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Nov 4, 2022

FDEP still accepting comments

It’s not too late for residents to share input about Milton wastewater disposal plans, a Florida Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson said last week. The City of Milton has asked FDEP to allow the city to spray up to 1.256 million gallons of treated wastewater per day on rapid-infiltration basins and a spray field on a 100-acre property next to the proposed site of a new wastewater treatment plant. FDEP issued a notice of the city’s permit application that was published on the city’s website beginning Oct. 2. While answering a resident’s question about how long the public could submit comments to the department, a 30-day time frame was mentioned, which would have ended Nov. 1.

Nov 4, 2022

Mitchell: Gaetz ‘very concerned’ about proposed WWTP location

Residents worried about the proposed location of Milton’s new wastewater treatment plant may have a friend in high places. Pam Mitchell of Milton Concerned Citizens, a political action committee leading opposition to the proposed site, said she and other members of the group were encouraged by a meeting they had with U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz at an event the last weekend in October.

Nov 2, 2022

Cole claims overheard comments ‘factual’

Residents attending the Santa Rosa County Commission’s special rezoning meeting last week, or watching the meeting online, heard what sounded like Commission Chairman Bob Cole accusing a developer of paying residents not to object to a zoning request.

Nov 2, 2022

Wright vouches for election system

Santa Rosa County’s elections are secure. That was Colten Wright’s message last week to residents worried that “nefarious actors” manipulated 2020 election results and may try to do so again this year.

Nov 2, 2022

It’s official: County names Pea Ridge Connector Road

It’s official: The Pea Ridge Connector legally will be known as…Pea Ridge Connector Road.

“Everybody I know calls it the Pea Ridge Connector,” Commissioner Sam Parker, whose district includes Pea Ridge, said at the commission’s Oct. 24 committee meeting.

Oct 28, 2022

No reply: Search for Milton WWTP project manager continues

The deadline to submit qualifications to manage the City of Milton’s almost $70-million wastewater reclamation project passed last month without response.

“This is a big project; a huge project,” Interim Public Information Officer Jay Conrad said Friday. “Our expectation has been that anyone with the qualifications to do this job already is employed; we knew it might take some time to attract the kind of expertise we need for a project of this magnitude.”

Oct 27, 2022

Abbott issues recall of certain ready-to-feed (RTF) Formulas

Milton, Fla. – The Santa Rosa County Department of Health has announced that Abbott has issued a press release voluntarily recalling certain lots of 2 fluid ounce/59 milliliter bottles of Ready-to-Feed (RTF) liquid formula products. For a list of products and lot numbers included in the recall, visit or call 1-800-986-8540. According to Abbott, […]

Oct 26, 2022

What’s in a name? SRC seeks name for connector road

The Santa Rosa County Commission is expected to name the four-lane highway being built through the Pea Ridge community between U.S. Highway 90 and Hamilton Bridge Road at its regular meeting Thursday.

The early favorite? Pea Ridge Connector.

Oct 25, 2022

Milton Concerned Citizens ask Jorgenson to resign

The feud between Milton City Manager Randy Jorgenson and Milton Concerned Citizens escalated at a city council meeting last week, leading Mayor Pro Tem Casey Powell to adjourn the meeting early.

Members of the political action committee, angered by Jorgenson’s Oct. 11 attack on MCC’s opposition to a proposed wastewater treatment plant site, publicly shared evidence of Jorgenson’s criminal history, claimed that he had committed several violations of the city’s code of conduct, and asked him to resign.

Oct 24, 2022

US 90 Bridge replacement over Simpson River to run through March 2023

Construction crews have temporarily shifted eastbound traffic to the westbound bridge over Simpson River. According to Santa Rosa County, the shift is expected to be in place through March 2023.

During this time, there will be two westbound lanes and one eastbound travel lane using the westbound bridge. Due to the traffic shift, there will not be dedicated bike lanes on the bridge.

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