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Stories by Wendy Victora Rudman

Stories by Wendy Victora Rudman

Atlantic system forms 12 days before hurricane season

May 19, 2021
The first fledgling tropical system has formed in the Atlantic, 12 days ahead of the official onset of hurricane season. The storm is not forecast to pose a threat to Florida. At this point, it’s a non-tropical Bermuda low, which may briefly acquire some tropical characteristics this weekend before moving north, according to local officials.

On Fairy Wings: ‘Fairy Lady of Navarre’ steps back, leaves hole at flea market

May 19, 2021

Since the first day the Gulf Breeze Flea Market opened more than 30 years ago, Caroline McCaul has been there.

When she started, her four children were still in school.

Proposed Navarre Beach RV park hits major snag

May 19, 2021

Right now, it’s a 23-acre expanse of white sand on the north side of Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach.

The parcel, across from SpringHill Suites Navarre, still has a “For Sale” sign on it.

Commission to discuss staff use of personal electronic devices during meetings

May 18, 2021

After a citizen called out a Santa Rosa County staff member for looking down at an electronic device during a heated May 11 Board of County Commission meeting, District 5 Commissioner Colten Wright decided it was time to suggest a change.

Wright has placed an item on the May 20 work session agenda suggesting commissioners restrict or limit use of personal electronic devices while in board meetings.

Pace woman charged with DUI manslaughter

May 15, 2021
A 26-year-old Pace woman has been charged with DUI manslaughter for an accident that happened early Saturday morning.

Boulevard taking shape as residential, retail community

May 14, 2021

It’s been more than three years since most Navarre residents first heard of the Boulevard, a planned entertainment center and development at the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and State Road 87.

Since then, there’s been little more than a sign to show for it.

Sheriff’s Office looking into lease of former south-end school

May 14, 2021

Santa Rosa County is in talks with the owner of the site that previously housed Lighthouse Private Christian Academy.

The two parcels, totaling four acres, are 5613 Gulf Breeze Highway. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office needs a south end facility to house its substation, victim’s advocate offices and, possibly, a fuel farm in the future.

County retains law firm to sue Skanska

May 13, 2021
A Pensacola law firm will represent Santa Rosa County in a lawsuit against Skanska USA for damages and lost revenue due to the extended Pensacola Bay Bridge closure.

Grateful for that first job and lessons learned from it

May 12, 2021

On my 16th birthday, I went straight from the driver’s license bureau to the Howard Johnson’s by the interstate and got my first job.

Back then, that’s what teens did. They worked in restaurants and were grateful for the opportunity.

Commissioner opposes lowering speed limit to protect endangered species

May 12, 2021
Endangered birds nesting along Navarre Beach Causeway will receive additional protections again this year after a 4-1 vote by Santa Rosa commissioners Tuesday evening. District 2 Commissioner James Calkins opposed the protections.
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