Yellow River floods after storm

Yellow River floods after storm

Yellow River crested Sept. 20 as the rains of Hurricane Sally flowed down stream. Despite the rise, properties along the water came away relatively unscathed, said Public Safety Director Brad Baker. As it turned out, the alerts that went out about potential threats may have reached further than necessary, he said. The county implemented a […]

Beach rentals struggle with pandemic, hurricane double whammy

Beach rentals struggle with pandemic, hurricane double whammy

Tourism on Navarre Beach hit its stride in July, finally raking in the bed tax revenues common before COVID-19 forced closures for roughly four months. August was looking fair as well. Navarre Properties representative Petra Francis said September was shaping up to be a highly profitable month. Then Hurricane Sally came. That left 75% of […]

Community bands together to clean up after storm

Community bands together to clean up after storm

Following Hurricane Sally’s pounding surf and winds Sept. 16, the coastal residents of Crescent III in Navarre were left with no docks. Instead, they had mounds of broken and battered lumber deposited into their backyards and a dozen or so accesses along Santa Rosa Sound turned into nothing but broken and leaning pilings. During Sally’s […]

Sally removes courthouse roof, delays proceedings

Sally removes courthouse roof, delays proceedings

Santa Rosa court proceedings took another hit this week as Hurricane Sally peeled the roof off the courthouse Sept. 16. After COVID-19 stopped many court procedures for months, the storm damage has completely shut down operations through at least Sept. 29. Clerk of Courts Don Spencer said the roof of the east wing collapsed, damaging […]

Yellow River evacuation alerts explained

Yellow River evacuation alerts explained

Yellow River is set to crest Sunday, but not everyone that received evacuation orders due to potential flooding needs to worry said Public Safety Director Brad Baker. Baker provided details on the river’s flood potential Friday via Facebook Live. There are areas along the southern portion of Coachman Road, along Fisher Road and near Ward […]

First responders climb stairs to commemorate those killed on 9/11

First responders climb stairs to commemorate those killed on 9/11

As the summer heat index rose Sept. 11, firefighters in full gear tromped their way up and down the towers of Summerwinds condominiums on Navarre Beach. Sweat rolled down their noses and necks in the non-air-conditioned stair wells. Unlike their usual training, this stair climb held special symbolism as first responders from all fields joined the […]

Condos canceling through weekend

Condos canceling through weekend

Vacationers planning to visit condominiums and rental houses along Navarre Beach this weekend may need to rethink their plans.  Hurricane Sally drenched the island, leaving many units with water intrusion. The beach is also closed to visitors at this time.  Though progress is under way to fully clear Gulf Boulevard of debris, standing water is […]

Two families broken

Two families broken

When the news of a double homicide at 2607 Bobwhite Circle in Navarre broke Sept. 14, it was a double tragedy for Misty Howell. Watching the goings on from her home in Illinois she was faced with the loss of her stepfather John Hendricks, 58, stabbed to death in his own home. But she also […]

Ex-Gulf Breeze mayor charged with stalking, sexual offense

Ex-Gulf Breeze mayor charged with stalking, sexual offense

Investigation into ex-Gulf Breeze mayor and Capital Trust Agency head Edward “Ed” Gray, III resulted in charges ranging from stalking to felony sexual video voyeurism.  Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Aug. 5 raided Gray’s home at 1 Gray Oaks Lane in Gulf Breeze as part of an “active investigation.” Details of the nature of the investigation […]

Sheriff: Children home during Navarre double murder

Sheriff: Children home during Navarre double murder

UPDATE, Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m.: Deputies responding to a homicide on Bobwhite Circle in Navarre Sept. 13 found their suspect covered in blood, waiting outside the home, Sheriff Bob Johnson announced Monday in a press conference. Courtney “Corry” Howell, 38, was arrested at 2607 Bobwhite Circle and charged with double homicide. His three children were […]

