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Author: Wendy Victora Rudman

Wanted: Beach life superheroes, training provided

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue wants to build their team of beach superheroes, otherwise known as lifeguards. Tryouts will be held 8 a.m Saturday, July 10 at Navarre Beach Marine Park at access 40D. Applicants will be asked to swim 400 meters of open water and run 1 mile on the beach in less than 18 minutes, followed by a Surf Rescue Lifeguard Academy July 12-17.

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Parcels still being scouted for new south-end high school

Navarre High School, which ended the school year with just over 2,200 students, isn’t far from reaching its full capacity of 2,369.

With that in mind and more growth on the way, Santa Rosa County School District officials are in the process of negotiating for a parcel of land between Navarre and Gulf Breeze that would be ideal for a new high school.

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A smile costs nothing but is worth so much

There are people in this world – I am not one of them – who have that rare ability to make other people happy just by their nature.

That’s not to say that the rest of us don’t bring joy, comfort and smiles to others. But it’s not our primary gift. We have others to cultivate in order to leave our mark on the world.

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State Attorney’s Office: Father of drowning victim will not be charged

The decision has been made not to charge the father of 5-year-old Zaten Clark, who drowned June 5 after falling from a floating play structure in the Santa Rosa Sound.

The Kentucky child was playing with his 7-year-old brother when he slipped into the water. His father, Travis Clark, was on land about 70 yards away at the time. He did not see his son fall or realize immediately that anything had happened, according to the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office investigative report.

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Elsa downgraded to tropical storm, path targets Florida peninsula

The latest update on now-Tropical Storm Elsa shows its path focusing on the Florida peninsula, including the Gulf Coast, before moving up the state through Georgia. The update shows Elsa brushing the coastline before moving onshore sometime Tuesday. The western portion of the Panhandle, including Santa Rosa County, is not in or near the "cone of probability" as of late Sunday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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