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Author: Riley Hansen

Changes possible for Navarre Beach

The Board of County Commissioners further discussed possible changes coming to Navarre Beach at their May 23 meeting, including a code enforcement officer and the run, walk and race policy.

In early April, the Tourist Development Council (TDC) discussed bringing in a code enforcement officer specifically for Navarre Beach.

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Local outreach offering A HOPE for pets

A local animal outreach, A HOPE, works toward serving the animals in Santa Rosa County.

The focus of A HOPE, which stands for Animal Health Outreach Prevention Education, is to spay, neuter and vaccinate county animals at an affordable rate, whether that be for stray community cats or beloved family dogs.

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Fentanyl Awareness Day alerts to issue in SRC

National Fentanyl Awareness Day seeks to bring attention to a prevalent drug issue, one that affects Santa Rosa County residents.

According to a press release from Attorney General Ashely Moody, over 105,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in the span of a year, and more than 66% of those deaths were related to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

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Oyster farms spotted off Garcon Point

Driving over the Garcon Point Bridge between Navarre and Milton, one might notice some floating objects in East Bay, heralded by an American flag and the Florida state flag.

Those objects in the water are not traps—they are oyster farms, put there by Emerald Tides Oyster Company.

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Garcon toll reduction at a standstill

The promised reduction to the Garcon Point Bridge tolls still has no effective date.

Representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation and Governor Ron DeSantis’s office reported that while work is still happening, there is no current update.

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Former mayor, Thompson, released

Guy Thompson, the former Mayor of Milton, was released from the federal prison he was staying in two years before his set release date.

On January 17, 2020, Thompson was sentenced to 51 months in prison for embezzling over $650,000 from the United Way of Santa Rosa County, which he ran for 39 years. The sentencing came after the FBI and IRS investigated Thompson’s finances for the years of 2011-2018.

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Potential town homes slated for Gulf Breeze

The zoning board discussed two potential townhome developments for Gulf Breeze Parkway. Beckie Cato from Forest Bay Estates presented the two projects at the May 12 meeting, one on the 5700 block and the other on the 4800 block of Gulf Breeze Parkway. The two areas are owned by the same person, but they are currently zoned as Highway Commercia Developments. The goal is to create two townhome developments.

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Magdalene’s, Inc.: A place for survivors to call home

Magdalene’s, Inc. has been in the works for two years, and on Thursday, April 28, the non-profit closed on their home. The building will be the site of a safe house for female survivors of human trafficking.

In August of 2019, David Williams, who operated a massage parlor on Fordham Parkway in Gulf Breeze, was arrested.

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