Santa Rosa County

Furman tapped for Public Works Director

Furman tapped for Public Works Director

Santa Rosa County Commissioners have approved an $111,400 employment contract naming Assistant Public Works Director Stephen Furman as incoming Public Works Director, effective July 1, 2015. Furman, a professionally licensed engineer, has worked for the county for more than two decades. Furman will replace retiring Public Works Director Avis Whitfield, who has worked 39 years […]

Local residents could see insurance premium reduction

Local residents could see insurance premium reduction

The Holley-Navarre Fire District recently had its Insurance Service Office Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating upgraded from a Class 5/10 to a Class 4/4Y, effective Nov. 1. ISO classifies communities from 1 (the best) to 10 (the worst). That upgrade could include reductions in insurance premiums for local property owners, according to HNFD Chief Ron Norton, particularly in the Holley area. Read more in the Nov. 6 issue […]

Firefighters undergo tough job interview

Firefighters undergo tough job interview

How tough was your last job interview? Holley Navarre Fire District put seven candidates through a rigorous interview process last month that included an agility test, immediately followed by a board-style interview. Firefighters showed up early Sept. 22 to Station 45 to test their mental and physical faculties in order to compete for one part-time and one full-time position. The agility test […]

‘Green means go’ for Holley Navarre

‘Green means go’ for Holley Navarre

The Holley Navarre Fire District approved a $1,489,967 budget Sept. 22 at their monthly meeting. The budget will fund prevention initiatives, equipment purchases, training and, most notably, an Opticom Emergency Vehicle Preparation system. Opticom is an infrared system that allows emergency vehicles to communicate with traffic signals and request a green light. The detector can receive and validate the emitter’s request far enough in advance to allow the light […]

Standing room only at ‘City of Navarre’ meeting

Standing room only at ‘City of Navarre’ meeting

The Navarre incorporation feasibility study cost $27,500, property taxes could go up $100 per year and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office will remain the presiding law enforcement agency if Navarre incorporates. Those were some of the answers Navarre residents received at a town hall meeting Monday, Sept. 15. More than 240 residents crowded the Navarre Conference Center Monday night the meeting. Read more in […]

Donations bring Navarre Beach Fire truck to life

Donations bring Navarre Beach Fire truck to life

Members of the Navarre Beach Fire Department hosted a barbecue to thank the many local businesses that donated time and materials to refinish their new beach truck. “The community support was overwhelming. Nobody hesitated at all when we asked for help,” firefighter Danny Fureigh said. The businesses included Professional Collision, 98 Signs and Designs, Autotronics, Cook’s […]

Team RWB runs through Navarre to commemorate 9/11

Team RWB runs through Navarre to commemorate 9/11

Team RWB (Red, White and Blue) Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach chapters commemorated 9/11 with a 45 mile flag run that started at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Pensacola and through Navarre by way of Gulf Blvd. They crossed the Navarre Beach Causeway to eventually complete the race at the Veteran’s Tower on Beal Cemetery in […]

Sheriff’s Office shows-off armored vehicle

Sheriff’s Office shows-off armored vehicle

Earlier this year the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office acquired a demilitarized armored vehicle for roughly $2,500 – a fraction of the original cost. The vehicle not only provides increased protection for members of the agency’s SWAT team but can also be used for other purposes. “We acquired it through a federal surplus program,” stated Deputy Rich Aloy, spokesman for the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. Thousands of such Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (M-RAP) […]

Workers, educators showcase need for RESTORE funding

Workers, educators showcase need for RESTORE funding

“We’re making sure they get a fair shake,” said Jeff Helms, representing Atkins North America, Santa Rosa County’s RESTORE consultant. Helms said funding for workforce development programs could be possible from local RESTORE funding resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and earmarked for economic development projects. Leaders in local workforce training and development […]

More talk about “critical” renourishment on Navarre Beach

More talk about “critical” renourishment on Navarre Beach

A six-foot drop off has washed out beneath the staircase behind Brent Moore’s residence on Navarre Beach. Moore says less than two years ago four of the steps leading to the Gulf were submerged under sand. That erosion prompted Moore and others to drive Monday to Milton in an effort to convince commissioners beach renourishment must be a priority. “It’s been talked about for years,” said Moore, […]

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