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Sep 21, 2021

Sewer main crack leads to 1,000-gallon spill

About 1,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled at the intersection of Alpine Street and Newport Drive Sunday after a sewer main cracked.

Sep 20, 2021

Commissioner provides updates on Boulevard, waste hauling and environmental fines

In case you missed District 4 Commissioner Dave Piech’s monthly Zoom meeting on Monday, here are the top discussion points:

  • Santa Rosa County asked Triumph Gulf Coast Inc., a nonprofit corporation that allocates funds for economic damages from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, for $15 million to buy nearly 200 acres of land near the Northwest Florida Industrial Park at I-10 to spur economic development. County staff have completed the first of three phases for approval.

Sep 20, 2021

Commissioner: Turner House renovation stuck in ‘Attorneyville’

The Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association held their monthly meeting at Juana’s on Saturday morning. District 4 Commissioner Dave Piech attended the meeting to give updates on the Turner House, traffic signals on the island, and FEMA relief funds for Hurricane Sally debris cleanup.

Sep 20, 2021

Navarre couple discovers ‘Robinson’s raft’ washed up on beach

When Bart Daughtey and his wife go to the beach, they choose the most isolated stretch of sand they can find. Usually, that’s Beach Access 33A, which is in the middle of the Gulf Island National Seashore about midway between Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach.

That’s where, about two weeks ago, they discovered the remains of a raft, constructed out of bamboo and rope. They found it not long after Hurricane Ida kicked up other treasures from the Gulf of Mexico, including the old Jet Ski that washed up near the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier.

Sep 20, 2021

10 a.m. update: Highway 90 now clear

UPDATE: The bridge has been cleared as of 10 a.m.

INITIAL REPORT: An 18-wheeler has become lodged on the guard rail of the Blackwater Bridge at Caroline Street (HWY 90).  Law enforcement is on the scene.  Traffic is reduced to one lane only.  Expect significant delays.  Please seek alternate routes, if possible. 

Sep 19, 2021

Search for missing boy ends with discovery of his body

The U.S. Coast Guard ended the search Sunday for a 9-year-old boy who’d gone missing from a Panama City beach Saturday evening. His body was discovered by a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission diver, according to a Coast Guard press release.

Sep 19, 2021

Tractor trailer jackknifes on I-10, causes closure of westbound lanes

A tractor trailer jackknifed on the Black Water Bridge on Interstate 10 Sunday afternoon, causing an accident that caused the westbound lanes to be closed for about an hour. The truck, driven by an Orlando man, rear-ended a vehicle in front of it, whose driver had swerved to avoid large debris in the road. It then slid west in the roadway, hitting the bridge concrete barrier.

Sep 19, 2021

Timmmberrr! … UF experts try to take subjectivity out of tree-falling assessments

In the eye of hurricane season, you need hardy trees that can withstand the strong winds that come with the storms – and which can topple trees.

That’s why University of Florida tree scientists Ryan Klein and Andrew Koeser study the variables that can lead to tree failure and how to make tree risk assessments more accurate and reproducible.

Sep 19, 2021

Search continues for 9-year-old boy who went missing near Panama City Saturday

The Coast Guard and partner agencies are searching for a 9-year-old boy who went missing while swimming near Panama City, Florida Saturday.

The boy was last seen wearing green shorts.

Sep 19, 2021

Commissioners vote to support governor’s vaccination policy

The Board of County Commissioners voted to support Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stance that COVID-19 vaccinations for government employees should be optional.

District 2 Commissioner Bob Cole told the commissioners that he felt Santa Rosa County should not support mandatory vaccinations for county employees, labeling it as a freedom to choose.

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