Restaurants: Closures/Services

Restaurants: Closures/Services

The following restaurants are open offering take out/curbside service: Alphy’s Catfish House is offering to-go orders only at this time for breakfast only. Call 515-1201 Ye Olde Brother’s Brewery is take-out or delivery including growlers by calling 850-684-1495.  New York Pizza Depot is open Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. The full menu […]

Hurlburt Field restricts access to essential only

Hurlburt Field restricts access to essential only

1 SOW Public Affairs Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on March 31, 2020, access to Hurlburt Field will be restricted to mission essential personnel only and those individuals residing on, TDY to, or conducting official business on base.  This restriction is consistent with the elevation of the Health Protection Condition Level to Charlie and the Installation […]

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

As of March 29, 2:00 p.m. Note: To provide our community with important public safety information, the Navarre Press is posting entire stories related to the coronavirus in front of our paywall and making our weekly issue free to read. Click HERE to read.  Please seriously consider supporting the hard work that our staff and our journalists […]

Learning resources take students across state without leaving home

Learning resources take students across state without leaving home

Public school teachers will be return to schools March 30 to launch distance learning efforts for their students, but being stuck at home can still get boring for the thousands of school age children in Santa Rosa County. To help parents engage their students, state representative Jayer Williamson has shared a list of links to […]

Celebrate crawfish season Cajun style at Where Y’at Seafood

Celebrate crawfish season Cajun style at Where Y’at Seafood

It’s March and that means crawfish season is in full swing at Where Y’at Seafood Market. The season normally runs from February to June, but Where Y’at has been serving their crawfish hot and ready, imported straight from Louisiana since January.“Its crawfish season now. We’re moving like 10,000 pounds of crawfish a week,” owner Paul Ruiz said.Where Y’at Seafood […]

Cats are born for quarantine

Cats are born for quarantine

By Inkie Stinkie Social distancing – purrrfect for me! I don’t need all those lovins anyway. But let me tell you what happened. Freaked me out. I was in a really good nap. A little bit of sun shining on me, I was probably even drooling a little. All of a sudden one of my […]

Gulf Power donates $250,000 to United Way COVID-19 response

Gulf Power donates $250,000 to United Way COVID-19 response

Communities around the world are grappling with the lasting economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting new strain on community support organizations like United Way of West Florida. To help support the nonprofit’s community response, Gulf Power Foundation donated $250,000 to the organization to help members of our community impacted by COVID-19. United […]

Businesses hiring laid off workers

Businesses hiring laid off workers

As restaurants, bars and hotels thin down staffing or close all together amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, some companies are ramping up hiring for these workers. Grocery stores like Publix, Walmart and Winn Dixie have seen increased traffic during the pandemic as shoppers seek essentials like toilet paper and meat. These companies have announced increased […]

Make sure your home is ready for Florida heat with One Hour Air

Make sure your home is ready for Florida heat with One Hour Air

Spring has arrived and that means things are heating up in the Sunshine State. Northwest Florida is blessed with outstanding weather and with that comes high temperatures, salt air, and high humidity that affects the performance of your air conditioning system and therefore, your comfort. One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating is here to help […]

A guide to Business Disaster Assistance

A guide to Business Disaster Assistance

Current as of press time – March 24, 2020 There are several resources available right now to Florida businesses to get them through the next few months and assist cash flow. The options available are loans which must be paid back. The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business […]

School superintendent asks parents to support distance learning

School superintendent asks parents to support distance learning

Public school students in Santa Rosa County are going online until  at least April 15 due to the ongoing pandemic. By next week, all teachers will have made contact with families across the district to prepare for this kind of instruction. In a letter to parents, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick asked for their support in making […]

Hurlburt Update: Moves to Health Protection Condition Charlie

Hurlburt Update: Moves to Health Protection Condition Charlie

 Hurlburt Field officials have elevated the Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Level to Charlie and have declared a public health emergency for the installation.  The elevation to Charlie is part of the ongoing response to COVID-19 concerns. “The COVID-19 situation is very dynamic,” said Col. Mike Conley, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing. “Given the […]

Attn. builders: What you need to know about county services

Attn. builders: What you need to know about county services

Planning/Zoning The lobby is closed for all walk-in appointments. All pre-application meetings for Development Services will be conducted via conference call or postponed.   Site plans, permit applications and other documentation that cannot be submitted electronically (emailed or faxed) can be placed in one of the drop boxes located one of our two locations. The Milton […]

State eyes hotels to house people with coronavirus

State eyes hotels to house people with coronavirus

by Jim Saunders The News Service of Florida Tallahassee – Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday that state officials are looking at the possibility of putting people who test positive for the coronavirus in facilities such as hotels to help prevent them from spreading the virus to family members. The idea, which also could involve using […]

