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Missing special tactics airman identified

Missing special tactics airman identified

UPDATE Nov. 11, 9 a.m.: As the search transitioned to a recovery effort over the weekend, the identify of a missing special tactics airman lost over the Gulf of Mexico during training last week was released by the 24th Special Operations Wing Saturday. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, was a Special Tactics combat […]

5 things to know: Tuesday county commission meeting

5 things to know: Tuesday county commission meeting

The agenda for Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting in Milton is packed with issues that have elicited packed board rooms over the past year including replacement of the entire Zoning Board and potential implementation of impact fees. Here are five of the highlights from the 92-item agenda: Impact fees for school construction After undergoing […]

Residential real estate prices up, inventory low

Residential real estate prices up, inventory low

With prices rising and more people looking to move to Navarre, the housing market continues to see incremental growth through 2019, but shortages of inventory are playing a major role in the real estate narrative. Navarre’s residential real estate market has or nearly has recovered to pre-recession levels on all indicators, according to several data […]

Panhandle Butterfly House may migrate to Milton

Panhandle Butterfly House may migrate to Milton

Much like the butterflies that it teaches about, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is planning to migrate. In this case the direction is north, to Milton. Plans discussed with the Milton City Council Oct. 17 would put the PBH in a location just south of the heart of downtown Milton on Henry Street. Located near […]

Arrest made in killing of Navarre man

Arrest made in killing of Navarre man

A Mary Esther man wanted for murder was taken into custody by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday night in a parking lot outside a fast food restaurant, according to a press release. Eugene Bradley, 31, is charged with gunning down Christopher Black of Navarre at a home on Blackstone Road in Mary Esther July […]

Sheriff: Car burglars were looking for guns

Sheriff: Car burglars were looking for guns

A rash of vehicle burglaries spanning Escambia, Santa Rosa and Baldwin counties came to an end last week. During a news conference Oct. 30, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said investigators have identified the individuals responsible for at least 10 burglaries and an armed robbery in Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in […]

Charity wary of Thompson sentencing delay

Charity wary of Thompson sentencing delay

The sentencing of confessed United Way of Santa Rosa County (UWSRC) embezzler Guy Thompson is being delayed into January, sparking concerns that his attorney is negotiating leniency. “We want to see justice done,” said Melissa Stuckey, executive director of the Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County, in a phone interview. Stuckey said that she […]

Navarre Beach named top emerging market

Navarre Beach named top emerging market

Once considered Florida’s best kept secret, Navarre Beach is no longer an unknown. On the heels of the local’s most successful tourism season on record, Navarre Beach was awarded a spot Nov. 4 on the global list of 30 top emerging travel destinations for 2020 by TravelLemming.com. TravelLemming.com is an international travel site founded by […]

Recycling still on hiatus

Recycling still on hiatus

Restoration of the recycling program in Santa Rosa County is stalled again, marking seven months of recyclable material being dumped in the landfill instead. With a new Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) contract in place, processing of Santa Rosa’s papers, metals, glasses and plastics was scheduled to resume in October. But the plan has hit […]

Sewage spill result of ‘poor decisions’

Sewage spill result of ‘poor decisions’

A spill of roughly 250 gallons of raw sewage Oct. 10 at a Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) treatment plant appears to have been intentional, according to a letter provided to Navarre Press from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The letter contains a written account of the actions leading up to and including […]

Repeat offender arrested for meth, heroin in Gulf Breeze

Repeat offender arrested for meth, heroin in Gulf Breeze

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre woman for alleged drug trafficking Oct. 23 after spotting her truck in Gulf Breeze. Joanie Rager has a history of drug arrests with Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office according to jail records. She was arrested on charges of drug trafficking after deputies say they got a confidential tip that she was […]

Commissioner selected for National Association of Counties leadership

Commissioner selected for National Association of Counties leadership

The National Association of Counties (NACo) appointed Santa Rosa County Commissioner Bob Cole, District 2, to serve a second term as vice chair of the Arts and Culture Commission and a third term as subcommittee vice chair of the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee. Cole has been a member of NACo for the […]

Military training in Navarre causes fright near library

Military training in Navarre causes fright near library

A military training event in Navarre near the library on James Harvell Road caused a bit of panic this morning among library workers and visitors. “We received a call about a suspicious person near the Navarre Library,” Rich Aloy, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office public information officer, said. “We did evacuate the library while we were […]

Holley Navarre sewage spill allegedly intentional

Holley Navarre sewage spill allegedly intentional

A spill of roughly 250 gallons of raw sewage Oct. 10 at a Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) treatment plant appears to have been intentional according to a letter provided to Navarre Press from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The letter contains a written account of the actions leading up to and including […]

Harper to water board: don’t “neuter” your CEO

Harper to water board: don’t “neuter” your CEO

Employee hiring, firing and demoting practices dragged the Holley Navarre Water System board of directors into infighting once more at their Oct. 15 board meeting. At issue was what is CEO Rob Williamson’s line of authority on the matter following his demotion of a longtime employee. To clarify his role, board director Yvonne Harper recommended […]

Zoning members out; Parker accused of intimidation

Zoning members out; Parker accused of intimidation

The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners voted  4-1 Monday morning to fire the entire Zoning Board, a citizen committee appointed by commissioners to hear cases for exceptions to the Land Development Code. Three of those appointees found themselves in hot water after, what Commission Chairman Sam Parker called, “disingenuous and disrespectful” comments during their […]

