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Santa Rosa County

Animal Services

  • The shelter is seeking 100 “on-call” emergency fosters. Adoption fees have been reduced to $10 for cats and $25 for dogs through the end of March. To make donations during this critical time, visit www.santarosa.fl.gov/animals.
  • Intake by owner surrender has been suspended until further notice.
  • Citizens are asked not to pick up stray animals unless they intend to foster them. If you see a stray, call the shelter, 850-983-4680 and notify them of the animal’s description and location. “Walk in” strays will not be accepted.
  • Animal Control Officers will make efforts to return found animals home in the field to prevent them from coming into the shelter.
  • Adoptions, foster and redemptions are by appointment only; call 850-983-4680.
  • Shelter will limit intake to “essential intake” only which includes:
    • bite/quarantine.
    • dangerous animals.
    • sick, injured, neonatal animals with no mother.
    • confiscation for owner and legal related issues.

Budget

  • The Office of Management and Budget will be closed to walk in traffic. For inquiries, contact BudgetDepartment@santarosa.fl.gov or call 850-983-1860.
  • Procurement will be closed to the public. Phone and/or video conferencing is available if needed for solicitations, or call 850-983-1870. 

Code Enforcement

  • Code Enforcement is closed to walk-in traffic.
  • The department will continue to work field cases without face-to-face interaction, utilizing phone and mail. Cases may be submitted to the office via phone (850-981-7090 or 850-981-7034) or the online portal.
  • All contractor licensing interaction shall be handled via phone and other electronic means.
  • For all other inquiries, email codecomp@santarosa.fl.gov.

Development Services (Planning, Zoning, Inspections)

  • Planning/Zoning
    • The lobby is closed for all walk-in appointments.
    • All pre-application meetings for Development Services will be conducted via conference call or postponed.  
    • Site plans, permit applications and other documentation that cannot be submitted electronically (emailed or faxed) can be placed in one of the drop boxes located one of our two locations. The Milton office is located at 6051 Old Bagdad Hwy., Suite 202, Milton and the south end office is located at 5841 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze.  
    • The April Zoning Board, April BOCC Special Rezoning and BOCC LDC Update workshop will be rescheduled to a later date and time.
    • Fax for permitting: 850-623-1208 and fax for planning/zoning: 850-983-9874.
  • Building Inspections
    • The lobby is closed to all walk-in traffic.
    • Permit applications may be submitted via email, fax or over the phone.  Please email srcpermits@santarosa.fl.gov, fax (850) 623-1208 or call (850) 981-7000.
    • Small building plan submissions, such as swimming pools, accessory structures, mobile homes, may be submitted via fax at (850) 623-1208 or email to srcpermits@santarosa.fl.gov.
    • Large plans, permit applications and other documentation that cannot be submitted electronically (emailed or faxed) can be placed in one of the drop boxes located at 6051 Old Bagdad Hwy., Suite 202, Milton or the south end office at 5841 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze.  
    • Online permitting is available for any sub-permit work on new single-family construction. Contractors should login to the Contractor Console to find the main building permit for the project in question. This option is currently not available for owner-builders. For assistance, call (850) 981-7057 or email jennifert@santarosa.fl.gov.
    • In-person non-essential inspections, such as those for window and door installations, shutter installations, mechanical unit change outs, and water heater replacements are postponed until further notice.  However, the contractor or permit holder can request the inspection to be performed virtually. Call (850) 981-7000 to schedule a virtual inspection.
    • Inspectors will continue to work in the field performing essential inspections but will have limited public interactions. Call the HELLO system (850) 981-7050 to set up an inspection or call the main office (850) 981-7000. 
    • All non-essential meetings, including our in-person pre-application meetings, have been cancelled until further notice. However, we can schedule a pre-application meeting via a conference call or web-based. Call (850) 981-7084 or use the on-line Meeting Request Form to schedule an appointment.
    • If you cannot pay for a permit or other item using an escrow account, debit or credit card, call 850-981-7000 to schedule an appointment to make a payment. 
    • Flood determinations or flood questions are available via email, fax or over the phone. Call (850) 981-7029 or email WebEmail-FloodReview@santarosa.fl.gov.
    • Non-essential periodic fire/life safety inspections have been cancelled. This does not include new construction or for those businesses needing a fire/life safety inspection for state licensing purposes, such as a daycare or assisted living facility. Call (850) 981-7000.

