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Florida worker’s comp insurance rates decreasing 7.5%

Florida worker’s comp insurance rates decreasing 7.5%

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has issued a final order granting approval to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) for a statewide overall decrease of 7.5% for Florida workers’ compensation insurance rates. This applies to both new and renewal workers’ compensation insurance policies effective in Florida as of Jan. 1, 2020.

How’s your economy?

How’s your economy?

There’s no shortage of metrics out there designed to measure the health of the overall economy, but those numbers do not always represent the economy of the everyday citizen. The nation’s gross domestic product rate rarely adequately reflects the spectrum of unique experiences that individual people are seeing.

One Hour Air prepares local homes for the cold months

One Hour Air prepares local homes for the cold months

In the Northwest Florida area, it’s vital to have a functioning heating and cooling system in a home. Constant unexpected temperature fluctuations make these systems essential in any home along the Emerald Coast. One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating offers all the furnace and air conditioning services you need for comfort and efficiency in every […]

Little Caesars investing in local community

Little Caesars investing in local community

Little Caesars in Navarre has only been open for three months, but business is already booming for the veteran-owned franchise. “Business has been incredible,” owner Brian Wood said. “We experienced immediate growing pains, had to double the anticipated staff to what is now 27 employees, double and then triple the food orders so we wouldn’t […]

Southern Specialty: a one stop shop for locals

Southern Specialty: a one stop shop for locals

Known for featuring the latest fashions at their boutique, Southern Specialty owners and sisters-in-law Lisa Gambill and Magda Morton are always keeping their store stocked with the most stylish clothing and cutest gift ideas for that special someone in your life. Gambill and Morton opened Southern Specialty back in 2014 with the goal of providing […]

Tourism generates 6,600 jobs in Santa Rosa

Tourism generates 6,600 jobs in Santa Rosa

Visitors to Santa Rosa County spend more than $464 million annually in the county, supporting thousands of jobs and businesses according to the most recent data available from the Tourist Development Office. That’s no surprise considering the county brought in more than 868,000 visitors in 2017 (most recent data available), and the last two years […]

Pet Nation offers photos with Santa for Healing Paws

Pet Nation offers photos with Santa for Healing Paws

The holidays are u-paw-n us, and local small business Pet Nation is partnering with Healing Paws for Warriors to offer a festive opportunity for pet parents. The shop will host Healing Paws’ Santa Paws Pup Pictures Saturday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Read the full article in the Nov. 14 issue of […]

Shop Crawl supports more than local business

Shop Crawl supports more than local business

Retailers across Navarre rolled out the red carpet Saturday for the 8th Annual Holiday Shop Crawl hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Dozens of retailers across a variety of specialties participated in the event. Chamber Executive Director Chanda Ryan said the event is all about increasing traffic to these local stores ahead […]

British Pedlar to host authentic fish n’ chips event

British Pedlar to host authentic fish n’ chips event

  Michael Blois, an Englishman who moved to the United States in 2008, has a heart for sharing British culture with the community of Navarre. Michael started out as “British Pedlar’s best customer” and is now the owner since Aug. 13, 2018. “I fancied a change in life, and I have really enjoyed it. It’s […]

Edward Jones financial advising opens in Navarre

Edward Jones financial advising opens in Navarre

Professional financial advisor Monica Meyer celebrated the grand opening of her new Edward Jones office at 1778 Sea Lark Lane in Navarre Nov. 7 with an evening ribbon cutting, hosted by Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.   As seen in the Nov. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

Gulf Breeze chamber recognized at state, national level

Gulf Breeze chamber recognized at state, national level

As 2019 winds down, it has been an exciting year for the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce as it has received recognition at the state and national level from the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) is a statewide organization whose mission […]

Chamber launches #ShopNavarreFirst initiative

Chamber launches #ShopNavarreFirst initiative

Shopping locally improves the community. That’s the message of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s new #ShopNavarreFirst initiative. It launched Nov. 5. According to Executive Director Chanda Ryan, the Chamber’s goal is to build a strong #ShopNavarreFirst initiative by “engaging our residents, visitors and the locally owned businesses that include retail shops, restaurants, accountants, […]

