What Would You Like to See Come to Navarre Beach

Photos and Discussion of the old Navarre Beach Holiday Inn Hotel, and planned construction of another Hotel planned for the existing site destroyed by Hurricane Ivan on September 2004 and Hurricane Dennis on 2005. Info about the 1978 movie Jaws 2, which much of the film was filmed at Navarre Beach in the 1970’s. The actors and crew used the old Holiday Inn as their headquarters.

Do you want to see commercial growth

Yes
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29%
No
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71%
 
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Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:26 am

Hey Kid---we still have one of those Quality Inn revolving restaraunts here in Cincy! I believe it is now a Radisson. It's right on the Ohio River---not quite the beach but it's all we've got!
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Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:45 am

I think we have to see some commercial growth to keep people in Navarre, instead of going to Escambia or Okaloosa Counties to spend their money. I think we have quite enough mani and pedi salons already. But I'm talking about maybe a quality type gift shop (Hallmark), maybe a baby or children's shop, a health food shop (Trader Joe's), or a sewing/craft/fabric shop (JoAnne's). There are plenty of open spots in the strip malls around here to accomodate any of those.

Also something to keep the pre-teens and the teens occupied. Bowling alley, movie theater, skating rink .... somewhere they could gather with their friends. There just isn't much for the middle school/junior high school kids to do. I've seen the mischief these kids get into ... i.e. bashing mailboxes with baseball bats, or turning street signs around, etc.
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Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:02 pm

Does anyone remember the campground that was located on the sound side of Santa Rosa Island between Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach?
I believe it was slightly more closer to Navarre Beach. I often try to pick out along the road of where it use to be, but give up because the terrain has changed so much. As a kid, my family would camp there back in the 70s. I would fish on the sound side and catch croakers all day long. Those were the good old days.

It would be neat to see a campground again on the sound side.
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Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:28 pm

Crawfisherman. I think this is the old RV campground your are inquiring about...
The KOA campground is now a subdivision called Grand Navarre. It is located 1 blk North of Gulf Blvd. on South Carolina Street. That is also 1 blk. N. of beach access parking and walkover #12 at the West end of White Sands Blvd. on what is now called Navarre Beach. The horseshoe shaped street is called Grand Navarre Blvd. The campground office has been converted to a single family house, that is very well maintained and landscaped. The old pool is gone but the canal is still there.
In 1991 or 92 the development still had the RV spots and picnic tables on the site. The campground was converted to a 90 lot subdivision in 93. Canal lots, soundside lots and ideal building sites are still available at great market prices.
I too would like to see a limited stay RV/ campground located soundside in the nearly empty 116 acre SRC park. 8)
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:15 am

P'cola, and all,

Be careful what you wish for!

I ran restaurants in Destin in late 70's through early 90's. I remember well when Holiday Isle, the point and dunes we saw from the harbor area, was undeveloped and beautiful with dunes, birds, and the peaceful look of unspoiled beach. I remember when Harbor Docks opened. I remember when the round Holiday Inn was the tallest building there, then Shoreline Towers (phaze 1) first of the high rise condos was built on the curve going out to the isle we thought so beautiful.

I remember when we all wanted more choices instead of having to drive to Ft. Walton to shop. I even remember when there was not a single fast food restaurant in Destin with only 2 places to get gas, and only one small grocery store to choose from. My first restaurant was one of only 7 in Destin from the bridge all the way to Sandestin. All the boat captains and business owners were on the "Destin Plan" with the only bank in town (meaning payments were not made in the off season when business was slow but only made during season). We used to joke about rolling a bowling ball down Hwy 98 in the winter and not worry about hitting a car.

We all wished for more choices, more to do, more people to feed and sell things to. We worked hard to attract the Snow Birds over from Panama City, the business meetings from other states, etc. Then we got what we wanted and wished for when Destin made it past that growth hump that suddenly made it more attractive to bigger and better things and businesses. Damn! Look at it now! Now we long for the "sleepy little fishing village" that Destin once was.

As said previously good folks, those that love Navarre for what it is, "BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR"!
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:32 am

Lot of truth in that!
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:56 am

David wrote:P'cola, and all,

Be careful what you wish for! ...

Look at it now! Now we long for the "sleepy little fishing village" that Destin once was.

As said previously good folks, those that love Navarre for what it is, "BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR"!
Words of wisdom, David ... and AMEN to that! I'm all for progress and all that but some things are "convenience" and not progress, in the final analysis. The human soul needs the "unspoilt vistas" along with some inconveniences to refresh and restore from time to time.

