Five things to know: Youth tobacco myths

Five things to know: Youth tobacco myths

The results of this year’s Florida Youth Tobacco Survey came with good news and bad for health advocates calling for an end to underage tobacco use. Tobacco Free Florida Bureau Chief Laura Corbin said her agency, an arm of the state’s Department of Health, was glad to see reductions in many categories of tobacco use […]

BREAKING: Lucas found dead in cell

BREAKING: Lucas found dead in cell

A Navarre murder suspect in custody hung himself in his cell Friday morning according to the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Bob Johnson confirmed to Navarre Press that Robert Shane Lucas, 51, took his own life at approximately 5 a.m. Friday. According to Johnson, Lucas was not on suicide watch at the time of the […]

Pet Nation aims to curb rabbit abandonment

Pet Nation aims to curb rabbit abandonment

Amid an uptick in rabbit abandonment, Pet Nation in Navarre will no longer be offering rabbits for sale. The decision was made after store owner Holly Elassaad saw several abandoned pet bunnies show up on the Navarre Lost and Found Pets Facebook page.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre […]

HNWS billing change coming Dec. 1

HNWS billing change coming Dec. 1

All Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) bill due dates transition to the first of the month effective Dec. 1, according to letters being mailed out to customers this month. Water system CEO Rob Williamson said the change is meant to streamline the billing process for the nearly 17,000 accounts with the water utility.   Read […]

Gulf Breeze bear trap removed

Gulf Breeze bear trap removed

In keeping with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) policy, a bear trap has been removed from the area of Gulf Breeze where a pet dog was attacked and killed. FWC Regional Public Information Director Bekah Nelson said the initial incident occurred July 28 shortly after 10 p.m. Residents of Vestavia Way reported that […]

Refuge receives grant for marine mammal rescue, research

Refuge receives grant for marine mammal rescue, research

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) has received a grant of nearly $251,000 to support the Marine Mammal Stranding Team’s efforts to rescue and research some of the Gulf of Mexico’s most endangered species. ECWR executive director Carol “Stormy” Andersen said the grant award caps off a yearlong effort to secure the funds through the […]

Florida teacher compensation deemed a ‘crisis situation’

Florida teacher compensation deemed a ‘crisis situation’

Florida has sunk even lower in the rankings for teacher pay to number 46, according to the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual Rankings of the States. On average Florida teachers are compensated $12,309 less per year than their peers across the country, according to the report released in April of this year.   Read the […]

Firefighter dream achieved

Firefighter dream achieved

After wrapping up her shift each day at Publix, Navarre native Rachel Provoznik, 19, would run the length of the Navarre Beach multiuse path, sometimes starting off as late as 10:30 p.m. She was a woman on a mission.     Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Developer donates land for conservation, base buffering

Developer donates land for conservation, base buffering

Developer Edwin Henry, owner of Henry Company Homes, is seeking to donate a total of 900 acres as a conservation easement off Highway 87. He has already handed over more than 200 acres to the county to be held in conservation into perpetuity near the intersection of Highway 87 and Clear Creek Road bordering Naval […]

Ecotourism, voluntourism growing

Ecotourism, voluntourism growing

Vacation does not necessarily translate to lounging anymore. Around the world, tourism trends have headed in a new direction with travelers rolling up their sleeves and working to mitigate their impact on the planet during their time away from the daily grind.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. […]

The long journey to low-cost spay/neuter services

The long journey to low-cost spay/neuter services

Though dawn was still hours away, volunteers were already hard at work at A HOPE for Santa Rosa County’s Paw Pad in Milton July 30. Inside, roughly 50 pet carriers, all covered in white sheets, were stacked and ready.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Movies by the Dunes coming spring 2020

Movies by the Dunes coming spring 2020

Movies by the Dunes is coming to Navarre Beach next year. The Tourist Development Council (TDC) supported a grant of nearly $5,000 Aug. 1 for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to host the event.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Sea turtle center expanding

Sea turtle center expanding

Construction got underway last week for the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s latest addition. The nonprofit conservation and environmental education center is in the process of adding an outdoor exhibit area at the eastern corner of the facility.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Stuff the Bus to the finish line

Stuff the Bus to the finish line

School starts Monday and Stuff the Bus has raised enough donations to send a backpack full of all necessary school supplies with every student who applied for assistance. But there are still needs to be met, so the drive to raise funds continues. Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Wildlife Refuge postpones grand opening

Wildlife Refuge postpones grand opening

Advocates and rescuers of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) were set to cut the ribbon on a brand-new, expansive wildlife rehabilitation and education complex in Navarre Saturday. But that has been postponed indefinitely.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Welcome home, chamber!

