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‘A man-made disaster’

Homeowner says county ignored pleas to protect her property

“It was like sitting in the middle of a swamp. It was horrific,” recalls Andrea Martinnonis. “Sitting there at 2 a.m., watching frogs jumping up and covering the window and hearing them all around you and seeing water rushing into the house. I still have nightmares.” That’s how Martinonis describes the flooding that overtook her home in the early morning […]

Caring & Sharing makes hearty Thanksgiving possible for families

A South Santa Rosa County nonprofit gave back to the community the weekend before Thanksgiving by boxing up non-perishable food, toiletries, grocery gift cards and Interfaith Thrift Store and Ministries holiday shopping gift certificate for over 200 families. President Ann Thompson says in these unique times, with the need so great, there is still so much to be thankful for, […]

Nguyen is on the city CRA beat

“I want to serve the community I grew up in. That’s an awesome feeling,” says Gulf Breeze’s CRA (Community Redevelopment Area) liaison officer, Tai Nguyen. “It has real meaning and purpose for me, because this is my community.” Nguyen moved to Gulf Breeze as a fourth-grader and graduated from Gulf Breeze High School in 1987. He began his career in […]

City issues Year in Review

“We are blessed to have the talent that we do in our own offices,” Gulf Breeze City Manager Samantha Abell told members of Gulf Breeze City Council recently before showing them a presentation focusing on what has been accomplished in the City of Gulf Breeze between the adoption of budgets in September 2020 and September 2021. Abell referred to a […]

Unbearable damages

Neighborhood bear causes ‘thousands’ of dollars to single mom’s car; she’s out $500

When the windshield wiper only wiped half of her windshield, Lindsey Stanley knew something was wrong. She got out of the car and noticed the hood of her silver 2017 Chevy Equinox was dented and covered in wet, sandy paw prints But, being in a hurry to take her 7-year-old daughter to school, she backed out of her Shirley Drive […]

Two murders happen in four days in Navarre

Sheriff Bob Johnson told reporters at his Monday morning press conference that having two deaths due to gun shot wounds in Santa Rosa County within four days is “unprecedented.” He praised his Major Crimes Unit for working so quickly and getting both cases solved. Both shooters were identified and one is now held in the county jail, charged with first […]

Work begins on Wetlands Trail Boardwalk

The Shoreline Park Wetlands Trail Boardwalk Project is underway with a ribbon-cutting planned for Summer 2022. The Wetlands Trail Boardwalk will connect the four-mile multi-use loop (under construction), Gulf Breeze Community Center, Shoreline Park South, wetlands and Santa Rosa Sound. Environmental education opportunities will be enriched by connecting wetland habitat to the Community Center’s after-school Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics […]

Custom shopping bags send a green message

Gulf Breeze Elementary students have a message for you: Pick Up Trash! You may be a lucky customer this holiday and receive a custom made shopping bag made by third-graders in conjunction with Global Change. Working under the guidance of Ocean Hour (a nonprofit organization) and University of Florida/ Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Florida Sea Grant Extension, students […]

DEP investigating how water, sewer lines were crossed

Three local entities were called to account by Florida Department of Environmental Protection over a cross-connection that all acknowledge should never have occurred. At issue is responsibility in the present and preventability in the future. The cross-connection resulted in sewage-contaminated water running through the Midway Water System water lines of about 340 homes between 4115 and 5012 Soundside Drive for […]

New eateries may come to Gulf Breeze

While there are still some steps to go through before an old building can come down and new ones can go up, it appears two new fast casual restaurants are on the way to serving customers on the corner of Hwy. 98 and Daniel Drive in Gulf Breeze. Redevelopment plans that include Chipotle Mexican Grill and First Watch, a leading […]

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