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Jan 4, 2021

Reef deployment set to begin at sunrise

Deployment of new reef modules for the one-mile out reef expansion is expected to begin Tuesday morning at three sites off the shore of Navarre Beach.

A total of 47 structures will be deployed, including 20 at a site a little more than a mile south of the pier. The other two sites are a little less than a mile west of the pier.


Dec 29, 2020

Man on the beach: Goodbye 2020, hello 2021

The last week of December makes people reflect on how the year has gone and what they look forward to in the new year to come. Community reporter Kaitie Meyer hit the beach and asked locals and tourists watching the golden Navarre sunset how they felt about 2020 coming to an end. Here’s their farewell to this challenging year.

Dec 21, 2020

2020 was a very good year … for shelling

While 2020 might go down in the record books as the worst year ever, it was a great year for shelling.

Dec 16, 2020

Beach Creatures 101 – What are you seeing on beach?

In addition to the numerous sea birds that walk along the shoreline or fly overhead, small marine creatures wash up on shore or make their home near its edge.

Some are easy to identify. Others are not.


Dec 16, 2020

Critter tracking in the Gulf

There’s a variety of wildlife teeming just below the surface and down into the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, from tiny microbials to massive great white sharks and every shape and size between.

But for marine biologists and other scientists who need air to breath, observing and understanding this diverse ecosystem can be tricky. That is where tracking comes in.


Dec 9, 2020

Beach Birds Part 2: The Stalker

If you see a great blue heron up north, the chances are you will have to use a telephoto lens to get a great photo of it. Along the Gulf of Mexico, they’ll stand right next to you.

Dec 4, 2020

Brown pelicans are one of the most photographed birds along Navarre Beach

If Navarre Beach had an official bird, brown pelicans would likely be in the running. They fly in a graceful V-formation over the beach, dive straight down in the water to catch fish, and pester fishermen on the pier for a free meal. They’re also frequently photographed, appearing almost to be posing for photos. But […]

Dec 3, 2020

Christmas crafts made from shells

What better way to build a beachy Christmas spirit than to go to the beach, collect shells, and transform them into holiday decorations?

To gather photos and ideas, we went right to the source of all things to do with local shell collecting – the Shell Friends of Navarre and Pensacola Facebook page – to find some shellers with a creative flare. Dozens shared photos with us to give you ideas for what to do with those shell collections. You can make everything from Christmas tree ornaments to Christmas trees out of shells, and everything in between.


Nov 25, 2020

Thankful tourists flock to Navarre Beach

Tourism professionals have something to be thankful for this holiday as Thanksgiving vacationers continue to pour into Navarre Beach. After a year plagued by Hurricane Sally and an actual plague, the numbers are comforting.

Nov 25, 2020

Summerwind evacuated after rooftop fire

Residents of the Inn at Summerwind Resort’s eastern tower evacuated around 4 p.m. Nov. 19 due to a roof fire, visible from the beach below.

The blaze broke out on the northeastern corner of the roof sending a pillar of smoke over the beach. Petra Francis of Navarre Properties, whose office is located in the tower, said work crews have been making repairs to the roof area after Hurricane Sally caused damage in September.

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