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 only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or to conduct essential activities. The order makes allowances for worship, recreation and taking care of pets, friends or loves ones. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3 and continues through April 30.

“I have spoken with officials in the cities of Milton and Gulf Breeze, along with the town of Jay and we are all operating with the guidelines of the governor’s executive order,” Schebler said. “People should only go out of their homes to work if they provide essential services, to obtain necessary items or services and for essential activities including recreation. But at all times we must follow the recommendations on social distancing guidelines set by the CDC. During this public health emergency we really need to think about what is necessary. Going to the pharmacy, bank or grocery store is necessary; taking your entire family to a big box store and perusing every aisle to see what might be for sale is not.”

The board of county commissioner’s regular meeting scheduled for April 9 has been canceled and agenda items postponed. They will, however, meet April 23 at 9 a.m. as is currently scheduled.

  • Santa Rosa County offices remain temporarily closed to the public except by appointment. Several facilities are closed completely including the south end service center and the visitors information center.
  • Essential county services are being provided via the county web site, email, phone and drop-off. A full list of county office closures with phone numbers and emails for staff is available at
  • Public works staff and county contractor crews will still continue working on projects deemed essential, while following guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention including but not limited to open construction sites such as the pier and restroom facilities at Navarre Beach, Fidelis Park and more.
  • Parks are open but playgrounds and restrooms are closed. Residents are asked to use facilities responsibly and not to congregate in groups larger than ten.
  • Law enforcement will ensure CDC social distancing guidance in public places is being followed. Concerns such as observed large group gatherings, beach access violations, non-essential activities and/or businesses, price gouging, social distancing and other violations can be reported to the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office online here.
  • Privately owned businesses are responsible for social distancing measures on their property.

“If you are 65 or older or have underlying health conditions you should stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary for you to go out, and if you are sick or symptomatic, you must stay home unless you need medical attention,” stressed Public Safety Director Brad Baker. “Every interaction minimized will help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The only way we are going to beat this is if we all take personal responsibility and do the right thing.”

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