What's Happening in Santa Rosa County

Staff Writer
Santa Rosa Press Gazette

MILTON — Upcoming Santa Rosa County events and activities are as follows. 


DRUG ADDICTION HELP: Narconon reminds families that the opiate problem in the U.S. is continuing to worsen and it’s more important than ever to know and understand the signs and symptoms of an opiate overdose.

To learn more about how to identify the signs and symptoms of opiate abuse, go to:


Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals at 1-888-824-1621.

ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER NOW ACCEPTS CIGNA INSURANCE: The Friary at Lakeview Center is now accepting Cigna Insurance for services. The Friary accepts many other health insurance plans including TriCare, and authorization for services is based on medical necessity.

Addiction treatment is not something that an individual or family should ignore. The Friary admissions team is striving to help the community by working with clients to determine their coverages and offer options when insurance won’t fully cover treatment.

A confidential assessment can be arranged at any time by calling 850-932-9375 or toll free 800-332-2271. Visit www.TheFriary.org to learn more about services.


SACRED HEART FREE SEMINARS FOR SENIORS: Sacred Heart Senior Services will offer three free "Healthy Living" seminars at locations in Northwest Florida. These seminars are designed for people ages 55 and older. Call 850-416-1620 or toll-free at 1-877-416-1620, or visit www.sacred-heart.org/seniorspirit to register.

"No Matter Your Age or Stage, You Need Balance" will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 8 at Mainstay Financial Group, 2810 E. Cervantes St., Pensacola. Speaker: Laurie Hanson, Life Coach. Sacred Heart and Mainstay are partnering to provide this series of "Power of E3" (Empower Educate Enlighten) seminars designed for women ages 55+.  To register, call 850-437-3127.

"Getting the Groove Back in Your Move" will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at Pace Medical Park Rehabilitation Center, first floor, 3754 Highway 90 in Pace. Speaker: Debra Baker, a personal trainer with New Horizons Fitness.

"Balanced Pain Relief: A Truly Drug-Free Pain Relief Solution" will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. Sept. 27 at St. Ann Catholic Church, 100 Daniel Dr., Gulf Breeze, in the chapel conference room. Speaker: Don Carlock, Jr., DC, a chiropractor with Balance Chiropractic.

PARK CLOSURE: Sept. 13 - Benny Russell Park in Pace and Holley Ball Park in Navarre - closed for the entire day while a new seal is put on the pour-in-place surfacing. The park will open the following day.


TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY: TOPS meets Tuesdays at 4709 Keyser Lane, Pace. Weigh in 8:30-9:45 a.m. Meet 10-11 a.m. Details: 1-800-932-8677.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY WRITER’S GUILD: 3:45-5:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the Guy Thompson Community Center, 5629 Byrom Street Milton Poet Laureate Marc Livanos’ poetry night includes open mic, free-verse workshops, poetry contests with prizes, author events and refreshments.

MILTON GARDEN CLUB MONTHLY MEETING AND PROGRAM: 9:30-11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Milton Event Center, 5256 Alabama St.

AZALEA GARDEN CLUB OF PACE: 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. every month on the second Monday, Sept. through May the club begins with a meet-and-greet, then at 1 p.m. the program and general meeting begin. Guest are always welcome. The location for the meeting is the Pace Fire Department Conference Room, 4773 Pace Patriot Blvd. For more information, call Jean at 380-2256.

Sept. 10, the club will host guest speakers from the Francis M Weston Audubon Society and will discuss this area’s wintering birds.

CENTRAL SANTA ROSA REPUBLICAN CLUB: 5:30 p.m. meal and 6:30 p.m. meeting first Thursdays at Grover T’s Restaurant, Highway 90 in Pace. Visitors are welcome. Call 377-3976 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays for more information. 

SANTA ROSA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION: 6 p.m. potluck dinner, 7 p.m. meeting on the third Thursday at the Santa Rosa County Extension office, 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton. Visitors are welcome. Details: Clarence Prater, president, 623-776-7018, or Sandy Ashby, vice president, 529-5770.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. second and fourth Fridays at the Navarre Library, 8484 James M. Harvell Road. All materials are provided; there’s no charge to attend.

GULF COAST CALLIGRAPHY GUILD: meets monthly on the second Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. call 995-7056 for details and further information.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Need a few credits to earn your high school diploma? Santa Rosa Adult School offers adult high school completion through earned credits. Classes are provided evenings in Milton and Navarre. Tuition is $30 per term. Call 983-5710 for details.

FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION: The Western Gate chapter’s activities are free to participate in except as noted. See more details at www.meetup.com/ftawesterngate/  

MILTON PIECEMAKERS QUILD GUILD Of MILTON: 9:15 a.m. second Monday of the month, the guild will meet at the Milton library, 5541 Alabama St. The meeting is open to anyone interested in quilting and joining the guild. This is not a library-sponsored event. Call 382-3952 for details.

MILITARY ORDER OF PURPLE HEART: meets 3rd Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. at Hope Church, 3220 Avalon Boulevard, Milton. 



The following offices are closed Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours of operation resume Sept. 4.

  • Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners, including the library system and animal shelter.
  • Santa Rosa County Clerk of the Court
  • Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser
  • Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections
  • Santa Rosa County Tax Collector

Central Landfill will be open regular hours. Fire, EMS and 911 Dispatch are open 24/7/365.

SANTA ROSA MEETINGS: The following meetings are held in the County Administrative Center boardroom, 6495 Caroline St., in Milton, unless otherwise indicated.

  • Blackwater Soil and Water Conservation District: 7 a.m. Sept. 4, 3927 Highway 4, Suite 102, Jay

  • Marine Advisory - Sept. 4, Cancelled

  • Public Hearing on FY18/19 Tentative Budget: 6 p.m. Sept. 4

  • Tourist Development Council Board Meeting: 8:30 a.m. Sept. 6, Tiger Point Community Center, 1370 Tiger Park Lane, Gulf Breeze

  • Commission Committee: 9 a.m. Sept. 10

  • Fire Department Executive Group: 6 p.m. Sept. 10, Emergency Operations Center, 4499 Pine Forest Road

  • MSBU Public Hearing: 6 p.m. Sept. 11, 

  • Law Library Committee: 12 p.m. Sept. 12, Santa Rosa County Courthouse, Room M9

  • Building Code Board of Adjustments: Sept. 12, Cancelled

  • Commission Regular: 9 a.m. Sept. 13

  • Zoning Board Meeting: 6 p.m. Sept. 13

  • Final Public Hearing on FY18/19 Tentative Budget: 6 p.m. Sept. 18

  • Flood Mitigation Task Force Meeting: 1:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Public Services Conference Room, 6051 Old Bagdad Highway

  • Commission Committee: 9 a.m. Sept. 24  

  • Bagdad Architectural Advisory Board: 8:30 a.m. Sept. 26, Public Services Conference Room, 6051 Old Bagdad Highway

  • Parks and Recreation: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26

  • Commission Regular: 9 a.m. Sept. 27

  • Commission Rezoning Meeting: 6 p.m. Sept. 27

MILTON MEETINGS: The following meetings take place at Milton City Hall, 6738 Dixon St., unless otherwise indicated.

  • Sundial Utilities meeting: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4 in council chambers
  • Executive Session: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4 in council chambers
  • Community Redevelopment Agency: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in council chambers
  • City council regular session: 5:45 p.m. Sept. 11 in council chambers
  • Reconvened session: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 for the purpose of adopting a budget and millage rate for FY 2018/19