Garcon Point Bridge

Rep. Williamson talks session wrap-up

Rep. Williamson talks session wrap-up

In a wrap-up the 2019 legislative session, State Rep. Jayer Williamson addressed constituents of the Santa Rosa County Republican Club June 4 at Bistro 98. He said he was very proud to have chaired the Appropriations Committee in his third year as a member of the Florida House of Representatives.   Read the full article […]

County code crackdown targets ‘feather flags’

County code crackdown targets ‘feather flags’

County Code Enforcement is cracking down on “feather flags,” especially in Navarre. These tall, narrow banners typically bear commercial messages. They are popular along U.S. Highway 98 and Highway 87. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

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 […]

Bridge may become a gift that keeps on taking

Bridge may become a gift that keeps on taking

Okay, we couldn’t agree on an offer to buy the Garcon Point Bridge, so perhaps we should give it back. “Maybe we could just walk away,” State Rep. Jayer Williamson told the Navarre Press after neither the Florida House nor Senate could pass legislation aimed at a state purchase of the bridge during the recently […]

Lawmakers drop bridge purchase idea

Lawmakers drop bridge purchase idea

No deal. The prospect of a state government offer to buy the Garcon Point Bridge and reduce tolls has relied on legislators’ reaching agreement to include millions of dollars in this year’s budget. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive […]

Hard bargaining looms in Garcon bridge deal

Hard bargaining looms in Garcon bridge deal

  Local legislators want to acquire the Garcon Point Bridge, but first they have to sell the deal to fellow lawmakers and then to current private owners of the bonds that funded the bridge’s construction in 1999. The devil will be in the dollars. “Even if it just costs $100, you know some people are […]

Garcon Bridge purchase picks up steam

Garcon Bridge purchase picks up steam

The first steps toward the state purchase of Garcon Point Bridge, and the reduction or elimination of tolls, are being taken faster than proponents previously expected. Although state legislators had requested earlier this year that the Florida Department of Transportation prepare a report by Jan. 1 on the feasibility of buying the bridge from the […]

State could gain control of Garcon Point tolls

State could gain control of Garcon Point tolls

The first steps toward a state purchase of Garcon Point Bridge and the authority to reduce or eliminate tolls have been taken by the Florida Legislature. Led by freshman Rep. Jayer Williamson from Santa Rosa County and Sen. George Gainer of Panama City, two bills that passed on Friday authorize the Florida Department of Transportation […]

Weather fanned flames in two separate fires

Weather fanned flames in two separate fires

  While the causes of the weekend fires are still under investigation, Joe Zwierzchowski, Public Information Officer for the Florida Forest Service says low humidity and winds fanned the flames of both.  “Typically we don’t see this in the overnight hours, but low humidity and high winds make for larger flame heights, and they move […]

Broxson: State should negotiate for Garcon Point Bridge

Broxson: State should negotiate for Garcon Point Bridge

Florida House District 3 Rep. Doug Broxson Monday met with community members at the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss possible toll hikes for the Garcon Point Bridge. Broxson said the “ultimate solution” is for the State of Florida to work with the bridge bond holders to negotiate a purchase price. Read more  in the […]