• Uber driver’s death under investigation

    The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office looking for a person of interest in connection with an early morning shooting death of an Uber driver on Okaloosa Island. 29-year old Filip L. Kirilov, believed to be a Destin resident, suffered a gunshot wound and was found dead inside his blue van at 656 Santa Rosa Boulevard around … read more

  • County tourist devlopment office to explore movable rip current warning signage

    Santa Rosa County tourism officials are exploring the purchase of movable signs which would alert swimmers to the presence of rip currents. Julie Morgan, director of the county’s tourist development office, said she will be looking into purchasing the signage, which county lifeguards could utilize. The National Weather Service this week has issued moderate rip … read more

  • AlertSantaRosa keeps residents updated with free, customized emergency notifications

    With the first day of summer comes the potential for seasonal thunderstorms and flooding rains. Get emergency notifications for up to five county addresses in the best format for you through AlertSantaRosa – now with the addition of Blackwater River and Coldwater Creek flooding alerts.   AlertSantaRosa provides Santa Rosa residents with free emergency notifications such as flash floods, … read more

  • Santa Rosa eighth graders ranked top in state math testing

    Santa Rosa County School District is celebrating students’ performance on state testing following last week’s release of scoring. “This year’s results reestablish Santa Rosa County as a top performer as compared to the other districts in the state,” stated Assistant Superintendent Bill Emerson. Emerson reported that 8th graders ranked #1 in the state for mathematics. “In … read more

  • Utility seeks four board members

    Holley-Navarre Water System is accepting applications for candidates to serve on its volunteer board, following the recent resignation and removal of four directors. HNWS President James Calkins resigned June 15, stating he was no longer a resident of Navarre. Last month HNWS Treasurer Ricki DeSantis also resigned, citing health reasons. Presently three duly elected board … read more

  • Volunteers sought for beach ambassador program

    Santa Rosa County’s UF/IFAS Extension Office is launching a new program, the Navarre Beach Ambassadors, dedicated to promoting safe enjoyment of Navarre Beach. The office is seeking local volunteers to walk the beach and interact with both local and visiting beachgoers. Interested individuals are invited to training sessions on either Wed., June 20, from 3-4:30 … read more

  • County population could reach 180K in 2020

    Santa Rosa County’s population boom could reach a record 180,000 residents by 2020, according to the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. That’s up from 117,743 in 2000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Santa Rosa County has a 3.2 percent unemployment rate — down from a 2010 peak of 10 percent. … read more