Kids unleash problem-solving creativity at Camp Invention

Kids unleash problem-solving creativity at Camp Invention

Walking into a West Navarre Intermediate School classroom last week meant ducking flying plush cupcakes and stepping over splayed out, half-finished mini mansions surrounded by students with pipe cleaners. The noise of a half-dozen hammers wielded by third-graders filled the halls. Read the full article in the June 21 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Clear bottom kayaks delight

Clear bottom kayaks delight

Locals and visitors alike got a view of the Navarre Beach Snorkel Reef from above Saturday during the first of the summer’s Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Clear Bottom Kayak tours. Local volunteers Dana Taylor and Michelle Whikehart spotted dolphins and large sea turtles through the glass-like bottom of their kayak. As seen in the June […]

Gold Star family receives house after tragic loss

Gold Star family receives house after tragic loss

The De Alencar family had been stationed in Navarre for only a couple of months when Army Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar of the 7th Special Forces Group–the Green Berets–received his orders to go to Afghanistan. At the time, he and his wife, Natasha, and their six children were looking to buy their first home. […]

Subdivision gets go-ahead for higher density

Subdivision gets go-ahead for higher density

A new subdivision taking shape at the western edge of Holley by the Sea has gotten preliminary clearance to expand to 360 homes. Heather’s Place is being built by Henry Company Homes on about 417 acres. The three parcels that make up the development are located south of East Bay Boulevard and west of Edgewood […]

Wildlife refuge officially breaks ground

Wildlife refuge officially breaks ground

In a celebration honoring community support, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge ceremonially broke ground Saturday at its new facility in Holley. After brief speeches and thank-yous under an old-growth oak tree, the refuge’s board and a group of dignitaries “turned dirt” on the property, launching the building phase of a project that has been in […]

Local option sales tax may fund new Avalon sports park

Local option sales tax may fund new Avalon sports park

Following the acceptance by voters of a half-cent local option sales tax (LOST) in November 2016, the Board of County Commissioners held a series of public meetings throughout the county asking what the public would like to see done with that money. A repeated plea was recreational space, including additional sports fields. Read the full […]

Lifeguards staying later, new tower added

Lifeguards staying later, new tower added

Lifeguards on Navarre Beach are surveying the waters later into the day and farther along the beach. Since June 4, the lifeguards have been staying on the beach until 6 p.m. Previously, lifeguards were on the beach until only 5 p.m. each day during the late spring, summer and fall. Read the full article in […]

Navarre student headed to D.C. for environmental summit

Navarre student headed to D.C. for environmental summit

Navarre High School student Jaime Butler, 16, has been selected as one of 300 students from across the nation headed to Washington D.C. this summer for the 2018 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University. Butler will join her peers June 24-29 in learning about environmental science practices and concerns while engaging […]

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

A restroom is likely to be placed on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier later this summer, but it will not meet with specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ken Fountain, a managing partner with pier operating firm Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises (GSE), said his company plans to put an ADA-compliant facility on the pier […]

Car wash site back on market

Car wash site back on market

It may not be a car wash after all. “A Proper Wash” signs have been taken down from property at the corner of Harvest Village Court and U.S. Highway 98 and tucked behind the “for sale” signs. Santa Rosa County had approved plans for construction of a tunnel-style car wash with self-service vacuuming stations, but […]

Osborne challenges Williamson for Florida House seat

Osborne challenges Williamson for Florida House seat

Time is running short for candidates throw their hat into the ring for the 2018 election season, and in a surprise development a new candidate has announced she will challenge incumbent Jayer Williamson of Pace for the Florida House of Representative District 3 seat. Bobbi Sue Osborne of Jay filed to open a campaign fund […]

Successful financial planning starts young

Successful financial planning starts young

High schoolers who have a credit card will graduate with an average debt of $1,585, according to research by student loan provider Sallie Mae. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that 60 percent of 15-year-old Americans are not financially literate on the basics of handling money. As more financial planners, including nationally known […]

Fire tax increase tentatively approved

Fire tax increase tentatively approved

After months of debate, Santa Rosa County commissioners unanimously approved raising the fees that fund the Navarre Beach Fire Department, increasing its annual budget by roughly $232,000. The tentative approval of the increase in Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) rates, often referred to as the “fire tax,” follows the department’s warnings that it is seriously […]

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

At age 16 Christopher Dykes walked away from the church without looking back. As he launched out into independence, he also launched into experimentation with illegal substances. Dykes said that for nearly 17 years he tried to fill the void of loneliness with everything from alcohol to marijuana to cocaine. Read the full article in […]

‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ sets children for success

‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ sets children for success

Children’s brains complete up to 90 percent of development in the first five years of life, according to research by the Rauch Foundation. Though the typical newborn brain is only a quarter of the size it will reach by adulthood, it will grow rapidly in those first years and develop trillions of synapse connections. Read […]

