Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Local attorney serves on Volunteer Florida commission

Local attorney serves on Volunteer Florida commission

Governor Rick Scott announced Friday the reappointment of Navarre-based attorney Kerry Anne Schultz to the Commission on Community Service. Schultz is a member of Fountain, Schultz and Associates, and is serving as vice chair of the commission. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

After recount, Santa Rosa closes books on 2018 election

After recount, Santa Rosa closes books on 2018 election

As razor-thin margins between candidates for federal and state office prompted statewide recounts last week, volunteers pored over 2,426 questionable ballot selections Friday in the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections office’s manual recount. The county’s mandatory manual recount covered the races for U.S. Senate and Florida commissioner of agriculture, prompted by margins of less […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. PARADISE LOST In a matter of hours last week, the town of 27,000 in California disappeared — it literally went up in smoke in the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in state history. Memories are all that’s left for many of the survivors. 2. THE DEATH TOLL KEEPS RISING At least 63 are now dead […]

Bridge woes jeopardize subdivision’s access

Bridge woes jeopardize subdivision’s access

For the residents of Bernath Place, a single-lane bridge along Seneca Trail is their lifeline. The subdivision of a few dozen houses in Milton is somewhat of an island with marsh blocking access on one side and a railroad blocking access on the other. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre […]

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

When Florida voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be greeted by a dozen potential amendments to the state’s constitution. From dog racing to taxes to vaping at work, the amendments hit a variety of issues. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press for brief guide on what […]

Sign unveiling ceremony for Senator Greg Evers highway designation

Sign unveiling ceremony for Senator Greg Evers highway designation

The Northwest Florida Legislative Delegation in coordination with the the family of Senator Robert G. “Greg” Evers will host a road designation sign unveiling ceremony Monday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Baker Community Center. The unveiled signs will be placed at both ends of State Road 4 between Munson Highway and S. R. […]

Scott calls for reallocation of safe school funds

Scott calls for reallocation of safe school funds

Gov. Rick Scott is urging Florida lawmakers to redirect the roughly $58 million remaining from the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program and send it instead to the state’s school districts for additional school safety funding. “When I signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, I made it clear that any unused funding […]

Red tide one of the worst in 60-plus years

Red tide one of the worst in 60-plus years

Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Scientist Kate Hubbard is asked often just how bad the current Red Tide plaguing Southwest Florida really is. In some ways, it seems like the worst ever. The dead sea life, including manatees, dolphins and sea turtles, as well as the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Rick […]

Republicans Gaetz, Jordan, DeSantis rally in Navarre

Republicans Gaetz, Jordan, DeSantis rally in Navarre

Three Republican congressmen known for making national headlines delivered their stump speeches in Navarre Saturday during their Freedom Tour through Northwest Florida. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents Florida’s 1st Congressional District, was joined by fellow House members Jim Jordan and Ron DeSantis for a political rally at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Read the […]

Panhandle Butterfly House celebrates Pollinator Week

Panhandle Butterfly House celebrates Pollinator Week

The Panhandle Butterfly House rounded out celebrations of Pollinator Week Saturday with butterfly releases, crafts and a parade through Navarre Park. By signed proclamation of Gov. Rick Scott, June 18-24 was declared Pollinator Week. Read the full article in the June 28 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per […]

Court overturns state ban on smokable medical marijuana

Court overturns state ban on smokable medical marijuana

Smoking medical marijuana in the state of Florida is a constitutional right, according to a recent court ruling, but the more than 100,000 patients with chronic and debilitating illnesses in Florida who use marijuana for treatment are not safe to light up just yet. Just one hour after Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers handed […]

Risk seen in calm after Alberto’s near miss

Risk seen in calm after Alberto’s near miss

Santa Rosa dodged a bullet when subtropical storm Alberto veered to the east over Memorial Day weekend, but experts warn that Mother Nature could be reloading for several more shots this summer. For county Director of Emergency Preparedness Brad Baker and other officials, the challenge now is rallying residents to be on guard for the […]

Florida’s First Lady campaigns through Navarre

Florida’s First Lady campaigns through Navarre

Florida’s First Lady made a pit stop on the U.S. Senate campaign trail in Navarre Tuesday to address several Republican women’s groups from the area. Ann Scott, wife of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, spoke to the members of the Santa Rosa Republican Women during their monthly luncheon at Bella Luna about her husband’s political career […]

