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Jun 5, 2024

180K gallons of untreated wastewater spills at Holley Navarre Water System’s Pepper Drive site

On June 1, Holley Navarre Water System’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) suffered a spill of 180,000 gallons of untreated wastewater. The location of the spill was 2190 Pepper Drive, in Holley By The Sea. According to an initial report sent by HNWS to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the spill started at 6:30 a.m. and concluded at 2100 (or 9 p.m.). HNWS was first made aware of the incident when Chris Legg, the WWTP operations manager, arrived at the site Saturday, June 1, at 7 a.m.

Jun 5, 2024

Politics for Santa Rosa School Board? Amendment 1 would tie school board seats to political parties

In November, voters will decide whether school board races should be partisan.

Currently, Santa Rosa School Board seats are all non-partisan, meaning board members are not tied to a political party. If Amendment 1 passes, then board members can campaign as part of a political party.

Jun 4, 2024

Several patients taken to hospital for treatment after rollover accident in Midway

Several people involved in a crash at the intersection of Gulf Breeze Parkway and Woodlawn Beach Road Tuesday afternoon were taken to Sacred Heart Hospital for treatment, according to information shared by the Midway Fire District. Two vehicles overturned in the accident which occurred after 1 p.m., but none of those injured had life-threatening injuries. […]

Jun 4, 2024

CERT Search and Rescue training takes over Bear Lake trails

If you were at Bear Lake, the popular recreation area in Blackwater State Forest, on Sunday, June 2, you might have noticed multiple Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office K9s and large groups of people carrying out individuals on makeshift stretchers.

Jun 4, 2024

With electric vehicle use on the rise, Navarre area fire chiefs discuss fire safety

Electric vehicle (EV) sales in the United States have skyrocketed since their emergence on the market in the 2010s. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, which is under the direction of the Department of Transportation, from 2018 to 2021, EV sales doubled. In the years since, EV sales have continued to go up. In 2023, 1.6 million were sold, a 60% increase from the million sold the previous year.

Jun 3, 2024

Hurlburt Field conducting hurricane readiness exercise

The 1st Special Operations Wing will be conducting a hurricane readiness exercise June 3 to 6, 2024 to maintain contingency preparedness. There will be an increase in emergency response activity and flight operations throughout the exercise.

Jun 3, 2024

America Ave. washed out, road closed

Over the weekend, Santa Rosa County announced that America Ave. suffered a washout. With the road compromised, Santa Rosa County officials closed the road until further notice. The closure is in between Ambassador Drive and Capitol Drive/Senate Court.

Jun 3, 2024

Brother and sister donate over $1,000 to Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

When they aren’t designing jewelry or going to school, you’ll find Croix and Kai at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC). The brother sister duo, ages 10 and 9, make and sell bracelets at various markets along the Emerald Coast.

Jun 3, 2024

Write in-candidates for superintendent, commission races set to close ballot for over 50,000 voters

Two local write-in candidates who appear to have little interest in campaigning will ensure that over 50,000 Santa Rosa County registered voters will not have a say in important local races. The two write-in candidates, Superintendent candidate Michael Maradik and County Commissioner District 3 candidate Sandra Maddox, were unable to be reached for comment for […]

May 31, 2024

Panera Bread planned for Navarre

Navarre may soon be home to Panera Bread, the popular restaurant known for its soups, salads and sandwiches. The restaurant chain’s Navarre store will be 3,200 square feet and one story, with parking. The overall site is around 32,000 square feet. The building will also include a drive thru.
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