Welcome home, chamber!

After 42 years of serving the business community, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce officially came home July 31 with a celebratory ribbon cutting on their new building. The conference room, halls and lobby were packed with supporters to celebrate the opening of the new Navarre Chamber Information Center. Read the full article in […]

Navarre Beach Fire turns 30

Navarre Beach Fire turns 30

When James Wirth, Sr., visited the Navarre Beach fire station back in the 1980s, he was greeted by a two-bay garage and no one home. Inside, the truck meant to be the island’s fire engine would not start. Neither would the boat meant for water rescues.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 […]

Oil interests threaten test range mission

Oil interests threaten test range mission

This is part three in a series of articles on the impacts of the U.S. Air Force Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range, which consists of 123,000 square miles of overwater training and testing space. Delineated at longitude 86˚ 41’, the Military Mission Line effectively cuts the Gulf of Mexico in half. This imaginary line […]

Borrow pit approval null and void

Borrow pit approval null and void

Amid vocal opposition from neighbors, July 25 the Board of County Commissioners approved allowing a dirt borrow pit and landscape debris disposal site off Ten Mile Road near Chumuckla. It was the first time a PIT rezoning had been approved since a massive rule change eight years prior. But it did not stand.   Read […]

Five things to know: Stroke risk

Five things to know: Stroke risk

In Santa Rosa County, 6,145 people had a stroke in 2016, according to the Florida Department of Health. And the data does not paint a rosy picture. Strokes and stroke deaths throughout the county have been on the rise for the past five years.   Read the full article in the Aug. 1 issue of […]

South Santa Rosa receives award for disability inclusion, independence

South Santa Rosa receives award for disability inclusion, independence

It started around a cafeteria lunch table. Years ago, a handful of parents of children with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities in south Santa Rosa County conferred together at Navarre High School, united by concern for the future.   Read the full article in the Aug. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Food drive focuses on healthy options

Food drive focuses on healthy options

When well-meaning donors drop off food at banks for those in need, sometimes they do not realize the nutritional value of that donation can affect the health of a family. Donations may have a lower-than-ideal nutritional content because donors do not know better or because they believe the less healthy option is more affordable, said […]

Truck driver training coming to Santa Rosa industrial park

Truck driver training coming to Santa Rosa industrial park

As demand for commercial tractor-trailer drivers across the country soars, Santa Rosa County students will soon be able to secure a commercial driver’s license (CDL) locally. County commissioners approved a deal July 25 with Pensacola State College to offer land in the Santa Rosa Industrial Park East for creation of a new truck driver training […]

Navarre home total loss after garage fire

Navarre home total loss after garage fire

Fire consumed a house on Beacon Court in Navarre Aug. 1, sending one firefighter to the hospital and leaving five people without a home. Firefighters received a call for an active house fire after 11 a.m. in Navarre. Holley Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton said the blaze appeared to have begun in the garage of […]

Santa Rosa teachers experience STEMersion

Santa Rosa teachers experience STEMersion

Science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and sometimes art (STEAM) have taken classrooms across the country and world by storm in recent years. For Santa Rosa County School District, this approach to teaching has been a core part of the education model since the STEAM Innovate program launched in 2015, making the district a trailblazer on […]

East Bay Boulevard under magnifying glass

East Bay Boulevard under magnifying glass

East Bay Boulevard will be under extra scrutiny starting this fall as the Emerald Coast Regional Council Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) conducts a corridor management study of the roughly 9.8-mile stretch from U.S. Highway 98 to Highway 87. Transportation Coordinator Tiffany Bates addressed the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce about the potential for the […]

Turtle heroes pull “Mac” from the surf

Turtle heroes pull “Mac” from the surf

Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center named four new Sea Turtle Heroes July 20 thanks to the rescue effort that likely saved the life of a loggerhead sea turtle along Navarre Beach. Kevin Wiethe said he and some friends were setting up their canopy on the beach for the day when they spotted something in […]

Buses ready for new school year

Buses ready for new school year

Thanks in part to a massive hiring campaign, Santa Rosa County School District will have enough drivers to cover its 197 school bus routes by the first day of back to school Aug. 12. Santa Rosa County Director of Transportation Virginia Sutler said they feel prepared for back to school during the July 23 school […]

Test range generates billions along Gulf coast

Test range generates billions along Gulf coast

This is part two in a series of articles on the impacts of the U.S. Air Force Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range, which consists of 123,000 square miles of overwater training and testing space. Billions of dollars and thousands of people move to the economic heartbeat of the Department of Defense in the Florida […]

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