Quality time key in improving student resiliency

Quality time key in improving student resiliency

Most happy and healthy students have one thing in common: resiliency. And as students head into the new school year, school district staff are encouraging parents to take an active role in promoting mental health of their students. Read the full article in the Aug. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as […]

‘Rain harvesting’ nurtures gardens, aids conservation

‘Rain harvesting’ nurtures gardens, aids conservation

With concerns mounting about water supply throughout the state, the Florida Beverage Association (FBA) is partnering with the Santa Rosa County UF/IFAS Extension Office to promote citizen protection of local water. FBA presented the extension office with a grant for $12,000 July 26 to implement new Green Infrastructure/Water Tours and Rain Barrel Workshops. Read the […]

As sand slips away, county prepares for future beach restoration

As sand slips away, county prepares for future beach restoration

From the moment that the last grain of sand was piped from the last dredge onto Navarre Beach during the 2016 renourishment project, the shore has been shrinking. But County Engineer Roger Blaylock said there is no reason to worry. This is all just part of the process. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Interns at refuge help wildlife, gain skills

Interns at refuge help wildlife, gain skills

Caring for the roughly 2,000 animals that come through the front doors of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge each year is more than a full-time job, and the students who make it happen do so without pay. Board member Carol “Stormy” Andersen said she is incredibly thankful for the refuge’s internship program. Read the full […]

Tiger Point plaza sees new wave of retail, dining

Tiger Point plaza sees new wave of retail, dining

At least three new restaurants and a variety of retail opportunities are set to open their doors in the Tiger Point shopping center where Publix opened in January. The shopping complex that offers multiple rental spaces for other retailers is completed, and Amber Hightower Dedeaux of Vallas Realty said the company is working on finishing […]

Tourism council balks at Milton Riverwalk fund request

Tourism council balks at Milton Riverwalk fund request

Milton officials faced harsh questioning by members of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Aug. 2 over whether to commit funds toward the continuing Milton Riverwalk project. Milton City Manager Randy Jorgenson came to the TDC requesting funding for construction of additional Riverwalk pathway along 210 feet of shoreline in downtown Milton next to the Blackwater […]

Deadline looms in school board, District 4 commissioner races

Deadline looms in school board, District 4 commissioner races

As primary election voting inches closer, the window is closing for school board candidates to win over voters. All three of the school board seats up for grabs will be decided on the primary ballot Aug. 28, and votes in the race can be cast as early as Aug. 13. For much of the race, […]

TC’s Front Porch customers get unwelcome surprise

TC’s Front Porch customers get unwelcome surprise

Patrons to TC’s Front Porch in Navarre got a shock last week when they left the restaurant and walked across the street to the neighboring Soundview Plaza shopping center to find that their cars were no longer there. Owner Bob Benaquis said he became aware of the incident after customers began returning to the restaurant […]

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) handled several requests for park funding NYSA playground to get fresh rubber In Navarre, that meant funding to replace the problematic rubber surface for the playground at the NYSA. District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson questioned why the surface needed to be replaced so shortly after it was installed. […]

Fabulous Finds fills gap for Gulf Breeze needy

Fabulous Finds fills gap for Gulf Breeze needy

Operating entirely off donations of items and time, Fabulous Finds Thrift Shoppe in Gulf Breeze offers assistance to those facing financial hardship. Founder Jackie Lawrence said she and her daughter Heather Martin had been doing volunteer work at a similar ministry in Navarre for five years. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue […]

Shoplifter ignores chance to make amends

Shoplifter ignores chance to make amends

Retailers lose tens of billions of dollars to shoplifting each year, according to the National Retail Federation, and small businesses are victims just as often as larger retailers. Pet Nation owner Holly Elassadd said she is all too familiar with shoplifting losses. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Florida’s Best Kept Secret sign appears at Juana’s

Florida’s Best Kept Secret sign appears at Juana’s

One of the iconic Navarre Beach “Florida’s Best Kept Secret” signs has re-emerged at local hot spot Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill on the beach. The signs, which have garnered much love from locals, were removed from the foot of the Navarre Beach bridge entrance last year. Juana’s owner Kevin Rudzki said he is not […]

Q&A Meet the candidates for Attorney General

Q&A Meet the candidates for Attorney General

What motivated you to run, and what will your top priority be? Please include any relevant experience in your response. “I was motivated to run because of the issues that I saw as a judge and prosecutor and how, as Attorney General, I could help solve them. Florida needs a “top cop” that will stand […]

UPDATE: Q&A Meet the candidates for Commissioner of Agriculture

UPDATE: Q&A Meet the candidates for Commissioner of Agriculture

What motivated you to run, and what will your top priority be?   “I am running to address the issues that I believe will define this office in the coming decade: jobs, water, and our 2nd Amendment rights.” Matt Caldwell         “Seeing firsthand the broken nature of Florida politics with medical marijuana. […]

