Santa Rosa County

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter at (850) 983-4680.   Woof! My name is Buddy. I’m a 2-year-old brown brindle retriever mix. This boy is neutered and weighs 73 pounds. I have been hanging out at the shelter since April 10, but I really hope to […]

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 […]

Holley Navarre Water sets sights on future

Holley Navarre Water sets sights on future

After calls for expanded fire hydrant availability last month, the Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors decided to create long-term goals. In a special meeting May 7, the board and lead staff focused on the system’s future.   Read the full article in the May 16 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Santa Rosa Animal Services launches barn cat program

Santa Rosa Animal Services launches barn cat program

Santa Rosa County Animal Services is launching a barn cat program to place hard-to-adopt animals in a safe and comfortable habitat. A barn cat program places fully vetted healthy cats into safe, independent living spaces such as a barns, warehouses or factories – at no cost to county residents – to help fill important jobs as a pest and rodent […]

Chambers set to “stuff the bus” for local students

Chambers set to “stuff the bus” for local students

Since United Way of Santa Rosa County has been dissolved, many community organizations are picking up the slack for the needs United Way filled. One such project is providing school supplies for children at or below the poverty line, including the district’s hundreds of homeless students.   Read the full article in the May 16 […]

What is the threshold?

What is the threshold?

A Milton mother of five has been charged with felony child neglect – five counts. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office investigated and entered the home to find the children living in squalor. What they found was disgusting. Children living in a roach-infested house. No furniture except a dining room table. A room with three mattresses on […]

How Thompson looted United Way

How Thompson looted United Way

Hubris and a lack of financial oversight are at the center of how junior college dropout Guy Thompson fooled dozens of high-profile community leaders in stealing $652,000 over seven years from the United Way of Santa Rosa County. Thompson, who pleaded guilty to federal charges of embezzlement and tax evasion last week, conducted “hundreds of […]

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter at (850) 983-4680.   Purr, this pretty lady goes by the name Camelia. I’m a fur-bulous 2-year-old spayed calico, weighing 8.2 pounds. The staff at the shelter have been so kind since I came here March 23, but I hope […]

May is Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners honored servicemen and servicewomen Monday with a declaration of May as National Military Appreciation Month alongside representatives from NAS Whiting Field. Take a moment this month to thank those who serve. In Navarre, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Military Appreciation Picnic Saturday at Navarre […]

Parents have tools for children’s success

Parents have tools for children’s success

The human brain experiences its greatest period of development during the first five years of life, according to child development experts. By capitalizing on this spongy state, parents and teachers can help children to succeed well into adulthood, scientists have found. Read the full article in the May 9 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ […]

May the fur be with you! Adopt-a-thon

May the fur be with you! Adopt-a-thon

Furry friends are looking for fur-ever homes in a galaxy not so far away. May the fur be with you! Join Santa Rosa County Animal Services, 4451 Pine Forest Road in Milton, for a Star Wars themed adopt-a-thon, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dress in your best space-themed costume and find your new […]

National Foster Care Month highlights community need

National Foster Care Month highlights community need

May is National Foster Care Month, and the local need is great for children facing abuse, neglect or abandonment. While now is a time to celebrate the volunteers already serving, FamiliesFirst Network (FFN) is also actively recruiting 160 additional foster parents to fill a need within the community.   Read the full article in the […]

Navarre Park: Living shoreline vs. seawall

Navarre Park: Living shoreline vs. seawall

Once upon a time, seawalls were the law of the land when it came to erosion protection, but scientists studying the impact on shorelines across the country have come to a different conclusion. Seawalls are a high expense for typically lower return on investment than more natural approaches known as living shorelines. Read the full […]

Feather flags are safe for now

Feather flags are safe for now

Feather flags in Santa Rosa County may be legal, at least for the time being. After a County Code enforcement crackdown resulted in more than 100 warnings and 20 citations in three weeks, the Board of County Commissioners was seeking leniency in enforcement of sign ordinances Monday during its regular meeting.   Read the full […]

