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Voter books close Monday for Oct. 8 election

Voter books close Monday for Oct. 8 election

Voter registration books close Sept. 9 for the upcoming special election to decide whether Santa Rosa County will add an additional half cent of sales tax. Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie A. Villane reminds citizens to register to vote before book closing Monday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. It is the last day […]

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

When Florida voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be greeted by a dozen potential amendments to the state’s constitution. From dog racing to taxes to vaping at work, the amendments hit a variety of issues. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press for brief guide on what […]

Holley Navarre Water System President James Calkins resigns

Holley Navarre Water System President James Calkins resigns

After his contentious appointment to the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board Thursday, James Calkins resigned as the President of the Holley Navarre Water System Board of Director in a letter emailed to fellow board members and water system staff Friday. In the letter Calkins wrote he would no longer be able to fulfill his duties […]

Santa Rosa voter rolls shrinking

Santa Rosa voter rolls shrinking

  Although Republican voters hold a 3-1 edge over Democrats in Santa Rosa, they lost some of that lead this year. In the biennial updating that state law requires county Elections Supervisor Tappie Villane to do in every odd-numbered year, her staff has moved 4,874 Republicans to “inactive” status, compared with 2,066 Democrats. The trend […]

After 17 years, courthouse site selected

After 17 years, courthouse site selected

Santa Rosa County may finally have a courthouse location. Following a contentious discussion period, the Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday to make an offer on the site owned by JDL of Santa Rosa, LLC for the construction of a new courthouse and judicial center. The 13 to 19 acre site is located on […]

Holley-Navarre Water updates election protocol

Holley-Navarre Water updates election protocol

The election of two members to the Holley-Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors will be held Jan. 17, and the rules regarding how to vote have changed. The 2015 and 2016 elections led to accusations of candidates and even HNWS employees manipulating proxies. The addition of absentee ballots and PIN numbers is the utility’s […]

Navarre High elects Trump as president

Navarre High elects Trump as president

Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States and Marco Rubio would be Florida’s next U.S. senator if Navarre High School voters had their way. NHS students cast their ballots in the school’s first full-blown mock election Wednesday, Nov. 2 as part of an effort to get students engaged in the political […]

Like it or not, this election is a referendum

Like it or not, this election is a referendum

Guest Opinion There is a sizeable faction in this country that is disgusted with the choices we have going into the 2016 General Election. While the choices are far from the quality a great nation like the United States deserves, they are what they are. No amount of complaining, abdication of responsibility or indignation will […]

When, where, how to vote

When, where, how to vote

Roughly 25 percent of Santa Rosa County’s nearly 131,000 voters have already cast their ballot for the presidential election after early voting opened in the county Monday, Oct. 24. Santa Rosa’s voters, the majority of which have been Republican, have cast 19,755 early votes and 13,224 votes by mail. Of the early votes the majority, […]

Should I vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’?

Should I vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’?

At a recent presentation to the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development and Government Affairs audience, Mary Blackwell president of The League of Women Voters (LWV) in Okaloosa County explained the four amendments voters should expect to see on the Nov. 8 ballot. Each of the amendments will need at least 60 percent […]

High school gets students registered to vote

High school gets students registered to vote

Navarre High School students “exercised their rights” Friday, Oct. 7, during the school’s voter registration drive. Classes filed into the cafeteria for a presentation on the basics of Florida elections. Presenter Erin Begley explained Florida’s importance as a swing state, how closed primaries work and what new voters will experience when walking into the polling […]

Electing a President: Understanding the Electoral College

Electing a President: Understanding the Electoral College

This election cycle commands the attention of a greater number of Americans than many in the recent past. Whether the increased number of people turning their attention to politics and the electoral process is because of frustration and anger or hope and foreseen opportunity remains in the eye of the individual. As citizen voters we […]

Crunch time for Florida voters

Crunch time for Florida voters

With the Presidential Preference Primary election coming up March 15, those not registered as Republicans or Democrats will be unable to vote in that type election which occurs every four years. This is because Florida is considered a closed-primary state said Tappie Villane, Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections. There are 26,981 registered voters in […]

Board election for water system nears

Board election for water system nears

In the midst of the controversy swirling around Holley-Navarre Water System, an annual meeting and election of board of directors is scheduled for Jan. 19. Four seats are open on the board; three from expiring terms and one from the resignation of Will Goulet. The meeting will commence at 7 a.m. at the Board of […]

Pen Air’s Give a Click campaign gives back to local charities

Pen Air’s Give a Click campaign gives back to local charities

Pen Air Federal Credit Union’s Director of Marketing Pam Hatt came up with a fun way for the bank’s locations to highlight one of their company’s core values: communerosity: the coming together of community and generosity. Each of their 15 locations plus some of the office staff have decorated a wreath in the theme of […]

Water system adds new board member

Water system adds new board member

The Holley-Navarre Water System Board of Directors hosted a special meeting May 29 to fill a vacancy created by longtime board member Charles Enghauser, who resigned April 21. Navarre Beach resident Robert Coley will serve until January 2016 when a permanent board member will be elected. Daryl Lynchard, board president, said three candidates were initially […]

Update: 2014 Election Guide updated to correct error

Update: 2014 Election Guide updated to correct error

The Navarre Press 2014 Election Guide is now available. The publication profiles candidates for U.S. Congress, Florida House District 3, Santa Rosa County Commission Districts 2 and 4 and Santa Rosa County School Board Districts 1 and 3.   Click here to view the Election Guide.