Flooding

County Commissioners settle flooding lawsuit, Pier renovation bid uncertain

County Commissioners settle flooding lawsuit, Pier renovation bid uncertain

County Attorney Roy Andrews made it clear the county was not accepting guilt by paying out a $15,000 settlement for flood damage during the April 11 Board of County Commissioners meeting. In other action, the County Commission voted to reject all bids for redecking of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier after questions about the validity […]

Couple sues county for home flooding

Couple sues county for home flooding

Santa Rosa County is set to pay out at staff’s recommendation $15,000 in a settlement with homeowners alleging that the county is responsible for flooding of their home. In court filings, James and Joy Cowart, through their attorney Darryl Steve Traylor, Jr., allege that lack of maintenance by the county of county-owned stormwater drainage system […]

Sherwood Drive to close for drainage work

Sherwood Drive to close for drainage work

Sherwood Drive in the Holley by the Sea (HBTS) subdivision of Navarre will be closed March 19-26 for installation of a box culvert crossing as part the Camden Drive Outfall Project. The project will improve stormwater conveyance and water quality of adjacent wetlands. Detours will be in place as needed to direct traffic around the impacted […]

$1.7 million for Gulf Breeze flooding in jeopardy

$1.7 million for Gulf Breeze flooding in jeopardy

Santa Rosa County is set to miss out on $1.7 million in drainage improvement grant money to tackle flooding in Gulf Breeze subdivisions because of one property owner’s reluctance to sell a portion of the property to the county. County Commissioners heard from the project lead and the resistant homeowner Feb. 14. Read the full […]

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 […]

Gulf Breeze race for mayor ramping up

Gulf Breeze race for mayor ramping up

The first two candidates for mayor in the City of Gulf Breeze in a decade to actually put up yard signs and knock on doors have already spent many times the $1 a year that the job pays, and their campaigns are just now gearing up. “I was thinking I could do this campaign without […]

FEMA approves $1.4 million for college’s 2014 damage

FEMA approves $1.4 million for college’s 2014 damage

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $1.4 million to reimburse Pensacola State College for repairs to buildings on the campus and to replace contents damaged during severe storms and flooding that occurred in spring 2014. The $1,410,531 grant amounts to 75 percent of the total cost of the repairs to be […]

Rain headed to panhandle

Rain headed to panhandle

The National Weather Service of Mobile is advising residents of the Florida panhandle that a few rainy days are on the way from a storm brewing in the Gulf. The National Hurricane Center sent out an advisory Sunday that a system in the Gulf of Mexico had the potential for tropical or subtropical characteristics. That […]

Sunrise Drive to close for flood-control work

Sunrise Drive to close for flood-control work

Construction to reduce repeated flooding at the entrance of Sunrise Drive in Navarre will begin March 5 with the installation of traffic control measures. This project, funded with roughly $530,000 in local option sales tax (LOST) dollars, is designed to help prevent flooding from the ponds located on each side of Sunrise Drive following extended […]

Locals help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Locals help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Former Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 plus inches of rain in areas in and around Houston since making landfall Aug. 25 causing catastrophic flooding and leaving thousands of residents in shelters. Relief and rescue efforts are underway, and many have begun making donations for those relief efforts. As part of the Florida Realtors statewide effort, the […]

Holley by the Sea flood fixes require more money, manpower

Holley by the Sea flood fixes require more money, manpower

We cannot afford it in-house, and it will not solve the entire problem. Those were the take-aways from Santa Rosa County Commissioners and staff Aug. 7 as they discussed another drainage improvement study for Holley by the Sea. The county’s largest subdivision has been dealing with persistent flooding for years, prompting the county to pay […]

Commissioners squelch move to force HBTS builder compliance

Commissioners squelch move to force HBTS builder compliance

Months of effort by county staff and residents of Holley by the Sea to hold builders accountable went up in smoke Thursday night as the Board of County Commissioners moved to scrap a proposed change to the building permit process that would verify that builders were indeed following federal and state wetlands regulations. Read the […]

Lost L.O.S.T.

Lost L.O.S.T.

