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Jun 25, 2021

Commissioner makes two false claims

District 3 Commissioner James Calkins falsely claimed that Santa Rosa County is the only county in Florida that does not participate in the Guardian Program.

Jun 25, 2021

Stormwater infrastructure eligible for American Rescue Plan funding

It is entirely possible that, because of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, some of Santa Rosa County’s stormwater problems could be fixed. Time will tell.

Jun 25, 2021

Skimmers survive storm, thrive along busy road

Skimmers continue to nest along the side of the Navarre Beach Causeway and will likely be in the area for at least the next six weeks, according to Caroline Stahala, shorebird program manager for Audubon Florida.

Jun 25, 2021

Since you asked: Why is that old white bike on display along U.S. Highway 98

Here’s your answer:

That white bicycle was placed there to honor Elizabeth Allmon, known to many in Navarre as the “Bike Lady.” Allmon was killed June 9, 2009 when a car drifted across the white line dividing the roadway from the shoulder and struck her while she was bicycling along the busy highway. The bicycle was donated by the Emerald Coast Cyclist’s Club. Allmon, who lacked a permanent address, was a familiar sight in Navarre.

Jun 24, 2021

Zoning board listens to citizens, recommends LDC amendments to BOCC

The citizens of Santa Rosa County made their voices heard June 17, telling the zoning board they were unhappy with current land development code (LDC) standards.

Jun 24, 2021

Competitor moves into south Santa Rosa County, offers twice-a-week trash pickup

Adams Sanitation, which has 9,000 customers in the north end of Santa Rosa County, has submitted a permit to provide garbage pickup in the south end of the county.

The permit, filed Wednesday, was submitted with a letter challenging the county’s “exclusive franchise” agreement with Waste Pro. According to the letter, written by Adams’ legal representative Nathan Boyles, the ordinance assuring franchise exclusivity was adopted by the county June 9, 2011.

Jun 24, 2021

Commissioner verbalizes support of school resource officers, votes against funding

In a whirlwind of yelling, confusion and he-said-she-said during a Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, District 3 Commissioner James Calkins voted to withhold funding from School Resource Officers in Santa Rosa County even though he verbally supported them five times during the same meeting.

Jun 24, 2021

Water system members push back on lack of information

More than a dozen members attended the Holley Navarre Water System’s monthly meeting June 15, with many asking for more transparency from the board.

Jun 24, 2021

Gulf Breeze businesses relieved as traffic flows freely

Gone are the signs indicating a merge to one lane that slowed traffic to a crawl at times going across the Pensacola Bay Bridge over the last three weeks.

Jun 23, 2021

Big bull shark reeled in on unlikely night for fishing

Despite weather and rough seas that almost sent them home early, a shark fishing guide and his Texas clients hauled in a 9-foot, 2-inch bull shark late Tuesday night.
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