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726 Lakes of Woodbine homes approved

726 Lakes of Woodbine homes approved

Amid complaints of overcrowding and innuendos about campaign finance, Santa Rosa county commissioners voted unanimously to approve a 726-home subdivision along Woodbine Road in Pace. The Lakes of Woodbine is a gated subdivision development on 240.5 acres with commercial frontage along Woodbine Road. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Local job growth concentrated in low-paying fields

Local job growth concentrated in low-paying fields

As fast food and retail jobs just above the minimum wage continue to be the fastest-growing type of job in the region, Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President Tamara Fountain said we may be able to learn a thing or two from Germany. Based on Florida Department of Economic Opportunity job growth data, the […]

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 […]

Area employment agency ranked lowest in state

Area employment agency ranked lowest in state

With 44 employees and an annual budget that includes more than $6 million in federal funds, Career Source Escarosa ranks last among Florida’s 24 local employment agencies as measured by the Department of Economic Opportunity’s metrics. Officials at the CSE are looking for answers why and searching for ways to improve their evaluation by the […]

Unemployment low in Santa Rosa County

Unemployment low in Santa Rosa County

Unemployment is on a downward spiral. For several months now the United States and the state of Florida have been seeing a trend downward in the unemployment rate. And, according to a report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Santa Rosa County is ahead of the curve. The local rate, 3 percent, is more […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 7

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT DELAYS COURT PROCEEDINGS FOR MAN SCHEDULED TO BE EXECUTED IN OCTOBER Lawyers for Michael Ray Lambrix on Wednesday asked for additional time to file motions and court briefings because the attorneys live in the expected path of Hurricane Irma. Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office objected, saying Irma’s impact was “days away.” Justices […]

County passed up economic planning grant

County passed up economic planning grant

Every year Santa Rosa officials apply for and win grants for hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state and federal governments, and they’re currently focused on gaining millions more as the county’s share of the BP oil spill settlement. So with a blizzard of grants available annually from various agencies, it probably isn’t surprising […]

Proposed legislation could eliminate Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Proposed legislation could eliminate Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Proposed legislation that would eliminate state tourism marketing group Visit Florida and state economic development agency Enterprise Florida, Inc. was introduced Feb. 8 to the Florida House of Representatives Careers and Competition Subcommittee. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Alabama manufacturer scouts Santa Rosa County

Alabama manufacturer scouts Santa Rosa County

The Strong Steel Inc. website states that the Andalusia, Ala.-based maker of frames sometimes used to build houses is “Now hiring framers, drywallers” and “persons with building experience.” Further, the privately held company’s managing principal, Anthony Attalla, says he’s considering an expansion than could mean up to 190 new jobs in Santa Rosa County. Read […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 17

FLORIDA PASTOR AMONG 22 ARRESTED IN UNDERCOVER SEX STING Authorities say David Donald Hoppenjan was arrested during “Operation Undertow,” which took place earlier this month. Pensacola police said during a news conference about the multi-agency sting that undercover agents posed as teenagers on websites and the suspects attempted to meet the “teens” for sex. The […]

Holidays stall job openings in Santa Rosa County

Holidays stall job openings in Santa Rosa County

Gov. Rick Scott issued a press release touting the highest level of Florida jobs available in a decade, with a total of nearly 300,000 openings across the state. “Florida is leading all large states in job growth and we will keep working every day to be first for jobs,” Scott said. Job demand in Florida […]