Economic Development Office

  • The office is closed to walk-in traffic.
  • Santa Rosa County has enacted ESF 18 in conjunction with the Economic Development Office to provide guidance and coordinate issues with Santa Rosa County’s business community in all phases of emergency management.
  • SantaRosaReady.com has been created to serve as a clearinghouse for all business needs including information on how to apply for bridge loans.
  • Even if you haven’t yet been impacted financially by COVID19 we encourage all business owners in Santa Rosa County to complete the surveys on SantaRosaReady.com and register with the SBDC.
  • For questions call (850) 623-0174 or email ESF18@santarosa.fl.gov.

Engineering

  • The lobby is closed for walk-in traffic. 
  • All pre-application meetings for engineering and development services will be conducted via conference call or postponed.  
  • Engineering/development plan submittals may be left in a drop box outside engineering front door.
  • For questions call or email: (850) 981-7100, Engineering@santarosa.fl.gov

Environmental (Solid Waste, Landfill, Mosquito Control)

  • Landfill services will operate under normal conditions.
  • Citizens may experience delays in trash pickup due to franchise hauler’s operations.
  • Mosquito control will be operating under normal conditions. 
  • Contact Environmental-Dept@santarosa.fl.gov or 850-981-7135 for more information.

Extension Services

  • The extension office is closed to walk-in traffic.
  • Staff and faculty are available by phone, email and online contact.
  • All volunteers associated with extension services are asked to limit office/garden visits and contact agents by phone and email. 
  • Services such as, soil samples, plant samples or identification are still available through communicating by phone or computer.  
  • Soil samples forms available for pick up at the front door along with the online services informational card.

Facilities Maintenance/Parks

  • All county parks are open for the public to enjoy walking and running with exception of parks on the island of Navarre Beach.
  • The public is discouraged from using playground equipment as the means to keep equipment sanitized at all times is not possible.
  • All restrooms at county parks are closed until further notice.
  • No walk-ins are being accepted.
  • Drop off box is located at 4530 Spike’s Way, County Auditorium
  • Reserve a facility on-line at https://anprod.active.com/santarosa/servlet; the earliest availability is after May 19, 2020.
  • Structural, operations and landscaping/grounds will be operating under normal conditions until further notice.
  • For questions, contact BuildingMaintenance@santarosa.fl.gov or 850.983.1940.

Human Resources

  • Human Resources will continue to provide services but will close the office to in-person traffic. Individuals may communicate with the department via e-mail or phone. New employee orientations will be by appointment.
  • Human Resources can be reached by phone, 850-983-1948 or hr@santarosa.fl.gov.

Libraries

  • Returning items
    • Patrons should place returned items in the book drops.
    • Employees will wear gloves when retrieving returned items.
    • Items will be sanitized before being checked back in.
  • Checking items out
    • Patrons can log in to their library accounts online to browse the catalog and place requests for items. For assistance with this, please call 981-READ.
    • Staff will wear gloves as they pull items from the shelves. Items will be sanitized before being checked out
    • Patrons will be notified when their holds are ready to be picked up. Pick up hours will be between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Mon. through Fri.
      • If you cannot pick up your items during this time frame, contact the library for assistance.
      • If someone else (a family member or friend) will be picking up your items, notify the library by phone.
    • Bring a photo ID to pick up items.
    • Pick up will be contactless. Patrons must show a photo ID at the door. Items will be placed on a table for the patron to retrieve.
    • All library items, except those received via ILL (interlibrary loan), will be renewed automatically unless another patron has a hold on the item.
  • Other library services
    • Patrons who do not have internet access at home may sit in the parking lot to access the WiFi.
    • Although facilities are closed for browsing, the library website is being updated to include an “eSources for Everyone” page with links to free eSources cardholders can access from home, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, educational resources, and more.
    • If your account is blocked, preventing you from accessing these online resources, contact your library for assistance.
    • Donations of books and other materials will not be accepted until further notice. Do not leave them outside the libraries.
    • All bill payments must be made over the phone with a credit or debit card until further notice.
    • For any other questions, call 981-READ (7323).

