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Author: Wendy Victora Rudman

Tootle focused on proactive public works

No Santa Rosa County department is quite as visible as Public Works. Citizens come face-to-face daily with the roads, drainage and parks managed by this department. And they notice when work needs to be done.

“Public Works is the face of a lot of what happens in the county,” said county commission chairman Dave Piech.

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First vaccines administered to locals

Less than 24 hours after officials announced nearly 5,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines would be administered locally, Theresa and Ron Ivie were in the waiting room at the Florida Department of Health in Milton.

The Gulf Breeze couple, who are 73 and 74, met the requirement of being at least age 65.

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Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day

Susan Wintill contributed the first Photo of the Day for 2021, which she captioned “Walking away from 2020 into a brighter future.”

Boy in Boat

Photo of the Day

Today’s Photo of the Day, submitted by Hannah Sibert Schopmeyer, reminds us of a Normal Rockwell painting. We hope you enjoy this “Boy in a Boat” moment.

Gary Diamond

Navarre firefighter shot to death, leaves angry, grieving family

In the season leading up to Christmas, Gary Diamond worked in package delivery to make extra money to buy presents for his family.

Diamond, who had worked his way up to captain at the Navarre Beach Fire Rescue, was that way – always taking care of others.

So it makes sense that when he died early Saturday morning, during a domestic incident in Molino, he was putting other people’s needs ahead of his own, family members  say.

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