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The Santa Rosa County Commission is beginning the search for a new administrator. A draft announcement was discussed in Monday’s committee meeting.

Hunter Walker plans to retire on December 31, after two decades as Santa Rosa’s top non-elected governmental official. He made the announcement in mid-April, timing it to allow the panel as much time as needed to make its plans.

Officials from Santa Rosa County are crafting a strategy to encourage and manage retail development.  Shannon Ogletree, the Director of Economic Development for Santa Rosa County says because the county is growing so fast,  officials want to produce guidelines so retail development is planned and not haphazard. Ogletree, along with County Commissioner Jayer Williamson and Milton City Manager Brian Watkins recently attended an international retail convention in Las Vegas to begin the process of forming a retail strategy for Santa Rosa County.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic and Caribbean is underway, along with calls for residents along the coastline to be ready.

Forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict a slower than usual season, with six to 11 named storms, three to six possibly hurricanes, and one or two of those Category-3 or higher. Lead meteorologist Gerry Bell says the main player is El Nino.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the University of West Florida’s recently signed memorandum of understanding with Space Florida and the upcoming Affordable Housing Summit in Pensacola.

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The 60th Annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival will be held in Ft. Walton Beach this weekend. Since 1955 pirates have run amok in the city during the three-day pirate-themed event. 

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On the first day of competition in the DARPA Robotics Challenge IHMC completed seven of the eight tasks for a total of seven points in 56 minutes and four seconds. They finished the day in seventh place. At the end of day two IHMC  placed second out of 24 competitors from all over the world. Three teams total successfully completed all eight tasks and team KAIST of South Korea did it in the fastest time: 44 minutes. IHMC completed all eight tasks in 50 minutes.

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The current media frenzy around the Duggar family has brought the issue of child sexual abuse into the light. A new survey of over a thousand Floridians shows that while many are affected by abuse, more have a poor understanding of the problem. 

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NAS Pensacola observed the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Midway Atoll on Thursday morning, in a ceremony at the Museum of Naval Aviation.

Fought just six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Midway is often referred to as the turning point in the Pacific Theater.

“Our Navy and Marine Corps’ defense posture transitioned into an insurmountable offensive weapon that inflicted irreparable damage to the Imperial Japanese Navy on 4 June 1942,” said the event’s narrator. “Modern naval warfare was changed.”

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Nearly three months after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in March in Santa Rosa Sound, the investigation has been completed. The report has concluded that the cause of the accident that killed all 11 crew members was the result of “spatial disorientation.”

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The Bud and Dorie Day Patriots’ Trail is officially open in Ft. Walton Beach.

The trail is named in honor of Vietnam War hero Col. Bud Day, who died in July of 2013 at the age of 88, and his wife Dorie. It winds down Staff Drive, Nebraska Avenue, and California Drive and features 16 historical markers comprised of information highlighting their life together.

There’s a marker detailing Bud’s childhood, another on how he met the woman who would become the love of his life.

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