Ken Fountain

Historic revenue for county from pier in 2019

Historic revenue for county from pier in 2019

With the legal infighting among previous partners settled, the company contracted to manage the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier has paid the county a best-ever $503,891.71 from January through Sept. 10 of this year. Thus, Navarre Pier Funplex, now under the sole direction of Navarre attorney Ken Fountain, has raised its revenue contribution to county taxpayers […]

Home Builders Association defends growth to Commissioners

Home Builders Association defends growth to Commissioners

More than 100 members of the Home Builders Association of West Florida, mostly clad in red shirts, packed into the County Commissioners board room Monday. The parking lot of the building was full of vehicles from building contractors. The gathered builders, electricians, engineers, construction workers and small business owners called for commissioners to refuse attempts […]

Disgruntled partners forcibly takeover pier

Disgruntled partners forcibly takeover pier

Thursday evening, four of the five partners in Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises, LLC (GSRE) forcibly took control of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier from managing member Kenneth Fountain in a continuing saga of ownership arguments. Jonathan Cole, Jerry Rolison and Larry Rolison went to the pier Thursday evening with the intention to take over management […]

NABOR recognizes contributions of members

NABOR recognizes contributions of members

During the Navarre Area Board of Realtors annual awards luncheon Dec. 5, members took a moment to honor founding member Ira Mae Bruce. The recognition came as NABOR celebrated the start of its 40th year in the Days Inn and Suites Navarre Conference Center. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre […]

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

A restroom is likely to be placed on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier later this summer, but it will not meet with specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ken Fountain, a managing partner with pier operating firm Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises (GSE), said his company plans to put an ADA-compliant facility on the pier […]

Williamson champions Calkins for Zoning Board

Williamson champions Calkins for Zoning Board

Candidate for Zoning Board James Calkins caught criticism Monday during the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting. Commission Chairman Bob Cole selected Calkins as his nominee for Zoning Board, but the county commission was not unanimous in support of that decision following comments from the public. The Zoning Board is a 10-person committee that makes […]

Pier progress praised

Pier progress praised

It has been roughly six months since the previous operators of “the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico” walked out early on their contract with Santa Rosa County, leaving the 2017 bid winner, Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises (GSRE), to jump in early. In those first few weeks, the operators faced quite a few challenges […]

Five things to know: County Commission

Five things to know: County Commission

1. No courthouse tax needed The cost of clearing underbrush from the future location of the new county courthouse came back at a third of the expected amount thanks to a low bid by J.M. Diamond Timber and Conservation, but the commissioners have decided to pass on the effort altogether. More than that, the commissioners […]

Windjammers now serving on Navarre Beach pier

Windjammers now serving on Navarre Beach pier

From ice cold local brews to beach-inspired eats, Windjammers opened for business Monday on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The bar portion of the pier had a soft opening Jan. 13 in conjunction with the Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade, but now the bar and restaurant are fully open and serving up various eats and […]

Pier restaurant and shop nearing completion

Pier restaurant and shop nearing completion

Those hoping to savor grub from the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier’s newest restaurant won’t have to wait much longer. Though initially set to open at the onset of 2018, Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises’ (GSE) restaurant and other spaces are nearing completion for an end of January opening. GSE took up the lease and operation responsibilities […]

County selects fishing pier operator

County selects fishing pier operator

County Commissioners have selected Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises LLC to operate the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The company could take over pier fee collections and operation of a restaurant and gift shop as early as next month or as late as Jan. 1. The Board of County Commissioners heard from three pier management hopefuls Monday. […]

Update: Park funding sources change

Update: Park funding sources change

Update 9/24 Since Sept. 14, when District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson revealed his master plan for Navarre Park and his recommended funding plan for Phase 1, his funding sources have changed significantly according to the agenda for the Board of County Commissioners meeting slated for Monday.  Williamson’s former funding plan for the first phase was […]