Santa Rosa County

Farm to City fights ‘hidden hunger’

Farm to City fights ‘hidden hunger’

There are more than 21,000 people without enough food to eat in Santa Rosa County, according to data from Feeding America. Leading into a holiday focused on food—Thanksgiving–many families may not be able to put an elaborate meal, or any meal, on the table. That is where the Farm to City initiative steps in. Running […]

Tourism generates 6,600 jobs in Santa Rosa

Tourism generates 6,600 jobs in Santa Rosa

Visitors to Santa Rosa County spend more than $464 million annually in the county, supporting thousands of jobs and businesses according to the most recent data available from the Tourist Development Office. That’s no surprise considering the county brought in more than 868,000 visitors in 2017 (most recent data available), and the last two years […]

Edgewood Drive remodel moving forward

Edgewood Drive remodel moving forward

A complete remodeling of Edgewood Drive could be underway by spring 2020, according to District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech. “It is 100% designed,” Piech said. “We are going through the wetland permitting process since we have the design. We will get the permits and once we have permits, we will put the project out […]

S’Cool Bus bringing meals to students in need

S’Cool Bus bringing meals to students in need

Santa Rosa County’s free summer lunch program got a boost Nov. 7 with the rollout of Sodexo’s new S’Cool Bus, a mobile cafeteria created from an old school bus. Sodexo is the food contractor for Santa Rosa School District. In addition to supplying breakfasts, lunches, snacks and even dinners to hungry students during the school […]

Sure, build on potential toxic waste

Sure, build on potential toxic waste

The Santa Rosa County Commissioners had an opportunity to make a small step toward amending a sin of the past during their meeting last Thursday. They chose not to. They approved building of 16 homes over potentially contaminated water and soil in Gulf Breeze. Water Leaf subdivision is at just the beginning stages of the […]

Meet the new Zoning Board

Meet the new Zoning Board

With exactly a week to go before their first meeting and just hours after their official hiring, the members of the newly seated Zoning Board got a crash course in public service Nov. 14 at the Tiger Point Community Center. The Zoning Board is one of many county committees composed of citizen appointees, helping in […]

Decades later, dirt moving on new courthouse

Decades later, dirt moving on new courthouse

When Don Salter was first elected to the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners in 2000, the issue at the forefront was replacing the aging courthouse in downtown Milton. A little less than 20 years later, Salter and his fellow commissioners ceremonially broke ground Nov. 13 on the site of a new courthouse, turning dirt […]

County OKs housing next to abandoned dump

County OKs housing next to abandoned dump

A month after Abbey Rodamaker told county commissioners about the dump and water contamination she discovered waiting under her soil, the commission last week approved a residential development that could be facing the same problems. The Nov. 14 approval, despite multiple concerns voiced by neighbors, allows a 16-lot subdivision, dubbed Water Leaf, to continue forward […]

Hotline allows for anonymous reporting of elder abuse

Hotline allows for anonymous reporting of elder abuse

There were nearly 5,000 investigations of elder abuse in the Northwest Florida last year, including more than 2,000 in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. But without the elder abuse hotline set up through the Department of Elder Affairs, many of those cases might have gone unreported.   Read the full article in the […]

Reba needs mom with lots of love

Reba needs mom with lots of love

Reba is a very pretty young lady who is very anxious to be adopted. In fact, she asks her caseworker frequently if she has found a family for her yet. Reba is delightful, complex and sometimes very funny. She can also be very challenging. She is a very high energy, active child. She loves rap […]

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! I’m Baxter Brown, a 2-year-old male beagle mix. Look at me sitting on the couch like a person! Aren’t I just a cutie? Come adopt me.               Oh please, […]

Rat Pack Reunion most successful in event history

Rat Pack Reunion most successful in event history

The ninth annual Rat Pack Reunion fundraiser raised more than $200,000 Oct. 25, making it the most successful events in its history. The event was hosted by the Council on Aging of West Florida, and it helps increase awareness and support for senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The money raised will go […]

7-period school day still out of reach

7-period school day still out of reach

Adding a seventh period to the school day still seems out of reach, according to the Santa Rosa School District’s numbers. The district cut the schedule to six periods, trimming about 30 minutes off the school day, back in 2010 in response to the economic crisis that saw plummeting property values across the country. The […]

Gulf Breeze evaluating selling Tiger Point Golf Course

Gulf Breeze evaluating selling Tiger Point Golf Course

City of Gulf Breeze is considering selling Tiger Point Golf Course, and the move could coincide with the end of reclaimed water use in the city. The city council held a workshop Nov. 5 to discuss the potential future of the golf course. The board room was standing room only, full of citizens with a […]

5 things to know: Mobi mats returning to Navarre Beach

5 things to know: Mobi mats returning to Navarre Beach

The peak of tourism season is over, and members of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) are continuing to seek improvements to infrastructure along Navarre Beach ahead of next season. District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech, who is also a member of the TDC, gave a quick update Nov. 7 on the state of projects along […]

