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Holley Navarre Water System: Past, present, future

Holley Navarre Water System: Past, present, future

As the election of four new members to the Holley Navarre Water System’s board of directors draws near, discussions of the utility have flared on social media, in conversations and even in the Board of County Commissioners’ chambers. The candidates chosen Jan. 15 will act as the leadership entity for a water system that serves […]

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 […]

Accusations cloud water utility election

Accusations cloud water utility election

Hopes are being shaken that cronyism at Holley Navarre Water System would be challenged by the Jan. 15 election in which four seats on the volunteer board of directors are up for grabs. Five Navarre residents who are customers of the water utility recently wrote to its attorney that board member Doug Larson had improperly […]

Water System approves proposed budget

Water System approves proposed budget

Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) Board of Directors may have been skating on thin legal ice Dec. 18 as they voted to approve a budget for 2019, possibly in violation of the utility’s bylaws. While historically the budget has been approved in December for the past decade, board member Daryl Lynchard questioned whether that practice […]

Williamson’s hands are tied at the water utility

Williamson’s hands are tied at the water utility

The list of duties that are legally off-limits to the newly minted $100,000-a-year Chief Executive Officer at Holley Navarre Water System keeps growing. Already being held at arm’s length by Santa Rosa County officials, ousted District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson also won’t likely be allowed to handle applications for federal and state grants or loans […]

Utility gives Williamson free rein on travel

Utility gives Williamson free rein on travel

With a new travel budget equal to the $50,000 a year authorized for the entire Santa Rosa County Commission, new Holley Navarre Water System CEO Rob Williamson doesn’t need pre-approval for out-of-town trips to lobby or for other purposes. Although volunteer utility board President Will Goulet told the Navarre Press that the $50,000 isn’t a […]

Gardner reflects on 33 year career before retirement

Gardner reflects on 33 year career before retirement

On an evening in 1995, Paul Gardner and his wife were cresting the top of the Navarre Beach bridge when they spotted a breathtaking view, thousands of lights along the coastal community known as Navarre. The couple were headed home from a celebratory dinner. Gardner had just secured a promotion to Operations Manager at Holley […]

County holds ex-commissioner at arm’s length

County holds ex-commissioner at arm’s length

Wary of violating a Florida statute about consorting with former colleagues, Santa Rosa officials are carefully avoiding work-related contact with Rob Williamson, the new CEO of Holley Navarre Water System. Keeping Williamson at arm’s length has already required dodging an overture last week to tour Holley Navarre Water’s facilities on Turkey Bluff Road along with […]

Q and A: Holley Navarre Water System Candidates

Q and A: Holley Navarre Water System Candidates

All eight candidates for Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) board of directors were asked about their qualifications and the water system’s future. Board members are elected by the membership or rate payers, of the system in an election Jan. 15. Absentee ballots and proxies are currently available ahead of election day through the water system’s […]

Holley Navarre Water System: How to vote

Holley Navarre Water System: How to vote

HNWS election important dates Dec. 3: Annual notices sent to all members Dec. 14: Proxies and absentee ballots become available by request Dec. 28: Deadline for members to request proxies and absentee ballots by mail or email; no    ballots will be mailed or emailed to members after this date Jan. 11: Deadline 4 p.m. for […]

Williamson hire riles water system members

Williamson hire riles water system members

The Holley Navarre Water System Board of Directors met criticism from a packed boardroom over its closed-door hiring of former District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson. Water system members voiced their concerns at a meeting Nov. 20. held in advance of a January election in which four seats on the board are up for grabs. […]

Williamson’s $100,000 a year consolation prize

Williamson’s $100,000 a year consolation prize

  Navarre voters overwhelmingly said “no” to Rob Williamson as District 4 County Commissioner in the August election. They used their votes to voice their displeasure with his representation, his decisions and his financial management of Navarre. Holley Navarre Water System has decided Williamson deserves a high-paying consolation prize with an offer to be their […]

Santa Rosa County wins – welcome Commissioner Piech

Santa Rosa County wins – welcome Commissioner Piech

According to governing.com, there are two types of political candidates; those who want to do something (Dave Piech) and those who want to be something (Rob Williamson). In an historic election in Santa Rosa County Tuesday, the candidate who wants to do something won. Not only does Dave Piech want to do something, but he […]

Candidate Dave Piech unseats incumbent in District 4 County Commission race

Candidate Dave Piech unseats incumbent in District 4 County Commission race

In a stunning 26.26 percent turnout of voters in the Primary Election, Navarre resident and retired Air Force Colonel Dave Piech was elected to the seat of District 4 County Commissioner, upsetting the incumbent Rob Williamson by a 25.36 percent margin. Of the 34,623 ballots cast, 20,236 voted for Piech. Piech’s campaign lagged behind in […]

Due to popular demand: Rob Williamson articles and editorials

Due to popular demand: Rob Williamson articles and editorials

  Candidates for County Commissioner District 4 – 2/13/2014 Commission candidates file financial reports – 2/20/2014 Candidate’s visits prompt questions – 8/7/2014 Long-awaited RESTORE guidelines expected this week – 8/14/2014 ‘No Comment‘ – 10/30/2014 Candidates for County Commissioner District 4 – 10/30/2014 Election 2014: Analyzing Navarre’s votes – 11/13/2014 New county board members sworn in – 11/20/2014 Commissioner Rob Williamson to open Navarre office – 12/11/2014 Williamson suggests more […]

