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Navigator Communities build character

Navigator Communities build character

Five big black balloons floated in the fingers of West Navarre Intermediate School teachers as hundreds of new third-graders gathered and waited. Each one had been handed a number, one through five, corresponding to the nondescript balloons. This day would define them for the next three years. The first balloon was burst, and colorful confetti […]

County alerted to ‘extraordinary’ park makeover cost

County alerted to ‘extraordinary’ park makeover cost

Lee Majors, television’s “Six Million Dollar Man,” now has something of a financial kinship with Rob Williamson, the Santa Rosa County commissioner with a $6 million plan. Williamson intends to unveil the seven-figure fiscal details about the proposed overhaul of Navarre Park to his commission colleagues in their Sept. 14 meeting. The District 4 commissioner […]

New subdivision underway near planned school site

New subdivision underway near planned school site

A new subdivision has broken ground on the western edge of Holley by the Sea, nearly abutting a planned school site. Construction is underway on Heather’s Place, which will have approximately 157 homes, said Mark Bonifay of Santa Rosa County Engineering. The developer, Henry Company Homes, purchased 309 acres in May on the west side […]

Fire district’s bold increase angers payers

Fire district’s bold increase angers payers

Navarre residents received two tax notices in the mail this year. Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser Greg Brown sent out TRIM (Truth in Millage) notices of proposed ad-valorem taxes, but for the first time of his tenure he declined to send the Holley Navarre Fire Department (HNFD) assessment increase notices. “That’s an option I have,” […]

New Navarre school inches closer to reality

New Navarre school inches closer to reality

It’s no secret that Navarre’s schools are bursting at the seams, but relief is one step closer. Plans to build a new kindergarten through eighth-grade school near Edgewood Drive have been incorporated into the Santa Rosa School Districts five-year survey at the urging of the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). The school board unanimously approved […]

Summer movies

The Breeze Cinema 8 offers free movies to both young old. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis. “Sing” and “Pete’s Dragon”. Movies start at 10 a.m. For more information, visit The Breeze Cinema 8 Facebook page.

Commissioners squelch move to force HBTS builder compliance

Commissioners squelch move to force HBTS builder compliance

Months of effort by county staff and residents of Holley by the Sea to hold builders accountable went up in smoke Thursday night as the Board of County Commissioners moved to scrap a proposed change to the building permit process that would verify that builders were indeed following federal and state wetlands regulations. Read the […]

Judge seeks to end pier partners’ turmoil

Judge seeks to end pier partners’ turmoil

Although the feuding business partners who manage the Navarre Beach pier are being allowed to stay on after a contract violation, they still face possible sanctions in Santa Rosa Circuit Court. Judge John Simon told Scott Rayner and Stephanie Maddox last week that they must soon end their four-month legal battle through supervised mediation. Read […]

Field Day closes out West Navarre Primary school year

Field Day closes out West Navarre Primary school year

West Navarre Primary School students took a few days to relax last week during Field Day as celebration of a successful school year. The students rotated through stations, either chilling while watching a movie or getting active by participating in relay-style games. Some activities had the children jumping hurdles or shooting basketball hoops. The students […]

Weaselly Williamson and His Ghoulish Groupies

Weaselly Williamson and His Ghoulish Groupies

Guest Opinion The term “snowflake” is the hot buzzword of the hour. It is usually applied to the young, naïvely-preening men and women who whine about appropriated burritos and that pesky protected speech. Sometimes this whining leads to mob action, as it did in Portland this past week. There, a Category Five Twitter storm shut […]

Gulf Breeze Don Quixote tilts power structure

Gulf Breeze Don Quixote tilts power structure

Jim Doyle is disproving the old adage that you can’t fight City Hall. He recently rallied several of his Gulf Breeze neighbors to defeat a plan devised by the City Council and its paid staff to levy a special assessment of $1,686 per home to pay for new stormwater drainage infrastructure near their houses. Doyle […]

Navarre Raider Band Fundraiser

The Navarre High School Raider Band is offering graduation tailgater packs that will be a hit with your family before or after they head to the ceremonies and beaches. Meal deal includes slow smoked pork but, potato salad, baked beans and Hawaiian rolls. Pick up will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May […]

County to woo more retailers to Navarre

County to woo more retailers to Navarre

Navarre could eventually be the site of new high-end grocers such as Whole Foods and The Fresh Market if the county successfully expands its fledgling economic development incentives for national retailers as Shannon Ogletree envisions. Read the full article in the May 25 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online for as little as $38 per […]

