Highway 87

Fall tends to lead to more interactions with bears

Fall tends to lead to more interactions with bears

This is the time of the year when the likelihood of a bear being hit by a vehicle rises. Last month, two bears were struck on Highway 87, including a nearly 500-pound male in the Holley area. The other bear killed was a 40-pound cub just north of Holley. They are unfortunate incidents but not […]

Gas station planned near high school entrance

Gas station planned near high school entrance

Owners of the property on the northeast corner of Highway 87 and High School Boulevard are seeking to construct a gas station at the site, but county codes mean the development has a few hurdles in its path. The project needs approval of four variances from limitation within county law before construction could begin.   […]

Four things to know: Commercial developments in Navarre

Four things to know: Commercial developments in Navarre

Dozens of commercial projects are moving forward in Santa Rosa County, while others are spinning their wheels. Here’s an update on some of the developments planned for Navarre.   Helen Back awaiting buyer At last update, the defunct Helen Back Again property at 8651 Navarre Parkway had an interested buyer under contract, ready to close […]

Board OKs rezoning linked to conservation pledge

Board OKs rezoning linked to conservation pledge

County commissioners voted on faith Aug. 22 as they approved the rezoning of more than 400 acres of vacant land near Naval Air Station Whiting Field on the promise the property would be donated as conservation easements. That promise comes from property owner and developer Edwin Henry, owner of Henry Company Homes.     Read […]

Navarre man arrested for meth trafficking

Navarre man arrested for meth trafficking

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre man for approximately 59 grams of methamphetamine Aug. 8 in a traffic stop on Highway 87. According to the arrest report, deputies stopped a truck after the driver allegedly ran the stop sign at the intersection of 87 and Bay River Road. Marcus David Singleterry, 34, was […]

Third option for effluent disposal in limbo

Third option for effluent disposal in limbo

With the clock ticking, a previously undisclosed third option for dealing with Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) rising effluent disposal needs was revealed during a June 18 board of directors meeting. But the plan to dispose of nearly 7 million gallons per day may not be a silver bullet for the water system’s growing needs. […]

Lemonade stand gives kids a taste of entrepreneurship

Lemonade stand gives kids a taste of entrepreneurship

Local resident Terry Light got her first lesson in business management as a child in a small town in Wyoming. She had the idea one day to try selling the pretty rocks she had found throughout the area, so she set up a little roadside stand.   Read the full article in the May 30 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

UDPATE: Name released of woman killed in crash

UDPATE: Name released of woman killed in crash

UPDATE: Florida Highway Patrol has released the name of a Navarre woman struck by a car along Highway 87 Wednesday. Valerie Kay Skibo, 49, was walking north along the shoulder of the roadway when a truck struck her from behind. Original March 13, 1:35 p.m.: A Navarre woman was struck and killed by a car […]

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 […]

Final Highway 98 options all include flyover

Final Highway 98 options all include flyover

The recommendations for U.S. Highway 98 are in, and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has found that a flyover through the center of Navarre’s business district is the best solution to the roadway’s traffic woes. The search for the best alternative began with the launch of a PD&E (Project Development and Environment) study in […]

Update: Deputies looking for suspect in Milton homicide

Update: Deputies looking for suspect in Milton homicide

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies are seeking any information regarding a suspect in the Milton homicide of Tyler Lee Howell Sunday evening near Highway 87. According to sheriff’s office press releases, deputies have identified a black male through video that is a suspect in the case. There are three individuals suspected in the shooting, and it […]

Man thrown from vehicle dies on 87

Man thrown from vehicle dies on 87

A Fort Walton man was fatally struck by a car Sunday morning after being thrown from his own vehicle on Highway 87. Zachary McMahan, 33, was pronounced dead on the scene according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. McMahan was driving a 2000 Lexus along Highway 87 north of the NOLF Choctaw Airfield entrance at […]

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 […]

Wildlife refuge clears last hurdle for move to Navarre

Wildlife refuge clears last hurdle for move to Navarre

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge can officially call Navarre its new home. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed a motion Monday to rezone a roughly 2.2-acre piece of property to allow relocation of the refuge’s rehabilitation center, animal ambassadors and marine rescue unit. Read the full article in the April 27 issue of Navarre […]

