Businesses

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

When online retail giant Amazon announced they were looking for a spot to build their second headquarters (and to bring thousands of jobs to go with it), economic development offices for cities and counties across the country scrambled to get their applications ready. Florida areas were no exception. The “business friendliness” of a location often […]

Insurers blame assignment of benefits for rising premiums

Insurers blame assignment of benefits for rising premiums

Home and business owners in Florida can expect the cost of property insurance to rise in 2017 and to keep climbing in the coming years, East Bay Insurance owner John Hays says. But in a state where hurricane damage has historically been the cause of insurance woes, these increases in many cases have nothing to […]

Santa Rosa economic strategy focuses on tax growth

Santa Rosa economic strategy focuses on tax growth

High wages are getting relatively low priority in Santa Rosa’s effort to recruit new employers. Instead, the county’s current approach appears centered on building the tax base by subsidizing new jobs in employment sectors that produce a bigger bang in quantity than quality: retail outlets and call centers. That’s in part a response to public […]

The Taste of Gulf Breeze

The Taste of Gulf Breeze

The Taste of Gulf Breeze was part of the 27th Annual Gulf Breeze Community Expo. The awards in the Restaurant Division were: Best Appetizer: Casino Beach Bar and Grille; Best Beverage: Casino Beach Bar and Grille; and Best Dessert: Casino Beach Bar and Grille. In the Specialty Division the awards were: Best Appetizer: Bay Breeze; […]

Worker’s comp insurance rates raised by 14.5 percent

Worker’s comp insurance rates raised by 14.5 percent

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulations (FLOIR) approved a 14.5 percent rate increase for workers’ compensation insurance Tuesday, Sept. 27 raising costs for business owners across the state. The most recent filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the company approved to assess and make recommendations to the FLOIR on costs of worker’s […]

Navarre Chamber hosts ‘Paint Navarre Pink’ for entirety of October

Navarre Chamber hosts ‘Paint Navarre Pink’ for entirety of October

In conjunction with The Pink Pirates of Navarre’s efforts to help the Navarre area celebrate its survivors, remember those lost and spread awareness in our community, the Navarre Chamber will be hosting “Paint Navarre Pink” during the month of October in the Navarre area. The Navarre Chamber is encouraging all businesses and residents to decorate […]

Born out of revenge

Born out of revenge

It is as juvenile and immature as what you would see on a playground with children, only most of the children on a playground are better behaved than this.  The two Tonys (Alexander and Hughes) seem to be taking their misdeeds and obvious inadequacies out on the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.  Alexander was […]

Coalition forming to help battle retail theft

Coalition forming to help battle retail theft

Sergeant Rich Aloy of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said the Loss Prevention Coalition of Santa Rosa County provides a new way for stores to fight the battle against shoplifters. “We’ve have some shoplifting issues throughout our county and it is impacting retailers,” said Aloy, the public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office. “We […]

Local businesses partner with school STEAM programs

Local businesses partner with school STEAM programs

Businesses of Santa Rosa will open their doors to students this school year to provide practical science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics learning through the school district’s STEAM INNOVATE business partnership program. Partnering businesses will provide experts to advise students, allow students to tour their facilities, provide internships and give them real world problems to […]

Florida employers set to pay highest workers’ comp in southeast

Florida employers set to pay highest workers’ comp in southeast

Florida is set to once again have the highest cost to employers in workers’ compensation rates in the Southeastern region by Oct. 1 thanks to an official recommended rate increase of 19.6 percent. The increase recommended to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, which sets insurance rates, by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). […]

It’s ‘IN the Bag’: Welcome to the neighborhood

It’s ‘IN the Bag’: Welcome to the neighborhood

Sandpaper Marketing, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of “IN the Bag”, a community based program that welcomes new residents and introduces them to the leaders, businesses, organizations, and amenities available to them in the community. New residents will receive an invitation to attend a sponsored welcome reception where they will receive a welcome […]

Property appraiser alerts BOCC to courthouse site bargain

Property appraiser alerts BOCC to courthouse site bargain

Nearly a month before Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted last Thursday to locate the planned new courthouse in downtown Milton, Property Appraiser Greg Brown tried to make them aware of a site he sees as a better value for taxpayers. Read the full article in the Mar. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to […]

Plunge x2

Plunge x2

Taking the “plunge” on New Year’s Day is a tradition just like eating black-eyed peas and collard greens. In Navarre, there are two opportunities this year to ring in the New Year with a rush to the nervous system by swimming in chilly waters. The first plunge of the day is the inaugural Pelican Plunge […]

Navarre Beach Restoration to begin in March

Navarre Beach Restoration to begin in March

Weeks Marine won the bid for the Navarre Beach restoration project and operations are expected to commence in March with completion in mid-June. Weeks Marine is the same company that performed the Navarre Beach restoration in 2006 and was the low bidder coming in at $14,920,300 – $3 million less than the original estimate. The […]

New system to speed emergency notification to residents

New system to speed emergency notification to residents

Santa Rosa County Division of Emergency Management has a new emergency warning tool that provides rapid phone notifications to residents when public safety may be at risk. In the event of an emergency, GeoCast®Web will be utilized to make rapid emergency telephone notifications to residents and businesses in an impacted area. Citizens can register and […]

New Santa Rosa County strategy to ward off stormwater

New Santa Rosa County strategy to ward off stormwater

Six years in the making with input from dozens of Santa Rosa County residents, emergency officials and engineers, the new Local Mitigation Strategy poses 45 ways to reduce the impact of flooding: from landscaping low areas for better drainage to requiring that new construction be elevated. And just in case, encourage property owners to purchase […]

Signs of the season

Signs of the season

Local businesses and residents know that the summer tourist season officially is underway on the Emerald Coast including Navarre Beach. AAA Travel estimated 36.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 1.5 percent increase from last year.  Additionally, AAA reports more than eight in 10 travelers will drive to […]

Businesses impacted by floodwaters

Businesses impacted by floodwaters

According to Santa Rosa County, more than 50 businesses suffered some level of flood damage last week. Preliminary assessments completed by federal, state and local teams showed 32 businesses suffered major damage, 16 minor damage and 3 were inaccessible. Businesses in the Midway area were extremely hard hit including those operating in the Midway Plaza. […]

Businesses reopen quickly after storm

Businesses reopen quickly after storm

Strong storms moved through the Navarre area Friday damaging the roof of a business center located on Highway 98 just west of Prado Street. The businesses located in the center – Pak “N” Fax, All American Hereos, Pet Stylers and From Head to Toe Salon closed Friday following the storm. Pet Stylers remained open until […]

Businesses hire up for spring break

Businesses hire up for spring break

You don’t have to drive very far before you see “now hiring” on business reader boards around the Navarre area. Owners and managers know it won’t be long before spring breakers head south to the beaches and into their restaurants and stores. “Typically we bring on 10 people for seasonal help,” said Jeff Elbert from […]