Local prepares for another SEC season

Local prepares for another SEC season

When SEC teams take the field next week, some area residents will be watching for more than just the two teams. Andrews Institute Administrator Jay Vines is also an SEC Head Linesman and has been officiating 34 years. Vines told members of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce at their monthly breakfast Aug. 14 that […]

Update: Council votes to close 98 median crossing

Update: Council votes to close 98 median crossing

The Gulf Breeze City Council voted Monday to request that the the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) close the median crossing that allows eastbound traffic on Highway 98 to turn left into the Wal-Mart Shopping Center at Starbucks Coffee. Additionally, council passed a resolution asking FDOT to research potential impacts the closing may have on other […]

Deputy City Manager brings experience to Gulf Breeze

Deputy City Manager brings experience to Gulf Breeze

Curt Carver spent nearly three decades working in city government in Illinois, and now he is bringing his experience to the City of Gulf Breeze. Carver was selected to be Deputy City Manager from a pool of nearly 100 applicants. “We had about 25 well-qualified candidates,” said City Manager Edwin “Buz” Eddy. “He had the […]

Realignment proposed for Fort Pickens Road

Realignment proposed for Fort Pickens Road

Portions of Fort Pickens Road are prone to be covered by water and sand, and the National Park Service is proposing a new road alignment that is designed to lessen the frequency of those events. The proposed project would also provide another entrance lane and fee station to better move visitors into the park during busy times of the year. […]

‘Charlie Brown’ Memorial Highway coming soon

‘Charlie Brown’ Memorial Highway coming soon

Navarre area resident Warren “Charlie” Brown was a well-respected local leader who did much to benefit his community before his passing in 2011. To recognize his contributions, State Senator Don Gaetz and State Rep. Matt Gaetz worked with their fellow lawmakers during the past legislative session and won approval for a portion of Highway 98 in Santa Rosa […]

Jobless rates up across the region

Jobless rates up across the region

All area counties saw increases in their unemployment rates from June to July 2014. For Santa Rosa, Escambia and Okaloosa counties, July marked the third consecutive month that their unemployment rates had increased. Unemployment rates in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties are above the state and national averages, while Okaloosa and Walton counties remain below. […]

Inflatable slide OK’d for 24 months

Inflatable slide OK’d for 24 months

The Santa Rosa County Zoning Board voted Aug. 14 to recommend allowing a large inflatable slide to operate at East River Smokehouse for 24 months. All board members voted to support the measure with the exception of David Powell, who abstained from voting because as an attorney he represented the applicant. The zoning board’s recommendation will next be […]

Tiger Point pro shop on the move?

Tiger Point pro shop on the move?

The pro shop at Tiger Point Golf Club is currently in the clubhouse, immediately adjacent to the dining room. However, the Gulf Breeze City Council Monday will consider authorizing architectural plans to relocate the pro shop to a vacant building near the golf cart staging area, so that the dining room can be expanded. Council […]

City of Navarre ‘in the black’

City of Navarre ‘in the black’

A feasibility study being released to the Santa Rosa County Commissioners Thursday shows that a proposed City of Navarre would have a positive cash flow without property owners paying any additional taxes. The report also said that the current estimated population of the proposed incorporated area is 42,300 and jumps to 52,200 when tourists are considered. […]

US 98 projects: 2 on track, 1 delayed

US 98 projects: 2 on track, 1 delayed

What is more than 24 miles long and costs more than $47 million? Three construction projects along Highway 98 between the Hurlburt Main Gate at Cody Avenue in Okaloosa County and the Pensacola Bay Bridge in Gulf Breeze. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the two resurfacing projects, that run from the bridge to […]

Inflatables on zoning board agenda

Inflatables on zoning board agenda

The Santa Rosa County Zoning Board will consider a request Thursday night to allow East River Smokehouse to operate inflatables on commercial property along Highway 98. After county officials notified the owner in late June that the slides could no longer be operated based on the property’s current zoning, the owner filed a conditional use […]

Mauro receives presidential award

Mauro receives presidential award

Navarre High School science teacher Charlene Mauro was at the White House Aug. 12 to accept the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educator. Mauro, Project Director for the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, joined 16 other teachers and 60 students from across the country who were recognized for their contributions to environmental education and stewardship. Read more in […]

Gulf Breeze Zoo welcomes new director

Gulf Breeze Zoo welcomes new director

Not every zoo in the country has a director that holds a degree in landscape architecture, as well as has the credentials to run a zoo, but Gulf Breeze does. And that combination has been extremely useful since new zoo director Steve Jagielski arrived about six weeks ago. “I’m a ‘hands on guy.’ I don’t […]

Developer withdraws Soundside Drive rezoning request

Developer withdraws Soundside Drive rezoning request

A development company has decided not to pursue rezoning of about 185 acres on Soundside Drive based on concerns shared by local residents at an informational meeting hosted July 31. “Once the owner and developer watched the video from the meeting, they notified us that they wanted to remain good neighbors and would develop the […]

