2023-06-22 E-Edition

Tornado pummels Pensacola Beach in spate of storms

Flash floods, lightning strikes and tornadoes dominated Thursday night into Friday morning as residents and visitors took cover. Dark skies produced almost 16 inches of rain, said officials from the National Weather Service of Mobile. Some areas of Gulf Breeze experienced closer to 18 inches. Gulf Breeze City Manager Samantha Abell said it was a superb opportunity to test the […]

GB hires a parks and rec director

Family, humility and a passion for the outdoors is the driving force for the City of Gulf Breeze’s new Director of Parks and Recreation, Trey Martin. “I’ve always had a passion for sports and fishing, my dad and I were always trying to get outside,” he said. “I just think that everything that’s happened in my life has led me […]

District test scores are ‘incredible’

Santa Rosa County School District’s students tested far above the state average on proficiency tests given last month. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Barber announced at the June 15 school board meeting, the results of the ELA (English Language Arts) and Math testing for several grade levels, saying the science results had not been sent yet. “These results are incredible […]

Recording artist Woody Bradshaw visits students

Exactly one year after his first memorable visit to West Navarre Intermediate School, Woody Bradshaw was greeted again by third grade students on May 18. ESE Inclusion teacher Angela Jordan arranged to have Bradshaw visit her classes that she co-teaches in with Brooke Cole and Tracy Maxwell. All year these teachers have used Woody Bradshaw’s music to teach different skills […]

Program acquaints students with sheriff dogs

A new program called Leader of the Pack introduced by a Santa Rosa County Sheriff Deputy has been a big success over the last nine weeks of school and will be introduced on an even broader level beginning the next school year. It involves using sheriff department canines to help honor students in the kindergarten through eighth-grade grade levels for […]

Music director returns for second act after COVID-19

Two weeks ago, Dewey Barker of Gulf Breeze was a featured speaker at a national convention for medical workers. He spoke at these conventions before, but this time was especially meaningful to him – it was the first time since he battled COVID-19 just over two-and-a-half years ago, spending 21 days of his hospital stay on a ventilator. “During that […]

County budget workshop looks at fees and tolls

How can Santa Rosa County raise more money without increasing the millage? That was a central question discussed at last week’s Budget Workshop for the upcoming fiscal year by county commissioners. Of course there was debate and some disagreement in what to consider when it came to some options like impact fees and tolls, as well as whether to ask […]

Calendar of Meetings

Thursday, June 22 SRC Commission Public Forum 8:30 a.m., 6495 Caroline St., Milton SRC Commission Regular Meeting 9:30 a.m., 6495 Caroline St., Milton SRC Commission Special Rezoning Meeting 5:00 p.m., 6495 Caroline St., Milton Midway Fire District Board of Commissioners 6:00 p.m., Station 35, 1322 College Pkwy., Gulf Breeze Tuesday, June 27 City of Gulf Breeze Board of Adjustment Meeting […]


June 22

1 Year ago this week – 2022 At midnight on June 16 toll rates on the Garcon Point Bridge dropped from $4.50 to $2.30 for Sun• Pass customers and from $5 to $2.75 for cash customers. The reduced toll rates are consistent with other FDOT toll facilities across the state, and the new rate erases 20 years of toll increases […]