2023-01-26 E-Edition

City OKs revamp of Waffle House, Scooter’s

You’ll still be able to eat a pecan waffle with a side of hash browns scattered, smothered, covered and chunked, but you’ll be eating in a brand-new, reconstructed Waffle House. The City of Gulf Breeze, with member Todd Torgersen absent, gave unanimous approval to a proposal to demolish the Waffle House restaurant on Gulf Breeze Parkway, which will turn 50 […]

County OKs impact fee study

An impact fee study update from 2020 was approved at Monday’s Santa Rosa County’s meeting on Jan. 23. New county commissioner Kerry Smith brought the commission a recommendation from the county staff and a proposal from the group that performed the 2020 study and commissioners said they were in favor of going forward with to find a “fair and reasonable” […]

‘Art Mama’ continues teaching inside her home studio

Six-year-old Nico Tan could not suppress a smile and a silly giggle as he watched bubbles of blue and green paint turn his paper into a unique work of art. His older sister, 13-year-old Madison Tan, took her bubble art design a bit more seriously. “It looks 3-D to me.” She said. “The bubbles make something unexpected and difficult to […]

Governor calls for changes to teacher pay

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said in his Monday press conference that in this legislative session, teachers are going to be a main focus. He is also proposing changes in how teacher unions operate and how they get paid as well as some changes for school boards. DeSantis pointed to the legislation that sent $2 billion in funding to state schools […]

City will hire a procurement professional

Managing the bidding process was the topic of a resolution before the Gulf Breeze City Council on Jan. 17. City Manager Samantha Abell said that the budget outside the city limits tripled over the past decade, warranting a full-time procurement professional. “It is extremely difficult to spend the budget that this council sets which is necessary to maintain and operate […]

Calendar of Meetings

Thursday, January 26 Santa Rosa County Commission Public Forum 8:30 a.m., 6495 Caroline St., Milton Santa Rosa County Commission Regular Meeting 9:30 a.m., 6495 Caroline St., Milton Santa Rosa County Commission Special Rezoning 5:00 p.m., 6495 Caroline St., Milton Tuesday, January 31 Blackwater SWCD Regular Board Meeting 10:00 a.m., 12760 Chumuckla Hwy, Jay City of Gulf Breeze Staff Selection Committee […]


January 26

1 Year ago this week – 2022 Another high school in south Santa Rosa County may be a reality sooner than many thought. The Santa Rosa County School board Tuesday morning approved the hiring of an architectural firm to begin planning and design work. The school is to be built on the section of The Flea Market property the school […]

Calkins balks at proposed sign

A proposed new Navarre Beach Pier sign became an item for discussion and disagreement at the Monday county committee meeting and will be now taken off the consent agenda for Thursday’s meeting and listed “for discussion.” The Tourist development Council approved a new sign to be placed at the pier but commissioner James Calkins had a complaint. “I think it […]

Villa Venyce wreck

On Sunday, Jan. 22 at 4:20 a.m., Midway Engines 35, 36 and Battalion 35 were dispatched to the intersection of Gulf Breeze Parkway and Gondolier Boulevard for a motor vehicle crash. A full-size GM pickup truck, traveling eastbound on Gulf Breeze Parkway, left the roadway and struck a concrete power pole. A witness to the crash said the driver/sole occupant […]