Transportation

If it passes… Transportation tops the list for sales tax

If it passes… Transportation tops the list for sales tax

Santa Rosa County has proposed replacing the current half-cent local sales tax, set to expire in 2021, with a one-cent sales tax for 10 years. Voters will have a chance to approve or deny the tax on a special ballot Oct. 8.   Read the full article in the July 25 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Nominees for sales tax oversight committee named

Nominees for sales tax oversight committee named

Collection of a half penny sales tax is underway and county commissioners made their final recommendations Monday for the Infrastructure Surtax Committee, a citizen oversight group. The tax, passed by Santa Rosa voters, is expected to net roughly $35 million over its five year lifetime. These dollars are limited to infrastructure uses including transportation and […]

Uber in Navarre

Uber in Navarre

Uber has been around since 2009, but Navarre didn’t have any drivers until a year ago. What is Uber? The name itself is German in origin and means “outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing.”   However, now it is the name of a company that developed an app that provides […]

Military Road paved the way for U.S. Highway 98

Military Road paved the way for U.S. Highway 98

Every local motorist and tourist has driven on U.S. Highway 98 at one time or another. Its traffic in recent times due to construction has been a source of frustration; but its existence provides convenient transportation for everyone. More importantly, Highway 98 is a vital artery of revenue for Navarre and the surrounding cities. Each […]

Transportation planners present $923M improvement plan

Transportation planners present $923M improvement plan

The West Florida Regional Planning Council April 8 released a draft of the region’s five-year transportation improvement program, which includes projects totaling $923 million. Gary Kramer, a senior transportation planner for the council, presented the draft to Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) members at the group’s April 8 monthly meeting in Milton. TPO members were […]

Commission moves to extend suspension of impact fees

Commission moves to extend suspension of impact fees

County commissioners are expected Thursday to approve scheduling public hearings to extend a county ordinance suspending transportation impact fees on new residential or commercial construction. The move will buy time for commissioners to decide whether to reinstate the impact fees or potentially increase the local gas tax to offset the loss of monies from the Florida […]

DOT nixes plans for overpass

DOT nixes plans for overpass

The Department of Transportation has deleted the proposed Highway 98 overpass from the five-year work plan, citing utility costs and the impact to Gulf Power’s transmission line, officials announced at a Dec. 2 public hearing. Read more  in the Dec. 4 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.      

Incorporation committee hosts transportation planners

Incorporation committee hosts transportation planners

Citizens to Incorporate Navarre hosted West Florida Regional Planning Council (WFRPC) staff for a discussion about Navarre area transportation issues Oct. 21. Attendees learned details about specific local projects and advocated against traffic congestion on U.S. 98. Brandi Whitehurst, WFRPC’s public involvement coordinator, started the presentation by noting the council celebrated its 50th anniversary Oct. 20. […]

On the school bus

On the school bus

Many parents expressed concern over their school bus riders throughout the week as record heat indexes hit northwest Florida. In Jacksonville Aug. 20 two children were hospitalized for heat exhaustion after, according to the mother, they sat on a bus for an hour without air conditioning. One of the children was released while the other […]

Road closure updates: bridges and I-10 now open

Road closure updates: bridges and I-10 now open

Northbound and southbound lanes of the Pensacola Bay Bridge/Three-Mile Bridge re-opened just after 1 p.m. today. I-10 is also now open. The following roads and bridges are also open: Navarre Beach Causeway (SR 399 Bridge between Navarre and Navarre Beach) U.S. 90 is open with hazards between Escambia and Santa Rosa County The Yellow River Bridge […]

Breaking News: FDOT has no immediate plans to open I-10

Breaking News: FDOT has no immediate plans to open I-10

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises I-10 is closed from the Alabama state line to Tallahassee.  FDOT has no immediate plans for reopening as any thawing that takes place Thursday will be immediately followed by sub-freezing temperatures Thursday night.  Warmer conditions and sunshine are forecast for Friday.  By Friday afternoon most of the area […]