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Aug 18, 2021

Wanted: County attorney who can handle being lambasted publicly

Depending on who you ask, change may be good, but it isn’t cheap.

This week, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners will be discussing how to replace the legal firm that has been in place since the county attorney was fired last December.

Aug 11, 2021

Okaloosa County’s District 3 Commissioner Nathan Boyles’ trash war smells of hypocrisy

As a citizen of Okaloosa County, residing in the extreme southwest corner of the county, I conduct most of my life’s activities in Santa Rosa County (SRC) due to proximity.

I shop in Navarre & Gulf Breeze and attend church & frequent the beaches in Navarre.

Aug 4, 2021

Editorial: Concerned about our county

Over the 21-plus years Navarre Press has been covering Santa Rosa County, there have been many challenging times. We have reported on damaging hurricanes, a recession and legal battles that have divided elected officials and residents.

But it seemed we were on a good path heading into 2021. The Board of County Commissioners had a mix of experience and new perspectives, the staff had a strong leader in County Administrator Dan Schebler and county growth was encouraging.

Jun 9, 2021

More listening, civility needed in public meetings

In recent months, Santa Rosa County has developed a reputation for public meetings marked by outbursts, arguing and, as a result, increased law enforcement presence.

The Santa Rosa County School District responded by strictly enforcing rules of conduct and having deputies remove audience members who defy those rules in any way.

Jun 2, 2021

Blackwater River’s past whispers along its banks

Once upon a time, the Blackwater River was a conveyor belt of prosperity. Loggers floated longleaf pine trunks to the mills.

May 26, 2021

Governor takes step to get much-needed employees back to work

A Navarre Press reader was shopping at a dollar store recently. Her purchase was put in a bag along with a flier letting her know the store is hiring.

Everyone is hiring these days, it seems.

Apr 21, 2021

Editorial No more losing

When people tell me they don’t want Navarre to incorporate, I can understand why. Just look at the county. And then look at the cracks in our roads and the absence of sidewalks across our area.

Apr 14, 2021

Editorial: Change is on the way to Navarre

Change is coming to Navarre, whether local residents or the infrastructure is ready for it. The opening of three emergency rooms in about six months – all within a few miles of each other along U.S. Highway 98 – would seem to speak to a population that can support that kind of growth.

Apr 7, 2021

Beach safety proves top priority of county, and we agree

Spending taxpayers’ dollars at any level is a decision sure to spark a reaction. We all have our own perspectives on what government – at all levels – should and should not spend money on.

Mar 31, 2021

Editorial: We must fight to protect public’s right to know

For democracy to function, citizens must have the right to know what their elected officials are doing and saying. The right to full and public notice of when elected officials are discussing or making decisions must be ensured.

As a nonpartisan government watchdog and taxpayer-research institute that focuses on promoting government accountability and transparency, Florida TaxWatch supports the use of public notices in local newspapers of record by government entities to notify all of their citizens of meetings and votes.

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