Child care experts: Make education a priority

Child care experts: Make education a priority

When parents select child care, often the top priorities are safety and proximity to the parent. This can be especially true when options are slim, said David Lawrence. Lawrence is a retired journalist and early learning advocate who helped to get universal voluntary prekindergarten launched in Florida. He said he is concerned with the trends […]

Parents have tools for children’s success

Parents have tools for children’s success

The human brain experiences its greatest period of development during the first five years of life, according to child development experts. By capitalizing on this spongy state, parents and teachers can help children to succeed well into adulthood, scientists have found. Read the full article in the May 9 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ […]

Navarre Chamber announces new potential home, tourism programming

Navarre Chamber announces new potential home, tourism programming

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is eyeing a new forever home, and with that new space comes new programming targeted at Navarre’s largest economic sector: tourism. Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Gail Acosta presented these new programs and a financial ask May 1 to the county’s Tourist Development Council (TDC). […]

National Foster Care Month highlights community need

National Foster Care Month highlights community need

May is National Foster Care Month, and the local need is great for children facing abuse, neglect or abandonment. While now is a time to celebrate the volunteers already serving, FamiliesFirst Network (FFN) is also actively recruiting 160 additional foster parents to fill a need within the community.   Read the full article in the […]

Temple celebrates Asian culture

Temple celebrates Asian culture

Drumming and song filled the air outside the Wat Florida Buddharam in Navarre Sunday as Yong O’Day leads the Moo Gul Hwa Korean jongu drummers. The performance was part of the Thai Food Festival at the only Buddhist temple in the region. As seen in the May 9 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Navarre Park: Living shoreline vs. seawall

Navarre Park: Living shoreline vs. seawall

Once upon a time, seawalls were the law of the land when it came to erosion protection, but scientists studying the impact on shorelines across the country have come to a different conclusion. Seawalls are a high expense for typically lower return on investment than more natural approaches known as living shorelines. Read the full […]

Parents attacked by son expected to make full recovery

Parents attacked by son expected to make full recovery

A Midway couple stabbed multiple times inside their home last week are doing well and expected to make a full recovery after being hospitalized said Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich Aloy in a phone call Tuesday. The April 30 altercation ended with a father shooting his adult son, Erich Reitz, 29, to death […]

Feather flags are safe for now

Feather flags are safe for now

Feather flags in Santa Rosa County may be legal, at least for the time being. After a County Code enforcement crackdown resulted in more than 100 warnings and 20 citations in three weeks, the Board of County Commissioners was seeking leniency in enforcement of sign ordinances Monday during its regular meeting.   Read the full […]

Pink Pirates aid in fight against breast cancer

Pink Pirates aid in fight against breast cancer

Fundraising efforts throughout the past year by the Pink Pirates of Navarre came to fruition April 24 in a symbolic check presentation of $15,000 at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Navarre. The donation was presented to the Baptist Health Care Foundation and is an increase over last year’s $13,500 contribution. Read the full article […]

NHS Theatre brings ‘The Three Musketeers’ to life

NHS Theatre brings ‘The Three Musketeers’ to life

After months of sword training, stage fight lessons and practice runs, Navarre High School Theatre brought “The Three Musketeers” to the Ashmore stage in Pensacola last weekend. Leading the cast was Cooper Wright as D’Artagnan alongside the musketeers Jack Lackey as Porthos, Ryan Frank as Aramis and Seth Clement as Athos.         […]

Helen Back under contract, again

Helen Back under contract, again

Helen Back Again may never be a Helen Back again, but it is likely to stay a restaurant. A buyer is under contract for the empty restaurant property located along Santa Rosa Sound at 8651 Navarre Parkway near the foot of the beach bridge.   Read the full article in the May 2 issue of […]

Spring Jam raises over $30,000 for Kids’ House

Spring Jam raises over $30,000 for Kids’ House

Cat Country 98.7 announced April 25 that Spring Jam 2019 raised more than double the dollars for Santa Rosa Kids’ House than the event raised last year. The concert pulled in $30,710 to support the Kids’ House advocacy centers for children who have suffered abuse.   Read the full article in the May 2 issue […]

Local hero runners fight hunger for children

Local hero runners fight hunger for children

Hundreds of heroes, many dressed in capes, took to Navarre Beach Saturday to support hungry children in our area for the Hunger Heroes 5K fun run. The fundraiser supports Outreach Navarre Inc. and the Weekend Food Program, a nonprofit that aims to support children in poverty with food and education opportunities.   Read the full […]

Volunteers welcome nesting shorebirds

Volunteers welcome nesting shorebirds

Glove-clad volunteers lined up along the Navarre Beach bridge April 24 intent on protecting the beach’s feathered residents. The nesting birds are back, and local expert Caroline Stahala of Audubon Florida said threatened least terns and black skimmers will be settling into their nesting colonies soon.   Read the full article in the May 2 […]

