Roger Blaylock

Entire pier deck to be replaced

Entire pier deck to be replaced

Walking the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico, visitors may notice a few cracks and even holes in the decking. Those blemishes should be going away soon as Santa Rosa County plans to completely re-deck the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier in 2019. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

County moves quickly on Ashley Plantation solutions

County moves quickly on Ashley Plantation solutions

For residents of Ashley Plantation subdivision in Pace, drainage fixes could not come soon enough as water flooded their roads, at times up to their house doors, and some backyards became rushing streams. A handful of neighbors came before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Sept.  27 requesting help in fixing the mess a builder allegedly […]

Bridge woes jeopardize subdivision’s access

Bridge woes jeopardize subdivision’s access

For the residents of Bernath Place, a single-lane bridge along Seneca Trail is their lifeline. The subdivision of a few dozen houses in Milton is somewhat of an island with marsh blocking access on one side and a railroad blocking access on the other. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre […]

No end in sight to effluent pumped into sound

No end in sight to effluent pumped into sound

Although county commissioners have said for years that cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound is a top priority, the water utility they control will apparently keep putting treated sewage effluent into the bay indefinitely. The county-owned Navarre Beach Water System has applied for and received tentative approval for a five-year renewal of its state permit to […]

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

In an attempt to better protect natural sand dunes, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation has agreed to donate $1,200 of signage to Santa Rosa County. The signs will replace a handful of metal stake boards posted along the northern edge of the beach’s sand dunes. Read the full article in the Sept. […]

As sand slips away, county prepares for future beach restoration

As sand slips away, county prepares for future beach restoration

From the moment that the last grain of sand was piped from the last dredge onto Navarre Beach during the 2016 renourishment project, the shore has been shrinking. But County Engineer Roger Blaylock said there is no reason to worry. This is all just part of the process. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Since sea turtle nesting season began May 1, Navarre Beach has only seen three turtle nests, a far cry from the nearly record-breaking 19 nests that were found last year. The nesting number is also lower than the average for the past decade. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

A procedural approval for Creet’s Landing subdivision turned to tension among county commissioners and residents of Whispering Pines Boulevard. During the board’s regular meeting on July 26, District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson accused Commission Chairman Bob Cole of inserting himself into issues in Williamson’s district during discussion of the Creet’s Landing project. The highly contentious […]

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

A restroom is likely to be placed on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier later this summer, but it will not meet with specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ken Fountain, a managing partner with pier operating firm Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises (GSE), said his company plans to put an ADA-compliant facility on the pier […]

Williamson champions Calkins for Zoning Board

Williamson champions Calkins for Zoning Board

Candidate for Zoning Board James Calkins caught criticism Monday during the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting. Commission Chairman Bob Cole selected Calkins as his nominee for Zoning Board, but the county commission was not unanimous in support of that decision following comments from the public. The Zoning Board is a 10-person committee that makes […]

Yard waste non-collection leaves customers frustrated

Yard waste non-collection leaves customers frustrated

As Navarre residents lodge complaints over yard waste not being collected, a bid by Waste Management to limit the amount of waste they are required to pick up may cost them their contract with Santa Rosa County. Waste Management currently services roughly 13,000 residents in south Santa Rosa County with garbage, recycling, bulk and yard […]

Beach renourishment completed under budget

Beach renourishment completed under budget

Dredging and grading for the Navarre Beach renourishment project came to a close Sunday, June 19, at $1.8 million under the expected price. The last of the estimated 1.3 million-cubic yards of sand dredged from the Gulf was piped to the fourth and final segment of the shoreline. Dredging began back in March. “We are […]

County eyes Panama City pier restroom as model

County eyes Panama City pier restroom as model

The Panama City Beach restrooms on Bay County’s pier that could be a model for future facilities at Navarre Beach’s promenade feature self-contained toilets and sinks at a cost of about $25,000. Santa Rosa County commissioners have directed staffers to explore options for installing restrooms at the Navarre Beach pier and mentioned Panama City’s facilities […]

Beach restoration on hold

Beach restoration on hold

The already-delayed Navarre Beach restoration is now stalled until at least the end of April because of an equipment breakdown that has hit the dredge-and-fill contractor, Weeks Marine Inc. Uncertainty still surrounds exactly how much of the $17 million sand-moving effort will be footed by beach property owners. County Commissioners are discussing budget possibilities that […]

Causeway turn lane ‘hopefully’ done by Memorial Day

Causeway turn lane ‘hopefully’ done by Memorial Day

Crews this week are starting a project to add a second left turn lane to accommodate motorists heading north from the Navarre Beach Bridge onto Highway 98. The project is scheduled to take 60 days and that means it should be completed about a week prior to the busy Memorial Day weekend. “It should be […]

County Engineer did not give the okay for the demolition of Pier Bar

County Engineer did not give the okay for the demolition of Pier Bar

Santa Rosa County Engineer Roger Blaylock was contacted this morning by Navarre Press regarding comments reportedly made by County Public Information Officer, Joy Tsubooka, to a local newspaper regarding the demolition of the Pier Bar. “She (Tsubooka) was partially right, I did go down there Saturday, but I did not direct or tell anyone to […]