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Jan 11, 2023

Rudman opens Navarre’s first legislative office

At a ribbon cutting Friday, Jan. 6, state Representative Dr. Joel Rudman officially welcomed the public to his new legislative office. According to the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, it is the first legislative office to open in Navarre. Rudman’s office is in Suite D of Fountain Professional Court. The fact the office is the first of its kind is not lost on Rudman, who has been a resident of Navarre for the better part of two decades.

Jan 10, 2023

BoCC sets busy agenda for Thursday

A City of Milton-Santa Rosa County property deal dominated the county commission’s committee meeting Monday, but the commission did forward some important items to Thursday’s regular meeting.

Jan 10, 2023

Deed discussion dominates 3 ½-hour BoCC meeting

The Santa Rosa County Commission on Thursday will decide whether to approve transferring 100 acres to the City of Milton for its $70-million wastewater project. On Monday, it listened for almost three hours to speaker after speaker argue why it shouldn’t.

Jan 9, 2023

Buffalo Rock expands into Santa Rosa County

Buffalo Rock, the nation’s largest single family-owned Pepsi and Dr Pepper bottlers, announced its expansion into Santa Rosa County. The Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office (SREDO) announced today the  iconic beverage company has agreed to purchase 47 acres of property at the Northwest Florida Industrial Park at I-10 for a new distribution facility.

Jan 7, 2023

County to discuss deeding land to Milton for wastewater disposal

After more than a month off for the end-of-year holidays, Santa Rosa County Commissioners have a busy first meeting of 2023. A vote that could dramatically change the future of Milton’s $70-million wastewater treatment plant project highlights the agenda. Public forum begins at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the County Administrative Complex, 6245 Caroline St. in Milton. The commission will begin consideration of the published agenda at 5:30 p.m.

Jan 5, 2023

5,000 gallons of sewage spilt in Gulf Breeze

The City of Gulf Breeze spent Wednesday, Jan. 4, cleaning up 5,000 gallons of sewage in the Tiger Point area on Circle Lane and West Avenue. Following heavy rains early Wednesday morning, staff with the Gulf Breeze Regional Water System recognized a lack of water flow and heightened levels in a lift station leading to the water treatment plant. This caused water mixed with sewage to begin overflowing from manholes.

Jan 5, 2023

2023: Santa Rosa County faces a busy agenda

‘Tis the season…for looking to the year ahead. Sandpaper Publishing asked Santa Rosa County Public Information Officer Sarah Whitfield to help us preview the county’s 2023 to-do list. She consulted County Administrator DeVann Cook and Assistant County Administrator Brad Baker to provide the following issues to watch:

Jan 4, 2023

Looking ahead: Milton hopes 2023 brings more answers than questions

The City of Milton’s 2023 will be shaped largely by forces beyond its control.

Santa Rosa County
Jan 4, 2023

County to hold open house event to review new FCC broadband map

Santa Rosa County will host a drop-in open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Santa Rosa County Extension Office, 6263 Dogwood Drive in Milton, to discuss broadband. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rolled out a new national broadband map and Santa Rosa County residents are urged to validate the accuracy of the information on the map. Challenges to the FCC broadband map are due by Friday, Jan. 13. View the map at

Jan 3, 2023

HNFD Fire Chief Norton calls it a career

After more than 40 years working in fire service, Holley Navarre Fire District Chief Ron Norton is retiring. Norton, who has been HNFD Fire Chief for the past 12 years, announced his retirement at the Holley Navarre Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners meeting on Monday, Dec. 20. He is set to retire during the first week of January 2023.