Navarre Beach Water System

My town

My town

I am the Holley Navarre Water System board director who voted against hiring Rob Williamson as CEO of the utility. My friends and family keep asking me, “why don’t you just quit? You have nothing to gain and nothing is going to change.” My answer is because this is my town. I got my first […]

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 […]

Eglin nears land lease offer to HNWS

Eglin nears land lease offer to HNWS

The wastewater disposal solution long sought for Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) at Eglin Air Force Base is now taking shape. In negotiation for years, a lease for spraying on Eglin acreage is considered by HNWS management and Santa Rosa County officials as the best way to satisfy regulators’ requirements for effluent disposal capacity. Read […]

Candidates for Holley Navarre Water board talk rates, transparency

Candidates for Holley Navarre Water board talk rates, transparency

Holley Navarre Water System will hold an election for two of the seven seats on its board of directors Jan. 17. Four candidates have thrown their hat into the ring for the election: incumbent Brian Kelly, Ricki DeSantis, Shane Kahl and George “Geo” Mayer. Candidates must be an HNWS member, reside within the franchise area, […]

Holley-Navarre Water wants beach utility for free

Holley-Navarre Water wants beach utility for free

  In corporate mergers, the deals sometimes include exchanges of stock, assumption of debt or cash paid by the acquiring company. But in Holley-Navarre Water System’s proposed acquisition of Navarre Beach Water System, the small county-owned utility would essentially be gifted to the mainland  nonprofit. “We won’t pay anything,” said Paul Gardner, Holley-Navarre’s general manager. […]

Treated wastewater disposal could cost $1 million

Treated wastewater disposal could cost $1 million

Meanwhile, Navarre Beach Water dumps in the Sound The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is pressing Holley-Navarre Water System (HNWS) to build additional wastewater disposal capacity, but the utility’s best long-term solution has languished within the Santa Rosa County bureaucracy. Commissioners recently started questioning why an agreement that has been in the works for at […]

Questions surface about Fairpoint as water prices rise

Questions surface about Fairpoint as water prices rise

Questions about accounting and certain employee expenses are drawing more oversight of Fairpoint Regional Utility System, a collective that is mutually owned by four area water companies. The increased scrutiny comes at a time when Fairpoint is sharply raising the wholesale price of water it supplies to the four customers: Holley-Navarre Water System, Gulf Breeze/South […]