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Holley Navarre Water sets sights on future

Holley Navarre Water sets sights on future

After calls for expanded fire hydrant availability last month, the Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors decided to create long-term goals. In a special meeting May 7, the board and lead staff focused on the system’s future.   Read the full article in the May 16 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Movers and shakers of Northwest Florida convened in Miramar Beach April 17-18 with the intent of growing economic success in the region during the 22nd Gulf Power Economic Symposium, held at Baytowne Conference Center at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. This year’s theme was Our Time. Our Place. Our Now! Read the full article in the […]

Holley Navarre Water misses deadline for state funds

Holley Navarre Water misses deadline for state funds

When Rob Williamson was hired for the CEO position at Holley Navarre Water System last November, one of the big factors discussed by the board of directors was his history in government. As a previous county commissioner, Williamson made many trips to both Tallahassee and Washington D.C. Read the full article in the April 25 […]

Midway mystery continues to confound Fairpoint

Midway mystery continues to confound Fairpoint

On average, 250,000 gallons of the 850,000 gallons pumped daily from Fairpoint Utility to Midway Water is not making it to customers. Midway’s average daily usage is 1.3 million gallons total. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive […]

Mistrust and accusations flank Fairpoint board members

Mistrust and accusations flank Fairpoint board members

Missing water was the issue at hand at the Fairpoint meeting March 26, bringing high tension to the table. Midway is set to receive 850,000 gallons a day, but according to Midway, there is a discrepancy. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]

Navarre Park revised price tag: $4.9 million

Navarre Park revised price tag: $4.9 million

Renovation of Navarre Park is set to begin in June, and the cost of updated plans for the roughly 4.7 acres has dropped from more than $7 million to $4.9 million. Paring down the project was part of District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech’s campaign for election. Read the full article in the April 4 […]

New golf course restaurant to open May 1

New golf course restaurant to open May 1

The Black Skimmer Grille is slated to open its doors by May 1 inside the Hidden Creek Golf Course’s now-vacant restaurant space. Owned by Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS), the golf course has been without a restaurant tenant since May 2018 after The Creekside Grill was shut down to protect against losses. Read the full […]

Water system working on effluent deadline

Water system working on effluent deadline

Holley Navarre Water System will hit the critical limit for effluent disposal on Nov. 25, 2025. That’s according to estimates by water system senior engineer Phil Phillips. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to […]

New Hidden Creek restaurant decision draws ire

New Hidden Creek restaurant decision draws ire

After legal review of the CEO’s contract, the Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors announced Feb. 19 that they would not be ousting current-CEO Rob Williamson despite calls by members for his removal. Williamson was hired in November 2018 shortly after losing a bid for county commissioner, and the method of his hiring […]

Hidden Creek announces new superintendent

Hidden Creek announces new superintendent

The Club at Hidden Creek announced Feb. 11 that it has hired a new golf course superintendent familiar with the course and the position. New hire Bill Seigle previously served as the 18-hole course’s regional golf course superintendent under past course owner company IGM. Read the full article in the Feb. 21 issue of Navarre […]

New water utility directors take control

New water utility directors take control

Move over. The four new board members at Holley Navarre Water System wasted no time asserting themselves Tuesday in their first public meeting. They voted to replace board President Will Goulet with one of their own, Mike Kennedy. Read the full article in the Jan. 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

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 […]

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