13-year-old CEO riding the wave of success

13-year-old CEO riding the wave of success

Sage Offutt is a familiar face on Navarre Beach, driving her golf cart with the blue fin on top, towing paddleboards and kayaks back and forth between renters and her family’s summer home on White Sands Boulevard. When the Offutts bought their house last year, they couldn’t wait to get their paddleboards in the Gulf, […]

Santa Rosa Sound on ‘impaired’ list

Santa Rosa Sound on ‘impaired’ list

Santa Rosa Sound is always bubbling with activity, including swimming, kayaking, jet skiing or fishing. So it may come as a surprise to some that the Sound does not meet water quality standards set forth by the state Department of Environmental Protection. In fact, the Sound has been on the DEP’s “impaired” list for more […]

Red flag conditions lead to increased rescues

Red flag conditions lead to increased rescues

  Last weekend’s beach conditions proved to be dangerous when the Navarre Beach Volunteer Fire Department had to rescue two lifeguards caught in a rip current while rescuing a swimmer. Chief Mike Howard said the lifeguards gave the “help” sign, alerting firefighters that they “were tired,” and the firefighters launched their jet skis to assist […]

Man drowns at Navarre Beach

Man drowns at Navarre Beach

One man drowned and four others were sent to the hospital after lifeguards and Navarre Beach firefighters pulled eight people from a rip current Wednesday afternoon. The Navarre Beach Fire Department responded to a call at a little after 2 p.m. behind 7909 Gulf Blvd., according to Chief Mike Howard. “It was chaos when we […]

Camaraderie, fun hallmarks of Navarre Relay for Life

Camaraderie, fun hallmarks of Navarre Relay for Life

Ask Brenda Whidden how Navarre feels about Relay for Life, her answer is simple. “This town is dedicated to Relay,” she said. And she’s not kidding. Two years ago, Navarre broke the top 25 in the state for money raised. Right now, Navarre Relay for Life is ranked 17th in Florida. And on May 2, […]

Crews find Black Hawk wreckage

Crews find Black Hawk wreckage

Officials have located the wreckage of the Black Hawk helicopter that crashed Tuesday night, and Col. Monte Cannon, 96th Test Wing vice commander, said they don’t believe any of the 11 men on board survived. “We are transitioning our search and rescue operation to a recovery and accident safety investigation,” he said. Chief Mark Giuliano, fire […]

Wetherell leaves legacy of education, environmental stewardship

Wetherell leaves legacy of education, environmental stewardship

If not for Jack Wetherell’s vision, the Panhandle Butterfly House may never have come to fruition. That’s what Jeanne Blage said while remembering her friend who recently passed away at his home in Nebraska. He was 94. When Blage moved to Navarre in 1995, Wetherell was the president of the Santa Rosa County Master Gardener […]