Woman accused of killing newborn indicted

Woman accused of killing newborn indicted

A Fort Walton Beach woman accused of killing her newborn child by putting her inside a plastic bag and placing her outside in a garbage can in February has been indicted on charges of First Degree Premeditated Murder and/or First Degree Felony Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse. State Attorney Bill Eddins said an Okaloosa County Grand Jury returned the indictments […]

Candidates speak in Gulf Breeze

Candidates speak in Gulf Breeze

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce and United Peninsula Association hosted a candidate forum Aug. 11 that included invites to all statewide candidates, as well as candidates for Congress, the Florida House of Representatives, Circuit Judge and Santa Rosa County Commission and School Board. “There are so many more races on the ballot than county […]

Soccer and sand mix on Navarre Beach

Soccer and sand mix on Navarre Beach

Five, five-person teams braved hot temperatures Aug 9. on Navarre Beach for a sand soccer tournament. Organizer Shaun Rannals said it is similar to regular soccer except the teams have five players and no goalie. To make up for the lack of a goalkeeper, smaller goals are used to make the game challenging not to mention […]

Update: Raider Day becomes Midnight Madness

Update: Raider Day becomes Midnight Madness

If the turf at Bennett C. Russell Stadium in Navarre could talk, it would be screaming, “Uncle.” Football players from the tiniest Navarre Youth Sports Association athletes to high school seniors ran, jumped and even mashed each other into the turf for more than seven hours as Raider Day became Midnight Madness. Games started at […]

It’s that time of the year … baby turtles are here

It’s that time of the year … baby turtles are here

Sea turtles have been busy making nests along the Emerald Coast, and according to a Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS) biologist, 143 baby sea turtles found their way to the Gulf from Pensacola Beach Thursday night. The first baby turtles had hatched July 29 from a nest at Perdido Key. GINS Assistant Superintendent Steve McCoy said 32 […]

Midway clinic remains closed

Midway clinic remains closed

While several Santa Rosa County facilities suffered water damage in late April, you won’t find one that suffered more or has had more of a community impact than the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County Midway Clinic. The facility along the north side of Highway 98 was filled with about 18 inches of water […]

Stormwater rates may increase

Stormwater rates may increase

The last time stormwater rates went up in the City of Gulf Breeze was 2012 when the monthly cost increased from $4.25 to $4.50. The city council Thursday reviewed the stormwater fund’s projected budget for next year. Public Services Director Vernon Prather said needed stormwater improvements are increasing the amount of infrastructure the city must maintain […]

School board hopefuls share ideas

School board hopefuls share ideas

Candidates for Santa Rosa County School Board District 1 and District 3 had an hour Aug. 5 to answer questions during the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce candidate forum. Questions covered topics ranging from “Common Core” to the district’s budget surplus to lease fees on Navarre Beach. Candidates participating in the forum included Diane […]

District 2 candidates focus on beach

District 2 candidates focus on beach

The primary election race for Santa Rosa County Commission District 2 is a bit of an oddity. Two current Santa Rosa County Commissioners — Bob Cole and Jim Melvin — are squaring off in the Republican primary. The winner will face Independent candidate Wallis Mahute in the general election. All three candidates spent nearly an hour […]

League of Cities honors Clay Ford

League of Cities honors Clay Ford

Representatives from the Northwest Florida League of Cities attended the Aug. 4 Gulf Breeze City Council meeting to present the city with a plaque and photograph in honor and memory of State Rep. and Gulf Breeze City Councilman Clay Ford. Read more in the Aug. 7 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

Tennis court renovations to start soon

Tennis court renovations to start soon

Gulf Breeze City officials expect repairs to the tennis courts at Shoreline Park to begin soon and be completed within 60 days. The City Council approved a contract Aug 4. at a cost of just less than $285,000. “This is absolutely a FEMA eligible project,” City Manager Edward “Buz” Eddy told members of the city council. “There […]

Tar mat cleanup completed

Tar mat cleanup completed

Crews have completed their work to remove a tar mat discovered June 21 in the Gulf of Mexico in the Fort Pickens Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore. U. S. Coast Guard Public Information Officer Natalie Murphy announced Aug. 4 that the case was closed. More than 1,700 pounds of material were removed. The material included oil product […]

Renovations begin at Hidden Creek

Renovations begin at Hidden Creek

The Club at Hidden Creek had a problem. When special events were booked in the dining room, regular dinner service had to be canceled. General Manager Ty Bilbrey said a renovation project that started Aug. 4 should help address the problem. Read more in the Aug. 7 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.  

Raiders return to the field

Raiders return to the field

The Navarre High School Raiders returned to the practice field Monday. “Where did July go?” asked Coach Jay Walls as players practiced under sunny and hot conditions. Raider Day will be held at the high school stadium Friday night with Navarre Your Sports Association teams playing games starting at 6 p.m. The high school team will take the field at […]

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