12 hours, 11 minutes and 47 seconds. That’s how long Andrew Edwards was in the water during his 20 mile swim from Pensacola Beach Park West to Navarre Beach Fishing Pier.
Navarre Beach Fishing Pier is the number one pier in Florida for successful sea turtle stranding efforts. According to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC), they have saved 45 from the pier in 2023 alone. In 2022, they saved 50 sea turtles at the pier.
On Aug. 11, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the extension of the already record 2023 recreational Gulf red snapper season by 17 days, adding every Friday through Saturday in September, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day to the previously announced season.
A 162 room hotel is being planned for the southeast corner of the intersection at Gulf Blvd. and Navarre Beach Causeway.
The Emerald Coast is no stranger to sea turtles in need of help. Sea turtles get caught at fishing piers, are injured by boats and find themselves entrapped by plastic and other items that find their way into the ocean.
The popularity of diving in northwest Florida has grown in recent years. Escambia and Santa Rosa counties just recently deployed two more reefs as part of the Esca-Rosa Regional Artificial Reefs project. With over 100 diving sites stretched across the Emerald Coast, from Escambia to Gulf County, there are plenty of opportunities for locals and visitors to explore reefs and marine life.
The Gulfarium’s C.A.R.E. Center successfully released six rehabilitated sea turtle patients on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 at Inlet Beach in the Florida panhandle. The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center has taken in 89 patients this year, and so far has released 58 of them. Today, six sea turtles, four Loggerheads, one Kemps ridley, and one Green were able to return to the Gulf of Mexico.
Recently, there has been some chatter on social media regarding the boat ramp parking lot on Navarre Beach. Several beachgoers parked there and came back to find their vehicle had a warning hanging on its door.
A 40-year-old law could threaten federal funding for Navarre Beach renourishment, Michael Schmidt said last week. Schmidt, director of Santa Rosa County’s Environmental and Public Works departments, said Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are interpreting the 1982 Coastal Barrier Resource Act differently than they have for past beach restoration projects.
The Santa Rosa Island Authority is thrilled to announce that local naval aviator and retired Marine Corps Major Paul Entrekin is celebrating his 30th season as Air Boss of the Pensacola Beach Air Show this year. Have you ever wondered who controls the schedule for all the aerial acts, mass formations, high-speed jet demonstrations and pyrotechnics at every show? Enter the Air Boss. As the Air Boss, Entrekin has the primary responsibility for coordinating all air show operations within the demonstration area and plays a critical role in ensuring a safe, efficient and entertaining air show every year. All of this while also meeting the latest standard air show regulations.