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Jul 12, 2021

Commissioner Robert “Bob” Cole gets Presidential Advocacy Award

The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Santa Rosa County Commissioner Robert “Bob” Cole with the Presidential Advocacy Award for his work during the 2021 Legislative Session at its recent annual conference in Orange County, Florida.

Jul 12, 2021

Jury convicts Milton man of sexual battery on child

State Attorney Ginger Bowden Madden announced that on July 9 a Santa Rosa County jury found, James Johnston Stevens, a 36-year-old Milton man, guilty of three counts of sexual battery on a victim less than 12. Stevens committed the offenses against the 3-year-old child in Milton between March 1, 2019 and July 6, 2019.

Jul 12, 2021

Door now open for college athletes to profit off name, image and likeness

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix has an endorsement deal with Milo’s. Fresno State twin basketball stars Haley and Hanna Cavinder are endorsing Boost Mobile. LSU volleyball player Lexi Sun has her own clothing line.

Those scratch the surface of the opportunities college athletes are cashing in on with the NCAA allowing them to profit off their name, image and likeness.


Jul 12, 2021

Gulf Breeze finalizes plan to ‘hurricane-proof’ utilities

The city of Gulf Breeze has finalized plans to revamp its infrastructure with nearly $18 million in upgrades. These long-term resiliency initiatives have been in the works for the past two years, following a City Council planning retreat that focused on bolstering the city’s infrastructure to better withstand extreme weather events.

Jul 10, 2021

Officials need help finding suspect accused of killing 80-year-old man in park

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 22-year-old Johnny Ray Kirk of Santa Rosa Beach, who is believed to have been connected to the fatal shooting of an 80-year-old Crestview man.

Jul 9, 2021

Report: No impropriety between county, Waste Pro amid allegations

With numerous allegations swirling around the Santa Rosa County-Waste Pro contract, a third-party legal investigation found there have not been any improper dealings between county staff and Waste Pro.

Jul 9, 2021

Zoning board recommends denial amid potential resident health hazards

After a lengthy discussion about rezoning rural residential agriculture land with perturbed Santa Rosa residents, the zoning board obliged the concerned citizens’ request by denying Sterling Fibers’ proposition.

Jul 9, 2021

Project underway to boost oyster population in local bays

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and partners announce the start of construction on the Pensacola East Bay Oyster Habitat Restoration Project to boost oyster populations in East and Blackwater bays.

Jul 9, 2021

U.S. Highway 98 drainage system clear; crew seeking other cause of flooding

Motorists navigating U.S. Highway 98 through Navarre during a heavy rainfall have noticed that westbound lanes are underwater near the busy highway’s intersection with Navarre Beach Causeway.

Crews from the Florida Department of Transportation were called out Wednesday morning and went back out on Thursday to investigate after the water receded.


Jul 8, 2021

Midway firefighters help fight hunger

The Midway Fire District participated in the annual #donutstrike4manna food drive in June collecting some 3,000 pounds of nonperishable food items and a striking $4,211.15 in cash donations.
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