Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa County
5:09 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Higher Gas Tax Possible in Santa Rosa

Credit Santa Rosa County

The loss of millions of dollars in state grant money for road projects next year, is prompting the Santa Rosa County Commission to explore other revenue streams. One possibility is a hike in the county’s gas tax.

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Santa Rosa Health
4:29 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Santa Rosa Announces County Health Improvement Plan

Credit Let's Go Northwest Florida

Health officials in Santa Rosa County have announced a plan to improve the overall health of county residents. The plan was first announced last year and has been reviewed and revised. Joann Vanfleteren, Operations Review Specialist for the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County says the state DOH created an initiative for for community health improvement planning. All 67 Florida counties are required to create the Community Health Improvement Plan.

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Santa Rosa Courthouse
4:28 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

New Courthouse Hinges On Tax & Location Votes

Rendering of proposed Santa Rosa County Courthouse

In 2002, voters in Santa Rosa County rejected a one-cent sales tax to fund a new courthouse.  Now 12 years later, they’re being asked again to support an extra penny tax for construction of a new judicial center. And, this time around, the General Election ballot includes three measures regarding location preference.

The Santa Rosa County Commissioners has spent much of the past few months educating residents on the need for a new courthouse, as well as making the case that the sales tax increase is the most reasonable option for paying for it.

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Current Courthouse Outdated
1:32 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Santa Rosa Officials Pitch Need For New Courthouse

Santa Rosa Courthouse
Credit Photo via Flickr//E.L. Malvaney

This fall, voters in Santa Rosa County are being asked to support a one-cent local option sales tax to pay for a new courthouse and determine where they’d like it to be located. In an effort to gain support, county officials have been making the case that the existing facility in downtown Milton is outdated and needs to be replaced.

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Election 2014
12:23 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Early Voting Begins For General Election Nov. 4th

    Early voting is getting underway across the region for the November 4th General Election. Voters in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Escambia Counties can cast ballots beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday, November 1st. 

For the General Election, each of the counties is exceeding the eight-day minimum by providing a total of 13 early voting days, with a combined 14 polling locations that will be open for 10 hours each day in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties; nine hours daily in Escambia.

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Emergency Preparedness
5:09 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Santa Rosa Mulls Emergency Communications Improvements

The Santa Rosa County Commission is mulling over an upgrade to the county’s emergency communications system. The the issue again goes before the panel on Thursday.

The idea is to get all Santa Rosa first responders on the same page of the hymnal – or in this case, on the same channel. County Administrator Hunter Walker says communications in emergency response can be compared to an algebra equation, in that there are two sides.

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Animal Welfare
3:05 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Santa Rosa County Offers Low Cost Pet Spay Program

Pet owners in Santa Rosa County are being offered a low cost opportunity to have their animals spayed or neutered. Dale Hamilton, Director of Animal Services in Santa Rosa County says the county received a $25,000 grant from the Florida Animal Friend license plate program to help income-eligible residents of Santa Rosa County get their pets spayed or neutered. The program began on October 1 and will run until the grant money is gone.

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Health
11:09 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Okaloosa Expands Rabies Alert & Santa Rosa Holds Rabies Drive-Through Clinic For Pets

The rabies alert, first issued last week, lasts for 60 days and is designed to notify the public of a concentration of animals testing positive for rabies in the area.  

Dr. Karen Chapman, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County, says this is a relatively unusual occurrence but residents should be aware that rabies can be found in all kinds of wild animals, "In this case it happened to be bats, that is we had three rabid bats associated with contact with humans or domestic animals in a 30 day period."

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Local Elections
5:33 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Recount Likely In Santa Rosa District 2 Race

Credit Santa Rosa County

  At face value the Republican primary in Santa Rosa County for the Board of Commissioners District 2 nomination looked like any other primary race. Until you noticed that both candidates were incumbent commissioners. Bob Cole is the sitting commissioner in district 2 and is running for his fourth term on the board. Jim Melvin is the current district 4 commissioner, but because of redistricting he now lives in district 2, so to seek a second term on the board he had to run against Cole. Take those circumstances, add an extremely low voter turnout and you get a very close election.

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Cole vs. Melvin
10:03 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Incumbents Faceoff For Santa Rosa Commission District 2

Santa Rosa District 2 Commissioner Bob Cole and Santa Rosa District 4 Commissioner Jim Melvin.
Credit Santa Rosa County

In Santa Rosa, the August 26 Republican Primary features two races for county commissioner. Due to redistricting, the District 4 race is wide open, with six political newcomers seeking the seat and the current office-holder running in District 2.  

That means the District 2 race has been left with the unusual circumstance of having two sitting commissioners running against each other.

Bob Cole is the District 2 incumbent. The owner of an auto repair shop for nearly three decades, Cole has held the office for 12 years and is seeking his 4th term.          

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