‘Bed tax’ fight goes to state supreme court

‘Bed tax’ fight goes to state supreme court

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida A battle about whether Airbnb and similar vacation-rental platforms are required to collect and send in county tourist-development taxes could be decided by the Florida Supreme Court. Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon is asking justices to take up the issue after a divided appeals court ruled […]

UPDATE: Blue Angels show cancelled for July 8-11

UPDATE: Blue Angels show cancelled for July 8-11

The 2020 Pensacola Beach Air Show, originally scheduled for July 8-11, has been cancelled according to a press release. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels team informed the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) of their decision to cancel their performance on Thursday afternoon. In a statement from the Blue Angels: “After much discussion and consideration regarding […]

Navarre Beach July 4 fireworks still on, others cancelled

Navarre Beach July 4 fireworks still on, others cancelled

Visitors to Navarre Beach for July Fourth fireworks this weekend should plan for crowds.  The annual patriotic, pyrotechnics display draws thousands of beach goers each year, but with many neighboring displays cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, Navarre’s show may see more visitors than usual.  Pensacola Beach, Blue Wahoos Stadium, Fort Walton Beach, Destin Commons and […]

One Blood continues antibody testing

One Blood continues antibody testing

Navarre residents will have the opportunity July 4 to not only save a life but find out if they have had COVID-19 through One Blood. The not-for-profit blood center serving Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, is testing all donations for the COVID-19 antibody. One of One Blood’s Big Red Buses will be […]

PAWS names new executive

PAWS names new executive

Tracey Williams, a co-founder of the Navarre Press, has been named the new Executive Director of the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). The PAWS board announced the appointment Monday.   Williams has led local nonprofits and community organizations for the past 20 years. She was executive director of Embrace Florida Kids and Fresh Start for […]

DeSantis signs budget, vetoes $1 billion

DeSantis signs budget, vetoes $1 billion

By Christine Sexton, Ana Ceballos and Jim TurnerNews Service of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Monday slashed $1 billion before signing a $92.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, as he tries to keep lawmakers from having to come back to Tallahassee ahead of the November elections to address revenue shortfalls caused by the coronavirus […]

Ban on evictions, foreclosures extended

Ban on evictions, foreclosures extended

News Service of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis late Tuesday extended until Aug. 1 an executive order that seeks to help prevent foreclosures and evictions amid job losses and financial problems caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis made the announcement just hours before an earlier extension was scheduled to expire. DeSantis initially issued an order […]

DeSantis signs E-Verify measure

DeSantis signs E-Verify measure

News Service of Florida, Ana Ceballos Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday quietly signed legislation that will require all government employers and some private businesses to use a federal electronic system known as E-Verify to check the immigration status of new workers. The Republican governor, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, signed the worker-verification bill […]

Allstate offers free identity protection until June 30

Allstate offers free identity protection until June 30

With more Americans conducting their work, education and even socializing online, protecting one’s digital identity has become more important than ever. In fact, during the first quarter of 2020, the Federal Trade Commission revealed more than 23,000 Floridians reported their identities as being stolen or compromised. That’s why Allstate is offering Allstate Identity Protection for […]

Blue Angels to fly four days

Blue Angels to fly four days

The show will go on for the area’s daring aerial performance team, and there will be more opportunities to see them July 8-11 along local beaches. To help with social distancing, the Blue Angels will be stretching their annual hometown Pensacola Beach Air Show over four days, thrilling visitors lined up on shore.  The Blue […]

Enterprise Florida bumps spending amid job losses

Enterprise Florida bumps spending amid job losses

By Jim Turner News Service of Florida Tallahassee – Florida’s business-recruitment agency approved a spending plan Thursday that will increase funding for international marketing as officials try to revive the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.In an online meeting, the Enterprise Florida board of directors voted without opposition to support a $23.1 million spending plan for […]

Unopposed county candidates

Unopposed county candidates

The deadline to file for county political office in the upcoming election has passed, and several offices set for the August and November are uncontested. Here they are: Clerk of Court- Don Spencer (incumbent) County Court Judge, Group 2- Tony Giraud (incumbent) Property Appraiser- Gregory Stephen Brown, II (his father, the incumbent, withdrew from the […]

Teachers union head charged with shooting at woman

Teachers union head charged with shooting at woman

Santa Rosa’s teachers union president was arrested June 11 for allegedly shooting at someone on her property. Rhonda Chavers is the president of Santa Rosa Professional Educators, the school district’s teacher union. According to an arrest report, the victim was speaking with another person outside of Chavers’s residence on Fairfield Drive in Milton when Chavers […]

Navarre High teacher accused of sex with student

Navarre High teacher accused of sex with student

A Navarre High School (NHS) social studies teacher is facing a felony sexual assault charge after allegedly having sex with a student. Meghan Rodriguez, 37, allegedly was sending messages with the student before the incident that occurred over the 2019 summer break. She has been teaching at NHS since 2015. According to the arrest report, […]

