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Aug 22, 2021

Haunted trail organizers say new noise ordinance could shut them down

Organizers of a Halloween haunted trail are seeking a variance to the noise ordinance for an event held Friday and Saturday evenings beginning in late September and ending just before Halloween.

The Halloween-themed trail is in Jay and proceeds support the Santa Rosa Kids House and various high school programs, the application states.

Aug 22, 2021

Two seriously injured in U.S. Highway 98 wreck

A Saturday afternoon wreck on U.S. Highway 98 sent two women to the hospital in serious condition, one by air ambulance.

The accident happened at around 4:30 at the highway’s intersection with Blue Tip Drive.

Aug 22, 2021

Residents claim contamination – no documents provided

The Santa Rosa County Zoning Board denied a zoning request in a 5-3 vote to allow an industrial complex in Milton at a meeting Aug 12.

Aug 21, 2021

Navarre Mardi Gras parade in planning stages

The 36th Annual Navarre Mardi Gras Parade is on the calendar for Feb. 19, pending Tuesday’s approval by the Board of County Commissioners.

The parade, which was cancelled this year due to concerns about crowding during the ongoing pandemic, draws about 40,000 spectators, according to the letter submitted to the BOCC with the application.

Aug 21, 2021

Commissioners question HNWS transparency

With the South Santa Rosa Eglin effluent discharge and beneficial reuse project underway, questions regarding the Holley-Navarre Water System’s transparency have surfaced among the Board of County Commissioners.

Aug 20, 2021

County close to leading state in COVID positivity rates

Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties had a positivity rate last week higher than all but three other Florida counties.

Of the COVID tests issued, 35.2% were positive from Aug. 14 to Aug. 20 in these two counties. Three other counties – Hamilton, Hardee and Union – had higher rates. Those counties have a total population of less than 60,000 – one third that of Santa Rosa’s population.

Aug 20, 2021

Zoning Board approves water well despite citizen concerns

The Santa Rosa County Zoning Board voted to approve a request to allow the construction of a water well at the 4000 and 4004 Block of Bell Lane in Pace in a 7-1 vote.

Aug 20, 2021

UPDATE: Clean up underway where Naval helicopter crash seriously injured two

One day after a Naval helicopter crash that seriously injured an instructor and student, clean up was underway at the location of the mishap.

Aug 20, 2021

Rewritten land development code leaves out clearcutting measures

After hundreds of man-hours put into rewriting the Santa Rosa Land Development Code, the Board of County Commissioners voted to approve the code as written, which does not include one key aspect that residents have pushed for.

Aug 20, 2021

Visitors hit beach and local lodging in big way

A record amount of bed tax dollars was collected in June, with the figure topping $860,000.
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