The Crew celebrates summer

The Crew celebrates summer

Being a teenager is hard. Momentum Church student pastor Ray Millsap said sometimes folks forget that. But between social media bullying, temptations to sin online and the constant barrage of often misleading information, being a teen and being a Christian can be a challenge, he said.   Read the full article in the June 13 […]

The boy in the tree

The boy in the tree

Bus drivers in Navarre know the boy in the tree. They see him nearly every day of the school year, perched on a branch overlooking the school bus terminal on Escola Street. Pencil and clipboard in hand, 16-year-old John Fowler has a knack for keeping track of the buses. Student Transportation of America (STA) bus […]

Paradise gets tourism council thumbs-up

Paradise gets tourism council thumbs-up

Paradise Advertising has likely secured yet another three years of representing Santa Rosa County’s tourism image and the more than $750,000 annually that comes with it. The St. Petersburg-based destination advertising and marketing firm was put forward unanimously as the top pick by a selection committee of local tourism professionals after a competitive request for […]

Former Green Beret never stops serving

Former Green Beret never stops serving

When retired Army 1st Sgt. Jay Collins rolled out of Navarre Park on his bicycle June 6, the rain was pouring. Ahead of him were 400-plus miles over 10 days. Behind him, more than 2,000 miles had already been covered. He just kept on pedaling because for Collins, Operation BBQ Relief’s Breaking Bread Tour was […]

Fight the yellow flies: UF has tips to combat these aggressive biters

Fight the yellow flies: UF has tips to combat these aggressive biters

It’s summer in Florida, and that means itching welts on ankles, arms and toes. As biting bugs descend in droves on backyards, perhaps one of the worst offenders are yellow flies. Yellow fly is a term used to reference several species of aggressive, biting flies in Florida with yellowish bodies.   Read the full article […]

Navarre among top spots for vacation rental investors

Navarre among top spots for vacation rental investors

Navarre has been named the 15th best place in the U.S. to purchase a vacation rental property, according to Rented.com, a short-term vacation rentals site. Rented.com put out a survey to answer this question: “When buying a rental property for investment purposes, what are the best markets?” To answer that, Rented.com calculated a return on […]

Rep. Williamson talks session wrap-up

Rep. Williamson talks session wrap-up

In a wrap-up the 2019 legislative session, State Rep. Jayer Williamson addressed constituents of the Santa Rosa County Republican Club June 4 at Bistro 98. He said he was very proud to have chaired the Appropriations Committee in his third year as a member of the Florida House of Representatives.   Read the full article […]

Reviving recycling hits snag in Santa Rosa

Reviving recycling hits snag in Santa Rosa

When recycling services were interrupted in Santa Rosa County, it appeared the county would have service restored quickly. But recyclable material is still headed to the dump after Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) failed to approve the processing agreement with the county May 28, leaving the service in limbo for yet another month.   Read […]

School bus driver left scene of accident

School bus driver left scene of accident

A school bus driver apparently left the scene before police arrived after a student trapped in the bus door was dragged along a Navarre street, based on surveillance video of the incident. The Santa Rosa School District denied a public records request for video of the incident, which occurred May 30 on Duncan Ridge Drive […]

Five things to know: Safe pet travel

Five things to know: Safe pet travel

Santa Rosa County schools dismissed for summer May 31, and the temperatures have been consistently breaking 90 degrees. That means it is the time of year when many people will be taking off on summer vacation fun.   Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Santa Rosa not so small business friendly

Santa Rosa not so small business friendly

When Ken Walters prepared to open the Grey Tap Room in Navarre, he went through the proper county processes. He said he wanted to be sure to do things the right way. Walters got approved site plans after months of back and forth with county staff, and planted the trees as required from his plan […]

Sheriff’s Open House provides a look behind the scenes

Sheriff’s Open House provides a look behind the scenes

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office invited the public in for a look behind the curtain of its work Saturday during the agency’s first Open House, held on the lawn outside its East Milton headquarters. Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich Aloy said the purpose of the event was threefold. Read the full article in the […]

Woodlawn robotics team rocks national competition

Woodlawn robotics team rocks national competition

Woodlawn Beach Middle School’s Wild Sea Turtles took their underwater robot-building skills to national competition this weekend after securing first place at the SeaPerch Challenge regional contest earlier this year. For months the team members have been building an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and practicing piloting it through a variety of challenges. Read the […]

Chamber capital campaign has strong start

Chamber capital campaign has strong start

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce officially kicked off its capital campaign for a new permanent home May 31 with a big announcement. The chamber secured $55,000 in beginning donations for the campaign to purchase the building and property at 1804 Prado Street in the heart of Navarre.   Read the full article in […]

Navarre Beach wastewater permit headed to approval

Navarre Beach wastewater permit headed to approval

The Navarre Beach Wastewater Treatment Facility is set to get the go-ahead for continued discharge of 900,000 gallons of treated effluent each day into Santa Rosa Sound. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) issued an intent to issue a permit May 24 to extend the treatment facility’s discharge practices for another five years.   […]

Midway water loss solved?

