U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz

What is the Gulf Test and Training Range?

What is the Gulf Test and Training Range?

Residents of Navarre affectionately refer to the sounds of air traffic and booms of our military neighbors as “the sound of freedom.” The nightly booms are a sign of a much bigger set of missions going on. Missions that are unique to Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. This is part one in a […]

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 […]

Fee simple survives committee without amendment

Fee simple survives committee without amendment

Never before has legislation to give Santa Rosa Island residents ownership of their property been so favorably positioned according to supporters. The fee simple title bill, entitled “Escambia County Land Conveyance Act,” has made it out of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Spearheading the bill is freshman U.S. congressman […]

Fee simple title gains support in Washington

Fee simple title gains support in Washington

Legislation to give residents of Navarre Beach equal rights to their land has garnered a new supporter in Washington. Democratic U.S. senator for Florida Bill Nelson signed on as co-sponsor earlier this month for a bill that would allow fee simple title for Navarre Beach residents. Senate bill 1073 entitled “Escambia County Land Conveyance Act” […]

LOST direction found, committee still directionless

LOST direction found, committee still directionless

County Commissioners seem a little less lost on the LOST (local option sales tax) following Monday’s regular meeting after newly hired assistant county administrator Dan Schebler provided a less structured solution. While the past months have seen project list after project list outlining how the money should be spent each year down to the dime, […]

Will a pass improve water quality?

Will a pass improve water quality?

  Editor’s Note: This is part four of four in a series taking a look at the possibility of a Santa Rosa Sound pass, a historical view, the challenges and legislation. Santa Rosa Sound is impaired, and it has been for years. Through the dumping of effluent from the Navarre Beach Wastewater Treatment Facility, runoff of […]

Arguments over fee simple, Navarre Pass boil down to history

Arguments over fee simple, Navarre Pass boil down to history

While U.S. congressman Matt Gaetz weighs pursuing fee simple title for residents of Navarre Beach, a fourth attempt at such legislation, the discussion continues to be mired in arguments over reopening Navarre Pass. That’s because every previous rendition of the bill has been amended to include a restriction to never open Navarre Pass again. Editor’s […]

Congressman talks politics, faces critics during tour of Santa Rosa

Congressman talks politics, faces critics during tour of Santa Rosa

U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz spent most of his inaugural Open Gaetz Day Thursday touring Santa Rosa County and discussing his views and the views of his constituents on issues including Veterans Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency, building a wall at the Mexican border and Obamacare. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of […]