Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa in-step with governor’s order

Santa Rosa in-step with governor’s order

After a meeting Thursday morning with Santa Rosa County officials, Dan Schebler, county administrator said the county and its incorporated cities are following the guidance of the governor’s executive order.  The order issued by Gov. DeSantis yesterday states that all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to […]

All public schools closed until at least May 1

All public schools closed until at least May 1

School closures due to COVID-19 concerns are extended through May 1 according to school district officials. Students had been set to return to the classroom April 15, but Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick confirmed Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran extended the closure during a conference call Monday afternoon. Wyrosdick said he was disappointed by the news, but he […]

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

As of March 29, 2:00 p.m. Note: To provide our community with important public safety information, the Navarre Press is posting entire stories related to the coronavirus in front of our paywall and making our weekly issue free to read. Click HERE to read.  Please seriously consider supporting the hard work that our staff and our journalists […]

School superintendent asks parents to support distance learning

School superintendent asks parents to support distance learning

Public school students in Santa Rosa County are going online until  at least April 15 due to the ongoing pandemic. By next week, all teachers will have made contact with families across the district to prepare for this kind of instruction. In a letter to parents, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick asked for their support in making […]

Santa Rosa case details and counts by city

Santa Rosa case details and counts by city

These detailed numbers are as of March 24, 10:30 a.m. (last update by Florida Department of Health).  States with most cases (March 24) New York 20,875 New Jersey 2,844 California 2,240 Washington , 2,101 Florida 1,412 Local Cases (March 24) Santa Rosa: Navarre 3 Milton 1 Escambia: Pensacola 6 Okaloosa: Destin 5 Niceville 4 Crestview […]

Attn. builders: What you need to know about county services

Attn. builders: What you need to know about county services

Planning/Zoning The lobby is closed for all walk-in appointments. All pre-application meetings for Development Services will be conducted via conference call or postponed.   Site plans, permit applications and other documentation that cannot be submitted electronically (emailed or faxed) can be placed in one of the drop boxes located one of our two locations. The Milton […]

Santa Rosa County sees third confirmed COVID-19 case

Santa Rosa County sees third confirmed COVID-19 case

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COVID-19: Status as of March 19

COVID-19: Status as of March 19

Follow additional local information that affects you regarding COVID-19 at www.navarrepress.com.  Sign up for text notifications by clicking HERE! Note: To provide our community with important public safety information, the Navarre Press is posting entire stories related to the COVID-19 in front of our paywall and making our weekly issue free to read. Click HERE […]

County creates online small business resource for COVID-19

County creates online small business resource for COVID-19

As many restaurants and businesses adjust operations due to COVID-19 response and social distancing, the Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office (SRCEDO) has rolled out an online resource to help small business. The SRCEDO unveiled SantaRosaReady.com, a site that will provide businesses of all sizes access to information and resources to help minimize and offset […]

The front line of COVID-19

The front line of COVID-19

*This information is current as of press time, Tuesday, March 17 The number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Florida hit 173 with six deaths attributed to the disease. The county with the highest number of cases is Broward with 43, and Dade following closely with 32. Santa Rosa has had only one case […]

County tourism grapples with COVID-19

County tourism grapples with COVID-19

This information was current as of March 17. The COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid, ever changing situation. For the latest updates, please visit the NavarrePress.com homepage.  Thursday morning Tourist Development Director Julie White told the Board of County Commissioners the risk to Santa Rosa County tourism from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 would be less than […]

School closures create food uncertainty

School closures create food uncertainty

COVID-19 has closed down massive parts of the community, including area schools through at least March 27. While those closures could mean curbing the illness’s spread, for the county’s most financially vulnerable populations, the announcement could be troubling. For hundreds of students throughout south Santa Rosa County, school means free breakfasts and lunches. And it […]

First Baptist in Milton clears student meal debts

First Baptist in Milton clears student meal debts

In Santa Rosa County public schools, students owed nearly $16,000 in debt for school lunches and breakfasts. Thanks to First Baptist Church in Milton, that number was cut by a third. As part of celebrating its 175th anniversary, the church’s congregation raised $5,000 to donate toward the lunch debt in the district. Read the full […]

