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Old 02-27-2017, 04:54 PM   #21
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Destin pass was not built proper unless you consider the extra land it produced to build condos. Also the dredge problem happened after the pass was built and after that crab island vanished . Good job guys.
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Old 02-27-2017, 08:41 PM   #22
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I have to admit that I initially thought it would be a good idea for a pass but the longer I have thought about it, the more I'm against it. Here's why... that nice clear water off Navarre would be gone. Have you seen how much the water clears up past sanddestin during cobia season? All that runoff has to go somewhere. The kayakers wouldn't even have a chance. It's a great place to kayak fish and could you imagine all the Carolina skiffs and bass boats hitting those near shore reefs? The salinity would also kill a lot of grass in the ICW. The old timers will tell you the same thing when the last pass was in. With the range of boats nowadays there's no reason to have a pass there. Oh, and it will turn Navarre upside down like Destin, more than its already becoming.
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Old 02-27-2017, 08:48 PM   #23
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I just left Navarre because it was getting too many people for my liking! I couldn't imagine what a pass would do to it. Destin does not have near the population that Navarre has! Destin has something like 15,000 or less residents. Do you realize that in Navarre, there are close to 40,000 some residents in that area now. Can you imagine how traffic would be to add even more tourists there on those two lanes each way!!!!

HOLY CRAP!!!! I wouldn't want to imagine! If you think Destin is bad, I think a pass in Navarre is just not possible in terms of infrastructure support that the county would want to do there. You would have to eminent domain a crap ton of properties eventually just to make it possible with improvements.

From a boating and fisherman's perspective that loves to gulf fish, I would have loved a pass there. As a resident living there though, it would make life a living nightmare. I already refused to leave my house once I was home in the afternoons. I didn't want to venture back out on Hwy 98 to save my life.

Now up in Baker and loving life!!!!
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Old 02-27-2017, 08:52 PM   #24
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I am for it.
I think it would be cool, if they could keep it open this time.
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Old 02-27-2017, 08:58 PM   #25
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Same exact thing here! I lived out there for two years and it was changing at an astonishing rate that I had a hard time with. They put up four lights on 98 in the short time I was there. I loved it at first, but could see the place gradually going down hill. Everytime I go through there now, I cringe and almost get in a wreck on 98 from the absurd traffic. I still remember it from the old Holiday Inn days and its hard to comprehend now.
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:35 PM   #26
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Maybe it's time for an enema for Navarre! I'd love to see the value of my house increase like the values have in Destin.
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Maybe it's time for an enema for Navarre! I'd love to see the value of my house increase like the values have in Destin.
That's what most people say that aren't from around here...
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Yeah, prolly not a good idea.Prolly not gonna happen. I mean if $5.00 toll is gonna break ya you sure as hell ain't gonna be livin on any beach. WTF!! Drive to bob sikes and pay a dollar to escambia county ! It will be CHEAPER!! I would rather my money stay in Santa Rosa, maybe too 4 or 6 lane 98. You can't stop progress. Must have voted for Clinton!


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Old 02-27-2017, 11:35 PM   #29
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I moved to Navarre from out of state last year. I own a home on the south side of 98, 5 miles west of the bridge with my front door looking out on the sound.
Mixed feelings. Increased property value- yes please. Increased traffic- Dear Lord NO! Easier access to the Gulf- yes please. To the detriment of nearby fishing- no thanks. If Gaetz wants to make Santa Rosa county "wealthy" I would rather they build from inside the county by attracting business and industry that doesn't put pressure on the edge of the water. How about attracting hi-tech manufacturing or IT, something that doesn't put pressure on the best natural resource we have. Build something that capitalizes off of the nearby intellectual asset of the military and nearby Pensacola AND keep it off of the sound and off of 98.

I know that I am new to the area and my opinion isn't worth spit and I'm probably naive to all of the components of this conversation. I can easily see pros and cons of each side of this. I commute to Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach for my work. Navarre is a bedroom community, I say keep it that way. I'm leaning towards no at this time, somebody convince me otherwise.
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Maybe it's time for an enema for Navarre! I'd love to see the value of my house increase like the values have in Destin.
Umm, I purchased my house in 2012 there in Navarre. I paid the going rate for a new house!

I sold it June 2016! Four years and my actual house value (sold) went up 21%.

I would say that's not a bad investment or improvement in house value in 4 years! Navarre is a very desirable place to live right now simply because there's hardly any new places to build except existing empty lots that people own. Eglin to the north and water to the south and no where else to go. And the population has went from around 20K in 2000 to over 40K in 2016 according to census data.

So in 16 years the population has more than doubled!

Stick in Navarre and you'll see your house value go up no matter what! It will eventually become like Niceville with all the military there and no more housing available. So prices go through the roof.

Check out what an old 1970's house of about 1500 sq ft on a tiny lot in Niceville goes for compared to say Pensacola. Soon Navarre is going to be completely tapped out as far as housing and house prices are only going to go up.

If I had the will power to become a land lord I would have simply rented my house out. But I didn't want to deal with that headache no matter what the money was!
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