North Santa Rosa

Drug therapy unwelcome in Milton neighborhood

Drug therapy unwelcome in Milton neighborhood

“Not in our neighborhood!” declared signs and neighbors Thursday night as community members spoke in opposition to the opening of a substance abuse therapy center in Milton at the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board’s regular meeting. The 25.32 acre property located on Tildon Street includes two multi-story living houses and an entertainment building including a […]

Santa Rosa’s growth gap increasing

Santa Rosa’s growth gap increasing

Although the central and south areas of Santa Rosa have long outpaced the north in residential development, the disparity is rising amid a wave of homebuilding since the Great Recession. The number of new houses built in Santa Rosa below the Blackwater River area—from Milton to Navarre Beach—reached 1,243 in 2015, the most recent year […]

Grant money brings big entertainment to Santa Rosa for 2016-17

Grant money brings big entertainment to Santa Rosa for 2016-17

The Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Committee (TDC) approved $61,225 in grants Tuesday, June 7 to fund 18 events such as festivals, 5Ks, concerts, parades and even butterfly tagging in the county. The funds are part of the bed-tax budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal years. Bed taxes are collected on visitors to the county who […]

Woman gets 3 years for fatally shooting stepfather

Woman gets 3 years for fatally shooting stepfather

Taylor Lynn Crongeyer was sentenced Monday. She pleaded no contest in April to manslaughter with a weapon. Authorities say 40-year-old Aubrey Dewayne Cooley was found shot in the head behind the Milton home where he and Crongeyer lived in December 2014. A Santa Rosa County judge agreed to a lower-than-normal sentence because of the circumstances […]

Woman in coma after attack

Woman in coma after attack

A Milton woman was described as being in a coma and unresponsive at a local hospital early Friday morning following an attack by her former boyfriend.  At press time, Navarre Press was unable to update her current condition. The details outlined in the arrest report say the battery complaint came from a friend of the […]

Pace of tourism growth slows

Pace of tourism growth slows

The rate of Santa Rosa County tourism tax collections, while still on the rise from recent years, has slowed a bit during the past four months and caught the eye of area leisure industry leaders. Although the county’s share of lodging receipts, the so-called bed tax, totaled about $93,000 in February, the latest figures available, […]

Residents deliver message on sales tax

Residents deliver message on sales tax

The residents of Santa Rosa County delivered the message Monday night to the Board of County Commissioners during the Local Option Sales Tax workshop that they would not support writing a blank check to the commissioners to do with as they please. The board is asking the voters of Santa Rosa County to support a […]

Our children, our future

Our children, our future

There are more than 500 children in our county waiting to be adopted.  One in every 18 children in our county is or will be abused.  There are more than 550 homeless children in our school district.  43 percent of all adults are functionally illiterate.  The list could go on. We as a county are […]

Tough Mudder persuaded on party favor

Tough Mudder persuaded on party favor

After Tough Mudder Inc. appeared to waffle a few weeks ago on its promise to host a pre-event promotional party before this weekend’s military-style obstacle course near Milton, the New York company has now agreed to pay for some appetizer’s at Juana’s Pagoda on Friday night. “We reached out to Tough Mudder and encouraged them […]

City pays up to keep courthouse downtown

City pays up to keep courthouse downtown

Three of the five properties located where the City of Milton hopes the proposed new Santa Rosa County Courthouse will be built downtown are garnering far more than their appraised value. “We have been negotiating,” said City Manager Brian Watkins, who has been empowered by the city council to buy up land for a new […]

Waste disposal rates increase in Santa Rosa County

Waste disposal rates increase in Santa Rosa County

For the first time in 20 years, Santa Rosa County’s Central Landfill is raising rates beginning April 1.  The rate for household waste will increase from $32 per ton, set in 1995 to $36 per ton.  Rates for Class III waste which includes construction and demolition debris, carpet, furniture other than appliances, will increase to […]

Three stabbed in fight

Three stabbed in fight

On Sunday afternoon Feb. 28 at approximately 1:20 p.m., Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a battery call at the Milton exit overpass of Interstate 10 which was called in by passing motorists. Read the full article in the Mar. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as […]

FDLE arrests Jay man for child pornography

FDLE arrests Jay man for child pornography

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement today arrested Ivan Jarrett Hendricks, 47, of Jay, Florida, on 25 counts of possession of child pornography. On Feb. 26, 2016, FDLE agents executed a search warrant at Hendricks’ residence 6026 Tractor Trail in Jay, Florida and located a tablet that contained child pornography files. Hendricks was […]

UPDATE: Severe weather expected evening into early morning

UPDATE: Severe weather expected evening into early morning

Current Weather Alerts for Santa Rosa County:   Tornado Watch in effect until 10 p.m. this evening.   Coastal Flood Advisory is now in effect from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 p.m. tomorrow.   Wind Advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow.         Santa Rosa County Emergency Management officials are […]

Remote Area Medical Clinic in need of volunteers

Remote Area Medical Clinic in need of volunteers

Katrina Snider first learned about Remote Area Medical Clinics last June when she volunteered at one in Tennessee. “My dad introduced me to it because he had volunteered at one,” said Snider, an RN at Baptist Medical Center in Pensacola. “After volunteering, I saw how many people were affected by it. I wanted to pursue […]

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.

