Highway 98

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 […]

BREAKING: Aldi grocery planned for corner of Ortega

BREAKING: Aldi grocery planned for corner of Ortega

Aldi grocery chain is planning a new location in Navarre according to documents filed with the county. Located at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and Ortega street alongside Culvers, the roughly 19 acre parcel sold to Navarre 19 LLC in June 2018 for $3.29 million. Navarre 19 LLC is registered to Kraig Cruse and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Navarre bypassed

Navarre bypassed

Roundabouts, raised roadways and removed businesses are a few of the features outlined by renderings of U.S. Highway 98 released by the Florida Department of Transportation in advance of its next public hearing on the widening of the highway. FDOT last year placed the expansion of Highway 98 from four lanes to six on its […]

Accident on 98 lands car in ditch

Accident on 98 lands car in ditch

At least two vehicles collided Wednesday morning at the intersection of Andorra Street and U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre near the Publix shopping center. One of the vehicles was on its side in a ditch along westbound 98. First responders are on scene. There is currently no traffic blockage reported though the outside westbound lane […]

Wrong-way driver dead and Gulf Breeze woman and infant hospitalized

Wrong-way driver dead and Gulf Breeze woman and infant hospitalized

An early morning crash on Saturday, March 11 on U.S. 98 near Holley by the Sea in Navarre left Sherry Vitale, 56, of Navarre dead. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, the accident occurred at 12:50 a.m. when Vitale drove her 1997 Chevy Cavalier east in the inside lane of westbound Highway 98. Rachel Price, […]

County weighs highway improvements, dedication

County weighs highway improvements, dedication

County Commissioners will consider renaming a portion of Highway 90 in honor of now-retired Sheriff Wendell Hall next week. Hall served as sheriff for 16 years, the longest term of any sheriff in the county. The portion of highway being considered is in the area near Woodbine Road in Pace. The county will also be […]

Cox offered to Navarre businesses

Cox offered to Navarre businesses

Navarre businesses gained a new option for Internet and voice services as Cox Communications opened service up to businesses along the Highway 98 corridor. Public Affairs Manager for Florida and Georgia Cam Johnson said the expansion seemed like a logical choice. “We already provided service in Escambia and Okaloosa, and we had the fiber running […]

Protest builds against new Sacred Heart annex

Protest builds against new Sacred Heart annex

  Tiger Point residents’ protests over traffic safety concerns about the new Sacred Heart clinic under construction on Highway 98 are growing amid questions about the project’s engineering plans. Sixteen picketers turned out on Monday morning at the Tiger Point Boulevard entrance to the five-acre construction site, which is located  just across two lanes from […]

Manning sharing Gospel on journey across the country

Manning sharing Gospel on journey across the country

As a light rain fell Monday morning, Mitchell Manning walked along Highway 98 in Navarre carrying a wooden cross, the bottom of laying on a wagon that also holds supplies for his trip. Manning has been on the road for nearly two months. Originally from Tennessee – a friend drove him to Florida — he […]

Traffic stop leads to marijuana bust

Traffic stop leads to marijuana bust

On Tuesday, Nov. 10 a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 98 at the Santa Rosa County South Annex on a car with an expired tag and inoperable tail lights. According to the police report, when the deputy approached, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana emanating from […]

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 […]

Man in jail after toddler was found on 98

Man in jail after toddler was found on 98

A Gulf Breeze man is in jail after the toddler he was babysitting was found wandering near Highway 98 late Thursday morning. Dale Ray Manning, 50, of the 1800 block of Abercrombie Road, was arrested on a felony charge of child neglect, and is being held on $7,500 bond. According to Midway Fire District Lt. […]

Flyover construction will tie up traffic

Flyover construction will tie up traffic

Construction work will take place at the new flyover bridge on U.S. 98 at Hurlburt Field over the next two weeks. The north/south traffic lanes across Highway 98 will be closed during construction (schedule below) to allow the contractor’s personnel and equipment to safely install the massive structural beams for the bridge. Highway 98 through […]

DOT nixes plans for overpass

DOT nixes plans for overpass

The Department of Transportation has deleted the proposed Highway 98 overpass from the five-year work plan, citing utility costs and the impact to Gulf Power’s transmission line, officials announced at a Dec. 2 public hearing. Read more  in the Dec. 4 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.      

