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May 26, 2022

Nandin named Air Force Spouse of the Year, recognized for SAFE Program

Vice President of Emerald Coast Exceptional Families (ECEF) Angela Nandin was named the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)’s 2021 Spouse of the Year and received the Joan Orr Award.

Nandin was recognized at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Commerce and Coffee at St. Sylvester Catholic Church May 20.

May 25, 2022

Severe storms possible, sand available at four locations within the county

Heavy rainfall and localized flash flooding, particularly of low lying and urban areas, is possible beginning today, Wed., May 25, through the evening of Thurs., May 26 along with a tornado threat through Thursday morning, according to the US National Weather Service in Mobile.

There is also a high risk of rip currents along Navarre Beach through Friday night. Santa Rosa County Emergency Management officials are encouraging residents to monitor local weather reports and have multiple ways to receive weather warnings, especially overnight.

May 24, 2022

Man falls through ceiling in Milton home

A family living in The Moors off Avalon Boulevard had a scare the night of Saturday, May 21. Shea Riles and her family were trying to settle in for the evening when they heard noises coming from the attic—a man ended up falling through the ceiling and into the room of Riles’s daughter.

May 24, 2022

Transit options available in Santa Rosa county

Santa Rosa County may not have a typical public transit system, but the county does offer options for those who need it.

The para transit system operates for those who may not have access to their own transportation.

May 19, 2022

Fentanyl Awareness Day alerts to issue in SRC

National Fentanyl Awareness Day seeks to bring attention to a prevalent drug issue, one that affects Santa Rosa County residents.

According to a press release from Attorney General Ashely Moody, over 105,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in the span of a year, and more than 66% of those deaths were related to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

May 19, 2022

Oyster farms are booming business

Driving over the Garcon Point Bridge between Navarre and Milton, one might notice some floating objects in East Bay, heralded by an American flag and the Florida state flag.

Those objects in the water are not traps—they are oyster farms, put there by Emerald Tides Oyster Company. On the other side, Brandon Smith’s Grayson Bay Oyster Company has their own farms in Escambia Bay.

May 18, 2022

Garcon toll reduction at a standstill

The promised reduction to the Garcon Point Bridge tolls still has no effective date.

Representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation and Governor Ron DeSantis’s office reported that while work is still happening, there is no current update.

May 17, 2022

Pensacola community creates campaign to reopen the National Naval Aviation Museum to all citizens

A website and petition campaign called Open Our Museum has been organized by a group of local citizens and civic leaders working together to urge the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense (DoD) to reestablish the public access waiver to NAS Pensacola so all citizens are allowed to visit the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) and the base’s other historic attractions.

May 17, 2022

Subdivision allowances draw repeat crowd

One family continues to approach the Board of County Commissioners regarding the alternative subdivision provision.

The Fowlers have been attending commissioner meetings since November, asking the board to delete the provision, and now they have a name to put to their perceived threat—Jubilee.

May 16, 2022

FWC reaches major milestone

Freshwater fisheries researchers and managers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) successfully released 3,300 hatchery-raised shoal bass fingerlings (young fish) into the Chipola River in May.

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