dredging

As sand slips away, county prepares for future beach restoration

As sand slips away, county prepares for future beach restoration

From the moment that the last grain of sand was piped from the last dredge onto Navarre Beach during the 2016 renourishment project, the shore has been shrinking. But County Engineer Roger Blaylock said there is no reason to worry. This is all just part of the process. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Army Corps cautions subdivision about dredging canals

Army Corps cautions subdivision about dredging canals

The waterfront subdivision of Santa Rosa Shores has received a warning of sorts from the Army Corps of Engineers about its plan to dredge parts of the canals that allow boat access to its 231 homeowners. In an eight-page letter, sent to county officials in May, the Army Corps raised questions about possible environmental damage […]

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 […]

Beach renourishment completed under budget

Beach renourishment completed under budget

Dredging and grading for the Navarre Beach renourishment project came to a close Sunday, June 19, at $1.8 million under the expected price. The last of the estimated 1.3 million-cubic yards of sand dredged from the Gulf was piped to the fourth and final segment of the shoreline. Dredging began back in March. “We are […]

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. […]

Pace of tourism growth slows

Pace of tourism growth slows

The rate of Santa Rosa County tourism tax collections, while still on the rise from recent years, has slowed a bit during the past four months and caught the eye of area leisure industry leaders. Although the county’s share of lodging receipts, the so-called bed tax, totaled about $93,000 in February, the latest figures available, […]

Navarre Beach renewal in line behind Sarasota

Navarre Beach renewal in line behind Sarasota

When Weeks Marine Inc. postponed its scheduled restoration of Pensacola Beach last week it seemed to signal that the company could start dredging and filling on Navarre Beach as planned on or about April 1. That’s because some of the same equipment and crew members used in filling in Pensacola Beach with sand dredged from […]

Tourism leaders spar with Rob Williamson

Tourism leaders spar with Rob Williamson

The discord between District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson and some hospitality industry veterans has surfaced for the fourth time since November and made him a sometimes churlish minority of one on the Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Council. Williamson, appointed to the council last year by his fellow commissioners, has broken with most the […]

County will seek more time to restore beach

County will seek more time to restore beach

The local hospitality industry’s quest to delay the Navarre Beach restoration project may get inadvertent support from Sheila Fitzgerald, director of Santa Rosa County special projects and grants. This move is unrelated to the Tourist Development Council’s recent plea to county commissioners that the $15 million project be pushed back to start after Labor Day […]

Save $1 million to lose $10 million or Penny wise – pound foolish

Save $1 million to lose $10 million or Penny wise – pound foolish

Beach renourishment makes our beaches beautiful and whole again. It’s the process by which new sand is brought up from the Gulf to replace the lost sand on our beaches. That is an oversimplification of course. The end result is beautiful but the process is not. Our beaches will be under major construction with large […]

Sand Sculpting gives way to scrutinized dredging

Sand Sculpting gives way to scrutinized dredging

Planning for the sixth annual Navarre Beach Sand Sculpting Festival next April consumed considerable time and effort from Santa Rosa County tourism development leaders before the event was abruptly doomed last week by, of all things, sand. The scheduled April 15-16 festival boasted a budget of $55,000 in bed tax funding despite a spat between […]