Facebook busts alleged Club II burglar

Facebook busts alleged Club II burglar

The Club II in Gulf Breeze had unwelcome visitors Oct. 23, and Facebook has allegedly landed at least one of those visitors behind bars. Brittny Still, 28, of Gulf Breeze is facing third degree felony unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure and first degree misdemeanor larceny petty theft for the theft of keys to the […]

Refuge for Women receives $10,000 pledge

Refuge for Women receives $10,000 pledge

An anonymous donor has come forward to offer local victims of sex trafficking a safe place to heal. He has pledged to match every dollar donated in November to Refuge for Women of the Emerald Coast, up to $10,000. Refuge City Director Michelle Jones said she is thrilled. “This donor says there is a huge […]

Reptiles drawn back to pier despite multiple run-ins with fishing hooks

Reptiles drawn back to pier despite multiple run-ins with fishing hooks

Okra, a juvenile green sea turtle, has had a rough year. After sustaining serious head trauma that exposed part of her skull, Okra ended up on the end of a fisherman’s line on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The hook was caught in her right shoulder. Fortunately, she was rescued and sent to the Gulfarium […]

Survivor takes on Big Apple, Hawaii next

Survivor takes on Big Apple, Hawaii next

Actor David Boreanaz was a Navarre cancer survivor’s angel both literally and metaphorically. West Navarre Primary School teacher Jami Moore won a five day Hawaiian vacation on the TV show “Harry” Nov. 6 for answering the question: “David Boreanaz is here today. He famously played a vampire on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and another show. […]

First Baptist clears hurdle for expansion

First Baptist clears hurdle for expansion

First Baptist Church of Navarre cleared another hurdle Nov. 9 on the road to expanding its children’s ministry. The Santa Rosa County Zoning Board gave the church its endorsement for a conditional use permit that would allow First Baptist to build new parking as well as a new children’s building on the property at 9302 […]

Librarian’s passion for reading makes her Teacher of the Year

Librarian’s passion for reading makes her Teacher of the Year

The library is a happening place on a weekday afternoon at Holley-Navarre Middle School. Students are checking out books, others are returning or renewing them. A few students come up to the front desk to request use of one of the computers. Nancy Mijangos is at the heart of it all. This is her fourth […]

Salaries vs. discretionary income

Salaries vs. discretionary income

Santa Rosa County residents make less, spend less and have less left over at the end of the month than those in the rest of the state and surrounding counties, according to findings from The Discretionary Income Report 2017 by Trove Technologies. This study looked at the salaries of workers across the country and compared […]

Recipe for a well-planned community

Recipe for a well-planned community

In September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved paying $80,000-$150,000 to consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 Master Plan for the Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach area. As development of that plan gets underway, the Navarre Press is taking a look at planning the future of Navarre. As the […]

Cole named County Commission chairman

Cole named County Commission chairman

With a shake of the hand, Board of County Commissioners Chairman Rob Williamson of Navarre passed the gavel Nov. 9 to incoming chairman County Commissioner Bob Cole during the board’s annual reorganization meeting. Cole is the representative for District 2 which includes the Milton and East Milton area. He will lead the board for fiscal […]

Whispering Pines development: apartments no, subdivision yes

Whispering Pines development: apartments no, subdivision yes

It was standing room only Nov. 9 at the Tiger Point Community Center as roughly 100 people showed up to speak out against two developments along Whispering Pines Boulevard being considered by the county Zoning Board. The crowd succeeded in securing unanimous rejection of one of the developments, Sanctuary Apartments. But that denial is not […]

“Mama” Watson brings passion, hugs to classroom

“Mama” Watson brings passion, hugs to classroom

When Navarre High School teacher Jennifer Watson was named the school’s teacher of the year, she said she could not believe it. “My name was listed among the top three candidates, and I almost passed out… (When I was selected) I was stunned. I think I do a pretty darn good job, but wow. I […]

Pop Up Shop to pump up park improvements

Pop Up Shop to pump up park improvements

  From the first public meetings regarding renovations of Navarre Park for roughly $7 million, representatives of the Starfish Project made a promise: We will help fund it. And they are keeping that promise. The Starfish Project is a non-profit organization in Navarre dedicated to offering support and connection for families with special needs children. […]

Educators go WILD

Educators go WILD

Despite being closed to the public, the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center was packed last week as educators from all-around and from all disciplines got a little wild with a Project WILD workshop. Project WILD is a national curriculum program designed to connect students to environmentally centered education. There are a variety of resources […]

Training tomorrow’s teachers through new academy

Training tomorrow’s teachers through new academy

  There are 52 career academies in Santa Rosa County Schools. Many of them focus on technical fields and career certifications, but the newest career academy at Navarre High School has a more human goal: create new teachers. That is what motivated teacher Jennifer Watson to bring this academy to Navarre. Watson teaches the newly […]

Sales tax shuffle

Sales tax shuffle

Santa Rosa County Commissioners are once again seeking to raise sales tax in the county while leaving ad valorem property taxes at their current rate. The new sales tax would levy a half-cent on every dollar spent in the county for items and some services, pushing the sales tax rate in Santa Rosa County to […]

