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Texting and driving primary traffic offense

Texting and driving primary traffic offense

Texting while driving became a primary traffic offense today after Governor Ron DeSantis signed CS/HB 107: Wireless Communications While Driving. Additionally, the bill says that a person may not use a handheld wireless communications device while driving in a designated sensitive area such as a school crossing, school zone or work area while workers are […]

Funding cut for BearWise program

Funding cut for BearWise program

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking in a different direction after funding for the BearWise program was cut out of the new state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July. Consideration had been made by state lawmakers to earmark $500,000 for BearWise, a program that provides bear-resistant garbage containers to […]

Floridians urged to buy flood insurance

Floridians urged to buy flood insurance

Floridians are less than 30 days from the start of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, and state officials are reminding residents to start preparing now. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said recent history speaks for itself.   Read the full article in the May 9 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription […]

Child care experts: Make education a priority

Child care experts: Make education a priority

When parents select child care, often the top priorities are safety and proximity to the parent. This can be especially true when options are slim, said David Lawrence. Lawrence is a retired journalist and early learning advocate who helped to get universal voluntary prekindergarten launched in Florida. He said he is concerned with the trends […]

Parents have tools for children’s success

Parents have tools for children’s success

The human brain experiences its greatest period of development during the first five years of life, according to child development experts. By capitalizing on this spongy state, parents and teachers can help children to succeed well into adulthood, scientists have found. Read the full article in the May 9 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ […]

Escambia United Way steps in for defunct Santa Rosa charity

Escambia United Way steps in for defunct Santa Rosa charity

Laura Gilliam is trying to pick up the pieces left by the shattered and scandalized United Way of Santa Rosa County. “We are reaching out to the donors who have supported United Way of Santa Rosa and to the organizations that relied on it for financial help,” said Gilliam, the United Way of Escambia County […]

Age-friendly designation given to Florida

Age-friendly designation given to Florida

Florida has been awarded an age-friendly designation through the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The initiative to create age-friendly communities and states began in 2012. The Sunshine State currently has 26 communities with the designation. The state now has it as well.   Read the full article in the May 2 issue of […]

Lawmakers OK property insurance overhaul

Lawmakers OK property insurance overhaul

After several years and several iterations, legislation to curb rising property insurance costs and stop the alleged abuse of the Assignment of Benefits (AOB) system passed both chambers of the Florida Legislature April 24. Sponsored by state Sen. Doug Broxson, whose district includes Santa Rosa County, the legislation puts new regulations on AOB litigation, which […]

The Secret Place offers teen victims hope

The Secret Place offers teen victims hope

When Alicia Tappan was a junior in high school outside the state of Florida, she had the world before her. She was headed to college on a scholarship with plans to become a doctor. She was a self-described social butterfly with high grades and a typical family. Read the full article in the May 2 […]

Body cams aren’t yet on sheriff’s screen

Body cams aren’t yet on sheriff’s screen

Most of Florida’s local law enforcement agencies aren’t equipping their patrol officers with body cameras and Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson is among them. Thus the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is part of a shrinking majority. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]

Economic future depends on preparing tomorrow’s workforce

Economic future depends on preparing tomorrow’s workforce

When the Gulf Power Economic Symposium looked to Northwest Florida’s future, workforce training was a prominent topic of discussion. Florida Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish said education is critical, based on data collected from across the state. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Economist sees opportunity amid market omens

Economist sees opportunity amid market omens

One statement encompassed perfectly the economic concerns facing the globe put fourth by economist Vikram Mansharamani to a room full of economic leaders April 17 at the Gulf Power Economic Symposium. “These fish concern me,” he said. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options […]

School District weighs impact fees

School District weighs impact fees

Santa Rosa School District is considering implementation of a roughly $5,000 impact fee for all new single-family homes. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said they put out for a study on the subject to explore funding for continued capacity expansion as schools bump up against their capacity ceilings. Read the full article in the April 25 issue […]

FWC clinics provide opportunity to learn to fish

FWC clinics provide opportunity to learn to fish

For more than 20 years, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has held Saltwater Fishing Clinics throughout the state. The FWC held its latest clinic last week at Community Maritime Park along the bayfront in Pensacola. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options […]

