Springhill offers wedding atop Mardi Gras float

Springhill offers wedding atop Mardi Gras float

Staff of the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach are looking for a unique couple looking to get hitched this February. The hotelier is offering a deal many brides could afford. They are offering a free venue, free music and free officiant in a once in a lifetime setting: atop a float in the Navarre Beach […]

Law enforcement grads factor cameras into employment decision

Law enforcement grads factor cameras into employment decision

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies currently do not wear body cameras, and that fact could be hurting their recruitment efforts. Demand for trained professionals to fill law enforcement officer positions remains high throughout the U.S., and for soon-to-be graduates like Falicia Bender having the extra protection of her integrity.           […]

Recycling restart stalled

Recycling restart stalled

Recycling has been out of service in Santa Rosa County since April 2019 when ECUA abruptly canceled the county’s contract, but county attorney Roy Andrews told commissioners in December 2019 recycling would be back operational Jan. 1. But the loads of paper, plastic, cardboard and metal are still going to the dump. Read the full […]

Redecking expected to conclude prior to busy summer season

Redecking expected to conclude prior to busy summer season

After months of prep work, workers began placing new deck boards Jan. 15 on the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico. Now the contractor, RJ Gorman Marine Construction LLC of Panama City, has 90 days to complete the work on site under the terms of a $1.12 million contract with Santa Rosa County to […]

High speed crash causes fire in Navarre

High speed crash causes fire in Navarre

Flames engulfed multiple vehicles in a high-speed crash in Navarre early Monday morning. Holley Navarre Fire District firefighters were working to put out the blaze around 4 a.m. off Third Street as the fire charred the car, four RVs and two boats on the property.   According to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Robert Cannon, […]

Commissioner Salter files for re-election

Commissioner Salter files for re-election

In an already crowded field of candidates, County Commissioner Don Salter filed Jan. 15 to run for re-election as representative for the northern most portion of the county. Salter, a retired Gulf Power district manager and Army veteran, has served as commissioner for district 3 continuously since 2000. During that time, he championed protection of […]

Five things to know about Santa Rosa’s industrial parks

Five things to know about Santa Rosa’s industrial parks

Real estate is at a premium in Santa Rosa County as land and building prices continue to rise. Building shows no sign of slowing in the county, but hundreds of acres in Santa Rosa are sitting vacant, set aside for a special purpose. Why? They are the county’s four industrial parks, land set aside specifically […]

County seeks citizen input on budget

County seeks citizen input on budget

Under the theme “Your county – your priorities,” Santa Rosa County will host a series of workshops across the county seeking feedback on budget priorities. The five workshops will be held in each of the five commissioner districts. County Administrator Dan Schebler said the tour through the county is specifically aimed at meeting the citizens […]

Weak bed tax totals expected to continue

Weak bed tax totals expected to continue

Santa Rosa’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) will likely be tightening the purse strings in 2020 after two months of lackluster bed tax collections, directly on the heels of a record-setting year. Bed taxes are the additional fees collected on temporary accommodations in the county, earmarked for tourism promotion and projects by state statute. Read the […]

Zoning Board OKs Firestone, Splash RV Resort

Zoning Board OKs Firestone, Splash RV Resort

Planned construction of a tire store in Navarre cleared another hurdle Jan. 9 as the Zoning Board unanimously recommended approving the use. The planned Firestone location is part of a larger 19-acre Aldi grocery store and commercial complex planned near the corner of Ortega Street and U.S. Highway 98. Also included in conceptual site plans […]

County takes $35 million loan for new courthouse

County takes $35 million loan for new courthouse

Santa Rosa County is set to take on a $35 million loan for construction of a new courthouse on Avalon Boulevard, with an expected interest payment of $13 million over 20 years. Commissioners voted Jan. 9 to pursue Synovus Bank’s offer as the best option of the six tax-exempt, fixed rate, non-bank qualified loan offers […]

Snowbird fun coming to Navarre Beach this winter

Snowbird fun coming to Navarre Beach this winter

At a time when tourism is typically slow, a special kind of visitor is boosting the bottom line for Navarre Beach. The snowbirds are back in town, and Santa Rosa County Tourist Information Specialist Nicole Dees said that means a benefit for Navarre’s economy. “It is a huge impact to our area, and they definitely […]

