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610 boating fatalities in 2014

610 boating fatalities in 2014

The U.S. Coast Guard last week released its 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics, which reported 610 boating fatalities, the second-lowest number of yearly boating fatalities on record. The lowest number of deaths were reported in 2013, with 560, an 8.9 increase. From 2013 to 2014, injuries increased from 2,620 to 2,678, a 2.2 percent increase and […]

Dr. Beach’s best beaches for 2015

Dr. Beach’s best beaches for 2015

Here is the top 10 list of best beaches for summer 2015 as rated by Stephen Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University specializing in environment and coastal studies. Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, issues the list annually using criteria including safety, cleanliness and accessibility. 1. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii 2. Barefoot […]

Seminars provide learning opportunity for local fishermen

Seminars provide learning opportunity for local fishermen

Mickey O’Reilly is a charter fishing boat captain who shared his knowledge with locals during the inaugural fishing seminar April 27 at Juana’s Pagodas on Navarre Beach. The topic was King mackerel fishing, and O’Reilly highlighted several points during the seminar, including the proper way to rig tackle, the use of proper lines, presentation of […]

Revised numbers: more than 98M tourists in 2014

Revised numbers: more than 98M tourists in 2014

Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that according to the revised preliminary 2014 visitation figure released by VISIT FLORIDA, 98.9 million people visited Florida last year, a 5.1 percent increase over the previous high of 93.7 million in 2013. This marks the second largest year-over-year visitor increase Florida has experienced in a decade, according to a release […]

Reef life identification cards a helpful tool

Reef life identification cards a helpful tool

Charlene Mauro, director of the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, has a new tool to help teach students and other Navarre Beach Artificial Reef visitors about the growing population of local marine life. Mauro helped develop waterproof cards that identify the more than 50 species of fish which have been observed on the artificial reefs […]

Rotary bringing rescue tubes to beach

Rotary bringing rescue tubes to beach

The Rotary Club of Navarre has placed the first rescue tube on Navarre Beach and plans to erect one at each of the county’s public beach accesses. Ed Carpenter, president of Navarre Rotary, said after taking leadership of the organization, he eyed the success of a similar program funded by fellow Rotarians in Hawaii. “They […]

Turtle Conservation Center expands efforts

Turtle Conservation Center expands efforts

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) hosts a Trash Bash each month, collecting debris found along the beach in order to protect sea turtles that nest on the beach as well as other forms of marine life. More than 1,100 pounds of trash was collected a year ago and a little more than […]

Student catches first cobia of the season at pier

Student catches first cobia of the season at pier

Dalton Morrison, a sophomore at Navarre High School, March 16 landed the first cobia of the 2015 season off Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Morrison caught the 32-pound fish using a lure he handcrafted. Morrison and other local students are enjoying spending time on Navarre Beach during Santa Rosa County District Schools’ Spring Break, which ends Friday. […]

Spring Break 2015 is underway

Spring Break 2015 is underway

Check out our comprehensive look at spring break dates. On Spring Break – March 9 – 13, 2015 Albertus Magnus College Albion College Alfred University Alverno College American International College American University Antioch New England Appalachian State University Arizona State University Austin Peay State University Baylor University Becker College Bemidji State University Benedict College Bentley College […]

Reef ready to come alive

Reef ready to come alive

The artificial reefs in the sound and on the Gulf side are home to more than 60 different species, and with warmer temperatures on the horizon, they’ll soon be teeming with sea life. The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station hosted a fish identification program Feb. 21 certifying participants to record the different marine life they see on […]

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