PO Box 5003

Navarre Beach, Fl 32566



Gary Buroker

Vice President

Peter Birckhead


Phyllis Kinzie


Kathy Boulton



November 18

(at the Pearl)

All Meetings will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10:00 am unless specified otherwise at Juana’s Pagoda

(New Navarre Press subscribers and new NBLRA members only.)



October 28, 2017 Meeting

The October meeting of the leaseholders and residents association met October 28 at The Pearl-Conference Center.  President, Gary Buroker, called the meeting to order at 10:02am.  The quorum was called and followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  There were 36 present at the meeting.


Approve Minutes – The September minutes were approved and written with no corrections or additions.


Treasurer’s Report – Kathy Boulton, Treasurer presented her report showing checking account balance of $16,401.07.  The money market balance is $11,672.80.  Reference Treasure report, dated October 16, 2017 for further details.


Fire Department Report - Chief Howard gave the monthly fire report as shown below.


37 responses for the month of September

24 in district responses – 3-automatice fire alarm, 15 medical, 1 elevator rescue, 4 water rescue-ski launched, 1 public assist, 13 auto-mutual aid responses, 7 automatic fire alarm, 3 medical, 2 structure fires, 1 MVA


YTD 2017 responses - 379

YTD 2016 responses – 303

September 2017 responses – 37

September 2016 responses – 26


Concern: regarding people having parties/bonfires on the dunes off White Sands. The Fire Chief stated that per EPA ruling NO bonfires/open fires are permitted on any beaches. He recommended they call 911 so that it is recorded properly and the FD will investigate.


Concern: garbage left behind after parties. Fire Chief said EPA should be made aware of it.

Gary gave an explanation of the FDOT Proposed project for US 98.  He indicated that Navarre Beach has a good master-zoning plan and we want to protect that plan.  Present zoning protects recreation and conservation land. Navarre Marine Park, all but 7 acres is conservation.  Juana’s is all recreation, the pier is recreation, and the beach line form the Seashore to the pier is recreation, 53 acres on White Sands is conservation.

There are a few options being presented for by the FDOT.  They are looking to take 24.5 miles of US 98 from 4 lanes to 6 lanes.  The speed limit is up for debate at 50mph or 45mph for safety reasons.   The road will have bike paths and sidewalks.  80% of the traffic that goes through

Navarre does not stop.

Q Why lower the speed limit?

A No answer was given, answer is unknown

Q Will the school zones remain?

A Yes, the schools zones will remain where they are.

Q-Will the flow of traffic study include the roundabout vs. lights?

BIt is assumed that will be included in the study.

Concern: The roundabout will be confusing and dangerous with so many tourists not knowing how to use it.

Q How will this project affect the Navarre Park and project they are planning

A It will not have any affect on Navarre Park.

Gary urged members to complete the form that was handed out with the paperwork outlining the proposed project.  If completed at the meeting, he will ensure that they receive it by the deadline.

The study will take 2 years, it will be 5 years until the costs are calculated and it will begin in 5-10 years.

 A vote was taken that we support the change from a 4-lane highway to a 6-lane highway and that the majority prefers the roundabout option.

BBLC Report (Beach Beautification Liaison Committee)

Report given by Gary, as Peter Birckhead was unable to attend.


Confirmation was given that the $6 million Navarre Project was voted on and going forward.  One of the positive things from this is regarding water runoff into the sound.  Currently the water along with all the pollutants runs into the sound.  Part of this project will include a new system where the water will be cleaned and filtered before going into the sound.  This new system will help clean up the sound.


Q How was this approved when so many people seemed against it?

A Those that were in support of the project showed up and voiced their opinions; those opposed were not well represented.

Q There was 4 out of 5 commissioners against the project at the 10/9 meeting, how did that change?

A There were groups from the butterfly house, realtors, master gardeners in attendance and they were heard.  It was indicated that there were only 5 in attendance that were against this project.

Q Where is the accountability of projects and money spent?

A elected commissioners make the decisions; we can always elect new ones.

Q How can there be justification for spending so much on the Butterfly House when it’s open only a few months a year.

A Our best guess is tourism and ecosystems that they support.