HNMS Junior Audubon Society Car Wash/Bake Sale

Holley Navarre Middle Junior Audubon Society would like to invite you to come out and support their club by stopping by Centennial Bank, 8524 Navarre Parkway, for a car wash and a sweet treat on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be accepting any donations for the car wash and […]

Navarre Beach lifeguards return for another season

Navarre Beach lifeguards return for another season

Memorial Day is fast approaching and the Navarre Beach lifeguards will be ready for the summer onslaught of beach visitors. “We currently have 12 guards working and are expecting to hire another three,” lead guard Aaron Wible said. “That is a couple more than we had on staff last year. Read the full article in […]

Holley Navarre Primary School second-graders create arcade

Holley Navarre Primary School second-graders create arcade

Though it appeared to be cardboard and chaos, Holley-Navarre Primary School second-graders got a lesson in force, motion and engineering Friday as they tested and presented their own arcade games. Read the full article in the May 18 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.     […]

Family Dollar planned for Heart of Navarre

Family Dollar planned for Heart of Navarre

Family Dollar could be coming to Highway 87. Southeastern Retail Development LLC plans to build the 8,320-square-foot store on a lot of about 2 acres at the southeast corner of State Highway 87 and Turkey Bluff Road, said managing partner Travis Meyer. Read the full article in the May 18 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Holley by the Sea wetlands regulation hits wall

Holley by the Sea wetlands regulation hits wall

All or nothing. That was the stance of the county Zoning Board May 11 as they voted unanimously against a procedure change that could improve stormwater drainage in the county’s largest flood-prone subdivision. The current version of a change in the building permit process would require builders in Holley by the Sea (HBTS) to provide […]

Tale of two flood control delays

Tale of two flood control delays

The familiar military axiom “Hurry up and wait” is now shared by the civilian residents of Holley by the Sea and the City of Gulf Breeze who yearn for flood control relief measures they say are long overdue. Each of the similarly sized communities is run by governments that have separate studies in hand documenting […]

Springhill Sweet!

Springhill Sweet!

Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach will feature a lazy river pool, an indoor heated pool, outside jacuzzi, gift shop, food market and workout room. The restaurant, Beach House Bar and Grill will be open to the public and seat 130 patrons. The hotel is expected to open in early June. Featured in the May 11 […]

Pier partners pardoned for contract violation

Pier partners pardoned for contract violation

Threatened with possible eviction from their Navarre Beach Pier business, the embattled principals who run it bought more time this week with a three-year-late payment of $3,250 on their revenue-sharing pact with the county. County Attorney Roy Andrews backed off his recent ultimatum to Coastal Concessions LLC over the company’s unauthorized subcontract with an outside […]

County backs Gaetz’s new beach ownership push

County backs Gaetz’s new beach ownership push

The decades-long quest of Navarre Beach residents to gain true ownership of their property—fee simple titles instead of the current county leases—is gaining momentum among Washington lawmakers and Santa Rosa commissioners. But getting there probably means separating the beach ownership rights from the current crusade to reopen Navarre Pass, a waterway to connect Santa Rosa […]

Pier partners seek county’s good graces

Pier partners seek county’s good graces

While infighting continues among the partners who manage the Navarre Beach Pier, they met the deadline for the monthly payment on their lease with Santa Rosa County due April 17. After missing their March 15 deadline, prompting a slap on the wrist from County Attorney Roy Andrews, embattled Coastal Concessions LLC delivered two checks totaling […]

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. Read the full article in the April 20 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com […]

Pier partners jockey for position

Pier partners jockey for position

As county commissioners prepare to advertise for a replacement of the embattled company that manages Navarre Beach Pier, the partners of Coastal Concessions, LLC continue their infighting over who should be in charge until their current contract ends Dec. 31. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at […]

County, FDOT study Navarre 98 alternative route

County, FDOT study Navarre 98 alternative route

Congestion from U.S. Highway 98 through Navarre might have an alternative route in the future as the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed Monday the approval of a feasibility study for creating an alternative. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

County orders pier partners to pay up

County orders pier partners to pay up

Accusations and ultimatums are flying fast and furious among the partners who manage the Navarre Beach Pier, and Santa Rosa County Attorney Roy Andrews has stepped in with a deadline ordering them to straighten out at least some of it by April 30. Read the full article in the April 6 issue of Navarre Press. […]

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