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National Traffic Safety Board pushes for partial autonomy in vehicles

National Traffic Safety Board pushes for partial autonomy in vehicles

Public opinion of fully self-driving cars, known as autonomous vehicles, is varied, but the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) would like to put at least partial autonomy in all new vehicles on the road. The NTSB released its 2017-2018 Most Wanted List of safety features in transportation and topping the list was requiring collision avoidance […]

Restaurants want to increase hours for alcohol sales

Restaurants want to increase hours for alcohol sales

  A 1991 ordinance allows beach establishments to sell alcohol until 2:30 a.m. while businesses in the rest of the county are required to stop selling alcohol at midnight. The Navarre Area Board of Realtors (NABOR) released a statement to its members last week stating that NABOR “unanimously supports the creation of a fair and […]

Economic development group makes hard sell

Economic development group makes hard sell

It’s not easy selling a community to outside businesses and investors. Despite incentives, such as tax breaks and free land, recruiting industry is a challenge, especially when other states are wooing the same companies. Competition can be fierce. Cliff Krut, a certified economic development representative for Gulf Power, explained how Northwest Florida, specifically Santa Rosa […]

Millions refunded due to cramming

Millions refunded due to cramming

The country’s four largest wireless companies – Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint Corporation –  have agreed to refund customers $267.5 million following an investigation into unauthorized charges. The Federal Communications Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau led the investigation. According to the FCC website, cramming most often occurs when telephone companies allow other providers of […]

Santa Rosa’s industrial business boom

Santa Rosa’s industrial business boom

Santa Rosa County recently released its 2014 annual report highlighting the county’s successes, and those related to economic development stand out. A drive through Santa Rosa County Industrial Park also underscores the triumphs of the county’s economic development office (EDO) during the past few years under the leadership of Director Shannon Ogletree, who assumed his […]

Hotelier gets six-month extension

Hotelier gets six-month extension

Marilyn Hess, president of Holi Corp, successfully advocated county commissioners Jan. 22 for a six-month extension to start construction of a $30-million hotel on Navarre Beach. Although Holi Corp originally requested a spot on the board’s agenda to request mortgaging the future hotel in the name of TIN, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Holi Corp, […]

Florida nabs No. 2 rank in nation for business

Florida nabs No. 2 rank in nation for business

Florida came in second behind Texas as the state with the best business climate in America. The results came from a triennial survey given to hundreds of business executives and conducted by Development Counsellors International, a firm specializing in all phases of economic development and travel marketing. Local economist Rick Harper, Ph.D. of the University of West Florida said the number 2 ranking will attract businesses outside of our typical […]

Defense contractor expanding in Okaloosa County

Defense contractor expanding in Okaloosa County

On-Point Defense Technologies, a defense and commercial contractor based in Fort Walton Beach, is preparing for a multi-year expansion. According to the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council (EDC), the project will result in the creation of 29 new jobs with a capital investment of more than $1.2 million. The expansion will be done in the company’s […]

Local housing market posts gains

Local housing market posts gains

A report released last week by Florida Realtors® showed housing sales in the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent MSA, which includes Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, outpaced sales in other northwest Florida locations stretching as far as Panama City. The report showed a 25.7 percent increase in single family home sales in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties between […]