infrastructure

At a crossroads: Growth puts strain on infrastructure

At a crossroads: Growth puts strain on infrastructure

Navarre is growing. Repeated like a broken record in county meeting halls, community groups and passing conversation, this fact has little dispute. Also facing little debate is the effect of growth on infrastructure, increasing demand for ways to get around, for access to clean water and for space to get some fresh air.   Read […]

Water system working on effluent deadline

Water system working on effluent deadline

Holley Navarre Water System will hit the critical limit for effluent disposal on Nov. 25, 2025. That’s according to estimates by water system senior engineer Phil Phillips. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to […]

What kind of life do you want to lead?

What kind of life do you want to lead?

As internationally celebrated urban planner Ryan Gravel discussed the massive concerns for infrastructure as part of CivicCon in Pensacola, he said the solutions come down to one question. He asked the crowd gathered in the Rex Theater Nov. 5: What kind of lives do we want to live? Read the full article in the Nov. […]

TDC fed up with two of everything

TDC fed up with two of everything

Two plunges is too many. That was the position taken by Tourist Development Council (TDC) member Liz Horton, a bed tax collector from the south end. She said she is tired of two of everything in Navarre from chamber of commerce breakfasts to events like New Year’s Day plunges. Read the full article in the […]

Fairpoint’s finances get big boost

Fairpoint’s finances get big boost

The collective of utilities that supplies Holley Navarre Water System has discovered a line of low-interest credit that can apparently be used to cover much of its infrastructure costs for years to come. John Grant, the volunteer president of Fairpoint Regional Utility System, told the Navarre Press: “We found a million dollars that we didn’t […]

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

In the past 10 years, three times as many tourist development dollars were spent in Milton than in Navarre for infrastructure improvements. In contrast, the beach alone accounts for more than half of the dollars generated.               Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of Navarre Press. […]

County to improve drainage on Venetian Way, Coronado Drive

County to improve drainage on Venetian Way, Coronado Drive

Construction for the Venetian Way and Coronado Drive drainage improvement project in Gulf Breeze began Monday. The project includes improved stormwater systems and construction of an outfall canal to improve the conveyance of stormwater. Read the full article in the Aug. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Tourism council balks at Milton Riverwalk fund request

Tourism council balks at Milton Riverwalk fund request

Milton officials faced harsh questioning by members of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Aug. 2 over whether to commit funds toward the continuing Milton Riverwalk project. Milton City Manager Randy Jorgenson came to the TDC requesting funding for construction of additional Riverwalk pathway along 210 feet of shoreline in downtown Milton next to the Blackwater […]

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 […]

Infrastructure grants off the table

Infrastructure grants off the table

Despite taking a hardline approach in May, the Tourist Development Council (TDC) flip-flopped Tuesday, voting to fund several out of cycle Local Event Marketing Grants just weeks before the TDC’s final budget proposal is due to the county. In doing so they gutted a plan to offer two $10,000 grants for the encouragement of budding […]

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, […]

Tourist Development Council to hit the road

Tourist Development Council to hit the road

As the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council (TDC) continues to push toward prioritizing funding of physical tourism assets, some members of the council admitted a lack of firsthand knowledge of some existing tourism facilities. “I think if we could go back in time a little bit and actually tour some of those areas, see […]

Consultant outlines 5-year strategy for county economy

Consultant outlines 5-year strategy for county economy

  New staff, expanded infrastructure, improved industrial parks and better websites are among the items on a laundry list of plans that Garner Economics LLC devised for Santa Rosa County’s next five years of economic development. And all of it comes with a price tag. Read the full article in the April 12 issue of […]

Five things to know: Santa Rosa County Economic Strategic Plan

Five things to know: Santa Rosa County Economic Strategic Plan

The survey is in on how Santa Rosa County’s economy stacks up. The county has signed a contract for $120,000 with Garner Economics, LLC to create an Economic Strategic Plan for the county’s economic development. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up […]

Fairpoint debt deal appears dead

Fairpoint debt deal appears dead

The controversial loan restructuring that would have raised the debt total of Fairpoint Regional Utility System by about 40 percent took a big hit last week when Holley Navarre Water System voted in a new board. Fairpoint needs the support of all three of the collective’s member utilities, and the likelihood of getting that from […]

Community driven plans are essential for success

Community driven plans are essential for success

If we haven’t said it before, let us say it now – Quint Studer is truly a community genius. He has proven it over and over again. He has been described as a visionary – he is. An entrepreneur…yes. An investor in his community…absolutely. And he is also one of the best community planners. He […]

