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Florida lawmakers aim to crackdown on texting while driving

Florida lawmakers aim to crackdown on texting while driving

The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill March 25 to make texting and driving a primary offense within the state of Florida, but it still must face the full Senate. SB 76 moved through the committee with 5 yeas and 1 nay. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Florida’s death penalty still under scrutiny

Florida’s death penalty still under scrutiny

In November 1988 a Milton cab driver went missing. A few days later his bloodstained cab was found hidden in some woods. The body was found 12 miles away with two shot gun wounds to the chest. Evidence showed that the man had been shot at close range inside the car. The bullet fragments were […]

Dispute spotlights gap in tracking officials’ messages

Dispute spotlights gap in tracking officials’ messages

The current national Sunshine Week initiative (March 12-18) to educate the public about the importance of transparency in government finds Santa Rosa lagging in how it watchdogs officials’ mobile phone text messaging. Unlike a growing number of Florida counties, Santa Rosa has neither formal guidelines on officials’ use of text messaging nor modern tracking technology […]

Navarre in need of more child care providers

Navarre in need of more child care providers

Statistics show that a fast-growing Navarre has fewer child care providers per child than the rest of Santa Rosa County. Nearly 40 percent of Santa Rosa’s minors, roughly 15,000, hail from Navarre according to data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and Neilson Company analytics. Though some of these minors are old enough to take […]

Leave fireworks to professionals

Leave fireworks to professionals

Families across the state will shoot off fireworks and light up roman candles in celebration of the birth of our nation this weekend. And they will break the law. Sgt. Rich Alloy, public information officer for the Santa Rosa County Sherriff’s Office said the state law is relatively limiting in what is and is not […]

Fracking bill fails despite Gaetz’s support

Fracking bill fails despite Gaetz’s support

The push for a Florida law that would overthrow local authority to limit the controversial method of drilling for oil and natural gas after injecting chemicals underground to fracture rock formations has failed despite backing by Northwest Florida legislators. Read the full article in the Mar. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe […]

High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

Florida’s unique system for sentencing people to death is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to judges — and not enough to juries — to decide capital sentences, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 8-1 ruling said that the state’s sentencing procedure is flawed because juries play only an advisory role in recommending death […]