East Bay

Wetlands whittled down in Holley by the Sea

Wetlands whittled down in Holley by the Sea

Holley by the Sea homeowners Don and Marilyn Beyer discovered that their backyard is roughly 0.04 acres bigger than they thought, but the couple is not happy about it. That’s because the extra acreage along Redfield Drive came at the expense of local wetlands after a 2017 mistake by the seller not giving their builder […]

Continued loss of wetlands jeopardizes East Bay

Continued loss of wetlands jeopardizes East Bay

Looking at county maps of suspected wetlands in the area of Holley by the Sea and East Bay, it is easy to see how development has impacted these areas. Large swaths of the land are light blue on the maps, indicating wetlands. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Wetlands Part 2: East Bay water quality at risk

Wetlands Part 2: East Bay water quality at risk

East Bay is a standout in terms of water quality, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, but local Dave Roberts said that has changed over the years. Cutting a divide between Holley and Navarre, East Bay runs along the northern edge of Navarre before hooking up with other bays including Pensacola, Escambia and […]

Wetlands 101: Environmental impacts of development

Wetlands 101: Environmental impacts of development

Conversations about development in Santa Rosa County often turn to concerns from neighbors about flooding and the natural waters that flow throughout the county. Where will the water that is on the property go? How will this development impact existing flooding issues in established neighborhoods? What about the impact on the environment? Read the full […]

Water utilities to gamble on more debt

Water utilities to gamble on more debt

Failing to set aside funds for emergencies has previously meant a financing scramble for the utility collective that provides water to south Santa Rosa, and now officials think they see a solution: take on about $4 million in long-term debt. Though perhaps unlikely at first glance, the strategy of Holley Navarre Water System and the […]

Flight to freedom: Rehabilitated pelicans form new forever flock

Flight to freedom: Rehabilitated pelicans form new forever flock

As the sun set over a silent stretch of East Bay in Holley, three juvenile pelicans took flight toward freedom for the first time in months Wednesday, Nov. 16, during a hard release by the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. The trio came to the refuge roughly two months ago, each in a less than healthy […]

Water ‘back to normal’ soon

Water ‘back to normal’ soon

A costly project to repair a broken waterline under East Bay is expected to be complete in early August, according to Holley-Navarre Water System General Manager Ken Walker. The announcement of the pending repair should be welcome news for some local water customers who have recently expressed concern about the way their water smells and […]

Midway Fire debuts new boat

Midway Fire debuts new boat

Midway Fire District crews respond to calls in East Bay and the Santa Rosa Sound, and firefighters July 18 debuted their newest water rescue asset, a 19-foot Boston Whaler. Midway personnel launched the boat from the county ramp on Navarre Beach, and then tested it in the Santa Rosa Sound. Read more in the July […]