Spring Jam raises over $30,000 for Kids’ House

Spring Jam raises over $30,000 for Kids’ House

Cat Country 98.7 announced April 25 that Spring Jam 2019 raised more than double the dollars for Santa Rosa Kids’ House than the event raised last year. The concert pulled in $30,710 to support the Kids’ House advocacy centers for children who have suffered abuse.   Read the full article in the May 2 issue […]

Lawmakers OK property insurance overhaul

Lawmakers OK property insurance overhaul

After several years and several iterations, legislation to curb rising property insurance costs and stop the alleged abuse of the Assignment of Benefits (AOB) system passed both chambers of the Florida Legislature April 24. Sponsored by state Sen. Doug Broxson, whose district includes Santa Rosa County, the legislation puts new regulations on AOB litigation, which […]

Prom Promise reminds students they matter

Prom Promise reminds students they matter

A night meant for young celebration can turn to a nightmare in an instant. Juniors and seniors of Navarre High School received a reminder Tuesday to make good decisions as part of Prom Promise. This joint effort of first responders and the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club showcased just what can happen when […]

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 […]

School Board unanimously supports impact fees

School Board unanimously supports impact fees

Citizens advocating for impact fees got a boost April 25 as the Santa Rosa County School Board unanimously voted in support of charging $5,000 on all newly built single-family homes. The vote came after a study into the feasibility of the fees showed that the district could reasonably charge up to $9,474 on each new […]

Recycling services halted; county working new contract

Recycling services halted; county working new contract

Recycling for Santa Rosa County has come to a temporary stop because of a cancellation of services by Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, the county’s hauler for recyclables. While the county’s waste collection franchises, Waste Pro in south county and ECUA in the north end, will still collect recyclables, they will be taken to Central Landfill […]

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Movers and shakers of Northwest Florida convened in Miramar Beach April 17-18 with the intent of growing economic success in the region during the 22nd Gulf Power Economic Symposium, held at Baytowne Conference Center at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. This year’s theme was Our Time. Our Place. Our Now! Read the full article in the […]

Body cams aren’t yet on sheriff’s screen

Body cams aren’t yet on sheriff’s screen

Most of Florida’s local law enforcement agencies aren’t equipping their patrol officers with body cameras and Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson is among them. Thus the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is part of a shrinking majority. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]

Economist sees opportunity amid market omens

Economist sees opportunity amid market omens

One statement encompassed perfectly the economic concerns facing the globe put fourth by economist Vikram Mansharamani to a room full of economic leaders April 17 at the Gulf Power Economic Symposium. “These fish concern me,” he said. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options […]

‘COPS’ to air episode featuring Santa Rosa deputies this weekend

‘COPS’ to air episode featuring Santa Rosa deputies this weekend

‘Bad boys’ be wary when the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office comes for you. The popular television show “COPS” will be featuring Santa Rosa County deputies in an episode airing this weekend. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to […]

School District weighs impact fees

School District weighs impact fees

Santa Rosa School District is considering implementation of a roughly $5,000 impact fee for all new single-family homes. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said they put out for a study on the subject to explore funding for continued capacity expansion as schools bump up against their capacity ceilings. Read the full article in the April 25 issue […]

County code crackdown targets ‘feather flags’

County code crackdown targets ‘feather flags’

County Code Enforcement is cracking down on “feather flags,” especially in Navarre. These tall, narrow banners typically bear commercial messages. They are popular along U.S. Highway 98 and Highway 87. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

Commissioners reject purchase of landfill over water supply

Commissioners reject purchase of landfill over water supply

The land above the aquifer that provides water to all of south Santa Rosa County could become the home of a construction debris landfill after the County Commission indicated Monday it would reject the owners’ offer to sell the property for $12 million. Blue Water Holdings SRC Inc. owns the property itself. Read the full […]

Recycling service to be interrupted

Recycling service to be interrupted

Effective April 30, ECUA will terminate their contract with Santa Rosa County for the transportation and processing of recyclables. The county is working with ECUA on a new contract for processing and seeking to replace the transportation services within the next few weeks. Recyclable material degrades if not sorted and stored properly, therefore recycling will […]

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