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Mobile home damaged in fire

Mobile home damaged in fire

Firefighters responded to a call Tuesday afternoon for a fire at a single-wide residential trailer home in Gulf Breeze. Midway Fire Department’s Jon Kanzigg said his crew got the call at 2:04 p.m. and was dispatched to the scene immediately. Kanzigg said they could see smoke as soon as they pulled out of the station. […]

Microburst leaves path of damage

Microburst leaves path of damage

At around 6:15 p.m. Monday evening a line of severe thunderstorms steamrolled through Navarre leaving power outages, trees down and other damage in its wake. The storm began in southeast Mississippi and traveled through Alabama and into the Florida panhandle. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to […]

Draft flood mitigation plan reflects little action

Draft flood mitigation plan reflects little action

The floods of April 2014 illuminated flood-vulnerable areas and the lack of stormwater management in South Santa Rosa County. More than a year later, residents are still living in fear of when the next heavy storm system will flood their home. At this point, they feel it isn’t a matter of ‘if’ but a matter […]

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 […]

Public pushes back on RESTORE plans

Public pushes back on RESTORE plans

Too much process and not enough progress to protect our precious coast. That’s the reaction of about a dozen Santa Rosa County residents to the local RESTORE Act council’s recommendations for spending $3.7 million in BP oil spill recovery money on 15 projects conceived as boosts for the area’s environment and economy. “What saddened me […]

Some areas still impacted by flood

Some areas still impacted by flood

Last April’s flooding exemplified the destructive force of water, testing the capability of area infrastructure with record-breaking rainfall. One year later, county officials are using knowledge gleaned in its aftermath to update the county’s flood mitigation plan. According to National Weather Service records, roughly 26 inches of rain fell in Santa Rosa County within 30 […]