Sam Parker, Santa Rosa County Commissioner - District 1

Greetings from District 1!

The kids are back in school and the weather is hinting at getting cooler - and lots of great things are happening in District 1! For those of you who commute to Pensacola each morning, we have worked with Escambia County on the traffic signal timing at US 90 and Scenic and the US 90 and Campus Drive intersections.

Traffic before implementation

Traffic was monitored between 6:45 and 7:15 a.m. on Thurs., Sept. 20 and the same time Thurs., Sept. 27 after a new timing plan. The results showed a significant improvement on traffic moving through the area - approximately 21 minutes faster!

Traffic after implementation


Highway 90 landscape beautification in Pace

Landscape beautification coming to Highway 90 in Pace

Santa Rosa County has broken ground on a landscape beautification project for Hwy. 90 in Pace. The limits of the project extend from Woodbine Rd. east to Chumuckla Hwy.
Work has begun on the installation of a irrigation system. Plantings will begin in early October. The landscaping design includes added landscape beds with drip irrigation for efficient use of water. Plantings were designed to enhance the existing roadway and user experience featuring a mixture of shrubs and perennials to provide a more dynamic landscape with seasonal interest with vitex, loropetalum, and pink muhly grass used throughout. The project is expected to be completed by the end of October.

"These beautification enhancements will hopefully improve the sense of pride our residents have for their community as they drive into Pace and go hand-in-hand with our efforts to improve the appearance of our county," said Commissioner Sam Parker.
Funded by a $200,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, the project is the first in Pace. A second phase, beautification of the medians southwest of Woodbine Rd. to the Simpson River Bridge, is planned for 2019. For more information, contact Sheila Fitzgerald, grants and special programs director, 850-981-2016.
Benny Russell Park public meeting

Benny Russell Park meeting well attended!

Were you unable to attend Monday night's public meeting on the proposed enhancements for Benny Russell Park? Results from the initial survey about what residents want to see at the park, as well as the conceptual master site plan renderings based on those survey results are available online. Please share your feedback through the online comment card.

Drive-thru rabies clinic

Animal Services offers drive-thru rabies and flu vaccines

Has Fluffy had his rabies shot? Have you had your flu shot? The 2018 rabies vaccine drive through clinic is October 19 from 4-6 p.m.?? Free flu shots will also be provided by medical personnel from the health department to adults and children. Get your whole family vaccinated without leaving your vehicle!?????????????

Carter Crossing Apartments

Welcome, Carter Crossing Apartments!

Carter Crossing is a new apartment complex off Berryhill Road in Milton that provides affordable senior living for those 55 and older with an active and social lifestyle. Some of the amenities include a courtyard pavilion with grills, outdoor garden, fitness center, movie room, butterfly garden, fenced in dog park and more. Find more information on their website - Thank you for choosing Santa Rosa County!

National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

To celebrate and support October being National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, Santa Rosa County Animal Services will be implanting a free HomeAgain microchip for any K9 adopted! A lifetime registration fee for the microchip through HomeAgain is $19.99 to the pet owner. We are delighted to endorse this permanent form of identification as so many lost pets come into the shelter with no contact information of ownership to get them back home!

Pace Fire Rescue Open House to be held Sat. Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pace Fire Rescue Open House

Join Pace Fire Rescue for their open house next Saturday - October 13 - for station tours, cool demonstrations, fun activities (for kids of all ages), food and more!

Peanut Butter Drive going on now through November 21

Feed the hungry and meet a challenge; donate peanut butter to UF/IFAS Extension in Santa Rosa County

Help feed the hungry in Santa Rosa County this fall by donating unopened jars of peanut butter during the annual Peanut Butter Challenge, coordinated by UF/IFAS Extension in Santa Rosa County through Nov. 21.

"Last year we collected 1,162 pounds of peanut butter. This year we're wanting to collect two tons, or 4,000 pounds," said Chris Verlinde, Santa Rosa County extension agent.

Since 2012, volunteers and UF/IFAS Extension faculty have collected jars of peanut butter from residents, volunteer groups and businesses in 16 northwest Florida counties. Drop off locations include:
  • UF/IFAS County Extension offices in Milton, 6263 Dogwood Drive or
    in Jay, 5259 Booker Lane
  • Any Santa Rosa County library - locations in Milton, Pace, Jay, Navarre and Gulf Breeze
  • Central foyer at the county administration office, 6495 Caroline Street in Milton
  • Santa Rosa South Service Center, 5841 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze
"Thanks to the partnership between UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida Peanut Producers Association, local food pantries in Santa Rosa County will receive all of the peanut butter donated in this county-wide effort," said Mary Salinas, Santa Rosa County extension agent.

If you or your organization is interested collecting peanut butter for the 2018 challenge, contact Mary Salinas or Chris Verlinde, 850-623-3868.
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