From South America to the beaches of Navarre

From South America to the beaches of Navarre

Sweet Pea the sea turtle learned a little Spanish last week as visitors from the South American country of Bolivia took a special tour of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. The group members were guests of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, a leadership academy for international diplomacy. Read the […]

Legal moves shut down Backpage.com

Legal moves shut down Backpage.com

What do Reddit, Craigslist, Backpage and Erotic Review all have in common? Two things: First, they have allegedly allowed sex trafficking to occur or be advertised on their websites; Second, they have all been taken down, fully or partially, because of it. Read the full article in the April 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Video: Candidates for County Commission debate

Video: Candidates for County Commission debate

Santa Rosa County Commissioner candidates for District 2 Tammy Jo Brown, incumbent Bob Cole and Wallis Mahute debated county issues along side candidate for District 4 (Navarre area) David Piech. The group discussed storm water run off, a new courthouse, variances to the land development code and more during the Precinct 34 Candidate Forum in […]

A sign of possible progress on beach home

A sign of possible progress on beach home

Amid threats of foreclosure and years of complaints from neighbors, a dilapidated brick home on Gulf Boulevard may finally be renovated. A sign for Gulf Breeze-based company Sailwinds Construction has been placed in front of the structure at 7315 Gulf Blvd. Read the full article in the April 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Discovery Center concept revealed

Discovery Center concept revealed

Extensive outdoor learning spaces, examples of pristine habitats, interactive marine exhibits and a two-story learning center were among the details outlined in preliminary ideas for Navarre Beach’s future Discovery Center. The visualization, along with a detailed history of similar projects, secured Caldwell Associates Architects the contract for designing the future of the Navarre Beach Marine […]

Milestone night for Precision Martial Arts

Milestone night for Precision Martial Arts

  Zoe Maltby was 7 years old when she started doling out punches on the brightly colored mats of Precision Martial Arts in Navarre. Through years of practice and patience, Maltby moved up through the ranks in hapkido, a Korean style of martial arts characterized by joint locks, throws and dynamic kicking techniques. Read the […]

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

While the Florida Department of Transportation continues to pursue expanding U.S. Highway 98 to six lanes and implementing a flyover in the Heart of Navarre, the thoroughfare continues to increase beyond its intended maximum capacity. When an accident occurs, the areas only major east-west corridor can become blocked, leaving both local and long-distance traffic at […]

Santa Rosa tourists here for friends, stay for events

Santa Rosa tourists here for friends, stay for events

County Commissioners and Tourist Development Council (TDC) members gained insight into the impact of tourism in the county last week as the University of West Florida Haas Center unveiled the Tourism Market Economic Impact Study. This yearlong effort examined many aspects of tourism including spending by visitors, where visitors were coming from and how this […]

Navarre Beach remains public

Navarre Beach remains public

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill last month that would privatize many beaches along Florida’s coastline starting July 1. County ordinances throughout the state have allowed for public beach access even on privately owned properties for decades. These laws are known as customary use ordinances, and they state that if an area has historically been […]

Navarre senior calls for school safety fix

Navarre senior calls for school safety fix

Amid calls for metal detectors and bulletproof glass on school campuses, one Navarre High School student has a simpler, and possibly cheaper, safety measure to add to the debate: identification cards. NHS senior Katelynn Joyner, 17, addressed the Santa Rosa County School Board with her idea Thursday evening. Read the full article in the April […]

Opportunity occupations give financial boost to skilled workers

Opportunity occupations give financial boost to skilled workers

  Workers do not need a bachelor’s degree to make a livable wage. Research by the Center for Human Capital Studies, a part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, reveals that while degrees do typically mean higher wages, a group of workers with little or no college training is pulling in big dollars thanks […]

Kiln Walk center receives first funding push

Kiln Walk center receives first funding push

  After more than a decade of work and grant applications, the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk in Holley has finally received funds to take the first steps toward making its learning and arts center a reality. But the money is only a drop in the bucket of what the organization will need to break ground. […]

Team Bullish gets the boot on day 3

Team Bullish gets the boot on day 3

  Latest from Team Bullish in the form of a metaphor. “It all started when a wonderful woman in Kolding took us under her wing like she was a mother hen providing us, and another team from Spain, with a warm room, a shower, and a nice glass of water. Then, riding the high, we […]

Teen Girl Scout creates central volunteer site

Teen Girl Scout creates central volunteer site

Mary Ballard has been involved in Girl Scouts from birth. The 17-year-old Navarre resident attended her first Girl Scout events as a newborn strapped to her mother in a cradling device. Read the full article in the April 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online […]