Tourist Development Council to hit the road

Tourist Development Council to hit the road

As the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council (TDC) continues to push toward prioritizing funding of physical tourism assets, some members of the council admitted a lack of firsthand knowledge of some existing tourism facilities. “I think if we could go back in time a little bit and actually tour some of those areas, see […]

Mail-in ballots for all, not just absentee voters

Mail-in ballots for all, not just absentee voters

Red and blue signs bearing candidate names have started cropping up in front yards across the county. Social media platforms are abuzz with chatter about local and national issues. Election season is fast approaching. Read the full article in the June 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Saving with Soul rescues hundreds

Saving with Soul rescues hundreds

Saturday was a special day for 11 dogs and cats in Navarre as they found forever homes during the first Saving with Soul Pet Rescue Adoption Event at Pet Nation. Pet Nation owner Holly Elassaad said they have wanted to get involved in pet adoption events at the store but did not due to concerns […]

Meet the candidates for School Board District 1, 3 and 5

Meet the candidates for School Board District 1, 3 and 5

Linda Sanborn District: 1 Age: 68 Residence: Milton, Fla. Birthplace: Guam Education: Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English, master’s degree in Education Occupation: Retired after 35 years teaching, co-owner Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center Family: Husband Mike Sanborn, three sons, eight grandchildren Carol Boston District: 3 Age: 53 Residence: Navarre, Fla. Birthplace: Not provided Education: Bachelor […]

98 flyover lacks chamber support, widening gets thumbs-up

98 flyover lacks chamber support, widening gets thumbs-up

When asked to name the greatest obstacle for Navarre’s future, residents have one overwhelming response: Traffic. That was the finding of an analysis of data by Matrix Design Group. A similar study conducted among Hurlburt Field personnel came up with the same concern: Fix traffic congestion. Read the full article in the June 14 issue […]

County considering new tax for sheriff’s office

County considering new tax for sheriff’s office

While trying to reconcile the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office’s budget request to revenue realities, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed the possibility Thursday of implementing a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) for law enforcement services during the first of their annual budget workshops. Sheriff Bob Johnson told commissioners that he needs nearly every penny […]

Santa Rosa explores business incubator possibilities

Santa Rosa explores business incubator possibilities

Three Florida State University graduate students with training in economics and a problem to solve have set their sights on Santa Rosa County with one goal in mind: Diversify the economy. To answer that need, the students have chosen to study a potential solution in the form of a business incubator as part of their […]

Development follows new school, increases classroom squeeze

Development follows new school, increases classroom squeeze

It is a continuing catch-22-style dilemma. Soaring student populations have prompted Santa Rosa School District to build a new school west of Holley by the Sea, but that planned construction in an A-ranked school district has propelled the development of 360 new single-family homes around the future school site. Read the full article in the […]

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

The numbers are in, and Navarre Beach Fire Department annual funding needs far exceed their initial increase request by $313,687, according to a study by Government Services Group Inc (GSG). The department in February had requested that the Board of County Commissioners approve a $109,000 increase, split between the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) rates […]

Williamson champions Calkins for Zoning Board

Williamson champions Calkins for Zoning Board

Candidate for Zoning Board James Calkins caught criticism Monday during the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting. Commission Chairman Bob Cole selected Calkins as his nominee for Zoning Board, but the county commission was not unanimous in support of that decision following comments from the public. Read the full article in the June 14 issue […]

District 4 Master Plan taking shape

District 4 Master Plan taking shape

New and expanded parks, an entertainment and mixed use urban core, miles of new sidewalks and increased interconnectivity, Navarre residents were presented with two plans to transform District 4 Monday night at the District 4 Master Plan second public open house. The District 4 Master Plan began in September 2017. Read the full article in […]

Master Gardeners share knowledge at Navarre Library

Master Gardeners share knowledge at Navarre Library

The Santa Rosa County Master Gardeners are sharing their expertise on a variety of topics in monthly lectures at the Navarre Library now through December. Mary Salinas, horticulturist with the UF/IFAS Extension Office, said master gardener Sam Greendorfer approached her about expanding the lectures from their current locations in Gulf Breeze and Milton to include […]

Navarre Bible Fellowship reaching out to all

Navarre Bible Fellowship reaching out to all

Anicia Dombret was born and raised in a little town in Colombia. Years ago, missionaries from Wichita, Kansas, came to her hometown and spoke with her grandparents. They were members of the First Evangelical Free Church. Read the full article in the June 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Court overturns state ban on smokable medical marijuana

Court overturns state ban on smokable medical marijuana

Smoking medical marijuana in the state of Florida is a constitutional right, according to a recent court ruling, but the more than 100,000 patients with chronic and debilitating illnesses in Florida who use marijuana for treatment are not safe to light up just yet. Just one hour after Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers handed […]

Survey says … Clock ticking for public input on District 4 Master Plan

Survey says … Clock ticking for public input on District 4 Master Plan

Citizens of the Navarre area will have a second chance to weigh in on their community’s future June 11 at the second Santa Rosa District 4 Master Plan Public Open House. Matrix Design Group was selected by the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) in September 2017 to create a comprehensive guiding document for […]

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