Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association

Disabled veterans lose ‘fire tax’ exemption

Disabled veterans lose ‘fire tax’ exemption

While veterans with 100 percent disability are exempt from property taxes under Florida law, those living along Navarre Beach will no longer get a free pass when it comes to fire protection. The change could cost these veterans $500 a year under the recently approved increase in the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) for Navarre […]

Senior center focuses on upcoming election, increasing membership

Senior center focuses on upcoming election, increasing membership

Board elections are coming up at the Holley Navarre Senior Center. The election is scheduled for Dec. 7. Results of it will be announced that day at the general meeting. Early voting is going on right now. Opportunities to vote early are set for Nov. 20 and Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. […]

Piech sets priorities for new job as commissioner

Piech sets priorities for new job as commissioner

District 4 will have a new county commissioner as of Nov. 20, when Dave Piech takes the oath of office for the seat he won in the August election. Giving a preview of what he plans to prioritize, Piech addressed the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) Oct. 20. Read the full article in […]

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. […]

Nature walk to promote appreciation for Navarre Beach

Nature walk to promote appreciation for Navarre Beach

From tiny beach mice to soaring osprey to the famous sea oats, the natural splendor of Navarre Beach will be on display in a guided tour this month. Robin Otto, a member of the Navarre Beach Neighborhood Watch, helped to spearhead the idea.           Read the full article in the Oct. […]

No end in sight to effluent pumped into sound

No end in sight to effluent pumped into sound

Although county commissioners have said for years that cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound is a top priority, the water utility they control will apparently keep putting treated sewage effluent into the bay indefinitely. The county-owned Navarre Beach Water System has applied for and received tentative approval for a five-year renewal of its state permit to […]

Tourist development project list takes shape

Tourist development project list takes shape

A revisit of the strategic plan resulted in a checklist of projects for the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Sept. 6 as the council weighed where their best investments would be to increase quality of place. Under the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan for the Santa Rosa County TDC, the group charged with oversight of bed taxes collected […]

Residents intensify push for Whitesands sidewalk

Residents intensify push for Whitesands sidewalk

Larry Hoffman was hit by a car while jogging along Whitesands Boulevard on Navarre Beach. Now he is working to make sure it does not happen to anyone else. Hoffman was jogging about a foot off the shoulder of the road, part of his daily routine, when a vehicle hit him from behind on March […]

Longtime surfer rescues man on Navarre Beach

Longtime surfer rescues man on Navarre Beach

Local surfer Brenda Stokes will be honored with the Lifesaving Award later this month after she successfully pulled a man caught in a rip current safely to shore aboard her surf board in late June. Stokes said she was on the beach that morning training a visitor to the county how to surf, but when […]

Schaeffers donate speed sign for White Sands

Schaeffers donate speed sign for White Sands

Following efforts to slow down traffic along White Sands Boulevard, Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association members Harrell and Irma Schaeffer announced during the NBLRA’s Saturday meeting they are donating $2,671 to purchase one of the proposed “Your Speed is” signs to be placed along the roadway. As seen in the June 28 issue of […]

Neighborhood Watch: 3 things to improve White Sands safety

Neighborhood Watch: 3 things to improve White Sands safety

Navarre Beach residents are working with their recently formed Neighborhood Watch group and law enforcement in an effort to make the area safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. A meeting last week was spurred by multiple complaints of speeding on White Sands Boulevard and by a March incident in which beach resident Larry Hoffman was seriously […]

Property tax burden could shift under ballot proposals

Property tax burden could shift under ballot proposals

Non-homestead properties in Santa Rosa County could see their taxes automatically rise next year if a ballot initiative known as Amendment 2 fails in November. Voters will be presented with 13 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. Read the full article in the June 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

The numbers are in, and Navarre Beach Fire Department annual funding needs far exceed their initial increase request by $313,687, according to a study by Government Services Group Inc (GSG). The department in February had requested that the Board of County Commissioners approve a $109,000 increase, split between the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) rates […]

Leaseholders call for added safety measures

Leaseholders call for added safety measures

Santa Rosa County Public Works has spruced up the crosswalk on Gulf Boulevard connecting the Navarre Beach Boat Ramp to the parking area of the fishing pier, and Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) President Peter Birckhead is not happy about it. It is not that Birckhead dislikes the added flashers atop pedestrian warning […]

