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Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

In the past 10 years, three times as many tourist development dollars were spent in Milton than in Navarre for infrastructure improvements. In contrast, the beach alone accounts for more than half of the dollars generated.               Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Feel right at home at Carmelita’s

Feel right at home at Carmelita’s

Carmelita’s Nails and Boutique is back. The new location, opened in 2016, is at 5443 Gulf Breeze Parkway right next to Midway Mini Storage. The salon is co-owned by Larry Wetzel and Carmelita Winn and customers who stop by will be greeted with a friendly smile and treated like family when they stop into the […]

State under pressure to cut Business Rent Tax

State under pressure to cut Business Rent Tax

Florida businesses that rent their spaces are at a disadvantage compared to any other state, according to Florida TaxWatch. That is because Florida is the only state in the country to charge a tax on property rented for commercial use. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Cinema says farewell, downtown Fort Walton focuses on facelift

Cinema says farewell, downtown Fort Walton focuses on facelift

When Navarre resident James Coleman purchased the defunct Cinema Plus in Fort Walton, the sky was the limit. Coleman said the many memories that folks shared of the theater inspired him to invest in keeping it open in 2014. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Entrepreneurs must navigate obstacle course to succeed

Entrepreneurs must navigate obstacle course to succeed

In a lot of ways, Santa Rosa County is approaching small business the right way. That’s the opinion of Debbie Rogers-Guinn, the owner of Deb’s Coffee in Navarre. “They were really supportive of us from the very beginning and throughout,” she said. After seven years, Rogers-Guinn and her husband are currently seeking to move their […]

University Lending Group – Top Ranked Lender for Santa Rosa!

University Lending Group – Top Ranked Lender for Santa Rosa!

Being ranked as the “Finest” Mortgage Lender on the Emerald Coast and continuing their legacy of being the Number One Residential lender for Santa Rosa County for the past five years, (data supplied by Metro Trends) the Navarre team of University Lending Group start each day with dedication and gratitude. Stacy Wright, Jennifer Gomes, Victoria […]

Tourism strong despite brush with Gordon

Tourism strong despite brush with Gordon

Hoteliers in Navarre continued to see high numbers of visitors over Labor Day weekend despite an impending tropical storm. Hampton Inn and Suites Navarre General Manager Andy Peterson said the hotel was busy with families ready to hit the beach. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

On August 7, 2017, Tamara Fountain stepped into the role of CEO and president for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. In the 12 months that followed, Fountain assessed and scrutinized everything the chamber did. From events to programming to the very mission statement, she worked alongside the board of directors, chairman, membership director […]

Beach House menu is on the move

Beach House menu is on the move

With the end of summer fast approaching and the arrival of fall just around the corner, the Beach House restaurant has big plans for its menu. One involves football season. On Sundays this fall, fans can come in and enjoy wings, starting at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Prime Rib Mondays begin Sept. 17. The prime […]

Beacon joins in on effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s

Beacon joins in on effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s

    More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Disease is now listed as the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Between 2017 and 2025, every state is expected to see at least a 14 percent rise in […]

Floridians fall behind on flood insurance

Floridians fall behind on flood insurance

When county Floodplain Manager Karen Thornhill tells residents to buy flood insurance, she is speaking from experience. In her younger years, Thornhill opted not to purchase the insurance for her home. Her flood zone code was an X, meaning very low risk. But unexpectedly heavy rains left her house with several inches of standing water. […]

Sod Web Worms Posing A Major Threat To Area Lawns

Sod Web Worms Posing A Major Threat To Area Lawns

  Skip Orth, owner of Father and Son Pest and Lawn Solutions and author of the book What Every Home Owner Along The Emerald Coast Needs To Know About Lawn Care says that lawns along the Emerald Coast are now experiencing a major onslaught from a tiny caterpillar called a sod web worm. Orth explains […]

Good Neighbor pays it forward

Good Neighbor pays it forward

  What started out as just a food pantry soon grew into what Good Neighbor Thrift Store is today. The pantry was opened by United Methodist Church of Navarre a decade ago and was run out of one of its buildings. As it grew, it moved into what is now the maintenance building for the […]

