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Florida lawmakers to take up ‘heartbeat bill’

Florida lawmakers to take up ‘heartbeat bill’

The Florida Legislature is set to consider a bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, part of a renewed Republican Party strategy to expand restrictions on abortion in state laws nationwide. In January, State Rep. Mike Hill of Pensacola sponsored the so-called “heartbeat bill” in Florida’s House of Representatives. Read the […]

County Legislative Delegation sets public hearing

County Legislative Delegation sets public hearing

The Santa Rosa County Legislative Delegation, consisting of Sen. Doug Broxson, Rep. Alex Andrade and Rep. Jayer Williamson, will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Dec. 19 in the Santa Rosa County Commissioner Chambers from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The delegation will consider local bills, hear presentations from government entities and take public testimony on […]

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 […]

Gulf Breeze students join national gun protest

Gulf Breeze students join national gun protest

  At 10 a.m. March 14, students across the U.S. stood up and walked out of their classrooms for 17 minutes as part of National School Walkout. Locally, Gulf Breeze High School students participated in the event under the watchful eyes of school administrators. Read the full article in the Mar. 22 issue of Navarre […]

Holley by the Sea receives $65,000 bear grant

Holley by the Sea receives $65,000 bear grant

The Holley by the Sea Homeowners Association has secured $65,000 in grant money to combat black bears in the neighborhood. This “BearWise” grant program was funded by the Florida Legislature and Florida Fish and the Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The program will award $515,000 in grants across the state. Read the full article in the […]

Educators wary of Scouts’ classroom pitches

Educators wary of Scouts’ classroom pitches

At first glance the “Patriotic Societies” bill that’s working its way through the Florida Legislature may seem wrapped in the American flag and no more contentious than Mom or apple pie. But House Bill 95, also known as the “Scouts Access” proposal, would mandate the right of paid Scout leaders—for both boys and girls—to make […]

Tourism council answers rebuke with an invitation

Tourism council answers rebuke with an invitation

Santa Rosa officials bristled at the recent scolding they received from House Speaker Richard Corcoran about the financial practices of the county’s Tourist Development Office. But they rejected a first impulse to fire off a terse letter to Corcoran—deciding instead to invite him here to prove the transparency with which the county handles its annual […]

House Speaker scolds tourism office

House Speaker scolds tourism office

Santa Rosa officials have sidestepped the volunteer Tourist Development Council to revoke the county’s longtime membership in the state’s leisure industry marketing agency–Visit Florida–prompting a warning from state House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Corcoran described the move led by County Tourism Director Julie Morgan as a “futile attempt to shield financial information from public scrutiny” in […]

Back-to-school tax holiday coming in August

Back-to-school tax holiday coming in August

A back-to-school sales tax holiday, passed by the Florida legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott, will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, and end at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax, including certain school supplies selling for $15 or […]

LOST direction found, committee still directionless

LOST direction found, committee still directionless

County Commissioners seem a little less lost on the LOST (local option sales tax) following Monday’s regular meeting after newly hired assistant county administrator Dan Schebler provided a less structured solution. While the past months have seen project list after project list outlining how the money should be spent each year down to the dime, […]

State could gain control of Garcon Point tolls

State could gain control of Garcon Point tolls

The first steps toward a state purchase of Garcon Point Bridge and the authority to reduce or eliminate tolls have been taken by the Florida Legislature. Led by freshman Rep. Jayer Williamson from Santa Rosa County and Sen. George Gainer of Panama City, two bills that passed on Friday authorize the Florida Department of Transportation […]

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.

Insurers blame assignment of benefits for rising premiums

Insurers blame assignment of benefits for rising premiums

Home and business owners in Florida can expect the cost of property insurance to rise in 2017 and to keep climbing in the coming years, East Bay Insurance owner John Hays says. But in a state where hurricane damage has historically been the cause of insurance woes, these increases in many cases have nothing to […]

Capital punishment back on solid ground

Capital punishment back on solid ground

As the Florida Legislature inches closer to correcting the state’s death-penalty law, the Florida Supreme Court has voted to allow capital-punishment cases to proceed in a reversal of an earlier ruling. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Gulf Breeze delays medical marijuana sales

Gulf Breeze delays medical marijuana sales

Although medical marijuana sales are supposed to be available in more Florida venues starting this week, the City of Gulf Breeze has enacted a moratorium of up to one year on dispensing and treatment centers within its borders. Acknowledging that 71 percent of state voters approved an amendment to the Florida Constitution in November that legalizes […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 20

