Santa Rosa County

Hands-on history featured at Arcadia

Hands-on history featured at Arcadia

Residents of Santa Rosa County were transported to the antebellum era and beyond Saturday as the Arcadia historic site opened the Simpson House interpretive center to the public. The Simpson family donated the properties to the University of West Florida in 2011 and 2016. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre […]

Lifeguards ready for new season

Lifeguards ready for new season

Navarre Beach’s new crop of lifeguards have already been presented with a challenge from their new supervisor: no drownings. Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Chief Danny Fureigh threw down the challenge for their first season but promised to support the guards to achieve it. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Fight at Navarre party leads to battery arrest

Fight at Navarre party leads to battery arrest

A Navarre man is facing felony battery charges for allegedly choking and beating a man during a party on Calle De Castelar. Cody Bijarro, 22, was arrested March 3. The victim was at a party at Bijarro’s house when a verbal confrontation occurred, according to the arrest report. Read the full article in the March […]

Child hospitalized in Milton abuse case

Child hospitalized in Milton abuse case

Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies arrested Milton resident Benjamin Donahue, 29, March 1 after a 9-year-old was hospitalized after being beaten with a bamboo stick. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, deputies were called to the Creative Learning Academy in Pensacola after school staff observed bruises on the child. Read the full […]

Water system working on effluent deadline

Water system working on effluent deadline

Holley Navarre Water System will hit the critical limit for effluent disposal on Nov. 25, 2025. That’s according to estimates by water system senior engineer Phil Phillips. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to […]

Bed taxes show robust growth trend

Bed taxes show robust growth trend

In a fiscal year of high numbers for bed-tax collections, January saw a 41 percent increase in these fees paid by overnight visitors to Santa Rosa County. Bed-tax revenues for January, the most recent month available, were $133,265. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

County commissioners plan to ask voters to raise the local option sales tax (LOST) in an August special election. This would extend and expand an existing half-cent LOST approved by voters in 2016. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up […]

County to clean up abandoned truck stop

County to clean up abandoned truck stop

An abatement that could lead to bids for the cleanup and removal of trash, junk and debris at an abandoned truck stop at 9234 Highway 87 near Milton was moved to the consent agenda for the Santa Rosa County Commission meeting this Thursday. The truck stop , which is close to the Highway 87 exit […]

A HOPE offers $5 spay/neuter for cats ahead of kitten season

A HOPE offers $5 spay/neuter for cats ahead of kitten season

Kitten season is coming. For animal welfare groups, that fact can seem daunting. As spring arrives, the warmer weather usually marks an uptick in kitten intake lasting into October at shelters throughout the country, including Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Arcadia Homestead opening to the public

Arcadia Homestead opening to the public

After years of study and restoration, a piece of Santa Rosa County history spanning nearly two centuries will be opened to the public Saturday during “Historic Arcadia Heritage Day.” The Arcadia Homestead will be holding a grand opening for the Simpson House interpretive center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., adding its story to the […]

Officer draws gun during traffic stop

Officer draws gun during traffic stop

A man arrested in Gulf Breeze on March 1 faces charges of drug possession and driving with an expired license. Douglas Leon Craig, 64, of Fort Walton Beach, was stopped by Gulf Breeze police while traveling west on Hwy 98 on the morning of March 1. Read the full article in the March 7 issue […]

The Brew Scientist

The Brew Scientist

An unlikely series of events brought Rachel Breite to Navarre where she found her dream job in a unique role as the head brewer at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery, (YOBB) Holley-Navarre’s first brewery. Breite, originally from Festus, Missouri, received her degree in Marine Biology from the University of Charleston. Read the full article in the […]

Local singer makes ‘American Idol’ debut

Local singer makes ‘American Idol’ debut

Santa Rosa County native Chloe Channell, 17, has been entertaining mass audiences with her musical skills for most of her life, but her talents went national last week as she debuted on the hit singing competition show “American Idol.” The young musician had been angling for a coveted spot on the series. Read the full […]

Real estate paralegal: Fee simple poses no risk of private beaches

Real estate paralegal: Fee simple poses no risk of private beaches

When Pamela Wingate comes to talk fee simple title for Navarre Beach, she brings mounds of documents with her. The real estate paralegal has been researching the issue for years, and the information she has gathered is more than enough to fill several tables. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre […]

