Holley-Navarre Water System

Gulf Breeze evaluating selling Tiger Point Golf Course

Gulf Breeze evaluating selling Tiger Point Golf Course

City of Gulf Breeze is considering selling Tiger Point Golf Course, and the move could coincide with the end of reclaimed water use in the city. The city council held a workshop Nov. 5 to discuss the potential future of the golf course. The board room was standing room only, full of citizens with a […]

Unbilled, unpaid $285,000 allegedly owed by Gulf Breeze

Unbilled, unpaid $285,000 allegedly owed by Gulf Breeze

Apparently, the City of Gulf Breeze has not paid nearly $300,000 owed over the past 15 years. That’s understandable, since the fee was never billed to the city by Fairpoint Regional Utility System. Now the utility is seeking to collect, but the city is hesitant to pay up.   Read the full article in the […]

Holley by the Sea septic-to-sewer out of RESTORE

Holley by the Sea septic-to-sewer out of RESTORE

Ahead of today’s deadline for amendments to RESTORE Spill Impact funding plans, Santa Rosa County has opted to withdraw $4 million from septic-to-sewer conversions in Holley by the Sea. County commissioners approved submitting the amendments Oct. 24. The HBTS plan would have laid sewer infrastructure to replace 595 residential septic systems in the massive subdivision. […]

Sewage spill result of ‘poor decisions’

Sewage spill result of ‘poor decisions’

A spill of roughly 250 gallons of raw sewage Oct. 10 at a Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) treatment plant appears to have been intentional, according to a letter provided to Navarre Press from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The letter contains a written account of the actions leading up to and including […]

Holley Navarre sewage spill allegedly intentional

Holley Navarre sewage spill allegedly intentional

A spill of roughly 250 gallons of raw sewage Oct. 10 at a Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) treatment plant appears to have been intentional according to a letter provided to Navarre Press from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The letter contains a written account of the actions leading up to and including […]

Harper to water board: don’t “neuter” your CEO

Harper to water board: don’t “neuter” your CEO

Employee hiring, firing and demoting practices dragged the Holley Navarre Water System board of directors into infighting once more at their Oct. 15 board meeting. At issue was what is CEO Rob Williamson’s line of authority on the matter following his demotion of a longtime employee. To clarify his role, board director Yvonne Harper recommended […]

Holley Navarre sewage spill under investigation

Holley Navarre sewage spill under investigation

Holley Navarre Water System reported spill of 250 gallons of raw sewage at the utility’s Holley treatment plant off Gordon Evans Road earlier this month.  According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the spill came from a VAC truck and appears to have been contained to the site. It was reported Oct. 18.  […]

Five things to know: Countdown to legislative session 2020

Five things to know: Countdown to legislative session 2020

As of this issue’s publication date, there are 131 days until the start of Florida’s 2020 legislative session, but preparations are already in full swing. Governments, legislators, lobbyists and organizations throughout the state have been setting their priorities, talking strategy and drafting their bills to prepare for roughly 60 days of the meat and potatoes […]

Time is money, and Santa Rosa’s wasting it

Time is money, and Santa Rosa’s wasting it

Time is money. The phrase popularized in 1748 by Benjamin Franklin rings all too true more than 270 years later. For the entrepreneur of Santa Rosa County, opening a business here continues to cost time and money. And lots of it. We hear horror stories of site plans that went missing, of costly changes to […]

Water impact fees impacting businesses

Water impact fees impacting businesses

When Grey Taproom owner Ken Walter applied to set up his water service with Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) last year, he was told to pay $30,000 in impact fees, a figure he said he had not been anticipating. A year’s worth of water use later, that impact fee has been reduced to $3,762.   […]

Eglin MOU letter brings tension to water board

Eglin MOU letter brings tension to water board

Discussions of Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) largest multi-million infrastructure project got tense Aug. 20 as the board of directors argued over the process to reach a deal. The board is inching forward with the creation of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Santa Rosa County to dispose of mounting wastewater effluent on a piece […]

Holley Navarre Water outlines RIBs agreement

Holley Navarre Water outlines RIBs agreement

Santa Rosa County received a letter July 26 from Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) outlining the beginning of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a joint effluent disposal project 20 years in the making. But that letter, and the offers it makes, were never formally approved by the HNWS board.   Read the full article […]

HNWS billing change coming Dec. 1

HNWS billing change coming Dec. 1

All Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) bill due dates transition to the first of the month effective Dec. 1, according to letters being mailed out to customers this month. Water system CEO Rob Williamson said the change is meant to streamline the billing process for the nearly 17,000 accounts with the water utility.   Read […]

Fairpoint finding its way again

Fairpoint finding its way again

While agreement on what caused water flow problems over Memorial Day weekend still may seem elusive, unity on a path forward appears to have come to the member utilities of Fairpoint Regional Utility System. Representatives from Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) and Midway Water System agreed at the July 23 board meeting to work together […]

