Santa Rosa County

Courthouse presentation rescheduled

Courthouse presentation rescheduled

The Board of County Commissioners delayed an April 23 courthouse design presentation by HOK architectural firm. The board will instead host a special workshop to present the results of HOK’s lengthy 65-page report, which offers several design options for a new county judicial facility at the current site. Bradley Johnson, co-chairman of the City of […]

Lack of foresight

Lack of foresight

It’s no secret that the BP grant money that funds the annual Navarre Beach Sand-Sculpting Festival wouldn’t be available this year. Before last year’s event even took place, members of the county’s Tourist Development Council’s South End Committee were already brainstorming ways to fund the 2015 festival. At a July 2014 meeting, members discussed charging […]

Milton coach pushes for middle school sports

Milton coach pushes for middle school sports

Kris Long wants to see middle school sports become a reality in Santa Rosa County. Long, a Milton High School graduate and a youth football coach in the city, has pushed hard for the cause in recent months, meeting with the area’s rotary clubs, the county commissioners and the city councils. He also plans to […]

Police seek help in homicide investigation

Police seek help in homicide investigation

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in investigating the March 26 homicide of a Milton man. Stephen Richmond Rice, 43, was found dead inside his home on Persimmon Hollow Road. He was white with gray hair and hazel eyes and he weighed […]

County plans website overhaul

County plans website overhaul

Santa Rosa County Public Information Officer Joy Tsubooka on Monday asked county commissioners to fund an overhaul of the county’s website. Tsubooka, who last Friday was named a “2015 Communicator of the Year” by the Pensacola chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, said the county’s website attracts about 67,000 visits per month. “What we […]

Holley-Navarre Middle School teacher arrested on battery charge

Holley-Navarre Middle School teacher arrested on battery charge

Lauren Wyatt West, 31, of the 8400 block of Gulf Boulevard, was arrested April 23 on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of battery after police responded to her Navarre Beach apartment in reference to a disturbance. According to the report, West and the male victim were involved in a verbal argument that became physical. When the […]

Mr. Williamson goes to Washington

Mr. Williamson goes to Washington

Our freshman county commissioner, Rob Williamson, flew to Washington, D.C., April 13 and returned April 16 with $2,745.11 in receipts. He flew Delta Airlines for $917.20. A roundtrip flight from Northwest Florida Regional Airport to D.C. midweek is around $345. That’s planning a month in advance. The county made Williamson’s arrangements four days prior to […]

Navarre’s growing graffiti problem

Navarre’s growing graffiti problem

Graffiti has been popping up at various locations in Navarre, and it has Santa Rosa County tourism officials concerned. Sheriff Wendell Hall was asked to attend the April 15 Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Council (TDC) meeting to discuss the matter. “The graffiti is certainly an issue,” Hall said, but he assured TDC members it […]

Centennial Bank robbery suspect remains at large

Centennial Bank robbery suspect remains at large

Cops are searching for a white male suspect in connection with today’s robbery of Centennial Bank in Navarre. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies this morning responded to the incident in which a white male made off with an undisclosed amount of money. Roughly a half dozen patrol cars were on scene, along with a K-9 unit, […]

56 projects compete for $4.3 million

56 projects compete for $4.3 million

Santa Rosa County is expecting roughly $4.3 million in its first direct allotment of RESTORE funding resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Allocation decisions are being made, and some Tourism Development Council (TDC) members are concerned about possible conflicts of interest. Before the April 3 submission deadline, the county received 56 project proposals, […]

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