Navarre Beach Utilities

  • The Navarre Beach Utilities lobby has been closed for all walk-in traffic.
  • Utility bills and lease fee payments may be left in the after-hours drop box.
  • Services are available via email and phone: (850) 981-8888, NavarreBeachDept@santarosa.fl.gov

Public Works/Road & Bridge

  • The lobby has been closed to walk-in traffic. 
  • Residents may report issues online.
  • For general inquiries, call 850-626-0191.

Tourist Development Office (TDO)

  • The office is closed at 4:30 p.m Mon., Mar. 23 to walk-in traffic however phones, 850-981-8900, will be answered during normal work hours.
  • A live chat function will be added to Getrelaxing.com by 4:30 p.m. Mon., Mar. 23.
  • Grab & Go Visitor Bags will be stocked and placed outside the front door on a daily basis which will include an updated status list of restaurants serving take-out and gift shops that are open as well as the hours of Walmart Navarre, Publix, Winn Dixie and Neighborhood Walmart, CVS and Walgreens.
  • The office will continue to provide updates to the Tourism Development Council.

Veterans Services

  • Veterans Services closed to walk-ins.
  • The Milton office is open by appointment only as deemed necessary.
  • South Service Center is closed, however Veterans Services office remains open for appointments.
  • Veterans Services Milton Office: 850-981-7155, fax: 850-981-7154
    Laurie Schulze: lauries@santarosa.fl.gov
    Karen Haworth: karenh@santarosa.fl.gov
  • Veterans Services South Service Center: 850-981-7110, fax: 850-981-7085
    Tonye Rutherford: tonyer@santarosa.fl.gov
    Andy Anderson: andya@santarosa.fl.gov

Constitutional Officers

Clerk of Courts

  • The Clerks office is suspending the application process for passports and marriage licenses until further notice.
  • In-person payments at the courthouse for fines and fees are suspended until further notice. Individuals wanting to pay their fines and fees can call the Clerks office at (850) 981-5554, use the website or mail in payments.
  • The Clerk of Courts office at the South End Service Center is closed until further notice.
  • Civil traffic infraction hearings scheduled for Thurs., Mar. 19, in Santa Rosa County have been continued to Fri., Apr. 24, at 1:30 p.m. 
  • The Florida Supreme Court has temporarily suspended jury selection proceedings from Mar. 16 - 27. Jurors who are serving on trials that have already commenced should contact the office of the presiding trial judge for instructions.

Property Appraiser

  • The Property Appraiser has added a live chat function to their website allowing taxpayers the opportunity to chat with a staff member regarding properties within the county or with website assistance.
  • The property appraiser’s office is now closed to the public.
    All homestead applications and tangible personal property returns can be filed online at www.srcpa.org. Users will need the supplied credentials which were mailed to them in January.
  • Instructional videos are available on the web site to assist users with completing tangible personal property returns.
  • All eligible property and business owners are encouraged to file returns and/or homestead applications as soon as possible.

Sheriff’s Office

  • The sheriff’s office has suspended fingerprinting services until further notice.
  • The 2020 Public Safety Coordinating Council Meeting scheduled for April 15 has been cancelled.
  • Jail intake procedures have been enhanced in order to provide a more intensive screening for new inmates.
  • The department has implemented ongoing enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of the detention department.
  • Deputies have been provided with PPE equipment as needed.
  • All volunteers have been restricted from entering the jail.
  • Hand sanitizers have been installed throughout the sheriff’s office.
  • The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has launched eReports Online Reporting. THIS IS NOT FOR EMERGENCIES. Citizens can now submit an online report for:
    • Petit Theft
    • Vandalism
    • Scams and Frauds
    • Harassing Phone Calls
    • Lost Property
    • Lost/Stolen Tags
    • Gas Drive Off
    • Credit Card Fraud

Supervisor of Elections

  • Register to vote by mail in upcoming elections. Visit www.votesantarosa.com or call 805-983-1900.
  • Santa Rosa County SOE lobby is closed to the public until further notice.
  • Voter registration applications can be completed online, mailed or placed in the drop box at the Tax Collector’s Office in Milton. Inquiries about pre-filing for office, third party voter registration applications and candidate petition drop off’s may be done by appointment only.
  • The office will be available by phone (850) 983-1900, email (villane@santarosa.fl.gov) or online at www.votesantarosa.com.

