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Apr 1, 2021

New 800-home Milton subdivision gets green light

After more than three hours of discussion, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a zoning change that will allow an 800-plus home development on Berryhill Road.

Pensacola Bay Bridge
Apr 1, 2021

Temporary traffic signal added to bridge detour route

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) contractors have completed demolition and pile driving efforts at pier 70 on the Pensacola Bay Bridge and are preparing the site for placement of the new trophy piece. The targeted reopening of the bridge remains the week of May 31, 2021.

FDOT is also improving the detour route on State Road 281 in Santa Rosa County by extending the southbound right turn lane on State Road (S.R.) 281 at U.S. 98 and installing a temporary traffic signal on Garcon Point Road (County Road 191) by Monday, April 5.

Navarre ER
Apr 1, 2021

New Navarre ER to open this month, officials get sneak peek

Chamber members and local Navarre officials crowded the lobby of Navarre ER Thursday morning to welcome the long-awaited emergency room facility to the community.

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mitch Mongell and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Todd Jackson shared in the excitement at the ceremony. During their speeches they told the crowd how happy they are to serve the community of Navarre and thanked everyone who made it possible.

Apr 1, 2021

Missing Milton teen’s body found in wooded lot

A body found in Milton Sunday is that of 14-year-old Cody Walker, who has been missing since March 14.

The Milton teen’s remains were found in a wooded lot off of Sandy Forest Road. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office officials say he was a victim of homicide. The exact cause of death remains under investigation, according to the latest news released by the SRSO.

Apr 1, 2021

Senior Center finally opens its door to members again

Nelda Seever said she just wanted to hug everyone as they walked into the Holley Navarre Senior Center Thursday morning.

Representative Matt Gaetz
Mar 31, 2021

Gaetz staying on Judiciary committee, despite investigation

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, a prominent, outspoken conservative and a close ally of former President Donald Trump who has been under federal investigation for a former relationship, would lose his House seat if convicted of a felony. But there are no rules addressing lawmakers under investigation.

SRSO burned child
Mar 31, 2021

Dead body believed to have been homicide victim

Human remains found Sunday in a wooded lot off of Sandy Forest Road in Milton are believed to belong to a homicide victim. At this time, all indicators are leading Major Crimes Detectives to suspect this death was a homicide, according to a Wednesday afternoon update from the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office.

The remains were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy and identification. The deceased has been identified but public release is pending notification of next-of-kin. The exact cause of death is still under investigation.

Mar 31, 2021

Waste Pro completes new can delivery

Waste Pro notified its customers Tuesday that the initial round of new cart deliveries has been completed. Collections under the old schedule will continue through Saturday, April 3. The new collection schedule will go into effect Monday, April 5. Customers will be notified when old cans will be retrieved. Please do not use them after April 3.

Mar 31, 2021

Board members discuss best use of ‘reckless federal spending’

The Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners discussed the American Rescue Plan Act at a meeting March 23.

Mar 30, 2021

Help wanted, everywhere

Ask Gail Ferris when the Navarre Taco Bell is hiring and she’ll have a quick answer.

“Forever,” says the area coach for four of the popular fast-food restaurants. “We are always hiring.”

Right now, the need for staff is high for many businesses in Navarre and on the beach, in both Navarre and Pensacola. It’s been made more challenging, managers say, by the recent round of stimulus checks, which essentially pay people for doing nothing.