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Triumph awards UWF $14.5 million for Project 10[X]

Triumph awards UWF $14.5 million for Project 10[X]

Triumph Gulf Coast approved funding for the University of West Florida (UWF) to further Project 10[X], which aims to find and fill critical gaps in northwest Florida’s high-tech workforce. Triumph’s board of directors unanimously approved the grant agreement Oct. 4 to address shortages in additive and advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity.   Read the full article […]

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

The unfolding struggle to alleviate the traffic strangle on Highway 98 through Navarre is shaping up to be a major lobbying effort that may take several years and will likely reach to Tallahassee and even Washington, D.C. A campaign organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is getting underway with invitations being prepared […]

Triumph project will bring training, testing possibilities for Navarre students

Triumph project will bring training, testing possibilities for Navarre students

A project approved by Triumph Gulf Coast April 27 will mean local students will be able to get commercial driver training and in-demand certifications in cybersecurity at Pensacola State College (PSC). A Federal Aviation Administration testing site will also be set up at the George Stone Technical Center in Pensacola. Read the full article in […]

Florida’s Gulf oil drilling future remains murky

Florida’s Gulf oil drilling future remains murky

While the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) voted unanimously to oppose any drilling off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico, it may be too little too late. The public comment period for the five-year plan on oil drilling along U.S. coasts closed March 9. Read the full article in the […]

Fish hatchery for beach tough to land

Fish hatchery for beach tough to land

The recent suggestion that Navarre Beach could be the new site of Pensacola’s proposed-but-troubled fish hatchery project isn’t gaining support. Since December, when County Commissioner Rob Williamson floated the notion of moving the planned site of the controversial Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission hatchery, the realities of funding needs and bureaucratic complexities have surfaced. Williamson […]

Santa Rosa voter rolls shrinking

Santa Rosa voter rolls shrinking

  Although Republican voters hold a 3-1 edge over Democrats in Santa Rosa, they lost some of that lead this year. In the biennial updating that state law requires county Elections Supervisor Tappie Villane to do in every odd-numbered year, her staff has moved 4,874 Republicans to “inactive” status, compared with 2,066 Democrats. The trend […]

Planners try to steer clear of overlaps

Planners try to steer clear of overlaps

Jay Garner didn’t know when he was awarded a $120,000 contract earlier this month for economic consulting with Santa Rosa that on the same day another company won a separate county contract to plan for the Navarre area’s future. But having learned about Niceville-based Matrix Design Group’s assignment, and its contract for up to $150,000 […]

Educators wary of Scouts’ classroom pitches

Educators wary of Scouts’ classroom pitches

At first glance the “Patriotic Societies” bill that’s working its way through the Florida Legislature may seem wrapped in the American flag and no more contentious than Mom or apple pie. But House Bill 95, also known as the “Scouts Access” proposal, would mandate the right of paid Scout leaders—for both boys and girls—to make […]

Fear of lawmakers’ retribution questioned

Fear of lawmakers’ retribution questioned

Don’t be a “Fraidy Cat.” That’s what current and former lawmakers advise in response to the recent timidity of Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Rob Williamson about supporting resolutions that oppose bills backed by influential Tallahassee legislators. Williamson expressed concerns twice last week about two requests for board resolutions—written statements in disagreement with proposed new […]

Santa Rosa area legislators support fracking

Santa Rosa area legislators support fracking

The overthrow of local authority to limit fracking, the controversial method of drilling for oil and natural gas after injecting chemicals underground to fracture rock formations, is being supported by Northwest Florida legislators. Members of this area’s Tallahassee delegation in the House and Senate are supporting bills in the current session that would essentially approve […]