Memorial Day Weekend

End of peak tourism season means self-reflection

End of peak tourism season means self-reflection

Looking at the numbers, Navarre Beach had a busy summer tourism season with bed tax totals climbing 16% over the previous year’s peak season. More than $1.71 million flowed into county coffers from bed taxes between May and July.   Read the full article in the Sept. 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Fairpoint finding its way again

Fairpoint finding its way again

While agreement on what caused water flow problems over Memorial Day weekend still may seem elusive, unity on a path forward appears to have come to the member utilities of Fairpoint Regional Utility System. Representatives from Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) and Midway Water System agreed at the July 23 board meeting to work together […]

Who’s in charge at Fairpoint?

Who’s in charge at Fairpoint?

South Santa Rosa’s water providers had a bad weekend over the Memorial Day holiday, according to records provided during the Fairpoint Utility board’s meeting June 25. Fairpoint Regional Utility System is a joint venture of south Santa Rosa County water providers to source water from wells in the north end of the county.   Read […]

Waste Pro under scrutiny, recycling in limbo

Waste Pro under scrutiny, recycling in limbo

Continued complaints against south Santa Rosa waste hauling contractor Waste Pro prompted the Board of County Commissioners to call for answers. Division Manager Rick Chancey addressed the commissioners’ concerns June 27 during the board’s regular meeting. He acknowledged that the company had difficulties for several months in serving its 23,001 customers.   Read the full […]

Restructured rescue team seeing busy but safe season

Restructured rescue team seeing busy but safe season

Navarre Beach lifeguards and fire rescue personnel were out in full force June 13, scanning the shoreline with binoculars. The rescue wave runner trolled the shore back and forth as a search helicopter flew overhead.   Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

Marine Park improvements on schedule for April completion

Marine Park improvements on schedule for April completion

Winter beachgoers at Navarre Beach Marine Park may have noticed black silt fencing, work crews and heavy machinery since early November along their coastline. The work underway is part of new visitor amenities coming to the park, coordinated and paid for by roughly $3 million in Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grants through the Florida […]

Risk seen in calm after Alberto’s near miss

Risk seen in calm after Alberto’s near miss

Santa Rosa dodged a bullet when subtropical storm Alberto veered to the east over Memorial Day weekend, but experts warn that Mother Nature could be reloading for several more shots this summer. For county Director of Emergency Preparedness Brad Baker and other officials, the challenge now is rallying residents to be on guard for the […]

New signs to be installed at Navarre Beach Causeway

New signs to be installed at Navarre Beach Causeway

A slap on the wrist is all County Commissioner and Chairman Rob Williamson will face for deciding to remove the temporary welcome signs placed at the foot of the Navarre Beach Causeway. The Board of County Commissioners also decided Monday morning to replace the signs with the new versions that were approved months ago. The […]

FWC putting added emphasis on boating safety as holiday approaches

FWC putting added emphasis on boating safety as holiday approaches

With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, it is an appropriate time to highlight boating safety with National Safe Boating Week. Florida is known as the boating capital of the world, with nearly a million vessels registered across the state, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, along with the Coast Guard and other search […]

Does spring break boost beach profits?

Does spring break boost beach profits?

Do spring break crowds translate to higher bed tax collections? The simple answer is yes … and no. “We are busy. The lobby is full every time I am here,” remarked Liz Horton of Wyndham by Resort Quest, who chairs the Tourism Development Committee Board. Read the full article in the March 30 issue of […]

SpringHill Suites opening delayed

SpringHill Suites opening delayed

The opening of Navarre Beach’s newest hotel has stalled again. Though previously expected to open in March, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott is not likely to see its first guest until at least Memorial Day weekend, Director of Sales Angie Lee said. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Ferry service delayed until late spring

Ferry service delayed until late spring

Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown joked on Monday morning that people have wanted a ferry service in Pensacola Bay for 50 years. Their wait will be over soon. It’s just going to extend a couple of months longer than expected. Slated to begin in March of 2017, service to Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and […]