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Wendy Victora Rudman Headshot
Feb 10, 2021

We can do better to keep our part of the world beautiful

Archeologists can learn a lot about our ancestors by going through their garbage.

Those treasure troves, called midden piles, can tell us what people ate, what kind of dishware they used, even what they excreted, which is a fancy way of saying poop.

Feb 10, 2021

Out and About

For two months, officials and citizens have been asking for county commissioners to reconsider the proposed repeal of some key wellfield protections.

These same concerned folks were hoping agencies like the Department of Environmental Protection of the Northwest Florida Water Management District would review the proposal and nix it.

Feb 9, 2021

Letter: Time to take our land back

I grew up in Mobile. Navarre was our most favorite secluded beach. In the 60s, my family would vacation in Destin.

By the early 70s, my friends and I had driver’s licenses and when it was just us guys wanting to spend a few days away camping and fishing, we always went to Navarre Beach.

Feb 9, 2021

The thistle’s awakening has begun

The botanical pause of winter is monotonous in its consistency. Each day, with very few exceptions, is just like the one before it with plants in suspended animation.

February brings the first inkling of the burst of activity coming to Santa Rosa County which will soon arrive with vigorous growth and riotous color. One herald for the landscape’s eruption is the awakening of thistles, native weeds entwined with many cultures reaching into antiquity.

Brian Lester Headshot
Feb 9, 2021

Brian Out Loud

The names change and the accomplishments vary but what has remained consistent through it all is a run of success that is seemingly unbreakable.

Navarre’s girls weightlifting team is headed to state this weekend. Again. Those words have become as much of a guarantee as death and taxes.

Michael Bannon Headshot
Feb 9, 2021

For God’s Sake: Let’s join Jesus outside the camp

When my wife arrived, she went straight to our bedroom to quarantine herself pending her co-worker’s test results, an estimated 24-48 hours. At first, it was kind of fun. We clowned around with the Two-Way app that turns your smartphone into a two-way radio. My radio handle was Base, kind of boring, and my wife’s, […]

Feb 7, 2021

Letter: Another Dollar Store? No, thank you!

Please answer WHY Navarre NEEDS another Dollar Store? And who approves this in our county?

Especially since there is another one just a block or two down (State Road) 87 already! 

Feb 6, 2021

Letter: A solution to preserve democracy

A solution to our messy system for electing the president of the United States is in the works.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is gaining steam nationwide, and a bill for Florida to join the Compact has been introduced in the Florida legislature.

Feb 5, 2021

Letter: Area needs successful strategies to deal with growth

Recently there have been multiple articles in various local and regional media outlets pointing out the problems with the rapid growth in the Northwest Florida Region.

Having been CEO of a rapidly growing and evolving community in another state, I am all too familiar with these challenges.

Feb 4, 2021

Letter: Election Integrity

Who determines who represents you?

As is often stated, count all votes; however, we should count only votes from legally registered voters. Representative democracy like ours depends on informed voter participation.