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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.

May 18, 2023

Developer whose RV park the county rejected will build condos instead

Christopher Ferrara apparently plans to do exactly what he said he’d do.

May 17, 2023

Meeting Needs: Linda Sanborn wants to help students with new program

There are 13,600 children who face food insecurity in the county, according to Santa Rosa County District Schools. That doesn’t include those whose families struggle to afford necessities like clothing. Rather than sitting by and saying too bad, school board member Linda Sanborn has started a new program to address the needs of those students who may not have what they need to be successful in the classroom and in life.

May 16, 2023

School district responds to discussion around library book access

For nearly an hour of the more than three and half-hour school board meeting earlier this month, concerned citizens, most of which were with Moms For Liberty members, spoke on the appropriateness of certain books in Santa Rosa District Schools and questioned the process by which parents can make decisions about the reading material available to their children. Moms for Liberty claims that there at least 28 books found on the Santa Rosa District Schools website that had sexually explicit or culturally indoctrinating language in them. The group provided three examples including “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas and “Triangles” by Ellen Hopkins, both of which have been targeted by other Moms for Liberty chapters.
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