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Sep 16, 2022

Looking back at Hurricane Ivan

Hurricane Ivan made landfall Sept. 16, 2004, just west of Navarre as a Category 3 storm. Ivan packed winds of 120 mph sustained and a historic storm surge, according to the National Weather Service.

Coastal areas from Mobile to Destin felt the brunt of Ivan’s wrath; aerial photographs taken days after the storm showed much smaller barrier islands (including Santa Rosa Island, which lost virtually all of its dunes and beaches).


Perserve Navarre meeting
Sep 14, 2022

Preserve Navarre to release city charter, updated feasibility study

On Sun., Sept. 25, Preserve Navarre will release updates to its feasibility study and release a city charter which declares home rule for Navarre. Preserve Navarre, founded in 2021, has been working towards incorporating Navarre, something that has failed the past couple times it was tried.

Sep 14, 2022

Carli family laments slow autopsy results

Months after Cassie Carli’s body was found in a barn in Alabama, autopsy results have not been released. For the Carli family, the wait to find out exactly what happened to their loved one has been “agonizing.”

Carli went missing on March 27 following a custody exchange with her ex-boyfriend, Marcus Spanevelo, for their four-year-old daughter, Saylor. The exchange took place in the boat ramp parking lot on Navarre Beach near Juana’s. It was the last place she was seen alive.


Sep 13, 2022

Former New York police officer remembers 9/11

Many people remember Sept. 11, 2001. Where they were. What they were doing. How they saw it.

While most watched that day’s events from various places around the country and world, Rich LaGrua saw it up close and personal.


Sep 12, 2022

Santa Rosa Animal Services to reduce adoption fees for National Adoption Weekend

Santa Rosa County Animal Services (SRCAS) and Best Friends Animal Society, a leading animal welfare organization working to save the lives of cats and dogs in America’s shelters by 2025, are teaming up for another adoption campaign to encourage people to choose to adopt, not buy, their next pet.

“We’ve seen an influx in our homeless animal population over the last year or so, right in line with nationwide trends, we’re hoping these reduced adoption fees will encourage more adoptions and find homes for some of our long-time residents,” Dr. Megan Arevalo, SRCAS Veterinarian, said.


Sep 12, 2022

Recycling program to resume Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa County, dependent on the reopening of ECUA’s recycling facility

Santa Rosa County will resume its recycling program Wed., Sept. 21, dependent on ECUA reopening their recycling facility on Mon., Sept. 26. To help ensure it is successful, county staff will be taking extra steps to ensure collected recyclables are not contaminated with non-recyclable garbage. Staff will visually inspect each load of recyclable materials to ensure it will be accepted by ECUA’s processing facility.

WastePro (franchised waste hauler for the county) will resume its recycling program on Mon., Sept. 26. Residents who utilize non-franchised haulers are encouraged to reach out to them regarding any changes in their recycling program.


Sep 9, 2022

Proposed Navarre Town Center plan to go before County Commission

The proposed Navarre Town Center has a new look.

A rendering by DAG Architects from August reveals several updates to the town center concept, which Bob Benaquis, owner of TC’s Front Porch, has been working on with architects and other developers. Benaquis has been trying to get a town center for Navarre for over a decade but has only recently gained traction in moving ahead with plans.

The biggest update to the Navarre Town Center is the idea of having a pedestrian walkover to connect Navarre Park to the north side of Highway 98, where the town center would be.


Sep 7, 2022

Top 4 things to know from the Tourism office

1. A new photo series from the Tourism Development Office, “The Santa Rosa County Adventure Tourism Photo Shoot 2022” will highlight different experiences people can have outdoors in Santa Rosa County.

Aug 31, 2022

Last of Operation Songbird defendants are sentenced

Beginning in 2018, the DEA and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office partnered in an investigation into a Drug Trafficking Organization responsible for distributing kilogram amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl within Okaloosa County.

Named Operation Songbird, the years long investigation utilized numerous investigative techniques to identify members of the Drug Trafficking Organization and locations utilized by the Drug Trafficking Organization.


Aug 31, 2022

“That ain’t my coke:” Colby Swift, former American Idol contestant, arrested in Navarre on DUI, cocaine charges

On Aug. 28, former reality competition contestant Colby Swift, 23, was arrested for DUI and cocaine possession in Navarre. Swift was featured in the 17th season of American Idol, where he made it to the Hollywood round.

According to his arrest report, Swift was pulled over by a deputy who believed him to be impaired under the influence of alcohol. When the deputy approached the vehicle, he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Colby’s person. The report states the deputy also observed Swift as having bloodshot and watery eyes and said he was using a vehicle to maintain balance.