Santa Rosa County

Unopposed county candidates

Unopposed county candidates

The deadline to file for county political office in the upcoming election has passed, and several offices set for the August and November are uncontested. Here they are: Clerk of Court- Don Spencer (incumbent) County Court Judge, Group 2- Tony Giraud (incumbent) Property Appraiser- Gregory Stephen Brown, II (his father, the incumbent, withdrew from the […]

Athletic plan to be presented to school board this week

Athletic plan to be presented to school board this week

Santa Rosa County Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick is presenting a plan for high school athletics to the school board Thursday morning. The plan involves the start up of summer workouts for high school teams. If approved, those workouts are expected to begin later this month. And June 15 is looking like the date that begins. Earlier […]

Plan submitted to resume vacation rentals

Plan submitted to resume vacation rentals

Santa Rosa County Administrator, Dan Schebler, submitted a plan to the State of Florida to reopen short term vacation rentals late Friday afternoon. The plan stated that if accepted, Santa Rosa vacation/short term rental units will begin taking reservations and accepting check-ins next week, beginning on Monday, May 18.  According to the plan, reservations can […]

UPDATE: Swamp fire still burning across Garcon Point peninsula

UPDATE: Swamp fire still burning across Garcon Point peninsula

Many residents have been able to return to their homes, but the Five Mile Swamp Fire is still burning, closing the area east of Garcon Point Road according to county Emergency Management.  Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters worked through the night to monitor, improve, and widen containment lines around the perimeter of the Five Mile […]

Navarre Beach open for regular hours

Navarre Beach open for regular hours

Navarre Beach will re-open fully May 6 from COVID-19 closures. County Commissioners voted Tuesday, May 5, to rescind the limited hours order during a specially called meeting in Milton. Navarre Beach officially re-opened to public for limited hours May 1.  County officials expressed support for the decision. Sheriff Bob Johnson’s deputies were responsible for regulating the […]

Commissioners to discuss emergency order, further beach opening

Commissioners to discuss emergency order, further beach opening

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’s announcements regarding phase I of re-opening Florida, the Santa Rosa County Commission will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday at 9 a.m. During the meeting, the board will discuss the current local declared state of emergency due to COVID-19. The board previously voted to extend the state of emergency despite multiple citizen […]

New COVID-19 testing locations open for Santa Rosa

New COVID-19 testing locations open for Santa Rosa

UPDATE, 4/30 at 4 p.m.: Drive up COVID-19 testing is coming to Navarre and Tiger Point next week county officials confirmed April 30.  Navarre High School will host testing on behalf of the county from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 7. Tiger Point Community Center will hold testing 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May […]

Drive-thru testing added in Santa Rosa County

Drive-thru testing added in Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa County announced yesterday drive-thru COVID testing sites are being set up throughout the county with no pre-screening required. The following sites are scheduled with more coming soon: April 30: 9 a.m. – noon Bagdad Mill Site Park, 6953 Main Street in Bagdad May 1: 9 a.m. – Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom Street […]

Traffanstead conviction vacated until retrial

Traffanstead conviction vacated until retrial

Christopher Jason Traffanstead, 43, of Gulf Breeze, has been released from prison after his 2018 conviction was vacated during an appeal just days ago. Traffanstead was found guilty in January 2018 by a jury on two counts of engaging in an act which constitutes sexual battery upon a child aged 12 to 18 by a […]

Two dead in murder/suicide in Milton

Two dead in murder/suicide in Milton

The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is investigating what appears to be a murder/suicide which happened around 1 a.m. Saturday. A statement from the sheriff’s public information officer, Rich Aloy, said deputies responded to a 911 call at the 6000 block of Dingo Drive in Milton in reference to a verbal argument between a male and […]

Wastewater deal secured, Gulf Breeze gets reclaimed water

Wastewater deal secured, Gulf Breeze gets reclaimed water

All parties appear pleased with a regional agreement to direct handling of wastewater in south Santa Rosa County after Gulf Breeze’s city council unanimously approved the agreement April 6. For Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS), the agreement means needed disposal capacity, allowing the system to send effluent to a Rapid Infiltration Basin System on leased […]

United Way assists Santa Rosa, Escambia families impacted by COVID-19

United Way assists Santa Rosa, Escambia families impacted by COVID-19

Help is on the way to families impacted by COVID-19 as the United Way of West Florida (UWWF) has distributed nearly $250,000 in funding to local organizations, including some in Navarre.  This is the first phase of COVID-19 Response Funding to nonprofit agencies totals $246,266 and provides direct support to impacted individuals and families in […]

Partial Navarre Beach reopening being considered

Partial Navarre Beach reopening being considered

County Commissioners will be discussing reopening Navarre Beach to locals during their regular meeting April 23.  The beach was shut down amid concerns that large visitation could lead to spread of COVID-19.  Commissioner Sam Parker officially requested an item be added to the agenda today. He said the idea would be to encourage locals to […]

Santa Rosa ready for hurricanes despite current disaster

Santa Rosa ready for hurricanes despite current disaster

In the past, Santa Rosa County’s Emergency Operation Center activated in response to tropical weather events threatening Florida’s coast. Lately, the center’s focus has been on a different threat: a global pandemic. But the 2020 hurricane season is just around the corner, and forecasters are estimating this will be an above average storm season. Hurricane […]

Farming industry in Santa Rosa safe from pandemic impact

Farming industry in Santa Rosa safe from pandemic impact

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on agriculture in Florida, forcing many farmers to scrap crops due to the shutdown of the hospitality industry, Santa Rosa County isn’t feeling it.Cotton and peanuts are the primary crops in Northwest Florida and aren’t perishable the same way fruits and vegetables would be.“There are no agronomic […]

First responders protecting against COVID-19

First responders protecting against COVID-19

Two Santa Rosa County EMS first responders self-quarantined last week due to potential exposure to COVID-19. Lifeguard Ambulance Director of Operations Dwayne Tullos confirmed the two employees are in quarantine but have not tested positive for the novel coronavirus at this time. Details about the individuals were not shared. First responders on the front lines […]

Santa Rosa libraries ending holds pick up April 17

Santa Rosa libraries ending holds pick up April 17

Updated April 8 at 4 p.m. with information regarding temporary eCards for libraries. Patrons could still check out books at Santa Rosa County libraries despite facilities being closed due to COVID-19, but that program is coming to an end.  As of 4 p.m., April 17, the holds pick up service will be discontinued. The last […]

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

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 to read. Please seriously consider supporting the hard work that our staff and our journalists are providing by subscribing to your […]

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