• Navarre Beach Fishing Pier restaurant remains closed

    A photo of the establishment taken January 22. The restaurant is not up and running, although the bar area is open and serving alcohol via a temporary beer and wine license. Hours are 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. Despite aiming for a January 1 reopening, the five-person group awarded a contract to operate Santa … read more

  • Death sentence upheld for man who killed, raped UWF student

    The Florida Supreme Court has denied an appeal of the death sentence of Eric Scott Branch, who was convicted in the 1993 rape and murder of University of West Florida student Susan Morris. According to First Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Eddins, Branch had asked for post-conviction relief in his 1997 death sentence, citing a … read more

  • Firefighters responding to wildfires

    Firefighters from Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater Forestry Center are responding to a pair of fires, including one in Navarre. The fire in Navarre is located off of East Bay Boulevard and Lovewood Drive. According to FFS Spokesman Joe Zwierzchowski, local fire departments have that blaze contained but Forest Service crews will assess and possibly put … read more

  • Commissioners to get update on U.S. 98 traffic signal timing

    Representatives from DRMP, Inc. on Monday will provide Santa Rosa County Commissioners an update on their ongoing effort to retime and coordinate traffic signals on U.S. 98. “I requested they come to the commission in response to complaints I was receiving from the Navarre community,” said Santa Rosa County District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson. Williamson … read more

  • County moves to stop discharging treated wastewater into Santa Rosa Sound

    Santa Rosa County Commissioners this week will discuss approving $12,600 to appraise a proposed 200-acre site on Eglin Air Force Base property which would be used as a future effluent disposal area. The proposed rapid infiltration basin system (RIBS) site is located northwest of the Holley community on undeveloped property lying south of Choctaw Field … read more

  • More phone scam activity reported in Navarre

    The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office continually battles phone scams, and there have been recently reports of phone scam activity in the Navarre area. “It never stops,” said Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Sgt. Rich Aloy. “We see this very, very often. It’s cyclical,” he said. Per Aloy, a common tactic is for scammers … read more

  • Utility to consider rate decrease

    Pictured left to right during Tuesday’s meeting are Ricki DeSantis, President James Calkins, Daryl Lynchard, HNWS General Manager Paul Gardner, Vice President Will Goulet and Mark Miller. Not pictured is Doug Larson, who was named Secretary/Treasurer, a board-appointed position. Following massive changes brought about during the January 16 Holley-Navarre Water System annual elections, the newly … read more