Blackwater River

Governor slashes funding for local projects

Governor slashes funding for local projects

What initially appeared to be a successful state budget session for Santa Rosa County has taken a disappointing turn, delaying multiple projects. Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 21 released his final list of vetoed items from this year’s $9.1 billion state budget, and all but one of Santa Rosa’s allocations were on the chopping block. […]

Wetlands 101

Wetlands 101

In 2018, Navarre Press featured a three-part series on the impacts of developing on wetlands. We present the three-parts here together.   Wetlands 101:Environmental impacts of development Wetlands Part 2: East Bay water quality at risk Continued loss of wetlands jeopardizes East Bay   Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to […]

Wetlands Part 2: East Bay water quality at risk

Wetlands Part 2: East Bay water quality at risk

East Bay is a standout in terms of water quality, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, but local Dave Roberts said that has changed over the years. Cutting a divide between Holley and Navarre, East Bay runs along the northern edge of Navarre before hooking up with other bays including Pensacola, Escambia and […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Wednesday, Sept. 19 Toes-N-Sand Windjammers on the Pier and the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier will show a movie favorite, “Dirty Dancing,” on the big screen at dusk (around 7:30 p.m.) Bring your family and a blanket. Food and beverages will be available to purchase.   Friday, Sept. 21 Into the Woods The Sondheim favorite about […]

Tourist development project list takes shape

Tourist development project list takes shape

A revisit of the strategic plan resulted in a checklist of projects for the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Sept. 6 as the council weighed where their best investments would be to increase quality of place. Under the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan for the Santa Rosa County TDC, the group charged with oversight of bed taxes collected […]

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 […]

Blackwater State Park popular destination for outdoor lovers

Blackwater State Park popular destination for outdoor lovers

Mention Florida and sunshine and sandy beaches come to mind. But the Blackwater River State Park is far from a hidden treasure. Contrary to what some may think, it’s a destination hot spot. “We get quite a bit of attention,” especially in the hot, summer months,” Park Services Specialist Darryl Hatfield said.  “At the state […]

Blackwater River will offer time travel

Blackwater River will offer time travel

Kayakers drifting down Blackwater River will soon be able to time travel, not with flashy science fiction machines but with their smartphones. From prehistoric yellow pine forests to a prospering industrial mill to Civil War devastation, the Blackwater Maritime Heritage Trail will allow visitors to access information and images of the history and ecology of […]

Downtown Milton among top concerns for Florida Trust

Downtown Milton among top concerns for Florida Trust

In 1877, William Keyser built a brick and mortar store along the shore of the Blackwater River in the heart of Milton. At the time Milton was a growing community, a mill town focused on the export of pine timber throughout the region and across the world. Keyser was leading the way in this growth […]

New courthouse site could be Avalon area

New courthouse site could be Avalon area

The search for prospective sites for a new Santa Rosa County Courthouse is resuming in the wake of an abrupt about-face by Milton officials who no longer insist that it be located downtown. Read the full article in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Santa Rosa’s growth gap increasing

Santa Rosa’s growth gap increasing

Although the central and south areas of Santa Rosa have long outpaced the north in residential development, the disparity is rising amid a wave of homebuilding since the Great Recession. The number of new houses built in Santa Rosa below the Blackwater River area—from Milton to Navarre Beach—reached 1,243 in 2015, the most recent year […]

Take a walk through history at Bagdad Mill Site Park

Take a walk through history at Bagdad Mill Site Park

The Bagdad Mill Site Park, a grassy space on the bank of Blackwater River and Pond Creek, has been named a Florida Heritage Site, an honor awarded to only six locations in Santa Rosa County. A large, black plaque describing the birth of this lumber mill community and its significance during the Civil War stands […]

Roads impacted by flooding in Blackwater River State Park

Roads impacted by flooding in Blackwater River State Park

Heavy rain that drenched most of the area last week flooded two roads in the Blackwater River State Park in Holt. Deaton Bridge Road and Bryant Bridge Road were both overtaken by water but everything is starting to go back to normal now. Deaton Ridge was expected to be open by the end of the […]

TDC exploring paddle route

TDC exploring paddle route

  Kyle Holley and several other members of the Tourist Development Council are eager to open up an adventure paddle route on the Blackwater River. The 25-40 mile route begins south of Deaton’s Bridge and runs through Milton. Holley said it’s a route that has been closed off for quite some time because of the […]

UPDATE: FHP identifies one I-10 accident victim

UPDATE: FHP identifies one I-10 accident victim

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Friday identified 36-year-old Roman Skoedopole of Garland, Texas, as one of the tractor trailer drivers who died in a multi-vehicle crash Tuesday night on I-10 at the Blackwater Bridge in Santa Rosa County. Skoedopole was one of two drivers, whose bodies were recovered from the Blackwater River earlier this week. The […]