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Lifeguards close season in new tower

Lifeguards close season in new tower

Navarre Beach lifeguards ended their season Oct. 31 in a brand new lifeguard stand that replaced a wind-damaged Tower 3. “In the beginning of the year we lost three towers,” lead lifeguard Greg Matechik said. “And then when that cold front came through a few weeks ago, it blew the roof off the other tower.” When Tower 3 was damaged, […]

Navarre Beach park repair costs drifting upward

Navarre Beach park repair costs drifting upward

The cost to maintain Navarre Beach facilities were up this year due to the winter freeze and the need to rebuild three lifeguard stands due to high winds. Pier restrooms were also renovated bringing the 2013-2014 season’s current maintenance expenses to $59,702. That number is up $25,106 from last year and $32,579 from two years ago. Read more in the Oct. 30 issue of the Navarre Press or subscribe online […]

Turtle Center launches clear-bottomed kayaks

Turtle Center launches clear-bottomed kayaks

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center has a new attraction aimed to promote education and awareness of local reefs and marine ecosystems. The center launched five clear-bottomed kayaks at its Oct. 11 Sea Turtle Extravaganza. Cathy Holmes, project director for the center, was joined by a group of volunteers at the event, which also featured children’s activities, such as face-painting and arts and crafts. The landbased fun took place at […]

Fee simple titles complicated by Navarre pass amendment

Fee simple titles complicated by Navarre pass amendment

County commissioners from Escambia and Santa Rosa joined forces to lobby the United States Senate, specifically Senator Bill Nelson, over a controversial amendment added to House Resolution 2954, Public Access and Lands Improvement Act that would prohibit the construction of a pass or channel through Santa Rosa Island. “Barrier islands are not fixed, they move. When you try to maintain a fixed channel in an island that’s moving, you end […]

Navarre Beach shines after 2-ton facelift

Navarre Beach shines after 2-ton facelift

A whopping 313 people collected 2.33 tons of trash in September’s International Coastal Cleanup to send Navarre Beach into the offseason with style. That number did not include larger items that were picked up separately by the county. The event was organized by Santa Rosa Clean Community and Waste Pro donated a dumpster and waved […]

Gulf Islands National Seashore lands $15M makeover

Gulf Islands National Seashore lands $15M makeover

The Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS) will see some major renovations in the coming months thanks to nearly $15 million collected from BP. $4 million will go toward a new ferry program that will utilize two passenger ferry boats to take visitors from Whitewater Beach to Fort Pickens and vice versa. The operation will be part of National Park Service concessions but will be operated by a […]

New tourism director named

New tourism director named

Julie Morgan, executive tourism director for Monroe County, Tennessee, has been tapped to lead Santa Rosa County’s tourism industry. Negotiations are presently underway for her $68,000 annual contract. Morgan says she has been vacationing along the Emerald Coast all of her life. “I’m very familiar with Navarre Beach,” she said, noting the protected beauty of Gulf Islands National Seashore. “Another part about your county […]

July tourism revenues best on record

July tourism revenues best on record

Thousands of visitors packed Navarre Beach this summer, booking up area hotels and condos. Coupled with a one cent bed tax increase effective June 1, resulting revenues were the highest ever recorded during the month of July. More than $427,000 was collected. Navarre Beach bed tax collectors provided the bulk of the revenue, raking in $281,254.96 — 66 percent of July’s revenue. Read more in the Sept. 25 issue of Navarre […]

Islanders discuss incorporation

Islanders discuss incorporation

Dozens of Navarre Beach residents attended a presentation on incorporation last weekend. Many islanders asked questions about the effort –some expressing frustration with the current level of services provided by Santa Rosa County. Robert Coley of Navarre Beach asked if beach residents would end up paying more than residents living on the mainland due to higher property values. Gallup stated she would look into the matter, noting that […]

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