Guest Opinion: Lost: “no longer possessed; retained,” and “having gone astray or missed the way.” Based on recent comments regarding storm water projects related to the Local Option Sales Tax revenue tentative projects’ list, it seems District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson is lost on the L.O.S.T. Last November, the voters approved the L.O.S.T. because the […]

Holley by the Sea may lose LOST funds

Holley by the Sea may lose LOST funds

Millions in improvements to drainage in Holley by the Sea (HBTS) could lose a funding opportunity following the second meeting of the Board of County Commissioners to discuss the future of the new local option sales tax (LOST) funds. Commission Chairman and District 4 representative Rob Williamson recommended that the commission look at cutting the […]

Growth stumps county

Growth stumps county

Growth is a great thing. When our children are growing we measure off every inch marking the same door frame over and over so we can see how tall they are getting. We make plans for the next inch by buying the next size up in clothes and shoes. We replace the crib with a […]

County works with HBTS to tackle drainage problems

County works with HBTS to tackle drainage problems

As county commissioners prepare to spend millions of dollars to improve drainage in Holley by the Sea, county staff members are coordinating with the Homeowners Association to better regulate how new construction will affect drainage in the neighborhood. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Roughly $1.5 million set aside for Holley by the Sea drainage improvements

Roughly $1.5 million set aside for Holley by the Sea drainage improvements

County Commissioners moved forward with phase one of a multimillion dollar plan to improve drainage flow in Holley by the Sea Thursday after accepting $650,000 of support money from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The projects are in the design phase and total approximately $420,892. The improvements currently being designed are to Camden Drive […]

New homes on higher ground heighten flood concerns

New homes on higher ground heighten flood concerns

Jason Buttke looks up at the new house under construction next door to his on the 1800 block of Sunrise Drive and wonders where any excess stormwater will drain in the event of heavy rain. Like many new residences going up in Holley by the Sea, the lot under the Adams Homes building has been […]

New Navarre Beach subdivision proposed

New Navarre Beach subdivision proposed

Developer Steve Hering is seeking a zoning variance on 8-and-half vacant acres of Navarre Beach to build a 70-house subdivision he calls “Topaz Beach-An Island Community.” Hering needs the county commission’s approval – not to mention financing – to break ground as he proposes in December or January. ”These will be beautiful houses: steel construction, […]

Questions swirl around drainage projects

Questions swirl around drainage projects

Although Holley by the Sea residents are eager for some of the county’s 30 proposed stormwater protection projects to begin in their area, some suggest that a more organized approach is needed. “We want to get things done. But the right things,” said Yvonne Harper, president of the Holley by the Sea Improvement Association, a […]

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. […]

Wastewater pact with Eglin on distant horizon

Wastewater pact with Eglin on distant horizon

Holley-Navarre Water System officials have reassured Williams Creek residents that the utility’s plan to treat wastewater near their homes is temporary. However,  an alternative proposal to pipe the effluent to Eglin Air Force Base is years from reality. There are numerous complications and potential snags that weren’t discussed at the County Commission’s special meeting last […]

County to abandon flood assistance program for 2016

County to abandon flood assistance program for 2016

In a Monday committee meeting, the Board of County Commissioners has decided, in line with staff recommendations, that the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program will be abandoned in 2016 due to lack of resident participation.  The vote will take place in Thursday’s full County Commission meeting. The grant program is designed to give homeowners who have […]

Roads impacted by flooding in Blackwater River State Park

Roads impacted by flooding in Blackwater River State Park

Heavy rain that drenched most of the area last week flooded two roads in the Blackwater River State Park in Holt. Deaton Bridge Road and Bryant Bridge Road were both overtaken by water but everything is starting to go back to normal now. Deaton Ridge was expected to be open by the end of the […]

Draft flood mitigation plan reflects little action

Draft flood mitigation plan reflects little action

The floods of April 2014 illuminated flood-vulnerable areas and the lack of stormwater management in South Santa Rosa County. More than a year later, residents are still living in fear of when the next heavy storm system will flood their home. At this point, they feel it isn’t a matter of ‘if’ but a matter […]

New Santa Rosa County strategy to ward off stormwater

New Santa Rosa County strategy to ward off stormwater

Six years in the making with input from dozens of Santa Rosa County residents, emergency officials and engineers, the new Local Mitigation Strategy poses 45 ways to reduce the impact of flooding: from landscaping low areas for better drainage to requiring that new construction be elevated. And just in case, encourage property owners to purchase […]

Gulf Breeze passes Halloween rain test

Gulf Breeze passes Halloween rain test

Bob Richards watched stormwater creep up the driveway toward his garage on Dracena Way in Gulf Breeze on the first Sunday in November and had visions of the record flooding on April 29-30, 2014. Although the Halloween weekend rain, estimated at between 7 and 10 inches in Richards’ neighborhood, totaled less than half the deluge […]

Recent rainfall nets 6 inches to Navarre area

Recent rainfall nets 6 inches to Navarre area

Navarre received between 4 and 6 inches of rain from Halloween night into Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile. Meteorologist Cody Lindsey said some localized areas received up to 7 inches of rain. As of 6 a.m. Monday, the weather station closest to Navarre reported 6.42 inches of rain. That rainfall […]