Turtle thwarts rescue attempt

Turtle thwarts rescue attempt

Rescuers followed the protocols April 24 on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, but sometimes the sea turtles do not cooperate. That was part of the problem when a visitor accidentally snagged the flipper of a 200-pound Loggerhead sea turtle off the pier. Read the full article in the May 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Lawmakers OK property insurance overhaul

Lawmakers OK property insurance overhaul

After several years and several iterations, legislation to curb rising property insurance costs and stop the alleged abuse of the Assignment of Benefits (AOB) system passed both chambers of the Florida Legislature April 24. Sponsored by state Sen. Doug Broxson, whose district includes Santa Rosa County, the legislation puts new regulations on AOB litigation, which […]

The Secret Place offers teen victims hope

The Secret Place offers teen victims hope

When Alicia Tappan was a junior in high school outside the state of Florida, she had the world before her. She was headed to college on a scholarship with plans to become a doctor. She was a self-described social butterfly with high grades and a typical family. Read the full article in the May 2 […]

Prom Promise reminds students they matter

Prom Promise reminds students they matter

A night meant for young celebration can turn to a nightmare in an instant. Juniors and seniors of Navarre High School received a reminder Tuesday to make good decisions as part of Prom Promise. This joint effort of first responders and the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club showcased just what can happen when […]

Santa Rosa to get county flag

Santa Rosa to get county flag

Members of Leadership Santa Rosa class 33 have proposed creating an official county flag as their community project. Magen Norwood of Santa Rosa Medical Center spoke on behalf of the class. “An idea that has been circulating through our class has been to create a county flag. We would like your input on it,” she […]

School Board unanimously supports impact fees

School Board unanimously supports impact fees

Citizens advocating for impact fees got a boost April 25 as the Santa Rosa County School Board unanimously voted in support of charging $5,000 on all newly built single-family homes. The vote came after a study into the feasibility of the fees showed that the district could reasonably charge up to $9,474 on each new […]

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Movers and shakers of Northwest Florida convened in Miramar Beach April 17-18 with the intent of growing economic success in the region during the 22nd Gulf Power Economic Symposium, held at Baytowne Conference Center at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. This year’s theme was Our Time. Our Place. Our Now! Read the full article in the […]

HNMS earns high marks in New York math competition

HNMS earns high marks in New York math competition

Holley Navarre Middle School students made their way to Rochester, New York, April 5-6 to show off their math skills and represent Santa Rosa County. They were there to compete in the 2019 Math Competition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. […]

Secret Place to share hope for child victims

Secret Place to share hope for child victims

Members of the public can learn about a new program focused on supporting child victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Celebrate Recovery at Liberty Church of Gulf Breeze will be hosting a presentation on The Secret Place Monday evening at 6:30. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Economic future depends on preparing tomorrow’s workforce

Economic future depends on preparing tomorrow’s workforce

When the Gulf Power Economic Symposium looked to Northwest Florida’s future, workforce training was a prominent topic of discussion. Florida Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish said education is critical, based on data collected from across the state. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Economist sees opportunity amid market omens

Economist sees opportunity amid market omens

One statement encompassed perfectly the economic concerns facing the globe put fourth by economist Vikram Mansharamani to a room full of economic leaders April 17 at the Gulf Power Economic Symposium. “These fish concern me,” he said. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options […]

School District weighs impact fees

School District weighs impact fees

Santa Rosa School District is considering implementation of a roughly $5,000 impact fee for all new single-family homes. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said they put out for a study on the subject to explore funding for continued capacity expansion as schools bump up against their capacity ceilings. Read the full article in the April 25 issue […]

Holley Navarre Water misses deadline for state funds

Holley Navarre Water misses deadline for state funds

When Rob Williamson was hired for the CEO position at Holley Navarre Water System last November, one of the big factors discussed by the board of directors was his history in government. As a previous county commissioner, Williamson made many trips to both Tallahassee and Washington D.C. Read the full article in the April 25 […]

County code crackdown targets ‘feather flags’

County code crackdown targets ‘feather flags’

County Code Enforcement is cracking down on “feather flags,” especially in Navarre. These tall, narrow banners typically bear commercial messages. They are popular along U.S. Highway 98 and Highway 87. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

Rare Kemp’s ridley sea turtle rescued off pier

Rare Kemp’s ridley sea turtle rescued off pier

An endangered sea turtle hooked April 13 on Navarre Beach Fishing Pier is set to make a full recovery. This was the first rescue of the upcoming sea turtle nesting season, which officially starts May 1. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]

Commissioners reject purchase of landfill over water supply

Commissioners reject purchase of landfill over water supply

The land above the aquifer that provides water to all of south Santa Rosa County could become the home of a construction debris landfill after the County Commission indicated Monday it would reject the owners’ offer to sell the property for $12 million. Blue Water Holdings SRC Inc. owns the property itself. Read the full […]