Ricki DeSantis

Potentially carcinogenic weed killer used in county ditches

Potentially carcinogenic weed killer used in county ditches

Navarre residents have raised concerns about ditch cleaners using potential carcinogen glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup weed killer, to kill vegetation near waterways. The issue was raised last month after Pompano Street resident Rich Johnson saw crews spraying weed killer in a drainage ditch along the roadway.     Read the full article in […]

Calkins’ legacy of ‘chaos’ and political future

Calkins’  legacy of ‘chaos’ and political future

James Calkins is moving on with an eye on moving up. The 32-year-old real estate investor resigned as president of the Holley Navarre Water System board last Thursday. He capped off the day by being named to the county-wide Santa Rosa Zoning Board. Read the full article in the June 21 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

New chapter begins in water board tumult

New chapter begins in water board tumult

Going full circle in reorganizing for the second time since January, what’s left of the Holley Navarre Water System board seems to be right where it was early this year: promising transparency and better management. But the new era being touted by freshly minted President Will Goulet began with a purge this week. Goulet loyalists […]

Water board seeks substance amid squabbling

Water board seeks substance amid squabbling

While grappling with issues that could affect how much Holley Navarre Water System ratepayers are charged in the future, the volunteer board that supposedly reached harmony in a January election shake-up has become a familiar war zone with new combatants. “It’s a mess,” said James Calkins, the president who succeeded Bien May this year. Read […]

Holley Navarre wary of effluent spraying deal

Holley Navarre wary of effluent spraying deal

Once closely allied, Holley Navarre Water System and the City of Gulf Breeze are now at arm’s length. Not only is the revamped board of HNWS backing away from a proposed contract under which it would have paid an estimated $8 million dollars over two decades to spray treated wastewater on land that the city’s […]

Water board attorney quits amid legal fee questions

Water board attorney quits amid legal fee questions

Michael Tidwell, attorney for Holley Navarre Water System, resigned as legal counsel to the board Jan. 26, effective Feb. 1, amid a mounting call for an accounting of legal fees paid to the attorney. The amount of legal fees paid to Tidwell in 2017 has been a sticking point in his relationship with the new […]

Fairpoint’s finances raise questions

Fairpoint’s finances raise questions

The concerns that prompted Gulf Breeze-based officials of Fairpoint Regional Utility System to press for a controversial debt restructuring last year have largely drowned in black ink. Also gone—at least for now—are fears that an increase in the price of water that Fairpoint sells to the collective’s members, such as Holley Navarre Water System, could […]

Water system members vote for change

Water system members vote for change

In one of the most contentious water board elections in recent history, 4,764 votes were cast to fill three seats on the board – one of the largest turnouts in the system’s election history. Overwhelmingly the members voted for change. Gaius Bruce, secretary for the board, announced the results of the Jan. 16 election as […]

Accusations and illegal activity infiltrate water board election process

Accusations and illegal activity infiltrate water board election process

Today, hundreds of residents in Holley by the Sea found flyers that were inside their mailboxes without postage. The full-color flyer was an introduction to Gaius Bruce in his re-election bid for then Holley Navarre Water System Board of Directors. Flyers were brought to the Navarre Post Office and Bruce promptly received a call from […]

Water works 101

Water works 101

Before 1970, residents of Holley used pitcher pumps for their water source. But a small group of Holley residents saw the need for potable water and stepped forward to form what is the Holley Navarre Water System. With funding from the Farmers’ Home Administration, they began laying the pipes to bring water into their homes. […]

Kelly abruptly removed from Holley Navarre Water board

Kelly abruptly removed from Holley Navarre Water board

Under accusations that Holley Navarre Water System board members Brian Kelly and James Calkins “colluded with his (Calkins) brother-in-law to get Brian Kelly services” at the address listed for Kelly’s water service, a motion was made by Troy Bossier to rescind his membership certificate and remove him from the board. The motion passed with two […]

Suspicions rile water board

Suspicions rile water board

The rebellion among Holley Navarre Water System board members against proposed debt restructuring by the collective that supplies their water focuses on concerns that the motive behind the deal is actually to enrich the City of Gulf Breeze. “It’s a money grab,” said Brian Kelly, an HNWS director and finance committee chairman in an email […]

Winds of change buffet water board

Winds of change buffet water board

The fractious fraternity that makes up the seven-member board of Holley Navarre Water System is becoming more strident with almost every monthly meeting and the delicate balance of voting power may be in for a shake-up. That’s partly because the utility’s board elections scheduled for January could bring the return of Daryl Lynchard, the board […]

Water utilities to gamble on more debt

Water utilities to gamble on more debt

Failing to set aside funds for emergencies has previously meant a financing scramble for the utility collective that provides water to south Santa Rosa, and now officials think they see a solution: take on about $4 million in long-term debt. Though perhaps unlikely at first glance, the strategy of Holley Navarre Water System and the […]

Water board on a collision course

Water board on a collision course

In an Oct. 3 meeting of the Holley Navarre Water System Board of Directors, President Bien May told one person in the audience it was a good sign if people weren’t showing up to their meetings. It means everyone is happy with the job they are doing.  He is either oblivious or arrogant or both. […]

Holley Navarre Water: A house of cards

Holley Navarre Water: A house of cards

We have been part of many professional boards in our 17 years of existence, and we have never seen anything like this. The cover-ups, deceit and outright lies leave us wondering what will become of HNWS when it all comes to light. The Holley Navarre Water board of directors is made up of the president, […]

Lies, cover-ups, projection and deceptions

Lies, cover-ups, projection and deceptions

  Holley-Navarre Water Department board member, Robert Coley, didn’t tell the truth when he said he was not planning on resigning the Holley-Navarre Water System Board of Directors. At the May 16 meeting the board members and the 30 people in attendance expected board member Robert Coley to resign his position. In fact, board members […]

‘We can’t be transparent’: Water system tight lipped

‘We can’t be transparent’: Water system tight lipped

Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) once again tightened the reins on the release of information Friday as the board of directors got confrontational on political statements in an unannounced special meeting. The arguments and board actions all revolved around a motion by James Calkins during the April 18 regular meeting to make a statement of […]

Thank you for reporting the truth

Letter to the editor: Congratulations and thank you for the very powerful reporting and factually accurate article on the health of our Sound today. All of my neighbors speak to their concerns over the smell of sewage in the sound on a constant basis and the negative effect it has on their homes and investment. […]

Holley-Navarre Water updates election protocol

Holley-Navarre Water updates election protocol

The election of two members to the Holley-Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors will be held Jan. 17, and the rules regarding how to vote have changed. The 2015 and 2016 elections led to accusations of candidates and even HNWS employees manipulating proxies. The addition of absentee ballots and PIN numbers is the utility’s […]

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, […]

Pain, suffering still lingers 15 years after 9/11

Pain, suffering still lingers 15 years after 9/11

None of us can ever forget where we were on that fateful day, the indelible images burned in our minds. Sept. 11, 2016 is the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the most cataclysmic terrorist attack on American soil, resulting in the loss of 2,996 lives, and injuring more than 6,000 others. Texas state Sen. Brian Birdwell […]

Polling location irregularities reported

Polling location irregularities reported

Navarre resident and designated Donald Trump Campaign poll watcher Ricky DeSantis alleges many anomalies occurred on Election Day, March 15. He said individuals moved No Campaigning Beyond This Point sign boundaries beyond 100 feet and removed, stole or destroyed Ted Cruz and Donald J. Trump signs while allowing Bernie Sanders signs to remain. Read the […]