Holley by the Sea

Wetlands whittled down in Holley by the Sea

Wetlands whittled down in Holley by the Sea

Holley by the Sea homeowners Don and Marilyn Beyer discovered that their backyard is roughly 0.04 acres bigger than they thought, but the couple is not happy about it. That’s because the extra acreage along Redfield Drive came at the expense of local wetlands after a 2017 mistake by the seller not giving their builder […]

Gulf Power solar program celebrates 1 year

Gulf Power solar program celebrates 1 year

In September 2017, Gulf Power and its partners flipped the switch on a 330-acre solar field on the retired Holley Outlying Field at Naval Air Station Whiting, ceremonially adding the renewable energy generated there to the power supplied to homes and businesses throughout the Panhandle. More than a year later, Gulf Power spokesperson Kimberly Lynn […]

Wetlands 101

Wetlands 101

In 2018, Navarre Press featured a three-part series on the impacts of developing on wetlands. We present the three-parts here together.   Wetlands 101:Environmental impacts of development Wetlands Part 2: East Bay water quality at risk Continued loss of wetlands jeopardizes East Bay   Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to […]

Christmas magic

Christmas magic

Santa was delivered to the Holley by the Sea Beach House for the Breakfast with Santa event by Holley Navarre Fire District engine 41. Families enjoyed a continental breakfast, hot cocoa, Christmas crafts and took photos with the man himself. As seen in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Camden Drive improvements underway

Camden Drive improvements underway

Construction for the Camden Drive Outfall Project Phase I in the Holley by the Sea subdivision in Navarre commenced Saturday. The $1.2 million project is the first of two phases that will provide improved stormwater conveyance and water quality of adjacent wetlands. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Continued loss of wetlands jeopardizes East Bay

Continued loss of wetlands jeopardizes East Bay

Looking at county maps of suspected wetlands in the area of Holley by the Sea and East Bay, it is easy to see how development has impacted these areas. Large swaths of the land are light blue on the maps, indicating wetlands. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Fall months bring spike in activity among Florida’s largest land mammal

Fall months bring spike in activity among Florida’s largest land mammal

It’s a safe bet bears aren’t watching their figures in the fall and winter months. This is the time of the year when they are most active, that being the fall and winter months, as they pack on the pounds by consuming as many calories as possible. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 […]

Wetlands 101: Environmental impacts of development

Wetlands 101: Environmental impacts of development

Conversations about development in Santa Rosa County often turn to concerns from neighbors about flooding and the natural waters that flow throughout the county. Where will the water that is on the property go? How will this development impact existing flooding issues in established neighborhoods? What about the impact on the environment? Read the full […]

Navarre leaders tackling worries about road plan

Navarre leaders tackling worries about road plan

A proposal to build a “community access road” to ease traffic on Highway 98 is being repackaged in an effort to calm the concerns of some Navarre residents. In fact, the whole idea of using the word “road” to describe the alternate route for local traffic in the Holley by the Sea area is now […]

Primary election spurs strong turnout

Primary election spurs strong turnout

The 2018 primary election drew more than one-fourth of the voting population to the polls, and many in Santa Rosa County are celebrating that turnout. Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane said she was pleased to see the spike in participation. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press […]

What you condone, you own

What you condone, you own

And, silence is permission Navarre Press is certain the outcome of the primary election, including the win by District 4 commissioner-elect Dave Piech is what is best for Navarre and Santa Rosa County. Piech used a saying in his campaign, “No vote, no voice,” and residents responded in big numbers (well, bigger than years past). The […]

How low can you go Commissioner?

How low can you go Commissioner?

The Rob Williamson campaign mailer, or “hit piece,” that arrived in voters’ mailboxes over the weekend was one for the record books. We thought the low point of his campaign was running on his addictions. But, to our surprise, he reached a new low – just flat out lying. We remind our readers we have […]

Williamson campaign postcard makes false claims

Williamson campaign postcard makes false claims

As District 4’s heated election season comes to a close, potentially thousands of voters received mail-out postcards touting current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson as a conservative businessman and avid supporter of President Donald Trump. The mailer, marked as approved and paid for by the Rob Williamson campaign, also paints Williamson’s opponent, Dave Piech, […]

Baskerville-Donovan secures Tom King Bayou design

Baskerville-Donovan secures Tom King Bayou design

For Baskerville-Donovan Inc. (BDI), Holley by the Sea’s flooding woes have become a continuing source of work and income from the county. The Pensacola-based engineering firm has secured more than $1 million for study and design work in the area. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

Commissioners rein in developers’ housing plans

Commissioners rein in developers’ housing plans

In yet another unusually high turnout, the Board of County Commissioners meeting hall was packed July 26 with residents of Santa Rosa County seeking to have their voices heard at the monthly Special Rezoning meeting. Many were there in favor of allowing a motocross facility to be opened in the north end of the county. […]

District 4 County Commission candidates get heated in debate

District 4 County Commission candidates get heated in debate

As the clock winds down toward primary election day, tensions are high between incumbent District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson and opponent Dave Piech. Williamson, owner of Rob Williamson Landscaping, was running for re-election unopposed until November 2017 when Piech filed to run. The retired Air Force commander had served roughly 28 years as an […]

No regrets?

