Author: Sandi Kemp

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Commissioner James Calkins has ideas on how to fix the county’s stormwater problems.

They include listening to the ideas of the current Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) volunteer taskforce which, by the way, have been looking at stormwater issues for many years.

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Navarre’s Cooking! Today we learned that Buffalo Wild Wings, Slim Chickens, and Smoothie King have filed paperwork to build in Navarre.

And, we have a Dunkin Donuts in the works near our new Aldi, and I’m sure there will be more restaurants announced soon. I hope you are hungry!

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We just wrapped up the 9th annual fishing rodeo and we are already looking forward to next year which will be our ten-year anniversary of the rodeo.

The next Navarre Fishing Rodeo will take place on October 1 and 2, 2022. (kind-of rhymes) I’ve been involved with the rodeo since the inception so I can say, with confidence, this wasn’t my first rodeo.

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Businesses help the communities around them in ways most of us don’t realize and could never have imagined.

For example, when a dump truck and car collided Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze, both drivers were injured and the highway was blocked not just by the damaged vehicles, but by 20 cubic yards of dirt that the truck had been carrying.

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There is a lot of dirt being moved in Navarre right now. The Publix at the county line has cleared their lot and new apartment complex, “Elevate Navarre,” started clearing this week.

Also, we have a report in this week’s issue that the new K-8 school, East Bay K-8 is already almost 100 students over projections and more than 80% capacity in their first two months after opening its doors for students. Navarre is growing with or without your permission.

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I’ve heard people complain that there is nothing to do in Navarre or surrounding nearby communities.

However, if you hear this in the next 1.5 months – it must be someone that is in a basement without connection to the outside world. (There are very few basements in this area.

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I know I’m not alone in breathing a sigh of relief that Hurricane Ida swept so far west of us however, we have a lot of visitors here from Louisiana that don’t know what they are going home to.

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Beginning next year, Santa Rosa residents will have many more shopping options than they do right now.

At some point, new Publix stores in east Navarre and Milton will be open, as will the much-discussed Aldi near the foot of the Navarre Beach bridge.

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Navarre and Santa Rosa County are always busy places and having a tropical storm peeking at us always dials that up.

We spent time looking at Tropical Storm Fred, which could have gone anywhere, but did not choose us. We got lucky and hours after it made landfall in Cape San Blas, the sun was shining over Navarre’s beautiful beaches.

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It’s hard to miss the fact that school is back in session and school zone lights are flashing again.

The need to slow down to allow safe transportation of area students can’t be over-emphasized. Yes, it makes all of our drives longer, but we need to take care of each other.

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