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Guide to small business relief during COVID-19

Guide to small business relief during COVID-19

Small business help guide Variety of resources ready to support businesses impacted by COVID-19 Across the state unemployment is on the rise as small businesses cut back their staff or close doors completely due to COVID-19 and government orders. New resources at the local, state and federal level can help, but navigating which resources are […]

Restaurants: Closures/Services

Restaurants: Closures/Services

The following restaurants are open offering take out/curbside service: Alphy’s Catfish House is offering to-go orders only at this time for breakfast only. Call 515-1201 Ye Olde Brother’s Brewery is take-out or delivery including growlers by calling 850-684-1495.  New York Pizza Depot is open Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. The full menu […]

What to know about COVID-19 economic impact payments

What to know about COVID-19 economic impact payments

There’s a lot of relief packed into the 880-page, $2.2 trillion CARES Act. Also, a lot of information. Of the monumental response to the COVID-19 crisis tucked into the new law’s pages, perhaps the part eliciting the most questions is the economic impact payments, a promised $1,200 stimulus check to every taxpaying American adult, plus […]

Unemployment soaring, state workers redirected to help

Unemployment soaring, state workers redirected to help

Between August 2018 and February 2020, Florida’s unemployment call center took 2.39 million calls, mostly from people out of the job needing assistance. In the last week, they received 2.1 million calls. The Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) re-employment services are swamped as numbers rivaling the Great Recession flood into the system seeking help after […]

Pensacola mayor tested for COVID-19

Pensacola mayor tested for COVID-19

Pensacola mayor Grover Robinson IV announced today he is in self-quarantine while awaiting test results for COVID-19.  In an email letter to the public, Robinson said his son had tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering at home. He is doing well and expected to recover.  Robinson was tested April 3 for the novel coronavirus, […]

Ask an epidemiologist: Florida’s spread of COVID-19

Ask an epidemiologist: Florida’s spread of COVID-19

We are in this for the long haul. COVID-19 is expected to continue to gain ground in Florida, and that means protective measures for weeks to come. In the last week, Florida gained roughly 252% positive cases, adding 1,100 new cases in a single day according to the state health department. Nationally, officials with the […]

Plan to end wastewater discharge in Sound moves forward

Plan to end wastewater discharge in Sound  moves forward

Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted Thursday to accept a plan for disposal of millions of gallons of sewage and stop discharge of treated effluent into Santa Rosa Sound.The vote approved the Memorandum of Agreement for the Northwest Florida Regional Reuse and Water Quality Improvements Strategic Plan (MOA).“It’s a mouthful to say, but it’s an absolute […]

Airport open, traffic down

Airport open, traffic down

Despite an international pandemic, in a lot of ways it is business as usual at Pensacola International Airport. Flights are still arriving and departing, though many have been canceled due to fewer travelers as citizens social distance due to COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended suspending all non-essential travel. Across the […]

Santa Rosa in-step with governor’s order

Santa Rosa in-step with governor’s order

After a meeting Thursday morning with Santa Rosa County officials, Dan Schebler, county administrator said the county and its incorporated cities are following the guidance of the governor’s executive order.  The order issued by Gov. DeSantis yesterday states that all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to […]

UPDATE: Governor extends stay at home order to entire state

UPDATE: Governor extends stay at home order to entire state

Updates to this story include clarification of what essential services are, enforcement and actual language of the executive order issued April 1.  In a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he will be issuing a safer at home style executive order for the entire state. The order, set to go into effect at midnight […]

Okaloosa day care employee tests positive for COVID-19

Okaloosa day care employee tests positive for COVID-19

Kid’s Discovery Center in Mary Esther is taking all proper precautions after a teacher tested positive for COVID-19 last week. The day care was notified of the positive result Sunday night. Director of Operations Kristen Lupola immediately notified all parents. She also contacted proper authorities, including the Department of Health, which gave the day care […]

Two local EMS in quarantine due to potential exposure

Two local EMS in quarantine due to potential exposure

Two Santa Rosa County EMS are currently in quarantine due to potential exposure to COVID-19. Lifeguard Ambulance Service Director of Operations Dwayne Tullos confirmed the two employees are in quarantine but have not tested positive for the novel coronavirus at this time. Details about the individuals were not shared. First responders are taking steps to […]

All public schools closed until at least May 1

All public schools closed until at least May 1

School closures due to COVID-19 concerns are extended through May 1 according to school district officials. Students had been set to return to the classroom April 15, but Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick confirmed Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran extended the closure during a conference call Monday afternoon. Wyrosdick said he was disappointed by the news, but he […]

