Businesses feel insurance crisis pinch



The continuing insurance crisis in Northwest Florida is taking its toll on Gulf Breeze businesses. According to Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Meg Peltier, at least one local business has relocated as a result of exponential insurance costs. “I’ve heard from businesses owners across the board about the effects of insurance costs,” said Peltier. “There are no […]

Midway Fire Dept. opts out of county ambulance service RFP



Midway Fire District wants to start providing their own ambulance service – at no extra cost to taxpayers. But the question they are facing now is will the county let them do it. They are about to find out. But if the county says no, Midway Fire District can hold a special election, which they made clear they are ready […]

County breaks ground on Oriole Beach lot



County officials recently broke ground on a project that is expected to double the parking capacity of the Oriole Beach boat ramp in Southern Santa Rosa County. The additional land should increase the boat ramp’s parking capacity to 20 vehicles. While proponents hailed the project as a win/win situation for the county and residents, some feel the project may be […]

Police nab robbery suspect



According to authorities at Gulf Breeze Police Department ( G B P D ) , Cole Thomas Spitzer, 26 of P e n s a c o l a , was arrested in connection with nearly 20 area robberies with warrants pending of several law enforcement agencies. Three of these robberies include two at the Texaco station in Gulf Breeze […]

Rebuild NWFLto expand SRC activity



Rebuild Northwest Florida is planning to open its hurricane mitigation program to the general public in Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties. The Rebuild program will both give home improvement advice to low-income families to help them harden their homes against hurricanes, and will also fund the necessary improvements utilizing federal, state and local grants. The non-profit organization has been taking […]

Gulf Breeze ZOO gone wild with attack, escapes



It’s been a wild week at the Northwest Florida Zoo, as two cougars escaped from their cages Nov. 14, and another predatory cat clawed a zookeeper the day before. The zookeeper was flown to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola via LifeFlight after a nasty run in with a 2-year-old male leopard. The very next day, state wildlife officials and sheriff’s deputies […]

New bat at the Zoo



Sheriff addresses citizens during informal meeting



Santa Rosa County Sheriff Wendell Hall held an informal town hall meeting at the Midway Fire District main office Nov. 7 where he discussed several issues before a limited audience of residents. The meeting was part of a larger information campaign that included meetings on different dates throughout the county, designed to allow Hall to speak with residents directly about […]

Transplant pilot learns to sky-type



Fifty-one years ago, Jan “Katjang” Wildbergh and Frits “Fluweel” Forrer flew side by side in the F-84-G Thunderbird in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. During the Blue Angels’ Homecoming Airshow, they flew together again, but this time in the SNJ’s of the GEICO SKYTYPERS. Their hair may be a little thinner and grayer than in the old days, their waistlines […]

Gulf Breeze Optimists selling Christmas trees



The Gulf Breeze Optimist Club’s annual Christmas Tree sale is underway through Friday, Dec. 15. Trees are sold at the Gulf Breeze High School baseball field parking lot each day from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Proceeds from the sale go towards scholarships, grants and awards to benefit the youth of our community. Chairmen for this year’s Tree sale are […]