Economy

Entrepreneurial spirits running high in Navarre

Entrepreneurial spirits running high in Navarre

In 2015, Santa Rosa County witnessed the growth of many new homes and businesses in the area. With new families and opportunities arriving steadily each year, growth for previous years has become a popular subject for public elation. However, the prospect of the upcoming year has left many citizens speculating as to whether this kind […]

Holidays stall job openings in Santa Rosa County

Holidays stall job openings in Santa Rosa County

Gov. Rick Scott issued a press release touting the highest level of Florida jobs available in a decade, with a total of nearly 300,000 openings across the state. “Florida is leading all large states in job growth and we will keep working every day to be first for jobs,” Scott said. Job demand in Florida […]

Restaurants want to increase hours for alcohol sales

Restaurants want to increase hours for alcohol sales

  A 1991 ordinance allows beach establishments to sell alcohol until 2:30 a.m. while businesses in the rest of the county are required to stop selling alcohol at midnight. The Navarre Area Board of Realtors (NABOR) released a statement to its members last week stating that NABOR “unanimously supports the creation of a fair and […]

Economic development group makes hard sell

Economic development group makes hard sell

It’s not easy selling a community to outside businesses and investors. Despite incentives, such as tax breaks and free land, recruiting industry is a challenge, especially when other states are wooing the same companies. Competition can be fierce. Cliff Krut, a certified economic development representative for Gulf Power, explained how Northwest Florida, specifically Santa Rosa […]

Tourism numbers continue to increase

Tourism numbers continue to increase

Tourism is booming in Santa Rosa County, Tourist Development Director Julie Morgan said at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast July 31. “We are flying higher than we ever have been,” she told the audience. “So we really need to be proud of ourselves.” Morgan’s office is responsible for promoting Santa Rosa […]

Wee Market provides big business opportunity for community

Wee Market provides big business opportunity for community

Holly and Abdul Elassaad have owned Pet Nation in the Shoppes of Navarre for more than a decade. But they have been eager to create opportunities for other small businesses and finally decided it was time to make it happen. And that is where the idea for Wee Market was born. Wee Market will be […]

Back-to-school tax-free holiday starts Friday

Back-to-school tax-free holiday starts Friday

Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday kicks off Friday, Aug. 7, and runs through Aug. 16. According to the Florida Retail Federation, the 10-day event is the longest back-to-school shopping holiday since its inception in 1998. Shoppers have two full weekends to shop-tax free. The tax-free holiday applies to: Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling […]

Santa Rosa still on economic recovery trail

Santa Rosa still on economic recovery trail

Santa Rosa County’s bounce back from the Great Recession of 2009 and 2010 isn’t complete, according to its jobless rate. But the way we were as a labor market may not come again. The county’s unemployment rate as of June, 4.9 percent, reflects great improvement over the peak of 10 percent in January 2010. Santa […]

Groundbreaking ushers in hotel construction

Groundbreaking ushers in hotel construction

County officials and hotelier Marilyn Hess are gathering at Navarre Beach for this morning’s official groundbreaking of SpringHill Suites, which will replace the former Holiday Inn which was razed following Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The planned seven-story Marriott-family hotel will include 161 guest rooms, a Gulf-front full-service restaurant, and two pools – an indoor pool on the second […]

Luxury apartments nearing completion

Luxury apartments nearing completion

The tight rental market is about to get relief. In less than two months, the first of five buildings, along with the welcome center, will open at the Sound at Navarre. Located just east of Joybrook Road in Navarre, the property includes 250 units and boasts 303,479 square feet of building space and two underground […]