County Engineer Roger Blaylock

Courthouse design will need update – and cash

Courthouse design will need update – and cash

Going back to the drawing board can be expensive. Now Santa Rosa officials are wondering if engineering plans for the proposed county courthouse on the newly purchased Avalon Boulevard site will cost anything like the roughly $475,000 already spent on such research for previously proposed locations that’s now at least partly obsolete. Read the full […]

Commissioners move on Holley by the Sea flood control

Commissioners move on Holley by the Sea flood control

The Board of County Commissioners directed staff Aug. 10 to prepare requests for proposals (RFPs) for flood mitigation efforts related to the Holley by the Sea homeowners’ association. Along with the realignment of drainage on select roadways, county staff will issue RFPs for the clearing of drainage easements within the subdivision. The clearing project was […]

Pace flood control elbows past Navarre

Pace flood control elbows past Navarre

County officials revealed this week that they have moved the start of five flood control projects in the Pace/Pea Ridge area ahead of stormwater containment in Navarre. The roughly $10 million in retention ponds, drainage and other infrastructure for which the county is seeking federal funds in the Pace/Pea Ridge area contrast sharply with those […]

Effluent deal could save HNWS millions

Effluent deal could save HNWS millions

The proposed lease by Holley Navarre Water System of rural land in the Bergren Road area to dispose of treated wastewater could save much of the estimated $18 million it had planned to spend building a pipe to Eglin Air Force Base for the same purpose. Such savings could help pay for—among other things—repairs to […]

Turn lane construction runs into Spring Break

Turn lane construction runs into Spring Break

Though the county aimed to complete a dedicated right turn lane to alleviate traffic on Navarre Beach ahead of spring break, the project stalled. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.  

U.S. Highway 98 expansion reshaping Navarre

U.S. Highway 98 expansion reshaping Navarre

U.S. Highway 98 is more than 10,000 trips a day in excess of its capacity according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Solutions for 98’s congestion have been a topic of discussion for many years in Navarre. To read the full article or to view maps of the proposed expansion that may affect local businesses […]

Turn lane, updated signage coming to Navarre Beach

Turn lane, updated signage coming to Navarre Beach

County Commissioners voted to pay $58,416 for construction of a dedicated right turn lane at the intersection of southbound Navarre Beach Causeway and Gulf Boulevard to relieve traffic congestion in the area. The lowest bidder selected by the county was Panhandle Grading and Paving, Inc. They beat out the second place bidder Chavers Construction, Inc. […]

Roughly $1.5 million set aside for Holley by the Sea drainage improvements

Roughly $1.5 million set aside for Holley by the Sea drainage improvements

County Commissioners moved forward with phase one of a multimillion dollar plan to improve drainage flow in Holley by the Sea Thursday after accepting $650,000 of support money from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The projects are in the design phase and total approximately $420,892. The improvements currently being designed are to Camden Drive […]

Landfill tipping fees going up in January

Landfill tipping fees going up in January

An annual increase in Class I and Class III Tipping Fees at the Central Landfill is being moved ahead by one quarter. Rather than an April increase, garbage collection companies will see an increase in January. The Board of County Commissioners approved moving the date to January. Previously the fees were scheduled to go up […]

Gigi the loggerhead granted lease extension

Gigi the loggerhead granted lease extension

District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson and Gigi the blind loggerhead sea turtle finally met, and he saw things her way. After his first visit to the Navarre Beach Turtle Conservation Center since its August opening – and a review of the nonprofit’s barebones finances – Williamson agreed this week that Gigi’s aquarium and accompanying environmental […]

Red-flag conditions erode the shoreline

Red-flag conditions erode the shoreline

As nasty weather over the past weeks has brought red flag conditions to Navarre Beach, sands dredged to the shore during the beach renourishment were pulled back into the waters, but County Engineer Roger Blaylock says not to worry, it’s all part of the process. “Wave action in the surf zone creates a natural hump […]

Tropical Storm Colin puts break on beach dredging

Tropical Storm Colin puts break on beach dredging

Dredging for the Navarre Beach nourishment project came to a halt Monday night, June 6 as Tropical Storm Colin caused rough waters out in the Gulf of Mexico. The project’s two dredges had to stop work and seek shelter in Pensacola Bay. On shore, the storm has caused some flooding on the lower beach berm. […]

Treated wastewater disposal could cost $1 million

Treated wastewater disposal could cost $1 million

Meanwhile, Navarre Beach Water dumps in the Sound The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is pressing Holley-Navarre Water System (HNWS) to build additional wastewater disposal capacity, but the utility’s best long-term solution has languished within the Santa Rosa County bureaucracy. Commissioners recently started questioning why an agreement that has been in the works for at […]

Beach restoration moving rapidly

Beach restoration moving rapidly

Weeks Marine delivered equipment mid-April and the first sand was pumped onshore on April 28. The first full day of operations was April 29 with only one Hopper Dredger. The second hopper dredger arrived for operations by May 2. Weather permitting, the estimated 50 days of sand placement is expected to be completed by mid-June. […]

Wastewater pact with Eglin on distant horizon

Wastewater pact with Eglin on distant horizon

Holley-Navarre Water System officials have reassured Williams Creek residents that the utility’s plan to treat wastewater near their homes is temporary. However,  an alternative proposal to pipe the effluent to Eglin Air Force Base is years from reality. There are numerous complications and potential snags that weren’t discussed at the County Commission’s special meeting last […]

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 […]