Cole named County Commission chairman

Cole named County Commission chairman

With a shake of the hand, Board of County Commissioners Chairman Rob Williamson of Navarre passed the gavel Nov. 9 to incoming chairman County Commissioner Bob Cole during the board’s annual reorganization meeting. Cole is the representative for District 2 which includes the Milton and East Milton area. He will lead the board for fiscal […]

A failure to plan

A failure to plan

Looking back over history in Navarre, since 2010 our population has grown by more than 69 percent. The rule of thumb around here has been to select a piece of vacant property, buy it, clear it, build on it and sell it. Wait…we forgot to mention the very important step of building up the dirt […]

Williamson listening tour reaches Navarre

Williamson listening tour reaches Navarre

Board of County Commissioners Chairman Rob Williamson continued his third annual listening tour with a July 12 meeting at the Navarre Beach Visitors Center. Williamson, District 4 commissioner, spoke to about three dozen residents on a variety of concerns specific to the south end of the county. Williamson said his annual listening tour allows him […]

Tale of two flood control delays

Tale of two flood control delays

The familiar military axiom “Hurry up and wait” is now shared by the civilian residents of Holley by the Sea and the City of Gulf Breeze who yearn for flood control relief measures they say are long overdue. Each of the similarly sized communities is run by governments that have separate studies in hand documenting […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 10

FLORIDA SHERIFF SEEKS OUT SUSPECTS WITH ‘WHEEL OF FUGITIVE’ For the past 18 months, in brief videos posted to his agency’s Facebook page, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has selected one fugitive per week with the spin of a large green wheel. Every Tuesday at 8 p.m., viewers can see which fugitive out of the […]

Poof! Let there be raises!

Poof!  Let there be raises!

And Commissioner Williamson said, let there be raises, and so it was. We are in full support of giving deputies much needed raises. How can we employ the best when we don’t offer much in the way of pay? When our surrounding counties offer more than we do? When deputies who are loyal to our […]

Nominees for sales tax oversight committee named

Nominees for sales tax oversight committee named

Collection of a half penny sales tax is underway and county commissioners made their final recommendations Monday for the Infrastructure Surtax Committee, a citizen oversight group. The tax, passed by Santa Rosa voters, is expected to net roughly $35 million over its five year lifetime. These dollars are limited to infrastructure uses including transportation and […]

Tourism Development Office wants more staff

Tourism Development Office wants more staff

After three months of research and a roughly $14,000 tab, a strategic plan presented to and approved by the Tourism Development Committee board Friday would request additional tourism staff be placed on the county’s payroll. Plan creator Bill Geist of Zeitgeist DMOproz said the focus of the plan is to make the TDC a “trusted […]

Santa Rosa’s growth gap increasing

Santa Rosa’s growth gap increasing

Although the central and south areas of Santa Rosa have long outpaced the north in residential development, the disparity is rising amid a wave of homebuilding since the Great Recession. The number of new houses built in Santa Rosa below the Blackwater River area—from Milton to Navarre Beach—reached 1,243 in 2015, the most recent year […]

Rough seas ahead for SHIPs due to strained infrastructure

Rough seas ahead for SHIPs due to strained infrastructure

While the Navarre community was deliberating  support for a hike in fire taxes for a Holley-Navarre Fire District strapped for personnel, Holley-Navarre Water System scrambles to keep pace with growing water and sewer needs, U.S. Highway 98’s excess of 5,000 cars and Navarre High School is bursting at the seams, an outside agency has determined […]

More study needed before acting on low-income housing requests and locations

More study needed before acting on low-income housing requests and locations

This week we were all broadsided by four agenda items for the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners meeting this past Monday which was released at approximately 4:45 p.m. on Thursday afternoon leaving no time for citizens to do their homework and leading to a lot of speculation. Alarm bells rang out when two of […]

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 […]

Milton and county seek courthouse tax alternatives

Milton and county seek courthouse tax alternatives

Searching for support on the proposed local-option sales tax to build a new downtown Milton courthouse, city leaders ponied up $5,000 for a mass mailing to voters as time ran short before this week’s election. But even before the ballots were counted, Milton’s city council and some paid officials started strategizing to cope with the […]

Clock is ticking on selling tax to voters

Clock is ticking on selling tax to voters

Voters might have been left with more questions than answers after a presentation by Moving Santa Rosa Forward’s Ed Carson on the half cent local option sales tax (LOST) for capital improvements to the Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee (EDC) Friday, Aug. 19. Though the majority of attendees generally spoke positively about the Aug. […]