YMCA answering the call

YMCA answering the call

The YMCA of Northwest Florida (YMCA) is responding to an urgent community need due to COVID-19. City, hospital and federal leaders have asked that the YMCA’s support workers on the front lines by providing emergency childcare for first responders and health care workers. The YMCA’s of Northwest Florida include the Bear Levin Studer Family YMCA […]

Florida Agriculture Commissioner calls for “stay-at-home” order

Florida Agriculture Commissioner calls for “stay-at-home” order

Note: To provide our community with important public safety information, the Navarre Press is posting entire stories related to the COVID-19 in front of our paywall and making our weekly issue free to read. Click HERE to read. Please seriously consider supporting the hard work that our staff and our journalists are providing by subscribing to your […]

UPDATE: Special Tactics airman identified

UPDATE: Special Tactics airman identified

The Special Tactics airman who died in the fatal swim training incident has been identified. Hurlburt Field’s 24 SOW officials say Airman First Class Keigan Baker, 24, was found unresponsive after he went missing during a surface training swim at Naval Suport Activity Panama City, Thursday. Baker was an Air Force Special Tactics Combat Contoller […]

Santa Rosa County sees third confirmed COVID-19 case

Santa Rosa County sees third confirmed COVID-19 case

Note: To provide our community with important public safety information, the Navarre Press is posting entire stories related to the COVID-19 in front of our paywall and making our weekly issue free to read. Click HERE to read. Please seriously consider supporting the hard work that our staff and our journalists are providing by subscribing to your […]

County proposes COVID-19 recovery grants for small business

County proposes COVID-19 recovery grants for small business

As businesses across Santa Rosa County are forced to close their doors due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the county is looking to hand out $100,000 in grants for small businesses.  The COVID-19 economic hardship grant program will be voted on by county commissioners during their March 26 meeting.  If approved, the program would offer $2,500 […]

Body found in Pace identified as missing boy

Body found in Pace identified as missing boy

A body found in Pace Tuesday has been tentatively identified as a missing 11-year-old boy from Colorado according to a sheriff’s office press release.  Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office found the body and contacted the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office March 18 in an attempt to make an identification.  An autopsy was performed by the […]

Santa Rosa County Libraries changing hours and operations

Santa Rosa County Libraries changing hours and operations

Normal operating hours for all Santa Rosa County Libraries will continue through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20. Beginning Saturday, March 21, libraries will be closed to the public until further notice. To minimize potential exposure to patrons and staff, the libraries are implementing the following procedures beginning Monday, March 23: Returning items When returning […]

Restaurants on-premises dining, gyms ordered closed in Florida

Restaurants on-premises dining, gyms ordered closed in Florida

Friday afternoon, Gov. Ron Desantis ordered statewide closure of all on-premises consumption at restaurants and closed all gymnasiums and fitness centers.  The order cites COVID-19 concerns about the potential for these locations encouraging the congregating of more than 10 people. The White House has advised citizens to avoid gatherings to limit the spread of this […]

COVID-19: Status as of March 19

COVID-19: Status as of March 19

Follow additional local information that affects you regarding COVID-19 at www.navarrepress.com.  Sign up for text notifications by clicking HERE! Note: To provide our community with important public safety information, the Navarre Press is posting entire stories related to the COVID-19 in front of our paywall and making our weekly issue free to read. Click HERE […]

COVID-19: Status as of March 17

COVID-19: Status as of March 17

Santa Rosa County schools will remain closed through April 15 at the earliest. State officials will make a determination by the end of this week whether or not students will return to classrooms at all this school year or complete school virtually. Public school testing and grades have been waived, and parents have the option […]

COVID-19: Baptist Healthcare closes hospital visitations

COVID-19: Baptist Healthcare  closes hospital visitations

Following the closure of visitation for nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Florida, hospitals are now limiting visitations as well amid COVID-19 concerns. Baptist Health Care announced Wednesday family members and friends are not to visit loved ones in the hospitals or outpatient care areas, but to communicate with them by mobile device, phone, […]

County creates online small business resource for COVID-19

County creates online small business resource for COVID-19

As many restaurants and businesses adjust operations due to COVID-19 response and social distancing, the Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office (SRCEDO) has rolled out an online resource to help small business. The SRCEDO unveiled SantaRosaReady.com, a site that will provide businesses of all sizes access to information and resources to help minimize and offset […]

Feeding sites for Santa Rosa students on free or reduced lunch

Feeding sites for Santa Rosa students on free or reduced lunch

The Santa Rosa School District is working diligently to provide food for students who participate in the free or reduced lunch program. They will be providing meals at numerous schools next week with a drive through, curbside services. The district will be providing breakfast and lunch to each child served – and the child must […]

Holley by the Sea Recreation Facility to close

Holley by the Sea Recreation Facility to close

Holley by the Sea Recreation Facility is closing all facilities to members this Friday, March 20 at 6 p.m. until Monday, April 6 due to COVID-19.  A statement released today states that “The COVID-19 situation is developing very rapidly and we feel obligated to follow the guidance from federal and local health officials regarding facilities […]

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