T.J. Goulet

Navarre Chamber announces new potential home, tourism programming

Navarre Chamber announces new potential home, tourism programming

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is eyeing a new forever home, and with that new space comes new programming targeted at Navarre’s largest economic sector: tourism. Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Gail Acosta presented these new programs and a financial ask May 1 to the county’s Tourist Development Council (TDC). […]

Williamson’s $100,000 a year consolation prize

Williamson’s $100,000 a year consolation prize

  Navarre voters overwhelmingly said “no” to Rob Williamson as District 4 County Commissioner in the August election. They used their votes to voice their displeasure with his representation, his decisions and his financial management of Navarre. Holley Navarre Water System has decided Williamson deserves a high-paying consolation prize with an offer to be their […]

TDC fed up with two of everything

TDC fed up with two of everything

Two plunges is too many. That was the position taken by Tourist Development Council (TDC) member Liz Horton, a bed tax collector from the south end. She said she is tired of two of everything in Navarre from chamber of commerce breakfasts to events like New Year’s Day plunges. Read the full article in the […]

What you condone, you own

What you condone, you own

And, silence is permission Navarre Press is certain the outcome of the primary election, including the win by District 4 commissioner-elect Dave Piech is what is best for Navarre and Santa Rosa County. Piech used a saying in his campaign, “No vote, no voice,” and residents responded in big numbers (well, bigger than years past). The […]

Water experts lose bids for utility board

Water experts lose bids for utility board

Based on their many years of professional experience in water operations, Charles “Buddy” Ingram and Elisa Bailey appeared to be the most qualified of 11 candidates who recently ran for election to the Holley Navarre Water System board. Yet they came in 9th and 10th respectively—far behind the straw poll’s top four vote getters, all […]

Local Rotarians feed thousands through mass donation event

Local Rotarians feed thousands through mass donation event

One in four children in Santa Rosa County will go to bed hungry tonight. “They are not going to bed hungry because they wouldn’t eat their brussels sprouts or didn’t like what’s for dinner. They are going to bed hungry because their family does not have enough food,” said DeDe Flounlacker, executive director of Manna […]

Snowbirds keep tourism humming despite chill

Snowbirds keep tourism humming despite chill

While freezing temperatures have largely driven off the usual tourists, Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Director Julie Morgan said she expects to see great bed tax returns for the winter months. That is thanks to the annual influx of snowbirds, wintertime tourists who are typically in their senior years. Morgan said most of them hail […]

‘A rigged election’ for Holley Navarre Water System

‘A rigged election’ for Holley Navarre Water System

“Our attorney sent us a letter saying that we properly removed Brian’s (Kelly) membership,” Bien May announced at the Dec. 19 pre-meeting of the Holley Navarre Water System Board. The removal has been the source fueling questions surrounding the legality of removing a board member. Board member eligibility was called into question in September after […]

Longtime sweethearts boogie on the beach

Longtime sweethearts boogie on the beach

Candles, rose petals and live music were everywhere at Juana’s Club Pagoda Monday night, Feb. 13, as the Navarre Snowbirds Club hosted the annual Sweethearts Dinner and Dance on Navarre Beach. Read the full article in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Snowbirds flock to Navarre Beach

Snowbirds flock to Navarre Beach

Though the nesting birds have long since left Navarre’s shores, a new flock of featherless birds have begun to arrive. It’s snowbird season. “Snowbird” is the affectionate term for seniors that travel to beaches along the Gulf Coast during the winter months. T.J. Goulet of the Navarre Beach Snowbirds Club said these visitors come from […]

Tourist Development committee needs their voice back

Tourist Development committee needs their voice back

Numerous articles in Navarre Press over the past year and few months have highlighted the pains endured and discord with the Board of County Commissioners that continues to plague the all-volunteer advisory Tourist Development Council.  The Legislature-mandated council is made up of tourism stake-holders as required by Florida Statute 125.0104.  While the statute allows for […]

Tough Mudder deal criticized by tourism leaders

Tough Mudder deal criticized by tourism leaders

Santa Rosa County officials now concede that there was no effort to negotiate before agreeing to pay Tough Mudder Inc. a $110,000 subsidy in return for staging its military-style endurance event near Milton next April. Both the inducement amount and the New York-based, for-profit company’s estimate of the economic benefits resulting from its first event […]