Santa Rosa to get county flag

Santa Rosa to get county flag

Members of Leadership Santa Rosa class 33 have proposed creating an official county flag as their community project. Magen Norwood of Santa Rosa Medical Center spoke on behalf of the class. “An idea that has been circulating through our class has been to create a county flag. We would like your input on it,” she […]

School Board unanimously supports impact fees

School Board unanimously supports impact fees

Citizens advocating for impact fees got a boost April 25 as the Santa Rosa County School Board unanimously voted in support of charging $5,000 on all newly built single-family homes. The vote came after a study into the feasibility of the fees showed that the district could reasonably charge up to $9,474 on each new […]

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Movers and shakers of Northwest Florida convened in Miramar Beach April 17-18 with the intent of growing economic success in the region during the 22nd Gulf Power Economic Symposium, held at Baytowne Conference Center at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. This year’s theme was Our Time. Our Place. Our Now! Read the full article in the […]

HNMS earns high marks in New York math competition

HNMS earns high marks in New York math competition

Holley Navarre Middle School students made their way to Rochester, New York, April 5-6 to show off their math skills and represent Santa Rosa County. They were there to compete in the 2019 Math Competition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. […]

Secret Place to share hope for child victims

Secret Place to share hope for child victims

Members of the public can learn about a new program focused on supporting child victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Celebrate Recovery at Liberty Church of Gulf Breeze will be hosting a presentation on The Secret Place Monday evening at 6:30. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Economic future depends on preparing tomorrow’s workforce

Economic future depends on preparing tomorrow’s workforce

When the Gulf Power Economic Symposium looked to Northwest Florida’s future, workforce training was a prominent topic of discussion. Florida Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish said education is critical, based on data collected from across the state. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Economist sees opportunity amid market omens

Economist sees opportunity amid market omens

One statement encompassed perfectly the economic concerns facing the globe put fourth by economist Vikram Mansharamani to a room full of economic leaders April 17 at the Gulf Power Economic Symposium. “These fish concern me,” he said. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options […]

School District weighs impact fees

School District weighs impact fees

Santa Rosa School District is considering implementation of a roughly $5,000 impact fee for all new single-family homes. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said they put out for a study on the subject to explore funding for continued capacity expansion as schools bump up against their capacity ceilings. Read the full article in the April 25 issue […]

Holley Navarre Water misses deadline for state funds

Holley Navarre Water misses deadline for state funds

When Rob Williamson was hired for the CEO position at Holley Navarre Water System last November, one of the big factors discussed by the board of directors was his history in government. As a previous county commissioner, Williamson made many trips to both Tallahassee and Washington D.C. Read the full article in the April 25 […]

County code crackdown targets ‘feather flags’

County code crackdown targets ‘feather flags’

County Code Enforcement is cracking down on “feather flags,” especially in Navarre. These tall, narrow banners typically bear commercial messages. They are popular along U.S. Highway 98 and Highway 87. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

Rare Kemp’s ridley sea turtle rescued off pier

Rare Kemp’s ridley sea turtle rescued off pier

An endangered sea turtle hooked April 13 on Navarre Beach Fishing Pier is set to make a full recovery. This was the first rescue of the upcoming sea turtle nesting season, which officially starts May 1. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]

Commissioners reject purchase of landfill over water supply

Commissioners reject purchase of landfill over water supply

The land above the aquifer that provides water to all of south Santa Rosa County could become the home of a construction debris landfill after the County Commission indicated Monday it would reject the owners’ offer to sell the property for $12 million. Blue Water Holdings SRC Inc. owns the property itself. Read the full […]

Midway mystery continues to confound Fairpoint

Midway mystery continues to confound Fairpoint

On average, 250,000 gallons of the 850,000 gallons pumped daily from Fairpoint Utility to Midway Water is not making it to customers. Midway’s average daily usage is 1.3 million gallons total. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive […]

Navarre students face consequences for vaping

Navarre students face consequences for vaping

More students were busted last week for using e-cigarettes at Holley Navarre Middle School in the ongoing saga of what is being called an “epidemic” across Florida. Children’s use of these tobacco products, which include e-cigarettes, vape pens and Juuls, has been increasing in recent years. Read the full article in the April 18 issue […]

County, citizens explore funding options in workshop

County, citizens explore funding options in workshop

County Administrator Dan Schebler fielded tough questions about spending of tax dollars Monday during the first of two citizen budget workshops. The first was hosted at Woodbine Church. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription […]

First responders seek lifesaving CPR device

First responders seek lifesaving CPR device

It is an all too familiar scenario for first responders working along the beach. After dragging a drowning person from the waters, CPR begins. But in those critical seconds of rescue, CPR has to stop for a victim to be transported over the dune line and out to a waiting ambulance. Read the full article […]

Advanced technologies could improve traffic flow

Advanced technologies could improve traffic flow

Adding asphalt is not the only way to make traffic flow faster along corridors such as U.S. Highway 98. Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS) could be the answer. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription […]

Crowder honored during Kids’ Fest

Crowder honored during Kids’ Fest

Taxpayers had a chance to soak their sheriff and county commissioner Saturday at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery during Norm Crowder Memorial Kids’ Fest. The dunk tank with local officials was only part of the fun. Games, live music and police animals were also on hand. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of […]

What does it take to build a new school?

