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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Williamson’s $100,000 a year consolation prize

Williamson’s $100,000 a year consolation prize

  Navarre voters overwhelmingly said “no” to Rob Williamson as District 4 County Commissioner in the August election. They used their votes to voice their displeasure with his representation, his decisions and his financial management of Navarre. Holley Navarre Water System has decided Williamson deserves a high-paying consolation prize with an offer to be their […]

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 […]

Water experts lose bids for utility board

Water experts lose bids for utility board

Based on their many years of professional experience in water operations, Charles “Buddy” Ingram and Elisa Bailey appeared to be the most qualified of 11 candidates who recently ran for election to the Holley Navarre Water System board. Yet they came in 9th and 10th respectively—far behind the straw poll’s top four vote getters, all […]

Update: Holley Navarre Water board appoints four

Update: Holley Navarre Water board appoints four

The Holley Navarre Board of Directors consisting of Will Goulet, Daryl Lynchard and Mark Miller appointed four new board members at Tuesday night’s meeting by straw poll of the members. There were 177 total voters and votes were cast as follows: Doug Larson (96 votes)* Joseph Aguirre (93 votes)* Brett Ramsey (83 votes)* Shane Kahl […]

Water board lifts veil of secrecy on poll at 11th hour

Water board lifts veil of secrecy on poll at 11th hour

So many candidates, so little time. In most elections, the days right before the casting of ballots are the time when undecided voters can make up their minds or change them. Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online […]

New chapter begins in water board tumult

New chapter begins in water board tumult

Going full circle in reorganizing for the second time since January, what’s left of the Holley Navarre Water System board seems to be right where it was early this year: promising transparency and better management. But the new era being touted by freshly minted President Will Goulet began with a purge this week. Goulet loyalists […]

Hidden Creek restaurant closes

Hidden Creek restaurant closes

The Creekside Grill at Hidden Creek closed its doors Thursday. The restaurant, located on the property of Hidden Creek Golf Club, was closed by owning entity Holley Navarre Water System out of concern over potential money losses. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little […]

RED Day goes wild at Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

RED Day goes wild at Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge got a helping hand last week as Keller Williams employees throughout Navarre took a break from selling real estate to give back to their community. Roughly 30 volunteers clad in red T-shirts worked power tools, trimmed brush, painted logos and installed animal closures for the future location of the rescue organization […]

Water board takes on restructuring

Water board takes on restructuring

In an effort to streamline operations and operate more efficiently, Holley Navarre Water System board of directors is restructuring the organizational chart of the company, said board president James Calkins. In doing so, they have organized five departments: Administration, Customer Service, Water Operations, Water Treatment Plant Operations and Sewer Operations. Read the full article in […]

Follow the trail of money

Follow the trail of money

This week’s story by Rob Johnson on the Fairpoint refinancing sheds a lot of light on the entire deal that is now for all purposes – dead. Fairpoint’s board president, Buz Eddy is looking a little contrite after causing quite the stir over the supposed urgent need for refinancing Fairpoint’s debt. He and fellow board […]

Transparency first on water board’s list

Transparency first on water board’s list

The heated and contentious Holley-Navarre Water Board elections are over and the handful of members that voted sent a clear message: vote ‘no’ to the refinancing of Fairpoint Regional Utilities debt and operate more transparently. That is exactly what the board now intends to do, according to the president of the board, James Calkins. Read […]

Water system members vote for change

Water system members vote for change

In one of the most contentious water board elections in recent history, 4,764 votes were cast to fill three seats on the board – one of the largest turnouts in the system’s election history. Overwhelmingly the members voted for change. Gaius Bruce, secretary for the board, announced the results of the Jan. 16 election as […]

‘A rigged election’ for Holley Navarre Water System

‘A rigged election’ for Holley Navarre Water System

“Our attorney sent us a letter saying that we properly removed Brian’s (Kelly) membership,” Bien May announced at the Dec. 19 pre-meeting of the Holley Navarre Water System Board. The removal has been the source fueling questions surrounding the legality of removing a board member. Board member eligibility was called into question in September after […]

NABOR hands out annual awards at luncheon

NABOR hands out annual awards at luncheon

The Navarre Area Board of Realtors (NABOR) held its annual awards ceremony and holiday luncheon Dec. 6 at the Navarre Days Inn Conference Center. Immediate Past President Mark Miller passed the gavel to Lorie Coogle. She and the new board of directors took their oath. Coogle’s brother Robbie Louhier, who is blind, performed the swearing […]

Stakeholders, community leaders weigh in on District 4 Master Plan

Stakeholders, community leaders weigh in on District 4 Master Plan

Planning Navarre’s future is underway, and already several stakeholder groups have had an opportunity to weigh in. But what are they asking for? Navarre Press has previously asked community planning professional and author Quint Studer of Pensacola what methods are used for effectively planned communities, but every community is different. This plan will be primarily […]

Real estate booming

Real estate booming

In Navarre, the real estate business is booming. In measures of homes sold, the price for those homes and even how long houses stay on the market, Navarre continues to improve. Navarre Beach Area Board of Realtors President Mark Miller said that describing the market as “healthy” would be an understatement. “The real estate market […]

Candidates for Holley-Navarre Water board face off

Candidates for Holley-Navarre Water board face off

Holley-Navarre Water System will hold an election for two of the seven seats on its board of directors Jan. 16. Five candidates have been declared in the race: incumbent Troy Bossier, incumbent Gaius Bruce, William Goulet (previously served on the board), Daryl Lynchard (previously served on the board) and Mark Miller. Candidates must be an […]

Lies, cover-ups, projection and deceptions

Lies, cover-ups, projection and deceptions

  Holley-Navarre Water Department board member, Robert Coley, didn’t tell the truth when he said he was not planning on resigning the Holley-Navarre Water System Board of Directors. At the May 16 meeting the board members and the 30 people in attendance expected board member Robert Coley to resign his position. In fact, board members […]

Brisk area home sales hit fourth month of double-digit growth

Brisk area home sales hit fourth month of double-digit growth

Wall Street’s bulls have been running faster since November, but they have little on the current Navarre area market for single-family home sales. While both upward trends have observers wondering how long it can last, the number of Navarre houses sold and their average price increases are on a roll. Read the full article in […]

Jones brings voice for trafficking victims

Jones brings voice for trafficking victims

When Michelle Jones stood before the Rotary Club of Navarre, she spoke on behalf of the victims of human trafficking. It is not their fault that they are in that situation, Jones told the group. Read the full article in the March 30 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online for as little as $38 per […]

‘Flip-Flops and Teaching Spots’ draws hundreds of applicants

‘Flip-Flops and Teaching Spots’ draws hundreds of applicants

Santa Rosa County’s first teacher recruitment event drew more than 480 potential candidates and garnered even more on a waiting list to fill openings in Santa Rosa schools. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

County sees strong housing market gains for 2015

County sees strong housing market gains for 2015

The data for last year’s real estate sales and transactions have been released for 2015, and the news looks good for Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.