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May 23, 2024

A possible $5 toll to pay for new Navarre bridge? Majority of commission says no thanks

The majority of the Santa Rosa County Board of Commission made it clear Thursday that it was not in favor of using tolls to pay for a replacement bridge for the Navarre Beach Causeway.

May 22, 2024

Pastor Christina Shaver leaving St. Paul UMC after eight years

After eight years at St. Paul United Methodist Church, the Rev. Christina Shaver is transferring churches. Later this year, Shaver will take over as lead pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach. Shaver has been in ministry since 2010. 

May 22, 2024

National Safe Boating Week held ahead of summer

From May 18 to 24, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other entities across the state of Florida observed ‘National Safe Boating Week’ ahead of the summer, which unofficially starts with Memorial Day.

May 21, 2024

Santa Rosa County commissioners undecided on renewing Juana’s lease through 2055

Four Santa Rosa Board of Commissioners were split Monday about whether or not to renew Juana’s Pagodas management agreement through 2055. 

May 21, 2024

Pensacola theater hosts world premiere of ‘The Blue Angels’ documentary

Lights, camera, high flying action!

“The Blue Angels,” a new documentary about the legendary U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team, had its world premiere Thursday, May 16 at the AMC Bayou 15 theater in Pensacola. The new film offers an inside look at the Blue Angels. From their history to their training to their work-life balance, the documentary gives viewers a front row seat to the flight demonstration team’s 2022 season.


May 20, 2024

Betty J Pullum YMCA submitting plans for afterschool building

Navarre’s Betty J Pullum YMCA is planning to expand in the next few years. Plans for a new modular portable building were submitted April 25 to Santa Rosa County Development Services.

According to the architectural site plan, the new portable structure will be located on the northwest side of the main YMCA building.


May 19, 2024

Man arrested after fleeing scene from serious accident in Navarre

One patient was life flighted and additional patients were taken by ambulance to area hospitals. The accident occurred just past 5 p.m. and was the result of a speeding black pickup truck colliding with the back of a white van in the northbound lane of Edgewood Drive. The van had been stopped at a stop […]

May 17, 2024

Santa Rosa County under tornado watch

Santa Rosa County is under a tornado watch until 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Mobile. Strong to severe storms are possible Friday afternoon and into the evening. Strong winds, hail, and a brief tornado are possible during this timeframe.

May 17, 2024

County Economic Development Office offering StRIVE grant through July

From May 1 through the end of July, Santa Rosa County small business owners will have the opportunity to upgrade their storefronts thanks to matching grants from the county.

After having been put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Santa Rosa Improvement Vitalization Enterprise (StRIVE) grant program is being revived for summer 2024. Businesses applying for the grant are eligible for funds up to $10,000.


May 17, 2024

Alphy’s Catfish House changes hands with new ownership

After 13 years at the helm, Phyllis and Al Smith have stepped aside and handed the reins of Alphy’s Catfish House to someone new. The restaurant’s new owner, Cody Pitre, officially took over May 6 and brings 40 years of experience in the restaurant business with him.
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