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Bay bridge repair

Bridge reopening delayed: More work needed

The Pensacola Bay Bridge will not reopen as scheduled and announced.

The need for additional repair work was discovered, and completing it takes the March 22 reopening date off the schedule. Instead, local officials were told by Florida Department of Transportation Thursday that the Memorial Day reopening date is still viable.

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Drinking water wellfield protection remains unchanged, for now

The Santa Rosa County Commission voted 5-to-0 at its recent special rezoning meeting to withdraw a controversial amendment to the Comprehensive Plan that would have opened the East Milton Wellfield Protection Area to more open-pit mining.

“This should put everybody’s mind at ease,” said District 2 Commissioner Bob Cole, shortly before the vote that came at the end of public input about the doomed amendment. “It’s done. It’s over.”

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Gas station variance denied, again

The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners voted Feb. 25 to deny a variance that would have allowed a new gas station to be built at 8006 Navarre Parkway.

The zoning board had unanimously voted against approving the variance two weeks ago.

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Robert Triplett

Local father, grandfather struck and killed by motorist who left scene

A 50-year-old Navarre father and grandfather was killed Tuesday by a driver who hit him and fled the scene.

Robert Triplett was walking to work just before 6 a.m. when a box truck driver swerved into the bike lane on U.S. Highway 98 in front of the Navarre Walmart.

The truck fled. Florida Highway Patrol is asking anyone with information about the accident to call 850-287-8090.

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Residents say speeders endangering Ortega Street

A small group of citizens concerned about speeding on Ortega Street met with Commission Chair Dave Piech and representatives from the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office last week.

The citizens say that speeding is a recurring and dangerous problem along their residential street, where the speed limit is 20 miles per hour, only increasing to 30 mph as it approaches the high school.

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Leonardo set to land first aircraft at Whiting in early spring

U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz discussed what’s on the horizon for NAS Whiting Field in the near future during a livestream on Facebook Thursday afternoon.

Gaetz said Leonardo is partnering with the Naval airfield to bring upgrades that will significantly improve training opportunities at a base that is home to the largest air wing in the United States Navy.

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Navarre Beach Envisioned

A new vision for Navarre Beach

When County Administrator Dan Schebler met with department heads last year and asked them to prepare a plan to share with commissioners Feb. 23, he wasn’t specific about what he expected.

What Tourism Development Director Julie White came up with was “Navarre Beach Reimagined,” a proposal that suggests giving Navarre Beach an amphitheater, shopping area, gathering places, a playground and art in public places, among other ideas.

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