Karen Thornhill

Floridians fall behind on flood insurance

Floridians fall behind on flood insurance

When county Floodplain Manager Karen Thornhill tells residents to buy flood insurance, she is speaking from experience. In her younger years, Thornhill opted not to purchase the insurance for her home. Her flood zone code was an X, meaning very low risk. But unexpectedly heavy rains left her house with several inches of standing water. […]

Wyrosdick eyes tax support and new schools

Wyrosdick eyes tax support and new schools

With three new schools in Tim Wyrosdick’s five-year plan, he’s rallying support to renew the existing half-cent sales tax that will help pay for them while his staff scouts likely locations. An extension of the Santa Rosa County School District’s two-decade-old local option levy will be the lone item on a March 28 referendum ballot. […]

Residents learn about county flood-zone changes

Residents learn about county flood-zone changes

More than 100 Santa Rosa County residents showed up to two meeting Sept. 28 and 29 to discuss changes to the county’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and the potential effects on their flood insurance costs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating coastal region FIRMs across the nation, and Santa Rosa’s potential changes […]

County remaps flood zones

County remaps flood zones

Many Santa Rosa property owners will have to change or upgrade their flood insurance thanks to updates to the county’s flood mitigation maps. Nearly 7 percent or roughly 6,500 of all properties in the county will experience some type of flood code change either up to a higher risk level or down to a lower […]