Daryl Lynchard

Harper to water board: don’t “neuter” your CEO

Harper to water board: don’t “neuter” your CEO

Employee hiring, firing and demoting practices dragged the Holley Navarre Water System board of directors into infighting once more at their Oct. 15 board meeting. At issue was what is CEO Rob Williamson’s line of authority on the matter following his demotion of a longtime employee. To clarify his role, board director Yvonne Harper recommended […]

Water impact fees impacting businesses

Water impact fees impacting businesses

When Grey Taproom owner Ken Walter applied to set up his water service with Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) last year, he was told to pay $30,000 in impact fees, a figure he said he had not been anticipating. A year’s worth of water use later, that impact fee has been reduced to $3,762.   […]

Eglin MOU letter brings tension to water board

Eglin MOU letter brings tension to water board

Discussions of Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) largest multi-million infrastructure project got tense Aug. 20 as the board of directors argued over the process to reach a deal. The board is inching forward with the creation of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Santa Rosa County to dispose of mounting wastewater effluent on a piece […]

Holley Navarre Water outlines RIBs agreement

Holley Navarre Water outlines RIBs agreement

Santa Rosa County received a letter July 26 from Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) outlining the beginning of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a joint effluent disposal project 20 years in the making. But that letter, and the offers it makes, were never formally approved by the HNWS board.   Read the full article […]

Third option for effluent disposal in limbo

Third option for effluent disposal in limbo

With the clock ticking, a previously undisclosed third option for dealing with Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) rising effluent disposal needs was revealed during a June 18 board of directors meeting. But the plan to dispose of nearly 7 million gallons per day may not be a silver bullet for the water system’s growing needs. […]

Changes coming for Holley Navarre Water billing

Changes coming for Holley Navarre Water billing

Holley Navarre Water System’s roughly 17,000 customers can expect a change in their billing as early as August, including a temporary increase for some. The water system is looking to move the due date of bills for all customers to the first of the month in a streamlining of the complicated four-tier system currently in […]

Midway water loss solved?

Midway water loss solved?

In the course of a month, Midway Water System’s water loss has dropped from 19.3% to a more industry reasonable 5.7%. Water loss is a measure of the water that is pumped into the system but is not accounted for coming out the other end.   Read the full article in the June 6 issue […]

Mistrust and accusations flank Fairpoint board members

Mistrust and accusations flank Fairpoint board members

Missing water was the issue at hand at the Fairpoint meeting March 26, bringing high tension to the table. Midway is set to receive 850,000 gallons a day, but according to Midway, there is a discrepancy. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]

New golf course restaurant to open May 1

New golf course restaurant to open May 1

The Black Skimmer Grille is slated to open its doors by May 1 inside the Hidden Creek Golf Course’s now-vacant restaurant space. Owned by Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS), the golf course has been without a restaurant tenant since May 2018 after The Creekside Grill was shut down to protect against losses. Read the full […]

New Hidden Creek restaurant decision draws ire

New Hidden Creek restaurant decision draws ire

After legal review of the CEO’s contract, the Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors announced Feb. 19 that they would not be ousting current-CEO Rob Williamson despite calls by members for his removal. Williamson was hired in November 2018 shortly after losing a bid for county commissioner, and the method of his hiring […]

Beachside Church signs disappear off island

Beachside Church signs disappear off island

County officials are searching policy stretching back more than a decade after church signs along Navarre Beach went missing last month amid potential enforcement action. For 25 years, Beachside Church has been holding informal church services in the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier parking lot. As part of advertising these services, church pastor John Kerns and […]

Water plant operating at reduced capacity

Water plant operating at reduced capacity

The plan at Holley Navarre Water System to temporarily operate its damaged wastewater treatment plant at two-thirds capacity has been approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Further, on Dec. 26 the FDEP issued a revision in the water utility’s operating permit to allow replacement of a treatment tank, called a clarifier, that was […]

My town

My town

I am the Holley Navarre Water System board director who voted against hiring Rob Williamson as CEO of the utility. My friends and family keep asking me, “why don’t you just quit? You have nothing to gain and nothing is going to change.” My answer is because this is my town. I got my first […]

Accusations cloud water utility election

Accusations cloud water utility election

Hopes are being shaken that cronyism at Holley Navarre Water System would be challenged by the Jan. 15 election in which four seats on the volunteer board of directors are up for grabs. Five Navarre residents who are customers of the water utility recently wrote to its attorney that board member Doug Larson had improperly […]

Water System approves proposed budget

Water System approves proposed budget

Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) Board of Directors may have been skating on thin legal ice Dec. 18 as they voted to approve a budget for 2019, possibly in violation of the utility’s bylaws. While historically the budget has been approved in December for the past decade, board member Daryl Lynchard questioned whether that practice […]

