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LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

County commissioners plan to ask voters to raise the local option sales tax (LOST) in an August special election. This would extend and expand an existing half-cent LOST approved by voters in 2016. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up […]

Deputies seeking suspected, truck in Pace robbery

Deputies seeking suspected, truck in Pace robbery

UPDATE: Santa Rosa County Sheriff deputies are looking to identify a truck of interest in a robbery investigation in Pace. The vehicle of interest is a dark gray or dark tan Dodge Ram with a quad cab.  The vehicle may be connected to a robbery at United Bank on Highway 90 and Diamond Street in […]

Grassroots movement calls for impact fee revival

Grassroots movement calls for impact fee revival

As growth continues to strain infrastructure across Santa Rosa County, residents of Pace are echoing cries by south county residents to make developers shoulder more of the burden. More than 50 residents along Woodbine Road in Pace gathered Feb. 21 for the first meeting of Santa Rosa Voters Against Overcrowded Roads and Schools (Voters Against). […]

Growth study backs up need for new schools

Growth study backs up need for new schools

Santa Rosa County is growing and new students will join it school system in the coming years. If the current trend continues, the county will need to redistrict by 2025. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

Zoning Board defers ruling in land-use dispute

Zoning Board defers ruling in land-use dispute

Milton-based small business Arcadia Culverts was given a six-month reprieve from being shut down Jan. 10 after the county Zoning Board voted to postpone any code compliance action. The decision was made in opposition to vocal neighbors. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Aldi grocery chain among retailers eyeing Navarre

Aldi grocery chain among retailers eyeing Navarre

New retailers, including Aldi grocery stores, could be coming to Navarre and Pace as the Birmingham-based firm NextSite provides market analysis and retailer courting services for Santa Rosa County. Since April 2018 the firm has been collecting data on population, traffic and demographics in the county’s major areas and then using that data in contacts […]

86-year-old woman charged with killing husband

86-year-old woman charged with killing husband

An elderly Pace woman allegedly killed her 89-year-old husband with a cane Saturday, but prosecutors are not sure she is competent to stand trial. Sheriff Bob Johnson said the case is complicated by the age of the individuals and apparent confusion of the suspect involved. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of […]

County moves quickly on Ashley Plantation solutions

County moves quickly on Ashley Plantation solutions

For residents of Ashley Plantation subdivision in Pace, drainage fixes could not come soon enough as water flooded their roads, at times up to their house doors, and some backyards became rushing streams. A handful of neighbors came before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Sept.  27 requesting help in fixing the mess a builder allegedly […]

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

In the past 10 years, three times as many tourist development dollars were spent in Milton than in Navarre for infrastructure improvements. In contrast, the beach alone accounts for more than half of the dollars generated.               Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Tourist development project list takes shape

Tourist development project list takes shape

A revisit of the strategic plan resulted in a checklist of projects for the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Sept. 6 as the council weighed where their best investments would be to increase quality of place. Under the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan for the Santa Rosa County TDC, the group charged with oversight of bed taxes collected […]

Traffic study recommends stoplights for Spencer Field

Traffic study recommends stoplights for Spencer Field

As Pace’s rapid growth parallels trends seen in Navarre just a few years ago, the Board of County Commissioners is looking into ways to keep pace with Pace. At Monday’s board meeting, the commissioners heard a variety of solutions with varying price tags as part of the Spencer Field Traffic Study by Genesis Engineering. Read […]

Sheriff’s office promotes Coffee with a Cop

Sheriff’s office promotes Coffee with a Cop

In an effort to connect with the community, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office will be hosting Coffee with a Cop throughout the county Oct. 3. For a few hours, starting at 7 a.m., members of the public will have uninterrupted access to law enforcement including District Lieutenants and administrative staff. “One day, and a few […]

Williamson hosts fourth listening tour

Williamson hosts fourth listening tour

District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson is hosting his fourth annual countywide listening tour this summer. Residents are encouraged to attend one of three remaining meetings, held at a variety of times and locations, to discuss issues that impact the county as a whole. The next meetings will be: Aug. 30 from 8 to 9 […]

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) handled several requests for park funding NYSA playground to get fresh rubber In Navarre, that meant funding to replace the problematic rubber surface for the playground at the NYSA. District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson questioned why the surface needed to be replaced so shortly after it was installed. […]

Navarre, Pace show business growth parallels

Navarre, Pace show business growth parallels

According to business license data in Santa Rosa County, Navarre is the second fastest growing area in the county when it comes to new business. More than 2,000 businesses received new licenses tied to Santa Rosa addresses between 2017 and June 2018. Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre Press. Click here […]

