Navarre Beach Utilities

County holds ex-commissioner at arm’s length

County holds ex-commissioner at arm’s length

Wary of violating a Florida statute about consorting with former colleagues, Santa Rosa officials are carefully avoiding work-related contact with Rob Williamson, the new CEO of Holley Navarre Water System. Keeping Williamson at arm’s length has already required dodging an overture last week to tour Holley Navarre Water’s facilities on Turkey Bluff Road along with […]

Lifeguards staying later, new tower added

Lifeguards staying later, new tower added

Lifeguards on Navarre Beach are surveying the waters later into the day and farther along the beach. Since June 4, the lifeguards have been staying on the beach until 6 p.m. Previously, lifeguards were on the beach until only 5 p.m. each day during the late spring, summer and fall. Read the full article in […]

Lifeguard, firefighter training carries new weight

Lifeguard, firefighter training carries new weight

  On the evening of March 24, Navarre Beach firefighters were called to Tower 3 for multiple distressed swimmers, including children, caught in a rip current. Local military retiree Michael Robidoux entered the water to save the children. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Drowning prompts review of lifeguard duty hours

Drowning prompts review of lifeguard duty hours

After the March 24 drowning of Michael Robidoux, a Navarre resident who was trying to save two children in the rough Gulf waters, changes may be coming to the lifeguards’ schedule at Navarre Beach. Navarre Beach Utilities Supervisor Terry Wallace, who manages the lifeguards as part of the Navarre Beach Department of the county, said […]

Lifeguards return to beach ahead of expected Spring Break crowds

Lifeguards return to beach ahead of expected Spring Break crowds

The lifeguards returned to Navarre Beach Saturday as the first of the Spring Breakers flocked to the coast. Navarre Beach Utilities Supervisor Terry Wallace said they are getting out on the coast before the rush truly hits. Read the full article in the Mar. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Williamson slams Holley by the Sea over stormwater drainage

Williamson slams Holley by the Sea over stormwater drainage

At the first stop on his third annual listening tour, Board of County Commissioners Chairman Rob Williamson took the opportunity to chastise the Holley By the Sea homeowners association in Navarre for its lack of drainage infrastructure. During the informal July 6 roundtable at Tiger Point Community Center in Gulf Breeze, Williamson, District 4 commissioner, […]

Retrofit grant brings turtle-friendly lighting to beachfront properties

Retrofit grant brings turtle-friendly lighting to beachfront properties

The Board of County Commissioners voted Thursday to extend the Sea Turtle Lighting Retrofit project by six months to July 17 to allow for more of Navarre Beach’s condominiums and public lighting to be switched to turtle friendly versions. Read the full article in the Dec. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

Pier peak season peaks profits

Pier peak season peaks profits

As beach season winds to a close and the number of visits to the 1,545-foot long Navarre Pier become less crowded, the pier has moved to its winter hours. As of Nov. 6, the pier opens at dawn and closes half an hour after dark. Though the traffic is beginning to slow, the pier saw […]

Chair rentals cause visitor complaints

Chair rentals cause visitor complaints

The summer tourist season is in full swing on Navarre Beach, and west of the fishing pier, lines of bright blue and green umbrellas once again dot the waterline courtesy of rental companies. These wooden, collapsible chairs with matching sun shades offer visitors relief from carrying their belongings to the water. Pay a fee, and […]

Rescues on the rise, again

Rescues on the rise, again

Navarre Beach lifeguards have added two new guards after a record 94 rescues last year in anticipation of another high-traffic beach season. This season has already seen 52 water rescues between March 1 and June 9. To put that in perspective, the season totals for 2012-2014 average less than 44 rescues between March 1 and […]

New water system president pushing big plans

New water system president pushing big plans

During peak summer tourism months, hundreds of thousands of gallons of effluent is discharged daily into Santa Rosa Sound from the Navarre Beach Utilities treatment plant. Daryl Lynchard, president of Holley-Navarre Water System (HNWS), has a plan to stop it. Lynchard, who was elected Jan. 27 to lead the HNWS board, envisions major changes for […]