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Florida nabs No. 2 rank in nation for business

Florida nabs No. 2 rank in nation for business

Florida came in second behind Texas as the state with the best business climate in America. The results came from a triennial survey given to hundreds of business executives and conducted by Development Counsellors International, a firm specializing in all phases of economic development and travel marketing. Local economist Rick Harper, Ph.D. of the University of West Florida said the number 2 ranking will attract businesses outside of our typical […]

Un-Muddying the Clean Water Act

Un-Muddying the Clean Water Act

Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972 and, more than 40 years later, administrators are still grappling with the scope of the law. James Giattina, Director of Water Protection Division for the southeast branch of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was in Navarre Friday, Oct. 3, and discussed how far upstream the EPA’s jurisdiction goes. “For so many years we have been so water rich in the Southeast […]

Chick-fil-A camp-out coming to Pensacola

Chick-fil-A camp-out coming to Pensacola

  A new Chick-fil-A will open its doors in Pensacola Oct. 16, creating 75 new jobs and offering 100 lucky customers a one year supply of  Chick-fil-A meals. The restaurant’s “First 100″ celebration is a tradition across the country that often spawns a “24-hour tailgating party” according to spokeswoman Cindi Pickett. The first 100 customers […]

Fla.’s housing market: rising prices, inventory in Aug. 2014

Fla.’s housing market: rising prices, inventory in Aug. 2014

The good news in Navarre real estate is that distressed property (foreclosures, short sales) sales have dropped from 16 percent last year to 11 percent of total sales currently, according to local Realtor Patricia Williamson. “Another good market indicator is how long a property stays on the market,” Williamson said, adding that the number is […]

New tourism director named

New tourism director named

Julie Morgan, executive tourism director for Monroe County, Tennessee, has been tapped to lead Santa Rosa County’s tourism industry. Negotiations are presently underway for her $68,000 annual contract. Morgan says she has been vacationing along the Emerald Coast all of her life. “I’m very familiar with Navarre Beach,” she said, noting the protected beauty of Gulf Islands National Seashore. “Another part about your county […]

East Milton could see 300-400 more jobs

East Milton could see 300-400 more jobs

Santa Rosa County Commissioners have been asked to spend around $750,000 to construct additional parking spaces on county-owned property adjacent to a facility in Santa Rosa Industrial Park (SRIP). Commissioners will vote on the matter at today’s meeting, and construction could be complete within 90 days. Santa Rosa County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree asked the board to approve the project, contingent upon Navy Federal Credit Union leasing an additional 40,000 […]

Residents weigh Navarre Beach umbrella ordinance

Residents weigh Navarre Beach umbrella ordinance

A rock and a hard place. That’s where county officials find themselves when it comes to enforcing complaints about beach umbrella vendors. The situation is complicated. Beach chair and umbrella vendors operate on Navarre Beach under a “gentlemen’s agreement” of sorts which allows them to work directly with beach property and condo owners with oversight of the county. That unofficial way of doing business leaves county officials no real […]

Sales Tax Holiday Helps Florida Families

Sales Tax Holiday Helps Florida Families

A tax free weekend Sept. 19 through Sept. 21 will save consumers on items new Energy Star and WaterSense products including dishwashers, refrigerators, room air conditioners, swimming pool pumps, sink faucets and showerheads. “Floridians will get a final opportunity to shop tax-free this weekend, as part of the nearly $500 million tax cut passed by […]

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