Santa Rosa County

American Diabetes Association

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County is offering a new program, aimed at heading off the onset of Type-2 diabetes in those most prone to develop the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three American adults has pre-diabetes.

“Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar on average is higher than it should be, but it’s not yet at the threshold for a diagnosis of diabetes,” said Sandra Park-O’Hara, Administrator of the Department of Health in Santa Rosa.

Cold Weather Shelters Open In Santa Rosa & Okaloosa

Feb 13, 2015
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Cold Weather Shelters across the region will be opening their doors through the weekend as temperatures are predicted to dip below 40 degrees. 

In Okaloosa County, the cold weather shelters are part of the Cold Night Program and operated by a group of local churches.  

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Santa Rosa County residents in search of RESTORE Act funding for their projects can begin submitting their requests as of Monday. About $4.4 million is available.

Passed by Congress in 2012, the RESTORE Act diverts 80% of any civil and administrative Clean Water Act penalties related to the 2010 BP oil spill to the five Gulf Coast states, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, for ecological and economic restoration.

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Santa Rosa County is asking the state for $8 million for a major renourishment project on Navarre Beach. Roger Blaylock, a Santa Rosa County Engineer and Navarre Beach Director says there have been signs of erosion on the beach and the county has requested funds from the state to rebuild the entire beach.

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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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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.

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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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.

    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.

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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