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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 […]

Veterans honored in ceremony

Veterans honored in ceremony

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard V. Secord addressed the crowd Sunday during the annual Veterans Day ceremony in Navarre Park. Secord told those gathered that they are fortunate to have a unique mix of military missions going on in the area. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Pets blessed at St. Sylvester

Pets blessed at St. Sylvester

Dogs, cats, birds and even a dragon got their blessings last week at St. Sylvester Catholic Church’s tenth annual Blessing of the Pets. Dozens of dogs and several other critters were invited inside the sanctuary and filled the pews for the blessing ceremony. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. […]

FDOT: 98 flyover design still alive

FDOT: 98 flyover design still alive

Despite claims made by another newspaper in the area, plans for a fly over through Navarre along U.S. Highway 98 are still under consideration according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). FDOT heads the project, and final decisions on which alternative will be selected fall under their purview. FDOT Public Information Specialist Tanya Sanders […]

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

The District 4 Master Plan has been revealed, and it is full of some great ideas: a plan for phasing in more walkability, new downtown friendly land development codes and lots of green space. We like where Matrix is going with this, especially when you look at the new overlay zoning. It intends to encourage […]

Navarre guiding document draft ready for show

Navarre guiding document draft ready for show

Residents of Navarre will get their first chance Thursday evening to see the fruits of a year’s effort of planning and public comment to shape Navarre’s future through the District 4 Master Plan. Last September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 […]

Entrepreneurs must navigate obstacle course to succeed

Entrepreneurs must navigate obstacle course to succeed

In a lot of ways, Santa Rosa County is approaching small business the right way. That’s the opinion of Debbie Rogers-Guinn, the owner of Deb’s Coffee in Navarre. “They were really supportive of us from the very beginning and throughout,” she said. After seven years, Rogers-Guinn and her husband are currently seeking to move their […]

Williamson loss means state, national vacancies

Williamson loss means state, national vacancies

When current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson finishes his term in mid-November, he will leave a few positions vacant. During his time as commissioner, Williamson became an active member of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), a lobbying group composed of elected representatives from all the Florida counties. Williamson was voted into the position […]

What you condone, you own

What you condone, you own

And, silence is permission Navarre Press is certain the outcome of the primary election, including the win by District 4 commissioner-elect Dave Piech is what is best for Navarre and Santa Rosa County. Piech used a saying in his campaign, “No vote, no voice,” and residents responded in big numbers (well, bigger than years past). The […]

Santa Rosa County wins – welcome Commissioner Piech

Santa Rosa County wins – welcome Commissioner Piech

According to governing.com, there are two types of political candidates; those who want to do something (Dave Piech) and those who want to be something (Rob Williamson). In an historic election in Santa Rosa County Tuesday, the candidate who wants to do something won. Not only does Dave Piech want to do something, but he […]

Candidate Dave Piech unseats incumbent in District 4 County Commission race

Candidate Dave Piech unseats incumbent in District 4 County Commission race

In a stunning 26.26 percent turnout of voters in the Primary Election, Navarre resident and retired Air Force Colonel Dave Piech was elected to the seat of District 4 County Commissioner, upsetting the incumbent Rob Williamson by a 25.36 percent margin. Of the 34,623 ballots cast, 20,236 voted for Piech. Piech’s campaign lagged behind in […]

Williamson criticized for ‘liking’ vulgar Facebook posts

Williamson criticized for ‘liking’ vulgar Facebook posts

County Commissioner Rob Williamson faced heat from constituents Monday for ‘liking’ vulgar comments made about Navarre residents on the social media platform Facebook. Navarre resident Yvonne Harper, past president of the Holley by the Sea Homeowners Association, told the Board of County Commissioners that she wanted to bring some comments to light during the public forum […]

The truth is not biased

The truth is not biased

Originally Published 5/17/2018   Biased, according to the dictionary, means a particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling or opinion, especially one that is preconceived or unreasoned. It means showing favoritism. We have been accused of being biased in our coverage of our current county commissioner Rob Williamson. This very page is called the Editorial page for a […]

How low can you go Commissioner?

How low can you go Commissioner?