Keep your skin looking young and healthy at Emerald Coast Med Spa

Keep your skin looking young and healthy at Emerald Coast Med Spa

Skin is the largest organ in the human body and one of the most complicated. Emerald Coast Medical Spa is here to provide quality skincare and help you have healthier, glowing and younger-looking skin. Owner Stephanie Wilbanks has been a paramedical esthetician for 17 years and brings her passion for skin care to work every […]

Property Appraiser withdraws from race, endorses son

Property Appraiser withdraws from race, endorses son

With less than 48-hours for any other candidate to qualify, Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser, Greg Brown, withdrew from an unopposed race citing health concerns and endorsed his son, Gregory (Greg) Stephen Brown, II. At the end of his current term, Greg Brown will have served Santa Rosa County for 20 years with numerous awards […]

Federal PPP deadline extended, restrictions eased

Federal PPP deadline extended, restrictions eased

In some good news for businesses struggling to meet the demands of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), President Donald Trump signed off on a piece of bi-partisan legislation today that eases rules in the CARES Act program.  The highlights of what rule change are:  Extending the expense forgiveness period from eight weeks to twenty-four weeks […]

State ends I-10 COVID-19 checkpoint

State ends I-10 COVID-19 checkpoint

News Service of Florida Motorists traveling from Alabama into Florida on I-10 will no longer face being stopped for COVID-19 checks. The Florida Department of Transportation announced Friday that a checkpoint east of the Florida-Alabama border is being deactivated as part of Gov. Ron DeSantis starting the second phase of a COVID-19 economic recovery plan. […]

Hurricane prep tax “holiday” begins Friday

Hurricane prep tax “holiday” begins Friday

By Tom Urban and Jim Turner, News Service of Florida Starting Friday, shoppers in Florida emerging from coronavirus stay-at-home orders can avoid paying sales taxes while putting together disaster-preparation stockpiles for the 2020 hurricane season. In addition to helping residents buy everything from coolers to generators, Florida Retail Federation President and CEO Scott Shalley hopes […]

OneBlood testing all blood donations for coronavirus antibody

OneBlood testing all blood donations for coronavirus antibody

If you donate blood with OneBlood you will find out if you have the coronavirus antibody. That’s because OneBlood, the not-for-profit blood center serving Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, is testing all donations for the COVID-19 antibody. The antibody test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate […]

Boil water notice lifted for Timber Lane

Boil water notice lifted for Timber Lane

UPDATE: The May 21 “PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE” is hereby rescinded following the satisfactory completion of the bacteriological survey showing that the water is safe to drink.  If you have any questions you may contact Holley Navarre Water System, Inc.  at 850-939-2427. Original, May 21: Holley Navarre Water System has issued a precautionary boil water notice for the […]

University Lending is the smart choice for mortgages

University Lending is the smart choice for mortgages

Starting the year off with 2020 vision, University Lending Group celebrates being “the smart choice for mortgages” for Navarre and Santa Rosa County. Ranking as the No. 1 local lender, their success begins with a local team of dedicated mortgage professionals who start each day with determination and gratitude to the community that they serve. […]

Second Eglin training accident ends in F-35 crash

Second Eglin training accident ends in F-35 crash

Another routine training flight at Eglin Air Force Base ended in a crash around 9:30 p.m. May 19, the second incident in five days. The F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron crashed during landing according to a Facebook post by the 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs. The pilot successfully ejected and was […]

Libraries phase re-opening to public

Libraries phase re-opening to public

Next week, libraries in Santa Rosa County begin re-opening to visitors for limited computer use after COVID-19 closures with limited capacity. According to a press release, the phased approach complies with orders from local and state officials and maintains the safety of patrons and employees. Starting Tuesday, May 26, libraries will open for computer use […]

Plan submitted to resume vacation rentals

Plan submitted to resume vacation rentals

Santa Rosa County Administrator, Dan Schebler, submitted a plan to the State of Florida to reopen short term vacation rentals late Friday afternoon. The plan stated that if accepted, Santa Rosa vacation/short term rental units will begin taking reservations and accepting check-ins next week, beginning on Monday, May 18.  According to the plan, reservations can […]

Local lawn expert authors book on lawn care

Local lawn expert authors book on lawn care

Local lawn expert Skip Orth, owner of Father and Son Pest and Lawn Solutions has published a book What Every Home Owner on the Emerald Coast Needs to Know About Lawn Care which is a compilation of his many years of experience at solving lawn problems! Skip says the Florida Panhandle is one of the […]

F-22 crashes on Eglin Range

F-22 crashes on Eglin Range

96th Test Wing Office of Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE –An F-22 crashed this morning 12 miles northeast of Eglin main base on the test and training range. The plane assigned to the 43rd Fighter Squadron, and part of the 325th Fighter Wing currently based at Eglin AFB, crashed at approximately 9:15 a.m. this […]

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