Zoning board members resign after voter criticism

Zoning board members resign after voter criticism

In the fallout of a failed sales tax referendum, two of the appointees to the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board have issued their resignation following negative comments toward voters. Jim Waite and Jeremy Reeder both made comments regarding traffic concerns on Woodbine Road Oct. 10, implying that voters objecting at the polls to a sales […]

Tropical Storm Nestor forms

Tropical Storm Nestor forms

Tropical Disturbance 16 in the Gulf of Mexico has now formed into Tropical Storm Nestor, with a center of low pressure detected. The cone of uncertainty has moved east of our area, however, the track of the storm could change, so all residents should be watching T.S. Nestor. KEY POINTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: […]

3 p.m. Update: Update on storm, school info

3 p.m. Update: Update on storm, school info

According to the Santa Rosa County School District, schools in Santa Rosa County will be in normal session tomorrow, Oct. 18. All after school activities for Friday are cancelled. The Navarre Raiders football game scheduled to take place in Tallahassee tomorrow night has been rescheduled for Monday night. For now, school events scheduled for Saturday, […]

Historic revenue for county from pier in 2019

Historic revenue for county from pier in 2019

With the legal infighting among previous partners settled, the company contracted to manage the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier has paid the county a best-ever $503,891.71 from January through Sept. 10 of this year. Thus, Navarre Pier Funplex, now under the sole direction of Navarre attorney Ken Fountain, has raised its revenue contribution to county taxpayers […]

Sales tax fallout: Zoning board and commissioners respond

Sales tax fallout: Zoning board and commissioners respond

In all but one precinct of voting, a proposed one cent local option sales tax for Santa Rosa County failed to pass Oct. 8. For the County Commissioners who had championed the tax to tackle deteriorated infrastructure and mounting sheriff’s office requests, the result was a wake-up call. After dozens of public hearings in which citizens […]

Tropical system could spell trouble next week

Tropical system could spell trouble next week

The National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on what is now a trough of low pressure located just offshore of the coast of southern Mexico, in the Bay of Campeche. It is currently producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms, but gradual development is possible, and a tropical or subtropical cyclone could form late this week […]

Deputies pull over 12 year old, arrest mother

Deputies pull over 12 year old, arrest mother

Upon pulling over a vehicle swerving along U.S. Highway 98 Oct. 13 in Gulf Breeze, a sheriff’s deputy discovered the driver was not only unlicensed but also 12 years old. The child’s mother, Francisco Darla Saria of Milton, was sitting in the passenger seat, and two more minors were sitting in the back seat according to […]

UPDATE: Identity released of body found on beach

UPDATE: Identity released of body found on beach

UPDATE, Oct. 14 3:30 p.m.: The body of a man found floating near the county line has been identified as Timothy Adsit of Milton according to Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. An autopsy performed Oct. 11 by the medical examiner’s office found no indications of foul play, and the sheriff’s office is awaiting toxicology results. The […]

Commissioners considering impact fee study

Commissioners considering impact fee study

According to preliminary election results, 67% of 26,000 votes cast opposed the proposed one cent sales tax sought by commissioners. Following defeat at the polls yesterday, County Commissioners will consider an impact fee study during their Thursday morning meeting. Chairman Sam Parker told Navarre Press Wednesday afternoon he requested discussion of the study be added […]

Ex-guard gets 18 months for delivering drugs to inmate

Ex-guard gets 18 months for delivering drugs to inmate

A former correctional officer at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for smuggling drugs and a cellphone to an inmate at the facility. According to a State Attorney’s Office press release issued Oct. 1, Mia Martinez-Welch, 22, entered a plea to unlawful use of a two-way communications device to […]

Four legged deputies receive Back the Blue award

Four legged deputies receive Back the Blue award

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office K-9s Zinc and Copper became the first four legged recipients of the Back the Blue award Oct. 9 for their successful recovery of a lost 3-year-old boy with autism. Attorney General Ashley Moody presented the K-9s and their handlers with the awards at Santa Rosa County Jail during a news conference. […]

Land in beach marine park secured by county

Land in beach marine park secured by county

Fears that commercial developments would one day be built in the heart of the Navarre Beach Marine Park are coming to an end Thursday as county commissioners officially accept donation of $2 million worth of waterfront property. The nonprofit Trust for Public Land has been working on and off for years to secure purchase of […]

Holley Navarre Fire captain under investigation

Holley Navarre Fire captain under investigation

An unnamed captain within Holley-Navarre Fire District was placed on administrative leave in connection with multiple investigations regarding alleged misconduct according to a press release issued by Chief Ron Norton. “The district has taken this matter very seriously and has been working diligently to resolve it,” Norton wrote Oct. 4. “In conjunction with an HR […]

Gulf Breeze fatal shooting ruled “horrible accident”

Gulf Breeze fatal shooting ruled “horrible accident”

No charges will be filed in a fatal shooting that occurred in the Villa Venyce subdivision of Gulf Breeze Tuesday. An investigation of the incident concluded that the killing of Norwegian national Christopher Bergan, 37, by his father-in-law Richard Dennis, 61, was accidental said State Attorney’s Office representative Amber Rowland. Rowland and Sheriff Bob Johnson […]

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