White Sands Boulevard

Be as loud as you want on the beach

Be as loud as you want on the beach

Questions about noise control resurfaced during the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association meeting Oct. 19. The questions about the county’s noise ordinance centered around a simple fact: the beach doesn’t have one. At least not one that covers most of the population on the coast, said Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Major Doug Bringmans. […]

Tourism council backs dog park on sound, not Gulf

Tourism council backs dog park on sound, not Gulf

County commissioners tossed the ball of creating a dog beach to the Tourist Development Council for its input Oct. 3, but conflicting public opinions have made the topic a hot potato. Current law prohibits dogs on all public beaches. Creation of a beach area allowing dogs was originally proposed in August to be located along the […]

County advances Navarre dog beach plan

County advances Navarre dog beach plan

County commissioners moved forward Monday with a proposal to allow dogs on a portion of Navarre Beach’s Santa Rosa Sound coastline. Under the proposed ordinance, owners would pay an annual fee of $30 to allow their dogs on a stretch of the beach near the water tower on White Sands Boulevard between 4 p.m. and […]

Bird babysitters back on beach

Bird babysitters back on beach

With the nesting season for Navarre Beach’s shorebirds moving along, Audubon Florida is in need of volunteers for its bird stewardship program. Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala said these volunteers act as bird babysitters, keeping an eye out for the handful of colonies that call this beach home.   Read the full article in the […]

‘Your speed sign’ installed on White Sands Boulevard

‘Your speed sign’ installed on White Sands Boulevard

Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association members and donors celebrated installation of “your speed is” signs along White Sands Boulevard to deter speeding after resident Larry Hoffman was hit by a car. The team that helped the project includes Peter Birckhead, donor Courtland Gray, donor Harrell Shaefer, donor Evan Studer, Hoffman and Jerry Smith. Not […]

‘Your speed is’ signs donated for White Sands Boulevard

‘Your speed is’ signs donated for White Sands Boulevard

Additional safety features are coming to White Sands Boulevard in the form of two electronic “your speed is” signs for the roadway. The signs are courtesy donations resulting from advocacy by the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA), which secured roughly $5,000 for two signs. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 issue […]

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

284 lot subdivision riling neighbors County Commissioners got an earful from concerned residents Tuesday morning as yet another subdivision development drew ire from neighbors. Forest Bay Estates is a new subdivision proposed for 210-acres of vacant land located west of Edgewood Drive and east of River Birch Road. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

Audubon walkers explore beach ecosystem

Audubon walkers explore beach ecosystem

With cameras and binoculars in hand, residents and visitors trekked into the still-wild parts of Navarre Beach Oct. 30 during the first ever Nature Walk with Florida Audubon. Audubon Western Florida Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala guided the group through the conservation and recreational lands near Santa Rosa Sound and along the Navarre Beach […]

Nature walk to promote appreciation for Navarre Beach

Nature walk to promote appreciation for Navarre Beach

From tiny beach mice to soaring osprey to the famous sea oats, the natural splendor of Navarre Beach will be on display in a guided tour this month. Robin Otto, a member of the Navarre Beach Neighborhood Watch, helped to spearhead the idea.           Read the full article in the Oct. […]

Schaeffers donate speed sign for White Sands

Schaeffers donate speed sign for White Sands

Following efforts to slow down traffic along White Sands Boulevard, Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association members Harrell and Irma Schaeffer announced during the NBLRA’s Saturday meeting they are donating $2,671 to purchase one of the proposed “Your Speed is” signs to be placed along the roadway. As seen in the June 28 issue of […]

Neighborhood Watch: 3 things to improve White Sands safety

Neighborhood Watch: 3 things to improve White Sands safety

Navarre Beach residents are working with their recently formed Neighborhood Watch group and law enforcement in an effort to make the area safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. A meeting last week was spurred by multiple complaints of speeding on White Sands Boulevard and by a March incident in which beach resident Larry Hoffman was seriously […]

Residents unite to combat speeding, crime

Residents unite to combat speeding, crime

Navarre Beach resident Larry Hoffman did not know what hit him. He went for his daily run on the morning of March 3 along White Sands Boulevard. Less than a block from his home, while Hoffman was jogging about a foot off the shoulder of the road, a sport utility (SUV) vehicle hit him from […]

Topaz Beach subdivision clears hurdle with county

Topaz Beach subdivision clears hurdle with county

Development of a gated 66 home subdivision known as Topaz Beach on White Sands Boulevard on Navarre Beach cleared a final hurdle Thursday night in the form of an appeal brought before the County Commission. Commissioners approved without objection the appeal of two variances previously denied by the zoning board that would reduce setbacks of […]

Alabama manufacturer scouts Santa Rosa County

Alabama manufacturer scouts Santa Rosa County

The Strong Steel Inc. website states that the Andalusia, Ala.-based maker of frames sometimes used to build houses is “Now hiring framers, drywallers” and “persons with building experience.” Further, the privately held company’s managing principal, Anthony Attalla, says he’s considering an expansion than could mean up to 190 new jobs in Santa Rosa County. Read […]

Navarre Beach developers make their case

Navarre Beach developers make their case

Steve and Ann Hering get it: numerous neighbors of their would-be 60-house subdivision on Navarre Beach adamantly oppose the project, in part because the couple owes about $1.4 million in back property taxes. The Herings are all too aware that the building and zoning board has voted 6-1 against their request for variances that would […]

Topaz Beach clears lease potential snag

Topaz Beach clears lease potential snag

County commissioners approved a request to amend the lease on a seven-acre Navarre Beach parcel to allow construction of the proposed 66-house Topaz Beach subdivision, but the project hit a snag last night. The Zoning Board voted against two measures that would have altered setbacks on the property, allowing for more units to fit in […]

Proposed beach subdivision downsized

Proposed beach subdivision downsized

In the face of concerns from some Navarre Beach residents, developer Steve Hering has reduced the size of his proposed new subdivision there to about 60 houses from the 70 he originally planned. “I know that people were worried about the increased traffic. This should help,” said April Sarver, a manager at Hering’s Remax Real […]

New Navarre Beach subdivision proposed

New Navarre Beach subdivision proposed

Developer Steve Hering is seeking a zoning variance on 8-and-half vacant acres of Navarre Beach to build a 70-house subdivision he calls “Topaz Beach-An Island Community.” Hering needs the county commission’s approval – not to mention financing – to break ground as he proposes in December or January. ”These will be beautiful houses: steel construction, […]