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Santa Rosa paycheck friendly

Santa Rosa paycheck friendly

When it comes to paycheck friendliness, Santa Rosa is the second-best county in the state and ranks in the top 6 percent of counties in the nation, according to Smart Asset. Smart Asset is a New York based financial technology company. Its Paycheck Friendliness study looked at four factors: semimonthly paycheck, purchasing power, unemployment rate […]

Bella Luna offers authentic Italian cuisine

Bella Luna offers authentic Italian cuisine

Bella Luna is a local favorite for authentic Italian cuisine in the Crowne Plaza in Navarre! “We want to thank the community for their continued support,” restaurant owner Guglielmo Ianni said. There is no need for anyone to grab their passport and hop on a plane to find authentic Italian food. All you need is […]

Pressure washing by Curb Appeal

Pressure washing by Curb Appeal

It wasn’t long ago that Barry Underwood wasn’t sure what he was going to do next in terms of a career. “When I became unemployed in August of last year, my uncle, who has 20-plus years of experience in painting and pressure washing, encouraged me to start a pressure washing business,” Underwood said. Underwood did […]

‘Ask Adam’ brings business insight to Navarre

‘Ask Adam’ brings business insight to Navarre

Business owners in Navarre need not travel far for advice on growing their businesses, thanks to Ask Adam, which launched Jan. 9 at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. These consultations are being led by Adam McCloskey, the University of West Florida’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) associate director and consultant. When the chamber […]

Navarre chamber finds new home

Navarre chamber finds new home

Growth can be challenging as well as positive, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has discovered. President/CEO Tamara Fountain said that is why the chamber will be opening doors on a new location at 2053 Fountain Professional Court. The chamber currently shares office space with the Tourism Development Office as a tenant in the […]

Irma leaves Citizens Insurance with policy bloat

Irma leaves Citizens Insurance with policy bloat

For Citizens Property Insurance, the ultimate goal is to go out of business. The state-run Florida property insurance provider was created to offer an insurance option for residential and commercial properties that could not secure insurance through the private marketplace. When the insurance market is doing well, property owners are moved off Citizens and on […]

Florida minimum wage increases 15 cents

Florida minimum wage increases 15 cents

Minimum wage workers in Florida rung in the New Year with a raise of 15 cents per hour. As of Jan. 1, hourly workers in the state must be paid at least $8.25 per hour, through an annual adjustment by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO). The state wage is now $1 higher than […]

Chamber launches internship program, other opportunities

Chamber launches internship program, other opportunities

Amid new mascots, a brand-new look and a litany of new programs, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has launched an initiative to build up the community’s talent pool. The chamber will be seeking at least one intern for the coming year. This individual will assist in every aspect of the chamber’s work, from […]

UPS Store still delivers stellar customer service

UPS Store still delivers stellar customer service

For more than 20 years, the UPS Store in the Winn-Dixie Market Place has grown right along with Navarre. Once known as Mail Boxes Etc. simple pack and ship franchise, the store which is owned by the Neely Key Company and run by the family, has evolved into a one-stop service center for small business […]

Santa Rosa’s economic diversity by the numbers

Santa Rosa’s economic diversity by the numbers

As the old adage goes, do not put all your eggs in one basket. A similar theory applies to local economics. The more variety of industries bringing money to an economy, the more stable that economy is. If an industry or a large company in the area goes under, there are other pillars holding the […]

Steering the ship for Navarre business

Steering the ship for Navarre business

A navigator is defined as the one who steers a ship. This person sets the course and, by doing so, directs the future. This is the perfect name for the leaders and liaisons who will be a part of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s new program, said President/CEO Tamara Fountain. The Navigators are […]

Beacon ready for the holiday season

Beacon ready for the holiday season

The Beacon in Gulf Breeze is all set for the holidays. Even Santa Claus came for a visit to see the residents of the assisted-living facility located off Highway 98. Becky McCaa, the director of sales and marketing for The Beacon, wishes everyone a happy holiday season and invites the public to come tour it […]

TC’s Front Porch is a dining destination in Navarre

TC’s Front Porch is a dining destination in Navarre

Looking for a good place to eat in Navarre? TC’s Front Porch is the perfect destination. The numbers will tell you as much as the popular café-style restaurant at 8552 Navarre Parkway, which is just west of the Navarre Beach Bridge, reached a significant milestone. “On August 3rd we surpassed $1 million in sales for […]

