Zoning board members resign after voter criticism

Zoning board members resign after voter criticism

In the fallout of a failed sales tax referendum, two of the appointees to the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board have issued their resignation following negative comments toward voters. Jim Waite and Jeremy Reeder both made comments regarding traffic concerns on Woodbine Road Oct. 10, implying that voters objecting at the polls to a sales […]

Special fire district defeated, for now

Special fire district defeated, for now

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue’s attempt to become a special fire district failed in the Oct. 8 special election, despite getting a majority of votes in favor. Of the 277 voters of Navarre Beach that cast a ballot, 154 supported the formation of an independent district, but that falls short of the 60% plus one requested […]

Impact 100 women hand out $1.1 million

Impact 100 women hand out $1.1 million

The 1,116 women of Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 handed out more than $1.1 million in grants Saturday as they named the final recipients of their 11 grants in 2019. The local Impact 100 chapter is the largest in the world. Each project will receive $106,000 to fulfill projects throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa County. […]

Pier deck replacement likely coming in winter

Pier deck replacement likely coming in winter

Timelines are hard to pin down for a project to completely replace the warped and cracked decking of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. In July, county commissioners awarded the $1.12 million contract to R.J. Gorman Marine Construction LLC of Panama City. The contract says the company has 270 days to complete all work.   Read […]

Sales tax fallout: Zoning board and commissioners respond

Sales tax fallout: Zoning board and commissioners respond

In all but one precinct of voting, a proposed one cent local option sales tax for Santa Rosa County failed to pass Oct. 8. For the County Commissioners who had championed the tax to tackle deteriorated infrastructure and mounting sheriff’s office requests, the result was a wake-up call. After dozens of public hearings in which citizens […]

Gas station nixed near Navarre High School

Gas station nixed near Navarre High School

Plans to build a Cefco gas station at the northwest corner of Highway 87 and High School Boulevard were denied Oct. 10. The Zoning Board rejected several variances to the Land Development Code, including a request to cut the required buffer space between residential houses and underground gas tanks by nearly half.   Read the […]

Beer, beach meet at Juana’s Oktoberfest

Beer, beach meet at Juana’s Oktoberfest

Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill was packed Saturday as folks took a break from fishing to sample the brew during Oktoberfest. While the brews were pouring, anglers were also weighing in their catch for the Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo.           A variety of regional breweries offered samples of their drinks at […]

Take a Kid Fishing inspires young anglers

Take a Kid Fishing inspires young anglers

Children had an opportunity to learn about fishing with free rods and reels on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier Saturday morning as part of the 10th annual Take a Kid Fishing event.   Jojo Steward, 6, catches her first fish ever. “It felt squishy,” she said. “It was fun to reel it in, but it […]

Cookin’ booklet showcases local recipes

Cookin’ booklet showcases local recipes

To whet the palates of potential visitors, the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office has created a new recipe guide featuring a variety of tastes from Navarre Beach and elsewhere in Santa Rosa County. Titled “Cookin’ Up Relaxation,” the booklet contains a collection of recipes from local eateries as well as information on how to […]

Ye Olde serves up Oktoberfest

Ye Olde serves up Oktoberfest

Navarre’s first craft brewery served up beer, pretzels and bratwurst Saturday at the annual Oktoberfest celebration. Ye Olde Brothers held the event on their lawn.   Ryann Fleck invited her friend Brandi Elsinghorst from Niceville to take part if the Bavarian-themed fun.             Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge raffled off opportunities […]

Tourism council backs dog park on sound, not Gulf

Tourism council backs dog park on sound, not Gulf

County commissioners tossed the ball of creating a dog beach to the Tourist Development Council for its input Oct. 3, but conflicting public opinions have made the topic a hot potato. Current law prohibits dogs on all public beaches. Creation of a beach area allowing dogs was originally proposed in August to be located along the […]

Gas station planned near high school entrance

Gas station planned near high school entrance

Owners of the property on the northeast corner of Highway 87 and High School Boulevard are seeking to construct a gas station at the site, but county codes mean the development has a few hurdles in its path. The project needs approval of four variances from limitation within county law before construction could begin.   […]

Day of Caring mobilizes 1,100 volunteers

Day of Caring mobilizes 1,100 volunteers

Volunteers across Santa Rosa and Escambia counties participated in the single largest day of volunteerism in Northwest Florida Oct. 4 during the United Way of West Florida’s (UWWF) Day of Caring. This was the first year the event extended into Santa Rosa.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Four things to know: Commercial developments in Navarre

Four things to know: Commercial developments in Navarre

Dozens of commercial projects are moving forward in Santa Rosa County, while others are spinning their wheels. Here’s an update on some of the developments planned for Navarre.   Helen Back awaiting buyer At last update, the defunct Helen Back Again property at 8651 Navarre Parkway had an interested buyer under contract, ready to close […]

Commissioners considering impact fee study

Commissioners considering impact fee study

According to preliminary election results, 67% of 26,000 votes cast opposed the proposed one cent sales tax sought by commissioners. Following defeat at the polls yesterday, County Commissioners will consider an impact fee study during their Thursday morning meeting. Chairman Sam Parker told Navarre Press Wednesday afternoon he requested discussion of the study be added […]

