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May 10, 2024

Navarre Beach sees slow start to sea turtle nesting season

It’s that time of year again. The beaches fill with visitors and sea turtles are in nesting season. Summer is nearly upon us, and the beaches of the Emerald Coast are once again welcoming visitors from all over, including those who have swum a long way to get here. From May to October, sea turtles visit the beaches of Florida to nest, leaving their eggs to hatch and their hatchlings to find their own way back to the Gulf of Mexico.

May 10, 2024

Florida Department of Health restricts Gulf Breeze plastic surgeon’s license

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has handed down an emergency restriction on Gulf Breeze plastic surgeon, Dr. Ben Brown’s license. The emergency restriction of Brown’s license was filed by FDOH on May 2. Multiple complaints and litigation have come from former patients. Staff and witnesses have also contributed reports of violations of state law pertaining to medicine. These reports included allegations Brown was allowing non-licensed individuals to perform cosmetic procedures, performing the wrong procedure on a patient, failing to keep legible medical records, and not applying proper supervision during procedures.

May 8, 2024

Highpoint Church hosts sister of Israeli hostage

It has been seven months since Israel was attacked by Hamas militants on Oct. 7, 2023. In the wake of that terrorist attack, which left 1,200 dead, around 250 Israeli men, women and children were taken hostage.

May 7, 2024

Hurlburt Chapel to host ‘archaeology and geography of the Holy land’ event

The history contained in the Bible has long been discussed and debated by scholars, theologians, and everyday people. While there are plenty of perspectives, it’s rare to find an event discussing these issues in detail in your own backyard. 

May 6, 2024

Board says Navarre incorporation vote not their responsibility

The commission heard from both side of the issues – Preserve Navarre (which is for incorporation) and Protect Navarre (which is against incorporation) – but ultimately decided that this was an issue that should be handled by state representatives, not the county board of commissioners.

May 6, 2024

Conference on Aging showcases physical activity

In collaboration with the White House Conference on Aging, Go4Life, the national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50 and older from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is bringing together more than 100 federal, state and local partners to encourage older adults to move more and stay active for better health with advancing age.

May 6, 2024

Tourist Development Office reopened after A/C issue

The Tourist Development Office (TDO) was forced to close its doors Monday, May 6. The reason: a faulty AC system. The office has since reopened. When TDO staff came into work Monday morning, May 6, they noticed a strange smell and a sediment heavy liquid coming out of the unit. The unit started malfunctioning at some point over the weekend.

May 6, 2024

A look at the Navarre Beach Wastewater Treatment facility

Navarre Beach is home to over 1,000 people. Add tourists and you have a far larger number. 

With all those people comes a tremendous amount of waste, and not only the trash kind. To manage waste and water resources, Navarre Beach residents rely on the Santa Rosa County-run Navarre Beach Wastewater Treatment Facility, located at 1411 Utility Drive.

May 6, 2024

Well #7, where are you?

The Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) sent out a public notice to its members April 30 detailing the failure of Fairpoint Regional Utility Services (FRUS) to collect a subset of drinking water samples from April 2023 to September 2023. The lapse in water sample collection came after a new well was brought online.

May 3, 2024

Santa Rosa Elementary schools face off in ‘Battle of the Books’

Elementary students from 16 schools across Santa Rosa County gathered at the Santa Rosa County Auditorium in Milton on April 26 for “Battle of the Books.” Each school was represented by a team of five students. 
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