John Lewis

Navarre Beach Fire increases ranking, lowers insurance costs

Navarre Beach Fire increases ranking, lowers insurance costs

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue announced an upgrade in its fire protection ranking last week that could mean cheaper property insurance premiums on the beach. The Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO) moved the Navarre Beach department up from a Class 4 to a Class 2 based on its ability to quickly respond to and fight fires. […]

Navarre Beach Fire welcomes new ladder truck

Navarre Beach Fire welcomes new ladder truck

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue welcomed their new ladder truck with a traditional push-in ceremony Saturday. The ceremony included wetting down the truck with water from the old tanks, and it was then hand polished by Chief Danny Fureigh, his wife Shannon and the Navarre Beach firefighters. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue […]

Navarre Beach Fire inching toward county split

Navarre Beach Fire inching toward county split

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue (NBFR) could become its own entity, not under Santa Rosa County, as the department leaders are actively exploring becoming a special fire district. The idea was initially presented to the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) in February by Chief Danny Fureigh. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. SCHOOL STAFF FACING ‘NEW NORMAL’ The Florida high school where a former student shot and killed 17 people is reopening for teachers amid a revelation that the armed officer on campus did nothing to stop the shooter. 2. ON DEATHBED, CONVICT LASHES OUT A Florida inmate lets out a blood-curdling scream and yells “murderers!” […]

Fire department considers breaking with county

Fire department considers breaking with county

Amid frustrations over taxation, the Navarre Beach Fire Department is considering moving out from under the county’s supervision altogether. Tensions between the Santa Rosa County Commission and the fire department’s board of directors, along with Chief Danny Fureigh, began Feb. 8 after the commission largely blocked a request to increase the municipal service benefit unit […]

Navarre Beach appoints new fire chief

Navarre Beach appoints new fire chief

In an unusually large turnout, the meeting room of Regency Condominiums was full Jan. 5 as the Navarre Beach Fire District board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Danny Fureigh as the new fire chief. Board chair John Lewis joked that he did not realize Fureigh had so many friends. He then had Fureigh take […]

Meeting the challenge at 73

Meeting the challenge at 73

Glenn Marr is 73 and works out two hours a day, five days a week. That’s intense, even for those who hit the gym frequently. “As long as I can do it, I’m going to do it,” Marr said of his routine. “We don’t last forever. Whatever I want to do, I am able to […]

Donations sought for bench replacement

Donations sought for bench replacement

In the wake of Hurricane Ivan, Navarre Beach was left with a mess of hundreds of tons of concrete and debris piled up and abandoned. While many saw it as a nuisance, a few residents saw it as an opportunity. In 2006 a team of residents banded together to fix a problem. The volunteer group […]

Breach on the beach over ‘ragtag’ label

Breach on the beach over ‘ragtag’ label

Former Air Force pilot John Lewis, who flew in Korea and Vietnam, led fellow members of the now-resigned Navarre Beach Beautification Committee to protest County Commissioner Rob Williamson’s recent labeling of them as “ragtag” volunteers. “I’ve never been called ‘ragtag’ before,” said Lewis, a retired lieutenant colonel, speaking to the commission at its meeting Monday. […]

Beach Beautification volunteer group quits

Beach Beautification volunteer group quits

Much of the foliage, trees and the entry signs to and from Navarre Beach are the product of a group of dedicated volunteers who are Beach Beautification Committee (BBC) members of the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA.) Similar to many other committee projects in Navarre, the BBC existed to meet a need that […]

Island effluent discharge, reuse discussed

Island effluent discharge, reuse discussed

John Lewis, a member of the Beach Beautification Committee, drove to Milton Aug. 25 to ask commissioners why treated water can’t be used for irrigation on the island. Lewis said a recent irrigation project established a well to serve parts of the east end of the island. “What we’re trying to do now is push it all the way to the sign that’s on the west end,” said […]