Hotel, RVs planned for Navarre Beach Marine Park

Hotel, RVs planned for Navarre Beach Marine Park

Despite being a source of contention with locals, the only commercial property in Navarre Beach Marine Park may see construction of a new hotel, RV parking, restaurant and more according to county records. But to move forward, the plans will have to go before the Board of County Commissioners for a vote Oct. 25. Property […]

Pier update: Fountain receives emergency injunction

Pier update: Fountain receives emergency injunction

Navarre Beach Fishing Pier operations are embroiled in a legal dispute following maneuvers by four of members of management company Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises LLC (GSRE) to remove managing member Kenneth Fountain. That move was temporarily halted Tuesday under a court order which retained Fountain as sole managing member of the pier. Fountain filed the […]

Ye Olde Brothers Brewery celebrates Oktoberfest

Ye Olde Brothers Brewery celebrates Oktoberfest

Ye Olde Brothers Brewery celebrated the long-standing tradition of Oktoberfest last Saturday with music, games, food and of course pint after pint of locally brewed beer. The tradition of Oktoberfest comes from the year 1810. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up […]

Butterfly House says farewell at Monarch Madness

Butterfly House says farewell at Monarch Madness

In a bittersweet celebration, the Panhandle Butterfly House held its final Monarch Madness at the current location Saturday as children learned about butterflies and even released them into the wild. The nonprofit program has called the eastern corner of Navarre Park home for 21 years, and the group has been hosting Monarch Madness for a […]

County moves quickly on Ashley Plantation solutions

County moves quickly on Ashley Plantation solutions

For residents of Ashley Plantation subdivision in Pace, drainage fixes could not come soon enough as water flooded their roads, at times up to their house doors, and some backyards became rushing streams. A handful of neighbors came before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Sept.  27 requesting help in fixing the mess a builder allegedly […]

Students compete to code the future in Congressional App challenge

Students compete to code the future in Congressional App challenge

Students in Florida’s 1st Congressional District have been challenged to embrace the language of computers in devising innovative solutions to problems as part of the Congressional App Challenge. Laura Rakas is helping to coordinate the local challenge on behalf of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s office. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of […]

Pier management caught in ownership turmoil

Pier management caught in ownership turmoil

Navarre Beach Fishing Pier management became mired in legal dispute Oct. 4 after four of the members of management company Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises, LLC (GSRE) moved to remove managing member Kenneth Fountain. Fountain has filed in Okaloosa County court challenging that move as a breach of operating agreement. GSRE was selected by the Santa […]

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

In the past 10 years, three times as many tourist development dollars were spent in Milton than in Navarre for infrastructure improvements. In contrast, the beach alone accounts for more than half of the dollars generated.               Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Girl Scouts recognize local Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts recognize local Women of Distinction

A lot changed for Stephanie Lawrence Yelton in 2012. It was a year of ups and a year of devastating lows. In May 2012, the Gulf Breeze resident was offered a job as the University of West Florida’s women’s basketball head coach. She accepted. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of Navarre […]

Florida students consume $59 million in local farm products

Florida students consume $59 million in local farm products

School districts across Florida purchased more than $59 million in Florida agricultural products last school year, and Santa Rosa students chowed down a few of those millions in produce. October has been dubbed National Farm to School Month to celebrate the use of local farmers’ produce in schools and the Florida Department of Agriculture and […]

Panhandle Butterfly House future in limbo

Panhandle Butterfly House future in limbo

When the doors closed on the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) this season, they also closed on the group’s 21 years at its location in Navarre Park. The shop, vivarium and gardens, created through donations and thousands of volunteer hours, are scheduled to be demolished in 2019. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue […]

BREAKING: Swimmer missing off Navarre Beach

BREAKING: Swimmer missing off Navarre Beach

A man allegedly drowned along Navarre Beach Tuesday morning as Hurricane Michael caused double red flag conditions. Witness statements lead first responders to believe that a man seen entering the water likely drowned in the high surf though no body has been recovered. According to Navarre Beach Fire Chief Danny Fureigh an approximately 30-year-old man […]

Kids discover the fun of fishing

Kids discover the fun of fishing

Hundreds of children of all ages cast a line along the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier Saturday morning as part of the 9th Annual Take a Kid Fishing. Put together each year by the Holley by the Sea Fishing Club, this event teaches children about fishing techniques, conservation and sport. Each registered child received a shirt […]

After adoption, family seeks to help others

After adoption, family seeks to help others

The last names and location of the families in this story have been omitted at the request of the parents to protect the families. Nearly two years after the ink dried and a family became whole, locals Dawn and Paul, along with their six children, updated the Navarre Press on how things are going. On […]

