About Navarre Press

Seven-time Florida Press Association Weekly Newspaper of the Year


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Navarre Press delivers news and information to the communities of Santa Rosa County. Navarre Press is pledged to an aggressive, responsible and fair pursuit of the truth without any fear of any special interest and with favor to none.

Navarre Press was founded in 2000 after Sandi Kemp asked a local newspaper if she could help them with graphic design and they declined. Sandi started Navarre Press by building a staff of seven employees and several freelance writers, and has kept the paper going strong for more than two decades.

Our Mission Statement

Our newspaper’s only license to publish is the freedom of the press clause in the Constitution. Navarre Press is pledged to an aggressive, responsible, and fair pursuit of the truth without fear of any special interest and with favor to none. It is our social responsibility to listen to the voiceless, avoid all acts of arrogance and to face the public politely and candidly.

Our Staff


Meet the Publisher

Sandi is a native Floridian and she and her Air Force husband, John, made Navarre their home in 1993 when he was transferred to Hurlburt Field.

Sandi started the Navarre Press in 2000, building a staff of seven employees and several freelance writers, and has managed to keep the paper going strong for more than two decades.

It was her love for newspapers and passion for the truth that led her to start the Navarre Press. She is also the publisher and owner of Sandpaper Publishing, Inc., the parent company of the Navarre Press, Holley by the Sea News and Navarre Beach News.

Sandi also owns Sandpaper Marketing, Inc., a full-service marketing company and the parent company for MyMarketingGear.com LoveTextMarketing.com.

For over 20 years, Sandi has been an integral part of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, including serving as the chairman of the chamber board at one time. She has also been an integral part of the community.

She and her husband have four adult children. David is an officer in the United States Air Force, Erik is a law enforcement detective. Claire is a teacher, and like her mother, an entrepreneur. Emily is a Registered Nurse.

When she isn’t busy with one of her many responsibilities, Sandi enjoys photography, reading, cooking, traveling and cycling.

Originally from Orlando, one would be hard pressed to believe Sandi wasn’t from Navarre because of all she’s done in the area.

Sandi has served on the board of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation since 2008 and has been on the board of the Florida Press Association since 2005 and is currently chair for the second time. She is a founder and past president of the Navarre Rotary Club as well and is a former director of the YMCA advisory board and Santa Rosa Education Foundation. Sandi is currently on the board of the Gulf Breeze Chamber Foundation and served on the Gulf Breeze Chamber Board for two years.

“You bloom where you’re planted,” Sandi once said in an article about her devotion to the area.



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