Navarre students face consequences for vaping

Navarre students face consequences for vaping

More students were busted last week for using e-cigarettes at Holley Navarre Middle School in the ongoing saga of what is being called an “epidemic” across Florida. Children’s use of these tobacco products, which include e-cigarettes, vape pens and Juuls, has been increasing in recent years. Read the full article in the April 18 issue […]

Santa Rosa businesses miss opportunity with Visit Florida marketing program

Santa Rosa businesses miss opportunity with Visit Florida marketing program

Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, announced April 1 that 152 Florida businesses were accepted into the organization’s free 2019 Targeted Marketing Assistance Program (TMAP). None were in Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up […]

Parents enlisted as ‘cheerleaders’ to boost test readiness

Parents enlisted as ‘cheerleaders’ to boost test readiness

Students across Florida last week completed the first round of high-stakes testing that will determine everything from teacher compensation to the ranking of schools. Holley Navarre Intermediate School was no exception. Students in third, fourth and fifth grade had their learning tested in writing and reading through Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) exams. Read the full […]

Gulf Breeze places fourth in state Mock Trial

Gulf Breeze places fourth in state Mock Trial

Gulf Breeze High School’s Mock Trial team placed fourth in state competition in Orlando March 14-17. The was also awarded the Professionalism Award for the second time. As seen in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre Press […]

Naval Live Oaks offers more history than expected

Naval Live Oaks offers more history than expected

This is the second in a series of articles that will appear occasionally throughout the year on outdoor opportunities worth checking out, both in Florida and, every so often, outside the state. The latest centers around a trip to Naval Live Oaks.  Fort Pickens is the first thing that comes to mind in this area […]

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. […]

Local family distillery brings home national awards

Local family distillery brings home national awards

Crafting vibrant and expressive spirits is a methodical process. The ingredients and care involved can be determining factors in the quality of the beverage.   Rollins Distillery, located at 5680 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze, strives to give precise focus to every facet of the distilling process. Read the full article in the March 28 […]

Take Stock in Children needs mentors

Take Stock in Children needs mentors

Students coming from low-income backgrounds often face hurdles to academic and career success that their peers do not. They are statistically more likely to miss school and have lower grades. And they are less likely to go to college. Read the full article in the March 21 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view […]

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 […]

A heartbeat is life

A heartbeat is life

If anyone has experienced the miracle of child birth, you will forever remember the first time you heard your baby’s heartbeat. The fast flutter sound fills the room along with the smiles and giggles from the parents. The heartbeat signifies life – a living, breathing life. The heartbeat of an unborn baby is no exception. […]

Scholarship program has benefits for local private schools

Scholarship program has benefits for local private schools

Finding the right school for your children can be a difficult task. Selection can be even more complicated by variables related to income, location and student performance. Since 2001, the Step Up for Students scholarship program has been utilized by private and public schools throughout Florida. Read the full article in the March 14 issue […]

Keep public notices in media

Keep public notices in media

As fellow, red-blooded Americans who cherish the freedoms this nation provides, we at Florida Tax Watch hold dear the independent and unfiltered manner of governmental entities placing public notices in local newspapers of record. Such notices further a citizen’s right to know about their elected official’s decisions affecting their daily lives–a bedrock principle of our […]

Real estate paralegal: Fee simple poses no risk of private beaches

Real estate paralegal: Fee simple poses no risk of private beaches

When Pamela Wingate comes to talk fee simple title for Navarre Beach, she brings mounds of documents with her. The real estate paralegal has been researching the issue for years, and the information she has gathered is more than enough to fill several tables. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre […]

Proposal would limit school board terms

Proposal would limit school board terms

A proposed state constitutional amendment making its way through the Legislature could limit how long school board members can serve, potentially rendering some Santa Rosa board members ineligible to run again. School Board member Carol Boston represents Navarre area schools. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Blue Spring is a literal hot spot for manatees

Blue Spring is a literal hot spot for manatees

This is the first in a series of articles that will appear occasionally throughout the year on outdoor opportunities worth checking out, both in Florida and, every so often, outside the state. The first centers around my trip to Blue Spring State Park in Orange City. A line of cars forms along a road leading […]

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