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Amphitheater planned for Navarre Beach

Amphitheater planned for Navarre Beach

Tourist Development Council (TDC) members voted Thursday to earmark $300,000 in next year’s budget to build a beachfront amphitheater. The project was brought forward by Tourist Development Director Julie White during the TDC’s annual budget meeting. She explained that the beach currently holds host to a variety of concerts and events, including the Tunes by […]

Zoning Board split on 726 home development in Pace

Zoning Board split on 726 home development in Pace

After more than 3 hours of emotional debate and a meeting that ran past midnight, Zoning Board members could not come to a consensus regarding development of 726 homes along Woodbine Road in Pace called Lakes of Woodbine. The Santa Rosa County board room in Milton was packed with members of the impact fee and […]

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge grand opening on horizon

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge grand opening on horizon

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge plans to open doors on its new Navarre facilities June 15, welcoming visitors and assisting sick and injured wildlife in the area. Work to bring the nonprofit to Holley has been underway for years, and the shapes of buildings have emerged over the fence line of the vacant land along Clopton […]

Maxed-out schools prompt elementary school redistricting

Maxed-out schools prompt elementary school redistricting

In what sounds like a complicated game of musical chairs, school district officials are attempting to combat rising school capacity issues by redistricting elementary schools in Gulf Breeze and Pace. And that means more than 200 elementary school students could be headed to a different school next year if the plan passes the School Board’s […]

Defunct United Way to refund donations

Defunct United Way to refund donations

Stripped of the right to call itself a United Way earlier this month, the remaining shell of the Santa Rosa chapter has decided to refund all donations collected so far in 2019 via payroll deductions. “The board has directed me to give back the donations,” Kyle Holley, the acting administrator of the Milton-based charity, told […]

BREAKING: Water system attorney arrested for battery

BREAKING: Water system attorney arrested for battery

UPDATE: Holley Navarre Water System attorney Keith Kilpatrick was released from Santa Rosa County Jail on $100 bond at 3:48 p.m. Monday. Kilpatrick, who is a partner in the firm Kilpatrick & Newlin, P.A., was arrested Sunday evening on a domestic violence related misdemeanor battery charge. Original March 18, 10 a.m.: Holley Navarre Water System attorney […]

Gulf Breeze man arrested for 35 counts of child porn

Gulf Breeze man arrested for 35 counts of child porn

A Gulf Breeze man is facing 35 felony charges for possession of child pornography. Joseph Brooks Salter, 19, was arrested March 13 after investigators found dozens of videos and photographs of children involved in sex acts in his possession according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office arrest report. The investigation started in October 2018, […]

Ex-deputy arrested for child molestation

Ex-deputy arrested for child molestation

An ex-Santa Rosa County sergeant was arrested Friday on child molestation charges. Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Jeffery Perkins, 33, for two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation by offender over the age of 18 of a victim less than 12 years of age according to a press release.  An arrest […]

UDPATE: Name released of woman killed in crash

UDPATE: Name released of woman killed in crash

UPDATE: Florida Highway Patrol has released the name of a Navarre woman struck by a car along Highway 87 Wednesday. Valerie Kay Skibo, 49, was walking north along the shoulder of the roadway when a truck struck her from behind. Original March 13, 1:35 p.m.: A Navarre woman was struck and killed by a car […]

Bed taxes show robust growth trend

Bed taxes show robust growth trend

In a fiscal year of high numbers for bed-tax collections, January saw a 41 percent increase in these fees paid by overnight visitors to Santa Rosa County. Bed-tax revenues for January, the most recent month available, were $133,265. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

County commissioners plan to ask voters to raise the local option sales tax (LOST) in an August special election. This would extend and expand an existing half-cent LOST approved by voters in 2016. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up […]

BREAKING: Aldi grocery planned for corner of Ortega

BREAKING: Aldi grocery planned for corner of Ortega

Aldi grocery chain is planning a new location in Navarre according to documents filed with the county. Located at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and Ortega street alongside Culvers, the roughly 19 acre parcel sold to Navarre 19 LLC in June 2018 for $3.29 million. Navarre 19 LLC is registered to Kraig Cruse and […]

BREAKING: PAC seeking incorporation ballot measure

BREAKING: PAC seeking incorporation ballot measure

A political action committee (PAC) is seeking to revive an effort to incorporate Navarre into its own city. Navarre Area United PAC is scheduled to make an appearance at the Monday Board of County Commissioners meeting. Agenda documentation provided ahead of the meeting did not provide any information regarding the purpose of the meeting, only […]

Ryan takes reins of Navarre chamber

Ryan takes reins of Navarre chamber

Gail Acosta, Chair of the 2019 Board of Directors announced today that Chanda Ryan has transitioned into the role of Executive Director of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. As a Navarre resident for 19 years, Ryan has extensive experience working with the small businesses in our community.  For the past seven years, she […]

BREAKING: United Way of Santa Rosa expelled

BREAKING: United Way of Santa Rosa expelled

The embattled United Way of Santa Rosa County has been ousted from the charity’s parent organization, United Way Worldwide. Concerns about financial irregularities in the Milton based local United Way prompted trustees of United Way’s umbrella group in Alexandra, Virginia, to act Wednesday. “Effective March 6, 2019, United Way of Santa Rosa County (Milton, Florida) […]

