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Cellular Nerd temp location receives county OK

Cellular Nerd temp location receives county OK

Driving down U.S. Highway 98 in the Heart of Navarre a new popular site has begun to spring up: mobile businesses. Though a few have come and gone through the area, donut shops, hot dogs, phone repair and more have been becoming a regular sight.   Read the full article in the May 16 issue […]

Santa Rosa to get county flag

Santa Rosa to get county flag

Members of Leadership Santa Rosa class 33 have proposed creating an official county flag as their community project. Magen Norwood of Santa Rosa Medical Center spoke on behalf of the class. “An idea that has been circulating through our class has been to create a county flag. We would like your input on it,” she […]

BREAKING: Sales tax increase has Commission support

BREAKING: Sales tax increase has Commission support

Voters may go to the polls on a request for another half cent sales tax as early as August as County Commissioners unanimously supported the idea Thursday during a Budget Workshop. Commission Chairman Sam Parker brought forward the suggestion of a special ballot initiative for the new tax. “I have really searched about how we […]

Highway 98: What would at-grade look like?

Highway 98: What would at-grade look like?

A proposed flyover along U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre has been met with opposition from business owners, residents and even the Santa Rosa County Commission. These entities have called for an at-grade solution to the roadway’s mounting traffic difficulties, but how much of a difference in impact would that amount to? Read the full article […]

Marvelous Light Foundation 5K Fun Run/Walk set for March

Marvelous Light Foundation 5K Fun Run/Walk set for March

Cheryl Deas landed in Jacksonville at 1:30 a.m. Eastern Time last Tuesday after a late-night flight from Washington D.C. She was originally scheduled to land at 10 p.m. last Monday. Delays changed that plan. That left her only an hour to sleep before getting into her car and driving to Milton for the Santa Rosa […]

Courthouse contractor picked, construction to begin

Courthouse contractor picked, construction to begin

After more than 20 years of debate, construction of a new Santa Rosa County courthouse will begin this year according to county officials. The Santa Rosa County Commission took a huge step in that direction Tuesday, selecting the firm that will design and build a new judicial center complex along Avalon Boulevard in Milton. Read […]

Area housing market on steady growth pace

Area housing market on steady growth pace

The Navarre real estate market isn’t booming quite like sometimes in the past, but it’s on a solid growth trajectory that doesn’t appear to hold a bust in store either. In other words, it may be just right. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Tiger Point residents to fight golf club selloff

Tiger Point residents to fight golf club selloff

Fearing traffic jams and drainage woes, some neighbors of Tiger Point Golf Club plan to take their case against the proposed sale of two parcels on the property by its owner, the City of Gulf Breeze, to Santa Rosa County officials. “We get it, the city owes a lot of money on the golf course […]

South Santa Rosa opens first special needs day center

South Santa Rosa opens first special needs day center

Arc of South Santa Rosa officially opened its doors to dozens of special needs adults seeking services in Navarre and Gulf Breeze with a ribbon cutting ceremony May 2. The event last week came seven months after Arc Gateway announced the decision to open south Santa Rosa County’s first day center for adults with intellectual […]

Kiln Walk center receives first funding push

Kiln Walk center receives first funding push

  After more than a decade of work and grant applications, the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk in Holley has finally received funds to take the first steps toward making its learning and arts center a reality. But the money is only a drop in the bucket of what the organization will need to break ground. […]

Fire department considers breaking with county

Fire department considers breaking with county

Amid frustrations over taxation, the Navarre Beach Fire Department is considering moving out from under the county’s supervision altogether. Tensions between the Santa Rosa County Commission and the fire department’s board of directors, along with Chief Danny Fureigh, began Feb. 8 after the commission largely blocked a request to increase the municipal service benefit unit […]

Good news for exceptional adults in south county

Good news for exceptional adults in south county

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Gulf Breeze and Navarre could have a day facility as early as January after The Arc Gateway approved funding in its 2018 budget to open and operate such a program. The Arc Gateway CEO Missy Rogers confirmed the plans. “With great excitement, I can confirm that The Arc […]

