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300 turn out for volunteer firefighter training

300 turn out for volunteer firefighter training

The Northwest Florida State College campus was smoking last weekend as the Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighters Weekend held its regional training event. This massive exercise serves groups throughout the region, including first responders from Navarre, said the nonprofit’s Public Information Officer Mike Cox. Read the full article in the Sept. 26 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Flood insurance funding gets 2-week extension

Flood insurance funding gets 2-week extension

The National Flood Insurance Program secured a two-week reprieve Dec. 7 as President Donald Trump signed a temporary extension of funding for the program. The extension was part of a larger appropriations bill Congress passed one day earlier to prevent a partial government shutdown.  The extension means the program has until Dec. 21 to continue […]

Floridians fall behind on flood insurance

Floridians fall behind on flood insurance

When county Floodplain Manager Karen Thornhill tells residents to buy flood insurance, she is speaking from experience. In her younger years, Thornhill opted not to purchase the insurance for her home. Her flood zone code was an X, meaning very low risk. But unexpectedly heavy rains left her house with several inches of standing water. […]

FEMA approves $1.4 million for college’s 2014 damage

FEMA approves $1.4 million for college’s 2014 damage

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $1.4 million to reimburse Pensacola State College for repairs to buildings on the campus and to replace contents damaged during severe storms and flooding that occurred in spring 2014. The $1,410,531 grant amounts to 75 percent of the total cost of the repairs to be […]

Santa Rosa steps up hurricane preparedness

Santa Rosa steps up hurricane preparedness

Even before the official start of the hurricane season on June 1, the Santa Rosa County Emergency Management team and Emergency Operations Center are already keeping tabs on two major rain events. Subtropical storm Alberto on Saturday became the first named storm of a season that had not even officially begun. Read the full article […]

Disaster preparedness for your pets

Disaster preparedness for your pets

Santa Rosa County was spared from the devastation of Hurricane Irma this week, but the practice session of preparing for a major hurricane provided some insight into areas of readiness we are lacking in. One of the topics that leaves many residents with questions is preparing to evacuate or shelter in place with pets. One […]

Shoreline setback could shorten for Santa Rosa

Shoreline setback could shorten for Santa Rosa

Discussion of shoreline setback regulations for Santa Rosa County by the Zoning Board Thursday, Nov. 10 may result in changes to the law regarding the 50-foot regulation to limit just how far construction can encroach toward the water. Data provided by the planning and development office showed that the board generally approves most requests. Between […]

Residents learn about county flood-zone changes

Residents learn about county flood-zone changes

More than 100 Santa Rosa County residents showed up to two meeting Sept. 28 and 29 to discuss changes to the county’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and the potential effects on their flood insurance costs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating coastal region FIRMs across the nation, and Santa Rosa’s potential changes […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 29

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 29

MAN CHARGED IN 26-YEAR-OLD DOUBLE MURDER, RAPE IN FLORIDA Cape Coral Police Chief David Newlan says detectives learned last week that a recent arrestee at the Lee County Jail matched DNA from the old crime scene. State officials confirmed the evidence matches 54-year-old Joseph Zieler. Authorities say the bodies of 11-year-old Robin Cornell and 32-year-old […]

County remaps flood zones

County remaps flood zones

Many Santa Rosa property owners will have to change or upgrade their flood insurance thanks to updates to the county’s flood mitigation maps. Nearly 7 percent or roughly 6,500 of all properties in the county will experience some type of flood code change either up to a higher risk level or down to a lower […]

City seeks second opinion on Tiger Point Golf

City seeks second opinion on Tiger Point Golf

Although City of Gulf Breeze leaders are considering the excuses made recently by Tiger Point Golf Club’s managing tenant for the facility’s deteriorated fairways and greens, they have hired a landscape architect to scrutinize conditions there. The city, which owns the club, brought in Atlantic Beach-based Robert Walker, who specializes in golf course inspections and […]

Navarre Beach renewal in line behind Sarasota

Navarre Beach renewal in line behind Sarasota

When Weeks Marine Inc. postponed its scheduled restoration of Pensacola Beach last week it seemed to signal that the company could start dredging and filling on Navarre Beach as planned on or about April 1. That’s because some of the same equipment and crew members used in filling in Pensacola Beach with sand dredged from […]