Real estate paralegal: Fee simple poses no risk of private beaches

Real estate paralegal: Fee simple poses no risk of private beaches

When Pamela Wingate comes to talk fee simple title for Navarre Beach, she brings mounds of documents with her. The real estate paralegal has been researching the issue for years, and the information she has gathered is more than enough to fill several tables. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre […]

Citizens calling for end to Santa Rosa Sound effluent discharge

Citizens calling for end to Santa Rosa Sound effluent discharge

Citizens are calling for an end to permitted discharge of Navarre Beach’s treated wastewater into Santa Rosa Sound within the next five years, and they have successfully petitioned the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to hold a public meeting on the matter later this month. The March 26 meeting is part of Santa Rosa […]

Duplex rezoning request denied

Duplex rezoning request denied

County commissioners grappled with housing needs and zoning realities Feb. 28, ultimately siding with neighbors who opposed a rezoning request. Brett Ramsey of Ramsey & Walker LLC had asked the commissioners to rezone a lot near Panhandle Trail to allow construction of duplexes. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Deputies seeking suspected, truck in Pace robbery

Deputies seeking suspected, truck in Pace robbery

UPDATE: Santa Rosa County Sheriff deputies are looking to identify a truck of interest in a robbery investigation in Pace. The vehicle of interest is a dark gray or dark tan Dodge Ram with a quad cab.  The vehicle may be connected to a robbery at United Bank on Highway 90 and Diamond Street in […]

Noise warning for Hurlburt Field and surrounding area

Noise warning for Hurlburt Field and surrounding area

Residents near Hurlburt Field should expect some noise today. The Special Tactics Training Squadron will detonate 20 pounds of explosives during training on Wednesday, March 6 from 12 – 1 p.m. The training, which will take place on the Hurlburt Explosive Ordnance Device Range, is expected to produce three separate booms that may be heard […]

Navarre traffic stop leads to drugs, deportation

Navarre traffic stop leads to drugs, deportation

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies made a busted three individuals accused of drug trafficking in a stolen vehicle in Navarre early Tuesday morning. The arrest occurred around 2 a.m. on Reagan Street. Deputies were called to the area on reports of loud music and noise Sheriff Bob Johnson said in press conference. They observed a […]

Gulf Breeze man killed in roll-over on I-10

Gulf Breeze man killed in roll-over on I-10

A Gulf Breeze man was killed in an accident along Interstate 10 near mile marker 39 Friday morning when he was thrown from the vehicle. According to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report, passenger Nykolas Parodi, 21, was killed after a GMC C4 lost control and flipped. The driver of the vehicle over-corrected after passing […]

Second man convicted in Navarre shooting

Second man convicted in Navarre shooting

A Santa Rosa County jury convicted Cody James Gomez Feb. 29 of an attempted murder that occurred in Navarre in 2017. According to a press release from State Attorney Bill Eddins’ office, Gomez was found guilty of principal to attempted second degree murder with a firearm and principal to attempted armed robbery with a firearm. […]

Navarre man charged with child sexual assault

Navarre man charged with child sexual assault

A Navarre man was arrested Feb. 25 for an alleged sexual assault of an 11 year old in 2017. Dawson Jeremy Santos, 20, was arrested for the August 2017 incident after the child’s mother reported her older daughter had told her what had occurred. The location of the incident has been redacted. According to a […]

Funding for courthouse, sheriff cause budget uncertainty

Funding for courthouse, sheriff cause budget uncertainty

Despite budget votes being more than 7 months away, Santa Rosa county commissioners are already wrangling with two major funding decisions in the wake of Thursday’s early Budget Workshop. One major point of concern is how to fund the $45 million price tag on a new courthouse and judicial complex. Read the full article in […]

Home Builders Association defends growth to Commissioners

Home Builders Association defends growth to Commissioners

More than 100 members of the Home Builders Association of West Florida, mostly clad in red shirts, packed into the County Commissioners board room Monday. The parking lot of the building was full of vehicles from building contractors. The gathered builders, electricians, engineers, construction workers and small business owners called for commissioners to refuse attempts […]

New Hidden Creek restaurant decision draws ire

New Hidden Creek restaurant decision draws ire

After legal review of the CEO’s contract, the Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors announced Feb. 19 that they would not be ousting current-CEO Rob Williamson despite calls by members for his removal. Williamson was hired in November 2018 shortly after losing a bid for county commissioner, and the method of his hiring […]

Robert Lucas indicted in Navarre murder

Robert Lucas indicted in Navarre murder

A jury indicted Robert Shane Lucas of Navarre Wednesday for the murder of Carrie Lynn Brewer. State Attorney Bill Eddins announced Lucas was indicted by the Grand Jury in Santa Rosa County for the first degree premeditated murder of Brewer at 2212 Fulva Drive in Navarre on or about Feb. 3. In addition to the […]

Gulf Breeze man accused of serial sexual abuse

Gulf Breeze man accused of serial sexual abuse

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a sex offender living in Gulf Breeze after multiple victims that had been in his custody as children accused him of sexual abuse. Thomas Lawlis, 55, was previously registered as a sex offender. According to the arrest report, Lawlis had been convicted of sexual battery in 1998 in Escambia […]

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