Santa Rosa County

New courthouse taking shape

New courthouse taking shape

Santa Rosa County Commissioners are not yet picking out paint colors or curtains for a new Santa Rosa County Courthouse, but they have selected the shape of the new building. With a large landscaped plaza area to one side, the entrance to the new three-story judicial building would have soaring windows with large pillar-like supports. […]

Due to popular demand: Rob Williamson articles and editorials

Due to popular demand: Rob Williamson articles and editorials

  Candidates for County Commissioner District 4 – 2/13/2014 Commission candidates file financial reports – 2/20/2014 Candidate’s visits prompt questions – 8/7/2014 Long-awaited RESTORE guidelines expected this week – 8/14/2014 ‘No Comment‘ – 10/30/2014 Candidates for County Commissioner District 4 – 10/30/2014 Election 2014: Analyzing Navarre’s votes – 11/13/2014 New county board members sworn in – 11/20/2014 Commissioner Rob Williamson to open Navarre office – 12/11/2014 Williamson suggests more […]

Playground meets criteria for all-inclusive designation

Despite some criticism from the public about the new playground at the NYSA Sports Complex, the apparatus meets the American with Disabilities Act’s criteria for an all-inclusive design. Santa Rosa County Commissioner Rob Williamson said the response to the playground, designed for children ages 2 to 12, has been positive. “The response to the playground […]

Bridge toll proposed to help fund future renourishment

Bridge toll proposed to help fund future renourishment

Pensacola Beach already has its estimates for beach renourishment and the cost is 8 percent lower than the estimate for Navarre Beach’s renourishment. Robert Coley is just one of many Navarre Beach leaseholders who will be footing a good portion of the bill, and he wants the county look into the cost difference. Coley also […]

Santa Rosa Sound on ‘impaired’ list

Santa Rosa Sound on ‘impaired’ list

Santa Rosa Sound is always bubbling with activity, including swimming, kayaking, jet skiing or fishing. So it may come as a surprise to some that the Sound does not meet water quality standards set forth by the state Department of Environmental Protection. In fact, the Sound has been on the DEP’s “impaired” list for more […]

$5K slated for new administrator search

$5K slated for new administrator search

Santa Rosa County Commissioners today are expected to approve a $5,000 proposal from the Florida Association of County Managers (FACM) to help recruit a replacement for long-time County Administrator Hunter Walker. Walker announced in April that after serving in the position for two decades, he would retire at the end of the year. His salary […]

Red flag conditions lead to increased rescues

Red flag conditions lead to increased rescues

  Last weekend’s beach conditions proved to be dangerous when the Navarre Beach Volunteer Fire Department had to rescue two lifeguards caught in a rip current while rescuing a swimmer. Chief Mike Howard said the lifeguards gave the “help” sign, alerting firefighters that they “were tired,” and the firefighters launched their jet skis to assist […]

Man drowns at Navarre Beach

Man drowns at Navarre Beach

One man drowned and four others were sent to the hospital after lifeguards and Navarre Beach firefighters pulled eight people from a rip current Wednesday afternoon. The Navarre Beach Fire Department responded to a call at a little after 2 p.m. behind 7909 Gulf Blvd., according to Chief Mike Howard. “It was chaos when we […]

Police: Man charged for imitation cocaine

Police: Man charged for imitation cocaine

  Edgar Newton Doubleday, 19, of the 6900 block of Jasper Street in Navarre, was arrested June 4 on multiple charges, including a third-degree felony count of manufacturing, distributing or selling imitation drugs after witnesses said he mixed BC Powder and Anbesol to sell as “cocaine.” According to the report, Gulf Breeze Police came upon […]

Cole charged with Sunshine violation

Cole charged with Sunshine violation

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Robert “Bob” Cole has been charged with a non-criminal violation of the Sunshine Law, punishable by a fine not exceeding $500, according to a release sent from State Attorney Bill Eddins’ office. The charge stems from a discussion Cole with a fellow Milton Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board member. Prior to a […]

Candidates debut in first debate

Nearly 50 people attended a Feb. 6 debate hosted by the Central Republican Club for the Santa Rosa County Commission District 4 seat, which represents the greater Navarre area. Currently five candidates are in that race – all of whom are Republican. The event gave commission hopefuls the opportunity to introduce themselves. Michael Sallmen, president […]