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Cole: “We live in a county of cowards.”

Cole: “We live in a county of cowards.”

Navarre Area United Political Action Committee (PAC) has offered anonymity for donors contributing to the $41,000 price tag of a Navarre incorporation feasibility study. But the legal footing of that promise may be in question. PAC leader Jonathan Cole told potential donors they would not have to disclose their name, address and occupation as is required […]

Changes coming for Holley Navarre Water billing

Changes coming for Holley Navarre Water billing

Holley Navarre Water System’s roughly 17,000 customers can expect a change in their billing as early as August, including a temporary increase for some. The water system is looking to move the due date of bills for all customers to the first of the month in a streamlining of the complicated four-tier system currently in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beer crafters show off their brews

Beer crafters show off their brews

Garage operations, commercial brewhouses and mom-and-pop shops came out in force Saturday to Ye Olde Brothers Brewery inaugural Craft Beer Fest 2019. As Navarre’s first craft brewery and a leader in the region, Ye Olde Brothers brought together more than 20 local and regional craft brewers to offer samples of their wares in a friendly […]

School resource officer recovering from stroke

School resource officer recovering from stroke

When Matt Robinson’s head felt strange, he called his wife Tabitha. It was not exactly pain but a “funny feeling.” She told him to go to the doctor, but Robinson refused. On the morning of March 12, he was busy fulfilling his duties as Milton High School’s resource officer. Read the full article in the […]

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge grand opening on horizon

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge grand opening on horizon

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge plans to open doors on its new Navarre facilities June 15, welcoming visitors and assisting sick and injured wildlife in the area. Work to bring the nonprofit to Holley has been underway for years, and the shapes of buildings have emerged over the fence line of the vacant land along Clopton […]

The Brew Scientist

The Brew Scientist

An unlikely series of events brought Rachel Breite to Navarre where she found her dream job in a unique role as the head brewer at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery, (YOBB) Holley-Navarre’s first brewery. Breite, originally from Festus, Missouri, received her degree in Marine Biology from the University of Charleston. Read the full article in the […]

Ancient kiln firing brings Japanese guest

Ancient kiln firing brings Japanese guest

As Holley Navarre’s massive anagama kiln was fired for the 14th time, the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society special guest and Japanese master potter Masayoshi Shimizu included his work in the firing. This kiln is the biggest in all of Florida, longer than a small car and nearly as wide.  Its firing once a year […]

Holley Navarre Fire Department Awards

Holley Navarre Fire Department Awards

Holley Navarre Fire District Chief Ron Norton presented three Life Saving Award medals to firefighters who saved the life of Larry Berry. The award recipients were Lt. Shawn Laws, Engineer Johnny Robertson and Firefighter Kailey White. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

284 lot subdivision riling neighbors County Commissioners got an earful from concerned residents Tuesday morning as yet another subdivision development drew ire from neighbors. Forest Bay Estates is a new subdivision proposed for 210-acres of vacant land located west of Edgewood Drive and east of River Birch Road. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

New water utility directors take control

New water utility directors take control

Move over. The four new board members at Holley Navarre Water System wasted no time asserting themselves Tuesday in their first public meeting. They voted to replace board President Will Goulet with one of their own, Mike Kennedy. Read the full article in the Jan. 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Stroke support group starts up at senior center

Stroke support group starts up at senior center

Support is everything. Especially for someone who has suffered a stroke or is a caregiver for a stroke victim. Carolyn Sumrall, with the Council on Aging of West Florida, has opted to start a support group at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center where she is a board member. Her hope is that it makes a difference. […]

Water plant operating at reduced capacity

Water plant operating at reduced capacity

The plan at Holley Navarre Water System to temporarily operate its damaged wastewater treatment plant at two-thirds capacity has been approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Further, on Dec. 26 the FDEP issued a revision in the water utility’s operating permit to allow replacement of a treatment tank, called a clarifier, that was […]

Holley Navarre Water System: Past, present, future

Holley Navarre Water System: Past, present, future

As the election of four new members to the Holley Navarre Water System’s board of directors draws near, discussions of the utility have flared on social media, in conversations and even in the Board of County Commissioners’ chambers. The candidates chosen Jan. 15 will act as the leadership entity for a water system that serves […]

