Navarre Beach Pier

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 […]

Pier update: Fountain receives emergency injunction

Pier update: Fountain receives emergency injunction

Navarre Beach Fishing Pier operations are embroiled in a legal dispute following maneuvers by four of members of management company Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises LLC (GSRE) to remove managing member Kenneth Fountain. That move was temporarily halted Tuesday under a court order which retained Fountain as sole managing member of the pier. Fountain filed the […]

Red tide one of the worst in 60-plus years

Red tide one of the worst in 60-plus years

Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Scientist Kate Hubbard is asked often just how bad the current Red Tide plaguing Southwest Florida really is. In some ways, it seems like the worst ever. The dead sea life, including manatees, dolphins and sea turtles, as well as the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Rick […]

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 […]

Frigid wind and water welcomes plungers

Frigid wind and water welcomes plungers

The surf along Navarre Beach let up for this year’s New Year’s Day plunges, but the temperatures were almost freezing. During the beach’s newest Jan. 1 event, the Pirate Plunge, wind gusts reached 24 miles per hour and the temperature was 32 degrees. Still, a few dozen brave souls went running into the Gulf of […]

Reptiles drawn back to pier despite multiple run-ins with fishing hooks

Reptiles drawn back to pier despite multiple run-ins with fishing hooks

Okra, a juvenile green sea turtle, has had a rough year. After sustaining serious head trauma that exposed part of her skull, Okra ended up on the end of a fisherman’s line on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The hook was caught in her right shoulder. Fortunately, she was rescued and sent to the Gulfarium […]

Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate made landfall just west of Biloxi, Mississippi putting our area on the east side of the storm. Navarre experienced light damage, storm surge and scattered power outages. Featured in the Oct. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year. P.S. Receive a digital subscription to […]

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. […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Sea Turtle Extravaganza Learn about sea turtles through games, crafts, jellyfish hat photos and more on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.   Navarre Fishing Rodeo The Navarre Chamber Foundation is excited to once […]

Dive reef design revealed

Dive reef design revealed

Images of what a new artificial dive reef off the Navarre Beach pier will look like are coming into focus after Taylor Engineering presented the preliminary design to Santa Rosa County officials. Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary President Mike Sandler, along with the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, has helped to spearhead the project, which will […]

Eleven bid for Navarre Beach pier contract

Eleven bid for Navarre Beach pier contract

Santa Rosa County received 11 proposals Monday from vendors competing to manage the Navarre Beach pier. Select each organization to view the proposal in its entirety. 8599 Navarre Pier, LLC. Pasco Gibson Jr; Dominick Galiano III Pier Management Group Johnny Hustons Grille & Bar Ian Kaple; Yolanda Wells Robert J. Benaquis; Kenny C. Cook Growing […]

Pier partners owe county

Pier partners owe county

The already shaky partnership that manages the Navarre Beach Pier is crumbling amid unpaid state sales taxes leading to issuance of a tax warrant and failure to make the lease payment due to Santa Rosa County earlier this month. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com […]

Scavenger hunt raises awareness, funds for turtle conservation

Scavenger hunt raises awareness, funds for turtle conservation

Scavenger hunters scoured the beach for special stones Saturday as part of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s Rocking Out to Give Sea Turtles More Tomorrows event. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Commissioners at odds on need for pier master plan

Commissioners at odds on need for pier master plan

County Commission Chairman Rob Williamson has a vision of what the Navarre Beach pier should look like in coming years. He said he would like to see coffee and ice cream shops, retail opportunities, rental activities and an expanded stand-alone restaurant. “I believe we could be tripling that revenue,” he said. The Board of County […]

No holds barred in pier dispute

No holds barred in pier dispute

The legal dispute among partners who manage the Navarre Beach Pier has them hurling allegations at each other over nearly everything but the kitchen sink –and who’s in charge of that is even in doubt. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as […]

Pier operator’s other businesses gone

Pier operator’s other businesses gone

From a tennis clientele in Pensacola to off-road vehicle enthusiasts riding a remote trail near Milton, Coastal Concessions seems to have a diverse customer base and be an extensive enterprise as depicted on its website. But the reality is much different: a shrinking company that has lost or walked away from contracts at the federal, […]

Beach pier partners to face off in court

Beach pier partners to face off in court

Scott Rayner and Stephanie Maddox have long presented a public image as shoulder-to-shoulder allies in managing the Navarre Beach Pier through everything from financial woes to cleaning up vandalized restrooms. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 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 […]

Pier managers tighten receipt practices

Pier managers tighten receipt practices

Visitors to Navarre Beach Pier are being pressed to accept receipts this week in the wake of a request from county commissioners for better tracking of attendance. “We’re trying to get everyone to take a receipt even if they say they don’t want one,” said Stephanie Maddox, co-owner of Coastal Concessions. Commissioners requested the more […]

Pier fishing offers simple and relaxing experience

Pier fishing offers simple and relaxing experience

James Bodison totes a cart loaded with a cooler, fishing rods and the other necessary items, such as bait, a tackle box, weights and sinkers needed to make his day of fishing off the Navarre Beach pier a successful one. Though July is typically not the best month of the year to fish, it matters […]

County eyes Panama City pier restroom as model

County eyes Panama City pier restroom as model

The Panama City Beach restrooms on Bay County’s pier that could be a model for future facilities at Navarre Beach’s promenade feature self-contained toilets and sinks at a cost of about $25,000. Santa Rosa County commissioners have directed staffers to explore options for installing restrooms at the Navarre Beach pier and mentioned Panama City’s facilities […]

Public restroom shortage questioned again

Public restroom shortage questioned again

The need for public restrooms in Santa Rosa County recreation facilities has gained attention from county commissioners for the second time in less than a month. On Monday the panel agreed to consider adding restrooms on the Navarre Beach Pier to the ones at its base However, if facilities are installed, they may be portable […]

Crawling for a Cause

Crawling for a Cause

Air Force veteran Robert Reyes had the idea to have a Pub Crawl in Navarre to support local businesses and to raise money for the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Little did he know then – that six years later, he would be the owner of a local business, O’Connor’s Pub and Grill. Can’t […]

Pier operators to pay county day-by-day

Pier operators to pay county day-by-day

The operators of the Navarre Beach Pier will pay Santa Rosa County its share of admission revenues on a daily basis through direct deposit to a credit card account, according to a new agreement. Read the full article in the Mar. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 […]

Pier management and County compromise in finance dispute

Pier management and County compromise in finance dispute

  ‘Everything is squared for now’ After months of negotiation with the Navarre Beach Pier operators, Coastal Concession, and County Commissioners settled the dispute with the company agreeing to pay about $3,000 in back debt and run the facility at a higher tax rate. Coastal and the county had been as far apart as $143,000, […]

Pier pressure relief

Pier pressure relief

Pier managers, Scott Rayner and Stephanie Maddox addressed the county commissioners Monday. Management company, Coastal Concessions, (Coastal) is current on the admission fees owed Santa Rosa County and is seeking equitable relief on portions of their pier maintenance contract with Santa Rosa County. County Commissioner Rob Williamson met with Coastal prior to the Monday meeting […]