Consultant outlines 5-year strategy for county economy

Consultant outlines 5-year strategy for county economy

  New staff, expanded infrastructure, improved industrial parks and better websites are among the items on a laundry list of plans that Garner Economics LLC devised for Santa Rosa County’s next five years of economic development. And all of it comes with a price tag. Read the full article in the April 12 issue of […]

Holley Navarre Middle School celebrates Month of the Military Child

Holley Navarre Middle School celebrates Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child, and for Holley Navarre Middle School that means it is time to recognize the unique experiences and struggles of hundreds of the school’s students. Roughly 43 percent of HNMS students come from a military family. Read the full article in the April 12 issue of Navarre Press. […]

New courts on Navarre Beach could disrupt nesting

New courts on Navarre Beach could disrupt nesting

Work is underway to bring new volleyball courts to Navarre Beach, but feathery residents and conservation laws could derail that project – and the tourist revenue that would come with it. Plans call for construction of 10 to 15 volleyball courts on the vacant property directly west of the Springhill Suites by Marriott. Read the […]

Five things to know: County Commission meeting

Five things to know: County Commission meeting

1. Commissioners table floating alcohol ordinance When a floating restaurant-like structure appeared in Santa Rosa Sound last month just behind Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill, questions among residents abounded. Shortly after the appearance, County Commissioner Rob Williamson said he wanted the county to pursue an ordinance to bar these types of establishments. Read the full […]

District unveils design for K-8 facility in Navarre

District unveils design for K-8 facility in Navarre

Conceptual designs for a new school in Navarre to relieve crowding at the existing schools have been revealed, but funding may be a problem. The school, which was approved by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) last year, would be located directly west of Elkhart Drive south of East Bay Boulevard. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Butterfly House launches annual Kidderpillar tours

Butterfly House launches annual Kidderpillar tours

  Volunteers of the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) trimmed bushes, planted flowers and weeded gardens this month as they prepare for the start of the season May 5. This will be the final season the PBH welcomes visitors at its current location. Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Program aims to keep young offenders in school

Program aims to keep young offenders in school

Sentencing to a juvenile detention center can throw a student’s academic progress into jeopardy. There are 315 students currently attending public school in Santa Rosa County who have had some type of involvement with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Many of those students have multiple offenses and some have been to jail. Read the […]

Seas the Day sees crowds

Seas the Day sees crowds

  April is a busy month. Beyond the Easter holiday, April is National Autism Awareness Month. It is the Month of the Military Child, and it is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month.             Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Chamber defamation lawsuit settled out of court

Chamber defamation lawsuit settled out of court

  A defamation lawsuit filed by Tony Hughes, president of Beach Community Bank, against the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and its previous CEO, Judy Morehead, has been settled out of court under undisclosed terms. The suit was filed in May 2016 in the First Judicial Circuit Court and alleged that Morehead made false […]

Jail offers opioid-blocking drug to curb addiction

Jail offers opioid-blocking drug to curb addiction

For the hundreds of inmates struggling with opioid addiction, Santa Rosa County Jail is offering a solution, free of charge. The jail will cover medication-assisted treatment for a full year, even if the person doesn’t remain incarcerated for the entire 12 months. Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Navarre natives take on Europe in Red Bull challenge

Navarre natives take on Europe in Red Bull challenge

They are dropped into a foreign country they have never visited before, and where many people don’t even speak their language. Their phones, cash and credit cards are all taken from them. No rental car. No hotel or hostel stays booked. All devices with GPS and all personal cell phones must be surrendered on arrival. […]

Navarre students sink the competition at SeaPerch

Navarre students sink the competition at SeaPerch

  Whirring its way through the depths of a backyard pool, a PVC pipe creation maneuvers through obstacles at the direction of its creators, Navarre High School juniors Miguel Homer, 17, and Tricia Winbery, 17. The pair are preparing for competition against others from across the U.S. and beyond.  The award-winning underwater device is called […]

Santa Rosa County Fair brings fun and farming

Santa Rosa County Fair brings fun and farming

Squeals of laughing children and fleeing piglets filled the air Saturday as the 27th annual Santa Rosa County Fair got underway at the Santa Rosa County Fairgrounds in East Milton. This annual celebration of the start of planting season had more than a dozen thrill rides, rodeos, livestock shows, games and more. Featured in the […]

Sunrise Drive work ahead of schedule

Sunrise Drive work ahead of schedule

Elevation and drainage improvements on Sunrise Drive at the entrance to Holley by the Sea are proceeding ahead of schedule may be completed before the June 3 deadline. County Engineer Michael Schmidt said contractor Chavers Construction has been making good progress. Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

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