There is discussion about a roundabout being added to the beach just off the end of the bridge.

Peter is working on acquiring landscaping and irrigation down Gulf Blvd. There is a possibility that the effluent water from the water department could be used.

Q Can anything be done regarding the trash cans up and down Gulf Blvd that are left out for ling periods of time?

A This question was postponed to the next meeting so that Peter can answer.

Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises was awarded the contract at the pier. They will take over sometime in December.  They are partnered with the owners of Ye Old Brothers Brewery in Navarre.  If GSRE were unable to commit to the contract, it would go to the second place proposal, Johnny Houston’s.


Looking for a way to donate to Beach Beautification Liaison Committee and the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residence Association?

We have 4 inch by 4 inch and 4 inch by 8 inch engraved plaques available to be placed on the Donors Recognition Arch at the east end entrance to the walking/biking path and just behind the Tom Thumb. You can dedicate your plaque to a loved one or a friend. Our perhaps list your own name or family or even your organization can be recognized.


4” by 4” plaques are $250 and 4” by 8” inch plaques are $500

Your donations are used to help maintain our palm islands and doggie pots along Gulf and White Sands Blvd. and provide needed funds for seasonal decorations during holiday periods.

Please contact Peter Birckhead for more information or to make your donation, 713-819-1980 or peterbirckhead@gmail.com

Peter along with Jerry Smith will be placing American Flags on SR 98 along the entrance of the bridge to the beach.


Fee Simple Update- the house has passed the bill and it sits at the Senate level with the energy and national resource committee.

Senator Nelson had originally given his support but has since withdrawn it.  Senator Rubio continues to support it.

Part of Fee Simple includes a Preservation Clause. Escambia County supports this however; Santa Rosa County commissions are not supporting it.  Gary suggested that we email the commissioners to support the Preservation clause along with Escambia County.  We need to support this for Senator Nelson to support the bill.

Comment: the fact that SRC left out the preservation clause speaks volumes as to their plans for Navarre Beach.

Comment: those opposed to the Fee Simple have a very large presence in Pensacola and are very organized and they are being heard.


Nomination Committee Update- Tim Eckard indicated that we have 3 nominations: President-Peter Birckhead, Secretary-Michelle Auwaerter, and Treasure-Kathy Boulton.

Q What kind of time commitment is required for the position of President?

A The president appoints people to various committees but is also required to attend meetings; county meetings, complete research and a lot of these duties are done during daytime/work hours.

There was a motion to appoint Gary Buroker as Vice President, the motion was seconded and passed.  Since there are 4 positions and 4 nominations there is no need for a formal vote.  The motion was made to go forward with these positions, it was seconded and passed.  Congratulations to the new board members!


General discussion

Q the 2016 Sea Oats that were planted were not doing very well but after Hurricane Nate, they have appeared to wash away completely. Is there anything being done to repair/replace these?

A Peter is taking the appropriate steps regarding the Sea Oats.

Comment: I think something needs to be done to have signs made to educate tourists about the dunes and how walking on them will damage them.

Q Back in March/April we had inmates clean the bridge and they did a great job, but we need it done more than once a year.

A A BBLC member answered saying they are currently working on getting together a committee to clean the causeway/bridge and other items including landscaping.

Comment: White Sands and Gulf Blvd have lots of sand and standing water and the clean up and mainentence of the roads needs to be more diligent.

Response: We live on the beach and sand will always be present and not sure what can be done about water after heavy rains.

Q There is areas of the sidewalks that are grown over and in some areas are single track. Is there someone responsible for taking care of these areas?

A Gary responded saying it was looked into and currently there is nobody responsible for the sidewalks. However, Peter continued to work on this.


Meeting adjourned at 11:11am

Submitted by: Kimberlee Gardner


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November 18

(at the Pearl)

All Meetings will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10:00 am unless specified otherwise at Juana’s Pagoda

PO Box 5003 • Navarre Beach, Fl 32566


November 18

(at the Pearl)

All Meetings will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10:00 am unless specified otherwise at Juana’s Pagoda

PO Box 5003 • Navarre Beach, Fl 32566