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:21 pm

How about one decent restaurant?
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:35 pm

"A man is rich in proportion to the things he can afford to let alone". Thoreau said that. Most young folks are too impatient for things to be left like the good old days.

On NB we have Florida's longest and best fishing pier, 116 acres of county owned park area, 50 more acres of untouched soundside beach park/natural habitat area off Whitesands Blvd, 12 beach access areas with great public parking. 13+ high rise condo's (that need visitors), 4 miles of walking/ bike path and 8 miles of the most beautiful seashore in the nation to the West.

However, on a winter night you can still "roll a bowling ball down Gulf Blvd or White Sands Blvd and not hit a car". Replacement business have not came back. Snowbirds are slow to come back and we need more quality family things for them and locals to do when they are here.

Controlled slow quality growth in accordance with the Master plan is what we need. We do not want to be another Destin but we do not want to be the valley of the dead either.
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:09 pm

Build more high rise condos.
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Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:57 am

You need to fill the high rises that are already there Lunatic. I think the right things are currently being done---Pier deck expansion;Juana's expansion; Beach Monkey opening. Believe it or not, not all folks who stay at Navarre are looking for highly charged activities. NB is an oasis of beauty and solitude and should strive to remain so with a few additions to the area.
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Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:41 am

With regard to a campground - there is a new one going in on Hwy. 98 just west of 87, south side of road, right on the sound. They say it will be "up-scale".

To the person that said Navarre needs one decent restaurant - for several years there has been a very decent restaurant ... The Tuscan Grille at Hidden Creek Golf Course. They have had to cut their hours because they didn't have enough business to keep it open every night. They are open every day for lunch, but for evening dining it is open only on Wednesday and Friday nights with a limited menu. It is "decent" and it is classy.

Lagunatic - Tsk, tsk, for suggesting more high rise condos. Me thinks you're just a tad bit jealous of our beautiful white sand beaches. We don't need all those fancy big mansions you have out there in Ca.
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Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:59 pm

Our very first trip to the Emerald Coast, more than 10 years ago now we stayed at Main Sail in Destin. Since then we have either stayed on Okaloosa Island (FWB) or Navarre - never to return to Destin (except an occasional eat out)

We truly love the National Seashore on Navarre Island and the fact that there is a lack of commercialism is great. It is peaceful and wonderful. I hope and pray it continues to be that way for my grand babies that are beginning to sprout up. I look forward to playing with them on the beach at Navarre.....

Navarre Beach... We love ya just the way you are!
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Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:25 pm

unemployment in Santa Rosa up to 10.3%. People better hope for anything that will bring jobs.
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Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:30 am

Overall unemployment rate for the whole state of Florida for January was 11.9%, better than the 12% that it was for December.

Not to say that Santa Rosa's 10.3% is good but it is somewhat better than the state's overall.

A lot of the unemployment rate for Florida right now is seasonal and it will get better as tourist season nears. Santa Rosa County's rate reflects the season because of tourists but also because outdoor related jobs decline in the winter, especially in north Florida where we actually have winter weather but not bad enough to hire snow plow workers, etc. like our northern friends.

Working on the beach, I have noticed an increase in snow birds this year but bear in mind that many of the snow birds are very social and like a crowd of fellow Birds to pal and party with and they demand discount prices so we will probably never get the same crowds of Birds that now frequent Destin.

Yet, if everone were willing, as we were in Destin, to offer lower rates and prices and special discounts for the Birds, advertising such throughout the year staged in Snow Bird habitat (Canada, Great Lake States, Destin, Panama City, etc.), and be willing to attend thier winter meetings to woo them, we might draw large numbers of Snowbirds and make life easier (winter time) for that special restaurant everyone wants.

I might suggest that locals make it a habit to frequent local restaurants through the year. Be sure to tell, with diplomacy, what you like and dislike about thier restaurant. Make well thought out suggestions that they can afford to try, not always that favorite gormet dish that you like so well but something you like that they can profit from. Then be sure you are there with your frriends to order it when they put it on the menu. Most of all, let them know if service is not what it should be. Sometimes the proprietor is too busy in the backside to watch service as well. Good service can make a so-so meal much tastier, even fit for a king. Also, give a new restaurant a decent chance and time to improve. There is no business with a higher failure rate, the reason most successes are chains with a proven plan and many other locations to take the bite from overhead and losses. Who knows, a restaurant we now have that has suffered the time it takes to establish may be/become the one you wish for.
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