PO Box 5003

Navarre Beach, Fl 32566



Peter Birckhead

Vice President

Gary Buroker


Michelle Auwaerter


Kathy Boulton



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NBLRA Minutes

June 23, 2018   Meeting

The June meeting of leaseholders and residents association met Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Juana’s.  The meeting was called to order at 10:01 a.m. by Vice-President, Gary Buroker.  The quorum was called and then it was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  There were 36 present at the meeting.


Approve Minutes – The May minutes were approved.


Treasurer’s Report – Kathy Boulton, Treasurer presented her report as of June 18, 2018.  The current checking account balance is $21,531.29 of which $6,069.01 is BBLC Donations.  The money market balance is $11,760.43.  The treasure report was approved.  Reference Treasure report, dated June 18, 2018 for further details.


Fire Department Report – Chief Danny provided the May fire report. 53 calls for service; 36 were in district and 17 out of district.  May was the busiest month this year.


Other items highlighted as follows:

• Attended 10-8 road/show/luncheon in Pensacola.

• Conducted multi-agency water rescue training with lifeguards and Extreme H2O out of Destin

• Hosted Fireman’s challenge for autism and raised $3600 for Autism awareness.

• Pinned new Captain Corey Mayhew.

• Attended “Blessing of the Beach”.

• Escorted Law Enforcement Ruck March

• Ordered Throw ring for Pier

• Ordered BOD new shirts

• Evaluated Scott air packs and requested quote for upcoming purchase with “LOST” funds.

• Saved $809 by changing from quarterly to annual Fire Sprinkler testing at station.

• Obtained station generator from County Emergency management.

• Hosted 16 kids from Navarre Primary school due to Holley Navarre cancelling with them

• Secured room at Springhill Suites for Allen Cree’s mom Lujuanna

• Met with ESCI consolidation study group.  Results expected back August 1st.

• Site visit with ESCI.

• Scheduled Natural gas training with Okaloosa Gas.

• Scheduled meeting with Dr. Landry, County Medical Director.  Working to get higher level of medical services.

• Finalized Beach Safety proposal.  In the process of fine-tuning proposal before being submitted to County.

• Chief Fureigh, Captain Hall and Captain Mayhew went to Wisconsin to finalize plans on new Ladder truck.

• 5th Life Guard Tower has been installed in front of the Caribbean Resort.  Also, it was pointed out to read the Rip Tide signs on the beach since it provides good tips on water safety.


Legislative Update -

• Fire MSBU – The results of the MSBU study were disclosed illustrating the need for an increase to the MSBU.  It is expected there will be rate increase.  The Fire Department has been looking at a 5 year plan and trying to determine the appropriate rate that they should present to the County.  The Study suggested $598. BOCC approved $ 500 and that will be advertised to public in July. The 2019 rate cannot be higher than $ 500.  The Final rate will be approved at August BOCC meeting and could come in lower than $ 500.  The Fire Department is not adding anymore personnel but just trying to maintain the department.  The Leaseholders did not object to the increase at the meeting.

• Navarre Master Plan Update – Gary Buroker provided an update on the Plan.  He had a diagram of the Master Plan but did not have handouts of it.  The pink area on Navarre Beach is designated “Entertainment Commercial” land use.  This is the location of the future Discovery Center.  The intent of this district is to provide opportunities for clustered entertainment related uses to create a destination or hub that can be appreciated as a pedestrian experience.  Uses within this district include attractions such as the Discovery Center; open air markets; boutique restaurants, eateries and hotels; bars; breweries and distilleries; and cinemas.

There are no additional Public Open House events scheduled for the Master Plan prior to the Zoning Board Public Hearing, but comments can always be provided through the project website.

June 11th Master Plan meeting did not address Highway 98 traffic.  Highway 98 Traffic is another group.  There is a meeting in July but it is not open to the public.  Phil Babiak encouraged everyone to contact their representatives to convey their wishes for Highway 98.  Navarre Beach representatives will be Peter Birckhead, Gary Buroker and Kathy Boulton.

• Navarre Beach Ambassador Program –

Santa Rosa County’s UF/IFAS Extension Office is launching a new program, the Navarre Beach Ambassadors, dedicated to promoting safe enjoyment of Navarre Beach. The office is seeking local volunteers to walk the beach and interact with both local and visiting beachgoers.

Interested individuals are invited to a training on Tues., June 26 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Navarre Beach Visitor’s Center. This session will cover the role of the ambassadors on the beach as well as the educational material they will share with beach visitors. For questions, contact Chris Verlinde, UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Sea Grant extension agent, (850) 623-3868 or chrismv@ufl.edu.

Beach Beautification Liaison Committee Update – No update

Neighborhood Watch Update –

• NextDoor App – Robin Otto provided some information on the Nextdoor App.  She encouraged the Leaseholders to try the App.  The App is designed to help with crime prevention.  It provides detailed alerts on things that are going on in the neighborhood.  There are 127 residents signed onto the App.  The App covers 17 other neighborhoods but you can adjust the settings to limit it to Navarre Beach.  You can also adjust the settings to get rid of the advertisement.  If anyone needs assistance with the App you may text Robin at 703-554-5055.

• Safety Plans – Ed DeCoste discussed obtaining electronic signs that would flash the speeds and record the times of day and speed of the cars.  It does not identify the car but the times would assist in determining the high traffic times and when the speeding is occurring.  Mr. DeCoste stated they are working on how to obtain the funding.  Harrell Schaerffer, a leaseholder announced that he would be paying for one of the speed signs.

• Stop Signs on White Sands – Mr. DeCoste also informed the leaseholders that they would like to begin a petition to add a couple of stop signs on White Sands.  One leaseholder wanted to know why we did not add speed bumps instead of stop signs.  Mr. DeCoste said he was not sure but when this was suggested the Sheriff was not in favor of pursuing this idea.  However, he would bring it up again.

Community Outreach - None

Meet Your Neighbor

Guest Speaker – Courtland Gray introduced Kenny Wilder the guest speaker.

Mr. Wilder started ECTtelecom a telecommunications company in 1994.  He is a founding member of the Agent Alliance, past President and current member of the Board of Directors. The Agent Alliance is an established group of premier master agencies, and is the only organization of telecom agents in the USA. Kenny served as a board member on the MCI-WorldCom-UUNet Advisory Council in 2001. ECTtelecom has been recognized as a top 500 Company with Var Business. In his spare time Kenny is a Florida Master Naturalist and is an award winning nature and wildlife photographer.  He has been a key player in roping off the areas to protect the Black Skimmer’s nest. He is especially noted for his photographs.  For those interested in purchasing his photographs he is offering Navarre Beach Leaseholders a 25% discount effective the Monday afternoon (June 26th).  You can visit his website Kennywilder.com for any photographs you may be interested in purchasing.

Mr. Wilder also has a webcam at Navarre Beach.  It was started in 2006 for the purpose of showing the progress of the beach restoration project. Once the project ended in November, the camera, located high above the beach of the 15th floor of the Bell Mer Condominium building, remained in place because of the interest generated from it.  As a note of interest the webcam captures the sunrises and sunsets.  This webcam has been rated in the top 10.

General Discussion –

• An announcement was made regarding a couple of Handouts.  Handout for Protecting Your Identity and Preparing for Hurricanes were passed out and were available at the Welcome Desk.

• Lt. Erlemann has an action plan for traffic for the Air Show and 4th of July events.

• Everyone was encouraged to vote.  Our voting place is at the Navarre High School.  You can also elect to do early voting or voting by mail.

This concluded the meeting which was adjourned at 11:03 a.m.

Respectively Submitted by, Michelle Auwaerter


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

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

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