Lifestyle/Leisure

Beach renourishment completed under budget

Beach renourishment completed under budget

Dredging and grading for the Navarre Beach renourishment project came to a close Sunday, June 19, at $1.8 million under the expected price. The last of the estimated 1.3 million-cubic yards of sand dredged from the Gulf was piped to the fourth and final segment of the shoreline. Dredging began back in March. “We are […]

Rescues on the rise, again

Rescues on the rise, again

Navarre Beach lifeguards have added two new guards after a record 94 rescues last year in anticipation of another high-traffic beach season. This season has already seen 52 water rescues between March 1 and June 9. To put that in perspective, the season totals for 2012-2014 average less than 44 rescues between March 1 and […]

Beach residents’ share of restoration still unclear

Beach residents’ share of restoration still unclear

Due to a recalculation by the company that is now completing the sand replacement on Navarre Beach, residents there should see a reduction in their share of the project’s costs, county officials say. The company needed less sand than expected and found that fewer acres needed to be replenished, resulting in a final tab that’s […]

Roadway collisions with bears on the rise

Roadway collisions with bears on the rise

Drivers are warned to be aware of bears on roadways because it’s not uncommon for an accident to occur that involves a bear being hit by a car. More than 3,200 bears have been killed on roads in the state between 1990 and 2015, with more than 200 being killed in each of the last […]

World Giraffe Day

World Giraffe Day

Children visiting the Gulf Breeze Zoo fed treats to the zoo’s three giraffes in honor of World Giraffe Day, June 21. Zoo curator Katy Rich gave a special giraffe talk describing facts about the animals and raising awareness about dropping reticulated giraffe populations. “We call them quiet giants,” Rich said. “When people can see them […]

Emergency responders converge for beach training

Emergency responders converge for beach training

Ambulances, a firetruck, Jet Skis and even a Lifeguard helicopter crowded Navarre Beach Friday morning, June 10, as first responders participated in annual training The training was a joint effort by the Navarre Beach Lifeguards, Santa Rosa County Emergency Management, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Navarre Beach Fire Department. Participating first responders ran […]

Butler living a big kid’s life as a park ranger

Butler living a big kid’s life as a park ranger

Will Butler visited several national parks while growing up but never made it to Fort Pickens. But the historical military installation, one of the highlights of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, is where Butler now works as a ranger. He figures if he had traveled to Florida as a child he would have felt the […]

Turtle Treks program on tap for Saturday

Turtle Treks program on tap for Saturday

Although the clear-bottom kayak tours of the artificial reef are booked for Saturday, that doesn’t mean people can’t come out and take advantage of an opportunity to learn more about sea turtles. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center is hosting its Turtle Treks program the same day, providing visitors an opportunity to check out […]

Bioblitz, a science-fantastic hit for all ages

Bioblitz, a  science-fantastic hit for all ages

It didn’t take long for the interest in science to be generated at the inaugural Bioblitz May 21 at Naval Live Oaks, which is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. “Right before the start, we had a broadhead Gecko sitting there and everyone just started taking pictures,” said Susan Teel, the Chief of Resource […]

Eagle Scout leaves legacy at Sea Turtle Center

Eagle Scout leaves legacy at Sea Turtle Center

Eagle Scout Lucas Pallone’s love of sea turtles was sparked as he watched hundreds of little hatchlings make a mad dash for the Gulf one evening when he was 14. Thanks to that spark Pallone has helped the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center by building two educational displays as part of his final project […]

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