West Navarre students share the love for Valentine’s Day

West Navarre students share the love for Valentine’s Day

Navarre High School teachers and staff were feeling the love Friday, courtesy of students from West Navarre Intermediate School.  The students were on a field trip to deliver handmade Valentine’s Day cards and candies to the school. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

‘National security’ cited in traffic woes outside school

‘National security’ cited in traffic woes outside school

One school has been bringing the logistics of an entire roadway and even a U.S. Air Force base to a halt each day. For commuters going to and from Hurlburt Field, the daily drop-off and pick-up of Florosa Elementary School students means additional traffic woes along U.S. Highway 98 each day. Read the full article […]

Home schooling breaks classroom boundaries

Home schooling breaks classroom boundaries

More than 1,000 students in Santa Rosa County did not return to a traditional classroom Monday morning. Instead, they were at home, in special programs or even traveling across the world with their parents deciding the direction their education will take. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Japanese culture comes to Pensacola State College, Kiln Walk

Japanese culture comes to Pensacola State College, Kiln Walk

The silence in the crowded gallery was broken by a single, booming drumbeat. Musician Mayumi Shara Waidaiko started a slow rhythm on traditional Japanese drums Jan. 31 at Pensacola State College before launching into a full song on three different pitched drums. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

BREAKING: Gov. announces $422 million in teacher bonuses

BREAKING: Gov. announces $422 million in teacher bonuses

Governor Ron DeSantis announced today more than $422 million will be invested into teacher and principal compensation increases as part of reforms to the Best and Brightest Teachers program. The announcement came during a press conference at Armwood High School in Seffner, FL. “What we are trying to do is identify those teachers that are […]

Local duo lays groundwork for Togo mission

Local duo lays groundwork for Togo mission

It took 24 hours and four layovers for Navarre First Assembly of God missionaries Rachel Coggins and Becky Fleury to make their way to the impoverished regions of the African nation of Togo. The women were on a mission Jan. 16-25 to lay the foundations for future missions. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

New chamber board sets sights on future of business

New chamber board sets sights on future of business

Seven new board members officially joined the leadership team for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Saturday as they took the oath of office during the Boots and Bling Annual Awards Banquet and Installation Gala. Some of the directors are faces familiar to the chamber, that through their work have already made an impact […]

Forest Bay Estates under wetlands scrutiny

Forest Bay Estates under wetlands scrutiny

Roughly 100 acres of discrepancy was more than neighbors and county commissioners could swallow, at least not without a closer look. So, development of the 284-lot subdivision Forest Bay Estates has been put on hold, at least temporarily. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Feline infection kills four at shelter

Feline infection kills four at shelter

Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter quarantined all cats in their care last week and halted intake and adoptions after a sudden death of an adult feline. Since then three other cats have died from sudden cases of feline panleukopenia (FP) said shelter veterinarian Megan Westfall. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of […]

Views clash on details of beach path upgrade

Views clash on details of beach path upgrade

Navarre Beach’s multiuse path could be seeing a makeover, but just what that will look like is up for debate before the Tourist Development Council (TDC) this week. County Tourist Development Director Julie White has proposed redoing “islands” along the path that runs parallel to Gulf Boulevard for nearly the entire length of Navarre Beach. […]

Highway 98: What would at-grade look like?

Highway 98: What would at-grade look like?

A proposed flyover along U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre has been met with opposition from business owners, residents and even the Santa Rosa County Commission. These entities have called for an at-grade solution to the roadway’s mounting traffic difficulties, but how much of a difference in impact would that amount to? Read the full article […]

DeSantis orders revamp of Florida academic standards

DeSantis orders revamp of Florida academic standards

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Jan. 31 to eliminate Common Core from Florida’s education system. The move has received praise from state and local education officials. Executive order 19-32, titled “Commitment to Eliminating Common Core, Ensuring High-Quality Academic Standards and Raising the Bar for Civic Literacy,” calls for the review and revision of […]

Beachside Church signs disappear off island

Beachside Church signs disappear off island

County officials are searching policy stretching back more than a decade after church signs along Navarre Beach went missing last month amid potential enforcement action. For 25 years, Beachside Church has been holding informal church services in the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier parking lot. As part of advertising these services, church pastor John Kerns and […]

‘Your speed is’ signs donated for White Sands Boulevard

‘Your speed is’ signs donated for White Sands Boulevard

Additional safety features are coming to White Sands Boulevard in the form of two electronic “your speed is” signs for the roadway. The signs are courtesy donations resulting from advocacy by the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA), which secured roughly $5,000 for two signs. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 issue […]

Illustrator sparks student creativity

Illustrator sparks student creativity

Children’s book illustrator Michael P. White said the greatest artistic advice he ever received was to take his eraser and throw it away. Monday he shared that lesson with the students of Holley Navarre Intermediate School as part of their Literacy Week celebration. Librarian Morgan Evans said they brought White in as part of this […]

