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Jan 29, 2021

Water board welcomes three new members

The annual Holley Navarre Water System board election had the least number of voters in recent history.

Only 198 out of a possible 17,700 water system members voted by absentee, in person or proxy.

Jan 28, 2021

Citizens group needs you to care

The Coalition for Santa Rosa’s Water Future organized a meeting recently that was part informing the public about a proposed change to the Santa Rosa County Comprehensive Plan that would permit expanding borrow pits and part recruitment drive.

Jan 28, 2021

DeSantis looks to boost school spending

Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking lawmakers for a $285 million increase in public-school funding in the coming year and to keep tuition rates flat for college and university students — a potentially stark contrast to what House and Senate budget leaders have signaled could be coming.

Jan 28, 2021

Vaccine registration process changes for local residents

Santa Rosa County has turned over the COVID-19 vaccination registration process to the state, which will change the way people sign up.

Jan 28, 2021

Economist: Tourism industry may face difficult spring

With first-time unemployment claims spiking last week, a top Florida economist is cautioning that the vital, but battered, tourism industry is in for another difficult spring because of COVID-19.

Amy Baker, coordinator of the Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research, told lawmakers Wednesday that despite improved tax-revenue numbers for December, big-spending foreign tourists aren’t expected to flock to Florida in the coming months because of the pandemic.

Jan 28, 2021

DeSantis rolls out $96.6 billion budget plan

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday proposed a record $96.6 billion state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, offering a more upbeat picture of Florida’s finances than lawmakers who will have to stitch together a spending plan as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hamper the economy.

During a news conference at the Capitol, DeSantis said his proposal would increase funding for public schools, continue funneling money into environmental issues such as Everglades restoration and direct dollars to initiatives like helping address sea-level rise.

Jan 28, 2021

Study shores up school impact fees

Santa Rosa County School District’s impact fees are justified.

That was the finding of a new study into the legally contested fees on new construction presented to the school board Jan. 19.

Jan 27, 2021

Piech makes big (fast) pitch to legislators

Santa Rosa Commissioner Chairman Dave Piech was racing against the clock.

Like others who’d signed up to bend the ear of the three legislators for Santa Rosa County last week, he had three minutes to make his pitch, which included two requests totaling $1.5 million.

Jan 27, 2021

Gulf Breeze businesses hanging on

First a pandemic, then a hurricane, then a bridge closure.

Gulf Breeze businesses have not caught a break this past year.

Jan 27, 2021

Hunting days added for veterans, military, kids

Veterans and active duty service members have a special weekend – Feb. 6-7 – to hunt waterfowl in Florida.
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