Author shares self-publishing tips

Author shares self-publishing tips

After publishing more than a dozen works, Amazon author Dave Jeffers of Navarre decided to share what he has learned with up-and-coming writers. He’s made a 30-minute webinar (a seminar viewed on the internet) that allows anyone interested in learning about writing and publishing books a chance to hear about it from someone who has […]

‘Ask Adam’ brings business insight to Navarre

‘Ask Adam’ brings business insight to Navarre

Business owners in Navarre need not travel far for advice on growing their businesses, thanks to Ask Adam, which launched Jan. 9 at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. These consultations are being led by Adam McCloskey, the University of West Florida’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) associate director and consultant. When the chamber […]

Improved shingles vaccine

Improved shingles vaccine

Though many people 60 and older have already received a vaccine against shingles, they may need to seek revaccination soon. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Oct. 20 approved a new shingles vaccine called Shingrix, and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has taken it under review. The committee currently advises the health-care […]

Lions “crusade against darkness” for 100 years

Lions “crusade against darkness” for 100 years

Spanning across more than 100 years and around the globe in 192 countries, Lions Club International is a powerful force for philanthropy. From local fundraisers to international health care efforts, the club has had massive impacts. And locally, Lions are also making a difference. In Navarre, 14 individuals have taken up the mantel of “Lionism.” […]

Volunteers needed for tally of homeless

Volunteers needed for tally of homeless

On the evening of Jan. 24, thousands of volunteers across the nation will take to the streets with pens in hand to count the nation’s homeless in shelters and camps, beneath highway overpasses, in wooded areas and more as part of the 2018 HUD Point in Time Count (PIT). The goal is to get a […]

Hurlburt soil remediation removes decades-old pesticide

Hurlburt soil remediation removes decades-old pesticide

Driving along U.S. Highway 98 near Hurlburt Field, it is hard not to notice the large machinery erected along the roadside, especially when massive white plumes are billowing from it. But there is nothing to fear, said Ciara Travis, community engagement public affairs specialist for the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt. In fact, the […]

UF Shands partners with helicopter service

UF Shands partners with helicopter service

In a life-threatening emergency, Santa Rosa County residents receive care from the men and women of Lifeguard EMS and firefighters/paramedics. When it becomes clear that an ambulance is not enough, they call in the helicopter. This fleet of flying ambulances is crewed by trained flight clinicians who can provide crucial life-sustaining care while in the […]

Navarre chamber finds new home

Navarre chamber finds new home

Growth can be challenging as well as positive, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has discovered. President/CEO Tamara Fountain said that is why the chamber will be opening doors on a new location at 2053 Fountain Professional Court. The chamber currently shares office space with the Tourism Development Office as a tenant in the […]

Navarre Beach appoints new fire chief

Navarre Beach appoints new fire chief

In an unusually large turnout, the meeting room of Regency Condominiums was full Jan. 5 as the Navarre Beach Fire District board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Danny Fureigh as the new fire chief. Board chair John Lewis joked that he did not realize Fureigh had so many friends. He then had Fureigh take […]

Cold snap stuns beach wildlife

Cold snap stuns beach wildlife

Despite the sun beaming down from a nearly cloudless sky, sheets of ice still were still lingering around the edges of tidal pools along Santa Rosa Sound at midmorning last Friday. Standing at the water’s edge, Jeff Waldorf looks like something out of a science fiction film. He slowly turns his head back and forth, […]

Access road could clash with neighborhood needs

Access road could clash with neighborhood needs

Fueled by continued frustration over congestion on U.S. Highway 98, the Santa Rosa County Commission took a step forward Monday toward creating an alternative route. The board approved a feasibility study on the possible construction of a Navarre Community Access Road north of U.S. Highway 98 between Edgewood Drive and Whispering Pines Boulevard. A joint […]

A heart for Baby Junior

A heart for Baby Junior

In the Streacker home, the sound of cartoons on the television is common. With two boys, ages 22 months and 4 years, the house is always busy. Junior, the youngest, ran around the house, cracker in hand, chasing the family tortoise. His Superman pajamas declared him “brave, strong, huggable.” Junior is not one to meet […]

‘Every girl wants to be Cinderella’

‘Every girl wants to be Cinderella’

When Community Life United Methodist Church opens its doors for the second annual Night to Shine, hundreds of people with special needs will take part in a unique prom experience. Limousine rides, make-over stations, paparazzi and, of course, plenty of dancing will fill the night of Feb. 9 with fun. At the end of the […]

Irma leaves Citizens Insurance with policy bloat

Irma leaves Citizens Insurance with policy bloat

For Citizens Property Insurance, the ultimate goal is to go out of business. The state-run Florida property insurance provider was created to offer an insurance option for residential and commercial properties that could not secure insurance through the private marketplace. When the insurance market is doing well, property owners are moved off Citizens and on […]

Resources for autism improving, still long way to go

Resources for autism improving, still long way to go

When parents receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder for their child, it can be overwhelming. Stacey Greenhaw knows this well. Greenhaw’s son Carson, 6, has autism. Carson loves to play flag football. He attends school at West Navarre Primary, and he loves the Navarre High School Raiders football team that his dad coaches. Carson […]