What does it take to build a new school?

During hearings on redistricting Gulf Breeze and Midway elementary schools, parents called the school board to task April 11. They questioned how the district got to a point where 10 schools are over their capacity numbers, requiring placement of portables and reshuffling of students. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre […]

Pet Nation hosts adoption event series

Pet Nation hosts adoption event series

Locally owned shop Pet Nation wants every pet to have a home, so they are continuing a string of adoption events throughout the year. The store hosted Road Dogg Rescue Saturday where dogs of all ages were able to be adopted. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ […]

Santa Rosa’s future chefs flaunt culinary skills

Santa Rosa’s future chefs flaunt culinary skills

Santa Rosa County elementary students sautéed, chopped and baked to impress the judges last month during the annual Sodexo Future Chefs National Challenge. Sodexo is the food service contractor for the school district. Marketing Coordinator Deanna Reagin said the company hosts the nationwide competition each year to get children excited about healthy cooking. Read the […]

First Responder Rally raises $8,000 for sick deputy

First Responder Rally raises $8,000 for sick deputy

The Navarre community came out to Best Western on Saturday in support of law enforcement, firefighters, EMS and dispatchers during the third Navarre First Responders Rally. This year the event focused particularly on Nic Hubbard, a Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputy who is fighting chemotherapy-resistant Hodgkin lymphoma and is in need of a bone marrow […]

Miracle League ready for first pitch

Miracle League ready for first pitch

The field is prepped, buddies have been trained and opening day is set. Now all Miracle League of Santa Rosa County needs is players. The nonprofit formed in July 2017 with the goal of allowing individuals of all abilities to participate in baseball. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. […]

School board approves elementary school redistricting

School board approves elementary school redistricting

Roughly 105 Oriole Beach Elementary School students will be attending Gulf Breeze Elementary next school year. The School Board voted Thursday night to redistrict the schools during a public hearing in Milton. The change was prompted by schools reaching and exceeding their capacities due to rapid growth rates in the areas. Three elementary schools in […]

Santa Rosa businesses miss opportunity with Visit Florida marketing program

Santa Rosa businesses miss opportunity with Visit Florida marketing program

Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, announced April 1 that 152 Florida businesses were accepted into the organization’s free 2019 Targeted Marketing Assistance Program (TMAP). None were in Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up […]

Santa Rosa Animal Shelter: No dogs or cats euthanized in March

Santa Rosa Animal Shelter:  No dogs or cats euthanized in March

Animal advocates that once took Santa Rosa County to task are now singing its praises this month after the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter turned over outcome results that are nothing short of transformational. In 2018, A HOPE for Santa Rosa County founder Brandi Winkleman went before the county commission calling for change. Read the […]

Beach construction to impact summer months

Beach construction to impact summer months

Summer on Navarre Beach is set to be busy this year, but it is not just tourists that will be crowding the shoreline. A collection of improvement projects across the beach will be impacting the traditional tourist season. The largest among these investments is the renovation of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Read the full […]

Parents enlisted as ‘cheerleaders’ to boost test readiness

Parents enlisted as ‘cheerleaders’ to boost test readiness

Students across Florida last week completed the first round of high-stakes testing that will determine everything from teacher compensation to the ranking of schools. Holley Navarre Intermediate School was no exception. Students in third, fourth and fifth grade had their learning tested in writing and reading through Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) exams. Read the full […]

Determining new fate of old courthouse

Determining new fate of old courthouse

For the first time in 92 years, the Santa Rosa County Courthouse in downtown Milton will likely be vacant. After more than 20 years of argument and failed ballot measures, the county has concrete plans to move judicial services to a new location along Avalon Boulevard. Read the full article in the April 11 issue […]

South Santa Rosa Arc celebrates one year

South Santa Rosa Arc celebrates one year

The Arc Gateway’s south Santa Rosa program celebrated their first anniversary Tuesday, commemorating the expansion of services for an underserved population. The facility at 5668 Gulf Breeze Parkway offers south Santa Rosa’s first day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]