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Haunting history comes alive in old ‘Mill Town’

Haunting history comes alive in old ‘Mill Town’

Running from the law was nothing new to Rube Burrow. As the most infamous Southern train robber of the late 1880s, he had been fleeing the law for a long time. While making his living off theft and violence, Burrow had also sent a few innocent victims to the grave, putting a hefty price on […]

Turn lane changes planned along 98

Turn lane changes planned along 98

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will construct improvements starting Oct. 14 to seven turn lane areas along U.S. Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze, Midway and Navarre. The $1.1 million project will include improvements to safety and operation of breaks in medians along 98 including milling and resurfacing, new turn lanes, median openings, drainage upgrades and […]

Florida toughens ban on texting while driving

Florida toughens ban on texting while driving

As of Tuesday, Oct. 1, motorists in Florida can be stopped for using a hands-free communications device while driving in a designated school crossing, school zone or active work zone area. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), through its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), sent out an advisory reminding […]

New schools need new roads

New schools need new roads

Santa Rosa School District has the land for two new schools in Pace. Now it needs the roads to reach them, but that might be unpalatable to some neighbors. School district officials approached the Board of County Commissioners Monday during its regular meeting asking for reassurances that if the district finalizes the pending purchase of […]

FDOT: Traffic Shift for New Pensacola Bay Bridge Starts Wednesday

FDOT: Traffic Shift for New Pensacola Bay Bridge Starts Wednesday

U.S. 98 eastbound traffic (Pensacola to Gulf Breeze) will be shifted to the new Pensacola Bay Bridge Wednesday evening, Sept. 4 and U.S. 98 westbound (Gulf Breeze to Pensacola) on Sunday, Sept. 8. From 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 to 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 17th Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Gregory […]

Three options offered for Navarre Community Access Road

Three options offered for Navarre Community Access Road

Do not call it an alternative U.S. Highway 98. The Navarre Community Access Road was never meant to be a relief valve for Navarre’s crowded main corridor, according to county officials. Instead, Santa Rosa County spent the past 20 months studying how to improve roadways already impacted by diverted traffic.   Read the full article […]

Bridge opening now indefinite

Bridge opening now indefinite

Never mind. The latest rescheduled opening of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge has been delayed with no new date in sight. Inspectors for the Florida Department of Transportation put a halt to the partial opening the was originally set for July 28 and then Aug. 4.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 […]

UPDATE: New bridge opening date changed

UPDATE: New bridge opening date changed

UPDATE: The partial opening of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge to eastbound traffic has been postponed to Aug. 4. The traffic shift for U.S. 98 eastbound traffic (Pensacola to Gulf Breeze) to the new Pensacola Bay Bridge has been rescheduled for Sunday evening, Aug. 4 and U.S. 98 westbound (Gulf Breeze to Pensacola) on Thursday, […]

At a crossroads: Growth puts strain on infrastructure

At a crossroads: Growth puts strain on infrastructure

Navarre is growing. Repeated like a broken record in county meeting halls, community groups and passing conversation, this fact has little dispute. Also facing little debate is the effect of growth on infrastructure, increasing demand for ways to get around, for access to clean water and for space to get some fresh air.   Read […]

Potentially carcinogenic weed killer used in county ditches

Potentially carcinogenic weed killer used in county ditches

Navarre residents have raised concerns about ditch cleaners using potential carcinogen glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup weed killer, to kill vegetation near waterways. The issue was raised last month after Pompano Street resident Rich Johnson saw crews spraying weed killer in a drainage ditch along the roadway.     Read the full article in […]

New bridge arch marks milestone

New bridge arch marks milestone

One of the bells and whistles to be part of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge debuted Thursday when workers placed a shiny, 83-foot-tall steel arch atop the eastbound section of the span. The $427 million bridge, under construction since 2017 and delayed by weather and faulty work on its concrete deck, is nevertheless starting to […]

State allocates funds to widen 98 in Gulf Breeze

State allocates funds to widen 98 in Gulf Breeze

Approximately four miles of U.S. Highway 98 from Bayshore Road to Portside Drive is set to get two additional lanes. Approval of funding for construction was announced May 30. Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive […]

Advanced technologies could improve traffic flow

Advanced technologies could improve traffic flow

Adding asphalt is not the only way to make traffic flow faster along corridors such as U.S. Highway 98. Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS) could be the answer. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription […]

Highway 87 widening nears completion

Highway 87 widening nears completion

The reconstruction and widening of State Road 87 will be wrapping up in the upcoming weeks as the road becomes a four-lane highway. Construction has been underway since October 2015 following years of calls for the highway to be widened. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Bridge work update leaves questions

Bridge work update leaves questions

Although the inspection supervisor on the new Pensacola Bay Bridge and a spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation aren’t quite in sync, both have made new assurances of an impressive, eventual construction result. The $427 million project began in spring 2017 but has been beset by weather delays and faulty work on the concrete […]

