population growth

At a crossroads: Growth puts strain on infrastructure

At a crossroads: Growth puts strain on infrastructure

Navarre is growing. Repeated like a broken record in county meeting halls, community groups and passing conversation, this fact has little dispute. Also facing little debate is the effect of growth on infrastructure, increasing demand for ways to get around, for access to clean water and for space to get some fresh air.   Read […]

Waste Pro under scrutiny, recycling in limbo

Waste Pro under scrutiny, recycling in limbo

Continued complaints against south Santa Rosa waste hauling contractor Waste Pro prompted the Board of County Commissioners to call for answers. Division Manager Rick Chancey addressed the commissioners’ concerns June 27 during the board’s regular meeting. He acknowledged that the company had difficulties for several months in serving its 23,001 customers.   Read the full […]

Navarre Post Office adds new routes

Navarre Post Office adds new routes

It is no secret that Navarre’s population continues to grow, and that means public services are under increasing pressure. That includes delivering the mail. Read the full article in the Sept. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 days […]

Navarre, Pace show business growth parallels

Navarre, Pace show business growth parallels

According to business license data in Santa Rosa County, Navarre is the second fastest growing area in the county when it comes to new business. More than 2,000 businesses received new licenses tied to Santa Rosa addresses between 2017 and June 2018. Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre Press. Click here […]

District 4 Master Plan entering home stretch

District 4 Master Plan entering home stretch

By as early as December, the Navarre area could have a master plan on the books to guide future development. Last 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. Read […]

Commissioners on board to control student population growth

Commissioners on board to control student population growth

South Santa Rosa County needs a new high school, but it is not likely to be built anytime soon. There are fewer than 147 student stations left open in Gulf Breeze and Navarre High School combined. Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

The district 4 Master Plan: a reflection of you

The district 4 Master Plan: a reflection of you

If you have read this paper over the last few months, years or even weeks, you know what issues Navarre is facing. Rapid growth of population, unmanaged stormwater, traffic problems, over taxed infrastructure and a steady disappearance of green spaces are a few. But what do we do about it? For the past five weeks […]

Sheriff: Current crime statistics reflect population growth

Sheriff: Current crime statistics reflect population growth

Population growth has caused the number of reported crimes in Santa Rosa County since Jan. 1 to be slightly higher when compared to the same period last year, Sheriff Bob Johnson told an audience at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Aug. 11. “As population goes up, crime goes up,” Johnson said. “It’s part […]

State of business in Santa Rosa County

State of business in Santa Rosa County

As the population of Santa Rosa County grows, especially in communities south of I-10, the economy grows too. New residents come with new buying potential and offer a growing workforce. Santa Rosa’s Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree said the county is looking to capitalize on that growth by drawing in new industry. Read the full […]

Violent crime on the rise

Violent crime on the rise

While the overall crime rate for Santa Rosa County was down 0.3 percent, violent crime skyrocketed 12.7 percent during the same period, according to the most recent data available. Of the 6,015 arrests made in the county, 267 were for violent offenses, according to the 2015 Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s County Profile. Read the […]

Growth stumps county

Growth stumps county

Growth is a great thing. When our children are growing we measure off every inch marking the same door frame over and over so we can see how tall they are getting. We make plans for the next inch by buying the next size up in clothes and shoes. We replace the crib with a […]

Florida growth projections hazardous for land, water use

Florida growth projections hazardous for land, water use

A recent report by state agencies paints a disconcerting picture of the future land and water use in Florida by the year 2070. Created by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 1000 Friends of Florida, and University of Florida GeoPlan Center “Florida 2070” and “Water 2070” indicates that current population growth trends in the […]

Navarre says ‘yes’ to fire referendum

Navarre says ‘yes’ to fire referendum

Watching the election results from the comfort of his home, Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton heaved a big sigh of relief with the unofficial results Tuesday night from the Supervisor of Elections Office. The citizens of the fire district, with the exception of Holley, spoke loudly in support of an increase in the fire-assessment fees […]

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 […]

Vote yes on Holley-Navarre Fire District referendum

Vote yes on Holley-Navarre Fire District referendum

Our safety is on the line This election is indeed as important as they come.  Who will be our next president?  United States Senator? State Representative? Will the medical marijuana law be expanded?  And for all the residents in Navarre and Holley, the life safety issue is will we vote yes to raise the fire-assessment […]

Area retail analysis reflects myriad opportunities

Area retail analysis reflects myriad opportunities

As the apartment complexes are constructed on the side of Highway 98 and rooftops begin to multiply in the area, citizens of Navarre have high hopes for the future of the area. New neighbors and businesses are almost always a welcome facet to any community. In fact, according to the recent retail market power analysis […]

Santa Rosa County is getting more

Santa Rosa County is getting more

All of Santa Rosa County is growing, but south Santa Rosa is experiencing a real boom. We have two new apartment complexes coming on line soon, and down every road a lot is being cleared for one or two homes to be built. It’s a reconstruction surge and great economic recovery following the 2008 Great […]

Growth-management strategies meeting to address county schools

Growth-management strategies meeting to address county schools

The Santa Rosa County School Board will conduct a workshop with the county commissioners at the Russell Center on the Locklin Technical Center campus Thursday, Jan. 21 at noon in order to discuss growth-management strategies for the Santa Rosa County School District. Last year in April, in order to solve problems caused by overcrowding within […]