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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 […]

Trial in HBTS shooting ends in hung jury

Trial in HBTS shooting ends in hung jury

The trial of attempted murder suspect John Marshall Fitzgerald, 60, ended in a mistrial Friday, Aug. 19 after the jury could not reach an agreement. The case will be retried in the coming weeks. Fitzgerald is charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the Oct. 30, 2015, shooting of Nelson “River” […]

Utility distorts threat of sewer hookup ban

Utility distorts threat of sewer hookup ban

    The risk of a state-imposed regulatory moratorium on new sewer hookups by Holley-Navarre Water System is being exaggerated so the company can build a controversial wastewater treatment unit in the Williams Creek residential neighborhood. In persuading Santa Rosa County commissioners to approve HNWS’s request for a permit to build the $1 million disposal […]

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 […]

Hawk surprises cat while protecting its nest

Hawk surprises cat while protecting its nest

Near the corner of Perch Street and Eagle Lane in Holley by the Sea, a hawk protecting her nest of babies sent a warning message to an unsuspecting cat. The cat was not injured and appeared to be completely caught by surprise. Click here to view photos featured in the April 28 issue of Navarre […]

Residents deliver message on sales tax

Residents deliver message on sales tax

The residents of Santa Rosa County delivered the message Monday night to the Board of County Commissioners during the Local Option Sales Tax workshop that they would not support writing a blank check to the commissioners to do with as they please. The board is asking the voters of Santa Rosa County to support a […]

$47 Million is just too much

$47 Million is just too much

Let me start by saying I am in favor of building a new courthouse.  The current courthouse is obsolete and must be replaced.  But that doesn’t mean I support the plan to build a $47 million courthouse in Downtown Milton.  And no matter how many times Mr. Rob Williamson calls me a knucklehead on his […]

Drinking water in Holley-Navarre is better than most areas in the country

Drinking water in Holley-Navarre is better than most areas in the country

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., began in April of 2014. Following a switchover to the Flint River as the city’s main water source, corrosive water conditions from the Flint River caused heavy metal leaching from the lead service pipes in the region. Read the full article in the Mar. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

HBTS Drainage Town Hall meeting

HBTS Drainage Town Hall meeting

Baskerville Donovan brought its drainage study presentation to the Holley by the Sea Recreation Facility for a town hall meeting at the request of HBTS Board President Yvonne Harper. About 50-60 members were present as well as Santa Rosa County Administrator Tony Gomillion, County Engineer Roger Blaylock and County Commissioner Rob Williamson. Read the full […]

County sees strong housing market gains for 2015

County sees strong housing market gains for 2015

The data for last year’s real estate sales and transactions have been released for 2015, and the news looks good for Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

Increase needed for Holley-Navarre Fire

Increase needed for Holley-Navarre Fire

Many changes have taken place in Navarre during the last decade; the number of households has doubled, the population has soared, and schools are bursting at the seams. New home construction rates are up and two new apartment complexes are set to join the market in 2016. Read the full article in the Feb. 4 […]

Holley by the Sea drainage study released

Holley by the Sea drainage study released

The $400,000 engineering study ordered up by Santa Rosa County commissioners at the urging of then county commissioner Jim Melvin, suggests more than $80 million in possible flood control measures for Holley by the Sea. The Holley by the Sea Drainage Improvements Project report (storm water study) is complete. It can be read at: http://hbtsnews.com/FullDrainageStudy.pdf […]

Flood control work could be ineffective

Flood control work could be ineffective

The $400,000 engineering study ordered up by Santa Rosa County commissioners two years ago suggests $60 million in possible flood control measures for Holley by the Sea but warns that some may not be worth the money. Several of the 30 projects cited by Baskerville Donovan Inc. as having stormwater prevention potential for residential neighborhoods, […]

New Publix to preserve nearby wetlands

New Publix to preserve nearby wetlands

Construction of the planned new Publix-anchored Tiger Point Shopping Center may result in about 8 acres of green space in Holley by the Sea being preserved in its natural state. The seemingly unrelated development and the 400-acre green belt a few miles away in the nearby residential community are linked by state statutes that require […]

Bear attacks dog in Navarre

Bear attacks dog in Navarre

Judith Christensen arrived home the night of Nov. 24 and went about her usual routine of letting her dog outside in the backyard of her home on Valley Road in Navarre. What she wasn’t aware of was that there was a bear lurking in the darkness of the evening and it quickly attacked the toy […]

‘Flood’ mosquitoes have quite the bite

‘Flood’ mosquitoes have quite the bite

For weeks and weeks my husband had been complaining about his stabbing, stinging, itching mosquito bites and resultant welts. He said what made this year different was the mosquitoes were more ferocious, seemed to be much larger and were dive bombing him. At first I thought it was a just an aberration or a purposeful […]