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Rep. Williamson talks session wrap-up

Rep. Williamson talks session wrap-up

In a wrap-up the 2019 legislative session, State Rep. Jayer Williamson addressed constituents of the Santa Rosa County Republican Club June 4 at Bistro 98. He said he was very proud to have chaired the Appropriations Committee in his third year as a member of the Florida House of Representatives.   Read the full article […]

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. […]

Florida right-to-work law means little change from court ruling

Florida right-to-work law means little change from court ruling

While a U.S. Supreme Court ruling could have major impact on the funding of public sector unions in many states, existing Florida laws mean the decision will likely have little consequence here. In Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), the high court June 27 struck down laws in some states […]

Navarre senior calls for school safety fix

Navarre senior calls for school safety fix

Amid calls for metal detectors and bulletproof glass on school campuses, one Navarre High School student has a simpler, and possibly cheaper, safety measure to add to the debate: identification cards. NHS senior Katelynn Joyner, 17, addressed the Santa Rosa County School Board with her idea Thursday evening. Read the full article in the April […]

Rancor over red-light cameras resurfaces

Rancor over red-light cameras resurfaces

  Retired Navy Senior Chief Geoff Ross recently looked for hot-button issues in his candidacy for the Santa Rosa County Commission and hit on a controversial target in the red-light cameras used for traffic enforcement. Read the full article in the Jan. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as […]

Lawmakers tackle property insurance abuse

Lawmakers tackle property insurance abuse

Legislation to put stricter requirements on assignment of benefits (AOB) insurance claims has passed the Florida House of Representatives amid vocal support from the insurance industry. The AOB issue for years has been plaguing the state’s insurance industry, which contends that the current law artificially raises the cost of property repairs and subsequently drives up […]

Santa Rosa lobbies state for $18 million slice of the pie

Santa Rosa lobbies state for $18 million slice of the pie

With more than 2,500 bills already on the docket, Florida legislators will be back in the Capitol to duke it out Jan. 9 as the 2018 legislative session kicks off. The 160 men and women of the Florida House of Representatives and Senate will be joined by an army of lobbyists bringing to bear their […]

Property insurance on the rise, again

Property insurance on the rise, again

Like deja vu, property insurance rates could be on the rise yet again this year as Citizens Property Insurance has filed to raise rates for a variety of policy types across the state. The proposed changes would amount to an average 5.2 percent overall average increase for nearly 250,000 policyholders across the state. Local State […]

Long-time Florida Senator dead in crash

Long-time Florida Senator dead in crash

Former long-time Florida Senator Greg Evers has died as a result of a car accident Monday night in his hometown of Baker in Okaloosa County. The single vehicle accident occurred on Griffith Mill Road. “The very preliminary information is that it appears Mr. Evers passed away sometime last night,” Lt. Eddie Elmore, public information officer […]

Budget cuts send chill through tourist industry

Budget cuts send chill through tourist industry

Tallahassee budget cuts could have negative economic impacts close to home. Despite far higher proposals by Gov. Rick Scott, state economic development partnership Enterprise Florida and tourism marketing agency Visit Florida will see sharp funding reductions under the budget passed last week by the Florida House of Representatives and Senate. Read the full article in […]

Push for charter school growth puts district funding in jeopardy

Push for charter school growth puts district funding in jeopardy

State dollars dedicated to helping Florida’s highest poverty schools achieve academic success could have to stretch a little farther thanks to legislation passed by the Florida House of Representatives last week. The new legislation, HB 7101, would require the district to allocate a larger percentage of Title I dollars directly to a larger number of […]

Death penalty fix fast tracked by Florida legislature

Death penalty fix fast tracked by Florida legislature

After a year of uncertainty, Florida’s death penalty law is back on track with passage of a bill intended to correct a flaw in the current statute. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Human trafficking happens here too

Human trafficking happens here too

At 4 years old, while other little girls were having pretend tea parties with friends and parents, Melissa Woodward … Read the series of articles on human trafficking in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.  

Broxson and Hill eye the future

Broxson and Hill eye the future

The estranged friends who battled for Northwest Florida’s state senate seat are both making plans in the wake of Doug Broxson’s decisive win over fellow Republican Mike Hill. Broxson said he is already focused on ensuring that legislators in other parts of the state don’t muscle away some of the $1.5 billion in BP settlement […]

Timing of sales-tax vote under scrutiny

Timing of sales-tax vote under scrutiny

Some backers of the proposed 1-cent sales tax to pay for a new Santa Rosa County courthouse are debating whether their plan should be put before the voters in prime time. They’re unsure if a required countywide referendum about the local- option sales tax will stand a better chance on the August primary ballot, or […]

Florida Senate should let debate begin on Open Carry

Florida Senate should let debate begin on Open Carry

Guest Opinion The organizing principle of my public service is Constitutional liberty. If government constrains itself to the Constitution, free markets, free enterprise and free people can thrive. Otherwise, we get catastrophic consequences such as ObamaCare, lawless executive orders and a government that (often corruptly) picks winners and losers. In a world of uncertainty, the […]

BP oil spill dispersal agency starts up

BP oil spill dispersal agency starts up

The new non-profit agency formed to manage Northwest Florida’s share of the $1.5 billion in BP oil spill settlement funding has been formed, but it’s not yet functional. Triumph Gulf Coast, led by Allan Bense, its volunteer chairman who is a former speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives, held its first public meeting earlier in […]

Athletic bill heads to Senate

Athletic bill heads to Senate

Navarre High School athletic director Scott Murphy understands both sides of the extracurricular activities bill, which passed the Florida House of Representatives by an 86-29 vote April 22. The bill, which would create free agency in high school athletics, is up for a vote in the Senate this week. Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Destin) said changes […]

Candidates speak in Gulf Breeze

Candidates speak in Gulf Breeze

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce and United Peninsula Association hosted a candidate forum Aug. 11 that included invites to all statewide candidates, as well as candidates for Congress, the Florida House of Representatives, Circuit Judge and Santa Rosa County Commission and School Board. “There are so many more races on the ballot than county […]

Gaetz’s medical marijuana bill passes committee

Gaetz’s medical marijuana bill passes committee

A bill introduced by State Representative Matt Gaetz that would decriminalize the use of cannabidiol (CBD), a noneuphoric ingredient found in some marijuana plants, passed its first committee stop March 5 in Tallahassee. Members of the the House Criminal Justice Committee approved the measure 11 to 1. Gulf Breeze resident Holley Moseley attended the hearing […]