Low-cost spay/neuter clinic seeking county support

Low-cost spay/neuter clinic seeking county support

Efforts continue to bring a low-cost spay and neuter clinic to Santa Rosa County, which recently held one of the highest euthanasia rates for cats and dogs in the state. Since nonprofit A HOPE, and founder Brandi Winkleman, launched their efforts in 2016, euthanasia rates have plummeted, and the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter underwent […]

Center “getting a little fancy” for conservation cause

Center “getting a little fancy” for conservation cause

Local sea turtle advocates will shed their usual flip flops for evening attire Dec. 13 for an evening of conservation fundraising at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s second annual Sea Turtle Soirée. Executive director Jennifer Polus said this event is the largest fundraiser each year for the turtle center. Read the full article […]

Five things to know: Internet safety for students

Five things to know: Internet safety for students

It’s no secret that dangers lurk online for children. Cases of sexual predators abusing social media to gain access to children are reported with disturbing regularity. But parents in Santa Rosa County took a step to protect their students Nov. 19 during an internet safety presentation in the cafeteria of Holley Navarre Middle School.

NHS breathes new life into “Romeo and Juliet”

NHS breathes new life into “Romeo and Juliet”

The Navarre High School Theatre program will be performing one of Shakespeare’s most infamous works this Friday and Saturday. “Romeo and Juliet” is a classic tale of young romance, blood-shed and tragedy, and program director Jan Savage said her students are ready to bring the production to life, complete with original script, period costume and […]

Residents weigh in on East Bay plan

Residents weigh in on East Bay plan

Regional transportation planners and members of the community crowded into Live Oak Church along East Bay Boulevard Nov. 21 to brainstorm ways to improve the road just outside the door. The public workshop was part of a corridor management plan study underway for the 9.8-mile stretch, including its multiuse path.

School planned for intersection of Edgewood, 98

School planned for intersection of Edgewood, 98

Santa Rosa School District is looking to purchase property at the intersection of Edgewood Drive and U.S. Highway 98 to build future schools. The school board gave preliminary approval to pursue the purchase Nov. 14. Located directly south of the end of Edgewood Drive, the 41-acre property is being considered at an undisclosed price, but […]

Feeding local families

Feeding local families

There are hundreds of families in the Navarre area living at or below the poverty line, but thanks to Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County more than 200 of those families had a Thanksgiving feast this week. Volunteers spent three days gathering, sorting and distributing boxes of donated food at Oriole Beach Elementary […]

Santa Rosa Medical joins Brain Bag program

Santa Rosa Medical joins Brain Bag program

Navarre Press is partnering with the Studer Community Institute to provide free literacy tools for new parents in Santa Rosa County. The project will grow the Brain Bags program to include Santa Rosa Medical Center. SCI Director of Early Learning Shannon Nickinson said the program fulfills a need for families.

County tries new tactic to deal with crumbling Turner house

County tries new tactic to deal with crumbling Turner house

After 15 years of crumbling away at the western end of Gulf Boulevard, the dilapidated brick structure known locally as the “Turner house” may finally meet its end. A source of neighbor complaints for years, the rusted brick home has been at the center of a legal battle between Santa Rosa County and property owners […]

Farm to City fights ‘hidden hunger’

Farm to City fights ‘hidden hunger’

There are more than 21,000 people without enough food to eat in Santa Rosa County, according to data from Feeding America. Leading into a holiday focused on food—Thanksgiving–many families may not be able to put an elaborate meal, or any meal, on the table. That is where the Farm to City initiative steps in. Running […]

Tourism generates 6,600 jobs in Santa Rosa

Tourism generates 6,600 jobs in Santa Rosa

Visitors to Santa Rosa County spend more than $464 million annually in the county, supporting thousands of jobs and businesses according to the most recent data available from the Tourist Development Office. That’s no surprise considering the county brought in more than 868,000 visitors in 2017 (most recent data available), and the last two years […]

Improving East Bay

Improving East Bay

The team tasked with studying the effectiveness of East Bay Boulevard took strolls and brief jaunts on their bicycles early Nov. 16. But they weren’t loafing. Instead they were trying a new method for analyzing the needs of citizens in the community along the boulevard as part of a corridor management plan study underway for […]

Edgewood Drive remodel moving forward

Edgewood Drive remodel moving forward

A complete remodeling of Edgewood Drive could be underway by spring 2020, according to District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech. “It is 100% designed,” Piech said. “We are going through the wetland permitting process since we have the design. We will get the permits and once we have permits, we will put the project out […]