UPDATE: Five things to know: Governor issues new orders

UPDATE: Five things to know: Governor issues new orders

With 903 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday, Gov. Ron DeSantis held multiple press conferences Monday to update the public. Here are the highlights. 1. Safer at home order for southeast Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a “safer at home” executive order for the most affected counties in southeast Florida. DeSantis announced the additional measures […]

Hurlburt Field restricts access to essential only

Hurlburt Field restricts access to essential only

1 SOW Public Affairs Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on March 31, 2020, access to Hurlburt Field will be restricted to mission essential personnel only and those individuals residing on, TDY to, or conducting official business on base.  This restriction is consistent with the elevation of the Health Protection Condition Level to Charlie and the Installation […]

FL Gov.: Quarantine order expands to Louisiana, road checkpoints in place

FL Gov.: Quarantine order expands to Louisiana, road checkpoints in place

Gov. Ron DeSantis press conference key points: No new vacation rentals for two weeks Travelers from Louisiana must self-isolate for 14 days Road checkpoints will be set up coming into the state SNAP food stamp benefits to be expanded  In a press conference Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced those coming to the state from Louisiana […]

Baptist to open screening center in south Santa Rosa

Baptist announced a COVID-19 screening center will open Friday, March 27, in south Santa Rosa County to evaluate people with respiratory illness and COVID-19 symptoms. Baptist will utilize the Baptist Medical Group location for the screening. All individuals with respiratory symptoms, such as cough, fever and shortness of breath can call 850-434-4080 to determine if […]

Infant in Gulf Breeze daycare tested positive for COVID-19

Infant in Gulf Breeze daycare tested positive for COVID-19

An infant attending a Gulf Breeze day care has tested positive for COVID-19.  Seaside Child Development Center posted via Facebook Thursday that one child in the center’s infant room had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, causing the facility to close for at least two weeks. Seaside is located at 4338 Gulf Breeze Parkway.  Owner […]

Winn arrested on 30 counts of child pornography

Winn arrested on 30 counts of child pornography

Jason Andrew Winn was arrested Wednesday morning by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on 30 counts of possession of obscene material and one count of obscene material promotion. The 41-year-old Pensacola man has been identified as a high-volume child pornography suspect in Florida with a large number of videos and photos involving infants and […]

Legal #3597 – Fictitious Name – Co2 Guys

Fictitious Name Notice   NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of Co2 Guys at 100 Northcliff Dr. Unit 152, in the County of Santa Rosa, in the city of Gulf Breeze, Florida, 32561 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of […]

Legal #3596 – Notice to Creditors_Byrom

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR SANTA ROSA COUNTY, FLORIDA Probate Division IN RE: ESTATE OF JAMES TIMOTHY HUDSON Deceased.  File No.: 2020-CP-86 Division: D   NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JAMES TIMOTHY HUDSON, deceased, File Number 2020-CP-86, is pending in the Circuit Court for Santa Rosa County, Florida, Probate Division, the […]

Nursing homes, assisted living help families adapt

Nursing homes, assisted living help families adapt

Friends and family of those in assisted living and nursing homes are barred from seeing their loved ones until at least April 13 according to federal guidelines. COVID-19 infections are on the rise across the U.S., and the elderly, especially those with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk of serious complications or death from […]

Milton, Fort Walton Beach declare states of emergency

Milton, Fort Walton Beach declare states of emergency

The City of Milton declared a state of emergency Monday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All essential city functions will continue. That includes public works, sanitation, police, fire, first responders, finance, public information and administration. Milton is encouraging the use of its online payment system for bills and online payment fees will be waived. […]

Santa Rosa case details and counts by city

Santa Rosa case details and counts by city

These detailed numbers are as of March 24, 10:30 a.m. (last update by Florida Department of Health).  States with most cases (March 24) New York 20,875 New Jersey 2,844 California 2,240 Washington , 2,101 Florida 1,412 Local Cases (March 24) Santa Rosa: Navarre 3 Milton 1 Escambia: Pensacola 6 Okaloosa: Destin 5 Niceville 4 Crestview […]

Governor: Mandatory quarantine for New York, New Jersey visitors

Governor: Mandatory quarantine for New York, New Jersey visitors

Passengers of incoming flights from New York and New Jersey to Florida will be required to quarantine for 14 days according Gov. Ron DeSantis.  The governor announced the executive order March 23 during a press conference. He said there are more than 190 direct flights planned to Florida from these two states, both of which […]

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