HBTS: Want pier replaced? Stay off the grass

HBTS: Want pier replaced? Stay off the grass

Holley by the Sea (HBTS) members got a warning and a request yesterday from staff members in an email. They are working with a marine engineer and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to get the pier behind the rec center repaired. Both entities warned HBTS staff that if members continue to disturb the wetlands […]

‘Men don’t get breast cancer’

‘Men don’t get breast cancer’

In a world of breast cancer survivors, Bob Letson sometimes feels alone. The Navarre man also feels embarrassed and even occasionally attacked. “Men don’t get breast cancer,” a stranger once told him aggressively. The 64-year-old father and grandfather yanked up his T-shirt and showed her where his right breast and two lymph nodes used to […]

Lawman’s best friends – meet the SRSO bloodhounds

Lawman’s best friends – meet the SRSO bloodhounds

Driving home last month from the Kentucky bloodhound breeder, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Lenzo began training his puppy protégé. When they stopped for breaks, Lenzo encouraged the long-eared pup, who is draped in wrinkles, to chase him. That’s the first step in training a bloodhound, he explained. And when it comes to training search […]

Wise Words

Wise Words

As I write this column, it has been one week to the day since I last dabbled in my old addiction. I had given it up for more than 20 years and then I started feeling over-confident. I could do it. It would OK. It would feel great. I am a new and improved person, […]

Behind the scenes: 911 call center during storm

Behind the scenes: 911 call center during storm

In his 30-plus years with Santa Rosa County, Scott Markel has seen storms and he’s seen wildfires. He was working during Hurricane Ivan, which came ashore 16 years ago as a Category 3 storm. He was also at the Santa Rosa County Emergency Communications 911 Center last week, when the dispatch center handled more than […]

HBTS President: I’m not going to put up with staff being abused like that

HBTS President: I’m not going to put up with staff being abused like that

Members of the Holley by the Sea Improvement Association board of directors heard some choice language Thursday night at their regularly scheduled meeting. About 20 members were also in the audience when staff played three recordings of conversations between angry homeowners and the staff members who fielded their calls. In one of the calls, which […]

Wildlife refuge deluged with Hurricane Sally rescues

Wildlife refuge deluged with Hurricane Sally rescues

People aren’t the only creatures uprooted by the wind and rains of Hurricane Sally. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge got 45 new animals Thursday, which is nearly double the previous one-day record for intakes. By early afternoon Friday, they had already gotten 30 more with the day barely half over. They’re low on food and […]