lower the initial tap fee from $198,000 for his […]

Turtle center funding expected to resume in July

Turtle center funding expected to resume in July

Following Commissioner Rob Williamson’s surprise move to suspend county funding for the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, its representatives had their say at Monday morning’s commission meeting. During the public forum Navarre resident Yvonne Harper suggested Williamson’s actions may have led some to wrongly infer there had been a misappropriation of funds. Harper questioned […]

Mr. Williamson goes to Washington

Mr. Williamson goes to Washington

Our freshman county commissioner, Rob Williamson, flew to Washington, D.C., April 13 and returned April 16 with $2,745.11 in receipts. He flew Delta Airlines for $917.20. A roundtrip flight from Northwest Florida Regional Airport to D.C. midweek is around $345. That’s planning a month in advance. The county made Williamson’s arrangements four days prior to […]

Permanent memorial planned for military crash victims

Permanent memorial planned for military crash victims

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Rob Williamson March 23 told fellow board members Leadership Santa Rosa Class 29 plans to coordinate a permanent memorial honoring 11 servicemen who died in a March 10 military helicopter crash in Navarre. Tony Alexander, president and CEO of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, is a class member and […]