U.S.Highway 98

County, citizens explore funding options in workshop

County, citizens explore funding options in workshop

County Administrator Dan Schebler fielded tough questions about spending of tax dollars Monday during the first of two citizen budget workshops. The first was hosted at Woodbine Church. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription […]

Advanced technologies could improve traffic flow

Advanced technologies could improve traffic flow

Adding asphalt is not the only way to make traffic flow faster along corridors such as U.S. Highway 98. Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS) could be the answer. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription […]

Calle De Palencia project draws neighborhood complaints

Calle De Palencia project draws neighborhood complaints

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials identified several improvements to be made along U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre separate from discussions of expanding the roadway. FDOT representative Alaina Webb told the handful of gathered citizens at a public hearing March 19 that an access management study was conducted for the length of 98 through Navarre […]

Beach church signs issue continues

Beach church signs issue continues

Navarre’s Beachside Church may have to keep its signs down as search for proof of an agreement between the county and church leadership has not turned up. For 25 years, Beachside Church has been holding informal church services in the Navarre Beach parking lot. Read the full article in the Feb. 21 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Investors buy bank’s portfolio

Investors buy bank’s portfolio

While work crews have appeared outside the closed Helen Back Again restaurant along U.S. Highway 98, Navarre residents are not likely to see a new business opening there anytime soon. Recent sale of the property has only landed it back on the market for a tenant or buyer, but the property’s story paints a much […]

98 expansion affects dozens of businesses

98 expansion affects dozens of businesses

When plans to expand U.S. Highway 98 to accommodate increased traffic first surfaced, Navarre Beach Flowers owner Sabrina Peet said the potential closure of her business was not on the forefront of her mind. The little shop located just at the edge of state right of way had very little wiggle room if an expansion […]

‘National security’ cited in traffic woes outside school

‘National security’ cited in traffic woes outside school

One school has been bringing the logistics of an entire roadway and even a U.S. Air Force base to a halt each day. For commuters going to and from Hurlburt Field, the daily drop-off and pick-up of Florosa Elementary School students means additional traffic woes along U.S. Highway 98 each day. Read the full article […]

Highway 98: What would at-grade look like?

Highway 98: What would at-grade look like?

A proposed flyover along U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre has been met with opposition from business owners, residents and even the Santa Rosa County Commission. These entities have called for an at-grade solution to the roadway’s mounting traffic difficulties, but how much of a difference in impact would that amount to? Read the full article […]

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 24 to inform state officials they oppose construction of a flyover on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre. The opposition was led by the commissioner representing the area, Dave Piech. The commission’s stance will be conveyed by letter to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Read the full article in the […]

Our hopes for 2019

Our hopes for 2019

We hope Holley Navarre Water System will get their act together and behave like a professional board that controls one of the largest budgets in the county. We wish successful business owners, or at least people with board experience, would seek to become part of the board for no other reason than to serve their […]

Parents urged to be proactive in teen driver safety

Parents urged to be proactive in teen driver safety

Only about 4 in 10 parents discuss safe driving with their children, according to a recent survey by national auto insurer Allstate, even though car accidents remain the leading cause of death for teens. Troy Jensen, sales manager for Navarre-based auto insurance provider Bearman Insurance, said talking safe driving with teens should be a given […]

Hit-and-run spree results in 35 charges

Hit-and-run spree results in 35 charges

The Navarre man accused of ramming 11 cars along U.S. Highway 98 has been taken into custody by law enforcement, facing 35 different charges. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) arrested Daniel Weidman, 38, of Navarre Thursday for 11 counts of hit and run and other charges. According to an FHP press release, Weidman is charged […]

Update: Navarre man arrested for 11 hit and runs

Update: Navarre man arrested for 11 hit and runs

Update: Florida Highway Patrol arrested Daniel Weidman, 38, of Navarre Thursday for 11 counts of hit and run after he allegedly rammed 11 cars on U.S. Highway 98. According to a FHP press release, Weidman has been charged with 12 counts of misdemeanor driving under the influence, 12 counts of misdemeanor reckless driving and 11 […]

Bear struck by cars on 98

Bear struck by cars on 98

Two vehicles struck a black bear on westbound U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The bear was killed by the impacts, but the vehicles involved in the incident late Nov. 14 were undamaged, said Public Affairs Officer Lt. Eddie Elmore. Read the full article in the Nov. 22 issue of […]

