Phil Babiak

Proposed relief valve for Highway 98 rattles some residents

Proposed relief valve for Highway 98 rattles some residents

Almost everyone wants traffic reduced on Highway 98 through Navarre. But no one wants more vehicles routed through their neighborhood. Stress levels are already rising, even though the $500,000 feasibility study of possible routes for a new Community Access Road ordered by state and Santa Rosa County officials has barely begun and won’t be finished […]

98 flyover lacks chamber support, widening gets thumbs-up

98 flyover lacks chamber support, widening gets thumbs-up

When asked to name the greatest obstacle for Navarre’s future, residents have one overwhelming response: Traffic. That was the finding of an analysis of data by Matrix Design Group. A similar study conducted among Hurlburt Field personnel came up with the same concern: Fix traffic congestion. Read the full article in the June 14 issue […]

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

The unfolding struggle to alleviate the traffic strangle on Highway 98 through Navarre is shaping up to be a major lobbying effort that may take several years and will likely reach to Tallahassee and even Washington, D.C. A campaign organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is getting underway with invitations being prepared […]

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Longtime Navarre resident Phil Babiak has been advocating for years for a secondary east-west route between Navarre and Hurlburt Field to alleviate mounting traffic concerns along U.S. Highway 98. That plan finally has a name: the Navarre-Hurlburt Connector. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

While the Florida Department of Transportation continues to pursue expanding U.S. Highway 98 to six lanes and implementing a flyover in the Heart of Navarre, the thoroughfare continues to increase beyond its intended maximum capacity. When an accident occurs, the areas only major east-west corridor can become blocked, leaving both local and long-distance traffic at […]

Visionaries wanted

Visionaries wanted

A visionary: thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom (Merriam-Webster). The Collins English Dictionary says if you refer to someone as a visionary, you mean that they have strong, original ideas about how things might be different in the future, especially about how things might be improved. Visionaries step out of the […]

Highway 98: Another alternative

Highway 98: Another alternative

Navarre has a traffic problem, and its name is U.S. Highway 98. For years politicians, planners and locals have debated how best to solve the problem. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for […]

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 […]

Island View Realty celebrates 40 years

Island View Realty celebrates 40 years

Navarre was a very different community 40 years ago. In a lot of ways it was barely a community at all. In a way Navarre was simply the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and State Road 87 with a few homes nearby. There was not a traffic light, a school, a postal code or even […]

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. […]

Residents concerned about losing property

Residents concerned about losing property

Maps of miles of U.S. Highway 98 stretched across tables last week at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) public hearings outlining the impacts that widening the road could have on hundreds of property owners and hundreds of thousands more who drive the corridor each day. Among the changes were proposals that would put a […]

Time line of the missing Sugar Dunes lease fees

Time line of the missing Sugar Dunes lease fees

The strategy of writing off a long overdue debt recently cost Santa Rosa County about $180,000, but it sliced the annual lease fees roughly in half for the owners of 14 Navarre Beach condominium units in the Sugar Dunes complex. Thus the saga of Sugar Dunes’ unaccounted-for lease fees ended last month without so much […]

Sugar Dunes leaseholders get clean slate

Sugar Dunes leaseholders get clean slate

The leaseholders of 14 condominium units at Sugar Dunes on Navarre Beach will be allowed to pay the amended annual fee rate of $250 each, even though $180,000 remains due on the property, uncollected by the County since 1987.   “From our perspective we are clean,” Ron Lewis, president of the condo association, said. County […]

Rental market booming in Navarre area

Rental market booming in Navarre area

In an area known for steady population growth, The Sound at Navarre Beach apartments has added another 250 living arrangements for the influx. They held their ribbon cutting Friday, Nov. 4 to celebrate the completion of construction of the 250-unit complex. Finishing touches are being completed on the inside of two of the buildings, and […]

US Highway 98 expansion details in works

US Highway 98 expansion details in works

The Florida Department of Transportation is going to expand U.S. Highway 98 to three lanes on each side, but the details are still in the works. That’s what Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization Citizen’s Advisory Committee member Ralph Agnew said during his Friday, Sept. 16, presentation to the Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee of the […]

Sugar Dunes leaseholders left in limbo

Sugar Dunes leaseholders left in limbo

Even the most aggressive bill collectors must sometimes resign themselves to writing off some debts. Whether the difficulty is because of a bankruptcy, the death of a debtor or the lack of adequate records to legally support the claim, most banks, retailers and others with stale receivables on their books know that the time may […]

County selects short-list for marketing candidates

County selects short-list for marketing candidates

The short list of candidates for the Tourism Development (TDC) marketing and advertising contract was selected Friday, Aug. 12, and incumbent Mobile. Ala.-based Davis South Barnett and Patrick Public Relations and Advertising (DSBP) topped the list. Orlando-based Evok Advertising followed behind, and Paradise Advertising of Orlando rounded out the final three plucked from the 10 […]

County in quandary over missing lease fees

County in quandary over missing lease fees

The mystery of why $180,000 in lease fees from 14 Navarre Beach condominium units weren’t paid to the county since the 1980s has government officials and the homeowners searching for answers. Read the full article in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

Condo complex’s contested lease fees top $180,000

Condo complex’s contested lease fees top $180,000

The lease fees collected by a developer from the owners of 14 Sugar Dunes condominium units since the late 1980s, but never paid to Santa Rosa County as normally required, total more than $180,000. The Sugar Dunes homeowners association’s property manager, Tammy Pahal-Morgan, said she learned of the discrepancy soon after being hired in 2014. […]