Santa Rosa deputies of the quarter

Santa Rosa deputies of the quarter

Dep. Kevin Horn, Navarre district, Dep. Brian Cribb, Pace district and Dep. Edgar Bennett, Gulf Breeze district were selected as the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies of the quarter as they represent the agency with the highest of work ethic and integrity. Click HERE to view photos featured in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre […]

Commissioners seek to accelerate gas-tax projects

Commissioners seek to accelerate gas-tax projects

Commissioners want residents of Santa Rosa County to see tangible results from the gas tax that was implemented Jan. 1. Read the full article in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

Grant request may inflate Tough Mudder’s benefit

Grant request may inflate Tough Mudder’s benefit

Every hotel and motel room in Santa Rosa County would have to be filled for an entire week in April by Tough Mudder enthusiasts to achieve the economic impact of the two-day event as estimated in a request for state funding filed by the Tourist Development Office. That’s because while there are 695 such rooms […]

Deputies investigating Milton murder

Deputies investigating Milton murder

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a Palomino Street address in Milton at around 7 a.m. in reference to a medical emergency on Wednesday, Jan. 20. When they arrived, deputies discovered Brandy Christine Maples, 29, of Milton was deceased. Maples had suffered trauma to the head that was indicative of foul play. The […]

Cold Weather Shelter Remains Open for Thursday Night in Milton

Cold Weather Shelter Remains Open for Thursday Night in Milton

A cold weather shelter for the homeless or heatless will be open Thursday, Jan. 28 at Ferris Hill Baptist Church, 6848 Chaffin St. in Milton. Those who would like to stay at the shelter must arrive between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. No one will be admitted after 8:30 p.m. unless brought in by law enforcement. […]

Growth-management strategies meeting to address county schools

Growth-management strategies meeting to address county schools

The Santa Rosa County School Board will conduct a workshop with the county commissioners at the Russell Center on the Locklin Technical Center campus Thursday, Jan. 21 at noon in order to discuss growth-management strategies for the Santa Rosa County School District. Last year in April, in order to solve problems caused by overcrowding within […]

2-4-6-8 how do you negotiate?

2-4-6-8 how do you negotiate?

When you buy a house, you negotiate the sales price. When you buy a car, you negotiate the bottom dollar on the car. When you take a new job, you negotiate the salary and terms of your employment. Very few things in life are set in stone – most things are negotiable. Our county seems […]

Tough Mudder eases lodging demands

Tough Mudder eases lodging demands

Tough Mudder Inc. blinked. Under questioning from a prospective lodging “partner” about the company’s recent financial demands in return for promoting Santa Rosa County overnight stays at its event scheduled here next April, a company executive now says its fees are negotiable. A month after sending out controversial contracts to area hotels and condominium managers […]

No recycling in Santa Rosa County

No recycling in Santa Rosa County

According to an announcement made by Santa Rosa County, recycling services will be at a standstill for at least four to six months, beginning Jan. 4. While the decision has left residents frustrated, the county says there was no other cost-effective option at this point. The franchise waste haulers for the county, Waste Pro, Waste […]

Commissioner raises concerns with Tough Mudder

Commissioner raises concerns with Tough Mudder

Following doubts expressed by area tourism leaders on the value of the Tough Mudder Inc. military-style endurance event scheduled for next April, District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson is stepping in before Santa Rosa County signs a contract with the New York company. In a Dec. 3 email to Kate Fitzpatrick, a Tough Mudder senior director, […]

National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week

During National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 6- 12, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) would like to remind everyone that it is not too late to get a flu shot.  A yearly flu shot is recommended for everyone six months of age and older and is the first and most […]

Snowbirds make pillow cases for a good cause

Snowbirds make pillow cases for a good cause

Irene Gillis, Brenda Rister and Cindy Stillwell had no plans to spend part of their winter vacation doing work on sewing machines. But the work was for a good cause as the three ladies, who are spending their winter at the Santa Rosa RV Resort in Navarre, made 26 pillow cases that will be donated […]

Holidays stall job openings in Santa Rosa County

Holidays stall job openings in Santa Rosa County

Gov. Rick Scott issued a press release touting the highest level of Florida jobs available in a decade, with a total of nearly 300,000 openings across the state. “Florida is leading all large states in job growth and we will keep working every day to be first for jobs,” Scott said. Job demand in Florida […]

Still no site picked for new courthouse

Still no site picked for new courthouse

Downtown Milton has emerged as the most likely site for the proposed new Santa Rosa County courthouse if the challenges of environmental permitting and stormwater control at the low-lying locale can be met. Although the county commissioners aren’t scheduled to vote on the location until early next year, three of the panel’s five members now […]