Stephen Furman

Potentially carcinogenic weed killer used in county ditches

Potentially carcinogenic weed killer used in county ditches

Navarre residents have raised concerns about ditch cleaners using potential carcinogen glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup weed killer, to kill vegetation near waterways. The issue was raised last month after Pompano Street resident Rich Johnson saw crews spraying weed killer in a drainage ditch along the roadway.     Read the full article in […]

Wetlands 101

Wetlands 101

In 2018, Navarre Press featured a three-part series on the impacts of developing on wetlands. We present the three-parts here together.   Wetlands 101:Environmental impacts of development Wetlands Part 2: East Bay water quality at risk Continued loss of wetlands jeopardizes East Bay   Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wetlands 101: Environmental impacts of development

Wetlands 101: Environmental impacts of development

Conversations about development in Santa Rosa County often turn to concerns from neighbors about flooding and the natural waters that flow throughout the county. Where will the water that is on the property go? How will this development impact existing flooding issues in established neighborhoods? What about the impact on the environment? Read the full […]

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) handled several requests for park funding NYSA playground to get fresh rubber In Navarre, that meant funding to replace the problematic rubber surface for the playground at the NYSA. District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson questioned why the surface needed to be replaced so shortly after it was installed. […]

County workers on track for $2.7 million in raises

County workers on track for $2.7 million in raises

Santa Rosa County has had a continuous vacancy problem in the Public Works Department, especially in Road and Bridges, according to Director Stephen Furman. The county reports that Roads and Bridges currently has 12 vacant positions at several different skill levels including mechanics, equipment operators and carpenters. Read the full article in the July 26 […]

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

When Garner Economics LLC presented a five-year blueprint for Santa Rosa County’s economic development, owner Jay Garner coined a simple phrase: “No product, no project.” County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree heeded that advice. Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per […]

Sunrise Drive reopened

Sunrise Drive reopened

District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson and Holley by the Sea (HBTS) Assistant General Manager Lauren Riley cut the ceremonial ribbon May 16 on stormwater improvements for Sunrise Drive at the entrance to HBTS. They were joined by county Public Works Director Stephen Furman, HBTS board member Tom Beckman and HBTS board president Bob Hutchinson. […]

Leaseholders call for added safety measures

Leaseholders call for added safety measures

Santa Rosa County Public Works has spruced up the crosswalk on Gulf Boulevard connecting the Navarre Beach Boat Ramp to the parking area of the fishing pier, and Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) President Peter Birckhead is not happy about it. It is not that Birckhead dislikes the added flashers atop pedestrian warning […]

Edgewood turn lane inching forward

Edgewood turn lane inching forward

  Improvements along Edgewood Drive could be underway by the end of the year said Santa Rosa Assistant County Engineer Michael Schmidt. Among those improvements will be the installation of a dedicated right turn lane at the southernmost point of the roadway that connects East Bay Boulevard to U.S. Highway 98. Read the full article […]

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. […]

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 […]

County gives wildflowers the right of way

County gives wildflowers the right of way

On Palm Sunday of 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted land near St. Augustine on his journey to the New World. In honor of the holiday and the vast array of native plant life he observed, he dubbed it the “land of flowers,” or Florida in Spanish. Read the full article in the […]

East Bay repaving delayed by contractor flight

East Bay repaving delayed by contractor flight

Repaving of East Bay Boulevard came to an abrupt halt at the start of February as paving company Panhandle Grading and Paving picked up and left for another project in Escambia County. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Road paving underway in Santa Rosa County

Road paving underway in Santa Rosa County

Road resurfacing work is underway in District 4 of Santa Rosa County and the total cost of the 10 roads being worked on is estimated to be $229,200 of the $1.5 million set aside for the five districts. Determining which roads are paved is based off a formula the Board of County Commissioners came up […]

Kayak launch coming to Navarre Park West

Kayak launch coming to Navarre Park West

In a little known park at the end of Blue Tip Drive in Navarre, Santa Rosa County will be installing a new kayak launch.  The request for the addition came from James Broxson, owner of Broxson Outdoors located at the corner of Blue Tip Drive and Navarre Parkway and District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson. […]

Commissioners seek to accelerate gas-tax projects

Commissioners seek to accelerate gas-tax projects

Commissioners want residents of Santa Rosa County to see tangible results from the gas tax that was implemented Jan. 1. Read the full article in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

Draft flood mitigation plan reflects little action

Draft flood mitigation plan reflects little action

The floods of April 2014 illuminated flood-vulnerable areas and the lack of stormwater management in South Santa Rosa County. More than a year later, residents are still living in fear of when the next heavy storm system will flood their home. At this point, they feel it isn’t a matter of ‘if’ but a matter […]

Recent rainfall nets 6 inches to Navarre area

Recent rainfall nets 6 inches to Navarre area

Navarre received between 4 and 6 inches of rain from Halloween night into Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile. Meteorologist Cody Lindsey said some localized areas received up to 7 inches of rain. As of 6 a.m. Monday, the weather station closest to Navarre reported 6.42 inches of rain. That rainfall […]

Ducks and turtles targeted with BP spill funds

Ducks and turtles targeted with BP spill funds

The ducks, geese and turtles living in the pond at Navarre Park weren’t threatened by the BP oil spill that polluted the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, but now the financial compensation from that tragedy may eliminate their habitat. A Santa Rosa County Public Works Department proposal to curb the runoff of pollutants from the […]