• New Okaloosa Road Could Offer U.S. 98 Relief Between Hurlburt and Navarre

    The Florosa Collector is a roughly three-mile, two-lane road proposed for local traffic north of U.S. 98, starting east of Solar Drive (near Arby’s) and ending at Green Drive (La Casa Blanca restaurant). Graphic by Romi White. Florida Senator Doug Broxson and other local and state leaders on Monday met with military and state transportation … read more

  • OPINION: Commissioner Kerry Smith is a Tyrannical Hypocrite

    Smith pictured storming out of Monday’s meeting. He left the meeting twice while others were expressing their views on impact fees.  Santa Rosa County District 2 Commissioner Kerry Smith is ok with the Board of County Commissioners taking action on an issue which isn’t noticed ahead of time on a meeting’s  agenda – but only … read more

  • Holley-Navarre Water System Forensic Audit Report Now Available Online

    Utility employees, working to repair a water line break. Social media allegations of corruption have had a negative impact on employee morale – something new CEO Jeff Crigler hopes will improve after the release of a recently conducted forensic audit report. South Santa Rosa News file photo. Holley-Navarre Water System paid around $40,000 for a … read more

  • Commissioner Kerry Smith Walks Off Twice During Board Meeting after Tempers Flare

    Santa Rosa County District 2 Commissioner Kerry Smith briefly walked out twice during Monday’s committee meeting after heated exchanges with others over impact fees. Although Smith had added the impact fee discussion to the agenda, he failed to get the board ‘s support and no action was taken on the matter. Commissioners during the county’s … read more

  • Zoning Board Denies Recommendation for QuickTrip Truck Stop in Bagdad

    Bagdad residents have mounted opposition to the proposed zoning change, starting an online petition and other efforts to stop it The Santa Rosa County Zoning Board on September 14 denied recommending a proposed rezoning for a future truck stop on Garcon Point Road. County Commissioners on September 28 will make a final decision on the … read more

  • Commissioners Delay Impact Fee Talks, Plan to Remove Alternative Subdivisions

    Citing national economic woes, Santa Rosa County Commissioners during last night’s budget hearing adopted the 2023-2024 budget and voted to postpone impact fee discussions until October 2024. District 1 Commissioner Sam Parker’s motion to delay reconsideration of impact fees passed by a 4-1 vote with District 2 Commissioner Kerry Smith in opposition. “(Impact fees) will … read more

  • Drug House Seized

    Santa Rosa County now has ownership of a former drug house located at 5912 Congress Street in Midway after Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office filed to seize the property, citing it was used in violation of the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act.  Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson this morning hosted a press conference from the … read more