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HBTS President: I’m not going to put up with staff being abused like that

HBTS President: I’m not going to put up with staff being abused like that

Members of the Holley by the Sea Improvement Association board of directors heard some choice language Thursday night at their regularly scheduled meeting. About 20 members were also in the audience when staff played three recordings of conversations between angry homeowners and the staff members who fielded their calls. In one of the calls, which […]

First responders climb stairs to commemorate those killed on 9/11

First responders climb stairs to commemorate those killed on 9/11

As the summer heat index rose Sept. 11, firefighters in full gear tromped their way up and down the towers of Summerwinds condominiums on Navarre Beach. Sweat rolled down their noses and necks in the non-air-conditioned stair wells. Unlike their usual training, this stair climb held special symbolism as first responders from all fields joined the […]

Wildlife refuge deluged with Hurricane Sally rescues

Wildlife refuge deluged with Hurricane Sally rescues

People aren’t the only creatures uprooted by the wind and rains of Hurricane Sally. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge got 45 new animals Thursday, which is nearly double the previous one-day record for intakes. By early afternoon Friday, they had already gotten 30 more with the day barely half over. They’re low on food and […]

Editor starts new journey, hopes readers will join her

Editor starts new journey, hopes readers will join her

I have started on a new journey, both literally and figuratively. Last Wednesday marked my first day as the editor of the Navarre Press after more than 20 years at a daily newspaper. It also marked the first day in six months that I’ve worked from a location other than my bedroom floor. That was my […]

Latest updates on road and bridge closures

Latest updates on road and bridge closures

Here are the latest updates from the Florida Department of Transportation on state road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to Hurricane Sally. Escambia County Pensacola International Airport has suspended operations for all arriving and departing commercial The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all Jackson County R. 166 […]

Navy Junior ROTC remembers Sept. 11

Navy Junior ROTC remembers Sept. 11

Miniature American flags covered the front lawn of Navarre High School Friday morning, each one placed by Navarre Navy JROTC cadets in the pre-dawn hours of a humid September day. There were 2,977 flags in all, each representing a life lost on the tragedy-filled day of Sept. 11, 2001. Two planes crashed into the Twin […]

Cost of single-family housing in county set for hike

Cost of single-family housing in county set for hike

Those looking to buy new construction homes in Santa Rosa County need to prepare their wallets. The cost of a single-family home could rise by roughly $46,504, in a market where costs were already on the way up. Let’s do the math. $16,000= Lumber increase Local and national building industry representatives have raised concerns about […]

Navarre boaters hope for world record

Navarre boaters hope for world record

Hundreds of patriotic boats filled the sound waters surrounding Navarre Bridge Sept. 5. to attempt breaking the world record for largest boat parade. The parade was organized by Tom Petska, Anne Ziegenhorn and Chandra Rich to bring the record back to the Unites States. “We want to bring the world record back to America and […]

Trump extends Gulf oil drilling ban for 10 years

Trump extends Gulf oil drilling ban for 10 years

By John Haughey, The Center Square Most expected President Donald Trump Tuesday to tout his record in allocating the full federal $200 million annual commitment to the 40-year, $10.5 billion Everglades restoration plan for only the second time since Congress approved it in 2000. Instead, during a campaign stop in Jupiter, Trump addressed another issue […]

Tourism making recovery

Tourism making recovery

Santa Rosa County’s tourist tax saw a 12.4% increase in revenues over this time last year, breaking a COVID-19 fueled slump in revenues. After hitting a historic low of less than $65,000 in April, taxes collected on overnight visitors were up to 10 times that, more than $650,000, putting the county back on par with […]

Housing assistance offered in Santa Rosa County

Housing assistance offered in Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa County residents in need of housing assistance due to COVID-19 can apply for help starting Sept. 9. The Santa Rosa County Housing Department received $1.6 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation for mortgage/rent/utility assistance for residents that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Read the full article in […]

Animal Services receives award from leader in no-kill

Animal Services receives award from leader in no-kill

Santa Rosa County (SRC) Animal Services has been recognized with the Transformational Change award for the highest increase in lifesaving progress for shelter, admitting 2,001 to 6,000 pets in 2019 from Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Read the full article […]

TDC director launches tourism-related business

TDC director launches tourism-related business

Santa Rosa County’s Tourist Development Director Julie White has more incentive to see Navarre Beach succeed than her $88,670 salary and benefits. She’s got a private business to run. White is the owner of Navarre Beach Weddings, a destination wedding planning service organizing events along Navarre Beach. White said they got the idea for the […]

Future of bars and breweries discussed at roundtable

Future of bars and breweries discussed at roundtable

Gov. Ron DeSantis said he hopes to give Floridians the “ability to have some enjoyment in their life” by soon lifting on-site drinking restrictions imposed on bars and craft breweries since late June. The restrictions were put in place due to widespread non-compliance with coronavirus safety guidelines. But DeSantis said Thursday after nearly six months […]

Juana’s Good Time Regatta returns to the beach

Juana’s Good Time Regatta returns to the beach

It’s almost time to set sail. After months of canceled events and traditions, Navarre Beach will see one milestone unimpeded by COVID-19. The Juana’s Good Time Regatta will celebrate its 30th anniversary Sept. 11-13, filling Santa Rosa Sound with colorful sails for a weekend of competition and sailing. Read the full article in the Sept. […]

New first-time jobless claims drop in Florida

New first-time jobless claims drop in Florida

First-time jobless claims dropped nearly 25 percent last week in Florida as Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to press forward with efforts to reopen the economy. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated Florida received 39,335 first-time unemployment claims last week. That was down from a revised 51,647 the prior week, when Florida also saw […]

Council members, mayor walk out of “circus” meeting

Council members, mayor walk out of “circus” meeting

“This is a circus!” Milton citizen Joseph Leaver said in frustration after Mayor Heather Lindsey abruptly adjourned and walked out with three councilmembers at the Aug. 20 committee of the whole meeting. Triggering the post abandonment was a heated discussion between Milton business owner Patty Briggs and councilwoman Sharron Holley about the validity of a […]

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