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Navarre moms Allie Summerlin and Lynette Luster headed to the Holley-Navarre park with their kids as they normally do most Mondays during the pandemic. 

But when they arrived, they noticed the playground was covered in hate speech and swastikas. Down the slide in yellow spray paint read the words “f--- you.” Summerlin said much of the writing was racially charged. 

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After closing their doors in February due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is open again in a new location, but with the same mission. 

ECWR’s Dec. 7 grand opening in Holley-Navarre was short-lived as businesses closed their doors. Out of caution and respect, the nonprofit closed to the public and canceled its annual golf tournament fundraiser. Then, about three weeks ago, the refuge’s marine mammal recovery truck was stolen. 

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Residents in Navarre will soon have their own emergency room — a first for the unincorporated area.

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) recently announced an expansion of care to south Santa Rosa County with a $10.1 million freestanding ER.