A developer’s dream

A developer’s dream

We were once Florida’s best kept secret, but the word got out that Navarre is paradise. And people loved it here and decided to move here. Now our developers can barely keep up with demand. That’s a great thing – right? No. In this week’s issue we take a look at Pace – the growth […]

Driver sentenced in fatal Pace crash

Driver sentenced in fatal Pace crash

The driver in a fatal 2017 auto accident in Pace was sentenced July 24 to 17 years in prison. Pensacola resident Seth William Rubert, 20, faced multiple charges for reckless driving and drugs possession in connection with the incident in which he allegedly ran a red light at 92 miles per hour. Pace resident William Stewart, 65, […]

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

When Garner Economics LLC presented a five-year blueprint for Santa Rosa County’s economic development, owner Jay Garner coined a simple phrase: “No product, no project.” County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree heeded that advice. Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per […]

Two children dead after Pace DUI crash

Two children dead after Pace DUI crash

Two children were killed in an alleged drunk driving accident in Pace May 6. Kailen Alan Kelly, 35, of Pace is facing felony charges in the deaths. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Kelly was driving southbound along Woodbine Road at approximately 5:35 p.m. The report said he was driving at a high rate […]

Raider battalion finishes first in Pace drill meet

Raider battalion finishes first in Pace drill meet

Navarre Raider Battalion first-year cadets competed at Pace High School March 17, in a drill meet designed  for all first-year cadets from high schools in the area. They competed in various events including unarmed basic drill, academics, personnel inspection, color guard and physical fitness. Read the full article in the April 12 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Agriculture makes millions in Santa Rosa

Agriculture makes millions in Santa Rosa

While data show that large drivers of Santa Rosa’s economy are the military bases and blooming tourism industry, there is another arm of the economy doing some heavy financial lifting, and it covers more than half of Santa Rosa County. Agriculture produced nearly $79 million in crops, timber and lumber in Santa Rosa County in […]

Pace children safe after kidnapping

Pace children safe after kidnapping

Two children were reunited with their mother last week after being kidnapped by their father from Pea Ridge Elementary School, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said. Officers arrested the children’s father, Emanuel Martinez Pose, 35, after he violated a domestic violence injunction that prohibited him from making any contact with the children. Read the […]

Burglary, battery of police dog result in 10-year sentence

Burglary, battery of police dog result in 10-year sentence

Following his conviction for battery of a police dog and other charges, a Pace man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Santa Rosa County Circuit Judge John Simon on Dec. 12 sentenced David Lecannon Smith, 36, to 10 years in state prison as a Habitual Felony Offender. Read the full article in the […]

The game of endorsements

The game of endorsements

The announcement was made Monday morning. The Navarre Area Board of Realtors endorses current District 4 commissioner on his re-election bid. Period. Why the hurry? Potential candidates don’t have to file until June. We have a year left until the general election. Wouldn’t your endorsement mean more if you waited and  considered more than one […]

Planners try to steer clear of overlaps

Planners try to steer clear of overlaps

Jay Garner didn’t know when he was awarded a $120,000 contract earlier this month for economic consulting with Santa Rosa that on the same day another company won a separate county contract to plan for the Navarre area’s future. But having learned about Niceville-based Matrix Design Group’s assignment, and its contract for up to $150,000 […]

UPDATE: Missing Pace man located by deputy

UPDATE: Missing Pace man located by deputy

UPDATE: The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has located Ronnie Joe Bishop. Bishop was spotted by a Santa Rosa deputy on routine patrol. He was transported to a local hospital to be checked out and appears to be OK, according to a press release. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Original story The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is seeking […]

Pace flood control elbows past Navarre

Pace flood control elbows past Navarre

County officials revealed this week that they have moved the start of five flood control projects in the Pace/Pea Ridge area ahead of stormwater containment in Navarre. The roughly $10 million in retention ponds, drainage and other infrastructure for which the county is seeking federal funds in the Pace/Pea Ridge area contrast sharply with those […]

Pride, doubts mix in vivid memories of Vietnam

Pride, doubts mix in vivid memories of Vietnam

It was the war he couldn’t wait to fight. Patrick McCrary wanted to be in Vietnam. “I dropped out of high school to join because I was afraid I was going to miss out on the war,” McCrary said. “I wanted to hurry up and get into the Marines.” But time shapes opinions. A new […]

County officials scramble for flood control answers

County officials scramble for flood control answers

From requiring developers to dig deeper stormwater retention ponds to imposing new fees on residents that would pay for better drainage, a task force of Santa Rosa residents, county officials and engineers is recommending measures to fight flooding. The strategies are detailed in a draft report from the group that is scheduled to be discussed […]

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