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Medical devices with paws: Service animals are not pets

Medical devices with paws: Service animals are not pets

At less than a foot tall and weighing just a few pounds, Tosha is among the smallest of the working dogs, but this service animal does a big job for her owner with a disability. Without her bright red vest labeling her a service animal, she might be mistaken for a pet. Read the full […]

More than $3 million in improvements coming to Navarre Beach

More than $3 million in improvements coming to Navarre Beach

Construction of additional picnic pavilions and parking facilities in the Navarre Beach Marine Park will get underway shortly after Labor Day, according to Santa Rosa County Grants and Special Programs Director Sheila Fitzgerald. The planned improvements are funded largely by a roughly $2 million Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant through the Florida Department of […]

Tourism council balks at Milton Riverwalk fund request

Tourism council balks at Milton Riverwalk fund request

Milton officials faced harsh questioning by members of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Aug. 2 over whether to commit funds toward the continuing Milton Riverwalk project. Milton City Manager Randy Jorgenson came to the TDC requesting funding for construction of additional Riverwalk pathway along 210 feet of shoreline in downtown Milton next to the Blackwater […]

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

A restroom is likely to be placed on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier later this summer, but it will not meet with specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ken Fountain, a managing partner with pier operating firm Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises (GSE), said his company plans to put an ADA-compliant facility on the pier […]

Williamson champions Calkins for Zoning Board

Williamson champions Calkins for Zoning Board

Candidate for Zoning Board James Calkins caught criticism Monday during the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting. Commission Chairman Bob Cole selected Calkins as his nominee for Zoning Board, but the county commission was not unanimous in support of that decision following comments from the public. The Zoning Board is a 10-person committee that makes […]

Five things to know: Tourist Development Council

Five things to know: Tourist Development Council

1. TDC gets grant for sanctuary signage and brochures Now that the Navarre Beach near-shore snorkel reef has nearly doubled in size, Santa Rosa County is seeking ways to lead people to it and to the other features of the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary. With that in mind, the county applied for a $10,000 grant […]

Butterfly House prepares for renovations

Butterfly House prepares for renovations

As March brings warmer weather the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is preparing to open for what will likely be their last season in the current building in Navarre Park. That’s because the building is expected to be demolished after Monarch Madness and replaced with a new, interactive butterfly learning facility and expanded vivarium. Read the […]

Pop Up Shop to pump up park improvements

Pop Up Shop to pump up park improvements

  From the first public meetings regarding renovations of Navarre Park for roughly $7 million, representatives of the Starfish Project made a promise: We will help fund it. And they are keeping that promise. The Starfish Project is a non-profit organization in Navarre dedicated to offering support and connection for families with special needs children. […]

Update: Park funding sources change

Update: Park funding sources change

Update 9/24 Since Sept. 14, when District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson revealed his master plan for Navarre Park and his recommended funding plan for Phase 1, his funding sources have changed significantly according to the agenda for the Board of County Commissioners meeting slated for Monday.  Williamson’s former funding plan for the first phase was […]

New Holley by the Sea board holds first meeting

New Holley by the Sea board holds first meeting

The first meeting of the new Holley by the Sea homeowner’s association board addressed a variety of topics Tuesday evening, including a proposed $1.35 million renovation of the recreation center to make it more accessible for all members. General manager April Salazar made it clear to the board that as a private homeowner’s association, Holley […]

LOST committee scrutinizes 2018 projects

LOST committee scrutinizes 2018 projects

In their first meeting Tuesday, the Santa Rosa County Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Citizen Committee has turned a critical eye on potential projects for the 2018 school year. One project drawing criticism from multiple members of the 10 member committee is the conversion of the Santa Rosa County Jail air conditioning unit to a […]

‘Heart of Navarre’ to get face-lift

‘Heart of Navarre’ to get face-lift

Navarre Beach visitors trying to access Gulf Boulevard from Navarre Bridge will have a dedicated right-turn lane by November 2017 County Commissioner Rob Williamson said Tuesday, Sept. 27 during his Heart of Navarre Tourism Corridor presentation at the Navarre Visitor Information Center. Construction of the turn lane would begin in February or March if the […]

Meeting tonight to discuss overpass

Meeting tonight to discuss overpass

The public is invited to an informational meeting Tuesday night about a proposed U.S. 98 pedestrian overpass near Navarre Park. The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Best Western Navarre Waterfront at 8697 Navarre Parkway. No formal presentation will be made but Florida Department of Transportation representatives will be available […]