Simpson begins term as Chairman of Navarre Chamber Board

Simpson begins term as Chairman of Navarre Chamber Board

Just a day after receiving the prestigious Rebecca Evans award from the Navarre Area Board of Realtors, Mike Simpson took over the Chairman’s seat of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Board of Directors. Simpson, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, was also awarded the Chamber’s Ambassador of the Year award. In presenting Simpson […]

Citizens insurance cleared for rate increases

Citizens insurance cleared for rate increases

After Hurricane Irma delayed any decisions, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FLOIR) decided Dec. 6 to approve an increase in rates across all policy types for Citizens Property Insurance. The average rate increase across the board amounts to roughly 6.8 percent. Citizens is a state-run program to help insure those who cannot find coverage […]

NABOR hands out annual awards at luncheon

NABOR hands out annual awards at luncheon

The Navarre Area Board of Realtors (NABOR) held its annual awards ceremony and holiday luncheon Dec. 6 at the Navarre Days Inn Conference Center. Immediate Past President Mark Miller passed the gavel to Lorie Coogle. She and the new board of directors took their oath. Coogle’s brother Robbie Louhier, who is blind, performed the swearing […]

New Year rings in new chamber events

New Year rings in new chamber events

FunFest has gone the way of the wayside, but Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Tamara Fountain said there are bigger and better things to come. To reveal these new plans, the chamber will be releasing the “12 Days of Christmas,” a video series that will showcase the events and initiatives the chamber has […]

Real estate booming

Real estate booming

In Navarre, the real estate business is booming. In measures of homes sold, the price for those homes and even how long houses stay on the market, Navarre continues to improve. Navarre Beach Area Board of Realtors President Mark Miller said that describing the market as “healthy” would be an understatement. “The real estate market […]

Santa Rosa County budget employs mix of revenue

Santa Rosa County budget employs mix of revenue

For 10 years, Santa Rosa County’s ad valorem property tax rate has not budged from 6.0953 mills, but the revenue from property taxes continues to grow year over year, largely because of an explosion in population and construction. Last year alone 1,396 new residential and 673 new commercial properties were developed. That can expand the […]

Southern Specialty popular shopping destination in Navarre

Southern Specialty popular shopping destination in Navarre

Recently a customer said spending time in Southern Specialty was like hanging out in “Truvy’s Beauty Salon” on Steel Magnolias. And anyone who spends any time at all in this precious store would probably agree with this claim. And why wouldn’t it be? Southern Specialty, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. […]

Small businesses big for holiday shopping

Small businesses big for holiday shopping

What is black and small and ends with cyber? The answer is one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year for retailers of all size, the weekend following Thanksgiving. After the turkey is gobbled up, 164 million consumers plan to shop on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday according to the National […]

Restaurant style food with a fast-food pace

Restaurant style food with a fast-food pace

Tony Allegro and his wife, Krystal, have big plans for the Copper Bull restaurant, which is located at 7279 Navarre Parkway. From incorporating a bar that will feature live music on the weekends to adding additional delicious menu items, Copper Bull is quickly on its way to becoming an ideal dining option for the area. […]

University Lending Group – Top Ranked Lender for Santa Rosa!

University Lending Group – Top Ranked Lender for Santa Rosa!

What does it take to be ranked as the #1 Lender in any market? It starts with a thankful heart. Ask Stacy Wright, Jennifer Gomes, Victoria Lombard and Courtney Hatten, and they will tell you it is also about “roots”. These Mortgage Professionals believe to serve their industry they first must willingly serve their community. […]

Salaries vs. discretionary income

Salaries vs. discretionary income

Santa Rosa County residents make less, spend less and have less left over at the end of the month than those in the rest of the state and surrounding counties, according to findings from The Discretionary Income Report 2017 by Trove Technologies. This study looked at the salaries of workers across the country and compared […]

Sales tax shuffle

Sales tax shuffle

Santa Rosa County Commissioners are once again seeking to raise sales tax in the county while leaving ad valorem property taxes at their current rate. The new sales tax would levy a half-cent on every dollar spent in the county for items and some services, pushing the sales tax rate in Santa Rosa County to […]

Arnett Septic services now include plumbing

Arnett Septic services now include plumbing

  It’s never a good time to have a septic problem at the house. But dealing with the stinky situation could be especially worse on the weekend when most repair businesses are closed. That is why Arnett Septic is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. “When you have sewage coming up […]

A+ Mini Storage sold

A+ Mini Storage sold

A+ Mini Storage, located on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre, was sold to a national company this month according to a press release from the seller’s representative Argus Self Storage Sales Network Broker Affiliates. The property was sold by W.M. Bell & Co. of Santa Rosa County, LLC, owned by William Bell, Oct. 3 to […]

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