• OPINION: Wright is Wrong on Attempt to Ban Personal Cell Phones

    District 5 Commissioner Colten Wright seems to be a totally different person than the polite man who campaigned to serve. Sadly, he’s turned into a snarky, petty politician who, instead of focusing on the serious issues facing constituents in his district, added a discussion to the board’s July 22 work session to address fellow commissioners’ … read more

  • Commissioners Discuss Hiring New Attorney and Administrators

    Following the firing of the County Attorney in December, the procurement process is underway for Santa Rosa County to hire a permanent replacement. Additionally, the board is looking to fill the County Administrator and Assistant County Administrator positions after both recently resigned, following months of intensifying public heat over county operation failures. How to make … read more

  • Utility Gains Ground Under Business-Driven CEO

    Holley-Navarre Water System CEO Dr. Dallas Peavey Jr., left, pictured with Navarre Area Board of Realtors President Amy Mullins, HNWS President Mike Kennedy and HNWS Board Member Joe Campbell during the July 14 NABOR monthly luncheon at The Club at Hidden Creek, which is owned by the utility. Peavey was guest speaker at the sold-out … read more

  • Local “End of Watch” Ruck to Honor 368 Officers Who Died in the Line of Duty in 2020

    The End of Watch Memorial Ruck Returns to Santa Rosa County September 26 – October 2, 2021. Teams of athletes will work as teams to ruck 368 miles over the course of 7 days while carrying one-pound weights bearing the name of an officer who died in the line of duty in 2020.   “Every … read more

  • Santa Rosa County Supervisor Fired After Repeated Use of Racial Slurs at Work

    Santa Rosa County recently terminated a long-time employee after witnesses say racial slurs were used in the workplace. However, it was not the first time racial slurs were used by that employee, who received a written reprimand back in March 2020. On May 7, 2021, the County received a complaint  that a supervisor had used … read more

  • County Staff Punished for Failure to Manage and Enforce Waste Pro Contract

    Santa Rosa County Administrator Dan Schebler on July 16 placed Environmental Manager Andrew Hill on a 10-day unpaid suspension and issued a letter of reprimand to Environmental Director Michael Schmidt, stating they had failed to effectively manage and enforce the Waste Pro contract. In May and June 2021, the County conducted an internal investigation into … read more

  • Local Repeat Offender to Spend Life in Prison for Violent Sexual Battery

    State Attorney Ginger Bowden Madden announces that on July 16, 2021, Demetrius Rashad Mason was convicted by a jury in Santa Rosa County, Florida of Sexual Battery (Force Likely to Cause Serious Personal Injury) and Domestic Battery by Strangulation. On April 19, 2019, the Defendant broke into the victim’s home, physically attacked her, strangled, and … read more