Tax Collector

  • Beginning Mon., Mar. 23 and until further notice, the lobby of all locations will be closed. Employees will continue to assist as many citizens as possible by way of the drive thru at the Milton location as well as by way of phone queue by calling (850) 983-1800 and online at www.santarosatax.com.
  • The tax collector’s office is transitioning to online transactions only (or Milton drive thru) for tag renewals (stickers), property tax payments, business tax receipts, parking permit applications/renewals, hunting and fishing licenses, and lost /stolen license plates.
  • Jay office will be closed until further notice.
  • Only Santa Rosa County residents will be served.
  • No driving tests or concealed weapons services until further notice.
  • The tax collector has cancelled all appointments including CDLs (hazmat licenses), concealed weapons applications/renewals, driving tests, etc. until further notice.
  • Many transactions can be completed online at www.santarosatax.com. Citizens are urged to take advantage of this convenient option. 

School District

School District

  • For more frequent updates, see: https://www.santarosa.k12.fl.us.
  • Educational material delivery will start Mar. 30. Parents are permitted to pick up instructional materials from school or the district will deliver them to the home.
  • Students will remain out of school until April 15. Santa Rosa District Schools will be standing up a virtual learning curriculum for all of our students. Additionally, students without internet access will be provided alternate learning avenues to make certain all students are provided a high quality curriculum. 
  • Feeding sites will be set up throughout the county for any child up to 18 (21 if special needs), regardless of free/reduced lunch status.
  • Students must be present to receive a meal.
  • Parents/guardians can’t request additional meals for children at home.
  • Breakfast/lunch feeding program school sites drive thru service will begin 3/23 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on weekdays until further notice
    • Milton High - bus ramp on Raymond Hobbs Lane
    • East Milton Elementary - bus ramp in front of school
    • Bagdad Elementary - bus ramp area
    • TR Jackson - parent pickup area
    • Benny Russell Elementary - bus ramp area
    • Berryhill Elementary - bus ramp
    • Jay Elementary - bus loop on Alabama Street
    • Central School - parent pickup area
    • Pea Ridge Elementary - parent pickup lane
    • Holly Navarre Primary - parent pickup area
    • Also in the communities served by the schools above, meals will be delivered by bus from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on weekdays.
  • Breakfast/lunch feeding program off-site locations:
    • Floridatown
    • Living Truth Church (Pace - Chumuckla)
    • Midway Fire Station, 1322 College Parkway
    • Bus stop at 3144 Auburn Way (Milton)
    • Bus stop at 7596 Blackjack Circle (Navarre)
    • Blackwater Baptist (Munson)
    • Santa Gurtrudas Drive (East Milton, south of I-10)
    • Permenter Road (East Milton, north of I-10)
    • Skyline (Milton)
      • Intersection of Syrcle and Judy
      • Intersection of Syrcle and Julia
      • Intersection of Skyline and Eva
      • Intersection of Syrcle and Gaynell
    • Bell Ridge Apartments (Pea Ridge)
    • Santa Villa (Pea Ridge)
  • Twelve-month employees should remain in contact with the school or department during spring break to receive updates.
  • Teachers should plan on reporting to work on March 30.

Municipalities

City of Gulf Breeze

  • Parks remain open for the public’s enjoyment, with playgrounds and inside facilities closed. On public property, individuals are to keep a minimum 6’ distance apart, and maintain gatherings no greater than ten individuals.
  • The City has suspended online service fees for payments.
  • The City has approved emergency pay for all essential personnel.
  • The moratorium on publicly-permitted events continues throughout the month.
  • The City is cross-training personnel to ensure continuity of essential operations.
  • The Gulf Breeze City Council will meet for its regular meeting at 5:30 PM, Monday, April 6. The agenda and supporting materials are published on the city’s website and delivered e-blast. The City will utilize YouTube Live for viewers.
  • All other non-essential volunteer and committee board meetings have been canceled. This includes the Charter Review Committee, Board of Adjustment, Architecture Review Board, Pension Board, Tourism Development Advisory Council, and South Santa Rosa Utility System Board, among others.
  • Subscribe to the city’s e-news at: https://tinyurl.com/rokhtpg.

