2019-10-24 E-Edition

What a dump!

Dream turns into nightmare

After the discovery and the subsequent story that property the Rodamaker family just purchased in Gulf Breeze is a former county landfill made national news, Abbey Rodamaker took the family’s plight directly to the Santa Rosa County Commission at Monday’s meeting. She is requesting that the county make her family “whole” by paying all costs of purchase and environmental tests […]

Sen. Broxson to request $500K for bridge safety

It’s not just about speed. It’s about distracted driving of any kind. It’s not just about motorist safety. It’s about the well-being of any and everyone on the bridge. It’s not about making money by writing citations. It’s about getting the attention of the public through education, communication and – whenever necessary – enforcement. It’s not about punishing bad drivers. […]

County dismisses zoning board after snide remarks

Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Sam Parker placed a new first action item on Monday’s county committee meeting to remove all the current zoning board members from the zoning board, as well as from all county boards and committees they might be serving on for the next year. That action followed last week’s community uproar over the comments made at […]

Soundside and Hwy. 98 traffic signal on fast track

County may install and wait for reimbursement

Folks around Soundside Drive in Gulf Breeze have pushed for a traffic signal at Soundside and Hwy. 98 for the past several years, and it looks as though the Florida Department of Transportation finally agrees it is necessary. However, even though FDOT actually gave the traffic signal a slot in its five year work plan, the department does not plan […]

County bows to pressure; investigates impact fees

An impact fee study will be a reality in Santa Rosa County’s near future. County Administrator Dan Schebler told commissioners at Monday’s committee meeting that the RFP (request for proposals) to find a firm to do the study has been sent out and posted publicly. He said he will bring back some recommendations to the Nov. 12 meeting. “Every consultant […]


Members of the Gulf Breeze High School Sound Wave band and color guard will be coming to a neighborhood near you on Saturday, Oct. 26, if weather permits. The March-a-Thon is a way to raise money for band operating expenses. The Sound Wave Band is led by Director Victoria Donahoo.

Gulf Breeze Middle School Teacher of the Year

A big congratulations to Margaret Shirley (center) for being chosen Gulf Breeze Middle School’s Teacher of the Year! Pictured (from left) are Adry Curran, Debbie Hepworth, principal Michael Brandon, Shirley, Tracy Murphy, Summer Bourland and Amy McLendon. Ms. Shirley taught ESE for the past four years. Before that, she served 19 years as a teacher’s assistant. She has served all […]

Book illustrator teaches GBE kids

“Never Say Never!” book illustrator Dara North made her annual presentation of “What Do Illustrator’s Do?” to Gulf Breeze Elementary third-graders recently. In her presentation, she asked students which tools an illustrator would need and questioned how color adds to illustrations. She talked with everyone about changing illustrations as the work goes on. Illustrations are works in progress, she said. […]

T.S. Nestor brings rain to area

The first threat to our area this hurricane season was Tropical Storm Nestor, a disorganized storm whose center of circulation was aimed at northwest Florida; however, most of the energy targeted central Florida. The rain was welcome because Northwest Florida has experienced a mild drought. According to the National Weather Service, Northwest Florida registered one inch of rain in August […]