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Oct 4, 2022

Proposed Navarre city charter revealed

On Sept. 25, Preserve Navarre held its first public meeting in several months.

At the meeting, Wes Siler, director of Preserve Navarre, unveiled the proposed city charter for a City of Navarre Beach.

Sep 22, 2022

Land Development Code changes allow CEFCO to move forward at High School Blvd

A change in the land development code now allows CEFCO to move forward with building a gas station and convenience store in Navarre at High School Boulevard and Highway 87 South after Santa Rosa County Planning and Zoning approved the plan on Sept. 12.

According to Santa Rosa County Community Planning, Zoning, and Development Director Shawn Ward, the County Commissioners adopted a new land development code in August 2021, which eliminated the requirement for 500 feet between residential housing and underground fuel tank storage.

Sep 13, 2022

Electric bills likely to increase in 2023

Florida residents and businesses likely will get hit with higher electric bills in 2023 as utilities continue to struggle with increased costs of natural gas.

Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. filed petitions Friday at the state Public Service Commission that detailed expected costs in 2023.

Sep 7, 2022

Country Gym Bar & Grill to open soon in Milton

Joe Dunne and Tony Thomas are hoping for a workout boom in Milton.

“The name really started as a joke,” Dunne said of The Country Gym Bar & Grill, opening soon at 5198 Willing St. “If somebody’s wife is calling to find out why he isn’t home, he can tell her ‘Baby, I’m at the gym.’ We’ve even bought novelty glasses shaped like barbells.”

Sep 6, 2022

Suncoast Flooring and Design cuts ribbon at Grand Re-Opening

Chamber members from both Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce cheer as Suncoast Flooring and Design owners Jeremy and Carrie Carver cut ribbons at their Grand Re-Opening Friday, Sept. 2.

Sep 6, 2022

State eyes shift on property insurer ratings

Angry at a ratings agency that raised the possibility of downgrading 17 Florida property insurers, state leaders could be poised to look for an alternative.

The Joint Legislative Budget Commission next week is expected to consider a proposal to spend $1.5 million to hire a consultant that would look at options for property insurers to get adequate financial ratings.

Aug 30, 2022

Financial records your business should keep

The paperwork adds up. This is the stark reality many small businesses face when they don’t yet have the time, tools, or know-how to keep up with their financial records.

Unfortunately, this is also one of the reasons many of those small businesses don’t make it.

Aug 23, 2022

New restaurant opening in Navarre; businesses starting to build

Navarre will be getting a little bit cheesier sometime in the near future.

Charley’s Philly Steaks will be coming to Navarre, and more specifically the Navarre Walmart Supercenter.

Aug 16, 2022

Florida supply chain issues still linger well into 2022

Businesses across the United States have been hurting amid economic pressures such as inflation and supply chain issues. The Sunshine State’s businesses are no exception.

A recent study found that, as of April 2022, 44.7% of Florida businesses are experiencing domestic supplier delays and 26.1% are seeing delivery or shipping delays to their customers.

Aug 15, 2022

Eglin Federal Credit Union to add Gulf Breeze location

Eglin Federal Credit Union recently announced it will start developing a property located on the corner of Tiger Lake Drive and Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze. The short term plan is to install two drive-thru ATM/Video Tellers in 2023.

According to a press release from Eglin Federal Credit Union, this will look similar to the drive-thrus currently being constructed near Niceville High School as well as the site at Jonquil Avenue NW and Mary Esther Cutoff NW in Fort Walton Beach, and the recently announced location in DeFuniak Springs. Construction of a full-service branch in Gulf Breeze is expected to begin in 2024.