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Stories by Kaitie Kiger

Stories by Kaitie Kiger

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s ‘Kenya’ predicts an early spring and a Chiefs Super Bowl win on Giraffe Day

February 2, 2024
An excited crowd gathered Friday morning around Kenya, a 16-year-old reticulated giraffe resident at Gulf Breeze Zoo, to watch her predict the future.

Feb. 2, or Groundhog Day as it’s called everywhere else, will now be referred to as Giraffe Day in Santa Rosa County, according to county commissioner Colton Wright who read an official declaration at the celebration Friday morning.

Navarre Primary Care cuts ribbon on autonomous nurse practice

February 2, 2024
Congratulations to Navarre Primary Care on their Grand Opening and Navarre Chamber Ribbon Cutting Jan. 20. Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Sherrie Koenigseder, APRN, is an Autonomous Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and has been caring for Navarre since 2017. She also offers monthly health memberships and group discounts. For more info, visit their website:

Navarre Chamber recognizes Airmen of the Quarter

February 1, 2024
Kristen Rhodes, the head of the Navarre Chamber Military Affairs Committee, called out the names of the Airman of the Quarter winners at the chamber’s networking breakfast Jan. 19 at St. Sylvester Catholic Church. Supervisors read what made their airman stand out this quarter. Winners were presented a certificate and were photographed with Rhodes and Navarre Chamber Chairman Bridget House.

6 Raiders make All-State Chorus trip to Tampa

January 18, 2024
Navarre High School was well represented in Florida’s All-State Chorus. Six students traveled down to Tampa Jan. 10-13 to sing with the best high school singers in the state.

Harmony in Navarre

December 12, 2023
High bell tones rang throughout Navarre Park Dec. 8. The joy on faces of children and adults alike was evident Friday morning as the Navarre Rotary Harmony Park project wrapped up and the eight Freenotes outdoor instruments were revealed and played for the first time. Harmony Park also consists of big blue sunshades help up by yellow pillars (Rotary International colors), benches for seating all atop a rubbery blue and yellow mat with a music note design.

Run for the Reef brings largest turnout ever

October 16, 2023
More than 500 registered runners and walkers participated in this year’s Run for the Reef Oct. 14, making it the largest turnout yet in the event’s 15-year history. The race consisted of a 5K, 10K and children’s 1-mile fun run. All proceeds from this event go towards the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary, which consists of multiple artificial reefs.

First Baptist Church of Navarre gathers in prayer for peace in Middle East

October 16, 2023
The Bible commands believers to pray without ceasing, and that’s exactly what First Baptist Church of Navarre (FBCN) did October 11 in their sanctuary.

Pregnancy Resource Center of Navarre raises funds at benefit comedy event

August 31, 2023
Every year, Pregnancy Resource Center of Navarre (PRCN) puts on their annual benefit event to raise money for their mission – saving babies, one mother at a time. This year’s event was a Marital Bliss Comedy Night featuring pastor and comedian Phil Gungor from Green Bay, Wisconsin. The sanctuary at Community Life Church in Gulf Breeze was packed August 24.

Navarre Chamber Young Professionals kickoff at Andy D’s

August 29, 2023
The Navarre Chamber of Commerce launched Navarre’s first Young Professionals networking group Aug. 22 with their kickoff event hosted by Andy D’s on Navarre Beach.

Two cheetahs spotted at Gulf Breeze Zoo, first in zoo’s history

July 19, 2023
Cheetahs are famous for being the fastest land animal, and now you can “spot” not one, but two in Northwest Florida. In early July, the Gulf Breeze Zoo welcomed two cheetahs – Big Mike and Safi. The four-year old brothers came to the Gulf Breeze Zoo from their sister Zoo, the Virginia Safari Park.

In the nearly 40 years the Gulf Breeze Zoo has been open, this is the first time they have had a cheetah exhibit, which can be seen daily next to the lions.

“It’s definitely a new adventure and I’m excited to be able to work with them and get to know them and build that relationship with them,” said McKenna Kuntzi, one of the cheetah keepers at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. “That’s pretty much the best part of our jobs is building relationships with the animals.”

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