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Sep 30, 2022

Navarre Beach Lifeguards, Fire Rescue member honored

On Sept. 21, Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Fire Chief Danny Fureigh honored several lifeguards and a member of Navarre Beach Fire Rescue at an awards ceremony.

Lifeguards Garrett Edwards, Daniel Walsh, Ryan Conner, and Austin Koenigseder were honored for helping save a diver in distress at the reef near Navarre Beach over the Summer. John Becker was recognized as a Lifeguard of the Year for the 2022 season. Cole Burton received recognition as the Most Improved Lifeguard of the Year for the 2022 season. Zack Miller was named Lifeguard Rookie of the Year for the 2022 season. The NBFR member who was honored was Patrick Wissing, who became a full time member of NBFR recently. Wissing is a firefighter/paramedic.

Fort Pickens, Gulf Islands National Seashore
Sep 27, 2022

Gulf Islands National Seashore Closed in Preparation for Hurricane Ian

Gulf Islands National Seashore has closed the Florida areas of the park to all visitors since 8 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 25, in preparation for then Tropical Storm Ian.

Closed areas include the Fort Pickens Area, Perdido Key Area (Johnson Beach), Opal Beach, and Okaloosa Area.

Sep 21, 2022

Son reels in same kind of fish as dad on same pole at same beach, one year later

On Saturday, August 6 Jimmy Streacker caught a 50-inch red drum off Navarre Beach. He caught it using a live pin fish off the shore on a 50-year-old rod and reel.

Last August, his dad Jim Streacker caught the same species of fish off Navarre Beach using the same rod.

Sep 20, 2022

Benton Parrott turns hobby into dream come true

Fishing was just supposed to be a hobby for Benton Parrott. A way to escape his busy schedule and relax.

He had no idea when he started out that it would become a far bigger deal than he ever imagined.

Sep 16, 2022

Shellfish harvesting closures highlight severe water-quality failures

The Healthy Gulf press conference conducted last week at the Milton Marina, where stakeholders’ worry about shellfish harvesting closures appeared palpable.

Christian Wagley of Healthy Gulf, community businesses and stakeholders expressed grave concerns about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ planned closure of thousands of acres of area waters to shellfish harvesting because of continuous high fecal bacterial counts.

Sep 13, 2022

Good time had at 32nd annual Juana Regatta

Scattered rain showers didn’t stop 90 registered sailboats and their 150 plus sailors from setting sail for the 32nd annual Juana Good Time Regatta.

Sep 7, 2022

Regatta to set sail

The Juana Good Time Regatta is ready to set sail for the 32nd year beginning Friday, September 9 and continuing through the weekend.

Aug 23, 2022

Navarre lifeguards compete at USLA nationals

The Navarre Beach Lifeguards are used to giving their best on the Emerald Coast, but for several days in mid-August, they had the chance to tackle the sand and water of the west coast at the USLA Nationals.

The USLA Nationals is a national lifeguard competition. The annual event is put on by the United States Lifesaving Association, a nonprofit organization of beach lifeguards and open water rescuers.

Aug 19, 2022

Recreational harvest of red grouper in Gulf state waters to close on Aug. 30

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is closing the recreational harvest of red grouper in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Aug. 30 for the remainder of the 2022 fishing season. Harvest will reopen on Jan. 1, 2023.  

According to FWC, this closure is consistent with the closure in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service. The recreational red grouper fishery was closed in federal waters because landings information indicates that the 2022 recreational quota is projected to be met on Aug. 29, 2022.

Aug 9, 2022

On the hunt: The great scallop search

From July 24 to July 30, UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties had volunteers search for scallops in the waters around Pensacola Bay, Big Lagoon, and the Santa Rosa Sound.

There were approximately 40 volunteers.