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Sep 25, 2014

Islanders discuss incorporation

Dozens of Navarre Beach residents attended a presentation on incorporation last weekend. Many islanders asked questions about the effort — some expressing frustration with the current level of services provided by Santa Rosa County.

Sep 18, 2014

Residents weigh beach umbrella ordinance

A rock and a hard place. That’s where county officials find themselves when it comes to enforcing complaints about beach umbrella vendors.

Sep 18, 2014

Water fountains/lighting planned for beach path

There’s refreshing news for users of the fitness trail on Navarre Beach. The Beach Beautification Committee is planning to install three water fountains and lighting along the popular multiuse path which parallels Gulf Boulevard. The group also plans to pursue irrigating the route with reclaimed water.

Sep 18, 2014

Clean up planned for Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa County residents have the opportunity to participate in several beach cleanups the weekend of Sept. 20. Residents can meet at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier at 7:30 a.m. to work near that area. They can also meet to cleanup the Gulf Islands National Seashore at 8 a.m. at three other locations: Opal Beach, sound side, Johnson Beach, Star pavilion, Gulf side and Langdon Beach, Gulf side.

Sep 11, 2014

Regatta regales sailors

Juana’s Annual Regatta set a record this year with more than 100 watercraft and windsurfers participating in the annual event held in the Navarre Sound. The sound was filled with colorful boats and sail boats as they tacked for position before the 11 a.m. start on Sept. 6. They tried to time their approach to the starting line just as the horn blew for the start of the distance race.

Sep 4, 2014

Watch-the-Reef TV coming soon!

Sea turtles, tropical fish, octopus and other marine creatures inhabiting the artificial reef at Navarre Beach Marine Park will soon star in worldwide broadcasts. The effort to install a live-feed underwater camera in the Gulf of Mexico just cleared another hurdle.

Sep 4, 2014

Island effluent reuse/discharge discussed

John Lewis, a member of the Beach Beautification Committee, drove to Milton Aug. 25 to ask commissioners why treated water can’t be used for irrigation on the island.

Sep 4, 2014

Beach chair/umbrella vendors could see restrictions

Following complaints that beach chair and umbrella vendors take up too much shoreline on the west side of Navarre Pier, county staff plan to meet with the vendors and members of the community to discuss if an ordinance may be needed to address the matter.

Sep 4, 2014

More talk about “critical” beach renourishment

A six-foot drop off has washed out beneath the staircase behind Brent Moore’s residence on Navarre Beach. Moore says less than two years ago four of the steps leading to the Gulf were submerged under sand. That erosion prompted Moore and others to drive Monday to Milton in an effort to convince commissioners beach renourishment must be a priority.

Sep 4, 2014

Shore bird expert arrives at Navarre science station

There’s a new partnership on Navarre Beach. The Francis M. Weston Audubon Society and the Northwest Florida Marine Education and Discovery of Gulf Ecosystems (NWFL Marine Edge) have teamed up to place a naturalist educator on station at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS).
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