Teen critically injured after car hits standing water

A 19-year-old Jay teen was critically injured Saturday afternoon when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving when it hit standing water.

The van was eastbound on Old Pollard Road, when the teen drove through the water and lost control. The van rotated , struck a mailbox, hit a drainage ditch and became airborne. The right side of the vehicle struck a tree and came to rest of the driver's side. The teen was ejected and pinned under the van, according to the Florida Highway Patrol media release.

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Pensacola Bay Bridge is open again

The Pensacola Bay Bridge quietly reopened early Friday morning with no ribbon-cutting, fanfare or official advance announcement. It has been closed since it was damaged by a barge Sept. 16 that broke loose during Hurricane Sally.

Construction on the bridge continues, but two lanes are open from end to end.

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Legal #3800 – Fictitious Name – Certified Sanitizing

Fictitious Name Notice

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of Certified Sanitizing at 6873 E Bay Blvd, in the County of Santa Rosa, in the city of Navarre, Florida, 32566 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Navarre, Florida, this 12th day of May 2021. Joe Bajner, owner, or Corporation full name.

Legal Notice #3800

April 8-14, 2021 Blast from the Past

One Year Ago – 2020

Efforts to incorporate Navarre failed to meet the ballot threshold for the August primary election.

According to the Supervisor of Elections, the Navarre Area United Political Action committee fell short by 1,162 petitions. They were required to receive 2,842 according to election office documents.

State officials issued a plan June 11 to get schools back in session in-person starting in August and specified the differences in how schools might operate.

Five Years Ago – 2016

A woman reportedly fired several shots inside her Midway home and then barricaded herself inside. A standoff with deputies lasted a little over two hours before she surrendered without incident and was taken into custody.

Purple flags went up to warn beachgoers of sea lice, tiny, pepper-like jellyfish larvae that can cause a rash. According to the head Navarre Beach lifeguard, it occurred every year, but this was the first year that he had heard visitors complain.

10 Years Ago – 2011

Members of the Navarre Beach Volunteer Fire Department board of directors questioned whether it was safe or not – or even the department’s responsibility to rescue swimmers in distress. Pending a discussion between the fire board and county staff, the Navarre Beach fire chief said that firefighters were trained and would respond to calls for emergencies in the Gulf and Sound.

The Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council was getting about $1.2 million as a part of the $30 million marketing grant BP was giving the Northwest Florida Tourism Council. The grant was a continued effort of BP to make up for the negative effect the oil spill had on the region’s industry.

20 Years Ago – 2001

Changes in animal control laws were in process to include a “pooper-scooper” provision. The fines recommended were $25 for the first offense, $75 for the second offense and $150 for each subsequent offense.

This was a result of residents’ complaints to commissioners that pets were being allowed to use the new bike/walking path as a pet potty with owners failing to pick up after their dogs.

Gene Morales and Debra Martinez were crowned prom king and queen of Navarre High School at festivities at The Zoo.

Sex ed bill with ‘opt out’ approved in house

After a significant change, the House Education & Employment Committee on Thursday approved a bill that addresses sex education in schools and teed it up for consideration by the full House. Under the bill, which was approved in an 18-2 vote, school districts would be required to post notification on the home pages of their websites about the rights of students’ parents to opt out of sex education instruction.

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