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Jan 21, 2022

Economic development office scores bullseye with new company

The Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office (SREDO) received final approval Jan. 13, on an agreement that will enable Element Outdoors to lease a 20,000-square-foot building in Milton.

Jan 21, 2022

Friends rally to help family of 13-year-old girl who died suddenly

Friends of the family of a 13-year-old Woodlawn Beach student who died unexpectedly Monday are raising money to help her mom pay for services.

Sophia Fenner was born and raised in the Gulf Breeze area.

Jan 21, 2022

Winter weather advisory issued: Use caution when driving

The US National Weather Service (NWS Mobile) office has placed Santa Rosa County (except the immediate beaches area) under a winter weather advisory until 12 p.m. Friday.

Jan 20, 2022

Transportation department monitoring road conditions

FDOT’s winter weather plan has been developed to keep Florida’s highway system safe and operational in all types of weather conditions. Motorists may notice an increased number of FDOT vehicles on state routes as maintenance and operations staff respond to winter weather conditions. If icy conditions are detected, FDOT crews will deploy various tankers, bridge […]

Jan 20, 2022

PAWS director resigns, interim named

Tracey Williams, Executive Director of the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, has announced that she has tendered her resignation to PAWS to pursue new opportunities.

A press release announcing her resignation was sent out Thursday afternoon. Williams, who has served as Executive Director of PAWS since July 2020, plans to leave PAWS by late February.

Jan 20, 2022

Commissioners relinquish wastewater capacity, investigate Milton package plant

With more projects and people coming to the City of Milton, the commissioners approved without objection Thursday to reallocate Santa Rosa’s reserved water capacity for other uses.

Jan 20, 2022

Navarre Beach fire celebrates 2021 success

For Navarre Beach Fire Rescue, 2021 was a year filled with firsts, funding and heartwarming moments.

The department on Navarre Beach got its first drone to drop lifejackets, was awarded its first custom LandRover, trained Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies for the first time and received a Lifepak 15 cardiac monitor through CARES funding.

Jan 19, 2022

Cause of death determined for Navarre homeless man

Four months after a 36-year-old homeless man was found dead near the Navarre Beach Causeway, an autopsy determined that Jeremy Wheatman died of alcohol toxicity.

Jan 18, 2022

COVID testing center opening delayed

Traffic is backed up onto U.S. Highway 98 near the old Gulf Breeze Flea Market for the free COVID testing offered there.

According to county officials, the testing site, which is run by a private company, has had staffing issues that delayed Tuesday’s opening.

Jan 16, 2022

Home builders prevail in impact fee case

Validating its assertions that Santa Rosa County’s school impact fee was inaccurately calculated and legally flawed, the Home Builders Association of West Florida and 11 additional plaintiffs applaud the Jan. 15, 2022, decision by Circuit Court Judge Darlene Dickey to issue Summary Final Judgment in their favor.

The ordinance by the Board of County Commissioners in support of new funding for the School Board of Santa Rosa County went into effect May 1, 2020, with impact fees of $5,000 on each new home permitted in the county, $4,000 for each mobile home, and $2,750 for each multi-family dwelling.

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