City of Milton

  • Milton City Council declared a state of emergency Mon., Mar. 23. The city is operating within its emergency management plan and pandemic plan.
  • All city buildings as well as Milton City Hall lobby are closed to the public. The north service door at city hall is for entry only.
  • Milton Police Department lobby will remain open.
  • All essential city functions will continue: public works, water/sewer/gas, sanitation, police, fire, finance, public information and administration.
  • Online payment fees have been removed at www.miltonfl.org. The drive-thru window is open and walk-ups are welcome.
  • City parks will remain open as long as people practice social distancing. Playground equipment, tables, etc. are not sanitized. All restrooms are closed.
  • The city is encouraging electronic transactions, limiting social interactions, disinfecting public surfaces regularly and ensuring accuracy of all disseminated information.
  • Milton Community Center and Milton Event Center are closed until further notice.
  • The committee of the whole is cancelled for March and a determination will be made on the executive committee meeting in April.
  • Advisory bodies will only meet if necessary.
  • Federal Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources are available for Florida and listed on the city’s website

Town of Jay

  • Bray-Hendricks Park is open; the town is discouraging groups greater than ten people. The playground is closed.
  • The Community Center is not available for public gatherings.
  • Jay Town Hall is open, but the lobby is closed to customers. The drive through is open.

Other agencies 

Baptist Health Care

  • Effective Tues., Mar. 24, a No Visitation policy with limited entry doors will be activated at Baptist Hospital, Gulf Breeze Hospital and Jay Hospital. Visitor exceptions will be made for end of life and critical caregivers. Approved visitors will be actively screened prior to entrance with CDC screening questions and temperature checks. 
  • Following Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Health & Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, elective surgeries and procedures at Baptist Health Care facilities have been postponed. This includes Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center, Baptist Medical Park - Nine Mile Ambulatory Surgery Center, Baptist Hospital, Gulf Breeze Hospital and Jay Hospital. We are working with all patients to reschedule their care to a future date and ensuring their current needs are being met. Exceptions will be made for time-sensitive and urgent needs on a patient-by-patient basis. 
  • All screening appointments for imaging, including mammograms, DEXA scans, lung CTs and screening endoscopy, are being rescheduled for late April. Medically urgent imaging appointments will remain unchanged as scheduled.
  • Baptist Health Care now offers a screening center to evaluate people with respiratory illness and COVID-19 symptoms. The center’s focus is to provide a more comprehensive treatment program by screening those who may have COVID-19 and treating people with Flu-A, Flu-B, pneumonia or other respiratory illnesses.
  • All individuals with respiratory symptoms - such as cough, fever and shortness of breath - can set up an appointment with the Screening Center by contacting their Baptist Medical Group - Primary Care provider office. An appointment is required to visit the center.
    • The Baptist Medical Group office will assess a person’s symptoms to determine if a visit to the clinic is needed.
    • If they meet the criteria, an appointment will be scheduled.
    • They will be given a phone number to call upon their arrival.
    • Patients will be asked to remain in their vehicles and a BMG team member will great them and escort them to the clinic.
  • For more information visit eBaptistHealthCare.org.

CareerSource Escarosa

  • CareerSource Escarosa offices are closed to the public until further notice. Center staff will remain available to serve job seekers and others by phone, online and any other electronic means possible.
  • Residents are encouraged to use internet-based services such as www.employflorida.com, www.floridajobs.org, and to call the office for telephone assistance and work with one of the advisors. Those needing to initiate or manage a reemployment claim for benefits will find the link to the CONNECT system here.
  • Information for job seekers here.
  • Information for employers here.

