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May 22, 2023

Rudman staying busy after first legislative session

Joel Rudman, a family physician, drove to Daytona Beach and back in a single day last week for a three-hour meeting with doctors at Halifax Medical Center, where he did his residency from 1996-1999. It’s all part of the job of representing District 3 in the Florida House of Representatives.

May 22, 2023

County recognizes EMS Week

Jason Rogers, Chief of Lifeguard Emergency Medical Services of Santa Rosa County, holds a proclamation by Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Colten Wright, third from right, declaring May 21-27 Emergency Medical Services Week. Also pictured are, from left, commissioners Kerry Smith and Sam Parker, Lifeguard EMS Operations Supervisor Deana Vess, and commissioners James Calkins and Ray Eddington.

May 22, 2023

Publix, retail planned for Bergren Road

Bergren Road will likely see more activity in the next few years as there are plans to construct a shopping complex at its intersection with U.S. Highway 98. The shopping center will be anchored by a 55,454 square feet grocery store. According to construction plans for the property, the store will be a Publix supermarket.

May 22, 2023

St. Paul’s UMC to host summer kickoff day

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will be holding a Summer Kickoff Water Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 27, to celebrate the end of the school year.

May 21, 2023

Looking back, looking ahead

The school year is coming to a close. With that in mind, Navarre Press sat down with Santa Rosa District Schools’ superintendent Dr. Karen Barber to talk about the school year’s biggest successes, challenges and the new things coming to county schools in fall 2023.

May 19, 2023

Gulf Breeze teen a leader in fentanyl education

May 9 marked the second annual National Fentanyl Awareness Day in the United States. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, is a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the U.S., according to the CDC. It is a large part of the conversation around the opioid epidemic.

May 19, 2023

Recycling services likely suspended until June 12

The temporary suspension of recycling services in Santa Rosa County has been extended. Emerald Coast Utility Authority’s Materials Recycling Facility remains closed as it hires and trains additional personnel and will not be receiving mixed recyclables for processing. Operations are now expected to resume Monday, June 12.

May 18, 2023

Water system settles on pool fill adjustment policy

It appears the discussion around Holley-Navarre Water System’ pool fill policy has finally been laid to rest. The board of directors for HNWS met Tuesday, May 16. During the meeting, the board discussed several issues, notably pool fill adjustments.

May 18, 2023

School district announces library review policies

During the School Board meeting on May 16, Santa Rosa County District Schools Media Services and Instructional Technology Specialist Ruth Witter highlighted the School Board’s policies and procedures related to selecting, reviewing, and challenging school library materials. These policies and procedures guide the district’s library media specialists in selecting age-appropriate, legally compliant library collections that engage students and provide opportunities for stakeholders to challenge materials they deem objectionable.

May 18, 2023

Fitness court now open at Tiger Point Park

County officials and members of the Tiger Point community braved the humidity Wednesday, May 10, to officially open the Tiger Point Fitness Court. The fitness court, which is located behind the baseball fields at Tiger Point Park, is associated with the National Fitness Campaign, a nationwide wellness consulting firm that partners with municipalities and schools to plan, build and fund healthy communities.