Midway water loss solved?

In the course of a month, Midway Water System’s water loss has dropped from 19.3% to a more industry reasonable 5.7%. Water loss is a measure of the water that is pumped into the system but is not accounted for coming out the other end.   Read the full article in the June 6 issue […]

Navarre gives Gaetz warm welcome

Navarre gives Gaetz warm welcome

U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz was received positively by the packed porch of Dewey Destin’s in Navarre Saturday during his “Won’t Back Down Tour” through northwest Florida. The staunch conservative addressed a variety of topics during his Q and A with the public including increasing benefits to partially disabled veterans and limiting aid to foreign nations. […]

Chambers of commerce weigh in on signage rules

Chambers of commerce weigh in on signage rules

Representatives of chambers of commerce across Santa Rosa County weighed in on the signage debate May 29 during a joint meeting with county staff with the goal of finding fixes for the Land Development Code. Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Lemonade stand gives kids a taste of entrepreneurship

Lemonade stand gives kids a taste of entrepreneurship

Local resident Terry Light got her first lesson in business management as a child in a small town in Wyoming. She had the idea one day to try selling the pretty rocks she had found throughout the area, so she set up a little roadside stand.   Read the full article in the May 30 […]

Eglin Federal Credit Union honors military

Eglin Federal Credit Union honors military

In recognition of Military Appreciation Month, Eglin Federal Credit Union in Navarre created a display to honor those that serve. The project was coordinated by head teller Debbie Spohn.   Read the full article in the May 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to […]

Middle-schoolers celebrate career skills

Middle-schoolers celebrate career skills

Digital Information Technology students from Woodlawn Beach Middle School and Holley Navarre Middle School descended on The Breeze Cinema in Gulf Breeze May 22 to celebrate their achieving at least three Microsoft certifications. Woodlawn program teacher Kim Kayser said she was incredibly proud of her students in the Digital Information Technology course.   Read the […]

Dr. Michael Barber celebrates 20 years practicing in Navarre

Dr. Michael Barber celebrates 20 years practicing in Navarre

While an all new medical center will be opening its doors soon, Santa Rosa Medical Center patients in Navarre can expect a familiar face. Dr. Michael Barber will be celebrating 20 years of serving patients in Navarre just as the new center on U.S. Highway 98 near Harvest Village Court opens. Read the full article […]

Water system explores stepping up fire protection

Water system explores stepping up fire protection

After setting increased fire protection as a top priority for the coming years, Holley Navarre Water System’s board of directors is preparing to look in August at the options available to make it happen. The board discussed information gathering on the topic during its May 21 meeting.   Read the full article in the May […]

Hidden Creek golf fees going up

Hidden Creek golf fees going up

Nonmembers teeing up at Hidden Creek Golf Course can expect higher fees starting June 1. General manager Cindy Callen said the move is part of an attempt to put the golf course on better financial footing.   Read the full article in the May 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Message to grads: Look to the future, focus on God

Message to grads: Look to the future, focus on God

Before the pomp and circumstance of Saturday’s graduation ceremony, a handful of Navarre High School seniors gathered with their family and friends for a night of worship at a baccalaureate service May 23 in the Navarre Conference Center. Pastor Clint Jernigan explained the service was a joint effort to help send the graduates off in […]

School district seeks power to limit development

School district seeks power to limit development

Amid the arguments for and against impact fees earlier this month, school district Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick leveled a choice for county commissioners. He said the county should either impose impact fees to help pay for new schools or give him the authority to deny increasing the density of developments. Read the full article in the […]

Local nonprofits vie for Wind Creek grants

Local nonprofits vie for Wind Creek grants

Nonprofits throughout Alabama and North Florida are vying for a portion of $125,000 in grants to be awarded as part of Wind Creek Hospitality’s Partners in Progress Video Contest. Among the 92 organizations that applied are two nonprofits based in Navarre: Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge and Outreach Navarre Inc. d.b.a. Weekend Food Program. Read the […]

Overruling Zoning Board, county OKs RV exception

Overruling Zoning Board, county OKs RV exception

The Board of County Commissioners went against the recommendation of the Zoning Board and the complaints of neighbors May 23 to grant a resident’s request to allow RV parking in his front yard because of a medical hardship. Doug Walborn applied for a special exception to the county code to allow his ailing mother to […]

Valve break causes discolored water

Valve break causes discolored water

Holley Navarre Water System customers experienced discolored water and low pressure following a valve break May 28. No boil water notice has been issued. CEO Rob Williamson told the Navarre Press that they have received several calls concerning the impacts. Water system employees are currently flushing lines throughout the system. “Crews are out there flushing […]

County hanging in with plywood pier patches

County hanging in with plywood pier patches

Despite lengthy discussion by county commissioners about replacing 121 patches along the length of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, the county has opted to stick with the plywood solution. County Engineer Roger Blaylock said the county expects to have new bids for replacing the entire pier deck by June 13.   Read the full article […]

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