Meyer makes clients feel like family

Meyer makes clients feel like family

  Monica Meyer, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, doesn’t just see her clients as a number, she sees an opportunity to impact a person’s life by helping them reach their financial goals and dreams. “Understanding my client is the most important thing to me.  Once I’ve listened to the client and understand their needs […]

Tiger Point plaza sees new wave of retail, dining

Tiger Point plaza sees new wave of retail, dining

At least three new restaurants and a variety of retail opportunities are set to open their doors in the Tiger Point shopping center where Publix opened in January. The shopping complex that offers multiple rental spaces for other retailers is completed, and Amber Hightower Dedeaux of Vallas Realty said the company is working on finishing […]

Study’s verdict: Business incubator viable but costly

Study’s verdict: Business incubator viable but costly

The results are in, and Santa Rosa County would stand to gain a lot from a business incubator. But the costs could exceed the benefits, at least in the short term. Florida State University Applied Economics graduate students Patrick Mas, Holt Johnson and Courtney Clark were tasked by their professors with studying the viability, impact […]

Navarre, Pace show business growth parallels

Navarre, Pace show business growth parallels

According to business license data in Santa Rosa County, Navarre is the second fastest growing area in the county when it comes to new business. More than 2,000 businesses received new licenses tied to Santa Rosa addresses between 2017 and June 2018. Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre Press. Click here […]

One Hour Air prides itself on looking at the entire picture

One Hour Air prides itself on looking at the entire picture

  Indoor air quality isn’t linked just to the air conditioning unit itself. “It’s also about how the air is in the duct work,” One Hour Air operations manager Riley Allsbrook said. “If there are problems with the duct work, it can affect your entire system.” So, when One Hour Air takes a trip out […]

Airbnb-style rentals prove hard to track

Airbnb-style rentals prove hard to track

For visitors wanting to get the full experience of living in another place in the way a local would, websites like Airbnb and VRBO offer a unique chance to try out the living quarters of a different community for the day. A quick search of these sites for an August weekend near Navarre Beach turns […]

Beer crafters turn hobby into profession

Beer crafters turn hobby into profession

From hipsters posting Instagram pics of the newest IPA at their local pub to military veterans brewing in their backyards, the United States loves its beer. And with that love has come an infatuation with homegrown breweries, known as microbreweries. Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Florida right-to-work law means little change from court ruling

Florida right-to-work law means little change from court ruling

While a U.S. Supreme Court ruling could have major impact on the funding of public sector unions in many states, existing Florida laws mean the decision will likely have little consequence here. In Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), the high court June 27 struck down laws in some states […]

Citizens seeks AOB solution, postpones rate increase

Citizens seeks AOB solution, postpones rate increase

After a bill aimed at reforming Florida’s insurance industry and preventing Assignment of Benefits (AOB) abuse failed in the Legislature’s last session, the state’s largest insurer has taken steps to solve the problem itself. Part of that solution is to suspend its plan to hike rates as much as 10 percent for consumers. Citizens Property […]

Tourist Development Council cancels county tour

Tourist Development Council cancels county tour

Santa Rosa County’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) has canceled its planned countywide field trip, citing concerns about legal liability and potential violation of the Sunshine Law. The group, which makes recommendations about the expenditure of county bed taxes, was scheduled to get a firsthand look at tourism assets throughout the county July 2 in a […]

Emerald Coast Med Spa Keeps you looking and feeling better

Emerald Coast Med Spa Keeps you looking and feeling better

  Stephanie Wilbanks has been a paramedical esthetician for 17 years and brings her passion for skin care to work every day at the Emerald Coast Medical Spa in Navarre. Her business recently expanded its square footage and service at its new location at the First National Bank and Trust building in the heart of […]

Successful financial planning starts young

Successful financial planning starts young

High schoolers who have a credit card will graduate with an average debt of $1,585, according to research by student loan provider Sallie Mae. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that 60 percent of 15-year-old Americans are not financially literate on the basics of handling money. As more financial planners, including nationally known […]

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