Whispering Pines Boulevard

Three options offered for Navarre Community Access Road

Three options offered for Navarre Community Access Road

Do not call it an alternative U.S. Highway 98. The Navarre Community Access Road was never meant to be a relief valve for Navarre’s crowded main corridor, according to county officials. Instead, Santa Rosa County spent the past 20 months studying how to improve roadways already impacted by diverted traffic.   Read the full article […]

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 […]

Retribution Rob strikes again

Retribution Rob strikes again

At Thursday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, things got a little tense during a presentation by Whispering Pines resident Heidi Allgood. During her presentation she talked about how the residents there felt they could not reach out to their District 4 Commissioner, so instead they chose to go to the Chairman of the Board, Commissioner […]

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

A procedural approval for Creet’s Landing subdivision turned to tension among county commissioners and residents of Whispering Pines Boulevard. During the board’s regular meeting on July 26, District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson accused Commission Chairman Bob Cole of inserting himself into issues in Williamson’s district during discussion of the Creet’s Landing project. The highly contentious […]

Development and zoning tops debate questions

Development and zoning tops debate questions

Questions repeatedly returned to issues of development and allowing exceptions to the land development code during the Santa Rosa Republican Women’s county commissioners candidate forum Tuesday. The questions were submitted by the members in attendance, and candidates for both District 4 County Commission, representing Navarre, and District 2 representing Milton were invited to answer. District […]

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

When Garner Economics LLC presented a five-year blueprint for Santa Rosa County’s economic development, owner Jay Garner coined a simple phrase: “No product, no project.” County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree heeded that advice. Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per […]

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 […]

Protesters call for Williamson to get the boot

Protesters call for Williamson to get the boot

While District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson held an invitation-only meet and greet with supporters at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill early Monday morning, residents of Navarre stood outside in the rain waving signs calling for the incumbent to be ousted from office. Williamson is seeking re-election to the commission seat representing the Navarre area against […]

Car wash site back on market

Car wash site back on market

It may not be a car wash after all. “A Proper Wash” signs have been taken down from property at the corner of Harvest Village Court and U.S. Highway 98 and tucked behind the “for sale” signs. Santa Rosa County had approved plans for construction of a tunnel-style car wash with self-service vacuuming stations, but […]

Proposed relief valve for Highway 98 rattles some residents

Proposed relief valve for Highway 98 rattles some residents

Almost everyone wants traffic reduced on Highway 98 through Navarre. But no one wants more vehicles routed through their neighborhood. Stress levels are already rising, even though the $500,000 feasibility study of possible routes for a new Community Access Road ordered by state and Santa Rosa County officials has barely begun and won’t be finished […]

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

The unfolding struggle to alleviate the traffic strangle on Highway 98 through Navarre is shaping up to be a major lobbying effort that may take several years and will likely reach to Tallahassee and even Washington, D.C. A campaign organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is getting underway with invitations being prepared […]

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 […]

Race to the car wash

Race to the car wash

  Navarre is getting two car washes within two blocks of each other based on county documents, and a third car wash is planned for a site less than 6 miles away. Two of the planned car washes will be Ronny’s Car Washes. Ronny’s is a chain of tunnel-style automated car washes that had locations […]

Highway 98: Another alternative

Highway 98: Another alternative

Navarre has a traffic problem, and its name is U.S. Highway 98. For years politicians, planners and locals have debated how best to solve the problem. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for […]

Residents weigh in on Master Plan

Residents weigh in on Master Plan

  Roughly 200 residents and stakeholders armed with sticky notes and string weighed in on shaping Navarre’s future last week during the District 4 Master Plan’s first open house event at Navarre High School. From high school students to retirees, individuals from diverse backgrounds were asked to give input on everything from what sidewalks should […]