Four legged deputies receive Back the Blue award

Four legged deputies receive Back the Blue award

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office K-9s Zinc and Copper became the first four legged recipients of the Back the Blue award Oct. 9 for their successful recovery of a lost 3-year-old boy with autism. Attorney General Ashley Moody presented the K-9s and their handlers with the awards at Santa Rosa County Jail during a news conference. […]

Land in beach marine park secured by county

Land in beach marine park secured by county

Fears that commercial developments would one day be built in the heart of the Navarre Beach Marine Park are coming to an end Thursday as county commissioners officially accept donation of $2 million worth of waterfront property. The nonprofit Trust for Public Land has been working on and off for years to secure purchase of […]

More than 118 pets adopted

More than 118 pets adopted

Every other Saturday, the lawn of Pet Nation in Navarre is transformed into an animal rescue adoption center with dogs and cats looking for new homes. Those bi-weekly efforts have resulted in at least 118 animals finding their fur-ever families, said Pet Nation owner Holly Elassaad.   Read the full article in the Oct. 3 […]

Funding cut threatens historic Arcadia Mill

Funding cut threatens historic Arcadia Mill

Despite more than doubling its reach among children, the historic Arcadia Mill Site has lost a major source of funding. Site Manager Adrianne Walker said 2018 was a big year for the site at 5709 Mill Pond Lane in Milton. The number of visitors exceeded 15,000, setting a new annual record.   Read the full […]

Gibson family needs help taking next step

Gibson family needs help taking next step

When an infection nearly claimed the life of ICU-nurse-turned-patient Christa Gibson of Navarre, the community stepped up to support her family. Now the family is asking for help again following another medical setback. Read the full article in the Oct. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here […]

County cracks down on M&M Construction violations

County cracks down on M&M Construction violations

Much of the operations at Juarez M&M Construction in Navarre will have to shut down after county commissioners voted not to change land requirements for property along Constitution Drive Sept. 26 during their Special Rezoning meeting. Neighbor Ron Millis said it is about time something gets done.   Read the full article in the Oct. […]

School district creating E3 as second phase of STEAM

School district creating E3 as second phase of STEAM

Schools are not what they used to be, and Santa Rosa County Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick is appealing to business owners to help continue that trend through the E3: Excite, Engage, Experience program. “So much has changed in the 11 years I’ve been superintendent, and so much will change in the next ten years,” he said. […]

31 events on tap for Beaches to Woodlands 2019

31 events on tap for Beaches to Woodlands 2019

The first official day of autumn has passed, meaning Beaches to Woodlands has returned in Santa Rosa County. This is the 16th year for the event, and County Tourist Information Specialist Nicole Dees said the festival is back strong as ever with a diverse sampling of fun options from across the county.   Read the […]

Gulf Breeze fatal shooting ruled “horrible accident”

Gulf Breeze fatal shooting ruled “horrible accident”

No charges will be filed in a fatal shooting that occurred in the Villa Venyce subdivision of Gulf Breeze Tuesday. An investigation of the incident concluded that the killing of Norwegian national Christopher Bergan, 37, by his father-in-law Richard Dennis, 61, was accidental said State Attorney’s Office representative Amber Rowland. Rowland and Sheriff Bob Johnson […]

Wheelchair accessible mats removed from Navarre Beach

Wheelchair accessible mats removed from Navarre Beach

Navarre Beach’s two wheelchair accessible beach mats, called mobi mats, have been missing from the beach since Sept. 13. They had to be removed after state officials warned they were a violation of construction regulations. County Administrator Dan Schebler said legal concerns regarding the mats were brought to the county’s attention by the Florida Department […]

Missing minutes cost school district $700,000

Missing minutes cost school district $700,000

Holley Navarre Middle School (HNMS) students used to have a designated period just for reading each day called Drop Everything and Read. Instituted in 2016, the reading period was the result of a more flexible schedule after improvements to the cafeteria streamlined lunch time.   Read the full article in the Oct. 3 issue of […]

District moves forward with new $38 million K-8 school

District moves forward with new $38 million K-8 school

Four and half years ago, Santa Rosa School District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick and Assistant Superintendent Joey Harrell loaded into a car and drove to Tallahassee. They were set to meet with the state commissioner of education to ask for permission to build a new school in response to exploding population growth in the county.   […]

Assistant principal quits amid grade-change scandal

Assistant principal quits amid grade-change scandal

Amid accusations of improperly changing her daughter’s grades, Gulf Breeze High School Assistant Principal Tori Baker resigned Sept. 25 via a letter from her attorney. Baker was set for termination in October at the recommendation of Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick.   Read the full article in the Oct. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Crashes close Pensacola Bay Bridge, Garcon Point for hours

Crashes close Pensacola Bay Bridge, Garcon Point for hours

A series of accidents kept law enforcement busy and brought traffic to a halt Sunday in Gulf Breeze after a collision stopped Pensacola Bay Bridge traffic in both directions. According Gulf Breeze Police Chief Rick Hawthorne, the initial collision about 3 p.m. was caused by a vehicle headed northbound on the bridge toward Pensacola. He […]

Dog deputies rescue lost child

Dog deputies rescue lost child

On the morning of Sept. 15, Audra Hughes of Pace got the call no mother wants to receive. Her son, Aedric, 3, was missing. The child has autism and is nonverbal, except for the word “bye.” About 10:30 a.m., he had unlocked the front door deadbolt and wandered off while at his grandmother’s house, she […]

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