Santa Rosa County

Dog beach on hold; voluntary license program passes

Dog beach on hold; voluntary license program passes

Santa Rosa County commissioners approved a revamp of the county’s animal control ordinances Sept. 12 during a public hearing in Milton, but those changes did not include the creation of an area for leashed dogs on Navarre Beach. The dog beach area was originally proposed in August to be located along the Santa Rosa Sound […]

End of peak tourism season means self-reflection

End of peak tourism season means self-reflection

Looking at the numbers, Navarre Beach had a busy summer tourism season with bed tax totals climbing 16% over the previous year’s peak season. More than $1.71 million flowed into county coffers from bed taxes between May and July.   Read the full article in the Sept. 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Zoning Board rejects request from chronic violator

Zoning Board rejects request from chronic violator

Derelict vehicles, clearing land without permits, operating a business without a site plan and operating an industrial business in a residential area are just a few of the violations attributed to Juarez M&M Construction in Navarre. The company has been in and out of code enforcement cases since 2007. It operates at 1885, 1879, 1859 […]

UPDATE: Suspect name released in officer involved shooting

UPDATE: Suspect name released in officer involved shooting

UPDATE- Sept. 20, 10 a.m.: City of Milton officials have released the name of a suspect killed in an officer involved shooting in Milton earlier this week. Edward Matthew Guerrero-Cruz, 34, allegedly stole a dump truck at approximately 5:10 a.m. at a gas station in Milton. Law enforcement located him on Pensacola State College Milton […]

$178 million county budget headed for approval

$178 million county budget headed for approval

Santa Rosa County is set to approve its largest budget in more than 15 years, but County Commissioners say that’s not the whole story. The board unanimously approved Sept. 12 a roughly $178 million tentative budget for fiscal year 2020. The final public hearing and budget adoption is set for Sept. 24.   Read the full […]

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2019 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2019 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation welcomes returning headline sponsor Okaloosa Gas District to the 2019 fishing rodeo slated for Oct. 5-6 on Navarre Beach. Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, the event is entering its seventh year and is one stop on what will be the 16th annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. […]

Board gets preview of new courthouse interior

Board gets preview of new courthouse interior

Layout of the interior of a new $45 million county courthouse was revealed to Santa Rosa County commissioners last week as the project inches forward. Jay Smith of Ajax Building, one of a handful of companies tasked with designing the new facility, told commissioners Sept. 9 that the project is proceeding on schedule.   Read […]

Marine Science Station turns 10

Marine Science Station turns 10

It has been 10 years since new life was breathed into the old ranger station on Navarre Beach, creating a home base for marine conservation education in Santa Rosa County. The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station cut the ribbon on the renovated building in late September 2009.     Read the full article in the […]

Improvements recommended for building process

Improvements recommended for building process

Amid continued complaints from small-business owners, County Commissioner Bob Cole called for some accounting in the planning and building departments Monday during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting. Cole pointed to reports of lengthy delays, continued confusion and changing expectations from projects seeking to get off the ground.   Read the full article in the Sept. […]

One cent local option sales tax election

One cent local option sales tax election

Santa Rosa County Commissioners are pushing hard for an additional half cent sales tax to be added to purchases within Santa Rosa County, but that will be up to the voters to decide Oct. 8. Sample ballots have been mailed and registration books closed for a countywide special election on the issue.   Read the […]

LOST: Point/Counter Point

LOST: Point/Counter Point

No vote is a LOST opportunity If the local option sales tax (LOST) proposed on the Oct. 8 special election ballot fails, we will have LOST a lot. We will have lost $182 million in repaved roads, improved infrastructure, updated equipment for our first responders, stormwater improvements in Holley by the Sea and elsewhere, sidewalks […]

Navarre dog beach on pause

Navarre dog beach on pause

Efforts to open a section of Navarre Beach to dogs will likely be delayed by another month following the Board of County Commissioners meeting Monday. An ordinance currently prohibits dogs on both the sound-side and Gulf-side beaches in Navarre, but an amended ordinance set for public hearing Thursday would create a designated dog walking area […]

Murder suspect arrested in Milton cold case

Murder suspect arrested in Milton cold case

After more than four years, witness statements about a homicide in Milton have led Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies to arrest the victim’s previous roommate Monday. John Travis Palmer has been charged with first-degree felony homicide for allegedly shooting the victim in the head according the arrest report provided by the State Attorney’s Office. Santa Rosa […]

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.   Meow, I’m Mogi, a 1-year-old spayed female. Purr-leasure to meet you! I weigh eight pounds and have a pretty medium length black and brown tiger stripe coat that is oh-so-pettable. Come give this soft kitty a […]

Defense propels Raiders to win over Panthers

Defense propels Raiders to win over Panthers

Kobe Johnson threw the football into the air moments after getting it in his hands after a big play on defense. Moments earlier, the ball had been knocked out of a Milton receiver’s hands on a hard hit by Bailey Huston in the end zone. Johnson’s recovery of the fumble  with 1:41 to go sealed […]