Access road could clash with neighborhood needs

Access road could clash with neighborhood needs

Fueled by continued frustration over congestion on U.S. Highway 98, the Santa Rosa County Commission took a step forward Monday toward creating an alternative route. The board approved a feasibility study on the possible construction of a Navarre Community Access Road north of U.S. Highway 98 between Edgewood Drive and Whispering Pines Boulevard. A joint […]

Fight over four houses highlights bigger problems

Fight over four houses highlights bigger problems

Technically, it came down to four houses, but there was much more at stake. That was the position of a crowd of Whispering Pines Boulevard residents who addressed the Board of County Commissioners Dec. 14. Those residents left largely unhappy. Both of the PUDs (Planned Unit Developments) proposed along Whispering Pines were halted that night, […]

Whispering Pines developments nixed

Whispering Pines developments nixed

Both of the PUD developments proposed along Whispering Pines Boulevard were halted Thursday night, but development of at least one of the properties is still likely. The issue was up for vote before the Board of County Commissioners Thursday night durign their regular special rezoning meeting. The first and most contentious of the developments would […]

Past, present leave Whispering Pines residents riled

Past, present leave Whispering Pines residents riled

Proposed development of an apartment complex on Whispering Pines Boulevard has been nixed according to District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson. Williamson addressed a handful of concerned citizens Monday night at the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center ahead of an upcoming vote by the Board of County Commissioners on the issue Under consideration were two […]

Real estate booming

Real estate booming

In Navarre, the real estate business is booming. In measures of homes sold, the price for those homes and even how long houses stay on the market, Navarre continues to improve. Navarre Beach Area Board of Realtors President Mark Miller said that describing the market as “healthy” would be an understatement. “The real estate market […]

Reward offered for identity of spray paint vandals

Reward offered for identity of spray paint vandals

Following an incident where three individuals defaced private property Saturday evening, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to their arrest According to the Sheriff’s office press release, multiple calls were received of criminal mischief in the Whispering Pines Boulevard area of Navarre. In the overnight hours of Dec. […]

Whispering Pines development: apartments no, subdivision yes

Whispering Pines development: apartments no, subdivision yes

It was standing room only Nov. 9 at the Tiger Point Community Center as roughly 100 people showed up to speak out against two developments along Whispering Pines Boulevard being considered by the county Zoning Board. The crowd succeeded in securing unanimous rejection of one of the developments, Sanctuary Apartments. But that denial is not […]

New apartments, subdivision being considered

New apartments, subdivision being considered

Navarre’s continued growth is a known trend, and the influx of residents means an increased demand for housing. Among the potential developments is a proposed new apartment complex on Whispering Pines Boulevard. The Sanctuary Apartments would be a 164-unit, seven building complex located at the northern end of Whispering Pines Boulevard just south of Pouder […]

New apartments, subdivision planned for Navarre

New apartments, subdivision planned for Navarre

Navarre could see a new apartment complex and new subdivision development along Whispering Pines Blvd. pending county approval. The Zoning Board will consider rezoning roughly 108 acres of property Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. If approved the property is planned for a new 164 unit apartment complex called Sanctuary Apartments as well as a new […]

County, FDOT study Navarre 98 alternative route

County, FDOT study Navarre 98 alternative route

Congestion from U.S. Highway 98 through Navarre might have an alternative route in the future as the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed Monday the approval of a feasibility study for creating an alternative. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

Our friendly walker

Our friendly walker

If you live anywhere off of Whispering Pines Boulevard, chances are you’ve waved at Paul Sims. For the last 13 years, he was been walking a 4-mile loop from his home to the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 98 and Whispering Pines Boulevard and back. And that’s not just on the days he feels like it […]

US Highway 98 expansion details in works

US Highway 98 expansion details in works

The Florida Department of Transportation is going to expand U.S. Highway 98 to three lanes on each side, but the details are still in the works. That’s what Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization Citizen’s Advisory Committee member Ralph Agnew said during his Friday, Sept. 16, presentation to the Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee of the […]