2020-08-27 E-Edition

Back to school … in the rain

The first day back to school after students were released for spring break was a wet one, with Tropical Storm Marco bearing down on the Panhandle, while the center of circulation was near Louisiana. But students were all smiles, ready to begin a bit of normalcy after COVID 19 abruptly ended regular classes last spring. Children showed up in masks […]

Schools may lose $7.6M from state

Santa Rosa County schools opened Monday morning, Aug. 24. The school board was given an hour-long presentation from several staff members at the Aug. 20 meeting. It focused on what is known as the Innovative School reopening and provided clarification on several subjects, including the possible loss of $7.6 million plus in this school year’s budget next spring. Superintendent Tim […]

Stand up and be counted in the U.S. Census

Beginning in 1790 and up until 1850, citizens of the United States were subject to a census conducted by U.S. Marshals. Law required accuracy in the practice, so the resulting answers provided by the populace were posted in the town square of each community, where everyone could read them. Such public release of private information is no longer the case, […]

City orders school zone flashers

Drivers in Gulf Breeze will have little excuse to disregard school zone warnings in the future. Gulf Breeze City Council, meeting on Aug. 17 at the Community Redevelopment Agency, unanimously approved a bid of $27,590.55 from K&K Systems Inc. for five school zone flashers with integrated wireless control. The bid includes poles, signs, single beacons and hardware, plus some alternates. […]

16 SRSD teachers have no positions

CHARLES ELLIOTT DECLARED WINNER OF SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 4 AFTER RECOUNT SHOWS HIM AHEAD OF CHALLENGER BY 21 VOTES As of Aug. 20, Santa Rosa County School District listed 16 teachers for whom they had no positions. The district is placing the educators on a priority list in case more students than previously registered come back to the school district. […]

See something? Say Something!

The Northwest Florida Domestic Security Task Force and the Region One County Public Affairs and Information Officers established a joint effort to promote the “See Something, Say Something” campaign, a Department of Homeland Security sponsored effort to report suspicious activities and increase security across the country. A recent release of the United States Secret Service report on mass attacks in […]

Santa Rosa still short in revenue to balance budget

Santa Rosa County needs more money to balance the budget than commissioners first thought. The numbers from the state came back in revenues received since July and both the General Fund and the Road and Bridge funds will need help to make up the losses. Commissioners heard the news at their special budget workshop on Aug. 20. Commissioner Dave Piech […]

DLUX Printing owner sentenced for theft

United States Attorney Lawrence Keefe of the Northern District of Florida announced that Pensacola business owner Gerald Mandel, 52, was sentenced to three years’ probation on federal charges of theft of government money and submitting false claims for overpayment to the United States. Mandel, owner and operator of DLUX Printing, in Pensacola, filed approximately nine fraudulent invoices to the Government […]

Calendar of Meetings

Thursday, August 27 Capital Trust Agency Board of Directors Meeting 8:00 a.m., Community Center, 800 Shoreline Dr., Gulf Breeze Santa Rosa County Commission Regular Meeting 9:00 a.m., 6495 Caroline St., Milton Santa Rosa County Commission Special – Rezoning Meeting 6:00 p.m., 6495 Caroline St., Milton Tuesday, September 1 Republican Club of Santa Rosa County Meeting 6:00 p.m., Bistro 98, 5248 […]