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Aug 25, 2023

City of Gulf Breeze files suit against Skanska barge blunder effects

In September 2020, Hurricane Sally landed near Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Northwest Florida suffered millions of dollars in damage. Along with structural damage in the Pensacola, Gulf Breeze and Navarre areas, the newly built Pensacola Bay Bridge, also known as the Three-mile Bridge, was partially destroyed by loose barges leading to financial damages to businesses.

Aug 25, 2023

HNWS opens 2024 election applications, early voting plans

The Holley Navarre Water System Inc. (HNWS) will hold its annual membership meeting and election of directors Jan. 16, 2024, in the corporate office board room at 8574 Turkey Bluff Road. The election will be opened from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. This year, two directors, serving three year terms, will be elected via a “director ballot.” The members present at the annual meeting also have an opportunity to vote on an update to the Articles of Incorporation via an “articles ballot” to resolve a discrepancy between the Articles of Incorporation and the By-Laws.

Aug 24, 2023

Boy Scout helps give opossum new home

If you had stopped by Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Saturday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 13, you might have heard the sound of wood being knocked and cut. Despite what you might be thinking, this wasn’t the work of a woodpecker or beaver, but a (soon-to-be) Eagle Scout named Kevin Corcoran, 17.

Aug 24, 2023

Holley Navarre Water System pursues articles of incorporation change

“The bylaws of the corporation shall be made and may be altered or rescinded by a vote of the majority of the membership” – Article IX of Holley Navarre Water System’s Articles of Incorporation. This section of the articles of incorporation have been a sticking point for the past several months for the HNWS board of directors. Earlier this summer, the board expressed interest in creating a committee to review and consider amending certain bylaws of the corporation. As it turned out, the board will likely have to amend the articles of incorporation before looking at changing bylaws.

Aug 23, 2023

Board of Education approves rules for college restrooms, school safety at meeting

On Wednesday, Aug. 23, the State Board of Education unanimously approved rules with the aim of bolstering protections for students in Florida schools. These rules implement legislation signed this year by Governor Ron DeSantis meant to ensure student safety and preserve the innocence of children.

Aug 23, 2023

Flyovers and roundabouts still planned for U.S. 98

This just in: A flyover and roundabouts are still coming to Navarre, but not anytime soon. “It’s not moving forward at this point,” Florida Department of Transportation District 3 Public Information Officer Ian Satter said earlier this month of plans to widen U.S. Highway 98. “We schedule projects based on the (transportation planning organizations’) work priorities and, at the end of the day, (improving 98 through Navarre) hasn’t been a priority.”

Aug 22, 2023

Escambia school board seeks to end book lawsuit

(By Jim Saunders) The Escambia County School Board on Monday urged a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by authors, a publishing company, parents and a non-profit organization challenging the removal or restriction of books in school libraries.

Aug 21, 2023

Don Salter: ‘A life definitely worth celebrating’

Former Santa Rosa County Commissioner Don Salter passed away Sunday morning, August 20, 2023. Salter served District 3 for 20 years before retiring in 2020. Salter, who was born on a farm in Jay in 1947 and remained there, said when he took the chairman’s gavel for the board of county commissioners at the beginning of 2020, he was hoping for a peaceful last year.

Aug 21, 2023

Classroom library availability different school to school, says Santa Rosa District Schools

There are several hundreds of thousands of books in Santa Rosa District Schools, according to Ruth Witter, the district’s coordinator of libraries. Over the past year, the school district has been working to review and vet books available to students in accordance with several laws passed in the past two years by the Florida state legislature.

Aug 17, 2023

Improvements coming to Navarre Park dock, seawall

From revamping and rebuilding the children’s park to the removal of the duck pond, Navarre Park has undergone drastic changes in the past few years and according to County Commissioner Colten Wright, there will be more coming. At the Aug. 3 Tourist Development Council meeting, Wright told the council the dock at Navarre Park may soon be getting a long awaited upgrade.
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