Response to Williamson’s “text” mailer

Response to Williamson’s “text” mailer

Saturday, Navarre Press Publisher, Sandi Kemp was sent a photo of a postcard via text while attending the Freedom Tour with Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Ron DeSantis and guest Rep. Jim Jordan from Ohio. She was shocked to see the postcard “paid for and approved by Rob Williamson” that arrived in voters’ mailboxes Saturday. There are […]

Former Santa Rosa County Sheriff Hall endorses Piech for District 4 Commissioner

Former Santa Rosa County Sheriff Hall endorses Piech for District 4 Commissioner

In the race for District 4 County Commissioner, Republican candidate Dave Piech has sealed a new endorsement. Wendell Hall, who served as Santa Rosa County’s Sheriff for 16 years before his retirement in 2016, formally announced his endorsement of Piech. In the announcement, Hall said, “I am supporting Dave Piech for County Commissioner, District Four. […]

Holley Navarre Water System President James Calkins resigns

Holley Navarre Water System President James Calkins resigns

After his contentious appointment to the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board Thursday, James Calkins resigned as the President of the Holley Navarre Water System Board of Director in a letter emailed to fellow board members and water system staff Friday. In the letter Calkins wrote he would no longer be able to fulfill his duties […]

Update: Sanborn resigns from Tourist Development Council

Update: Sanborn resigns from Tourist Development Council

Update: Jack Sanborn submitted his letter of resignation from his position on the Tourist Development Council Thursday to the Board of County Commissioners. He resigned prior to a scheduled vote to by the BOCC to decide whether or not to remove Sanborn from the council following allegations of threats made on social media and an […]

County considering new tax for sheriff’s office

County considering new tax for sheriff’s office

While trying to reconcile the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office’s budget request to revenue realities, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed the possibility Thursday of implementing a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) for law enforcement services during the first of their annual budget workshops. Sheriff Bob Johnson told commissioners that he needs nearly every penny […]

Tourism council seeks Navarre Park reevaluation

Tourism council seeks Navarre Park reevaluation

The Tourism Development Council (TDC) is asking for a second look at funding of the Navarre Park Master Plan putting the park plan in limbo once again. Roughly $3.6 million of funding discussed to improve the park’s parking lots, splash pad, play equipment, add a restroom and build a new Panhandle Butterfly House vivarium and […]

Who is qualified to lead District 4?

Who is qualified to lead District 4?

The first thing an employer considers when hiring a candidate for a job is a person’s resume. They look at their qualifications…are they qualified for the position? Do they have experience to lend to move the company forward? Do they have the education required for the position? Once they decide that candidate meets the qualifications, […]

Infrastructure tops debate questions

Infrastructure tops debate questions

For the first time on a single platform, Navarre-area District 4 County Commission candidates Dave Piech and incumbent Rob Williamson met in debate at Grover T’s Restaurant May 3 during the Santa Rosa Republicans County Commission Debate. The pair fielded questions on a variety of issues including party affiliation, taxes and economic growth. Williamson told […]

Whispering Pines developments nixed

Whispering Pines developments nixed

Both of the PUD developments proposed along Whispering Pines Boulevard were halted Thursday night, but development of at least one of the properties is still likely. The issue was up for vote before the Board of County Commissioners Thursday night durign their regular special rezoning meeting. The first and most contentious of the developments would […]

New candidate announced for District 4 County Commissioner

New candidate announced for District 4 County Commissioner

Until Friday, current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson was unchallenged for re-election to that seat in 2018. However, a new candidate has thrown his hat in the ring. David Piech, who resides on Admiral Street in Holley by the Sea, announced his candidacy with the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections office. Raised in Chicago, […]

Commissioners move on Holley by the Sea flood control

Commissioners move on Holley by the Sea flood control

The Board of County Commissioners directed staff Aug. 10 to prepare requests for proposals (RFPs) for flood mitigation efforts related to the Holley by the Sea homeowners’ association. Along with the realignment of drainage on select roadways, county staff will issue RFPs for the clearing of drainage easements within the subdivision. The clearing project was […]

Chamber stays for now

Chamber stays for now

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will remain at the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center for the time being. At its July 24 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners shied away from issuing an immediate 90-day notice to the chamber that would end its 24-year stay in Navarre Park. The chamber began leasing space […]

Williamson receives Advanced County Commissioner designation

Williamson receives Advanced County Commissioner designation

The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Board of County Commissioners Chairman Rob Williamson with the Advanced County Commissioner designation following his completion of a study program developed by FAC. Williamson, District 4 commissioner, received the designation June 29 along with 17 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference […]

Holley by the Sea may lose LOST funds

Holley by the Sea may lose LOST funds

Millions in improvements to drainage in Holley by the Sea (HBTS) could lose a funding opportunity following the second meeting of the Board of County Commissioners to discuss the future of the new local option sales tax (LOST) funds. Commission Chairman and District 4 representative Rob Williamson recommended that the commission look at cutting the […]