UPDATED: Navarre woman killed in Gulf Breeze accident

UPDATED: Navarre woman killed in Gulf Breeze accident

A 44-year-old Navarre woman was killed Monday morning after she was hit by a car on U.S. 98 in Gulf Breeze. According to Florida Highway Patrol, Lisa D. Wells was walking along the northern shoulder of U.S. Highway 98 east of Ramblewood Drive at about 8:50 a.m. when she tried to cross the westbound lanes. An SUV […]

Cyclist, 73, killed on Highway 98

Cyclist, 73, killed on Highway 98

A bicyclist is dead after a truck veered onto the shoulder on Navarre Parkway hitting the bike and killing the rider instantly. Lawrence F. Anderson, 73, of Conroe, Texas, was riding his bike westbound on Highway 98, just across the street from the Santa Rosa Sound RV Resort, at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. Arian James, 38, of […]

Navarre awarded $110,000 for 98 beautification

Navarre awarded $110,000 for 98 beautification

Navarre Parkway will soon receive a much-anticipated makeover complete with a $110,000 price tag. The Florida Department of Transportation has awarded a $110,000 grant for landscape construction on the section of Highway 98 from Highway 87 to the Winn Dixie. Navarre resident and business owner Laurie Gallup submitted the grant proposal a year ago while […]

‘Charlie Brown’ Memorial Highway coming soon

‘Charlie Brown’ Memorial Highway coming soon

Navarre area resident Warren “Charlie” Brown was a well-respected local leader who did much to benefit his community before his passing in 2011. To recognize his contributions, State Senator Don Gaetz and State Rep. Matt Gaetz worked with their fellow lawmakers during the past legislative session and won approval for a portion of Highway 98 in Santa Rosa […]

Midway clinic remains closed

Midway clinic remains closed

While several Santa Rosa County facilities suffered water damage in late April, you won’t find one that suffered more or has had more of a community impact than the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County Midway Clinic. The facility along the north side of Highway 98 was filled with about 18 inches of water […]

Gas station to come down

Gas station to come down

A vacant gas station and car wash on Highway 98 at Shoreline Drive is coming down with help from the City of Gulf Breeze. The City Council voted July 30 at its executive committee meeting to cover half of the demolition cost, which totals just less than $4,400. City Manager Edwin “Buz” Eddy said the city has participated in […]

Football players, cheerleaders cleaning up

Football players, cheerleaders cleaning up

Navarre High School football players and cheerleaders worked for six hours Saturday to clean up the town. Well, not really the town, but dozens and dozens of vehicles that rolled through the business center parking lot just west of Prado Street on Highway 98. Football Coach Jay Walls said players and cheerleaders worked together to raise […]

Lane closures for Highway 98

Lane closures for Highway 98

Drivers will encounter alternating lane closures of Highway 98 eastbound, between Ramblewood Drive and Nantahala Beach Road, Sunday, July 27 through Thursday, July 31 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The closures will allow crews to pave the roadway. One lane of traffic will remain open and access to private property will be maintained at all […]

Firm selected to design pedestrian overpass

Firm selected to design pedestrian overpass

A Central Florida firm has been selected to design a pedestrian overpass of Highway 98 in Navarre. The Florida Department of Transportation has selected SAI Consulting Engineers in Kissimmee to provide engineering services for the estimated $2.5 million project. The pedestrian overpass was proposed to provide safe access between the north side of Highway 98 and Navarre Park. The […]

More 98 nighttime lane closures

More 98 nighttime lane closures

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that nighttime paving operations will resume Sunday, July 20 at 7 p.m. between Live Oak Village Shopping Center and Nantahala Beach Road. The work will require alternating lane closures east and westbound between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Thursday, July 24. One lane of traffic […]

Highway 98 lane closures east of Hurlburt

Highway 98 lane closures east of Hurlburt

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has announced lane closures of Highway 98, just east of Cody Avenue starting July 7. The closures will impact the inside lanes of both eastbound and westbound traffic. According to FDOT, the closures will take place between 7 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., July 7 – 10. The closures are […]

Businesses face permitting issues

Businesses face permitting issues

Two businesses operating in the Navarre area along Highway 98 are working through separate permitting processes for outdoor amusements on land and in the water. According to regulators, neither business had secured the necessary permits to begin operating the outdoor amusements. Read more in the July 3 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

Nighttime lane closures at Cody Avenue

Nighttime lane closures at Cody Avenue

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced June 20 that drivers will encounter nighttime alternating lane closures on Cody Avenue from Monday, June 23 to Thursday, June 26 from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The closures will allow crews to install drainage structures. FODT reminds motorists that all planned construction activities are weather dependent and may […]