Studer outlines blueprint for vibrant community

Studer outlines blueprint for vibrant community

What started as a plan to build a baseball stadium turned into a downtown revitalization and rebirth that has become a national model. In 2004 downtown Pensacola was largely inactive. There was no easy community access to the water. Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Constitution Revision Commission: Proposals to watch

Constitution Revision Commission: Proposals to watch

Proposals currently under consideration by the Constitution Revision Commission have been whittled down from hundreds to 37. If approved by the CRC, the proposed changes will go before Florida voters in November. Here are some of the key proposals: Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

African-American chamber nurtures entrepreneurial drive

African-American chamber nurtures entrepreneurial drive

In 1999, a group of gulf coast African-American business leaders came together with a unique challenge: guide those in Northwest Florida that would seek to launch and grow their own business through the challenges of entrepreneurship. So they created the Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce. Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue […]

Local Rotarians feed thousands through mass donation event

Local Rotarians feed thousands through mass donation event

One in four children in Santa Rosa County will go to bed hungry tonight. “They are not going to bed hungry because they wouldn’t eat their brussels sprouts or didn’t like what’s for dinner. They are going to bed hungry because their family does not have enough food,” said DeDe Flounlacker, executive director of Manna […]

Fire department considers breaking with county

Fire department considers breaking with county

Amid frustrations over taxation, the Navarre Beach Fire Department is considering moving out from under the county’s supervision altogether. Tensions between the Santa Rosa County Commission and the fire department’s board of directors, along with Chief Danny Fureigh, began Feb. 8 after the commission largely blocked a request to increase the municipal service benefit unit […]

Economic health fuels real estate market

Economic health fuels real estate market

The county’s real estate market has largely come back to pre-recession levels, said economist Rick Harper. Harper, the economic advisor for Triumph and retired analyst for the University of West Florida, made a presentation on the current state of the economy and its effect on real estate in Santa Rosa County Feb. 14 to the […]

Commissioners on board to control student population growth

Commissioners on board to control student population growth

South Santa Rosa County needs a new high school, but it is not likely to be built anytime soon. There are fewer than 147 student stations left open in Gulf Breeze and Navarre High School combined. Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Tragedy leaves legacy

Tragedy leaves legacy

In the evening hours of Jan. 12, 1993, Susan Morris, 21, was walking to her car in a parking lot at the back of the University of West Florida campus. She had been attending a late class, and she was expected to make her way home to her parents’ house later that evening. Read the […]

Parkland school shooting prompts local safety push

Parkland school shooting prompts local safety push

In September 2017, a Navarre High School student, acting under a fake user name, allegedly threatened fellow students with violence via Instagram. No one was injured. Less than a month later NHS students were threatened again, this time via social media platform Snapchat. Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Five things to know: County Commission

Five things to know: County Commission

1. No courthouse tax needed The cost of clearing underbrush from the future location of the new county courthouse came back at a third of the expected amount thanks to a low bid by J.M. Diamond Timber and Conservation, but the commissioners have decided to pass on the effort altogether. More than that, the commissioners […]

Happy Mardi Grrr!

Happy Mardi Grrr!

Local pups dressed out in green, purple and gold this fat Tuesday at the first ever Mardi Grrr at Pet Nation in Navarre. The event was on of the several dress ups that the store puts on each year. Read the full article in the Feb. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Navarre Beach Fire rates still up in the air

Navarre Beach Fire rates still up in the air

Navarre Beach Volunteer Fire Department has gotten the go-ahead on its request to increase the residential municipal service benefit unit (MSBU) on the beach by $50, but a proposed commercial increase has hit a wall. The Board of County Commissioners voted Feb. 8 to move forward with increasing the MSBU rate for residential properties, but […]

Festival delights pottery enthusiasts

Festival delights pottery enthusiasts

Nearly a week after the firing of Gulf Coast Kiln Walk’s two massive wood-fired kilns, the pieces were cool enough to unload and show off at the annual Woodstoke Festival Saturday. Hundreds of people from across the U.S. helped to unload the works of art from the anagama “cave kiln” and historic Ralph Howard Phillips […]

Holley Navarre Primary opens new playground to students

Holley Navarre Primary opens new playground to students

Student Dalton Schostag, 8, cut the ribbon for Holley-Navarre Primary School’s new playground Friday. Dalton was joined by students, school administrators and Navarre Beach Chamber of Commerce members. Featured in the Feb. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 […]

‘Whatcha gonna do bad boys’ of Santa Rosa?

‘Whatcha gonna do bad boys’ of Santa Rosa?