Chambers of Commerce Join Community Partners to Host Medical Supply Drive to Assist Local Healthcare Providers

Chambers of commerce in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, in conjunction with Senator Doug Broxson, Mayor Grover Robinson, Santa Rosa County Commission Board Chairman Don Salter and Escambia County Commission Board Chairman Steven Barry are hosting a medical supply drive on Fri., Apr. 3, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Individuals and businesses, such as construction companies, contractors, nail salons, non-essential medical offices, veterinarians, are asked. to donate any supplies not currently being utilized to assist the local healthcare community.

Providers have identified their greatest needs as follows:

  • Respirator Masks N95 1860/1860s
  • Standard Face/Surgical Masks (Loop or Tie-on)
  • Flexible Mini-Tip Flocked Swab-Nasopharyngeal
  • Full Length Face Shields
  • Isolation Gowns
  • Nitrile Medical Examination Gloves

Volunteers will be accepting donations via drive-by drop-off at:

  • PenAir Federal Credit Union (1495 E. 9 Mile Rd., Pensacola)
  • Blue Wahoos Stadium (351 W. Cedar St., Pensacola)
  • Grover T’s (5887 Highway 90, Milton)
  • Navarre Chamber of Commerce (1804 Prado Str.)

For more information, contact the Pensacola Chamber’s Director of External Affairs Sara Lefevers at 850-356-8735 or slefevers@pensacolachamber.com, or Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Donna Tucker at 850-623-2339 or ceo@srcchamber.com.


Council on Aging

  • COA is using the sites of Bagdad and Chumuckla, however the participants must reserve meals to pick up and take home.
  • All seniors who received meals from the Milton Community Center can receive plated to-go meals at 6860 Pooley St., Bagdad.
  • Call (850) 432-1475 by noon the previous day to receive a meal.

ECUA

  • The walk-in area of ECUA’s Customer Service Center located at Ellyson Industrial Park will close for all client walk-in assistance and in-person appointments effective Mon., Mar. 23, until further notice.
  • Customers may reach the Customer Service Center by calling (850) 476-0480 or by emailing customer.service@ecua.fl.gov.
  • Customers are encouraged to take advantage of a variety of convenient bill payment options that do not require face-to-face exposure or can be done from home. For complete information on bill payment options, please visit ecua.fl.gov/my-bill.

Emerald Coast Regional Council

  • The Emerald Coast Regional Council has postponed all upcoming transportation public meetings including meetings of the Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and their committees.
  • Meetings will be rescheduled after May 1. Details will be sent out for public notice. For more information, contact PublicInvolvement@ecrc.org or 850-332-7976.

Escambia River Electric Cooperative

  • Jay Office: The drive-through is open to the public.
  • Walnut Hill Office: The post office mail receptacle area is mail or packages. Postage purchasing and large package drop-off will need to be handled at a full-scale post office facility.
  • Members are encouraged to utilize remote options for electric service. Payments may be made by mail, at www.erec.com, by phone autopay or depository.
  • Services such as opening or closing an electric, water or internet account; making changes to your services; inquiring about your account balance, service orders, etc. can all be handled by email or phone.
  • Contact memberservices@erec.com or call (850) 675-4521 / 1-800-235-3848 for assistance.

First Judicial Court

  • By order of the Supreme Court of Florida, the First Judicial Circuit will be moving to mission-critical functions only.
  • Civil traffic infraction hearings scheduled for Thurs., Mar. 19 have been continued to Fri., Apr. 24 at 1:30 p.m. 
  • All grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials are suspended through Friday, April 17 by order of the Florida Supreme Court.
  • Access to the courthouse and proceedings are limited effective immediately. Only those persons with business before the court, or with agencies within those facilities (Clerk of Court, State Attorney, or Public Defender) may enter the facilities. Only necessary participants are allowed into any hearing (witnesses, attorneys, and parties, essential court staff).
  • Proceedings for which more than 50 people are scheduled to be heard will be held at staggered intervals. Persons with no official business who are not necessary participants are not allowed in the facility. As possible, the Circuit will hold proceedings by video and telephonic appearances.
  • Persons entering court facilities will be allowed one small (no larger than two ounces) bottle of hand sanitizer. As available, each facility will provide sanitizer for public use. Individuals with known symptoms or exposures should make the judges aware prior to any appearance. Any attorney, litigant, or any member of the public having a specific need to be excused or any other request should make the judge aware of the circumstances.

