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UPDATE: Beach road to reopen Friday

February 10, 2021
UPDATE Thursday, 1:39 p.m.: Gulf Islands National Seashore officials will reopen the J. Earle Bowden Way, Highway 399 at 8 a.m. tomorrow to passenger vehicles, according to a press release sent ou…

Check out these updates on Aldi’s, Love’s Truck Stop and Turner House

February 9, 2021
Here’s the latest from Commission Chair Dave Piech on some hot topics in Santa Rosa County.

Wellfield repeal plan to be taken off table

February 9, 2021
Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners unofficially unanimously committed at their monthly work session to vote against the repeal of some key wellfield protections that many felt would endanger …

Bridge renaming issue flares up at board meeting

February 9, 2021
Community efforts to rename portions of the Navarre Beach Bridge or dedicate portions of the roadway continue.  During the public comment portion of Tuesday’s Board of County Commission wo…

Sheriff’s Office focused on solving 42-year-old cold case

February 9, 2021
Forty-two years ago on Feb. 9, someone gunned down a popular convenience store clerk working on Okaloosa Island. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators are still hoping for a break in the c…

Developer requesting fuel storage variance

February 9, 2021
When the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board meets Feb. 11, expect Mike Sandler to be in the audience. Sandler, whose home of 30 years lies 230 feet from a proposed gas station, is very much opposed.

County tourism to include conservation opportunities

February 8, 2021
If a proposed initiative plays out, some tourists will come to Navarre Beach to not only enjoy the beach, but to help conserve it.

Milton man pleads guilty to murder of Destin businesswoman

February 8, 2021
In a first degree murder case, it’s rare for a defendant to plead guilty, according to Mark Alderman at the First Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office. The charge carries a mandatory life …

Petitions show opposition to to expanding borrow pits

February 6, 2021
More than 4,000 people have signed two petitions that oppose expanding borrow pit mining in Santa Rosa County. One petition is on the national website change.org and the other on the local webs…

Tiger shark caught and released off Navarre Beach

February 4, 2021
After fishermen hooked a 12-foot, 6-inch tiger shark Wednesday, photos shot of the event lit up the internet. The fishermen, reportedly associated with True Blue – a self-described community of…