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Revamp your website with Sandpaper Marketing

Revamp your website with Sandpaper Marketing

Did you know that 96% of Americans now own a cellphone of some kind, with 81% of that share owning a smartphone? With such a vast majority of our population daily looking at screens, it is important to know how to effectively market to those eyes. Sandpaper Marketing is here to help! Utilizing Sandpaper Marketing […]

No layoffs coming to sheriff’s office

No layoffs coming to sheriff’s office

Santa Rosa County deputies can take a sigh of relief knowing their jobs are safe from budget-driven layoffs next fiscal year. With COVID-19 resulting in a thinner county budget, Sheriff Bob Johnson was told in June his budget would be limited to its 2020 level, about $51 million. That was about $3 million short of […]

More retailers announce customer mask mandates

More retailers announce customer mask mandates

Adding to a growing list, retailers such as Target, CVS and Walgreens will be requiring customers to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many national and regional retailers have issued mask mandates in the last week, looking to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Company executives such as those […]

Publix to require face masks

Publix to require face masks

Starting July 21, Publix will require shoppers to wear face masks in all stores. “With the number of coronavirus cases continuing to grow and current CDC guidance indicating face coverings can help slow the spread of COVID-19, we believe requiring face coverings in our stores is another way we can do our part to help […]

Walmart announces required face masks at all stores

Walmart announces required face masks at all stores

Starting July 20, Walmart will require all customers to wear face masks while shopping. The nation’s largest retailer, which has more than 5,000 stores nationwide, made an announcement Wednesday requiring masks at all Walmart and Sam’s Club stores to limit the spread of COVID-19. “To best serve our communities and protect the health and safety […]

UPDATE: UWF worker suspension email an error

UPDATE: UWF worker suspension email an error

UPDATE: An email issued to the employees of a University of West Florida department stating work, and pay, would be suspended for a month has been called an error by the university.  News and Publicity Director Tom St. Myer issued an email statement July 14 that reads: “The University of West Florida has not established […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Navarre Beach Springhill Suites earns top marks

Navarre Beach Springhill Suites earns top marks

Staff at the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach are celebrating while keeping their fingers crossed as parent company Marriott prepares to announce their 2019 top award winners around the globe for 2019. As one of only 66 nominations, Navarre’s only gulf front hotel is in the running for four major nods from the company: • […]

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 […]

Santa Rosa sees $7.7 million revenue shortfall

Santa Rosa sees $7.7 million revenue shortfall

While other local governments are discussing the politically charged idea of reducing funding to law enforcement for community efforts, Santa Rosa County is cutting back the sheriff’s budget for a very different reason. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy, shutting down entire sectors of the economy for months and leaving millions unemployed. […]

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 […]

Balancing budgets: How it works

Balancing budgets:  How it works

When looking at a budget, a $9 million shortfall sounds like fiscal irresponsibility—or like budget math at the federal government level. But when it comes to Santa Rosa County’s annual budget process, starting with $9 million more in requested funds than money to spend is nothing new. But by the time fiscal year 2020-2021 starts […]

Vacation rentals expand to parts of Louisiana, other states

Vacation rentals expand to parts of Louisiana, other states

Vacation rentals in Santa Rosa County expanded to include parts of Louisiana and other states with higher rates of COVID-19 infection. Quarantine orders for Louisiana visitors have been lifted. State officials cleared the county’s modified plan June 4, allowing rentals to be screened county-by-county rather than statewide. Any county or parish with more than 1,000 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tourism office releases partner plan

Tourism office releases partner plan

Vacation rentals are open. Businesses are back to business. Memorial Day weekend has launched the tourism summer season, and Santa Rosa County’s tourism development office is rolling out the welcome mat.  To help industry partners jump on board the effort, the office has issued a “Santa Rosa County Partner Relaunch” plan document. Tourist Development Director […]

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. […]

COVID-19 liability looms over business re-openings

COVID-19 liability looms over business re-openings

Florida is opening, as are many states across the U.S., but small business owners may face a new threat as they get back to business. About 70% of small businesses are concerned they will be sued due to a customer or employee contracting COVID-19 while on their premises, according to a survey by the National […]

Hotels reassure guests of a “Safe Stay”

Hotels reassure guests of a “Safe Stay”

As tourism industry leaders appointed to the Re-Open Florida Task Force discussed getting the industry back on its feet, one of the common concerns was traveler confidence. Harris Poll data as of May 3 still show consumers leery about travel despite a significant reduction in COVID-19’s spread. About 55% of those surveyed said it would […]

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 […]

SBA under fire for handling of COVID-19 response

SBA under fire for handling of COVID-19 response

With small businesses across the U.S. threatened with permanent closure due to COVID-19 interruptions, the U.S. government set aside $349 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), these loans were meant to keep small businesses afloat and workers in their jobs. Small businesses could apply for the loan […]

Small business recovery grant open for second cycle

Small business recovery grant open for second cycle

Small businesses in Santa Rosa County have a second chance to apply for $2,500 relief grants for COVID-19. Santa Rosa County, in partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center at UWF (SBDC), created the Santa Rosa County Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program and opened the first cycle April 6 for one week. A […]

The Beacon keeps families connected

The Beacon keeps families connected

Times have been challenging for all assisted living communities, with doors being forced to shut to visitors, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our entire goal encompasses a mission to deliver a high energy and exciting community that thrives on visitors,” said Jordan Cook, executive director of the Beacon. “We have done our best with FaceTime or […]

Farms, food processing plants still safe amid COVID-19 fears

Farms, food processing plants still safe amid COVID-19 fears

Food safety on farms and at processing plants is a concern during the COVID-19 pandemic, but The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is doing its part to ease any fears the public might have on the topic. Mark Ritenour, a UF/IFAS professor of post-harvest physiology and handling, discussed the measures in […]

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