COVID-19: Status as of March 16

COVID-19: Status as of March 16

Editor’s note: This situation is fluid and the information is ever-changing. We will keep you updated throughout the day and evening as information changes. Santa Rosa County is canceling all publicly permitted events in county facilities with anticipated participation of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. In a news conference Monday, President […]

211 resource expanding Santa Rosa County support

211 resource expanding Santa Rosa County support

In most emergencies, citizens can dial 911 to be connected to the proper first responder for their need, but financial emergencies can be a bit more complicated. There are thousands of resources throughout this region for those facing financial challenges such as utility bill assistance, rental assistance, food pantries and more. And each one comes […]

Teacher raises delayed until May

Teacher raises delayed until May

Raises and retroactive pay for Santa Rosa County School District’s teachers have been delayed to as late as May 15 despite being approved nearly a month ago. The cause of the trouble? The district’s new payroll system. Read the full article in the Mar. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options.Click here to sign up […]

School board to buy $1.5 million Chumuckla property

School board to buy $1.5 million Chumuckla property

Santa Rosa County School Board moved forward Tuesday with purchase of 75 acres along Chumuckla Highway, continuing to meet the need for new school sites in the future. Read the full article in the Mar. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options.Click here to sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre Press for […]

Putting COVID-19 in perspective

Putting COVID-19 in perspective

Santa Rosa County had its first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 announced Thursday. By Friday evening that patient died according to the Florida Department of Health. The 71-year-old man had traveled internationally and had serious underlying medical conditions. In a news conference Friday morning, officials of Baptist Hospital in Pensacola announced they were caring for […]

Competing tourism projects must make the grade

Competing tourism projects must make the grade

Bed tax revenues are on the rise again in Santa Rosa County, but the citizen board tasked with oversight of spending those tourism dollars is keeping the purse strings tight. Read the full article in the Mar. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options.Click here to sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre […]

School district building multiple new schools

School district building multiple new schools

There are more than a few moving targets when it comes to building capacity for Santa Rosa County’s growing student population. DAG Architects representative Dave Luttrell is one of many working to build new schools to meet the need, likely five within the decade. He presented the capacity numbers of Santa Rosa’s current schools to […]

Five things to know: Land Development Code rewrite

Five things to know: Land Development Code rewrite

County Commissioners, builders, citizens and stakeholders got their first look last week at the complete rewrite of one Santa Rosa’s most important governing documents. The new Land Development Code is roughly 444 pages long, taking reference from Panama City’s codes and hundreds of citizen comments.   The rewrite was launched by Planning and Zoning Director […]

Old pier panels up for sale

Old pier panels up for sale

New panels have been placed along the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico last week as contractor RJ Gorman Marine Construction LLC continues to progress on a complete redecking of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Per the Panama City-based company’s $1.12 million contract with Santa Rosa County, they have less than 90 days to […]

Beware unlicensed contractors

Beware unlicensed contractors

Cash in on grants to switch over to solar power and receive a discount from the power company while going green. It sounds like a great deal, but for some Santa Rosa County residents it has turned into a costly mistake. Santa Rosa County Development Services Coordinator Jennifer Tilden explained this is the latest version […]

Navarre residents voice priorities but few citizens turn out for budget workshops

Navarre residents voice priorities but few citizens turn out for budget workshops

From dog parks to road flooding, residents of Navarre made their concerns and questions known to county officials Saturday morning during the final Your County-Your Priorities Workshop at the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center. County Administrator Dan Schebler said more than 30 people attended the Navarre workshop. While that is less than 0.075% of Navarre’s […]

Approvals given for The Boulevard

Approvals given for The Boulevard

The Boulevard, a massive retail and dining project planned for Navarre, has inched closer to reality after gaining support from the county zoning board for two variances Feb. 13. But the process revealed problems at the county level. Initially made public in February 2018, conceptual site plans for The Boulevard included a movie theater, retail shops […]

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