Pink Pirates roar into 2020

Pink Pirates roar into 2020

The 1920s were back in style at the Days Inn Conference Center as the Pink Pirates of Navarre rang in 2020 with their New Year’s Gala. The event was more than just a party. It was a massive fundraiser for a nonprofit focused on supporting women fighting breast cancer. Read the full article in the […]

HNWS donates to hometown heroes

HNWS donates to hometown heroes

Holley Navarre Water System and The Club at Hidden Creek presented the Air Commando Association with $10,000 grant from the Hometown Heroes Golf Tournament. Present were board members Daryl Lynchard, Mike Kennedy, Yvonne Harper, Will Goulet, Kevin Lanier and Mark Miller along with Hidden Creek manager Cindy Callen and Air Commandoes president Wayne Norrad. The […]

Caring and Sharing for 40 years

Caring and Sharing for 40 years

It started in 1979 in a firefighter’s garage. As explained by long time volunteers, the VanDerryt family were saddened to discover that a local family impacted by a house fire would have nothing for Christmas. They stepped up, and before they knew it, Don, Rudy and their daughter Teresa were helping 15 families in dire […]

Homeowners battle repeat flooding from drainage system

Homeowners battle repeat flooding from drainage system

The front porch of the home at the corner of Avenida De Sol and Mercado Street in Navarre is a bit different from the neighbors. There’s no furniture or decorations. Sandbags are piled to one side, and walls around the door frame have been modified with a system to allow plastic barriers to be snapped […]

Barber announces bid for superintendent

Barber announces bid for superintendent

Another face familiar to school district administration has thrown her hat into the ring in the 2020 race for Santa Rosa County school superintendent. Dr. Karen Barber made her intentions official Jan. 6 by prefiling with the Supervisor of Elections office. Barber currently serves as director of federal programs for the district, and she is […]

Severed hand report false

Severed hand report false

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies and even the county’s medical examiner were convinced it was a hand found on Navarre Beach Sunday afternoon. But it wasn’t. According to Sheriff Bob Johnson, the object was convincing looking. It even fooled him he said. According to a press release, a citizen saw the “hand” on the beach. […]

Helen Back property sold

Helen Back property sold

The long vacant waterfront restaurant at 8651 Navarre Parkway sold for $1.25 million in late November 2019. Now the new owners are looking at their options. The parcel had previously been the home of Helen Back Again. The restaurant closed its doors back in 2017, and the property was turned over to Beach Community Bank […]

Panera, Whataburger, Firestone planned for Navarre

Panera, Whataburger, Firestone planned for Navarre

Applications to the Zoning Board may have revealed what will neighbor an Aldi grocery store currently under construction in Navarre. The application was posted to the county’s website Jan. 2 ahead of the Jan. 9 meeting. According to site plans provided in the project application the grocery store project near the corner of Ortega Street […]

A different kind of graduation

A different kind of graduation

Ronald Kirkland was 15 years old when he was first sent to prison. He’d broken the law and eventually ended up in Santa Rosa Correctional Institution to serve his time. Kirkland would miss high school graduation and become an adult behind bars. Now a father, Kirkland, 27, is approaching his release date. According to Florida […]

Volunteers needed for census of homeless

Volunteers needed for census of homeless

As the country prepares for the 2020 census, local volunteers are gearing up for a different kind of count next year. Throughout Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, they will take to the streets Jan. 22, surveys in hand, trying to capture a snapshot of homelessness in a single night. Read the full article in the […]

Panhandle Butterfly House moving to Milton

Panhandle Butterfly House moving to Milton

A staple of Navarre Park for more than two decades, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) has cleared a major hurdle in relocating to a historic home in Milton. PBH representative Jenny Weber updated County Commissioners on the project’s future Dec. 12. “Milton is going to be a great location because it’s in the heart of […]

Candidate defends marina water, sewage disposal

Candidate defends marina water, sewage disposal

Raised voices and bickering returned to the Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors Dec. 17 amid accusations that a board candidate has been improperly dumping sewage from his marina into the utility’s system. Based on staff calculations, James Dabney owes HNWS $770.83 for using the system for the Navarre Boardwalk and Marine without […]

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