Floridians

Area lawmakers say recreational pot coming

Area lawmakers say recreational pot coming

Recreational marijuana’s legalization in Florida is inevitable and could come within three years, according to Santa Rosa County’s two members of the state House of Representatives. “The whole movement about medical marijuana has really been about recreational use and it’s going in that direction,” said Rep. Alex Andrade, R-Gulf Breeze. Addressing the Gulf Breeze Area […]

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 […]

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 […]

Red tide recedes to non-detectable level

Red tide recedes to non-detectable level

Floridians across the state and especially along Navarre Beach may breathe a sigh of relief this week as all signs point to the end of a bumpy red tide season. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reports across most of the Gulf coast show 0-1,000 cells per liter concentration of the algae karenia brevis, […]

What’s up with the recount?

What’s up with the recount?

As Floridians watched election results update in real time late into the night Tuesday and even into Wednesday, it became clear that some of the state’s most contentious races would be decided by fractions of a percentage point. As unofficial results became final, the decisions in those races became anything but. Read the full article […]

Wind mitigation short-term investment brings long-term savings

Wind mitigation short-term investment brings long-term savings

Floridians can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars each year on homeowners insurance thanks to legislation dating back to 2002, but some homeowners have not taken advantage of the price break. The law allows consumers to reduce their wind insurance premiums by making certain wind-mitigating improvements to their homes, and it rewards homeowners who […]

Florida not ‘off the table’ for oil drilling

Florida not ‘off the table’ for oil drilling

Florida is in. Then it is out. Now it is in again. The last few weeks have seen mixed messages from the Trump administration on whether oil drilling along Florida’s Gulf Coast will be allowed to expand under a new five-year plan. But the most recent word appears to leave Florida firmly on the list […]

Dementia initiative crucial in combating disease expected to become more prevalent in state

Dementia initiative crucial in combating disease expected to become more prevalent in state

In 10 years, Florida will be the home to more than 720,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in Americans 65 and older. The state is prepared to battle, though, through the Dementia Care & Cure Initiative. “As the number of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Florida continued […]

Hurricane Irma sparks insurance freeze

Hurricane Irma sparks insurance freeze

Following billions of dollars in property damage from Hurricane Irma, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation issued an emergency order to protect consumers in the wake of the storm. The order freezes policies in the affected areas from cancellations and non-renewal for a period of 90 days starting on Sept. 4. Karen Kees, deputy director […]

Hotels crammed with Irma evacuees over weekend

Hotels crammed with Irma evacuees over weekend

In the afternoon hours of Sept. 6, uncertain projection models for the future of then category 5 Hurricane Irma began to shift north putting the peninsula of Florida in the direct line of fire. The entire state had been preparing for catastrophe, from the eastern tip of Escambia County to the southernmost Keys. News reports […]

Versatility of FWC officers on display in Texas

Versatility of FWC officers on display in Texas

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers are as versatile as any law enforcement agents out there. Officers do everything from patrolling the water and woods, on the lookout for fishing and hunting violations, to assisting in chasing down criminals on the run. They also jump into action when a hurricane cripples an area, such […]

STOP opioid addiction

STOP opioid addiction

When Gov. Rick Scott declared the opioid abuse epidemic a state health emergency in Florida, thousands of dollars in state and federal moneys became available for treatment facilities. Lakeview Center is expanding their treatment to create a new free opioid treatment program called STOP (State Targeted Opioid Program). Opioids are a class of drugs, often […]

2017 Taxpayer Independence Day

2017 Taxpayer Independence Day

On Monday, April 17, Florida TaxWatch joined the taxpayers in our state in celebrating Florida Taxpayer Independence Day 2017. On that day, Floridians are finally earning money for themselves–not for the tax collector. This symbolic date assumes that every dollar earned since Jan. 1 goes to pay federal, state and local tax obligations. This measure of tax […]

We must continue fight to protect public’s right to maintain a vigilant eye on their elected officials

We must continue fight to protect public’s right to maintain a vigilant eye on their elected officials

By Florida TaxWatch Chairman-Elect Pat Neal and President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro 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 taxpayers’ daily lives. As a nonpartisan government watchdog and taxpayer-research institute that focuses on […]

Florida property insurers dodge downgrades, bolster reserves

Florida property insurers dodge downgrades, bolster reserves

Despite warnings of possible widespread downgrades, Florida’s leading insurance grading agency has decided not to hand down lower marks to the majority of companies in the state. Read the full article in the March 30 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online for as little as $38 per year.

