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Feb 8, 2021

County tourism to include conservation opportunities

If a proposed initiative plays out, some tourists will come to Navarre Beach to not only enjoy the beach, but to help conserve it.

Feb 8, 2021

Milton man pleads guilty to murder of Destin businesswoman

In a first degree murder case, it’s rare for a defendant to plead guilty, according to Mark Alderman at the First Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office.

The charge carries a mandatory life sentence, with no room for negotiation and therefore, very little incentive to plead guilty, Alderman said. But that’s what Jerry Geisler Odum did Friday.

Feb 6, 2021

Mardi Gras parade tradition carries on via golf carts

Let the good times roll… on golf carts. That’s exactly what happened on the streets of Navarre Beach Saturday afternoon at the 1st annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Golf Cart Parade.

Feb 6, 2021

Petitions show opposition to to expanding borrow pits

More than 4,000 people have signed two petitions that oppose expanding borrow pit mining in Santa Rosa County.

One petition is on the national website and the other on the local website sponsored by the three governing bodies, Holley-Navarre Water System, Midway Water System, and the city of Gulf Breeze, comprising the Fairpoint Regional Utility System (FRUS).

Feb 4, 2021

Tiger shark caught and released off Navarre Beach

After fishermen hooked a 12-foot, 6-inch tiger shark Wednesday, photos shot of the event lit up the internet.

The fishermen, reportedly associated with True Blue – a self-described community of shark fishermen based in Milton – walked the fishing line down the pier and pulled the animal into shallow water, where they measured, tagged and released it, according to spectators.

Feb 4, 2021

County delays borrow pit vote

Santa Rosa County commissioners will not vote Feb. 25 on whether to repeal key wellfield protections as anticipated. Instead, county staff will bring the matter to the board at the Feb. 9 work session to ask for further direction.

Feb 4, 2021

What one homeless advocate wishes people understood

When the temperature dips below 40 degrees, folks with homes turn on the heat. And a few of them head to Ferris Hill Baptist Church in Milton.

That’s where the county’s only cold weather shelter program opens, offering dinner, a cot, restroom facilities and breakfast for folks who need a place to stay.

Feb 4, 2021

Grim reaper goes political

Santa Rosa Beach attorney Daniel Uhlfelder, who has attracted national media attention during the coronavirus pandemic by dressing as the Grim Reaper to criticize the state’s handling of COVID-19, has set up a political committee to target Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Feb 4, 2021

By the numbers: counties with fewest COVID-19 deaths

Florida on Wednesday topped 27,000 resident deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic started. Here is a breakdown of the counties that have had the fewest resident deaths:

— Franklin County: 10

— Dixie County: 13

Feb 4, 2021

New solution may be in works for water issue

While Santa Rosa County officials and residents wait to hear from the state and the regional water management district about proposed changes to wellfield protections, some commissioners are digging into other options.
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