The Rob Williamson campaign mailer, or “hit piece,” that arrived in voters’ mailboxes over the weekend was one for the record books. We thought the low point of his campaign was running on his addictions. But, to our surprise, he reached a new low – just flat out lying. We remind our readers we have […]

Williamson campaign postcard makes false claims

Williamson campaign postcard makes false claims

As District 4’s heated election season comes to a close, potentially thousands of voters received mail-out postcards touting current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson as a conservative businessman and avid supporter of President Donald Trump. The mailer, marked as approved and paid for by the Rob Williamson campaign, also paints Williamson’s opponent, Dave Piech, […]

Piech, Cole receive Fraternal Order of Police endorsements

Piech, Cole receive Fraternal Order of Police endorsements

Candidate for District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech and District 2 County Commissioner incumbent Bob Cole received official endorsement Monday from the Florida State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police (FFOP). FFOP represents more than 22,000 law enforcement officers said President Robert Jenkins. “The office of County Commission is extremely important to the men and women […]

Deadline looms in school board, District 4 commissioner races

Deadline looms in school board, District 4 commissioner races

As primary election voting inches closer, the window is closing for school board candidates to win over voters. All three of the school board seats up for grabs will be decided on the primary ballot Aug. 28, and votes in the race can be cast as early as Aug. 13. For much of the race, […]

Former Santa Rosa County Sheriff Hall endorses Piech for District 4 Commissioner

Former Santa Rosa County Sheriff Hall endorses Piech for District 4 Commissioner

In the race for District 4 County Commissioner, Republican candidate Dave Piech has sealed a new endorsement. Wendell Hall, who served as Santa Rosa County’s Sheriff for 16 years before his retirement in 2016, formally announced his endorsement of Piech. In the announcement, Hall said, “I am supporting Dave Piech for County Commissioner, District Four. […]

Development and zoning tops debate questions

Development and zoning tops debate questions

Questions repeatedly returned to issues of development and allowing exceptions to the land development code during the Santa Rosa Republican Women’s county commissioners candidate forum Tuesday. The questions were submitted by the members in attendance, and candidates for both District 4 County Commission, representing Navarre, and District 2 representing Milton were invited to answer. District […]

98 Symposium

98 Symposium

Decision makers from throughout the region gathered at the Navarre Visitors Center last week to work together toward traffic solutions at the first ever Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Symposium. Representatives from Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County governments, school boards, Transportation Planning Organizations (TPO) and others met on […]

District 4 County Commission candidates get heated in debate

District 4 County Commission candidates get heated in debate

As the clock winds down toward primary election day, tensions are high between incumbent District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson and opponent Dave Piech. Williamson, owner of Rob Williamson Landscaping, was running for re-election unopposed until November 2017 when Piech filed to run. The retired Air Force commander had served roughly 28 years as an […]

No regrets?

No regrets?

In the most recent debate, District 4 Commissioner and candidate for re-election Rob Williamson was asked by candidate Dave Piech if he had any regrets in the nearly four years that he has served as county commissioner. The question seemed to be a gift to Rob – a chance for Rob to redeem himself.  The answer […]

Retired military officer or landscaper?

Retired military officer or landscaper?

(Click or double click on links for more background information.) We heard from a source at Williamson’s private meeting at Juana’s Monday that he said serving in the military doesn’t qualify someone to be a county commissioner. And when we heard that, we all had to chuckle a little. Apparently, in his mind, lawn mowing, […]

Protesters call for Williamson to get the boot

Protesters call for Williamson to get the boot

While District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson held an invitation-only meet and greet with supporters at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill early Monday morning, residents of Navarre stood outside in the rain waving signs calling for the incumbent to be ousted from office. Williamson is seeking re-election to the commission seat representing the Navarre area against […]

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Longtime Navarre resident Phil Babiak has been advocating for years for a secondary east-west route between Navarre and Hurlburt Field to alleviate mounting traffic concerns along U.S. Highway 98. That plan finally has a name: the Navarre-Hurlburt Connector. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Infrastructure tops debate questions

Infrastructure tops debate questions

For the first time on a single platform, Navarre-area District 4 County Commission candidates Dave Piech and incumbent Rob Williamson met in debate at Grover T’s Restaurant May 3 during the Santa Rosa Republicans County Commission Debate. The pair fielded questions on a variety of issues including party affiliation, taxes and economic growth. Williamson told […]

Candidates air views on county’s development, economic growth

Candidates air views on county’s development, economic growth

Precinct 34, an initiative to improve voter turnout in the Navarre area, brought together more than a dozen candidates for a variety of offices to debate the issues April 17. The main event of the Precinct 34 Candidate Forum involved the County Commission race. Two of the board’s five seats are up for election, including […]