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Sep 26, 2023

FEMA, FCC plan nationwide emergency alert test for Oct. 4.

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) at 1:20 p.m. (central time) Wednesday, Oct. 4. The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 1:20 p.m. CT/2:20 p.m. ET Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Sep 26, 2023

Navarre High to host improv showcase Sept. 29

Looking for some entertainment to kick off the weekend? On Friday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., Navarre High School’s theatre program will host an improv showcase entitled “Mission: Improv-ible,” which is also the name of the improv troupe putting on the showcase.

Sep 25, 2023

Santa Rosa County wins $6.4 million grant for Whiting taxiway project

Santa Rosa County has received a $6.4 million grant to help build a taxiway and apron connecting NAS Whiting Field and Whiting Aviation Park.

Sep 25, 2023

Commission promises not to impose impact fees for at least 12 months

The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 at its special budget meeting Tuesday, Sept. 19, not to act on impact fees until at least October 2024. Commissioner Sam Parker suggested the moratorium; he said construction costs already are too high and the economy “is becoming a wreck.”

Sep 25, 2023

County holds millage steady, approves $251.3 million budget

The Santa Rosa County Commission unanimously approved keeping the 2024 millage rate at 6.0953 at its special budget meeting Tuesday, Sept. 19, which will generate about $98.4 million in property tax revenue. Commissioners also unanimously adopted a total budget of $251,355,646 for the budget year beginning Oct. 1.

Sep 23, 2023

Pensacola man turns $50 into $1 million playing the 500X The Cash scratch-off game

On Sept. 22, the Florida Lottery (Lottery) announces that Christopher Banks, 52, of Pensacola, claimed a $1 million prize from the 500X THE CASH Scratch-Off game at the Lottery’s Pensacola District Office. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $820,000.00.

Sep 22, 2023

Baptist Health Care making transition to new campus

Baptist Hospital will be moving patients from its E Street location to its new campus at the corner of Brent Lane and I-110 in Pensacola Saturday, Sept. 23. This includes the new Baptist Hospital Emergency Room on Brent Lane opens Sept. 23, at 3 a.m. The emergency room on E Street will close at the same time. Other Baptist Health Care ERs are open 24/7, including the ERs at Gulf Breeze and Jay hospitals and the free-standing emergency room at Baptist Medical Park-Navarre.

Sep 19, 2023

Milton gun store owner says ATF ‘retaliated’ against him, store manager

A Santa Rosa County gun store owner is alleging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) harassed him and his store manager after criticizing the agency in the past. Chris Smith, the owner of Gulf Coast Gun in Milton, says the ATF attempted to audit him for a license he had yet to use after he spoke out against ATF policies at a congressional field hearing held June 26 at the Okaloosa County Administrative Complex in Shalimar.

Sep 19, 2023

State buys Wolfe Creek Forest land for preservation

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet approved spending $141 million to buy more than 42,000 acres, including more than 1,500 acres in the Wolfe Creek Forest northeast of Milton in Santa Rosa County.

Sep 19, 2023

BoCC to hold final 2024 budget hearing tonight

The Santa Rosa County Commission will have its final Fiscal Year 2024 budget hearing at 6 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the Commission Meeting Room, 6495 Caroline St., Milton. The Board of County Commissioners is expected to officially approve a total overall budget of $251,355,646.
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