FWC scuttles move to require kayak license

FWC scuttles move to require kayak license

Last month a citizen panel put together by state boating authorities explored options that could lead to requiring registration and fees for non-motorized boats such as kayaks. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Proposed legislation could eliminate Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Proposed legislation could eliminate Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Proposed legislation that would eliminate state tourism marketing group Visit Florida and state economic development agency Enterprise Florida, Inc. was introduced Feb. 8 to the Florida House of Representatives Careers and Competition Subcommittee. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Money from state helping fuel growth of BearWise program

Money from state helping fuel growth of BearWise program

It’s too early to tell just how effective the BearWise program will be in Florida but efforts have intensified to make it something that goes a long way in reducing the number of bear-human conflicts. A total of 12 counties received money from the state last week, including Santa Rosa County. The money will be […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 2

MAN GETS 40 YEARS IN MURDER-SUICIDE PLOT THAT LEFT 3 DEAD Patrick Carlopoli was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to six counts, including second-degree murder. Authorities say Carlopoli and his girlfriend, 37-year-old Tammy Modlin, on Jan. 24 first killed the family’s dog at their Fort Myers apartment. Modlin then stabbed 16-year-old Montana Modlin, her daughter […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 28

FIERY MULTICAR CRASH KILLS 5,, INCLUDING 2 KIDS, IN FLORIDA The crash happened Wednesday night when Pablo Cortes III lost control of a Volkswagen Golf, crossed a median and slammed head on into a Toyota Sienna minivan driven by Marianela Murillo, 39, and carrying four children, Florida Highway Patrol troopers wrote in an incident report. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 26

TRAINER CLAWED ON LEGS BY TIGER AT FAIR AS CHILDREN LOOK ON Pensacola Interstate Fair publicist Katie King says trainer Vicenta Pages suffered several cuts Tuesday when a 2-year-old Bengal tiger named Gandhi clawed her legs. The publicist says Pages’ husband rushed to help the trainer. Pages stood up unassisted and talked to the children […]

Proposed worker’s comp rate hike: Floridians deserve transparency

Proposed worker’s comp rate hike: Floridians deserve transparency

Guest Opinion Florida’s extraordinary tradition of open government is founded on the simple but essential concept that the people have a right to know how and why the government makes decisions on their behalf. After all, it’s our government. So when a government action stems from a process shrouded in secrecy, we have a right not […]

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 […]

Roadway collisions with bears on the rise

Roadway collisions with bears on the rise

Drivers are warned to be aware of bears on roadways because it’s not uncommon for an accident to occur that involves a bear being hit by a car. More than 3,200 bears have been killed on roads in the state between 1990 and 2015, with more than 200 being killed in each of the last […]

Florida’s unemployment rate hits 8-year low

Florida’s unemployment rate hits 8-year low

Gov. Rick Scott has announced that Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in February, down from 10.7 percent in December 2010. This milestone marks the state’s lowest unemployment rate in eight years. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 3.4 percent has consistently exceeded the nation’s for 47-consecutive months. Over the year in February, […]

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 […]

County sees strong housing market gains for 2015

County sees strong housing market gains for 2015

The data for last year’s real estate sales and transactions have been released for 2015, and the news looks good for Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

Food-insecurity among Santa Rosa County seniors

Food-insecurity among Santa Rosa County seniors

Food-insecurity, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture, is “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” While some citizens age 65 and over are healthy and independent, a good number of them rely on help from various food programs in order to supply simple, everyday meals. […]

Florida First Budget increases funding for Elders and Caregivers

Florida First Budget increases funding for Elders and Caregivers

Gov. Rick Scott’s 2016-17 Florida First Budget recommends a funding increase of more than $6 million for the Department of Elder Affairs to serve additional elders and caregivers through enhanced tools and technology. “As our state continues to grow, so does the population of Florida’s seniors,” Scott said. “We want to make sure our seniors […]