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Jul 3, 2021

Downtown Milton long a political hotspot

Millard Fillmore Caldwell campaigns for the governor’s seat in Milton in 1944 in this photo from Florida Memory. Caldwell, who served as governor from 1945 to 1949, died in 1989. He was the 29th governor of Florida.

Jul 2, 2021

Deputies cross-train in water rescue on Navarre Beach

Deputies and firefighters gathered at Navarre Beach July 2 with lifeguards for a morning full of water rescue training.

After Baldwin County deputy Bill Smith drowned June 6 while rescuing distressed swimmers on the Fort Morgan peninsula, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office reached out to Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Safety Chief Austin Turnbull and inquired about doing a surf rescue training with deputies.

Jul 2, 2021

Flies bugging you? You’re not alone in Navarre area

When Joe and Pamela Meyer started a home construction project at their Navarre home this spring, they added a doggy door and ran a wire through it. Their home, which has been in the family for more than 30 years, quickly filled up with flies.

Jul 2, 2021

Navarre Beach Leaseholders discuss possibility of RV park

The Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association held their monthly meeting at Juana’s Pagodas Saturday, June 26, after the original meeting was postponed due to Tropical Storm Claudette.

Jul 2, 2021

Fuel spill cleaned up along East Bay Boulevard

About 50 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled in a ditch along East Bay Boulevard Friday morning after a traffic accident near the road’s intersection with DH Harvell Circle in Navarre.

Jul 2, 2021

Bagdad church gets go-ahead for lighted sign

After nearly an hour of deliberation, the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners approved a variance request to allow an internally illuminated church sign in the Historic District of Bagdad at a Commission Special Rezoning meeting June 24.

Jul 2, 2021

Hurricane Elsa on the move, path uncertain

Elsa has been upgraded to a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center does not have high confidence in her forecast path, which currently takes her into the Gulf of Mexico early next week and then up the western coast of the Peninsula.

Jul 1, 2021

Fireworks legal for first time this July 4

This July Fourth will be the first that Florida residents can legally set off fireworks, as long as they don’t light the fuse in a municipality of homeowners association that bans it. Gov. Ron DeSantis passed a bill last year allowing to people to legally set off fireworks on July 4, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

In the past, many Floridians traveled out of state to buy fireworks. Locally, only small items like sparklers and snakes could be sold without a permit prior to HB 140. Local firework sellers offered large selections this year.

Jul 1, 2021

Waste Pro presents $275k franchise fee to Santa Rosa County

Waste Pro Regional Vice President Ralph Mills presented Santa Rosa County with a $275,000 franchise fee Thursday. The fee is presented annually as part of the company’s collections agreement to have the ability to collect solid waste within the County.

Jul 1, 2021

Forecasters: Elsa likely to become first hurricane of 2021

AccuWeather forecasters continued to keep a close eye on Tropical Storm Elsa after it was named the fifth storm of the Atlantic hurricane season early Thursday morning. The storm is likely to strengthen into the first hurricane of 2021 in the Atlantic and is predicted to approach the United States next week after it unleashes heavy rain, strong winds and stirs up dangerous seas in the Caribbean islands starting on Friday.
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