American Founders Month

American Founders Month

September is American Founders Month, a month designated to celebrate the men and women who helped form the United States through their writings and work. They were the voices that led our fledgling country to revolution and out the other side to create a government directed by the people. In 1776, England and its 13 […]

Cost of single-family housing in county set for hike

Cost of single-family housing in county set for hike

Those looking to buy new construction homes in Santa Rosa County need to prepare their wallets. The cost of a single-family home could rise by roughly $46,504, in a market where costs were already on the way up. Let’s do the math. $16,000= Lumber increase Local and national building industry representatives have raised concerns about […]

Tourism making recovery

Tourism making recovery

Santa Rosa County’s tourist tax saw a 12.4% increase in revenues over this time last year, breaking a COVID-19 fueled slump in revenues. After hitting a historic low of less than $65,000 in April, taxes collected on overnight visitors were up to 10 times that, more than $650,000, putting the county back on par with […]

South Santa Rosa Sports Complex planning begins

South Santa Rosa Sports Complex planning begins

South Santa Rosa is set to get new sports fields and more on the campus of Pensacola State College’s South Santa Rosa Center in Midway. County Commissioners Aug. 27 approved a nearly $500,000 contract with Moffatt & Nichol for design and engineering of the new South Santa Rosa Sports Complex. The plan breaks into two […]

Majority of teachers hired back

Majority of teachers hired back

Every brick and mortar school in Santa Rosa County saw lower than anticipated enrollment, attributed to COVID-19. Anticipating the dropping attendance, the district laid off 83 teachers about a week before school start day. That number dropped to 28 by Labor Day as more students returned to the classroom than anticipated. And Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick indicated […]

Navarre Press welcomes new editor

Navarre Press welcomes new editor

Wendy Victora Rudman has two great loves in her life. First is her family, consisting of her husband and three college-aged children.   Second is writing. She’s bringing that passion to the Navarre Press, where she began serving as editor Sept. 9. Newspapers allow her passion to flourish. “I love to write. I would write […]

TDC director launches tourism-related business

TDC director launches tourism-related business

Santa Rosa County’s Tourist Development Director Julie White has more incentive to see Navarre Beach succeed than her $88,670 salary and benefits. She’s got a private business to run. White is the owner of Navarre Beach Weddings, a destination wedding planning service organizing events along Navarre Beach. White said they got the idea for the […]

Compensation question headed to litigation

Compensation question headed to litigation

See you in court. Ex-Santa Rosa County Public Works Director Stephen Furman’s comments to commissioners Aug. 27 could be summed up by the popular social media meme. Furman said he has retained legal counsel and plans to file suit against the county for payment of his total accrued leave. In July, Furman was terminated from […]

Keep it down on the beach

Keep it down on the beach

Residents of Navarre Beach may need to turn down the volume after 9 p.m. thanks to a clarification of an ordinance. For more than a decade, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has taken the stance that the county’s noise ordinance did not apply to the beach, but after a vote Aug. 27, commissioners have declared […]

The making of a hurricane

The making of a hurricane

For the first time in recorded history, two hurricanes were in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time in August, and they both headed for the coast of Louisiana. While Marco was downgraded to a tropical storm before landfall, Laura reached category 4 hurricane status before striking the western Louisiana coast. Read the full […]

Santa Rosa County impact fees inching forward

Santa Rosa County impact fees inching forward

If new impact fees were enacted, Santa Rosa County could bring in an estimated $5.8 million annually to fund transportation, law enforcement and parks. After months of delays, County Commissioners Aug. 27 finally took up the findings of a study into these fees, charged on new construction to provide services for increased population. They unanimously […]

Sanctuary for Life referendum set for ballot

Sanctuary for Life referendum set for ballot

Santa Rosa voters will decide whether the county is declared a Sanctuary for Life Nov. 3, creating a declared stance by the county on abortion. County Commissioners approved without objection the ballot language for the non-binding referendum initiative Aug. 20 during a budget hearing. The item was brought ahead of the scheduled board meeting later […]

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