My town

My town

I am the Holley Navarre Water System board director who voted against hiring Rob Williamson as CEO of the utility. My friends and family keep asking me, “why don’t you just quit? You have nothing to gain and nothing is going to change.” My answer is because this is my town. I got my first […]

Accusations cloud water utility election

Accusations cloud water utility election

Hopes are being shaken that cronyism at Holley Navarre Water System would be challenged by the Jan. 15 election in which four seats on the volunteer board of directors are up for grabs. Five Navarre residents who are customers of the water utility recently wrote to its attorney that board member Doug Larson had improperly […]

Tourism council backs funding for wildlife refuge

Tourism council backs funding for wildlife refuge

After balking at a request for nearly half a million dollars, the county’s Tourist Development Council did agree Jan. 3 to fund $117,000 for animal habitats at the new Holley location of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR). While ECWR has steadily been securing donations since December 2016, the timeline for completion of the new […]

Hall named firefighter of the year

Hall named firefighter of the year

Michael Hall was named the Holley Navarre Fire District Firefighter of the Year at an awards dinner Dec. 14 at Hidden Creek. The award is given to a firefighter who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities, is an outstanding firefighter and provides service to the district above the normal level. Read the full article in the […]

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 […]

Water System approves proposed budget

Water System approves proposed budget

Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) Board of Directors may have been skating on thin legal ice Dec. 18 as they voted to approve a budget for 2019, possibly in violation of the utility’s bylaws. While historically the budget has been approved in December for the past decade, board member Daryl Lynchard questioned whether that practice […]

Our hopes for 2019

Our hopes for 2019

We hope Holley Navarre Water System will get their act together and behave like a professional board that controls one of the largest budgets in the county. We wish successful business owners, or at least people with board experience, would seek to become part of the board for no other reason than to serve their […]

Williamson’s hands are tied at the water utility

Williamson’s hands are tied at the water utility

The list of duties that are legally off-limits to the newly minted $100,000-a-year Chief Executive Officer at Holley Navarre Water System keeps growing. Already being held at arm’s length by Santa Rosa County officials, ousted District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson also won’t likely be allowed to handle applications for federal and state grants or loans […]

Utility gives Williamson free rein on travel

Utility gives Williamson free rein on travel

With a new travel budget equal to the $50,000 a year authorized for the entire Santa Rosa County Commission, new Holley Navarre Water System CEO Rob Williamson doesn’t need pre-approval for out-of-town trips to lobby or for other purposes. Although volunteer utility board President Will Goulet told the Navarre Press that the $50,000 isn’t a […]

Q and A: Holley Navarre Water System Candidates

Q and A: Holley Navarre Water System Candidates

All eight candidates for Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) Board of Directors were asked about their qualifications and the water system’s future. Board members will be chosen by the membership (ratepayers) of the system in an election Jan. 15. Absentee ballots and proxies are currently available ahead of election day through the water system’s office. […]

Gardner reflects on 33 year career before retirement

Gardner reflects on 33 year career before retirement

On an evening in 1995, Paul Gardner and his wife were cresting the top of the Navarre Beach bridge when they spotted a breathtaking view, thousands of lights along the coastal community known as Navarre. The couple were headed home from a celebratory dinner. Gardner had just secured a promotion to Operations Manager at Holley […]

County holds ex-commissioner at arm’s length

County holds ex-commissioner at arm’s length

Wary of violating a Florida statute about consorting with former colleagues, Santa Rosa officials are carefully avoiding work-related contact with Rob Williamson, the new CEO of Holley Navarre Water System. Keeping Williamson at arm’s length has already required dodging an overture last week to tour Holley Navarre Water’s facilities on Turkey Bluff Road along with […]

Senior center elects new board members

Senior center elects new board members

The results are in for the Holley Navarre Senior Center Board elections. Don Brown earned another term as an at-large board member and Suzanne Petrella is on the board for the first time. Linda Kinney was elected as the new treasurer. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Radiation and rotation hot topics at HNMS Science Fair

Radiation and rotation hot topics at HNMS Science Fair

Engineering, biomedicine and chemistry are just a few of the sciences Holley Navarre Middle School students flaunted their prowess in last week in the school’s annual Science Fair. In all 53 students across all grades were awarded for their work. Among the participants were two Grand Prize winners that out-shown their peers. Read the full […]

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