Santa Rosa County

County seeks citizen input on budget

County seeks citizen input on budget

Under the theme “Your county – your priorities,” Santa Rosa County will host a series of workshops across the county seeking feedback on budget priorities. The five workshops will be held in each of the five commissioner districts. County Administrator Dan Schebler said the tour through the county is specifically aimed at meeting the citizens […]

Weak bed tax totals expected to continue

Weak bed tax totals expected to continue

Santa Rosa’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) will likely be tightening the purse strings in 2020 after two months of lackluster bed tax collections, directly on the heels of a record-setting year. Bed taxes are the additional fees collected on temporary accommodations in the county, earmarked for tourism promotion and projects by state statute. Read the […]

Zoning Board OKs Firestone, Splash RV Resort

Zoning Board OKs Firestone, Splash RV Resort

Planned construction of a tire store in Navarre cleared another hurdle Jan. 9 as the Zoning Board unanimously recommended approving the use. The planned Firestone location is part of a larger 19-acre Aldi grocery store and commercial complex planned near the corner of Ortega Street and U.S. Highway 98. Also included in conceptual site plans […]

County takes $35 million loan for new courthouse

County takes $35 million loan for new courthouse

Santa Rosa County is set to take on a $35 million loan for construction of a new courthouse on Avalon Boulevard, with an expected interest payment of $13 million over 20 years. Commissioners voted Jan. 9 to pursue Synovus Bank’s offer as the best option of the six tax-exempt, fixed rate, non-bank qualified loan offers […]

Leonardo to open support center at Whiting Aviation Park

Leonardo to open support center at Whiting Aviation Park

Leonardo, through AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp., will soon build a comprehensive support center at the Whiting Aviation Park in Santa Rosa County after being awarded a contract to replace the navy’s fleet of aging training helicopters at NAS Whiting Field. “We are excited in Santa Rosa County that Leonardo was awarded the new contract acknowledging their […]

Milton car chase ends in arrest

Milton car chase ends in arrest

A standoff with Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies ended without gunfire Dec. 24 on Highway 87 in Milton after a man fled police in a stolen vehicle. According to the arrest report, deputies on routine patrol in Milton spotted a black truck that had been reported as stolen in Escambia County. The vehicle’s hazard lights […]

Homeowners battle repeat flooding from drainage system

Homeowners battle repeat flooding from drainage system

The front porch of the home at the corner of Avenida De Sol and Mercado Street in Navarre is a bit different from the neighbors. There’s no furniture or decorations. Sandbags are piled to one side, and walls around the door frame have been modified with a system to allow plastic barriers to be snapped […]

Education signs installed in Navarre Beach Marine Park

Education signs installed in Navarre Beach Marine Park

Santa Rosa County has placed new educational signage at the Navarre Beach Marine Park Gulf Side Sea Oat Circle pavilion complex depicting the gulf side snorkel reef’s location, local marine wildlife and habitat resources. In addition, a free-to-use binocular viewer has been added to the bird observation overlook, with educational signage on local nesting shorebirds. […]

Volunteers needed for census of homeless

Volunteers needed for census of homeless

As the country prepares for the 2020 census, local volunteers are gearing up for a different kind of count next year. Throughout Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, they will take to the streets Jan. 22, surveys in hand, trying to capture a snapshot of homelessness in a single night. Read the full article in the […]

Panhandle Butterfly House moving to Milton

Panhandle Butterfly House moving to Milton

A staple of Navarre Park for more than two decades, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) has cleared a major hurdle in relocating to a historic home in Milton. PBH representative Jenny Weber updated County Commissioners on the project’s future Dec. 12. “Milton is going to be a great location because it’s in the heart of […]

Local students win Christmas card contest

Local students win Christmas card contest

After thoughtful review of many fine submissions, judges selected winners of Santa Rosa County’s first Christmas card coloring contest. The winners were announced publicly Dec. 9 at the County Commissioners meeting. The theme for this year’s entries was “Christmas in my community.” The contest was open for third through fifth graders throughout the county.  Each winning artist was given […]

Getting Ahead Workshop comes to Navarre

Getting Ahead Workshop comes to Navarre

For years, Bridges Out of Poverty has been assisting struggling families in Santa Rosa County find their way to sustainability. In January, the nonprofit resource center will be bringing one of their most successful programs to Navarre. The Getting Ahead Workshop is a 17-week program to help those with financial instability build skills, supports and […]

Recycling set to restart Jan. 1

Recycling set to restart Jan. 1

The return of recycling in Santa Rosa County finally has an official date on the books. County Commissioners moved forward this week with approving a final agreement with a third-party hauler to get gathered recyclables from the Central Landfill to Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s (ECUA) processing plant. While recyclables have continuously been picked up, they […]

Santa Rosa declared Second Amendment sanctuary

Santa Rosa declared Second Amendment sanctuary

Amid recent lawmaker calls for stricter gun control laws, the Santa Rosa County Commission unanimously supported declaring the county a Second Amendment sanctuary Dec. 12 during its regular meeting. The vote came less than a week after a gunman killed three unarmed airmen at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The victims were not carrying weapons due […]

A HOPE clinic approved; gas station denied

A HOPE clinic approved; gas station denied

Volunteers of animal advocacy group A HOPE celebrated a victory Dec. 12 after county commissioners gave them the thumbs-up to open a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. The nonprofit was seeking a conditional use to allow it to build a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Milton on a 25-acre parcel off Pine Blossom Road.

Be a Santa to a Senior brings holidays to seniors in need

Be a Santa to a Senior brings holidays to seniors in need

The holiday season is also the season of giving and a time to share smiles. As locals gather to drink hot cocoa and sing carols with family and friends, Home Instead Senior Care reminds the community it is important to remember there are local seniors who would love to celebrate, too. However, many seniors live […]

Wildlife Refuge open to the public

Wildlife Refuge open to the public

It’s been years in the making, but for the first time ever Saturday, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge was able to welcome visitors to its brand-new facilities in Holley.  Crowds of people turned out to make donations to the nonprofit and to explore the learning center and outdoor spaces during the official grand opening ceremony on […]

School district pushes forward with impact fees

School district pushes forward with impact fees

School Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick rejected requests to slow down and wait on impact fees during a lengthy Board of County Commissioners meeting Monday. The school district, which has been pursuing impact fees for more than a year, is nearing implementation of a fee of roughly $5,000 for each newly constructed home. The school board will […]

Ramp-building program vital to elders in need

Ramp-building program vital to elders in need

For more than a decade now the Council on Aging of West Florida has been involved in building wheelchair ramps for vulnerable elders in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The program has helped create renewed independence for those who would otherwise be homebound. “We’ve been consistently building ramps since 2006, and we have completed about […]

How’s your economy?

How’s your economy?

There’s no shortage of metrics out there designed to measure the health of the overall economy, but those numbers do not always represent the economy of the everyday citizen. The nation’s gross domestic product rate rarely adequately reflects the spectrum of unique experiences that individual people are seeing.

Low-cost spay/neuter clinic seeking county support

Low-cost spay/neuter clinic seeking county support

Efforts continue to bring a low-cost spay and neuter clinic to Santa Rosa County, which recently held one of the highest euthanasia rates for cats and dogs in the state. Since nonprofit A HOPE, and founder Brandi Winkleman, launched their efforts in 2016, euthanasia rates have plummeted, and the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter underwent […]

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