TV crews capture Santa Rosa deputies in action

TV crews capture Santa Rosa deputies in action

There are more than dashboard cameras capturing video of Santa Rosa’s finest doing their jobs. Deputies throughout the county have been participating in the A&E television series “Live PD.” In the same vein as the “Cops” TV show, this series has one or two camera professionals follow officers in real time as they respond to […]

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 […]

Wildlife refuge development postponed by neighbors’ concerns

Wildlife refuge development postponed by neighbors’ concerns

Rezoning of a Holley property to allow for the relocation of a wildlife refuge to the area was postponed for a month following concerns from neighbors. The two parcels up for a zoning change are located on Cloptons Circle off State Road 87 south. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre […]

Pole studio opens up in Navarre

Pole studio opens up in Navarre

There’s a new way to workout in Navarre. The Vertical Pole studio opened its doors off of Highway 87 on Monday, January 2. Amber Jankowski said the opening was high energy. “There were people there from probably 22 years old up to mid-60s and everyone seemed to love it,” Jankowski said. She added the staff […]

Wildlife refuge eyes Holley for relocation

Wildlife refuge eyes Holley for relocation

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is looking for a new home, and they have set their sights on a 2 acre piece of property in Holley that has been offered up as a donation. The refuge, which rescues and rehabilitates a variety of animals in the Panhandle, has called Okaloosa Island home for approximately six […]

CrossFit Navarre to cross the street

CrossFit Navarre to cross the street

If you’ve been following CrossFit Navarre’s journey around town you’ll be interested to notice the “box” is moving. But, if you’ve gotten used to seeing that banner off of Highway 87, you won’t miss it. In fact, the big pile of dirt across the street is the future home of their brand new building. The […]

Holley Hills subdivision gets county go-ahead

Holley Hills subdivision gets county go-ahead

Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners gave final approval Thursday, Aug. 25, for the final platting of Holley Hills subdivision, and construction of homes could be underway as early as September. The triangular plat was separated into 55 lots located off Highway 87. The entrance will connect from Randal Drive, less than a mile […]

Roadway collisions with bears on the rise

Roadway collisions with bears on the rise

Drivers are warned to be aware of bears on roadways because it’s not uncommon for an accident to occur that involves a bear being hit by a car. More than 3,200 bears have been killed on roads in the state between 1990 and 2015, with more than 200 being killed in each of the last […]

Navarre Chamber welcomes Ye Olde Brothers Brewery

Navarre Chamber welcomes Ye Olde Brothers Brewery

The Navarre Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member Ye Olde Brothers Brewery with a ribbon cutting recently.  The popular restaurant is located on Highway 87 and is the area’s first brewery. Click HERE to view photos featured in the April 21 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online today to your community newspaper.

Navarre Chamber of Commerce welcomes new businesses

Navarre Chamber of Commerce welcomes new businesses

Recently two businesses were added to the rolls of the Navarre Chamber of Commerce membership. On Feb. 10, a ribbon cutting welcomed new business Navarre Jewelry and Quartz Watch Repair located in John Duncan Plaza on Highway 87 S. Business owner Ricky Faulk has more than 20 years of jewelry repair experience that he brings […]

New shopping plaza coming to Highway 87

New shopping plaza coming to Highway 87

More shopping opportunities are coming to Navarre with a new plaza behind Pak ‘N Fax located on the corner of Laredo Street and Hwy 87 South.   Susan Hardwick, the owner of Pak ‘N Fax is building the retail center. To find out more, read the Feb.4 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for […]

Charges dropped against Ty Jenkins in Navarre shooting

Charges dropped against Ty Jenkins in Navarre shooting

According to State Attorney Bill Eddin’s office, aggravated assault charges with attempt to kill and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon have been dropped against 17-year-old Ty Jenkins for the Dec. 11 shooting at Tom Thumb located on Laredo Street. The charges were dropped because the victim indicated that Jenkins was not the shooter. Read […]