New apartments, subdivision being considered

New apartments, subdivision being considered

Navarre’s continued growth is a known trend, and the influx of residents means an increased demand for housing. Among the potential developments is a proposed new apartment complex on Whispering Pines Boulevard. The Sanctuary Apartments would be a 164-unit, seven building complex located at the northern end of Whispering Pines Boulevard just south of Pouder […]

Local house hunters make TV debut

Local house hunters make TV debut

When Cristina and Josh Harty launched the search for their new nest back in July, they did so in the limelight. This family of seven, and their house hunting, will be featured on the HGTV show “Beach Hunters” Sunday. Beach Hunters documents the search for a waterfront home at beaches around the world and in […]

New candidate announced for District 4 County Commissioner

New candidate announced for District 4 County Commissioner

Until Friday, current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson was unchallenged for re-election to that seat in 2018. However, a new candidate has thrown his hat in the ring. David Piech, who resides on Admiral Street in Holley by the Sea, announced his candidacy with the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections office. Raised in Chicago, […]

Protecting the shoreline naturally

Protecting the shoreline naturally

Paddling along the waterways of Navarre and Gulf Breeze, kayaker Dave Barker is disappointed. He said rather than the naturally sloping habitats that support dozens of species of fish, crabs, shrimp and more, he is greeted by almost continuous sea walls. “Most of the shorelines that I see where residents are, they are not natural,” […]

Navarre students rally for kindness on Unity Day

Navarre students rally for kindness on Unity Day

  Anti-bullying T-shirts, tutus, body suits and even traffic cones were among the orange attire donned by hundreds of students that flooded Navarre High School’s football field Oct. 25 for Unity Day. More than 300 of the students wore the message “one school, one town, one family.” Unity Day is a national anti-bullying, inclusion movement […]

Dune damage on Navarre Beach costly

Dune damage on Navarre Beach costly

  Staying off the sand dunes along Navarre Beach is more than good environmental policy, it is a legal requirement. Since 2007 Santa Rosa County has had an ordinance on the books to stop people from setting foot on these natural formations, and for good reason. Sand dunes are a naturally occurring and crucial part […]

New apartments, subdivision planned for Navarre

New apartments, subdivision planned for Navarre

Navarre could see a new apartment complex and new subdivision development along Whispering Pines Blvd. pending county approval. The Zoning Board will consider rezoning roughly 108 acres of property Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. If approved the property is planned for a new 164 unit apartment complex called Sanctuary Apartments as well as a new […]

Unemployment low in Santa Rosa County

Unemployment low in Santa Rosa County

Unemployment is on a downward spiral. For several months now the United States and the state of Florida have been seeing a trend downward in the unemployment rate. And, according to a report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Santa Rosa County is ahead of the curve. The local rate, 3 percent, is more […]

Shirley Brown remembered

Shirley Brown remembered

Community, state and national leaders gathered Monday along a portion of U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre to dedicate that part of the roadway as the Warren E. “Charlie” and Shirley Brown Memorial Highway. The dedication follows the passing of Shirley Brown in December 2016. Brown and her late husband were active members in the community […]

Caught in crossfire

Caught in crossfire

The gymnasium thundered with the stomping of feet and screaming of spectators. Giant signs emblazoned with glittery flames waved high above the heads of hundreds who sat in the stands or crouched behind ropes on the gym floor. The announcer called the final minute as sweat beaded on one driver’s forehead. He deftly maneuvered the […]

South county in line for concealed-carry permit office

South county in line for concealed-carry permit office

The Santa Rosa County Tax Collector’s Office started taking appointments Oct. 13 for concealed weapons carry applications and renewals at the Pace branch. Tax Collector Stan Colie Nichols said the service was initially offered in Pace due to logistic requirements, but plans are in the works to bring it to the agency’s Midway location. “Our […]

Santa Rosa launches STEAM in high school

Santa Rosa launches STEAM in high school

For the first time in any U.S. school district, Santa Rosa County has launched STEAM-centric learning into all public schools in the district. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. These are the core subjects of the school district’s STEAM Innovate program. Teachers and administrators celebrated the launch of the program’s third year […]

Residents concerned about losing property

Residents concerned about losing property

Maps of miles of U.S. Highway 98 stretched across tables last week at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) public hearings outlining the impacts that widening the road could have on hundreds of property owners and hundreds of thousands more who drive the corridor each day. Among the changes were proposals that would put a […]

Waste Pro to take over waste disposal services

Waste Pro to take over waste disposal services

Following customer complaints about failures to collect yard waste and a request for more money, Waste Management lost the contract for servicing south Santa Rosa County residents earlier this year. Starting Jan. 1, there will be a new waste hauler in town: Waste Pro. The contract covers 13,000 residents of south Santa Rosa County including […]

Nelson withdraws from beach ownership bill

Nelson withdraws from beach ownership bill

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson has withdrawn his support for legislation that would give Navarre Beach residents fee simple title ownership of their property. Nelson initially agreed to cosponsor the bill with senator Marco Rubio earlier this year, but formally withdrew that support Oct. 23 amid criticism of possible development of the beach. In a statement […]

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