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Stories by SR Press Gazette

Stories by SR Press Gazette

December 2023, year in review

January 1, 2024
Jay’s SGA visits Tallahassee

Jay was represented well at a Student Government Association district meeting in Tallahassee last week.

November 2023, year in review

December 31, 2023
Bills would create water authority, limit fire fees

Florida Sen. Doug Broxson, Gulf Breeze-R, told Santa Rosa County residents that he will sponsor a bill creating an authority to oversee water-related utilities north of the Yellow River and bills to reform how county fire districts are funded.

October 2023, year in review

December 30, 2023
Fentanyl awareness plan

Milton city staff are working out details of a fentanyl awareness campaign to explain the drug’s dangers.

September 2023, year in review

December 30, 2023
Cook: County to advertise bids for old courthouse

Santa Rosa County staff members were preparing a request for proposals about what to do with the old courthouse in downtown Milton, according to County Administrator DeVann Cook.

August 2023, year in review

December 29, 2023
Leonardo breaks ground

Leonardo Helicopters broke ground on a new facility at Whiting Aviation Park in Milton, near NAS Whiting Field, on Friday, July 28.

July 2023, year in review

December 28, 2023
Developers try to change attitudes

When developers pitched their plans to build the 2,700-acre, 7,000-plus-unit, master-planned Jubilee community northeast of Pace in 2022, they often did so at tense meetings packed with concerned residents and vocal opposition. They tried a more low-key approach on June 29, inviting interested residents to meet with them individually at the Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce offices.

Top 10 stories of 2023

December 27, 2023
1. Milton city manager drama

The Milton City Council on July 11 voted unanimously to hire Scott Collins to replace the retiring Randy Jorgenson as city manager. On July 15, Collins withdrew from contract negotiations citing concerns about the process and “a coordinated undercurrent effort…to make either this contract negotiation or my initial contract unsuccessful.”

June 2023, year in review

December 26, 2023
Calkins objects to board appointee

Commissioner James Calkins criticized Democrats and any Republican who doesn’t agree with his political views at last Thursday’s regular Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners meeting.

May 2023, year in review

December 26, 2023
Construction Career Days

More than 1,000 students from Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties participated in the Northwest Florida Construction Career Days program at the Santa Rosa County Fairgrounds in East Milton. More than 80 public and private agencies participated in the event organized by the Florida Department of Transportation to encourage high school students to consider the wide variety of careers available in the construction industry.

April 2023, year in review

December 25, 2023
Jorgenson announces plans to retire

Randy Jorgenson, who began his career in the City of Milton Planning Department more than a decade ago and became city manager in 2018, announced that he would retire in September.

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