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Feb 25, 2021

County leases mass vaccination site

The Santa Rosa County Board has leased the former Bealls store at 6209 Highway 90 West in Milton’s Parkmore Plaza to become a mass
vaccination site.

County administrator Dan Schebler signed the paperwork last week under the COVID-19 Local State of Emergency that’s under effect. Commissioners formally supported the action Thursday.


Feb 24, 2021

Inmate dies in SRSO detention

Investigators were called to a death investigation at the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office detention facility. An inmate was located in a cell and appeared to be deceased, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. Emergency life saving measures were immediately provided by deputies and facility medical staff.

At this time, Major Crimes Detectives are working this case as a possible suicide, the release said, adding that it appears to be an isolated incident. The investigation remains active and ongoing.


Feb 24, 2021

Personal mulch pile becomes county dilemma

One person’s very large mulch pile is a next-door neighbor’s rat- and termite-infested heap of danger.

Self-inserted into the dispute between adjacent property owners was the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners second-guessing a code violation citation issued by the county Code Enforcement Department.


Feb 23, 2021

Long-damaged Navarre Beach home to be repaired

The owner of the “Turner House,” a large, Hurricane Ivan-battered and deteriorating beach house at 7315 Gulf Boulevard on Santa Rosa Island has agreed to make the property suitable for human habitation.

Feb 23, 2021

Holley by the Sea fines county $1,000 for yard violations

It has been almost two years since Santa Rosa County bought a house in Holley by the Sea. Officials didn’t set out to buy the house.

The county bought the property for $275,000 because it was prone to flooding.


Feb 23, 2021

Navy to sample drinking water wells near NAS Whiting

The U.S. Navy is preparing to sample drinking water wells near Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field beginning in March.

The Navy will be sampling drinking water wells within a designated sampling area for certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. 


Feb 23, 2021

Wanted: Four board members to fill five-member HBTS board

The Holley by the Sea Improvement Association lost two board members earlier this month, both apparently unexpectedly.

Feb 23, 2021

Water management district lends Calkins a hand

Santa Rosa County District 3 Commissioner James Calkins floated his “Protecting Water and Saving Jobs Initiative” as a supplement to the Comprehensive Plan borrow pit expansion amendment that the county now seems to be abandoning.

However, the initiative could become part of what the county does next, if commissioners vote Feb. 25 2021, to drop the borrow pit issue as it is currently.


Feb 22, 2021

Golf course survived 2020, future planning underway

Holley Navarre Water System board members received updates on the Club at Hidden Creek course at their monthly meeting Feb. 16.

The unaudited 2020 year to date financials included the news that there were about 7,000 fewer rounds played that year than in 2019.


Feb 21, 2021

Community members included in developing strategic plan

The public is invited to attend or share their opinions on the direction Santa Rosa County should take moving forward.

A strategic planning workshop will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23 beginning at 9 a.m. for the Board of County Commissioners.

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