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Rob Williamson to run water utility

Rob Williamson to run water utility

In a move that smacks of more closed-door politics at Holley Navarre Water System, County Commissioner Rob Williamson has been offered a contract to run the utility, a job for which he has essentially no experience. “We’ll never know if he was the most qualified because we didn’t advertise the job and get applications from […]

County admin recommends butterfly house at wildlife refuge

County admin recommends butterfly house at wildlife refuge

In one of his last acts as District 4 County Commissioner, Rob Williamson said he has lost confidence in the fiscal viability of the Panhandle Butterfly House. “Where I once had a confidence that they would be able to run a yearlong, sustainable operation and take on the expenses that they have never before paid […]

What’s up with the recount?

What’s up with the recount?

As Floridians watched election results update in real time late into the night Tuesday and even into Wednesday, it became clear that some of the state’s most contentious races would be decided by fractions of a percentage point. As unofficial results became final, the decisions in those races became anything but. Read the full article […]

Tiger Point residents to fight golf club selloff

Tiger Point residents to fight golf club selloff

Fearing traffic jams and drainage woes, some neighbors of Tiger Point Golf Club plan to take their case against the proposed sale of two parcels on the property by its owner, the City of Gulf Breeze, to Santa Rosa County officials. “We get it, the city owes a lot of money on the golf course […]

New mayors in opposite ends of Santa Rosa

New mayors in opposite ends of Santa Rosa

Spirited elections in mayor’s races were won by David Landfair in Gulf Breeze and Heather Lindsay in Milton on Tuesday. Both newly minted mayors said they are humbled by their victories and plan to dig in quickly on addressing community issues. Landfair, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and JROTC instructor at Gulf Breeze High […]

United Way regroups during FBI probe

United Way regroups during FBI probe

The federal probe of finances at the United Way of Santa Rosa County may be delving into matters of donations, spending and the charity’s payroll that few if any of its 27 directors understand. That’s because the nonprofit had a “separate budget” in addition to its regular ledger in 2015 and 2016, according to Guy […]

TDC fed up with two of everything

TDC fed up with two of everything

Two plunges is too many. That was the position taken by Tourist Development Council (TDC) member Liz Horton, a bed tax collector from the south end. She said she is tired of two of everything in Navarre from chamber of commerce breakfasts to events like New Year’s Day plunges. Read the full article in the […]

Election results for Santa Rosa County

Election results for Santa Rosa County

With a resounding voice at the polls, more than 57 percent of registered voters in Santa Rosa County cast their ballot in the 2018 mid-term election. In the U.S. Senate race, Rick Scott (Rep) received an overwhelming 74.5 percent of the vote over Bill Nelson (Dem), while in the state overall Scott had a slim […]

Taxing power for sheriff is coming

Taxing power for sheriff is coming

Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson has long had the Midas touch when asking county commissioners to boost his budget, but soon they intend to have him send much of his ever-increasing annual bill straight to taxpayers. “The idea is for the sheriff to become a taxing authority all his own, similar to the school district,” […]

Changes promised by Gulf Breeze candidates

Changes promised by Gulf Breeze candidates

More government transparency, less litigation and increased civility toward residents who speak out at City Council meetings are being promised by both candidates for mayor in Gulf Breeze. David Landfair, who has been on the council for eight years, is making himself sound like an outsider bent on reform at times. Read the full article […]

County rejects hotel; eyes District 4 Master Plan

County rejects hotel; eyes District 4 Master Plan

County commissioners squashed a plan to build a hotel and RV site inside the Navarre Beach Marine Park, unanimously voting against a lease amendment for the property during a special rezoning meeting Oct 25. Attorney Will Dunaway, of the Clark Partington law firm, represented the potential buyer and developer, NOBC LLC. That company is registered […]

Concessioner jumping ship on ferry service

Concessioner jumping ship on ferry service

Gulf Coast Maritime Services announced Tuesday it will no longer serve as the concessioner for the Pensacola Bay Cruises after 2018. Gulf Islands National Seashore stated in a release it’s disappointed by the decision and is committed to finding a concessioner to operate the service in 2019. Delayed by more than a year, ferry service […]

FDOT: 98 flyover design still alive

FDOT: 98 flyover design still alive

Despite claims made by another newspaper in the area, plans for a fly over through Navarre along U.S. Highway 98 are still under consideration according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). FDOT heads the project, and final decisions on which alternative will be selected fall under their purview. FDOT Public Information Specialist Tanya Sanders […]

Navarre guiding document draft ready for show

Navarre guiding document draft ready for show

Residents of Navarre will get their first chance Thursday evening to see the fruits of a year’s effort of planning and public comment to shape Navarre’s future through the District 4 Master Plan. Last September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 […]

Details revealed about potential Panhandle Butterfly House move

Details revealed about potential Panhandle Butterfly House move

As progress moves forward on the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s (ECWR) new location in Holley, the nonprofit awaits a decision by the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) about where their future location will be. The future of the PBH is currently in limbo as their building is set for demolition at the start of 2019. Read […]

