Tiger Shark-Landscape
Mar 10, 2021

‘Band of buddies’ catch sharks at Navarre Beach

Navarre Beach Fishing Pier regulars see Jeremy Utter and his friends all the time.

Members of the Team True Blue reel in some of the biggest sharks in local waters, tag and release them. They don’t typically share photos of their catches or publicize them, though. But word spreads, as it did in early February when Utter and three other men caught a 12 1/2-foot tiger shark off the pier and pulled it into shallow waters.

Tunes By The Dunes
Mar 10, 2021

Navarre Beach summer concert series schedule firming up

All but one of the bands on last year’s concert series schedule have agreed to come back to this year’s Tunes By The Dunes Free Summer Concert Series.

Rep Alex Andrade
Mar 9, 2021

Andrade on bridge delay: I’m sorry, pray, keep your fingers crossed

State Rep. Alex Andrade held a Facebook Live town hall meeting Tuesday night from his office in Tallahassee to apologize to his constituents about the delay in reopening the Pensacola Bay Bridge.

Andrade, who held previous town halls to reassure folks that the bridge work was on schedule, said that he knew people were hurting and losing hope.

Mar 9, 2021

Navarre Beach gets potty at end of longest pier in the Gulf

After years of discussion about the best way to provide restroom facilities at the end of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, a new type of portable restroom has arrived.

Navarre Beach Traffic
Mar 8, 2021

UPDATED: Commissioner talks speeding, beach amphitheater, highway memorialization

Commission Chair Dave Piech held his monthly town hall meeting on Zoom Monday night, updating viewers on everything from traffic light timing and speeding enforcement, to what to do if you’re affected by nuisance smoke from Navarre-area controlled burns.

Here are some highlights:

Mar 6, 2021

County strategic planning underway, citizens to be involved

The County Commissioners met on Feb. 23 to try and map a road forward for the County for the years to come.

Mar 5, 2021

Navy to sample local drinking water wells

The U.S. Navy is preparing to sample drinking water wells near Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field beginning in March.

The Navy will be sampling drinking water wells within a designated sampling area for certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. 

Navarre Beach Envisioned
Mar 4, 2021

TDC supports Navarre Beach vision, public outreach to begin

A proposal to add an amphitheater, shops, food trucks, playgrounds and other amenities to Navarre Beach was greeted with enthusiasm March 4 by members of the Tourist Development Council.

Director Julie White had rolled out her vision to the Santa Rosa County Commissioners at their Feb. 23 strategic planning workshop.

Bay bridge repair
Mar 4, 2021

Bridge reopening delayed: More work needed

The Pensacola Bay Bridge will not reopen as scheduled and announced.

The need for additional repair work was discovered, and completing it takes the March 22 reopening date off the schedule. Instead, local officials were told by Florida Department of Transportation Thursday that the Memorial Day reopening date is still viable.

Mar 4, 2021

Drinking water wellfield protection remains unchanged, for now

The Santa Rosa County Commission voted 5-to-0 at its recent special rezoning meeting to withdraw a controversial amendment to the Comprehensive Plan that would have opened the East Milton Wellfield Protection Area to more open-pit mining.

“This should put everybody’s mind at ease,” said District 2 Commissioner Bob Cole, shortly before the vote that came at the end of public input about the doomed amendment. “It’s done. It’s over.”

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