Financial oversight of pier in question

Financial oversight of pier in question

The estranged partners who manage Navarre Beach Pier agree on little these days, except that the other has stolen money from Coastal Concessions LLC’s Lagerheads restaurant. Read the full article in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

County weighs highway improvements, dedication

County weighs highway improvements, dedication

County Commissioners will consider renaming a portion of Highway 90 in honor of now-retired Sheriff Wendell Hall next week. Hall served as sheriff for 16 years, the longest term of any sheriff in the county. The portion of highway being considered is in the area near Woodbine Road in Pace. The county will also be […]

Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Awards and Installation Banquet

Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Awards and Installation Banquet

Cowboy hats and boots, checkered table cloths, saddles and all things Wild West adorned Hurlburt Soundside for a crowd of nearly 150 chamber members and guests. The celebration was held for The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Annual Awards and Installation Banquet Friday evening. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue […]

Gulf Breeze City Hall shifts gears

Gulf Breeze City Hall shifts gears

Gulf Breeze leadership will soon take on a new look when longtime City Manager Edwin “Buz” Eddy steps aside into a part-time advisory role and a successor is named to lead the 6,000-resident municipality. Saying it’s time to “turn the page,” Eddy last week followed through with the retirement he has recently hinted at. Read […]

Topaz Beach subdivision clears hurdle with county

Topaz Beach subdivision clears hurdle with county

Development of a gated 66 home subdivision known as Topaz Beach on White Sands Boulevard on Navarre Beach cleared a final hurdle Thursday night in the form of an appeal brought before the County Commission. Commissioners approved without objection the appeal of two variances previously denied by the zoning board that would reduce setbacks of […]

The conspicuous councilman bows out

The conspicuous councilman bows out

Joe Henderson has marched to his own drum as a City of Gulf Breeze council member for the past six years, and he never seemed to mind if he fell a bit out of step. Sometimes referred by his critics–and affectionately by his fans– as “Councilman No,” Henderson could usually be counted on to ask […]

Jubilee land claims could cost county

Jubilee land claims could cost county

If Santa Rosa officials accept the 2,718-acre parcel in Pace known as Jubilee as a donation, the county could be dragged into pending litigation over its ownership. That’s because a conflicting claim filed in Santa Rosa County Circuit Court last month clouds the rights of developers who want to trade the property for tax breaks. […]

Proposed beach subdivision downsized

Proposed beach subdivision downsized

In the face of concerns from some Navarre Beach residents, developer Steve Hering has reduced the size of his proposed new subdivision there to about 60 houses from the 70 he originally planned. “I know that people were worried about the increased traffic. This should help,” said April Sarver, a manager at Hering’s Remax Real […]

County eyes unpaid lease fees

County eyes unpaid lease fees

Navarre Beach residents have long complained about being required to pay both Santa Rosa County ad valorem taxes along with their property lease fees. But some haven’t paid the latter for years. In fact, although the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association is lobbying to use lease fees to pay their share of the recent […]

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 […]

SpringHill Suites opening delayed

SpringHill Suites opening delayed

Completion of the $30 million SpringHill Suites on Navarre Beach has been delayed until sometime in the first quarter, perhaps as late as March, because of occasional rain and high winds that have slowed construction. Read the full article in the April 7 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe online.

Tiger Point Golf Club profitable

Tiger Point Golf Club profitable

After years of hemorrhaging red ink, Tiger Point Golf Club has become profitable under the operation of an Orlando-based management company, Integrity Golf, which leased the facility from the City of Gulf Breeze in October. Read the full article in the Feb. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as […]

Economic development giveaways drop

Economic development giveaways drop

Freebies are falling out of fashion as a means to lure new employers to Santa Rosa County. The recent slowdown by county officials in bestowing money or other incentives, such as discounting the sale of government-owned property to prospective new employers, is in step with the current advice of some economists. Job-recruiting sweeteners approved by […]

No roll back for property taxes

No roll back for property taxes

Santa Rosa County is planning on a bigger budget for fiscal year 2015 – the second year in a row for an increase after years of declining revenue. The total budget is expected to top $103.7 million. Although that amount includes more than a $2.2 million increase in proposed property taxes, commissioners are not expected to reduce property taxes. For the past seven years commissioners have held the […]