Williamson’s hands are tied at the water utility

Williamson’s hands are tied at the water utility

The list of duties that are legally off-limits to the newly minted $100,000-a-year Chief Executive Officer at Holley Navarre Water System keeps growing. Already being held at arm’s length by Santa Rosa County officials, ousted District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson also won’t likely be allowed to handle applications for federal and state grants or loans […]

Utility gives Williamson free rein on travel

Utility gives Williamson free rein on travel

With a new travel budget equal to the $50,000 a year authorized for the entire Santa Rosa County Commission, new Holley Navarre Water System CEO Rob Williamson doesn’t need pre-approval for out-of-town trips to lobby or for other purposes. Although volunteer utility board President Will Goulet told the Navarre Press that the $50,000 isn’t a […]

County holds ex-commissioner at arm’s length

County holds ex-commissioner at arm’s length

Wary of violating a Florida statute about consorting with former colleagues, Santa Rosa officials are carefully avoiding work-related contact with Rob Williamson, the new CEO of Holley Navarre Water System. Keeping Williamson at arm’s length has already required dodging an overture last week to tour Holley Navarre Water’s facilities on Turkey Bluff Road along with […]

Williamson hire riles water system members

Williamson hire riles water system members

The Holley Navarre Water System Board of Directors met criticism from a packed boardroom over its closed-door hiring of former District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson. Water system members voiced their concerns at a meeting Nov. 20. held in advance of a January election in which four seats on the board are up for grabs. […]

Williamson’s $100,000 a year consolation prize

Williamson’s $100,000 a year consolation prize

  Navarre voters overwhelmingly said “no” to Rob Williamson as District 4 County Commissioner in the August election. They used their votes to voice their displeasure with his representation, his decisions and his financial management of Navarre. Holley Navarre Water System has decided Williamson deserves a high-paying consolation prize with an offer to be their […]

Water utility accident prompts state inquiry

Water utility accident prompts state inquiry

Holley Navarre Water System has lost at least a quarter of its wastewater treatment capacity due to an operator’s mistake at the utility’s main plant on Sept. 24 and state regulators are requesting details. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has written a letter to HNWS General Manager Paul Gardner seeking “a report of the […]

No end in sight to effluent pumped into sound

No end in sight to effluent pumped into sound

Although county commissioners have said for years that cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound is a top priority, the water utility they control will apparently keep putting treated sewage effluent into the bay indefinitely. The county-owned Navarre Beach Water System has applied for and received tentative approval for a five-year renewal of its state permit to […]

Water experts lose bids for utility board

Water experts lose bids for utility board

Based on their many years of professional experience in water operations, Charles “Buddy” Ingram and Elisa Bailey appeared to be the most qualified of 11 candidates who recently ran for election to the Holley Navarre Water System board. Yet they came in 9th and 10th respectively—far behind the straw poll’s top four vote getters, all […]

Update: Holley Navarre Water board appoints four

Update: Holley Navarre Water board appoints four

The Holley Navarre Board of Directors consisting of Will Goulet, Daryl Lynchard and Mark Miller appointed four new board members at Tuesday night’s meeting by straw poll of the members. There were 177 total voters and votes were cast as follows: Doug Larson (96 votes)* Joseph Aguirre (93 votes)* Brett Ramsey (83 votes)* Shane Kahl […]

Water board lifts veil of secrecy on poll at 11th hour

Water board lifts veil of secrecy on poll at 11th hour

So many candidates, so little time. In most elections, the days right before the casting of ballots are the time when undecided voters can make up their minds or change them. Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online […]

Calkins’ legacy of ‘chaos’ and political future

Calkins’  legacy of ‘chaos’ and political future

James Calkins is moving on with an eye on moving up. The 32-year-old real estate investor resigned as president of the Holley Navarre Water System board last Thursday. He capped off the day by being named to the county-wide Santa Rosa Zoning Board. Read the full article in the June 21 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

New chapter begins in water board tumult

New chapter begins in water board tumult

Going full circle in reorganizing for the second time since January, what’s left of the Holley Navarre Water System board seems to be right where it was early this year: promising transparency and better management. But the new era being touted by freshly minted President Will Goulet began with a purge this week. Goulet loyalists […]

Water board seeks substance amid squabbling

Water board seeks substance amid squabbling

While grappling with issues that could affect how much Holley Navarre Water System ratepayers are charged in the future, the volunteer board that supposedly reached harmony in a January election shake-up has become a familiar war zone with new combatants. “It’s a mess,” said James Calkins, the president who succeeded Bien May this year. Read […]

Holley Navarre wary of effluent spraying deal

Holley Navarre wary of effluent spraying deal

Once closely allied, Holley Navarre Water System and the City of Gulf Breeze are now at arm’s length. Not only is the revamped board of HNWS backing away from a proposed contract under which it would have paid an estimated $8 million dollars over two decades to spray treated wastewater on land that the city’s […]