Nature walk to promote appreciation for Navarre Beach

Nature walk to promote appreciation for Navarre Beach

From tiny beach mice to soaring osprey to the famous sea oats, the natural splendor of Navarre Beach will be on display in a guided tour this month. Robin Otto, a member of the Navarre Beach Neighborhood Watch, helped to spearhead the idea.           Read the full article in the Oct. […]

County endorses pet pigs—with limits

County endorses pet pigs—with limits

In a unanimous decision by the commissioners present, miniature pigs were approved to live in the subdivisions of Santa Rosa County. Board of County Commission (BOCC) Chairman Bob Cole said he supported the change. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Gala raises thousands for special-needs families

Gala raises thousands for special-needs families

In one night, the ladies and gents of Navarre raised more for the exceptional families of the Emerald Coast than they did in the entirety of last year. Emerald Coast Exceptional Families’ Bags, Bubbles and Bling event Sept. 29 was a huge success in its second year, said founder Kendra Booth. Read the full article […]

Science Station seeks ATV donations

Science Station seeks ATV donations

Navarre Beach residents are no stranger to the corrosive nature of beach air. From the local fire department to residents with yard ornaments, every exposed item on the beach must withstand the salty air.           Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Bridge woes jeopardize subdivision’s access

Bridge woes jeopardize subdivision’s access

For the residents of Bernath Place, a single-lane bridge along Seneca Trail is their lifeline. The subdivision of a few dozen houses in Milton is somewhat of an island with marsh blocking access on one side and a railroad blocking access on the other. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre […]

Be the next Navarre

Be the next Navarre

No one succeeds by trying to be the next Silicon Valley. That was the message of author, journalist and civic advocate James Fallows to a gathering of Pensacola community leaders seeking to learn what makes a strong town at CivicCon Sept. 25. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

State under pressure to cut Business Rent Tax

State under pressure to cut Business Rent Tax

Florida businesses that rent their spaces are at a disadvantage compared to any other state, according to Florida TaxWatch. That is because Florida is the only state in the country to charge a tax on property rented for commercial use. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Hands-on animal encounters form core of Lighthouse class

Hands-on animal encounters form core of Lighthouse class

For Lighthouse Private Christian Academy teacher Todd Quinn, work comes home with him. Literally. The zoology and agriculture instructor’s backyard is a bit of a zoo. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for […]

Pink-wigged crusaders wage war on cancer

Pink-wigged crusaders wage war on cancer

When Michelle Hedman received her breast cancer diagnosis at age 28, she was told she had only months left to live. The cancer was stage four and had advanced into much of her body, the doctors said. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Wildlife refuge secures development order

Wildlife refuge secures development order

Plans to construct a wildlife rehabilitation and conservation education center in Holley took a big step forward last week as the county issued a development order for property along Clopton Circle. Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge director Bill Andersen said the order means the organization is one step closer to building a new home to facilitate […]

Wetlands Part 2: East Bay water quality at risk

Wetlands Part 2: East Bay water quality at risk

East Bay is a standout in terms of water quality, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, but local Dave Roberts said that has changed over the years. Cutting a divide between Holley and Navarre, East Bay runs along the northern edge of Navarre before hooking up with other bays including Pensacola, Escambia and […]

Navarre residents weigh in at Coffee with a Cop

Navarre residents weigh in at Coffee with a Cop

Navarre residents got a chance to talk one-on-one with law enforcement Oct. 3 as part of Coffee with a Cop. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office leaders unplugged for a couple hours and set up in a public place to make themselves accessible for a chat. In Navarre, Alphy’s Catfish House hosted the event. Coffee with […]

Mrs. Florida uses role to promote dental health

Mrs. Florida uses role to promote dental health

Here she is, Mrs. Florida, and she calls Navarre home.   Lisa Milan is the first Mrs. Florida ever crowned for the fledgling United States of America Pageant system. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre […]

Mock legislature gives girls a taste of real-life power

Mock legislature gives girls a taste of real-life power

Few 17-year-olds understand the sometimes complicated innerworkings of Florida’s legislative process. Even fewer have lived it. But from June 9-14, four teen representatives from Navarre and Gulf Breeze made their way to Tallahassee to perform their own miniature version of a legislative session as part of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State conference. Read the […]

East Bay sidewalks inching forward

East Bay sidewalks inching forward

East Bay Boulevard residents awaiting completion of a county sidewalk can still expect several months of delay before work continues, but Santa Rosa County officials have hit key milestones. Work on the more than decade-long project came to a screeching halt earlier this year after it was discovered that the county lacked the necessary permits […]

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