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UPDATE: Blue Angels show cancelled for July 8-11

UPDATE: Blue Angels show cancelled for July 8-11

The 2020 Pensacola Beach Air Show, originally scheduled for July 8-11, has been cancelled according to a press release. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels team informed the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) of their decision to cancel their performance on Thursday afternoon. In a statement from the Blue Angels: “After much discussion and consideration regarding […]

One Blood continues antibody testing

One Blood continues antibody testing

Navarre residents will have the opportunity July 4 to not only save a life but find out if they have had COVID-19 through One Blood. The not-for-profit blood center serving Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, is testing all donations for the COVID-19 antibody. One of One Blood’s Big Red Buses will be […]

Half cent sales tax renewal on ballot

Half cent sales tax  renewal on ballot

Santa Rosa County is seeking to renew the existing half cent local option sales tax for another five years on the Nov. 3 ballot. County commissioners approved the ballot measure June 25 during their regular meeting, but not without concerns from the community. The renewal attempt comes on the heels of a failed attempt in […]

DeSantis backs proposal for Space Force headquarters

DeSantis backs proposal for Space Force headquarters

By Jim Turner News Service of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has endorsed six Florida counties and three cities that hope to land the command headquarters of the U.S. Space Force. In a letter Monday to Air Force Assistant Secretary John Henderson, DeSantis supported the proposals by Jacksonville, Pensacola, Brevard County, Miami-Dade County, Orange County, Pinellas […]

DeSantis signs budget, vetoes $1 billion

DeSantis signs budget, vetoes $1 billion

By Christine Sexton, Ana Ceballos and Jim TurnerNews Service of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Monday slashed $1 billion before signing a $92.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, as he tries to keep lawmakers from having to come back to Tallahassee ahead of the November elections to address revenue shortfalls caused by the coronavirus […]

DeSantis visits Pensacola amid rising COVID-19 cases

DeSantis visits Pensacola amid rising COVID-19 cases

In one day, Santa Rosa County added 110 cases of COVID-19, the largest single day of community spread since community spread began. Within the same week, Florida also reported a record-breaker with more than 9,500 new cases in a single day. More than 40% of known cases of COVID-19 in the county tested positive within […]

Ban on evictions, foreclosures extended

Ban on evictions, foreclosures extended

News Service of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis late Tuesday extended until Aug. 1 an executive order that seeks to help prevent foreclosures and evictions amid job losses and financial problems caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis made the announcement just hours before an earlier extension was scheduled to expire. DeSantis initially issued an order […]

Florida halts alcohol consumption at bars

Florida halts alcohol consumption at bars

Secretary of Department of Business and Professional Regulation Halsey Beshears announced Friday on social media that on-site consumption of alcohol at bars is now banned statewide. Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. — HalseyBeshears (@HalseyBeshears) June 26, 2020 Beshears said the order […]

Sales tax projected down by $9 million

Sales tax projected down by $9 million

The word of the day when it comes to Santa Rosa County budgets is conservative. While the five-year, half cent local option sales tax (LOST) has allowed the county to be less thrifty with capital improvements since 2017, County Administrator Dan Schebler said those expenditures going forward will be on a tight leash. That’s because, […]

UPDATE: Navarre incorporation on hold, not dead

UPDATE: Navarre incorporation on hold, not dead

Updated 6/25 at 11 a.m. to include comments from Navarre Area United Political Action Committee head Jonathan Cole. Though the primary ballot is out of reach, Navarre Area United Political Action Committee (PAC) has not halted efforts to incorporate Navarre into a city according PAC leader Jonathan Cole.  “We are still moving forward with the […]

Incorporation falls short for primary ballot

Incorporation falls short for primary ballot

Efforts to make Navarre its own city failed to meet the ballot threshold for the August primary election this month, putting incorporation one step backward. Navarre Area United Political Action Committee (PAC), led by Jonathan Cole, failed to meet the petition requirements set by county commissioners for inclusion on the Aug. 18 ballot. Cole pointed […]

Unopposed county candidates

Unopposed county candidates

The deadline to file for county political office in the upcoming election has passed, and several offices set for the August and November are uncontested. Here they are: Clerk of Court- Don Spencer (incumbent) County Court Judge, Group 2- Tony Giraud (incumbent) Property Appraiser- Gregory Stephen Brown, II (his father, the incumbent, withdrew from the […]

Teachers union head charged with shooting at woman

Teachers union head charged with shooting at woman

Santa Rosa’s teachers union president was arrested June 11 for allegedly shooting at someone on her property. Rhonda Chavers is the president of Santa Rosa Professional Educators, the school district’s teacher union. According to an arrest report, the victim was speaking with another person outside of Chavers’s residence on Fairfield Drive in Milton when Chavers […]

Navarre High teacher accused of sex with student

Navarre High teacher accused of sex with student

A Navarre High School (NHS) social studies teacher is facing a felony sexual assault charge after allegedly having sex with a student. Meghan Rodriguez, 37, allegedly was sending messages with the student before the incident that occurred over the 2019 summer break. She has been teaching at NHS since 2015. According to the arrest report, […]

Property Appraiser withdraws from race, endorses son

Property Appraiser withdraws from race, endorses son

With less than 48-hours for any other candidate to qualify, Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser, Greg Brown, withdrew from an unopposed race citing health concerns and endorsed his son, Gregory (Greg) Stephen Brown, II. At the end of his current term, Greg Brown will have served Santa Rosa County for 20 years with numerous awards […]

Stolen wildlife rescue truck recovered

Stolen wildlife rescue truck recovered

Rescuing marine mammals in Florida’s panhandle got harder, but relief is on the way. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s Marine Mammal Stranding Response Team’s truck was stolen around midnight May 27, leaving the team in a lurch. It has since been recovered by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. According to refuge executive director Carol “Stormy” Andersen […]

BREAKING: Bars, pubs, movie theaters to re-open Friday

BREAKING: Bars, pubs, movie theaters to re-open Friday

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that bars, pubs and movie theaters will re-open at 50% capacity starting Friday.  He said this is the start of Phase II of the ‘Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step’ plan to re-open after COVID-19 induced statewide closures. The governor made the announcement during a press conference in Orlando at Universal Studios, which […]

The Boulevard plans get thumbs up

The Boulevard plans get thumbs up

The Boulevard, a 34-acre entertainment district planned for the heart of Navarre, has had its fair share of speed bumps. Most recently, COVID-19 government closures put the brakes on the project for nearly three months. The owners of the property were seeking a conditional use approval to allow high end apartment buildings to be included, […]

Hidden Creek for sale

Hidden Creek for sale

“Strike while the iron’s hot.” That is what Fred Teresa said May 19, urging his fellow Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board members to sell The Club at Hidden Creek golf course. The utility was chartered to be in the business of providing water and sewer services to the communities of Holley and Navarre, but […]

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