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Jan 8, 2021

Officials: More vaccines on way, cases rising

Less than a week after the first Santa Rosa County officials got the first call about COVID-19 vaccines being on the way, 5,000 have already been administered.

Another 2,000 individuals 65 and older are scheduled to be vaccinated next week and officials are still setting up new dates and sites the coming days and weeks.

Jan 8, 2021

Bridge construction on track

As 2020 came to a close, a familiar sound began once more in Gulf Breeze near the battered Pensacola Bay Bridge.

The rhythmic pong, pong, pong signifies a new milestone in repairs. Pilings are once again being driven deep into the soft bay floor by a massive crane like structure, a hammer and nail type set up on a grand scale.

Pensacola Bay Bridge repairs
Jan 7, 2021

Bridge taking shape again

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) contractors have set multiple beam spans and will begin pouring concrete for the deck on the Pensacola Bay Bridge this week.

Jan 7, 2021

I wonder what they’re building…

Find out what they’re building along 98 in Santa Rosa County by checking out this map.

Jan 6, 2021

Commissioners may alter public comment guidelines

Santa Rosa County Commissioners are scheduled to discuss Thursday whether to change the way the public gives input during meetings.

A proposed resolution on the agenda for the Jan. 7 meeting requires citizens to notify the county in advance if they wish to speak during a meeting.

Jan 6, 2021

Water system mounts protest to protect wellfield

The Holley-Navarre Water System board of directors decided at their monthly meeting in December to intensify their campaign against the county’s decision to lift key wellfield protections.

The new HNWS CEO, Dr. Dallas Peavey Jr., will lead the effort.

Jan 6, 2021

Reef deployment goes off without a hitch

Deployment of new reef modules got underway early Tuesday morning at three different sites off the shore of Navarre Beach.

A total of 47 were deployed during the daylong effort, including 20 at a location a little more than a mile south of the Navarre Beach Pier. The other two reef locations were west of the other one.

Jan 4, 2021

Tootle focused on proactive public works

No Santa Rosa County department is quite as visible as Public Works. Citizens come face-to-face daily with the roads, drainage and parks managed by this department. And they notice when work needs to be done.

“Public Works is the face of a lot of what happens in the county,” said county commission chairman Dave Piech.

Jan 4, 2021

Florida continues proactive approach to vaccinations

The state of Florida has employed four new actions that will help continue to keep distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine moving along, including expanding access to the vaccine via additional state-supported sites.

Jan 4, 2021

First vaccines administered to locals

Less than 24 hours after officials announced nearly 5,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines would be administered locally, Theresa and Ron Ivie were in the waiting room at the Florida Department of Health in Milton.

The Gulf Breeze couple, who are 73 and 74, met the requirement of being at least age 65.