Residents unite to combat speeding, crime

Residents unite to combat speeding, crime

Navarre Beach resident Larry Hoffman did not know what hit him. He went for his daily run on the morning of March 3 along White Sands Boulevard. Less than a block from his home, while Hoffman was jogging about a foot off the shoulder of the road, a sport utility (SUV) vehicle hit him from […]

Florida’s Gulf oil drilling future remains murky

Florida’s Gulf oil drilling future remains murky

While the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) voted unanimously to oppose any drilling off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico, it may be too little too late. The public comment period for the five-year plan on oil drilling along U.S. coasts closed March 9. Read the full article in the […]

County abandons beach effluent irrigation plan

County abandons beach effluent irrigation plan

Santa Rosa County will not be sprinkling effluent on Gulf Boulevard. The cost is too high, and the impact is too low. The Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) has been lobbying for irrigation to be added along Gulf Boulevard to improve landscaping on the beach’s main street. The group has also been advocating […]

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 Fire rates still up in the air

Navarre Beach Fire rates still up in the air

Navarre Beach Volunteer Fire Department has gotten the go-ahead on its request to increase the residential municipal service benefit unit (MSBU) on the beach by $50, but a proposed commercial increase has hit a wall. The Board of County Commissioners voted Feb. 8 to move forward with increasing the MSBU rate for residential properties, but […]

Board seeks way to revive fee simple bill

Board seeks way to revive fee simple bill

Federal fee simple legislation for Navarre Beach is dead in the water, but the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed possible alterations that could jump-start the bill’s chances in the Senate. Three of five commissioners indicated they would be willing to modify the language of Senate Bill 1073 if it meant securing fee […]

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 […]

Flashing sign has beach residents seeing red

Flashing sign has beach residents seeing red

A flashing sign ruffled feathers on the beach last week as members of the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association discussed petitioning the county to have a sign removed. The sign in question was recently installed in front of Re/Max on the Beach at 8228 Gulf Blvd. The sign is an electronic lit screen that […]

Matrix to solidify community vision

Matrix to solidify community vision

   In September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $80,000-$150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 Master Plan for the Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach area. As development of that plan gets underway, the Navarre Press is taking a look at planning the future of Navarre. […]

Stroads: “The futons of transportation investments”

Stroads: “The futons of transportation investments”

  In September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $80,000-$150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 Master Plan for the Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach area. As development of that plan gets underway the Navarre Press is taking a look at planning the future of Navarre. […]

County backs Gaetz’s new beach ownership push

County backs Gaetz’s new beach ownership push

The decades-long quest of Navarre Beach residents to gain true ownership of their property—fee simple titles instead of the current county leases—is gaining momentum among Washington lawmakers and Santa Rosa commissioners. But getting there probably means separating the beach ownership rights from the current crusade to reopen Navarre Pass, a waterway to connect Santa Rosa […]

Leaseholders weigh fee simple title over Navarre pass

Leaseholders weigh fee simple title over Navarre pass

Twice now a bill to allow Navarre Beach leaseholders to claim fee simple titles for their leased properties has made its way to the U.S. House of Representatives. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

New location for beach condos proposed

New location for beach condos proposed

The developers behind an unpopular plan to build condominiums in Navarre Beach Marine Park have told Santa Rosa officials they are willing to swap that private property for a what they hope is a less controversial county-owned parcel. Although Ron Ward and Victor Deal rejected a county proposal to trade land last summer, that exchange […]

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 […]

County eyes unpaid lease fees

County eyes unpaid lease fees

Navarre Beach residents have long complained about being required to pay both Santa Rosa County ad valorem taxes along with their property lease fees. But some haven’t paid the latter for years. In fact, although the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association is lobbying to use lease fees to pay their share of the recent […]

Beach residents’ share of restoration still unclear

Beach residents’ share of restoration still unclear

Due to a recalculation by the company that is now completing the sand replacement on Navarre Beach, residents there should see a reduction in their share of the project’s costs, county officials say. The company needed less sand than expected and found that fewer acres needed to be replenished, resulting in a final tab that’s […]