Pensacola State College South Santa Rosa Campus lockdown lifted

Pensacola State College South Santa Rosa Campus lockdown lifted

Pensacola State College South Santa Rosa Campus was briefly under lockdown earlier today. Director of Marketing and spokesperson for the college Sheila Nichols said they received a call from the Niceville Police Department with a credible threat that a person was heading to the South Santa Rosa campus with the intention of harming someone. “We […]

Update: Deputies looking for suspect in Milton homicide

Update: Deputies looking for suspect in Milton homicide

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies are seeking any information regarding a suspect in the Milton homicide of Tyler Lee Howell Sunday evening near Highway 87. According to sheriff’s office press releases, deputies have identified a black male through video that is a suspect in the case. There are three individuals suspected in the shooting, and it […]

High alert for red tide at Navarre Beach

High alert for red tide at Navarre Beach

In northwest Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC), “high” concentrations of K. brevis were observed in one Santa Rosa county sample and “medium” concentrations occurred in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa county samples. In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at very low concentrations in or offshore of Escambia […]

Jay man shot in officer involved shooting

Jay man shot in officer involved shooting

A suspect in Jay was sent to the hospital Saturday after an officer involved shooting with Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies at his home. Just after 6 a.m., deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance on the 7700 block of Highway 4 in Jay according to a sheriff’s office press […]

County halts car towing on right of way

County halts car towing on right of way

Towing the cars of TC’s Front Porch patrons who park across the street from the restaurant will be stopped based on county policy, at least on the county-owned right of way. Business owners along Prado Street and Esplanade Street, where county right of way extends farther than on other streets, have been told to remove […]

Last raider standing at 103

Last raider standing at 103

With his head bent down from the toll of his 103 years on this earth and with his mind sharp as a tack and with his humor and wit intact, Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. “Dick” Cole, recounted his participation in the Doolittle raid to attendees at the WWII Museum’s Air, Sea and Land Festival […]

New managers on tap at Holley Navarre Water

New managers on tap at Holley Navarre Water

  In the wake of an accident that cost Holley Navarre Water System at least at least a quarter of its sewage treatment capacity and perhaps more than $1 million in repairs, one manager has been terminated and another will retire. Board member Brett Ramsey told the Navarre Press that Zach Lewis, the wastewater plant […]

Navarre Beach sees elevated red tide

Navarre Beach sees elevated red tide

Spectators hoping to catch a glimpse of Hurricane Michael’s incoming fury last week along Navarre Beach may have noticed a tickle in their throats or even fits of coughing. That was likely due to elevated levels of red tide in the area, said Kelly Richmond of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. While the […]

Hotel, RVs planned for Navarre Beach Marine Park

Hotel, RVs planned for Navarre Beach Marine Park

Despite being a source of contention with locals, the only commercial property in Navarre Beach Marine Park may see construction of a new hotel, RV parking, restaurant and more according to county records. But to move forward, the plans will have to go before the Board of County Commissioners for a vote Oct. 25. Property […]

Pier update: Fountain receives emergency injunction

Pier update: Fountain receives emergency injunction

Navarre Beach Fishing Pier operations are embroiled in a legal dispute following maneuvers by four of members of management company Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises LLC (GSRE) to remove managing member Kenneth Fountain. That move was temporarily halted Tuesday under a court order which retained Fountain as sole managing member of the pier. Fountain filed the […]

95 percent of electricity to be restored by Oct. 24

95 percent of electricity to be restored by Oct. 24

Gulf Power announces that by midnight, Oct. 24, fourteen days after landfall of Hurricane Michael, 95 percent of all Gulf Power customers who can accept electric service should be restored.Customers in several areas will be restored sooner. Over the last 24 hours, more than 21,000 Gulf Power customers have been restored. “Hurricane Michael was an […]

New details: FBI probes United Way’s finances

New details: FBI probes United Way’s finances

Board directors at United Way of Santa Rosa have told the charity’s outside auditor to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which began looking into the organization’s finances earlier this month. The nonprofit’s federal tax records examined by a reporter indicate that while its donations and grants had been dwindling between 2014 and 2016—the only […]

Inmates found guilty in attack on officer

Inmates found guilty in attack on officer

Four inmates were found guilty Oct. 11 of attacking three Santa Rosa Correctional Institute officer on New Year’s Day, meaning potential prison sentences exceeding 100 years for two of the perpetrators. A Santa Rosa County Jury found Dukene Myrtil, Andre Williams, Markus Vincent and Johnslow Sauveur guilty of charges stemming from an attack on correctional […]

Pier management caught in ownership turmoil

Pier management caught in ownership turmoil

Navarre Beach Fishing Pier management became mired in legal dispute Oct. 4 after four of the members of management company Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises, LLC (GSRE) moved to remove managing member Kenneth Fountain. Fountain has filed in Okaloosa County court challenging that move as a breach of operating agreement. GSRE was selected by the Santa […]

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