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Emerald Coast Saves: BOTE Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Board [SPONSORED]

Emerald Coast Saves have teamed up with BOTE to bring you the DRIFT BUG SLINGER AEROBOTE for HALF OFF!   DRIFT BUG SLINGER AEROBOTE RETAIL $1399 EMERALD COAST SAVE PRICE: $799 INCLUDES PADDLE, PUMP, FIN AND WATER PROOF TRAVEL BAG Double reinforced PVC construction Travelink compataible Tri Fin setup Solid Eva Deck Pad Three carrying handles Nose […]

Oh, Baby! Emerald Coast Wildilfe Refuge dealing with first wave of baby animal season

OKALOOSA ISLAND — A baby raccoon the size of an apple lay curled up in a clear box on a Thursday morning at the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, cuddling a stuffed animal beside it.Gena Medley, a vet tech student and an intern at the refuge, picked up the critter with her hands and laid it on the scale.The numbers on the scale read 165 grams — less than half a pound.“He hasn’t even opened his little eyes yet,” she said, picking him up [...]

US man gets 15 years for trying to join Islamic State group

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A New York man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to join the Islamic State group, despite telling the judge he only wanted to provide humanitarian aid to Syrians.The U.S. District Court judge told Arafat Nagi (NAH'-gee) on Monday he found his humanitarian claims hard to believe in light of graphic social media posts of Islamic State violence and a photo of Nagi posing with an assault rifle.The 47-year-old Lackawanna (lak-ah-WAH'- [...]

‘Sticker shock’ over fire fee increases

MILTON —Santa Rosa County Commissioners are looking to increase annual rates for fire district services in unincorporated areas in the county.In February, Navarre Beach Fire Rescue went to the board to approve rate increases for fire services. But officials said that there would first need a study to assess department needs before a rate increase could be implemented. And instead of looking at just one department, they had the study cover nine other fire departments in [...]