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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Milton Thursday to present a $2.36 million Broadband Opportunity Grant to Santa Rosa County leaders. The popular Republican governor visited the historic Imogene Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 2, to announce the first Broadband Opportunity Grant Program awards to expand broadband internet for Florida’s underserved communities. The Santa Rosa grant will help bring high-speed internet to 791 homes and businesses in the county. Statewide, the program is committing more than $144 million for 58 projects in 41 counties, impacting almost 160,000 unserved residential, educational, business and community locations.

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Navarre bunco group gives check to Set Free Refuge

A social dice game has been bringing together a group of Navarre women for the past year. The group plays a game called bunco, which is played in two to four sets with six rounds each.

Calkins drops objection, commission approves new NB Pier signs

The turtle’s OK. A conversation with Navarre Beach Pier operator Tamara Fountain convinced Santa Rosa County Commissioner James Calkins to drop his objection to new signs for the facility.

School Resource Officer arrested on lewd and lascivious charge

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested Deputy David Daniels Tuesday, Jan. 24, on a felony lewd and lascivious charge. On Monday, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office was informed that a report of misconduct had been made against Daniels to the Department of Children and Families. Immediately after receiving the report, the Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes detectives began to investigate the reported incident.

Santa Rosa graduation rates exceed pre-pandemic levels

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted education throughout the United States. Students, teachers, parents, and administrators had to adjust to lockdowns, online learning and other disruptions to students, even after reopening schools. Despite these challenges, the Florida Department of Education announced Jan. 13 that high school graduation rates for the 2021-2022 school year not only met pre-pandemic levels, they exceeded them across the state. Santa Rosa County was no exception.

Commission approves ‘upzoning’ in East Milton

Some folks in Navarre worry about “Florida’s Most Relaxing Place” becoming another Destin; some in East Milton are pointing to Pace as a cautionary tale of development run amok. Elizabeth Plant is among them.

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Navarre NJROTC program beneficial but not mandatory

There appears to be a growing trend of students being forced into JROTC programs at high schools across the country. Data collected from more than 200 public records, according to The New York Times, shows that dozens of schools have made the program mandatory.

Pirate Plunge raises $10,000 for local charities

On New Year’s Day, local 501(c)3 organization Pirates on the Panhandle hosted their fifth Pirate Plunge on Navarre Beach by the fishing pier, where participants ran into the cold Gulf of Mexico.

Calkins claims proposed pier signs don’t match Navarre Beach brand

It’s been seven years since Santa Rosa County rebranded Navarre Beach from Florida’s “Best Kept Secret” to the state’s “Most Relaxing Place,” but Commissioner James Calkins still resents the change.

Pirate Plunge raises $10,000 for local charities

On New Year’s Day, local 501(c)3 organization Pirates on the Panhandle hosted their fifth Pirate Plunge on Navarre Beach by the fishing pier, where participants ran into the cold Gulf of Mexico.

Calkins claims proposed pier signs don’t match Navarre Beach brand

It’s been seven years since Santa Rosa County rebranded Navarre Beach from Florida’s “Best Kept Secret” to the state’s “Most Relaxing Place,” but Commissioner James Calkins still resents the change.


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