HBTS keeps watch over wetland developments

HBTS keeps watch over wetland developments

Wetlands throughout the Navarre area have unique protections through both state and federal agencies, but these agencies do not get boots-on-the-ground at every building site. In Holley by the Sea (HBTS), an extra set of eyes is double-checking. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Local deputy fighting chemo-resistant cancer

Local deputy fighting chemo-resistant cancer

At first, they thought it was allergies. When Navarre resident and sheriff’s deputy Nic Hubbard, 26, started coughing frequently in February 2018, he did nothing about it. He worked midnight shifts while his wife Lauren took care of their 2-month-old Logan. When his symptoms continued for three months, he went to the doctor. They thought […]

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 24 to inform state officials they oppose construction of a flyover on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre. The opposition was led by the commissioner representing the area, Dave Piech. The commission’s stance will be conveyed by letter to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Read the full article in the […]

StRIVE to improve business looks across county

StRIVE to improve business looks across county

Days may be numbered for shabby signs and cracked facades across Santa Rosa County as the commissioners approved a grant last week to spruce up the look of local business. Commissioners dedicated $50,000 to the StRIVE (Santa Rosa Improvement Vitalization Enterprise) Grant program in 2019 to help businesses improve their look through signage and facade […]

Move It makes $20 million investment in south Santa Rosa

Move It makes $20 million investment in south Santa Rosa

Over the course of a little more than a year, Dallas-based storage mini-warehouse company Move It Self Storage LP has secured four of the existing storage companies in south Santa Rosa County. Tim Springer, vice president of property operations said the company leadership decided to move into the area after years of vacationing in the […]

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Men’s choir practice at Navarre High School came to an abrupt halt Thursday morning as a crowd of school administrators and media came bursting through the door led by Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick with flowers in hand. The crowd was there to inform teacher Caroline Buechner that she had been selected as Santa Rosa’s Teacher of […]

District 4 plan draws mixed reviews

District 4  plan draws mixed reviews

Outright adoption or even acceptance of the District 4 Master Plan was more than the Santa Rosa County commissioners could swallow Jan. 24. Of the five commissioners, three failed to throw support behind the document that took 19 months, hundreds of public comments, multiple public hearings and $150,000 of taxpayer funds to create. Read the […]

Ceremony finalizes long trek to US citizenship

Ceremony finalizes long trek to US citizenship

In a celebration of the American melting pot, 275 people crowded in with family and friends to take the oath of citizenship Jan. 17 in Pensacola, completing a lengthy process to call the U.S. home. Among their ranks were people from all corners of the globe, with native languages ranging across the spectrum. Read the […]

Sweet Pea celebrates first anniversary with NBSTCC

Sweet Pea celebrates first anniversary with NBSTCC

In 2018, the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) made an impact on roughly 50,000 people from around the world, and a big part of that outreach has been done by one disabled juvenile green sea turtle named Sweet Pea. Cathy Holmes said that’s a pretty great accomplishment for her first year of work. […]

School front doors secured with camera controls

School front doors secured with camera controls

Less than a year after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and prompted a statewide movement, Santa Rosa County schools are seeing new security at the front door. Holley Navarre Middle School’s front door has been a source of concern for the school’s administration for years, said Principal Joie […]

Marine center expands classes for winter visitors

Marine center expands classes for winter visitors

As hundreds of seniors, known as snowbirds, descended on local beaches this month for the winter season, the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station is tailoring its programs to share science and conservation lessons with them. Director Charlene Mauro typically teaches classes of dual-enrolled high schoolers this material.                 […]

Gulf Breeze Zoo has two new elusive ambassadors

Gulf Breeze Zoo has two new elusive ambassadors

Study of this elusive predatory cat has challenged scientist for years. To catch even a glimpse of clouded leopards, researches employ motion activated cameras, and satellite tracking collars are used to study their secretive behavior. Read the full article in the Jan. 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Airbnb brings $3.5 million to Santa Rosa County

Airbnb brings $3.5 million to Santa Rosa County

At least 23,500 tourists who stayed in Santa Rosa County in 2018 did not do so through a hotel, campsite or traditional condominium rental service. They stayed instead in houses, spare bedrooms and other accommodations put up for rent by the properties’ owners on vacation rental site Airbnb. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

Animal Shelter policies get revamp

Animal Shelter policies get revamp

Last year in Santa Rosa County, 3,685 of the cats and dogs that found themselves in the county Animal Shelter were euthanized due to space constraints. Of those killed, 76 percent were cats and kittens. Read the full article in the Jan. 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

284 lot subdivision riling neighbors County Commissioners got an earful from concerned residents Tuesday morning as yet another subdivision development drew ire from neighbors. Forest Bay Estates is a new subdivision proposed for 210-acres of vacant land located west of Edgewood Drive and east of River Birch Road. Read the full article in the Jan. […]