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Holley Navarre Water sets sights on future

Holley Navarre Water sets sights on future

After calls for expanded fire hydrant availability last month, the Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors decided to create long-term goals. In a special meeting May 7, the board and lead staff focused on the system’s future.   Read the full article in the May 16 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa County Commissioners spent their Monday meeting balancing potential projects against infrastructure needs. Discovery Center dream dashed? Concerns over water quality trumped conservation education efforts Monday as commissioners weighed how to spend millions of RESTORE dollars over the next 12 years. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Navarre Beach effluent permit renewal inches forward

Navarre Beach effluent permit renewal inches forward

Effluent discharge from the Navarre Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant into Santa Rosa Sound is likely to continue for another five years out of necessity, despite some community objections voiced in a public meeting March 26. Members of citizen group Save Our Soundside (SOS) have expressed opposition to renewal of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection […]

Water system working on effluent deadline

Water system working on effluent deadline

Holley Navarre Water System will hit the critical limit for effluent disposal on Nov. 25, 2025. That’s according to estimates by water system senior engineer Phil Phillips. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to […]

Citizens calling for end to Santa Rosa Sound effluent discharge

Citizens calling for end to Santa Rosa Sound effluent discharge

Citizens are calling for an end to permitted discharge of Navarre Beach’s treated wastewater into Santa Rosa Sound within the next five years, and they have successfully petitioned the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to hold a public meeting on the matter later this month. The March 26 meeting is part of Santa Rosa […]

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 […]

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 […]

Radiation and rotation hot topics at HNMS Science Fair

Radiation and rotation hot topics at HNMS Science Fair

Engineering, biomedicine and chemistry are just a few of the sciences Holley Navarre Middle School students flaunted their prowess in last week in the school’s annual Science Fair. In all 53 students across all grades were awarded for their work. Among the participants were two Grand Prize winners that out-shown their peers. Read the full […]

Holley Navarre Water System: How to vote

Holley Navarre Water System: How to vote

HNWS election important dates Dec. 3: Annual notices sent to all members Dec. 14: Proxies and absentee ballots become available by request Dec. 28: Deadline for members to request proxies and absentee ballots by mail or email; no    ballots will be mailed or emailed to members after this date Jan. 11: Deadline 4 p.m. for […]

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 […]

UPDATE: Victims identified in small plane crash on Eglin

UPDATE: Victims identified in small plane crash on Eglin

According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the victims of yesterday’s plane crash on the Eglin Reservation have been identified as pilot Henry Nowakowski and his wife Patsy, along with his sister Carolyn and her husband, Tom Seine. Their families have been notified and the FAA will investigate the cause of the accident. ______________________________________________________________________ Update […]

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. […]

University of West Florida launches Hacking for Defense program

University of West Florida launches Hacking for Defense program

To improve logistics and safety on its test range, Eglin Air Force Base has outsourced finding solutions to a team of undergraduates at the University of West Florida. Facing the need to mitigate potential internal cybersecurity threats, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee decided to do the same. Read the […]

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 […]

98 flyover lacks chamber support, widening gets thumbs-up

98 flyover lacks chamber support, widening gets thumbs-up

When asked to name the greatest obstacle for Navarre’s future, residents have one overwhelming response: Traffic. That was the finding of an analysis of data by Matrix Design Group. A similar study conducted among Hurlburt Field personnel came up with the same concern: Fix traffic congestion. Read the full article in the June 14 issue […]

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

The unfolding struggle to alleviate the traffic strangle on Highway 98 through Navarre is shaping up to be a major lobbying effort that may take several years and will likely reach to Tallahassee and even Washington, D.C. A campaign organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is getting underway with invitations being prepared […]

Congress secures $41.9 million for Gulf Test Range

Congress secures $41.9 million for Gulf Test Range

The U.S. House of Representatives voted May 24 to invest $41.9 million in modernization and improvements to the military’s Gulf Test Range along Florida’s northwest coast. The bill passed by a vote of 351 to 66. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

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 […]

Eglin nears land lease offer to HNWS

Eglin nears land lease offer to HNWS

The wastewater disposal solution long sought for Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) at Eglin Air Force Base is now taking shape. In negotiation for years, a lease for spraying on Eglin acreage is considered by HNWS management and Santa Rosa County officials as the best way to satisfy regulators’ requirements for effluent disposal capacity. Read […]

Wounded Warriors leave camp with renewed faith and confidence

Wounded Warriors leave camp with renewed faith and confidence

Athletes move around on wheelchairs up and down the basketball court on a Friday afternoon inside a gymnasium at Eglin Air Force Base. It’s a competitive game and there is fun involved as well. When the buzzer sounds at the end of this 12-minute hoops battle, it’s not the scoreboard that matters. Read the full […]

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

While the Florida Department of Transportation continues to pursue expanding U.S. Highway 98 to six lanes and implementing a flyover in the Heart of Navarre, the thoroughfare continues to increase beyond its intended maximum capacity. When an accident occurs, the areas only major east-west corridor can become blocked, leaving both local and long-distance traffic at […]

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 […]

Five things to know: County Commission meeting

Five things to know: County Commission meeting

Commissioners table floating alcohol ordinance When a floating restaurant-like structure appeared in Santa Rosa Sound last month just behind Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill, questions among residents abounded. Shortly after the appearance, County Commissioner Rob Williamson said he wanted the county to pursue an ordinance to bar these types of establishments. He said Santa Rosa […]

Five things to know: County Commission

Five things to know: County Commission

1. No courthouse tax needed The cost of clearing underbrush from the future location of the new county courthouse came back at a third of the expected amount thanks to a low bid by J.M. Diamond Timber and Conservation, but the commissioners have decided to pass on the effort altogether. More than that, the commissioners […]

App Challenge showcases cyber careers

App Challenge showcases cyber careers

Eliminating threats in space, white-hat hacking and coding protection for the entire U.S. Navy were just a few of the career goals discussed with students at the Congressional App Challenge Awards ceremony Saturday at the University of West Florida. The event was the culmination of weeks of coding work for more than a dozen high […]

Winds of change buffet water board

Winds of change buffet water board

The fractious fraternity that makes up the seven-member board of Holley Navarre Water System is becoming more strident with almost every monthly meeting and the delicate balance of voting power may be in for a shake-up. That’s partly because the utility’s board elections scheduled for January could bring the return of Daryl Lynchard, the board […]

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 […]

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: 10/7  8:30 a.m. Hurricane Nate is a category 1 storm steaming through the Gulf of Mexico. Currently maximum sustained winds are at 85 mph with movement to the north northwest at 22 mph. Currently our area remains under a hurricane watch, tropical storm warning and storm surge warning. We spoke with Jason Beaman, meteorologist […]

Air Force: Reopening Navarre Pass would interfere with future missions

Air Force: Reopening Navarre Pass would interfere with future missions

In a letter to Senator Bill Nelson, Gen. David Goldfein, the U.S. Air Force chief of staff writes in part, “Reopening Navarre Pass in a way that goes through the Santa Rosa Island Controlled Firing Area would interfere with current and future Air Force and DOD missions. Consequently, the Air Force opposes reopening that pass.” […]

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