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The Black Pearl?

Villa Venyce resident constructs pirate ship from hurricane debris

John Rebolledo’s model of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” ship, built by him over a seven-day period from Hurricane Sally scraps, is already attracting lots of drive-by attention on Venetian Court in Villa Venyce. He and his wife, Kyle, and their children, Rowan, 7; Leighton, 5; and Christian, 2, show off the replica that he says may be transformed to […]

Hurricane Zeta takes aim at Gulf Coast

Gulf Breeze is still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sally, which struck on Sept. 16. The Gen. Chappie James Bridge remains closed due to Skanska barges breaking free and striking the bridge in multiple locations. Some homeowners are still making repairs, and debris lines many roads in the county, awaiting pickup. FEMA is still meeting with those who suffered […]

Quarantines will continue for exposed students

Assistant Superintendent Mike Thorpe reported to the Santa Rosa County School board last week that the district has a plan to allow remote access to the classroom for students who are quarantined for COVID-19 exposure and it could be started right away. School board member Linda Sanborn responded that it was a well thought out plan, but she was not […]

SSRUS moving forward with facility expansion

Gulf Breeze Director of Public Services Jason Randell told South Santa Rosa Utility System board members at the Oct. 26 meeting that the addition to the Tiger Point Wastewater Treatment plant is in the final stages of design. He said adequate funding has prevented the project from moving forward on the original schedule, but a grant has become available and […]

Ring doorbell app leads to arrests

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is utilizing new technology to combat an old problem. Vehicle burglaries, Santa Rosa’s highest enumerated crime, have been an issue across the nation,. Recently, the SRSO collaborated with Neighbors, a web based application, which allows neighborhoods to come together and share videos voluntarily with each other and local law enforcement. This community law enforcement […]

Distraction in Action

Scavenger Hunt helps kids pass the time during commute

Once the “barges hit the bridge,” the daily commute down Hwy. 281 and across the Garcon Point Bridge became another thing for Wendy Baggett to factor into the day, along with work and family. Baggett,who works as a pharmacy technician at Gulf Breeze Apothecary, lives in East Hill. Her daughter, Isabella, 17, works at Chick-Fil-A in Gulf Breeze. What used […]

Home sales remain strong

Home sales are hotter than ever, even after the Florida Department of Transportation dropped the news that it would take approximately six months to repair the Gen. Chappie James Bridge, the main artery to Pensacola. Keith Furrow says, “We are setting records like crazy” with home sales, and per square foot figures averaging $210 for new construction and slightly less […]

Sally response earns high marks

September 16. The date two major hurricanes slammed into this area. Ivan visited in 2004. Sixteen years later, Sally came to call. In between, Gulf Breeze was inundated by a rain event that caused massive flooding problems in 2014. Between the bookend dates of 2004 and 2020, local officials and City of Gulf Breeze staff and employees learned a lot […]

Early voting is under way

Three locations opened Monday, Oct. 19, to allow South Santa Rosa County residents to vote early. They are located at Tiger Point Community Center, 1370 Tiger Park Lane in Gulf Breeze; the South Santa Rosa Service Center, 5841 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze; and the Navarre Community Gym, 8840 High School Blvd. in Navarre. There are also three locations […]

Gulf Breeze Shoreline boat ramp reopens … but parking is limited

Hurricane Delta did not follow the same path as Sally, sparing Northwest Florida from another damaging and life threatening storm. Meanwhile, the city of Gulf Breeze, as well as the unincorporated areas, is trying to recover from Sally and the damage she brought on Sept. 16. As of Oct. 9, the Hurricane Sally Damage Assessment on stormwater, water and sewer […]

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