ARC of the Emerald Coast

Darkened school may have bright future

Darkened school may have bright future

Although some Munson area residents have criticized the Santa Rosa School District’s recent sale of the vacant Munson Elementary School at an apparent bargain price, the deal may have a silver lining. The 40-acre property—which still has several buildings that have been largely unmaintained since the school closed in 2010–is apparently destined to become a […]

Good news for exceptional adults in south county

Good news for exceptional adults in south county

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Gulf Breeze and Navarre could have a day facility as early as January after The Arc Gateway approved funding in its 2018 budget to open and operate such a program. The Arc Gateway CEO Missy Rogers confirmed the plans. “With great excitement, I can confirm that The Arc […]

Smoke on the Coast

Monday, July 3, 2017, have a fun-filled celebrating Independence Day at the 7th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival. 17 area non-profits and BBQ aficionados will light up their grills to prepare their best dishes in hopes to win up to $15,000 for their partner charity. Entertainment starts at 5pm and the […]

Santa Rosa’s exceptional adults meet one exceptional turtle

Santa Rosa’s exceptional adults meet one exceptional turtle

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center invited participants in the Thursday Respite Program, a group dedicated to support and engagement for exceptional adults, for a special tour and opportunity to meet their resident loggerhead sea turtle Gigi. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

County looks into disabled adult needs

County looks into disabled adult needs

As ARC of Santa Rosa, the county’s only exceptional adult day training facility, struggles to keep services in the county, the county commission is taking a deeper look into the need for these services. ARC of Florida CEO Deborah Linton said county commission chairman Rob Williamson approached the group to request that they bring a […]

ARC of Santa Rosa loses facilities

ARC of Santa Rosa loses facilities

The final nail in the coffin was delivered to Santa Rosa’s only adult day training program for exceptional adults Tuesday morning after a court ruling gave their facilities to the state. Circuit Judge John F. Simon ruled to allow the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to repossess the now defunct Arc of Santa […]

Santa Rosa’s only exceptional adult training center set to shut doors

Santa Rosa’s only exceptional adult training center set to shut doors

A decision by the Santa Rosa County Circuit Court that could doom the efforts of ARC of the Emerald Coast to support adults with special needs in Santa Rosa County has been pushed back to Jan. 6. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has moved to seize the building and vehicles owned by […]

Juana’s helps make poker run a success once again

Juana’s helps make poker run a success once again

Kevin Rudzki, owner of Juana’s Pagodas on Navarre Beach, has been involved with the Emerald Coast Poker Run since day one and has watched the event grow every year. This year’s event, which took place Saturday after nearly a week of events building up to the poker run, was the biggest yet. “It’s our biggest […]