Robbery suspect hails cab to Navarre Synovus bank

A suspected bank robber took an unusual method of transportation to and from the Synovus Bank Friday, May 7 – he called a cab. Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson says Elijah Daniel Spells, 24, of Niceville paid a cab driver to wait for him while he demanded money from the tellers at Synovus Bank, 8390 Navarre Parkway. He was staying […]

Calendar of Meetings

Thursday, May 13 Santa Rosa County Zoning Board Meeting 6:00 p.m., 6495 Caroline Street, Milton Santa Rosa County School Board Meeting 6:30 p.m., WBMS 1500 Woodlawn Way, Gulf Breeze Monday, May 17 Santa Rosa County Local Option Sales Tax Meeting 9:00 a.m., 6495 Caroline Street, Milton Gulf Breeze City Council Regular Meeting 5:30 p.m., Council Chambers and Accessible on YouTube […]


May 13

1 Year ago this week – 2020 Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters will continue increasing and reinforcing fire containment lines and mopping up hot spots today. The Five Mile Swamp Fire is 2,215 acres and is 90 percent contained. The fire was sparked by an escaped prescribed burn conducted by a contractor on private land. Santa Rosa County’s damage assessment […]

Rates for those in and out of Gulf Breeze proper will be equal under plan

Water and sewer utility customers served by the City of Gulf Breeze and South Santa Rosa Utilities System will be noticing some changes in the future – changes that address rate parity, organization of the two utilities and infrastructure upgrades and expansion as part of a new five-year business plan. Those changes, when they are formally settled, will come as […]

Chambers and builders ask for impact statements on future Land Development Code changes

Members of the construction community would like the Santa Rosa County staff to provide a “fiscal impact statement” any time there is an amendment or any changes to the Land Development Code. But staff responded at last week’s LDC workshop that the idea of placing an impact statement into the LDC each time changes are made could cause more trouble […]

Blue Wahoos, FDOH-Escambia to offer in-game vaccines

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, will offer free COVID-19 vaccines to fans at their games on Tuesday, May 11th, Saturday, May 15th, and Sunday, May 16th. Single-shot vaccines will be available to medically-eligible fans ages 18 and up and will be administered by Department of Health nurses. “We’re so excited […]

Work continues on the Pensacola Bay Bridge

A photo by aerial photographer James Landfair shows the work remaining to be done to complete the Pensacola Bay Bridge, which is set to reopen on May 31. In a press release dated May 3, Florida Department of Transportation said work crews are placing the reinforcing steel for new concrete decks at Spans 69 and 70. These decks are the […]

Gulf Breeze man, Ralph Emerson, sentenced for attempted murder

On April 29, 26-year-old Ralph Waldo Emerson IV was sentenced to a total of 50 years in state prison by the Honorable Thomas Dannheisser after pleading no contest to Attempted First Degree Premeditated Murder with a Weapon and no contest to violation of probation charges on 4 felony cases. Judge Dannheisser imposed a 20-year prison sentence for the attempted murder […]

Mosquito control prepares for abatement and offers prevention tips for residents

With a rise in moisture and temperature, comes an increase in mosquitoes. While these pesky insects are seemingly unavoidable, the Santa Rosa County Mosquito Control Department works tirelessly to protect residents and visitors through abatement programs, public awareness and education campaigns. The county uses an Integrated Mosquito Management Program (IMM) that utilizes a balance of cultural, biological and chemical procedures […]

Santa Rosa Co. collects record bed taxes in March as COVID-19 wanes

Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Director Julie White reported at the TDC meeting last Thursday that March bed tax collections in the county have never been as good as they were this year with $539,423 collected on rentals. White gave her bed tax collections report at the meeting at Tiger Point Community Center, explaining, “We really can’t compare this March […]

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