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Feb 25, 2023

New crab trap regulation goes into effect in March

The more than 25,000 Floridians with recreational crab traps will soon have to make some changes. A new Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission regulation, which went into effect March 1, requires crab traps to have a rigid opening no larger than six-by-two inches. The purpose of this change is to help reduce the bycatch of diamondback terrapins in crab traps.

Feb 16, 2023

Beach nourishment in limbo due to Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, FEMA surveys

Once every 10 years or so, Navarre Beach goes through beach nourishment, a process in which sand, lost through erosion, is replaced through other sources. This can help widen the beach, making it more resistant to the effects of erosion and storms. The last time Navarre Beach went through this process was 2016 and it was due to happen again in 2026. That was until Hurricane Sally’s impact bumped up the timetable. Now, nearly three years after Sally hit the Gulf Coast, the beach has still not been restored.

Dec 12, 2022

Know your no’s for recycling

Santa Rosa County Environmental staff have noticed an increase in recycling and recycling contamination in the form of holiday lights, electrical cords, inflatables, and garlands (also known as tanglers). Staff would like to encourage residents to “Know Your No’s” when it comes to unacceptable recyclable materials. The following should NEVER be placed in the recycle bin:

Nov 16, 2022

Residents hear WWTP concerns

About 100 Milton-area residents attended a workshop Tuesday at the Santa Rosa County Auditorium to learn about possible threats to the Blackwater River from the city’s proposed new wastewater treatment facility.

Sep 27, 2022

Dry, windy weather in forecast, fire danger increases

The Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater Forestry Center is issuing words of warning for anyone considering any outdoor burning activities in the coming days: Use extreme caution or simply don’t do it.

According to the Florida Forest Service, it has been more than two weeks since most of the three-county area (Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties) has seen rainfall and wildfire danger is on the rise. Add to that a forecast calling for increased winds and low humidity for the next three days and firefighters are bracing for the possibility of significant fire activity.

Aug 11, 2022

Rabies alert issued in East Milton

Following a reported positive test result for rabies in a kitten, the Florida Department of Health has issued an alert for the East Milton area. The alert was issued on Aug. 10 and will be in effect for 60 days.

The Department of Health wants all residents and visitors in Santa Rosa County to be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if they are not vaccinated. An animal with rabies could infect other wild or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies.

Oct 31, 2017

Three Rivers promotes conservation, economy

Editor’s Note: This continues our Celebrate Community series on nonprofit organizations that improve Santa Rosa County residents’ quality of life. MILTON — Three Rivers Resource Conservation and De…

Oct 20, 2017

County, state officials discuss Indian Bayou pollution

MILTON — A long-awaited meeting took place on Tuesday between members of many county and state agencies and residents of Milton who are concerned about the red clay pollution in Indian Bayou. Residen…

May 29, 2017

Gulf Power helps Audubon Florida count rooftop nesting shorebirds

MILTON — Shorebird nesting season is in full swing along the Gulf Coast and Gulf Power is stepping up to help make it a successful breeding year for birds that face huge obstacles. Audubon Florida …

Mar 8, 2017

Florida Master Naturalist Program scheduled

MILTON — The Florida Master Naturalist Program, a hands-on outdoor learning experience for adults, informs and prepares individuals to share information about Florida's natural areas and environmenta…

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