Florida Forest Service

  • Commissioner Nikki Fried has ordered all Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offices and facilities temporarily closed to the public through Sun., Apr. 19.
  • Closures include Blackwater Forestry Center day-use areas, campgrounds, and recreation areas.
  • Essential personnel such as wildland firefighters and agricultural law enforcement officers will continue serving in the field while practicing social distancing.

Florida State Parks

  • The Department of Environmental Protection has closed all Florida state parks to the public effective Mon., Mar. 23.
  • For continuous updates, follow Florida State Parks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For additional information on Florida State Parks, please contact 850-245-2157.

Gulf Islands National Seashore

  • Special use permits for activities have been cancelled.
  • The Naval Live Oaks Area Soundside (south of Highway 98) is closed.
  • The Santa Rosa areas of the Gulf Islands National Seashore are closed until further notice. This includes the Opal Beach complex and Highway 399 between Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach.
  • Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, park beaches, islands, hiking trails, fishing piers, and campgrounds remain open at this time. 
  • All ranger led programs have been cancelled.
  • The Naval Live Oaks Exhibit Area at park headquarters is closed.
  • The restrooms in Clusters A & E at Opal Beach are closed.

Opening Doors Northwest Florida

  • Opening Doors has created a COVID 19 resources page with information on shelters, food, services, transportation and financial assistance for individuals in need in both Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.

Pensacola State College

  • PSC is transitioning face-to-face classes, including most labs and clinicals, to an online format when classes resume Mon., Mar. 30. Students in clock hour programs will receive instructions for their specific program from their instructors.
  • Personnel will continue to work remotely Mar. 30 through Apr. 5, unless contacted by their supervisor to report to campus.
  • All classes, including online classes, are suspended through Sun., Mar. 29. 
  • Campuses, centers and buildings are closed to students through Sun., Mar. 29.
  • Registration for summer classes begins Apr. 15 and fall registration begins Jun. 1.
  • Campuses and buildings are closed to the general public through May 6, which includes the pool, theater, art gallery, planetarium, testing center, gymnasium, dental clinic, library, and fitness centers.
  • All events have been cancelled through May 6, including the Lumberjack Festival, art exhibitions and lyceum performances.
  • For questions, use Live Chat on the website at pensacolastate.edu, email AskPSC@pensacolastate.edu, or call 850-484-2000, Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • FAQs are available at Pensacolastate.edu/Covid19.

Small Business Development Center

  • Effective immediately, eligible small businesses interested in applying for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program, a short-term loan designed to help business owners bridge the gap between the time of impact and when the business has secured long-term assistance, should apply for the program through one of two ways:
  • The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been launched to support small businesses. The program will provide short-term, interest-free loans to businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period runs through May 8, 2020. More information is at FloridaDisasterLoan.org.
  • The governor has requested the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) make the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program available for Florida’s small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) stands ready to assist businesses in accessing this funding when available.
  • The Business Damage Assessment survey has been activated to assess the impact of COVID-19 on local business operations. The survey will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts on the local economy so actions to implement relief programs can begin. It is available at https://floridadisaster.biz.

Tri-County Community Council, Inc

  • TCCC, the designated transportation coordinator for Santa Rosa County, will suspend all non-life sustaining client trips beginning April 1 for two weeks.
  • TCCC will reanalyze continuing service following the suspension
  • TCCC will continue to provide service to dialysis and cancer patients.
  • TCCC Office located at 7255 East Highway 90, Milton, FL 32583 will remain open.
  • Call (850) 626-6806 for questions or inquiries.

West Florida Healthcare

  • West Florida Healthcare is implementing a No Visitor Policy for West Florida Hospital, the West Florida Rehabilitation Institute, The Pavilion and Perdido Bay ER. Visitor exceptions will be made for labor and delivery, end of life visits, pediatrics and the pediatric intensive care unit. Those exceptions will be limited to one parent or support person during visiting hours (6 a.m.- 6 p.m.). 
  • Visitors will continue to be screened prior to entrance with CDC screening guidelines. Visitors who screen positive for respiratory illness will not be allowed to enter.