Much work remains on Eglin effluent deal

Much work remains on Eglin effluent deal

Leaders of Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) are celebrating a move that could mean an end to their treated wastewater capacity woes. Updating the utility’s board of directors on July 16, CEO Rob Williamson told them a lease had been agreed upon between Santa Rosa County and Eglin Air Force Base for a new 40-acre […]

Midway Water disputes Memorial Day accusations

Midway Water disputes Memorial Day accusations

There’s no agreement on how things went down with water issues in south Santa Rosa during Memorial Day weekend. Agreement has become a rarity in recent months between two of the water-provider partners of Fairpoint Regional Utility System (FRUS).   Read the full article in the July 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Lease finally on the table for effluent disposal at Eglin

Lease finally on the table for effluent disposal at Eglin

Santa Rosa County’s elusive deal for moving treated effluent out of Santa Rosa Sound and onto Eglin Air Force Base property took a huge step forward Monday. County Engineer Roger Blaylock presented the Board of County Commissioners with Eglin’s proposed lease agreement for roughly 200 acres to build a Rapid Infiltration Basin System for treatment […]

Who’s in charge at Fairpoint?

Who’s in charge at Fairpoint?

South Santa Rosa’s water providers had a bad weekend over the Memorial Day holiday, according to records provided during the Fairpoint Utility board’s meeting June 25. Fairpoint Regional Utility System is a joint venture of south Santa Rosa County water providers to source water from wells in the north end of the county.   Read […]

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. […]

Midway water loss solved?

Midway water loss solved?

In the course of a month, Midway Water System’s water loss has dropped from 19.3% to a more industry reasonable 5.7%. Water loss is a measure of the water that is pumped into the system but is not accounted for coming out the other end.   Read the full article in the June 6 issue […]

Water system explores stepping up fire protection

Water system explores stepping up fire protection

After setting increased fire protection as a top priority for the coming years, Holley Navarre Water System’s board of directors is preparing to look in August at the options available to make it happen. The board discussed information gathering on the topic during its May 21 meeting.   Read the full article in the May […]

Hidden Creek golf fees going up

Hidden Creek golf fees going up

Nonmembers teeing up at Hidden Creek Golf Course can expect higher fees starting June 1. General manager Cindy Callen said the move is part of an attempt to put the golf course on better financial footing.   Read the full article in the May 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Valve break causes discolored water

Valve break causes discolored water

Holley Navarre Water System customers experienced discolored water and low pressure following a valve break May 28. No boil water notice has been issued. CEO Rob Williamson told the Navarre Press that they have received several calls concerning the impacts. Water system employees are currently flushing lines throughout the system. “Crews are out there flushing […]

Black Skimmer Grille set to open June 1

Black Skimmer Grille set to open June 1

May 1 might have been a little too ambitious a goal for opening a new restaurant at Hidden Creek Golf Course, but the new tenants say progress is being made. Andrew Suthers is one of the partners in the new Black Skimmer Grille set to open inside the now-vacant restaurant space on the golf course […]

Holley Navarre Water sets sights on future

Holley Navarre Water sets sights on future

After calls for expanded fire hydrant availability last month, the Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors decided to create long-term goals. In a special meeting May 7, the board and lead staff focused on the system’s future.   Read the full article in the May 16 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Movers and shakers of Northwest Florida convened in Miramar Beach April 17-18 with the intent of growing economic success in the region during the 22nd Gulf Power Economic Symposium, held at Baytowne Conference Center at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. This year’s theme was Our Time. Our Place. Our Now! Read the full article in the […]

Midway mystery continues to confound Fairpoint

Midway mystery continues to confound Fairpoint

On average, 250,000 gallons of the 850,000 gallons pumped daily from Fairpoint Utility to Midway Water is not making it to customers. Midway’s average daily usage is 1.3 million gallons total. 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 […]

No prosecution against local attorney

No prosecution against local attorney

The Office of State Attorney announced a No Prosecution in the battery case against Holley Navarre Water System attorney Keith Kilpatrick. According to Santa Rosa Clerk of Court records, the case was closed April 3. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or […]

Mistrust and accusations flank Fairpoint board members

Mistrust and accusations flank Fairpoint board members

Missing water was the issue at hand at the Fairpoint meeting March 26, bringing high tension to the table. Midway is set to receive 850,000 gallons a day, but according to Midway, there is a discrepancy. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]

New golf course restaurant to open May 1

New golf course restaurant to open May 1

The Black Skimmer Grille is slated to open its doors by May 1 inside the Hidden Creek Golf Course’s now-vacant restaurant space. Owned by Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS), the golf course has been without a restaurant tenant since May 2018 after The Creekside Grill was shut down to protect against losses. Read the full […]

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