Heart of Navarre

Chamber closes on new home

Chamber closes on new home

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce signed closing documents on purchase of a new permanent home Friday. The new office building is located at 1804 Prado Street in the heart of Navarre. The Chamber’s new location, totaling approximately 3,000 square feet with about 50 parking spaces, was previously occupied by the Navarre Beach Agency. […]

Three car accident slows traffic

Three car accident slows traffic

The heart of Navarre saw major slowdowns April 25, after a morning accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and Highway 87. Traffic backed up in all directions. Holley Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton was among the first responders on scene. Read the full article in the May 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

The District 4 Master Plan has been revealed, and it is full of some great ideas: a plan for phasing in more walkability, new downtown friendly land development codes and lots of green space. We like where Matrix is going with this, especially when you look at the new overlay zoning. It intends to encourage […]

Navarre guiding document draft ready for show

Navarre guiding document draft ready for show

Residents of Navarre will get their first chance Thursday evening to see the fruits of a year’s effort of planning and public comment to shape Navarre’s future through the District 4 Master Plan. Last September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 […]

Development and zoning tops debate questions

Development and zoning tops debate questions

Questions repeatedly returned to issues of development and allowing exceptions to the land development code during the Santa Rosa Republican Women’s county commissioners candidate forum Tuesday. The questions were submitted by the members in attendance, and candidates for both District 4 County Commission, representing Navarre, and District 2 representing Milton were invited to answer. District […]

Proposed relief valve for Highway 98 rattles some residents

Proposed relief valve for Highway 98 rattles some residents

Almost everyone wants traffic reduced on Highway 98 through Navarre. But no one wants more vehicles routed through their neighborhood. Stress levels are already rising, even though the $500,000 feasibility study of possible routes for a new Community Access Road ordered by state and Santa Rosa County officials has barely begun and won’t be finished […]

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 […]

Visionaries wanted

Visionaries wanted

A visionary: thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom (Merriam-Webster). The Collins English Dictionary says if you refer to someone as a visionary, you mean that they have strong, original ideas about how things might be different in the future, especially about how things might be improved. Visionaries step out of the […]

Growing pains

Growing pains

Navarre Press found out today that development orders have been issued on not one…not two…but three car washes for little ol’ Navarre. One will be located down the street from our office to the west and it will be Navarre Car Wash. The other two will be Ronny’s Car Washes with one located on Coral […]

Heart of Navarre storage units approved

Heart of Navarre storage units approved

  With two county commissioners abstaining and one absent, only two “yes” votes were needed to win approval for a zoning variance to allow construction of a self-storage facility in the Heart of Navarre. The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners, following a recommendation by the Zoning Board, March 15 granted a conditional use permit […]

Where is downtown Navarre?

Where is downtown Navarre?

If you have been paying attention, over the past several months Navarre Press has been covering and reporting on all the ways for a Navarre downtown to develop. Quint Studer has been our resource because he knows better than anyone how to accomplish it. Even in this issue we write about it (see CivicCon story […]

Storage units planned for Heart of Navarre

Storage units planned for Heart of Navarre

County Commissioner Lane Lynchard has requested a variance from zoning laws in the Heart of Navarre to build a self-storage business. Lynchard and business partner Nadja Robles plan to build a storage unit facility along Highway 87 north of James M. Harvell Road. The 5.2-acre property is next door to Navarre Cross Fit. The Zoning […]

Residents weigh in on Master Plan

Residents weigh in on Master Plan

  Roughly 200 residents and stakeholders armed with sticky notes and string weighed in on shaping Navarre’s future last week during the District 4 Master Plan’s first open house event at Navarre High School. From high school students to retirees, individuals from diverse backgrounds were asked to give input on everything from what sidewalks should […]

Theater, retail planned for new shopping center in ‘Heart of Navarre’

Theater, retail planned for new shopping center in ‘Heart of Navarre’

Retail shops, a movie theater, dining spots and more are planned for a new development in Navarre, but nothing is set in stone just yet. After decades of remaining vacant, the wooded 33.79-acre property at the western corner where U.S. Highway 98 and State Road 87 meet has been purchased.           […]

The district 4 Master Plan: a reflection of you

The district 4 Master Plan: a reflection of you

If you have read this paper over the last few months, years or even weeks, you know what issues Navarre is facing. Rapid growth of population, unmanaged stormwater, traffic problems, over taxed infrastructure and a steady disappearance of green spaces are a few. But what do we do about it? For the past five weeks […]

Ghost of planning past

Ghost of planning past

While there has been talk of trying to create a downtown for Navarre, technically a Town Center already exists. Back in 2004, Navarre’s heart was designated as the area east of State Road 87, west of Granada Street, north of U.S. Highway 98 and south of Laredo Street. A panel of citizens volunteered their summer […]

Recipe for a well-planned community

Recipe for a well-planned community

In September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved paying $80,000-$150,000 to consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 Master Plan for the Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach area. As development of that plan gets underway, the Navarre Press is taking a look at planning the future of Navarre. As the […]

A failure to plan

A failure to plan

Looking back over history in Navarre, since 2010 our population has grown by more than 69 percent. The rule of thumb around here has been to select a piece of vacant property, buy it, clear it, build on it and sell it. Wait…we forgot to mention the very important step of building up the dirt […]

Residents concerned about losing property

Residents concerned about losing property

Maps of miles of U.S. Highway 98 stretched across tables last week at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) public hearings outlining the impacts that widening the road could have on hundreds of property owners and hundreds of thousands more who drive the corridor each day. Among the changes were proposals that would put a […]

Family Dollar planned for Heart of Navarre

Family Dollar planned for Heart of Navarre

Family Dollar could be coming to Highway 87. Southeastern Retail Development LLC plans to build the 8,320-square-foot store on a lot of about 2 acres at the southeast corner of State Highway 87 and Turkey Bluff Road, said managing partner Travis Meyer. Read the full article in the May 18 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

County, FDOT study Navarre 98 alternative route

County, FDOT study Navarre 98 alternative route

Congestion from U.S. Highway 98 through Navarre might have an alternative route in the future as the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed Monday the approval of a feasibility study for creating an alternative. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

U.S. Highway 98 expansion reshaping Navarre

U.S. Highway 98 expansion reshaping Navarre

U.S. Highway 98 is more than 10,000 trips a day in excess of its capacity according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Solutions for 98’s congestion have been a topic of discussion for many years in Navarre. To read the full article or to view maps of the proposed expansion that may affect local businesses […]

Florida growth projections hazardous for land, water use

Florida growth projections hazardous for land, water use

A recent report by state agencies paints a disconcerting picture of the future land and water use in Florida by the year 2070. Created by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 1000 Friends of Florida, and University of Florida GeoPlan Center “Florida 2070” and “Water 2070” indicates that current population growth trends in the […]

‘Heart of Navarre’ to get face-lift

‘Heart of Navarre’ to get face-lift

Navarre Beach visitors trying to access Gulf Boulevard from Navarre Bridge will have a dedicated right-turn lane by November 2017 County Commissioner Rob Williamson said Tuesday, Sept. 27 during his Heart of Navarre Tourism Corridor presentation at the Navarre Visitor Information Center. Construction of the turn lane would begin in February or March if the […]