Rob Williamson

Unbilled, unpaid $285,000 allegedly owed by Gulf Breeze

Unbilled, unpaid $285,000 allegedly owed by Gulf Breeze

Apparently, the City of Gulf Breeze has not paid nearly $300,000 owed over the past 15 years. That’s understandable, since the fee was never billed to the city by Fairpoint Regional Utility System. Now the utility is seeking to collect, but the city is hesitant to pay up.   Read the full article in the […]

Holley by the Sea septic-to-sewer out of RESTORE

Holley by the Sea septic-to-sewer out of RESTORE

Ahead of today’s deadline for amendments to RESTORE Spill Impact funding plans, Santa Rosa County has opted to withdraw $4 million from septic-to-sewer conversions in Holley by the Sea. County commissioners approved submitting the amendments Oct. 24. The HBTS plan would have laid sewer infrastructure to replace 595 residential septic systems in the massive subdivision. […]

Sewage spill result of ‘poor decisions’

Sewage spill result of ‘poor decisions’

A spill of roughly 250 gallons of raw sewage Oct. 10 at a Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) treatment plant appears to have been intentional, according to a letter provided to Navarre Press from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The letter contains a written account of the actions leading up to and including […]

Harper to water board: don’t “neuter” your CEO

Harper to water board: don’t “neuter” your CEO

Employee hiring, firing and demoting practices dragged the Holley Navarre Water System board of directors into infighting once more at their Oct. 15 board meeting. At issue was what is CEO Rob Williamson’s line of authority on the matter following his demotion of a longtime employee. To clarify his role, board director Yvonne Harper recommended […]

Holley Navarre sewage spill under investigation

Holley Navarre sewage spill under investigation

Holley Navarre Water System reported spill of 250 gallons of raw sewage at the utility’s Holley treatment plant off Gordon Evans Road earlier this month.  According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the spill came from a VAC truck and appears to have been contained to the site. It was reported Oct. 18.  […]

Water impact fees impacting businesses

Water impact fees impacting businesses

When Grey Taproom owner Ken Walter applied to set up his water service with Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) last year, he was told to pay $30,000 in impact fees, a figure he said he had not been anticipating. A year’s worth of water use later, that impact fee has been reduced to $3,762.   […]

Eglin MOU letter brings tension to water board

Eglin MOU letter brings tension to water board

Discussions of Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) largest multi-million infrastructure project got tense Aug. 20 as the board of directors argued over the process to reach a deal. The board is inching forward with the creation of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Santa Rosa County to dispose of mounting wastewater effluent on a piece […]

Holley Navarre Water outlines RIBs agreement

Holley Navarre Water outlines RIBs agreement

Santa Rosa County received a letter July 26 from Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) outlining the beginning of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a joint effluent disposal project 20 years in the making. But that letter, and the offers it makes, were never formally approved by the HNWS board.   Read the full article […]

HNWS billing change coming Dec. 1

HNWS billing change coming Dec. 1

All Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) bill due dates transition to the first of the month effective Dec. 1, according to letters being mailed out to customers this month. Water system CEO Rob Williamson said the change is meant to streamline the billing process for the nearly 17,000 accounts with the water utility.   Read […]

South Santa Rosa receives award for disability inclusion, independence

South Santa Rosa receives award for disability inclusion, independence

It started around a cafeteria lunch table. Years ago, a handful of parents of children with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities in south Santa Rosa County conferred together at Navarre High School, united by concern for the future.   Read the full article in the Aug. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Fairpoint finding its way again

Fairpoint finding its way again

While agreement on what caused water flow problems over Memorial Day weekend still may seem elusive, unity on a path forward appears to have come to the member utilities of Fairpoint Regional Utility System. Representatives from Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) and Midway Water System agreed at the July 23 board meeting to work together […]

Much work remains on Eglin effluent deal

Much work remains on Eglin effluent deal

Leaders of Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) are celebrating a move that could mean an end to their treated wastewater capacity woes. Updating the utility’s board of directors on July 16, CEO Rob Williamson told them a lease had been agreed upon between Santa Rosa County and Eglin Air Force Base for a new 40-acre […]

Midway Water disputes Memorial Day accusations

Midway Water disputes Memorial Day accusations

There’s no agreement on how things went down with water issues in south Santa Rosa during Memorial Day weekend. Agreement has become a rarity in recent months between two of the water-provider partners of Fairpoint Regional Utility System (FRUS).   Read the full article in the July 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Who’s in charge at Fairpoint?

Who’s in charge at Fairpoint?

South Santa Rosa’s water providers had a bad weekend over the Memorial Day holiday, according to records provided during the Fairpoint Utility board’s meeting June 25. Fairpoint Regional Utility System is a joint venture of south Santa Rosa County water providers to source water from wells in the north end of the county.   Read […]

Third option for effluent disposal in limbo

Third option for effluent disposal in limbo

With the clock ticking, a previously undisclosed third option for dealing with Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) rising effluent disposal needs was revealed during a June 18 board of directors meeting. But the plan to dispose of nearly 7 million gallons per day may not be a silver bullet for the water system’s growing needs. […]

Changes coming for Holley Navarre Water billing

Changes coming for Holley Navarre Water billing

Holley Navarre Water System’s roughly 17,000 customers can expect a change in their billing as early as August, including a temporary increase for some. The water system is looking to move the due date of bills for all customers to the first of the month in a streamlining of the complicated four-tier system currently in […]

Midway water loss solved?

Midway water loss solved?

In the course of a month, Midway Water System’s water loss has dropped from 19.3% to a more industry reasonable 5.7%. Water loss is a measure of the water that is pumped into the system but is not accounted for coming out the other end.   Read the full article in the June 6 issue […]

Water system explores stepping up fire protection

Water system explores stepping up fire protection

After setting increased fire protection as a top priority for the coming years, Holley Navarre Water System’s board of directors is preparing to look in August at the options available to make it happen. The board discussed information gathering on the topic during its May 21 meeting.   Read the full article in the May […]

Hidden Creek golf fees going up

Hidden Creek golf fees going up

Nonmembers teeing up at Hidden Creek Golf Course can expect higher fees starting June 1. General manager Cindy Callen said the move is part of an attempt to put the golf course on better financial footing.   Read the full article in the May 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Valve break causes discolored water

Valve break causes discolored water

Holley Navarre Water System customers experienced discolored water and low pressure following a valve break May 28. No boil water notice has been issued. CEO Rob Williamson told the Navarre Press that they have received several calls concerning the impacts. Water system employees are currently flushing lines throughout the system. “Crews are out there flushing […]

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 […]