POLICE: GATOR ATTACKS HOMELESS MAN IN FLORIDA RIVER Melbourne police Cmdr. Dan Lynch says the “alligator came up and grabbed” the man. He says officers were training in the area Monday morning when they heard the man screaming. Lynch says the officers found him on the river bank with a number of deep punctures along […]

Questions swirl around drainage projects

Questions swirl around drainage projects

Although Holley by the Sea residents are eager for some of the county’s 30 proposed stormwater protection projects to begin in their area, some suggest that a more organized approach is needed. “We want to get things done. But the right things,” said Yvonne Harper, president of the Holley by the Sea Improvement Association, a […]

Williamson’s Facebook rant prompts response

Williamson’s Facebook rant prompts response

From Commissioner Williamson on his Facebook page: Good article in press gazette. The Navarre Press had 10 articles attacking Tough Mudder this year. The Navarre Press had 0 articles attacking Tough Mudder last year. That’s does not seem subjective, it’s personal. The sad part is, losing this event did not need to happen. In the […]

Tourist watchdog group wins compromise

Tourist watchdog group wins compromise

Fighting off a move by Santa Rosa officialdom to reduce its autonomy, the volunteer Tourist Development Council struck a compromise to keep open communication lines among members and avoid being shrunk. By a 6-1 vote the watchdog panel, which is authorized by the Florida Legislature to keep an eye on the county’s $2 million in […]

Commission focuses on cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound

Commission focuses on cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound

The county’s commitment to cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound where unhealthy levels of bacteria have been discovered will include pursuing the sources of that pollution, commissioners have declared. Their decision came while setting priorities to spend roughly $28 million in BP oil spill compensation monies that the county is expected to receive in the next […]

County school’s “A” grade streak broken

County school’s “A” grade streak broken

For the first time in 12 years, Santa Rosa County School District’s grade has dropped from an A to a B ranking for the 2015-2016 school year according to reports released Friday, July 15, by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). Santa Rosa joined the ranks of roughly 43 percent of school districts whose rank […]

Bear-control law shot down

Bear-control law shot down

No, residents of Santa Rosa won’t be breaking the law by failing to pick up ripe fruit that has fallen from trees or bushes in their yards. County commissioners this week unanimously rejected adopting an ordinance modeled after one in Seminole County that contains such requirements. Despite numerous complaints of black bears being a nuisance, […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 8

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 8

HULK HOGAN SAYS HE WAS ‘COMPLETELY HUMILIATED’ BY SEX VIDEO Testifying in his privacy lawsuit against the Gawker website, Hogan said he didn’t authorize the tape to be made or authorize Gawker to publish it. Hogan said when he realized that his best friend, radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, was involved in making […]

Protect public’s right to keep vigilant watch over elected officials

Protect public’s right to keep vigilant watch over elected officials

The cornerstone of our constitutional democratic republic is protecting citizens’ right to full and public notice when their elected officials are discussing or making decisions that could affect everyone’s daily lives. As a non-partisan research taxpayer research institute that focuses on promoting government accountability and transparency, Florida TaxWatch supports the use of public notices in […]

Special session to redraw districts

Special session to redraw districts

The Florida Legislature will hold a nearly two-week special session in August to draw up new congressional districts. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner announced Monday that the special session will last from Aug. 10 until Aug. 21. The state Supreme Court earlier this month threw out the state’s existing districts. The […]

Gov. Scott signs budget, vetoes nearly $500M

Gov. Scott signs budget, vetoes nearly $500M

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a new budget into law Tuesday, but not before vetoing nearly $500 million stuffed into the spending plan by legislators. Scott signed the budget just days after the Florida Legislature approved it during an unusual June special session. State government would have been partially shut down if a new budget […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 20

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 20

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Florida Legislature passes $78.7 billion budget in overtime The Florida Legislature passed a $78 billion spending plan during a special session called to solve a budget crisis and avoid a looming government shutdown. The House voted 96-17 […]

Lawmakers reach late-night deal on budget

Lawmakers reach late-night deal on budget

  Aided by a last-minute infusion of cash that went to projects backed by the state’s Republican leaders, Florida legislators late Monday night reached a deal on a nearly $80 billion budget for the state. The agreement, much of which was pounded out in private meetings and out of the view of the public, means […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 6

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 6

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Ex-NYPD officer gets 10 years’ prison in Florida drug deal A former New York Police Department officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for taking part in a $200,000 Florida cocaine deal. A federal judge in Fort Lauderdale imposed […]