Study’s verdict: Business incubator viable but costly

Study’s verdict: Business incubator viable but costly

The results are in, and Santa Rosa County would stand to gain a lot from a business incubator. But the costs could exceed the benefits, at least in the short term. Florida State University Applied Economics graduate students Patrick Mas, Holt Johnson and Courtney Clark were tasked by their professors with studying the viability, impact […]

Details unclear for new hires in school safety push

Details unclear for new hires in school safety push

Under a state mandate adopted in the aftermath of school shootings, the Santa Rosa School District hired two new administrators to aid in student safety and mental health. In February, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and fatally shot 17 students and teachers. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

National Night Out to unite community

National Night Out to unite community

Back to school is rapidly approaching, and the 35th Annual National Night Out, Aug. 7, aims to help Santa Rosa County’s youngest residents prepare for the coming school year. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and Target stores each year in partnership with local organizations to offer entertainment, information, […]

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Since sea turtle nesting season began May 1, Navarre Beach has only seen three turtle nests, a far cry from the nearly record-breaking 19 nests that were found last year. The nesting number is also lower than the average for the past decade. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Baskerville-Donovan secures Tom King Bayou design

Baskerville-Donovan secures Tom King Bayou design

For Baskerville-Donovan Inc. (BDI), Holley by the Sea’s flooding woes have become a continuing source of work and income from the county. The Pensacola-based engineering firm has secured more than $1 million for study and design work in the area. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

A procedural approval for Creet’s Landing subdivision turned to tension among county commissioners and residents of Whispering Pines Boulevard. During the board’s regular meeting on July 26, District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson accused Commission Chairman Bob Cole of inserting himself into issues in Williamson’s district during discussion of the Creet’s Landing project. The highly contentious […]

Commissioners rein in developers’ housing plans

Commissioners rein in developers’ housing plans

In yet another unusually high turnout, the Board of County Commissioners meeting hall was packed July 26 with residents of Santa Rosa County seeking to have their voices heard at the monthly Special Rezoning meeting. Many were there in favor of allowing a motocross facility to be opened in the north end of the county. […]

Whiting plays critical role in local economy

Whiting plays critical role in local economy

Federal, state and local government officials came together Monday for a comprehensive update of the impact NAS Whiting Field has on the area economy and a discussion of strategies to protect the base’s mission. The Congressional Field Hearing was hosted by U.S Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents Florida’s 1st Congressional District. Read the full article […]

Restaurant a “total loss” after early morning fire

Restaurant a “total loss” after early morning fire

Officials are calling Los Cabos Mexican Grill in Navarre a total loss after flames engulfed the restaurant’s interior early Monday morning. At about 2 a.m. July 30, Holley Navarre Fire District was dispatched to the strip mall at 9500 Navarre Parkway after a 911 caller stated flames were engulfing two to four of the units […]

University of West Florida launches Hacking for Defense program

University of West Florida launches Hacking for Defense program

To improve logistics and safety on its test range, Eglin Air Force Base has outsourced finding solutions to a team of undergraduates at the University of West Florida. Facing the need to mitigate potential internal cybersecurity threats, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee decided to do the same. Read the […]

Holley Navarre Fire pins two new firefighters

Holley Navarre Fire pins two new firefighters

Holley Navarre Fire District pinned two new firefighters July 13. Mike Ritter and Kailey White started working in the district July 3. Chief Ron Norton said both bring a lot of experience to the table. The two were selected from five applicants based on experience, qualifications and testing. Read the full article in the July […]

Food for Vets settles in new home in Navarre

Food for Vets settles in new home in Navarre

Navarre’s struggling military and veteran families have access to a new resource for food free of charge every third Friday and Saturday of the month in addition to the programs offered by local military bases. Food for Vets is a local nonprofit that provides free food to veterans, active duty and surviving spouses in need. […]

Sweet Pea travels for treatment at Gulf World

Sweet Pea travels for treatment at Gulf World

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s (NBSTCC) resident green sea turtle, Sweet Pea, has been transported to Gulf World in Panama City for treatment of gastro-intestinal issues. NBSTCC founder Cathy Holmes said the turtle was moved July 17 to Gulf World Marine Park because staffers at the center observed that a pre-existing, chronic condition […]

Development and zoning tops debate questions

Development and zoning tops debate questions

Questions repeatedly returned to issues of development and allowing exceptions to the land development code during the Santa Rosa Republican Women’s county commissioners candidate forum Tuesday. The questions were submitted by the members in attendance, and candidates for both District 4 County Commission, representing Navarre, and District 2 representing Milton were invited to answer. District […]

School food supplier expands free-lunch program

School food supplier expands free-lunch program

When the final school bell of the year rings, students on free and reduced-price lunch in Santa Rosa County are no longer guaranteed a meal at their school each day. But thanks to the Summer Break Spot meal program, these students still have a place to pick up a free lunch. Read the full article […]

Extension launches comprehensive disaster blog

Extension launches comprehensive disaster blog

Floridians preparing for hurricanes can now access online resource to gather tips, tricks and the latest research to better prepare and better recover from storms. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF/IFAS) has launched disaster.ifas.ufl.edu, a blog site dedicated to publishing the university’s statewide database into a user-friendly format. Read the […]

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