Calle De Palencia project draws neighborhood complaints

Calle De Palencia project draws neighborhood complaints

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials identified several improvements to be made along U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre separate from discussions of expanding the roadway. FDOT representative Alaina Webb told the handful of gathered citizens at a public hearing March 19 that an access management study was conducted for the length of 98 through Navarre […]

Zoning Board split on 726 home development in Pace

Zoning Board split on 726 home development in Pace

After more than 3 hours of emotional debate and a meeting that ran past midnight, Zoning Board members could not come to a consensus regarding development of 726 homes along Woodbine Road in Pace called Lakes of Woodbine. The Santa Rosa County board room in Milton was packed with members of the impact fee and […]

98 expansion affects dozens of businesses

98 expansion affects dozens of businesses

When plans to expand U.S. Highway 98 to accommodate increased traffic first surfaced, Navarre Beach Flowers owner Sabrina Peet said the potential closure of her business was not on the forefront of her mind. The little shop located just at the edge of state right of way had very little wiggle room if an expansion […]

Pensacola Bay bridge replacement completion a moving target

Pensacola Bay bridge replacement completion a moving target

The general contractor on the Pensacola Bay Bridge replacement missed its Feb. 5 deadline for a $15 million bonus, raising questions about when the overall $420 million project can be completed. Although a roadside sign near the construction site in Gulf Breeze has long proclaimed “summer 2020” for the six-lane, three-mile span to be finished, […]

‘National security’ cited in traffic woes outside school

‘National security’ cited in traffic woes outside school

One school has been bringing the logistics of an entire roadway and even a U.S. Air Force base to a halt each day. For commuters going to and from Hurlburt Field, the daily drop-off and pick-up of Florosa Elementary School students means additional traffic woes along U.S. Highway 98 each day. Read the full article […]

Movement to name bridge after local general gains steam

Movement to name bridge after local general gains steam

The name of the nation’s first African-American four-star general may soon grace the new version of a local landmark. The new bridge connecting Gulf Breeze and Pensacola could bear the name of Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Guest Opinion: Why we support the flyover

Guest Opinion: Why we support the flyover

Navarre has always been a destination for its inhabitants. From its first homestead to today’s families and visitors, people have come to Navarre to put their feet up and settle down. But a destination means more than a journey home or a visit to the beach. It means a sense of place, a place where […]

Highway 98: What would at-grade look like?

Highway 98: What would at-grade look like?

A proposed flyover along U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre has been met with opposition from business owners, residents and even the Santa Rosa County Commission. These entities have called for an at-grade solution to the roadway’s mounting traffic difficulties, but how much of a difference in impact would that amount to? Read the full article […]

Beachside Church signs disappear off island

Beachside Church signs disappear off island

County officials are searching policy stretching back more than a decade after church signs along Navarre Beach went missing last month amid potential enforcement action. For 25 years, Beachside Church has been holding informal church services in the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier parking lot. As part of advertising these services, church pastor John Kerns and […]

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 24 to inform state officials they oppose construction of a flyover on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre. The opposition was led by the commissioner representing the area, Dave Piech. The commission’s stance will be conveyed by letter to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Read the full article in the […]

Bridge contractor under pressure for repairs

Bridge contractor under pressure for repairs

State officials have been pressing the lead contractor on the new Pensacola Bay Bridge since October for details on the company’s plan to fix numerous cracks in the span’s concrete deck. In an email to the Florida Department of Transportation, obtained by this newspaper in a public records request, an independent bridge inspector raised questions […]

FDOT sets 98 flyover as recommended alternative

FDOT sets 98 flyover as recommended alternative

More than 360 people crowded into the Days Inn and Suites Navarre Conference Center Jan. 15 to view and comment on plans to widen U.S. Highway 98 and put a flyover through Navarre. After more than two years of work, Florida Department of Transportation officials presented their top chosen option based on the data. The […]

Coalition strives to promote safety among older drivers

Coalition strives to promote safety among older drivers

The Florida Department of Transportation’s Safe Mobility for Life Coalition is focused on addressing the needs of Florida’s aging drivers. The state has more residents over the age of 65 than it does under the age of 18. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Bridge tolls issue goes to court

Bridge tolls issue goes to court

Here comes the judge. After years of cautiously circling each other, posturing and trading ultimatums, state officials and the investors who bought bonds to build the Garcon Point Bridge are headed for a legal showdown. “It seems like they want it their way or no way,” State Rep. Jayer Williamson told the Navarre Press on […]

Our hopes for 2019

Our hopes for 2019

We hope Holley Navarre Water System will get their act together and behave like a professional board that controls one of the largest budgets in the county. We wish successful business owners, or at least people with board experience, would seek to become part of the board for no other reason than to serve their […]