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Dec 11, 2014

Public outcry puts brakes on $15 beach road fee

Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown said a proposed plan to build booths and charge an admission to use J. Earle Bowden Way, the scenic route connecting Navarre and Pensacola beaches, will be scratched from further consideration, following a required six-week public comment period ending Jan. 2.

Dec 4, 2014

Estimates put Florida tourism on track for another record year

Nearly 74 million people visited the Sunshine State since the first quarter of the year, according to Visit Florida’s preliminary estimates, which are issued 45 days after the end of the quarter. Final estimates are released when final data is received for all estimates in the report.

Dec 4, 2014

Three new sea lions call Gulfarium home

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park’s animal family has expanded once again with the addition of three juvenile California sea lions.

Nov 27, 2014

TDC questions use of beach restoration fund

A Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council (TDC) member is questioning what she calls premature use of a newly established fund designated for Navarre Beach renourishment projects.

Nov 20, 2014

New TDC director up and running

Santa Rosa County’s new Tourist Development Council (TDC) executive director, Julie Morgan, has hit the ground running – in part due to her extensive experience in the field.

Nov 20, 2014

Extra penny bed tax generates more than $200K for beach renourishment during summer 

Last December Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted to levy an additional one-cent bed tax for the purpose of beach restoration funding. That additional assessment started June 1 and generated more than $217,000 by Sept. 30 – the end of the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Nov 13, 2014

Pier fishing holds fun memories for generations of local anglers

Fishing is a longstanding tradition in coastal communities throughout the Florida panhandle, and Navarre Beach is no exception.

Nov 13, 2014

Summerwind residents, commissioners struggle to find middle ground

While many beach residents  are working to amend their lease fee agreements, the residents of Summerwind Condominiums have hired attorney John Cottle to present on their behalf at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Nov 6, 2014

RED HORSE goes green

Members of the 823rd RED HORSE squadron from Hurlburt Field saved the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center at least $5,200 during the last week of October.

Nov 6, 2014

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.
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