Citizens calling for end to Santa Rosa Sound effluent discharge

Citizens calling for end to Santa Rosa Sound effluent discharge

Citizens are calling for an end to permitted discharge of Navarre Beach’s treated wastewater into Santa Rosa Sound within the next five years, and they have successfully petitioned the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to hold a public meeting on the matter later this month. The March 26 meeting is part of Santa Rosa […]

Duplex rezoning request denied

Duplex rezoning request denied

County commissioners grappled with housing needs and zoning realities Feb. 28, ultimately siding with neighbors who opposed a rezoning request. Brett Ramsey of Ramsey & Walker LLC had asked the commissioners to rezone a lot near Panhandle Trail to allow construction of duplexes. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Students strive to solve bear problem in Navarre

Students strive to solve bear problem in Navarre

As students at West Navarre Primary look at an online map in Marsha Harp’s classroom, three bear sightings pop up thanks to the magic of Geographic Information System software. The students are amazed. It brings The Bear Project they are working on to life in one more way. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Economic development alliance growing

Economic development alliance growing

Santa Rosa’s Economic Development Office (EDO) has expanded its reach and services thanks to partnerships with two arms of the University of West Florida, bringing new professionals into the mix. The newest of these partnerships is a joint agreement with the University of West Florida’s Office of Economic Development and Engagement as part of the […]

Grassroots movement calls for impact fee revival

Grassroots movement calls for impact fee revival

As growth continues to strain infrastructure across Santa Rosa County, residents of Pace are echoing cries by south county residents to make developers shoulder more of the burden. More than 50 residents along Woodbine Road in Pace gathered Feb. 21 for the first meeting of Santa Rosa Voters Against Overcrowded Roads and Schools (Voters Against). […]

When the Home Builders speak, the county should listen

When the Home Builders speak, the county should listen

    The Home Builders Association turned out in numbers to Monday’s County Commission meeting wearing their red HBA shirts. The Home Builders Association of West Florida is a membership driven networking and advocacy group focused on the needs of the building and development industry and related business in Escambia and Santa Rosa County. The […]

Funding for courthouse, sheriff cause budget uncertainty

Funding for courthouse, sheriff cause budget uncertainty

Despite budget votes being more than 7 months away, Santa Rosa county commissioners are already wrangling with two major funding decisions in the wake of Thursday’s early Budget Workshop. One major point of concern is how to fund the $45 million price tag on a new courthouse and judicial complex. Read the full article in […]

Home Builders Association defends growth to Commissioners

Home Builders Association defends growth to Commissioners

More than 100 members of the Home Builders Association of West Florida, mostly clad in red shirts, packed into the County Commissioners board room Monday. The parking lot of the building was full of vehicles from building contractors. The gathered builders, electricians, engineers, construction workers and small business owners called for commissioners to refuse attempts […]

Community outpouring continues for sick deputy

Community outpouring continues for sick deputy

As Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Deputy Nic Hubbard continues his fight against cancer miles from home, his supporters back in Navarre are rallying to send even more financial help his way. Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mark James, who supervises the Navarre area, said it is only natural for the department to support Hubbard as he is treated […]

Skilled trade workers in high demand

Skilled trade workers in high demand

Mirroring a national trend, there is a growing need for skilled labor in Santa Rosa County and surrounding areas. Hundreds of jobs are expected to be added by 2026. Training programs and financial aid are available to those interested in becoming plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, welders and carpenters. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Dilapidated beach house on the market for $1.5 million

Dilapidated beach house on the market for $1.5 million

Boarded up windows overlook white sand beaches and garbage lays alongside a new for sale sign at a home that has riled neighbors for more than a decade. Legal proceedings to terminate the lease on the crumbling Gulf front home at 7315 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach have stalled, and the owners have made yet […]

$1.7 million for Gulf Breeze flooding in jeopardy

$1.7 million for Gulf Breeze flooding in jeopardy

Santa Rosa County is set to miss out on $1.7 million in drainage improvement grant money to tackle flooding in Gulf Breeze subdivisions because of one property owner’s reluctance to sell a portion of the property to the county. County Commissioners heard from the project lead and the resistant homeowner Feb. 14. Read the full […]

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