Potential impact fees inching forward

Potential impact fees inching forward

County commissioners did not commit to impact fees Tuesday during their regular meeting in Milton, but the board that has outright rejected the idea in the past allowed two potential proposals for fees to move forward. Santa Rosa County School District approached the commission back in May to request the board create a draft ordinance […]

Zoning Board replacement moving forward

Zoning Board replacement moving forward

Santa Rosa County will have a new Zoning Board and new policies governing citizen committees. The Board of County Commissioners Tuesday set the issue for a final approval vote Thursday. The Zoning Board has become a source of controversy in the last two months after the commissioners voted to fire all sitting members of the […]

Event offers “New Leash on Love” for homeless pets

Event offers “New Leash on Love” for homeless pets

Local animal rescues are teaming up to offer family’s a chance to come out and meet their new furry family member Nov. 16 at A New Leash on Love at Bagdad Mill Site Park. The fall adoption event extravaganza is hosted by Santa Rosa County animal rescue group A HOPE, in partnership with 400 Paws, […]

Fostering Hope provides needed training at Community Life

Fostering Hope provides needed training at Community Life

The Letter of James says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” Most Christians would at least acknowledge that keeping oneself unstained from the world is something they ought to do, but would we […]

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.   Good day. My name is Magic, and I am a 4-month-old gentleman. The shelter staff have been lovely, but I would really like find a family to call my own. Purr-haps I am the cat for […]

FamiliesFirst celebrates National Adoption Month

FamiliesFirst celebrates National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month, an annual initiative that increases awareness of the need for permanent families who can adopt children in foster care. The theme for this year’s campaign is “One Heart, One Home, Change a Life Forever.” Securing a lifelong connection for a child in foster care is a critical component in determining […]

Local named master gardener Volunteer of the Year

Local named master gardener Volunteer of the Year

Santa Rosa County Master Gardener Volunteer Suzanne Spencer was honored Oct. 22 by the State of Florida Master Gardener Program at UF/IFAS Extension as Outstanding Florida Master Gardener Volunteer of the Year. Spencer has volunteered more than 1,780 hours since 2015 in roadside wildflower conservation efforts, native plant sales, providing solutions to residents on gardening […]

Be as loud as you want on the beach

Be as loud as you want on the beach

Questions about noise control resurfaced during the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association meeting Oct. 19. The questions about the county’s noise ordinance centered around a simple fact: the beach doesn’t have one. At least not one that covers most of the population on the coast, said Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Major Doug Bringmans. […]

Nonprofit helps children in crisis throughout Santa Rosa County

Nonprofit helps children in crisis throughout Santa Rosa County

As temperatures cooled, Santa Rosa Kids’ House celebrated with the season, lighting up the Imogene Theater in downtown Milton late Nov. 1 with music. This was the second year the nonprofit hosted Legends in the Fall, a fundraiser to support therapy and support services for child victims of physical and sexual abuse and neglect.   […]

Residential real estate prices up, inventory low

Residential real estate prices up, inventory low

With prices rising and more people looking to move to Navarre, the housing market continues to see incremental growth through 2019, but shortages of inventory are playing a major role in the real estate narrative. Navarre’s residential real estate market has or nearly has recovered to pre-recession levels on all indicators, according to several data […]

Milton man allegedly beat, strangled 17-year-old

Milton man allegedly beat, strangled 17-year-old

Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Milton man Oct. 28 on charges of kidnapping, beating and strangling a 17-year-old girl at his residence on Windswept Lane. Joseph Brandon Mack, 20, was out on probation when he allegedly committed the offense July 5, according to Santa Rosa County Jail records. The incident began with an […]

Clerk returns unspent $867,000 to Santa Rosa County

Clerk returns unspent $867,000 to Santa Rosa County

For fiscal year 2018-19, the Santa Rosa County Clerk of Court and Comptroller Donald C. Spencer returned unspent revenues of $867,269 to the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners. This makes the seventh consecutive year since taking office, Spencer has returned unspent revenues to the county commission totaling $3,030,425 over that time. “Through fiscal […]

Sheriff: Car burglars were looking for guns

Sheriff: Car burglars were looking for guns

A rash of vehicle burglaries spanning Escambia, Santa Rosa and Baldwin counties came to an end last week. During a news conference Oct. 30, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said investigators have identified the individuals responsible for at least 10 burglaries and an armed robbery in Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in […]

Navarre Beach named top emerging market

Navarre Beach named top emerging market

Once considered Florida’s best kept secret, Navarre Beach is no longer an unknown. On the heels of the local’s most successful tourism season on record, Navarre Beach was awarded a spot Nov. 4 on the global list of 30 top emerging travel destinations for 2020 by TravelLemming.com. TravelLemming.com is an international travel site founded by […]

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.   Hi, I’m Honey Bear. I’m a “sweet as honey” female tan pit bull terrier mix. I’m about 3 years old. Won’t you please, pretty please rub my belly? I would just love that!       […]

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