Peter Birckhead

Fire district referendum coming up for Navarre Beach

Fire district referendum coming up for Navarre Beach

Santa Rosa County’s Oct. 8 special election is fast approaching, and the residents of Navarre Beach will have an extra question on their ballots. They will be asked to support or oppose creation of a special fire district. Here are the basics: What is being voted on?   Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Beach advocates stricter codes to prevent another “Turner House”

Beach advocates stricter codes to prevent another “Turner House”

Fed up with years of dilapidation across the street, beach residents called on county commissioners Monday during their meeting to amend the Land Development Code (LDC) to prevent future homes from sitting in disrepair for 15 years. Sailmaker Cove president Terry Pierman said the gulf front “Turner House” located at 7315 Gulf Boulevard is an […]

Navarre Beach Fire increases ranking, lowers insurance costs

Navarre Beach Fire increases ranking, lowers insurance costs

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue announced an upgrade in its fire protection ranking last week that could mean cheaper property insurance premiums on the beach. The Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO) moved the Navarre Beach department up from a Class 4 to a Class 2 based on its ability to quickly respond to and fight fires. […]

‘Your speed sign’ installed on White Sands Boulevard

‘Your speed sign’ installed on White Sands Boulevard

Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association members and donors celebrated installation of “your speed is” signs along White Sands Boulevard to deter speeding after resident Larry Hoffman was hit by a car. The team that helped the project includes Peter Birckhead, donor Courtland Gray, donor Harrell Shaefer, donor Evan Studer, Hoffman and Jerry Smith. Not […]

Dilapidated beach house on the market for $1.5 million

Dilapidated beach house on the market for $1.5 million

Boarded up windows overlook white sand beaches and garbage lays alongside a new for sale sign at a home that has riled neighbors for more than a decade. Legal proceedings to terminate the lease on the crumbling Gulf front home at 7315 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach have stalled, and the owners have made yet […]

Five things to know: Tourist Development Council

Five things to know: Tourist Development Council

Focus for Santa Rosa County’s Tourist Development Council and tourism staff continues to be turned to improvements along the county’s biggest bed tax generator: Navarre Beach. Projects for the beach dominated the council’s agenda Feb. 7. Lifeguards need new towers The transformation keeps on coming for the Navarre Beach lifeguard program under recently hired Beach […]

Views clash on details of beach path upgrade

Views clash on details of beach path upgrade

Navarre Beach’s multiuse path could be seeing a makeover, but just what that will look like is up for debate before the Tourist Development Council (TDC) this week. County Tourist Development Director Julie White has proposed redoing “islands” along the path that runs parallel to Gulf Boulevard for nearly the entire length of Navarre Beach. […]

Beachside Church signs disappear off island

Beachside Church signs disappear off island

County officials are searching policy stretching back more than a decade after church signs along Navarre Beach went missing last month amid potential enforcement action. For 25 years, Beachside Church has been holding informal church services in the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier parking lot. As part of advertising these services, church pastor John Kerns and […]

‘Your speed is’ signs donated for White Sands Boulevard

‘Your speed is’ signs donated for White Sands Boulevard

Additional safety features are coming to White Sands Boulevard in the form of two electronic “your speed is” signs for the roadway. The signs are courtesy donations resulting from advocacy by the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA), which secured roughly $5,000 for two signs. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 issue […]

District 4 plan draws mixed reviews

District 4  plan draws mixed reviews

Outright adoption or even acceptance of the District 4 Master Plan was more than the Santa Rosa County commissioners could swallow Jan. 24. Of the five commissioners, three failed to throw support behind the document that took 19 months, hundreds of public comments, multiple public hearings and $150,000 of taxpayer funds to create. Read the […]

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. […]

Gulf Boulevard landscaping plan gains momentum

Gulf Boulevard landscaping plan gains momentum

For years, the multiuse path along Navarre Beach has gone without landscaping. The dry sands, mixed with intense heat for much of the year, have made it difficult to plant anything more than a few palm trees along Gulf Boulevard. Read the full article in the Sept. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe 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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Florida not ‘off the table’ for oil drilling

Florida not ‘off the table’ for oil drilling

Florida is in. Then it is out. Now it is in again. The last few weeks have seen mixed messages from the Trump administration on whether oil drilling along Florida’s Gulf Coast will be allowed to expand under a new five-year plan. But the most recent word appears to leave Florida firmly on the list […]

Leaseholders set new executive board

Leaseholders set new executive board

The Navarre Beach Leaseholders Association met Saturday, Jan. 20 to discuss the projects they will be participating in, one of which is to be more active and sponsor events in the Navarre community.               Peter Birckhead thanks outgoing president Gary Buroker for all he accomplished in his year as […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hammer time

Hammer time

Santa Rosa County workers were busy installing new “Welcome to Navarre Beach” signs Thursday incorporating the new branding researched and designed by Santa Rosa County’s new advertising agency Paradise Marketing. The process and concept were approved by Santa Rosa County Commissioners as a board. “I promised Rob Williamson we would have the signs up for […]

Hurricane-damaged house riles beach neighbors

Hurricane-damaged house riles beach neighbors

Just one lot short of Gulf Islands National Seashore there is a brick-and-concrete home at 7315 Gulf Boulevard. Across the street there are condominiums and brightly painted beachfront homes. Some are newly constructed. A blue-and-green “Navarre Beach” sign welcomes visitors a few feet away. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre […]

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 […]