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

The District 4 Master Plan has been revealed, and it is full of some great ideas: a plan for phasing in more walkability, new downtown friendly land development codes and lots of green space. We like where Matrix is going with this, especially when you look at the new overlay zoning. It intends to encourage […]

Be the next Navarre

Be the next Navarre

No one succeeds by trying to be the next Silicon Valley. That was the message of author, journalist and civic advocate James Fallows to a gathering of Pensacola community leaders seeking to learn what makes a strong town at CivicCon Sept. 25. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

1 SOW commander looking at transportation issues

1 SOW commander looking at transportation issues

During a media roundtable Friday morning, Col. Michael Conley, the new commander of 1 SOW (Special Operations Wing), sat down to discuss local issues impacting his airmen and the community. Highway 98 traffic and keeping his airmen mentally and physically ready led the way. His social media skills – not so much. Read the full […]

Navarre residents weigh in at Coffee with a Cop

Navarre residents weigh in at Coffee with a Cop

Navarre residents got a chance to talk one-on-one with law enforcement Oct. 3 as part of Coffee with a Cop. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office leaders unplugged for a couple hours and set up in a public place to make themselves accessible for a chat. In Navarre, Alphy’s Catfish House hosted the event. Coffee with […]

Cinema says farewell, downtown Fort Walton focuses on facelift

Cinema says farewell, downtown Fort Walton focuses on facelift

When Navarre resident James Coleman purchased the defunct Cinema Plus in Fort Walton, the sky was the limit. Coleman said the many memories that folks shared of the theater inspired him to invest in keeping it open in 2014. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Navarre leaders tackling worries about road plan

Navarre leaders tackling worries about road plan

A proposal to build a “community access road” to ease traffic on Highway 98 is being repackaged in an effort to calm the concerns of some Navarre residents. In fact, the whole idea of using the word “road” to describe the alternate route for local traffic in the Holley by the Sea area is now […]

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

On August 7, 2017, Tamara Fountain stepped into the role of CEO and president for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. In the 12 months that followed, Fountain assessed and scrutinized everything the chamber did. From events to programming to the very mission statement, she worked alongside the board of directors, chairman, membership director […]

Tipped truck blocks westbound morning commuters

Tipped truck blocks westbound morning commuters

Traffic heading westbound along U.S. Highway 98 near Sioux Trail had to be rerouted Tuesday morning after a dump truck flipped onto its side in Gulf Breeze. The sluggish detour through neighborhood streets had cars backing up for a distance while the roadway was cleared of the tipped truck and spilled a load of clay […]

Commissioners rein in developers’ housing plans

Commissioners rein in developers’ housing plans

In yet another unusually high turnout, the Board of County Commissioners meeting hall was packed July 26 with residents of Santa Rosa County seeking to have their voices heard at the monthly Special Rezoning meeting. Many were there in favor of allowing a motocross facility to be opened in the north end of the county. […]

98 Symposium

98 Symposium

Decision makers from throughout the region gathered at the Navarre Visitors Center last week to work together toward traffic solutions at the first ever Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Symposium. Representatives from Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County governments, school boards, Transportation Planning Organizations (TPO) and others met on […]

District 4 Master Plan entering home stretch

District 4 Master Plan entering home stretch

By as early as December, the Navarre area could have a master plan on the books to guide future development. Last September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $80,000-$150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 Master Plan for the Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach area. Read […]

Townhome complex planned for 98

Townhome complex planned for 98

Developer D.R. Horton plans to build 78 townhomes on 6 acres along U.S. Highway 98 in west Navarre, but the project will require special approval from the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board. Roughly 1,000 feet east of Edgewood Drive on the south side of 98, the new development would abut the existing Sound Retreat subdivision. […]

District 4 Master Plan taking shape

District 4 Master Plan taking shape

New and expanded parks, an entertainment and mixed use urban core, miles of new sidewalks and increased interconnectivity, Navarre residents were presented with two plans to transform District 4 Monday night at the District 4 Master Plan second public open house. The District 4 Master Plan began in September 2017. Read the full article in […]

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Longtime Navarre resident Phil Babiak has been advocating for years for a secondary east-west route between Navarre and Hurlburt Field to alleviate mounting traffic concerns along U.S. Highway 98. That plan finally has a name: the Navarre-Hurlburt Connector. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

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 […]

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 […]

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