Santa Rosa public relation pros awarded gold

Santa Rosa public relation pros awarded gold

The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Pensacola Chapter has a lot to celebrate having doled out their local awards and secured a few state recognitions. Among the ranks of those awards are local Santa Rosa public relations professionals Brandi Bates and Sarah Whitfield.   Read the full article in the Sept. 5 issue of Navarre […]

Juvenile arrested in Milton accidental shooting

Juvenile arrested in Milton accidental shooting

Milton Police Department arrested an unnamed juvenile suspect Aug. 27 in connection with an accidental shooting that caused four schools in Milton to go on lockdown Aug. 23. According to the arrest report, the juvenile was inside a residence on Burke Street in the Whiting Pines neighborhood with four other children.   Read the full […]

Magazine spotlights county’s economic allure

Magazine spotlights county’s economic allure

Santa Rosa County’s economic opportunities generated some extra publicity this summer. Arms crossed and a smile on his face, Santa Rosa County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree greeted readers from the cover of 850 Magazine alongside this splash headline: “Talent Tout, In Santa Rosa County, career instruction starts early—and that pleases Economic Development Director Shannon […]

Voter books close Monday for Oct. 8 election

Voter books close Monday for Oct. 8 election

Voter registration books close Sept. 9 for the upcoming special election to decide whether Santa Rosa County will add an additional half cent of sales tax. Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie A. Villane reminds citizens to register to vote before book closing Monday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. It is the last day […]

Five things to know: Countdown to legislative session 2020

Five things to know: Countdown to legislative session 2020

As of this issue’s publication date, there are 131 days until the start of Florida’s 2020 legislative session, but preparations are already in full swing. Governments, legislators, lobbyists and organizations throughout the state have been setting their priorities, talking strategy and drafting their bills to prepare for roughly 60 days of the meat and potatoes […]

Time is money, and Santa Rosa’s wasting it

Time is money, and Santa Rosa’s wasting it

Time is money. The phrase popularized in 1748 by Benjamin Franklin rings all too true more than 270 years later. For the entrepreneur of Santa Rosa County, opening a business here continues to cost time and money. And lots of it. We hear horror stories of site plans that went missing, of costly changes to […]

Fire district referendum coming up for Navarre Beach

Fire district referendum coming up for Navarre Beach

Santa Rosa County’s Oct. 8 special election is fast approaching, and the residents of Navarre Beach will have an extra question on their ballots. They will be asked to support or oppose creation of a special fire district. Here are the basics: What is being voted on?   Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Small businesses struggle to launch in Santa Rosa

Small businesses struggle to launch in Santa Rosa

Booming construction throughout the region has translated to even more strain on Santa Rosa County’s building department. And for small businesses trying to capture a piece of the economic gold rush that means even more hurdles.   Read the full article in the Sept. 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

One paycheck away

One paycheck away

Roughly one in three families in Navarre is struggling to make ends meet, often one missed paycheck away from being unable to pay routine bills or even losing the family’s housing, according to the newest data from the Florida ALICE Report from United Way. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.   Read the […]

Navarre Beach waters safe despite Facebook scare

Navarre Beach waters safe despite Facebook scare

The Navarre Beach Lifeguard Program apologized Sept. 4 for posting a faulty water quality advisory telling swimmers the beach was unsafe and closing the water to visitors.   Following the initial Facebook post, Beach Safety Director Austin Turnbull announced that the post was a false alarm and that the waters were safe, but the initial post […]

Board OKs rezoning linked to conservation pledge

Board OKs rezoning linked to conservation pledge

County commissioners voted on faith Aug. 22 as they approved the rezoning of more than 400 acres of vacant land near Naval Air Station Whiting Field on the promise the property would be donated as conservation easements. That promise comes from property owner and developer Edwin Henry, owner of Henry Company Homes.     Read […]

Three options offered for Navarre Community Access Road

Three options offered for Navarre Community Access Road

Do not call it an alternative U.S. Highway 98. The Navarre Community Access Road was never meant to be a relief valve for Navarre’s crowded main corridor, according to county officials. Instead, Santa Rosa County spent the past 20 months studying how to improve roadways already impacted by diverted traffic.   Read the full article […]

Eglin MOU letter brings tension to water board

Eglin MOU letter brings tension to water board

Discussions of Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) largest multi-million infrastructure project got tense Aug. 20 as the board of directors argued over the process to reach a deal. The board is inching forward with the creation of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Santa Rosa County to dispose of mounting wastewater effluent on a piece […]

Business of coaching getting smelly

Business of coaching getting smelly

Something smells in Santa Rosa School District athletics, and its not sweaty players. By their own admission, the school district has identified several instances at schools throughout the district where coaching supplements were mismanaged, potentially misusing tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds each year, including paying people who did not have appropriate clearance […]

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