Summerwinds evacuated for roof fire

Summerwinds evacuated for roof fire

Residents of the Inn at Summerwinds’ most eastern tower were evacuated around 4 p.m. Thursday due to a fire. The blaze broke out on the north eastern corner of the roof sending a pillar of smoke over the beach. Petra Francis of Navarre Properties, who’s office is located in the tower, said work crews have […]

Building in SRC may have gotten easier

Building in SRC may have gotten easier

Whether they’re building 100 plus homes in a subdivision or just reroofing their own home, citizens seeking permits in Santa Rosa County will face a much smoother process in the coming year. The county’s Development Services Office has been plagued by delays and difficulty communicating between departments, according to businesses owners. Those issues were exacerbated […]

Zoning board urges protection of wells

Zoning board urges protection of wells

Officials moved Nov. 12 to protect South Santa Rosa’s water supply following outcry by citizens and utilities. The Zoning Board (ZB) has recommended denial of a change to the comprehensive plan that would have allowed natural resource extraction over the protected wells in East Milton that supply water to all of South Santa Rosa County. The wells are […]

Navarre Beach Chamber offices fill up

Navarre Beach Chamber offices fill up

Business is booming at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Prado Street offices and it’s more than just the chamber doing business. Last month, all of the Navarre Beach Chamber Information Center offices were officially rented out, completing the vision for the chamber’s new home. When the building was purchased in 2019, chamber leadership […]

Election Wrap-up: What does it all mean?

Election Wrap-up: What does it all mean?

Roughly 70% of voters supported continuation of Santa Rosa County’s half cent sales tax for another five years. County commissioners have been advocating for the tax’s continuation, pointing to completed projects including drainage improvements in south Santa Rosa, paved roads throughout the county, better equipped firefighters and more. Commissioner Bob Cole said he is thankful […]

Dune invaders: Find out what plant has been found on Navarre Beach

Dune invaders: Find out what plant has been found on Navarre Beach

It started out innocent enough. Beach dwellers of the Carolinas looking to beautify their yards in the 1970s and 80s discovered a vine of pretty purple blooms and silvery hued leaves; an ornamental plant that could survive dry, sandy conditions. Then it started to grow, stretching out with shoots thicker around than a quarter and more […]

County tourism cashes in $3.5 million

County tourism cashes in $3.5 million

Tourism losses from COVID-19 in Santa Rosa County were only a fraction of what was projected. The final tourism tax report for fiscal year 2019-2020 presented Nov. 5 left Tourist Development Council (TDC) members smiling. The year totaled more than $3.5 million of revenue to the county’s tourism promotion arm. That’s down less than 10% from […]

County courts FEMA for beach sand funds

County courts FEMA for beach sand funds

Santa Rosa County officials are still not sure if the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will pay for replacing chunks of Navarre Beach lost to Hurricane Sally. Based on county measures, the beach lost roughly 265,000 cubic yards of sand, according to county environmental director Michael Schmidt. He explained the county has been monitoring background […]

Locals find lighter side in #bargeblunder

Locals find lighter side in #bargeblunder

When life, in the form of Hurricane Sally, gave Northwest Florida the lemons of barges bouncing around the bay, a destroyed bridge and hourlong traffic jams from rerouted vehicles, residents responded with humor. Back in September, Skanska USA failed to secure 27 construction barges against incoming hurricane condition, resulting in them breaking free. A portion […]

More than 81,000 votes already cast

More than 81,000 votes already cast

It’s less than 24 hours to Election Day, but most Santa Rosa County voters have already cast their ballots.  More than half (56%) of Santa Rosa voters either opted to vote by mail or early vote over the last few weeks. And that trend extends to both major political parties in the county. Democrats and […]

New grocery store could be coming to area

New grocery store could be coming to area

Navarre may be getting another grocery store complex near the Santa Rosa, Okaloosa county line. Along U.S. Highway 98, the more than 10-acre property includes a stretch of vacant land and the closed First National Bank of Florida. It borders Rosewood Avenue. In a pre-application meeting with Santa Rosa County Development Services in February, representatives […]

Swirling shoal mystifies visitors, locals

Swirling shoal mystifies visitors, locals

That’s no June grass. Masses of tiny 2-inch fish schooled along Navarre Beach just west of the fishing pier Oct. 14. The mass of fish, stretching along the shore in front of four condominium buildings, caught the attention of beachgoers who scooped them up with nets or their bare hands. “I’ve never seen that before […]

Meet a Gulf Breeze woman whose home has turned into a museum

Meet a Gulf Breeze woman whose home has turned into a museum

Whether it’s the international collection of dolls throughout the house, the two-foot long Japanese fish sculpture at the front door or cabinets stuffed with authentic German bier steins, Diedra Juniper’s Gulf Breeze home resembles an international culture museum more than a slice of suburbia. Her decor reflects a life lived worldly. Juniper is a 73-year-old retired teacher […]

Behind the news

Behind the news

Whether it’s online or in print, news helps people understand what’s happening in the world and make better decisions. Behind every one of those articles and posts is a newsroom of reporters, editors and designers working to get accurate and interesting information to the public. Read the full article in the Oct. 22 issue of […]

5 things to know: Bay bridge recovery

5 things to know: Bay bridge recovery

Pensacola Bay Bridge reconstruction is set to drag into early March 2021, and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is evaluating options to alleviate traffic concerns. As the only direct connection between south Santa Rosa County and Pensacola, the bridge saw tens of thousands of vehicles each day. Now, those travelers either take Garcon Point Bridge […]

Navarre Beach Pier boosts economy, centers community

Navarre Beach Pier boosts economy, centers community

As the sun rose over Navarre Beach Oct. 14, painting the sky in streaks of color, a handful of fishermen were ready to start their day. Rods and reels in hand, they made their way down the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier extending high above the emerald shallows and out toward deeper blue waters. “Shortest distance […]

Comorbidities common in COVID-19 deaths

Comorbidities common in COVID-19 deaths

Of the more than 200,000 COVID-19 infected Americans who died through Oct. 7, about 12,000 died solely from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is a far cry from the annual death toll of diseases like influenza and heart attacks, but those 12,000 deaths are the exception, not the […]

District flexible; students flip-flopping

District flexible; students flip-flopping

Roughly 500 Santa Rosa students have transitioned back from remote learning to brick and mortar schools since the beginning of the semester, according to Mike Thorpe, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Thorpe said they have also seen some students transition the other way, leaving physical schools for the remote option. “Not many have […]

1 2 3 71