Dickey’s founder visits Gulf Breeze store

Dickey’s founder visits Gulf Breeze store

In celebration of founders’ day last week, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Gulf Breeze celebrated with two very special guests. Ronald Dickey and his brother took over the family business from their parents, Travis and Ollie, in 1967. The family had been running a mom and pop slice of Americana in Dallas since 1941   Read […]

Retail survey: Halloween spending lags in 2019

Retail survey: Halloween spending lags in 2019

Halloween festivities may be able to cause consumers to jump with fright, but the spooky holiday has failed to elicit as much reaction in the retail sector this year. Spending on costumes, candy and creepy décor have largely remained flat for 2019, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual spending survey. Read the full article […]

“The smart choice for mortgages!”

“The smart choice for mortgages!”

Being “The smart choice for mortgages!” starts with a local team of dedicated mortgage professionals who start each day with determination and gratitude to the community that they serve. Stacy Wright (NMLS #518604), Jennifer Gomes (NMLS #518603), and Victoria Lombard (NMLS #793374), work tirelessly to meet the needs of those they serve. For them, it’s […]

Tourism office enhancing local Google image

Tourism office enhancing local Google image

In a world where “Google” has become a verb, having the correct information available online can be critical for businesses to get in front of potential customers. That is especially true in the tourism industry, where visitors to new places are increasingly using smart devices to make decisions about where to go, what to do […]

A heavenly boutique – Heavenly Shades and Handbags

A heavenly boutique – Heavenly Shades and Handbags

  Deolinda Phillips has been selling her boutique items across the country for more than 20 years. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she came to Navarre after visiting family in Fort Walton Beach. Locally, she is seen regularly at the Gulf Breeze Flea Market and the Eglin Air Force Base Exchange. And she definitely has […]

OneConnectionIT now offers new services

OneConnectionIT now offers new services

Need a point of sales system for your restaurant? Want the worry taken off your mind if your internet at your business goes down? Looking for a new Voice Over IP system? OneConnectionIT has you covered with its newest services. And, of course, customers can have peace of mind knowing the locally owned business here […]

First National Bank property under contract

First National Bank property under contract

Under contract signs have appeared at the defunct First National Bank property near the Okaloosa County line, showing the first movement at the site since the bank closed more than a year ago. According to listings for the property, the 4,438 square foot bank has been vacant since August 9, 2018. The building sits on […]

Triumph awards UWF $14.5 million for Project 10[X]

Triumph awards UWF $14.5 million for Project 10[X]

Triumph Gulf Coast approved funding for the University of West Florida (UWF) to further Project 10[X], which aims to find and fill critical gaps in northwest Florida’s high-tech workforce. Triumph’s board of directors unanimously approved the grant agreement Oct. 4 to address shortages in additive and advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity.   Read the full article […]

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR LAWN FOR FALL AND WINTER

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR LAWN FOR FALL AND WINTER

Skip Orth has been in the lawn service business for more than 25 years. He is the owner of Father and Son Pest and Lawn Solutions, author of the book “What Every Home Owner Along The Emerald Coast Needs To Know About Lawn Care” and has authored several articles and holds frequent workshops on the […]

Gas station nixed near Navarre High School

Gas station nixed near Navarre High School

Plans to build a Cefco gas station at the northwest corner of Highway 87 and High School Boulevard were denied Oct. 10. The Zoning Board rejected several variances to the Land Development Code, including a request to cut the required buffer space between residential houses and underground gas tanks by nearly half.   Read the […]

Cookin’ booklet showcases local recipes

Cookin’ booklet showcases local recipes

To whet the palates of potential visitors, the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office has created a new recipe guide featuring a variety of tastes from Navarre Beach and elsewhere in Santa Rosa County. Titled “Cookin’ Up Relaxation,” the booklet contains a collection of recipes from local eateries as well as information on how to […]

Chamber welcomes Organized Occasions Concierge

Chamber welcomes Organized Occasions Concierge

Though the business is not based in brick and mortar, Organized Occasions Concierge celebrated opening in Navarre with a Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting Sept. 25 at the Navarre Chamber Information Center. Business owner Gretchen Carter offers meal planning and grocery delivery for beach condominium and hotel visitors, enhancing their stay by […]

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