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Feb 13, 2023

FWC grant to fund more artificial reef construction in Santa Rosa County

The waters off Santa Rosa County could see more artificial reefs in the coming years thanks to a new $1.3 million grant. As of 2021, the last time reefs were deployed, there are 557 reef modules in the gulf off Santa Rosa County. During a Jan. 23 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved the $1.3 million grant, which comes from Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC). It was initially awarded during the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

Feb 8, 2023

Beached sailboat on Gulf Islands National Seashore has interesting story behind it

For those who have visited Gulf Islands National Seashore recently, you might have noticed something peculiar resting on the sand. A sailboat. The site where the boat rests, which is near beach access 33-A, has become a favorite for local photographers but for one man, the owner, it has been a headache.

Jan 12, 2023

Alvin’s Island eyes Navarre Beach for possible location

People who live along Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach may have a new neighbor in the next few years. Alvin’s Island, a beach-focused retailer and affiliate of Marco Destin, is making plans to build a location on Navarre Beach off Gulf Boulevard. The approximate location is directly in front of The Navarre Beach Regency Condominiums.

Jan 11, 2023

Turtle ride: Navarre residents gather to see unveiling of new sea turtle rescue van

Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) welcomed a new arrival at their facility Saturday, Jan. 7. While most of their new arrivals have shells and flippers, this one had tires and an engine. The center acquired a new rescue van to help transport turtles in a safe and secure environment. For NBSTCC Director Cathy Holmes and the NBSTCC Sea Turtle Rescue Team, the new van is a major improvement from what they had been using.

Jan 2, 2023

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue donates thermal imaging cameras to Munson VFD

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue recently received four new handheld thermal imaging cameras, which will help improve fire rescue effectiveness and safety. The fire department was already in possession of two thermal imaging cameras that still worked but were an older design than the ones they were just received. In lieu of their newfound cameras, NBFR Fire Chief Danny Fureigh decided to pay it forward to another Santa Rosa County fire department, Munson Volunteer Fire Department.

Nov 29, 2022

Navarre Beach Lifeguards get engaged

Tessa Hendricks and Alex Bailey are like any newly engaged couple. They are in love, have dreams of starting their life together, and, did I mention, they are both Navarre Beach lifeguards.

Nov 21, 2022

Lifeguards have winning season

The 2022 Navarre Beach Lifeguards celebrated a “winning” season – meaning no drownings. With more than 747,000 visitors, the guards provided 150 assists, 44 rescues and answered 185 medical calls on the beach. Recently, Navarre Beach Safety Division Chief Austin Turnbull attended the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) board meeting and educational conference in Orlando.

Nov 14, 2022

Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center successfully releases two rehabilitated sea turtles

The Gulfarium’s C.A.R.E. Center successfully released two rehabilitated sea turtles on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at Topsail Hill State Park, Florida. Each of the turtles were rescued from Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach within the past year.

Oct 25, 2022

Marine Science Station receives $20K grant to study Santa Rosa Sound

Earlier this month, Navarre Beach Marine Science Station received a grant for $19,615 from Pensacola and Perdido Bays Estuary Program. They were selected from a competitive pool of 18 proposals.

The nearly $20,000 will go towards studying and collecting data on water quality, and more specifically, the nutrient and bacteria levels in the Santa Rosa Sound. They will also monitor algal blooms.

Oct 18, 2022

Runners cover Navarre Beach in pink for breast cancer awareness

October is nationally known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

A local nonprofit, Pink Pirates of Navarre colors the beach path along Gulf Boulevard in pink one Saturday every October with runners and walkers dressed in pink tutus and pink wigs.

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