Local group offers support to new moms

Local group offers support to new moms

A group started in Navarre last November to help mothers deal with mental health issues is already reaching capacity. It’s not surprising, since the Escambia and Santa Rosa County Community Health Needs Assessment 2016 pointed to unfavorable health factors for Santa Rosa County in births to overweight mothers, births to mothers ages 15-19 and a […]

Economic Opportunity Zone designated for Milton

Economic Opportunity Zone designated for Milton

Milton has been designated as one of more than 400 economic development targets for the state of Florida by Gov. Rick Scott. The designation, announced April 19, is called a Low Tax Opportunity Zone and is part of a federal program to encourage business growth in historically lower-income communities. Read the full article in the […]

Navarre Beach remains public

Navarre Beach remains public

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill last month that would privatize many beaches along Florida’s coastline starting July 1. County ordinances throughout the state have allowed for public beach access even on privately owned properties for decades. These laws are known as customary use ordinances, and they state that if an area has historically been […]

Job agency challenged amid low unemployment

Job agency challenged amid low unemployment

With the unemployment rate on Career Source Escarosa’s turf now about half the 8 percent that it was five years ago, the agency would seem to be working its way out of a job. Instead, Career Source Escarosa finds itself searching for new strategies to help the roughly 7,600 job seekers in Escambia and Santa […]

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 […]

Lawmakers drop bridge purchase idea

Lawmakers drop bridge purchase idea

No deal. The prospect of a state government offer to buy the Garcon Point Bridge and reduce tolls has relied on legislators’ reaching agreement to include millions of dollars in this year’s budget. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive […]

School shooting prompts Florida to take action

School shooting prompts Florida to take action

On Valentine’s Day, 17 lives were lost in a horrific act of violence. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, became the center of national attention as the story of yet another mass shooting played out. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Time and funding stand in front of school safety

Time and funding stand in front of school safety

On Monday Gov. Rick Scott released a School Safety Improvement Plan in response to the senseless murder of 17 children and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We have printed the entire plan on the next page. Please take a moment to read it. This plan contains sweeping changes to school security requirements, staffing, […]

School safety plan timeline, funding questioned

School safety plan timeline, funding questioned

  In the aftermath of a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that claimed the lives of 13 students and four teachers, Gov. Rick Scott has released a multistep plan to improve school safety and limit firearm access to the mentally ill across the state. But any sweeping reform comes at a steep price. Read […]

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 […]

Florida not ‘off the table’ for oil drilling

Florida not ‘off the table’ for oil drilling

Florida is in. Then it is out. Now it is in again. The last few weeks have seen mixed messages from the Trump administration on whether oil drilling along Florida’s Gulf Coast will be allowed to expand under a new five-year plan. But the most recent word appears to leave Florida firmly on the list […]

Graham: Democracy requires citizen participation

Graham: Democracy requires citizen participation

In an exploration of one of the nation’s founding principles, former Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham addressed a crowd of students, professors and media members to discuss citizen engagement in democracy Jan. 16 at the University of West Florida. The speech was the inaugural event in the university’s Seligman First Amendment Lecture series. […]

Politics mire Gulf drilling discussion 8 years after oil spill

Politics mire Gulf drilling discussion 8 years after oil spill

When equipment failures on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico went from leaks to a full-blown explosion, many living along the coastline felt the impact. Navarre Beach was no exception. Steve Herring owned several rental properties along Navarre Beach, and he said the cancellations started rolling in even before the oil […]

Hard bargaining looms in Garcon bridge deal

Hard bargaining looms in Garcon bridge deal

  Local legislators want to acquire the Garcon Point Bridge, but first they have to sell the deal to fellow lawmakers and then to current private owners of the bonds that funded the bridge’s construction in 1999. The devil will be in the dollars. “Even if it just costs $100, you know some people are […]

Two issues snag fee simple bill

Two issues snag fee simple bill

Fee simple title for leaseholders on Navarre Beach is just out of reach pending an agreement on certain issues holding up the bill locally and in Congress. In the most recent effort to put property ownership into the hands of the leaseholders, the bill introduced by Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz made […]

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 […]

Generator mandate puts nursing homes in a bind

Generator mandate puts nursing homes in a bind

Nursing home operators are raising concerns about their ability to comply with a 60-day deadline requiring facilities to install generators that can provide electrical power for at least 96 hours in the event of an outage. Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued the emergency order last month in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The storm is […]

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