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May 12, 2023

Investor outbids city, spoils Lighthouse’s plans for old hospital

Dr. Joanna Johannes, president of Lighthouse Christian College, said that “God must have another plan.” Windermere LLC, a private investment company based in Milton, bid $660,000 to buy the former state hospital at 5500 Stewart Street opposite Milton High School. The City of Milton bid $600,000 for the property, with the college pledging to pay $100,000 of the city’s bid in exchange for use of the facilities as its headquarters.

May 12, 2023

Whittled away

Demolition of the Whittle Building at 6828 Caroline Street in Milton began May 8.

May 12, 2023

‘Complete and total failure’: Opposition expert pans Milton wastewater treatment plans

A geologist hired by opponents of Milton’s plan for a $70-million wastewater treatment facility concluded that the project “will be a complete and total failure if constructed on the proposed site.”

May 11, 2023

Let them post: Residents defend councilmembers’ social media rights

An attempt to encourage Milton’s elected officials to behave on social media turned into a First Amendment rally at the city council’s May 9 regular meeting.

May 10, 2023

City bid falls short of state hospital purchase price

A private investment company outbid the City of Milton to buy the vacant state hospital across Stewart Street from Milton High School.

May 6, 2023

Red Cross hosting disaster training event

The American Red Cross of North Florida is hosting a Shelter Fundamentals and Simulation event at noon Saturday, May 13. The event will be held at the Clyde L. Gracey Community Center, 5629 Byrom St. in Milton. Potential evacuation shelter volunteers, observers, and partners are welcome to attend by registering online.

May 6, 2023

Jubilee to reapply for zoning changes, CDD

Santa Rosa County rejected Jubilee in September, but its developers are determined to try again beginning later this month. “I don’t think people really understood what we’re proposing,” Ron Reeser, owner of The Eagle Group LLC, said Monday, May 1, before a meeting with area residents at the Pace Community Center. “They’re concerned about flooding, and they’re concerned about traffic. We need to show them how our plan will help the county address those issues, not just in Jubilee, but in the surrounding area.”

May 4, 2023

More dollar stores coming to Santa Rosa County

For those of you looking for another dollar store to shop at in Santa Rosa County, you’re in luck. There are currently two Dollar Generals in development in the north end of Santa Rosa County, one on Woodbine Road in Pace and another in East Milton at the corner of Hickory Hammock Road and Ward Basin Road. They have both been approved by the county.

May 4, 2023

Jorgenson: Milton ‘welcomes’ audit ‘for real or perceived purposes’

Milton City Manager Randy Jorgenson on Thursday said the city “welcomes an audit of our operations at any time for any real or perceived purpose.” Santa Rosa’s Press Gazette learned earlier in the day that Florida Sen. Doug Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze, had asked the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee to audit the city and its utilities because of concerns about increasing costs to build a new wastewater treatment plant.

May 3, 2023

Pea Ridge Connector opens today

Decades after it was conceived and less than three years after a groundbreaking ceremony, the Pea Ridge Connector between U.S. Highway 90 and Hamilton Bridge Road opened today.

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