No regrets?

In the most recent debate, District 4 Commissioner and candidate for re-election Rob Williamson was asked by candidate Dave Piech if he had any regrets in the nearly four years that he has served as county commissioner. The question seemed to be a gift to Rob – a chance for Rob to redeem himself.  The answer […]

District 4 Master Plan entering home stretch

District 4 Master Plan entering home stretch

By as early as December, the Navarre area could have a master plan on the books to guide future development. Last September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $80,000-$150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 Master Plan for the Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach area. Read […]

Leading with the truth

Leading with the truth

We commend District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson on his latest video. It is powerful, emotional and he speaks publicly on a very private issue – addiction. He has never made a secret of his alcohol addiction. And now he has disclosed he was “using” as well. We applaud his recovery and his claim of 10 […]

Saltwater intrusion continuing concern for Holley Navarre Water

Saltwater intrusion continuing concern for Holley Navarre Water

Seven times in the past nine years, Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) sodium levels have exceeded the maximum contaminant level set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). HNWS General Manager Paul Gardner said saltwater intrusion is a common problem for water systems in the area. Read the full article in the July 12 […]

Retired military officer or landscaper?

Retired military officer or landscaper?

(Click or double click on links for more background information.) We heard from a source at Williamson’s private meeting at Juana’s Monday that he said serving in the military doesn’t qualify someone to be a county commissioner. And when we heard that, we all had to chuckle a little. Apparently, in his mind, lawn mowing, […]

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 […]

Development follows new school, increases classroom squeeze

Development follows new school, increases classroom squeeze

It is a continuing catch-22-style dilemma. Soaring student populations have prompted Santa Rosa School District to build a new school west of Holley by the Sea, but that planned construction in an A-ranked school district has propelled the development of 360 new single-family homes around the future school site. Read the full article in the […]

Navarre Bible Fellowship reaching out to all

Navarre Bible Fellowship reaching out to all

Anicia Dombret was born and raised in a little town in Colombia. Years ago, missionaries from Wichita, Kansas, came to her hometown and spoke with her grandparents. They were members of the First Evangelical Free Church. Read the full article in the June 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Sunrise Drive reopened

Sunrise Drive reopened

District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson and Holley by the Sea (HBTS) Assistant General Manager Lauren Riley cut the ceremonial ribbon May 16 on stormwater improvements for Sunrise Drive at the entrance to HBTS. They were joined by county Public Works Director Stephen Furman, HBTS board member Tom Beckman and HBTS board president Bob Hutchinson. […]

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Longtime Navarre resident Phil Babiak has been advocating for years for a secondary east-west route between Navarre and Hurlburt Field to alleviate mounting traffic concerns along U.S. Highway 98. That plan finally has a name: the Navarre-Hurlburt Connector. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Edgewood turn lane inching forward

Edgewood turn lane inching forward

  Improvements along Edgewood Drive could be underway by the end of the year said Santa Rosa Assistant County Engineer Michael Schmidt. Among those improvements will be the installation of a dedicated right turn lane at the southernmost point of the roadway that connects East Bay Boulevard to U.S. Highway 98. Read the full article […]

Eglin nears land lease offer to HNWS

Eglin nears land lease offer to HNWS

The wastewater disposal solution long sought for Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) at Eglin Air Force Base is now taking shape. In negotiation for years, a lease for spraying on Eglin acreage is considered by HNWS management and Santa Rosa County officials as the best way to satisfy regulators’ requirements for effluent disposal capacity. Read […]

Know, then vote

Know, then vote

The late American author Gore Vidal wrote “Half the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President- the same half?” Mr. Vidal’s question poses two powerful points. The first point, it highlights how infrequently we turn out to the polls to participate in a critical piece of U.S. democracy. In Santa Rosa […]

Trash can latches put to the test by bears in HBTS

Trash can latches put to the test by bears in HBTS

Bears come around often to Mark Clapp’s home in Holley By the Sea. Back in March, he posted a photo on Facebook that showed his trash can, featuring a latch provided through the Bearwise program, had survived an attempt by a bear to get into it. Read the full article in the April 19 issue […]

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