Navarre Beach Envisioned
Feb 27, 2021

A new vision for Navarre Beach

When County Administrator Dan Schebler met with department heads last year and asked them to prepare a plan to share with commissioners Feb. 23, he wasn’t specific about what he expected.

What Tourism Development Director Julie White came up with was “Navarre Beach Reimagined,” a proposal that suggests giving Navarre Beach an amphitheater, shopping area, gathering places, a playground and art in public places, among other ideas.

Feb 27, 2021

Water System board member resigns, hired by same organization

Less than a month after three new members were elected to the Holley-Navarre Water System board, a new opening has come up.

New courthouse
Feb 26, 2021

New courthouse will meet current needs, have room to grow for future

Within the next year, the new Santa Rosa County courthouse is expected to be complete and by next summer, court should be in session. Construction is running smoothly – on time and on budget, according to county officials Friday morning.

gas station
Feb 25, 2021

Gas station variance denied, again

The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners voted Thursday night to deny a variance that would have allowed a new gas station to be built at 8006 Navarre Parkway.

Feb 25, 2021

Commissioners vote 5-0 to deny comp plan amendment

Commissioners kicked off Thursday’s special rezoning meeting by agreeing 5-0 to withdraw a proposed amendment to the comprehensive plan that many believe could have compromised drinking water safety.

Feb 25, 2021

Hurlburt Airmen transition into Space Force, become Guardians

Four Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Communications Squadron made the leap into the U.S. Space Force during a ceremony Feb. 5 2021.

The communications Airmen formally transitioned into their new roles as Guardians after taking the oath of enlistment from their flight commander in front of their closest wingmen and family members, while also livestreaming the ceremony for dozens of others to join in safely from home.

Feb 25, 2021

School quarantine measures ease slightly, parents still angry

Slight revisions have been made to ease the process for students returning to school after being quarantined for a school-based COVID exposure, according to Santa Rosa Superintendent of Schools Karen Barber.

She told the school board Thursday night that students can now return to school with a negative COVID PCR test at Day 8.

Feb 25, 2021

Local airport adds new airline, routes

The Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) announced Thursday morning that it will add Southwest Airlines to the lineup. Southwest service begins May 2021.

Feb 25, 2021

County leases mass vaccination site

The Santa Rosa County Board has leased the former Bealls store at 6209 Highway 90 West in Milton’s Parkmore Plaza to become a mass
vaccination site.

County administrator Dan Schebler signed the paperwork last week under the COVID-19 Local State of Emergency that’s under effect. Commissioners formally supported the action Thursday.

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Feb 24, 2021

Inmate dies in SRSO detention

Investigators were called to a death investigation at the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office detention facility. An inmate was located in a cell and appeared to be deceased, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. Emergency life saving measures were immediately provided by deputies and facility medical staff.

At this time, Major Crimes Detectives are working this case as a possible suicide, the release said, adding that it appears to be an isolated incident. The investigation remains active and ongoing.

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