State Road 87

Highway 87 widening nears completion

Highway 87 widening nears completion

The reconstruction and widening of State Road 87 will be wrapping up in the upcoming weeks as the road becomes a four-lane highway. Construction has been underway since October 2015 following years of calls for the highway to be widened. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Assisted living facility to add location

Assisted living facility to add location

Assisted living facility Navarre Gardens will be opening a second location as early as 2019, according to owners. The expansion comes less than a year after the facility opened its doors. Read the full article in the Oct. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online […]

Man thrown from vehicle dies on 87

Man thrown from vehicle dies on 87

A Fort Walton man was fatally struck by a car Sunday morning after being thrown from his own vehicle on Highway 87. Zachary McMahan, 33, was pronounced dead on the scene according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. McMahan was driving a 2000 Lexus along Highway 87 north of the NOLF Choctaw Airfield entrance at […]

East Bay sidewalks inching forward

East Bay sidewalks inching forward

East Bay Boulevard residents awaiting completion of a county sidewalk can still expect several months of delay before work continues, but Santa Rosa County officials have hit key milestones. Work on the more than decade-long project came to a screeching halt earlier this year after it was discovered that the county lacked the necessary permits […]

98 Symposium

98 Symposium

Decision makers from throughout the region gathered at the Navarre Visitors Center last week to work together toward traffic solutions at the first ever Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Symposium. Representatives from Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County governments, school boards, Transportation Planning Organizations (TPO) and others met on […]

District 4 Master Plan entering home stretch

District 4 Master Plan entering home stretch

By as early as December, the Navarre area could have a master plan on the books to guide future development. Last September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $80,000-$150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 Master Plan for the Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach area. Read […]

98 flyover lacks chamber support, widening gets thumbs-up

98 flyover lacks chamber support, widening gets thumbs-up

When asked to name the greatest obstacle for Navarre’s future, residents have one overwhelming response: Traffic. That was the finding of an analysis of data by Matrix Design Group. A similar study conducted among Hurlburt Field personnel came up with the same concern: Fix traffic congestion. Read the full article in the June 14 issue […]

District 4 Master Plan taking shape

District 4 Master Plan taking shape

New and expanded parks, an entertainment and mixed use urban core, miles of new sidewalks and increased interconnectivity, Navarre residents were presented with two plans to transform District 4 Monday night at the District 4 Master Plan second public open house. The District 4 Master Plan began in September 2017. Read the full article in […]

Project underway to spruce up State Road 87

Project underway to spruce up State Road 87

Workers broke ground May 29 along State Road 87 on a project to give tourists a more aesthetically pleasing entry into Navarre, Santa Rosa County’s largest tourist-tax generating region. The project incorporates new landscaping and signage along roughly three miles on 87 to be installed by Piney Grove Nursery & Landscaping LLC. Design work was […]

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Longtime Navarre resident Phil Babiak has been advocating for years for a secondary east-west route between Navarre and Hurlburt Field to alleviate mounting traffic concerns along U.S. Highway 98. That plan finally has a name: the Navarre-Hurlburt Connector. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Chamber seeks new vision for 87

Chamber seeks new vision for 87

  U.S. Highway 98 is changing and a new business corridor is emerging. Though the thoroughfare has functioned as Navarre’s main corridor for decades, increasing traffic and potential expansion plans could mean the roadway may not be able to serve that function much longer, especially for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit the […]

Where the sidewalk ends

Where the sidewalk ends

After 10 years of incremental progress, installation of a multi-use path along East Bay Boulevard has come to an abrupt halt. That is because Santa Rosa County has broken the law according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE). ACOE presented Santa Rosa County Administrator Dan Schebler with a Notice of Violation April 5. […]

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

While the Florida Department of Transportation continues to pursue expanding U.S. Highway 98 to six lanes and implementing a flyover in the Heart of Navarre, the thoroughfare continues to increase beyond its intended maximum capacity. When an accident occurs, the areas only major east-west corridor can become blocked, leaving both local and long-distance traffic at […]

Heart of Navarre storage units approved

Heart of Navarre storage units approved

  With two county commissioners abstaining and one absent, only two “yes” votes were needed to win approval for a zoning variance to allow construction of a self-storage facility in the Heart of Navarre. The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners, following a recommendation by the Zoning Board, March 15 granted a conditional use permit […]

Highway 98: Another alternative

Highway 98: Another alternative

Navarre has a traffic problem, and its name is U.S. Highway 98. For years politicians, planners and locals have debated how best to solve the problem. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for […]

Storage units planned for Heart of Navarre

Storage units planned for Heart of Navarre

County Commissioner Lane Lynchard has requested a variance from zoning laws in the Heart of Navarre to build a self-storage business. Lynchard and business partner Nadja Robles plan to build a storage unit facility along Highway 87 north of James M. Harvell Road. The 5.2-acre property is next door to Navarre Cross Fit. The Zoning […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Mar. 2 Wine & Dine for Dravet The Dravet Syndrome Foundation is pleased to announce Wine & Dine for Dravet in Honor of Charlotte organized and hosted by Cheryl Chant and Ken Rudzki, Charlotte’s grandparents. It will be held at Juana’s Club Pagodas/Sailors’ Grill from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature live music […]

Theater, retail planned for new shopping center in ‘Heart of Navarre’

Theater, retail planned for new shopping center in ‘Heart of Navarre’

Retail shops, a movie theater, dining spots and more are planned for a new development in Navarre, but nothing is set in stone just yet. After decades of remaining vacant, the wooded 33.79-acre property at the western corner where U.S. Highway 98 and State Road 87 meet has been purchased.           […]

Island View Realty celebrates 40 years

Island View Realty celebrates 40 years

Navarre was a very different community 40 years ago. In a lot of ways it was barely a community at all. In a way Navarre was simply the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and State Road 87 with a few homes nearby. There was not a traffic light, a school, a postal code or even […]

Ghost of planning past

Ghost of planning past

While there has been talk of trying to create a downtown for Navarre, technically a Town Center already exists. Back in 2004, Navarre’s heart was designated as the area east of State Road 87, west of Granada Street, north of U.S. Highway 98 and south of Laredo Street. A panel of citizens volunteered their summer […]

Stakeholders, community leaders weigh in on District 4 Master Plan

Stakeholders, community leaders weigh in on District 4 Master Plan

Planning Navarre’s future is underway, and already several stakeholder groups have had an opportunity to weigh in. But what are they asking for? Navarre Press has previously asked community planning professional and author Quint Studer of Pensacola what methods are used for effectively planned communities, but every community is different. This plan will be primarily […]

Wildlife refuge seeks support for Holley relocation

Wildlife refuge seeks support for Holley relocation

After the shopping rush and cyber sales ended, #GivingTuesday arrived Nov. 28, and local nonprofit Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) tried to capitalize on the event. #GivingTuesday is a global fundraising movement for nonprofits that follows the Thanksgiving shopping weekend each year. ECWR rescues, rehabilitates and releases more than 1,200 sick, injured or orphaned native […]

44 years of history and just getting started

44 years of history and just getting started

For 44 years the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has served as the front door to Navarre, the place where visitors and newcomers get their first look and impression of our area. Over the years the chamber has been the driving force behind the growth of Navarre. From the beginning, the chamber has acted […]

When bears come calling

When bears come calling

The situation we have in Navarre with bears is unfortunate. Scroll through Facebook and you will see both sides of the issue with neither side willing to bend on their opinion. The bears must go…don’t harm the bears…we moved into their territory…protect your children and family from bears. This all came to a head when […]