FWC announces dates for 2023 Lionfish Challenge
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced the launch of the 2023 Lionfish Challenge, sponsored by Zookeeper. As a Florida-based lionfish hunting gear and apparel outfitter, the Zookeeper team is aware of the negative impacts lionfish have caused and want to support the organizations and divers working to fight the lionfish invasion.
Memorial Day at Navarre Park
Navarre residents gathered at Navarre Park Monday, May 29, for the community’s annual Memorial Day service. Politicians, Boy Scouts, veterans groups, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the Navarre High NJROTC were just a few of those who came to the park to honor those who paid that ‘last full measure of devotion,’ as Abraham Lincoln once said.
Parking has long been an issue for businesses
Navarre is no stranger to parking controversies. In 2018, disagreements between the owners of TC’s Front Porch and Soundview Plaza resulted in customers from the former having their vehicles towed from the right of way off Prado Street.
Midway Baptist to hold KidDays, basketball camps during summer
Calling all kids! Midway Baptist Church will be holding its annual MidWay KidDays events June 8 and Aug. 3. KidDays are single day, themed camps that feature games, crafts and other activities with a Biblical message for children in kindergarten (age 5) to sixth grade. This is the eighth year Midway Baptist has held their KidDays events, however they did have to cancel them last year.
Risen Savior church bringing back soccer camp
Risen Savior Lutheran Church wants to help children hone their skills on the field of play and life this summer. From June 28 to June 30, Risen Savior will host a soccer camp to help teach children the fundamentals of the game. Admission to the camp is $25, which covers instruction, a camp T-shirt, a soccer ball, water bottle, wristband and snacks. According to Craig Born, the pastor of Risen Savior Lutheran Church, the camp sessions will emphasize individual ball skills as a well as fun games to put those skills into practice and develop teamwork.
Sertoma Family Fishing Rodeo slated for June
The Sertoma Family Fishing Rodeo is set for June 3-4 at Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze. It’s the 33rd annual event and is Sertoma’s only major fundraiser of the year. All of the net proceeds from the rodeo are returned to youth charities and educational projects in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties that are supported by the Sertoma Club in Gulf Breeze.
Veterans parking spaces now at county buildings
Northwest Florida is home to quite a few veterans. In many places, veterans can enjoy designated parking spots but at Santa Rosa County-owned facilities, the only veterans parking spots were for Purple Heart recipients. Other veterans did not have designated parking. At least not until now.
Gulf Breeze teen a leader in fentanyl education
May 9 marked the second annual National Fentanyl Awareness Day in the United States. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, is a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the U.S., according to the CDC. It is a large part of the conversation around the opioid epidemic.
Fitness court now open at Tiger Point Park
County officials and members of the Tiger Point community braved the humidity Wednesday, May 10, to officially open the Tiger Point Fitness Court. The fitness court, which is located behind the baseball fields at Tiger Point Park, is associated with the National Fitness Campaign, a nationwide wellness consulting firm that partners with municipalities and schools to plan, build and fund healthy communities.
Meeting Needs: Linda Sanborn wants to help students with new program
There are 13,600 children who face food insecurity in the county, according to Santa Rosa County District Schools. That doesn’t include those whose families struggle to afford necessities like clothing. Rather than sitting by and saying too bad, school board member Linda Sanborn has started a new program to address the needs of those students who may not have what they need to be successful in the classroom and in life.