S’Cool Bus bringing meals to students in need

S’Cool Bus bringing meals to students in need

Santa Rosa County’s free summer lunch program got a boost Nov. 7 with the rollout of Sodexo’s new S’Cool Bus, a mobile cafeteria created from an old school bus. Sodexo is the food contractor for Santa Rosa School District. In addition to supplying breakfasts, lunches, snacks and even dinners to hungry students during the school […]

Meet the new Zoning Board

Meet the new Zoning Board

With exactly a week to go before their first meeting and just hours after their official hiring, the members of the newly seated Zoning Board got a crash course in public service Nov. 14 at the Tiger Point Community Center. The Zoning Board is one of many county committees composed of citizen appointees, helping in […]

Decades later, dirt moving on new courthouse

Decades later, dirt moving on new courthouse

When Don Salter was first elected to the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners in 2000, the issue at the forefront was replacing the aging courthouse in downtown Milton. A little less than 20 years later, Salter and his fellow commissioners ceremonially broke ground Nov. 13 on the site of a new courthouse, turning dirt […]

County OKs housing next to abandoned dump

County OKs housing next to abandoned dump

A month after Abbey Rodamaker told county commissioners about the dump and water contamination she discovered waiting under her soil, the commission last week approved a residential development that could be facing the same problems. The Nov. 14 approval, despite multiple concerns voiced by neighbors, allows a 16-lot subdivision, dubbed Water Leaf, to continue forward […]

Navy technology aiding in recovery effort for airman

Navy technology aiding in recovery effort for airman

As recovery efforts continue for U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) joined the search, utilizing technology intended for detecting underwater mines. The NSWC PCD announced the continuous 24-hour operation in concert with the existing Air Force led mission Nov. 15.

Pet Nation offers photos with Santa for Healing Paws

Pet Nation offers photos with Santa for Healing Paws

The holidays are u-paw-n us, and local small business Pet Nation is partnering with Healing Paws for Warriors to offer a festive opportunity for pet parents. The shop will host Healing Paws’ Santa Paws Pup Pictures Saturday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Read the full article in the Nov. 14 issue of […]

Woll offers out-of-this-world education

Woll offers out-of-this-world education

Not so long ago in a classroom not so far away, a teaching master led a band of first-grade Wookiees through lessons including aquaponics, geography, engineering and more. Her name is Jennifer Woll, and she has been named Holley Navarre Primary School Teacher of the Year. Read the full article in the Nov. 14 issue […]

Shop Crawl supports more than local business

Shop Crawl supports more than local business

Retailers across Navarre rolled out the red carpet Saturday for the 8th Annual Holiday Shop Crawl hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Dozens of retailers across a variety of specialties participated in the event. Chamber Executive Director Chanda Ryan said the event is all about increasing traffic to these local stores ahead […]

Gulf Breeze evaluating selling Tiger Point Golf Course

Gulf Breeze evaluating selling Tiger Point Golf Course

City of Gulf Breeze is considering selling Tiger Point Golf Course, and the move could coincide with the end of reclaimed water use in the city. The city council held a workshop Nov. 5 to discuss the potential future of the golf course. The board room was standing room only, full of citizens with a […]

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge critters settling in at Navarre location

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge critters settling in at Navarre location

After nearly three years, it’s official. With tears in her eyes, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Executive Director Carol “Stormy” Andersen jumped for joy watching as the last vehicle of the convoy from Okaloosa Island pulled into the refuge’s new home on Clopton Circle Nov. 10. In tow were the sick, injured and abandoned wildlife in […]

5 things to know: Mobi mats returning to Navarre Beach

5 things to know: Mobi mats returning to Navarre Beach

The peak of tourism season is over, and members of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) are continuing to seek improvements to infrastructure along Navarre Beach ahead of next season. District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech, who is also a member of the TDC, gave a quick update Nov. 7 on the state of projects along […]

Navarre celebrates service, sacrifice

Navarre celebrates service, sacrifice

Residents decked in red, white and blue packed Navarre Park’ center pavilion and spilled out across the lawn toward the Black Hawk Memorial Monday for the annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Each year the ceremony is presented by local veteran’s organizations including Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4407 American Legion posts.   Read the full article […]

Potential impact fees inching forward

Potential impact fees inching forward

County commissioners did not commit to impact fees Tuesday during their regular meeting in Milton, but the board that has outright rejected the idea in the past allowed two potential proposals for fees to move forward. Santa Rosa County School District approached the commission back in May to request the board create a draft ordinance […]

Zoning Board replacement moving forward

Zoning Board replacement moving forward

Santa Rosa County will have a new Zoning Board and new policies governing citizen committees. The Board of County Commissioners Tuesday set the issue for a final approval vote Thursday. The Zoning Board has become a source of controversy in the last two months after the commissioners voted to fire all sitting members of the […]

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