stormwater

Sherwood Drive to close for drainage work

Sherwood Drive to close for drainage work

Sherwood Drive in the Holley by the Sea (HBTS) subdivision of Navarre will be closed March 19-26 for installation of a box culvert crossing as part the Camden Drive Outfall Project. The project will improve stormwater conveyance and water quality of adjacent wetlands. Detours will be in place as needed to direct traffic around the impacted […]

County to improve drainage on Venetian Way, Coronado Drive

County to improve drainage on Venetian Way, Coronado Drive

Construction for the Venetian Way and Coronado Drive drainage improvement project in Gulf Breeze began Monday. The project includes improved stormwater systems and construction of an outfall canal to improve the conveyance of stormwater. Read the full article in the Aug. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Whispering Pines developments nixed

Whispering Pines developments nixed

Both of the PUD developments proposed along Whispering Pines Boulevard were halted Thursday night, but development of at least one of the properties is still likely. The issue was up for vote before the Board of County Commissioners Thursday night durign their regular special rezoning meeting. The first and most contentious of the developments would […]

County officials scramble for flood control answers

County officials scramble for flood control answers

From requiring developers to dig deeper stormwater retention ponds to imposing new fees on residents that would pay for better drainage, a task force of Santa Rosa residents, county officials and engineers is recommending measures to fight flooding. The strategies are detailed in a draft report from the group that is scheduled to be discussed […]

HNWS vows crack down on culprits for effluent overage

HNWS vows crack down on culprits for effluent overage

HNWS vows crack down on culprits for effluent overage The failure of Holley-Navarre Water System to stay within its state-approved standard for disposing of treated wastewater is partly the fault of some homeowners who are improperly channeling stormwater  into sewers, according to the utility board’s president, Bien May. In a letter responding to a Navarre […]

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. Commission Chairman and District 4 representative Rob Williamson recommended that the commission look at cutting the […]

New homes on higher ground heighten flood concerns

New homes on higher ground heighten flood concerns

Jason Buttke looks up at the new house under construction next door to his on the 1800 block of Sunrise Drive and wonders where any excess stormwater will drain in the event of heavy rain. Like many new residences going up in Holley by the Sea, the lot under the Adams Homes building has been […]

County remaps flood zones

County remaps flood zones

Many Santa Rosa property owners will have to change or upgrade their flood insurance thanks to updates to the county’s flood mitigation maps. Nearly 7 percent or roughly 6,500 of all properties in the county will experience some type of flood code change either up to a higher risk level or down to a lower […]

Questions swirl around drainage projects

Questions swirl around drainage projects

Although Holley by the Sea residents are eager for some of the county’s 30 proposed stormwater protection projects to begin in their area, some suggest that a more organized approach is needed. “We want to get things done. But the right things,” said Yvonne Harper, president of the Holley by the Sea Improvement Association, a […]

HBTS Drainage Town Hall meeting

HBTS Drainage Town Hall meeting

Baskerville Donovan brought its drainage study presentation to the Holley by the Sea Recreation Facility for a town hall meeting at the request of HBTS Board President Yvonne Harper. About 50-60 members were present as well as Santa Rosa County Administrator Tony Gomillion, County Engineer Roger Blaylock and County Commissioner Rob Williamson. Read the full […]

Flood control work could be ineffective

Flood control work could be ineffective

The $400,000 engineering study ordered up by Santa Rosa County commissioners two years ago suggests $60 million in possible flood control measures for Holley by the Sea but warns that some may not be worth the money. Several of the 30 projects cited by Baskerville Donovan Inc. as having stormwater prevention potential for residential neighborhoods, […]

New Santa Rosa County strategy to ward off stormwater

New Santa Rosa County strategy to ward off stormwater

Six years in the making with input from dozens of Santa Rosa County residents, emergency officials and engineers, the new Local Mitigation Strategy poses 45 ways to reduce the impact of flooding: from landscaping low areas for better drainage to requiring that new construction be elevated. And just in case, encourage property owners to purchase […]

Gulf Breeze passes Halloween rain test

Gulf Breeze passes Halloween rain test

Bob Richards watched stormwater creep up the driveway toward his garage on Dracena Way in Gulf Breeze on the first Sunday in November and had visions of the record flooding on April 29-30, 2014. Although the Halloween weekend rain, estimated at between 7 and 10 inches in Richards’ neighborhood, totaled less than half the deluge […]

Gulf Breeze to raise utilities tax

Gulf Breeze to raise utilities tax

The tax rate paid by City of Gulf Breeze residents on municipal utility services for water, gas and electricity will rise by 2.5 percent to a new level of 7.5 percent under a proposal supported by the city council on Wednesday night. The new rate is coming at a time when the city’s budget is […]

Gulf Breeze still treading stormwater

Gulf Breeze still treading stormwater

  Flooding after even minor rainfall still plagues parts of the City of Gulf Breeze more than a year after the April 2014 storm – despite $1.8 million in government grant funding spent to keep neighborhoods dry. Among the streets still subject to rising water is Dracena Way. Mayor Matt Dannheisser said Dracena is among […]

Some areas still impacted by flood

Some areas still impacted by flood

Last April’s flooding exemplified the destructive force of water, testing the capability of area infrastructure with record-breaking rainfall. One year later, county officials are using knowledge gleaned in its aftermath to update the county’s flood mitigation plan. According to National Weather Service records, roughly 26 inches of rain fell in Santa Rosa County within 30 […]

Commissioners approve preliminary plat for large subdivision

Commissioners approve preliminary plat for large subdivision

Santa Rosa County Commissioners March 26 approved the preliminary plat for a large subdivision planned for Soundside Drive. Critics say stormwater issues in the low-lying area could be problematic. “Water quality folks are very concerned; so am I,” District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson said at the board’s March 23 committee meeting. “I’ll be interested in […]

Gulf Breeze stormwater project begins

Gulf Breeze stormwater project begins

Gulf Breeze and State officials conducted a ceremonial groundbreaking June 25 for a $1.8 million project designed to make part of city safer from flooding. “Just nine weeks ago, this corner was a raging river of floodwater,” Mayor Beverly Zimmern told the group gathered in Williamsburg Park. “This project is an important step to making things better […]