After relations went sour with the TV show “Live PD,” Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies will be in the lime light and in television viewers’ living rooms once again. Film crews for the television series “COPS” will be following and filming Santa Rosa’s officers as they perform their tasks. Read the full article in the […]

Navarre’s exceptional adults get a Night to Shine

Navarre’s exceptional adults get a Night to Shine

Cameras flashed as the crowd clapped and cheered along a red carpet to welcome some very special VIPs to Community Life United Methodist Church Friday night. Women asked for autographs, and children asked for high fives as upbeat music played. Read the full article in the Feb. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Bank health in Navarre by the numbers

Bank health in Navarre by the numbers

Bank failures ran rampant during the Great Recession, but thanks to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) and, for credit unions, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) many of the losses were covered. For accounts with less than $250,000, these federal agencies insure consumers’ money, but unhealthy banks come with other problems, said Ken Tumin. […]

Windjammers now serving on Navarre Beach pier

Windjammers now serving on Navarre Beach pier

From ice cold local brews to beach-inspired eats, Windjammers opened for business Monday on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The bar portion of the pier had a soft opening Jan. 13 in conjunction with the Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade, but now the bar and restaurant are fully open and serving up various eats and […]

Theater, retail planned for new shopping center in ‘Heart of Navarre’

Theater, retail planned for new shopping center in ‘Heart of Navarre’

Retail shops, a movie theater, dining spots and more are planned for a new development in Navarre, but nothing is set in stone just yet. After decades of remaining vacant, the wooded 33.79-acre property at the western corner where U.S. Highway 98 and State Road 87 meet has been purchased.           […]

County asks county for variance

County asks county for variance

In a strange turn of events, Santa Rosa County had to ask Santa Rosa County for a bigger sign. The latest example of bureaucratic enigma was presented Thursday night during the Zoning Board’s monthly meeting at the Tiger Point Community Center. Read the full article in the Feb. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Local family brings laughs with Boozy Bard style

Local family brings laughs with Boozy Bard style

  Littered with crossdressing, dirty jokes and drunken fun, the theatrical works of William Shakespeare were never meant to be boring despite some modern assessments, argues DeeDee Brustad. “Shakespeare was aimed at the common man, but now people think Shakespeare was meant to be serious and highbrow. Shakespeare has body humor. It has fart jokes. […]

State funds sought for Milton youth program

State funds sought for Milton youth program

Among the multimillion-dollar projects from across the state jockeying for dollars from the Legislature, one $40,000 request from the heart of Milton has made progress. Citizens Moving Forward Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit targeted at providing recreation and education to needy populations in the area. Board President Murray Hamilton said the primary focus of […]

Weight Watchers coming soon

Weight Watchers coming soon

For more than 50 years millions of individuals have participated in Weight Watchers meetings to learn tools to improve their health and lose weight. Navarre will get its first Weight Watchers community meeting group next week. Group leader Sylvia Tarnuzzer is a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, and she has led group meetings for years. […]

Navarre Family Watersports appeal denied

Navarre Family Watersports appeal denied

Navarre Family Watersports found no relief Jan. 25 from the Board of County Commissioners on a code compliance case dating back to April 2016. The commissioners unanimously denied two appeals by owner Greg Britton to the county’s requirement to bring the property into compliance. The issues largely relate to traffic flow along U.S. Highway 98 […]

TDC to drop more meetings, launch project teams

TDC to drop more meetings, launch project teams

In an unscheduled agenda item, the Tourist Development Council (TDC) on Monday discussed cutting its number of meetings each year in half and completely eliminating the committee aspect of the group. Tourism Development Director Julie Morgan said that now the grants process is being handled in one meeting each year, the committee lacked much purpose. […]

Taming the fiery beast

Taming the fiery beast

In the before-dawn-hours of a cool and rainy January morning, Jason Stokes was feeding a fire-breathing beast in Holley. The creature goes by the name anagama, and it is the central pillar of an art form thousands of years old. Anagama roughly translates to “cave kiln.” Resembling a large dirt mound with a brick entrance, […]

Crowding complicates mental health in jail

Crowding complicates mental health in jail

Santa Rosa County Jail is crowded. Among the hundreds of inmates either awaiting court dates or serving sentences of less than 365 days is a population in need: those with mental illnesses. Jail Administrator Maj. Randy Tifft said this poses a significant problem. “This is an issue that is facing jails and prisons across the […]

Super Bowl spending on the rise

Super Bowl spending on the rise

While TV viewership for the biggest sporting event in the U.S. is expected to be roughly on par with last year’s, projected spending has jumped to $15.3 billion for Super Bowl LII, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Super Bowl survey. As the Philadelphia Eagles square off with the New England Patriots, about 188.5 […]

Cosky still saving the world

Cosky still saving the world

As Gulf Breeze High School science students tapped away on their computers Jan. 24, a flurry of school district administrators, teachers and people wielding cameras came barging through the doorway with a surprise announcement to make. Science teacher Erin Cosky was named Santa Rosa’s Teacher of the Year. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Snowbirds keep tourism humming despite chill

Snowbirds keep tourism humming despite chill

While freezing temperatures have largely driven off the usual tourists, Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Director Julie Morgan said she expects to see great bed tax returns for the winter months. That is thanks to the annual influx of snowbirds, wintertime tourists who are typically in their senior years. Morgan said most of them hail […]

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