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Letters: Trump and Navarre Beach Bridge not a good fit

Navarre Beach enjoys a healthy tourism trade which we have to do our best to protect and nourish. The article states that the reason this petition was even started was because of the work Trump did while in office. Even though the Trump supporters feel he has done a good job, the majority of U.S. registered voters who voted in the election do not believe he did. Biden did win the popular vote by more than 7 million votes (51.4%). We can’t dismiss the following beliefs the Biden supporters have of the work Trump did while in office:

Right now, he is running the biggest con this country has ever seen, spreading false accusations about voter fraud, which there is absolutely no proof. He has collected over $200 million from supporters who believe the money is for his legal fights. Trump has convinced them he can overturn the election, which he cannot.  However, he will use this money for whatever purpose he wants to use it for. Undermining the election is doing irreparable harm to this country while lining his pockets.

Trump has mis-managed the pandemic, calling it a hoax and making it more deadly than it needed to be. He has turned wearing masks into a political statement.  He couldn’t protect even his own White House staff from getting COVID.

Trump is a wannabe dictator who puts loyalty to him ahead of his own appointees telling the truth and doing what they swore they would do.  He has repeatedly taken the word of Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own U.S. intelligence agencies. He has done nothing over the reports Putin paid bounties for US soldiers and war-level cyberattacks that his own intelligence agencies have reported Russia is responsible for. 

Trump thumbs his nose at the rule of law, undermining our democracy. He has attacked judges on rulings with which he has disagreed. 

Trump incites hate and bigotry. He has called white supremacists “very fine people.”  He has divided this country and has sent racial tensions in this country back 50 years.

Regardless of whether or not you believe these five points to be true, we cannot dismiss the fact that many, many non-Trump supporters do believe it.

Even though Trump won Santa Rosa County by a huge margin (72.4%), there is much more to consider in deciding if the bridge should be renamed. Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Director Julie White (told another news source) that the top five Navarre Beach market areas come from Houston (Biden 56.0%), Atlanta (Biden 83.1%), Dallas (Biden 64.9%), Nashville (Biden 64.5%), New York City (Biden 72.6%) and New Orleans (83.1%) in this order.  

Let’s not politicize Navarre Beach. It should be obvious by these election returns from the top 5 Navarre Beach market areas that renaming the Navarre Beach Bridge in Trump’s honor will adversely affect Navarre Beach’s tourist trade.

John Pizzolato

Navarre Beach Resident

Editorial: Don’t gamble with our water supply

There are clearly two halves to Santa Rosa County, with a lot of open land in between along with a few homes and businesses.

There is south Santa Rosa County, known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant tourism, as well as being a “bedroom community” for about 70,000 residents. North Santa Rosa has more agriculture, history and a beautiful tannin-stained, spring fed river winding through it.

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Letter to Editor: Will new park be bird friendly?

Did you know that birds in the United States have decreased 29% since 1970!  Or that the mass of migrating birds in the spring has declined 13% between 2007 and 2017 with most along the East Coast?

To improve those numbers, “Birdscaping” plants should be chosen to provide food and shelter year-round, said Leonard Perry, horticulture Professor Emeritus with the University of Vermont. “Native plants should be a major component, as they provide a huge food source for birds, especially insects which have co-evolved with them,” Perry said. “Ninety-six percent of terrestrial bird species depend on insects – and lots of them.

Many landscapes now contain relatively few native plants, perhaps no more than 25%. A goal of gardeners should be to increase this percent, to perhaps as high as 75% native plants. Even a modest increase in the number of native plant species in a landscape can increase the number of bird species and overall numbers of birds.” A variety of landscape plants is extremely important when creating wildlife habitat.

Who knows what plants are included in the Navarre Park design?  What percent are “birdscaping?”

If it is important to you to attract eco-tourists to Navarre Park or sit in the park yourself observing nature, please let the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners hear from you at

Elizabeth Major

Gulf Breeze

Letter to Editor: Democrats likely to pay for promises made

The Democrats’ position on COVID-19 will be their undoing

The Democrats have placed themselves is a precarious position. They won the election based on their claim they could handle the coronavirus better than their opponents. Using phrases like “Listen to science.” they persuaded a very slight majority of the people in this country they had a better solution and path to follow. Now they must deliver.

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Letter to Editor

Let the healing begin  

When the board decided to end the work of the TT Wentworth Jr. Foundation four years ago, we believed our efforts had been completed. We left our work on the history of northwest Florida and the contributions made by the Wentworth family in the good hands of the UWF Historic Trust and Pensacola State College. However, sometimes history finds us.  Recent revelations about our founder’s leadership in the KKK now compel us to return to right past wrongs wherever possible. This is where we now find ourselves as the family and former board members of the foundation.    

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