4D Ultrasound offers new view of baby

4D Ultrasound offers new view of baby

For many mothers, seeing their baby’s face for the first time is a powerful experience. With ever-growing technology, that glimpse is becoming more detailed. High-definition, 4D ultrasounds allow moms and dads (and siblings) to see an unborn baby in amazing detail. From the shape of the nose to the fingers, these ultrasounds offer an almost […]

Santa Rosa lobbies state for $18 million slice of the pie

Santa Rosa lobbies state for $18 million slice of the pie

With more than 2,500 bills already on the docket, Florida legislators will be back in the Capitol to duke it out Jan. 9 as the 2018 legislative session kicks off. The 160 men and women of the Florida House of Representatives and Senate will be joined by an army of lobbyists bringing to bear their […]

Chamber launches internship program, other opportunities

Chamber launches internship program, other opportunities

Amid new mascots, a brand-new look and a litany of new programs, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has launched an initiative to build up the community’s talent pool. The chamber will be seeking at least one intern for the coming year. This individual will assist in every aspect of the chamber’s work, from […]

Santa Rosa provides homes for homeless students

Santa Rosa provides homes for homeless students

Once-homeless children and families in Santa Rosa County will be settling into their new residences soon as lease agreements are executed in the first round of placements for the Santa Rosa County School District’s pilot housing program. Officially called the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program, Santa Rosa County’s portion of a state grant totals $750,000 to […]

Pier restaurant and shop nearing completion

Pier restaurant and shop nearing completion

Those hoping to savor grub from the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier’s newest restaurant won’t have to wait much longer. Though initially set to open at the onset of 2018, Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises’ (GSE) restaurant and other spaces are nearing completion for an end of January opening. GSE took up the lease and operation responsibilities […]

Island View Realty celebrates 40 years

Island View Realty celebrates 40 years

Navarre was a very different community 40 years ago. In a lot of ways it was barely a community at all. In a way Navarre was simply the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and State Road 87 with a few homes nearby. There was not a traffic light, a school, a postal code or even […]

Frigid wind and water welcomes plungers

Frigid wind and water welcomes plungers

The surf along Navarre Beach let up for this year’s New Year’s Day plunges, but the temperatures were almost freezing. During the beach’s newest Jan. 1 event, the Pirate Plunge, wind gusts reached 24 miles per hour and the temperature was 32 degrees. Still, a few dozen brave souls went running into the Gulf of […]

What does tax reform mean for you?

What does tax reform mean for you?

The year 2017 wrapped up making history as President Donald Trump signed off on the first large-scale tax reform to be enacted since Ronald Reagan was president. For many watching the back-and-forth over the last few months, the main question was: “How will this affect me?” The answer depends on who you are, how much […]

Santa Rosa’s economic diversity by the numbers

Santa Rosa’s economic diversity by the numbers

As the old adage goes, do not put all your eggs in one basket. A similar theory applies to local economics. The more variety of industries bringing money to an economy, the more stable that economy is. If an industry or a large company in the area goes under, there are other pillars holding the […]

Will you take the plunge?

Will you take the plunge?

On the first day of the year, Navarre Beach residents and visitors will gather for a long-standing tradition. Toes in the cold sand, some dressed in costume, they will gather at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico or inches from Santa Rosa Sound. Then as one big group they will all scurry, dive and […]

What do you want most for Christmas?

What do you want most for Christmas?

West Navarre Primary School students in Mrs. Nance’s first grade class were asked what they wanted most for Christmas this year.                                              

Zoo Lights sweeps Gulf Breeze Zoo

Zoo Lights sweeps Gulf Breeze Zoo

The entire zoo was lit up with an arrway of coloful, twinkling lights including models of the Blue Angels, an icicle tree and larger than life animals. The zoo will continue to be lit up each night starting at 5 p.m. and running until 9 p.m. through Dec. 30. Admission for the Zoo Lights cost […]

Navarre First Assembly brings Nativity to life

Navarre First Assembly brings Nativity to life

From three wise men bringing gifts from far-off lands to angels appearing before startled shepherds to a newborn Jesus being laid in a manger, members of Navarre First Assembly of God acted out the story of the birth of Jesus during their annual Live Nativity last weekend. This drive-thru retelling featured scripture from the Bible […]

Stocking stuffers for pets

Stocking stuffers for pets

Outside of her normal business approach, Pet Nation owner Holly Elassaad put on some big sales for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this year in the hopes of capturing a specific kind of Christmas shopper: pet lovers. The pet products industry will generate more than $69 billion for items geared to the 312 million […]

County administrator out on medical leave

County administrator out on medical leave

Santa Rosa County has been without a county administrator in the office for more than a month. Tony Gomillion has been out of the office since Nov. 13 on a medical leave of absence, according to county Public Information Officer Brandi Whitehurst. Read the full article in the Dec. 21 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

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