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Quality furniture and customer service

Quality furniture and customer service

When Bruce Baron bought Patio Freedom in Pensacola nearly a decade ago, he wanted to make sure he carried on the same philosophy as the previous owner. He’s accomplished that with a business that offers high quality patio furniture at discount prices. “The way we do that is we keep our overhead low,” Baron said. […]

Hotel Equities names top staff for SpringHill Suites Navarre

Hotel Equities names top staff for SpringHill Suites Navarre

Atlanta-based Hotel Equities named Kristin Iversen as the general manager and Angie Lee as the director of sales for SpringHill Suites by Marriott Navarre located on Navarre Beach. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

McDonalds closing doors for construction

McDonalds closing doors for construction

The McDonalds at 8644 Navarre Parkway will be closing its doors and drive-thru for nine days starting Sunday, Feb. 12, as construction continues on expansions and improvements throughout the store. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Finding the right fit for your company

Finding the right fit for your company

When it comes to making a hiring decision, experts agree that you should choose someone who is the right fit for your team. Sharon Pitts, district manager for Kelly Services says, “Almost 70 percent of companies are choosing someone based on whether or not the candidate is a good fit for the company.” While experience […]

Auto Depot conditional-use request denied

Auto Depot conditional-use request denied

When Andy Pike opened Auto Depot on Highway 87 south in Navarre in March it was on one of the three lots he was leasing for the business directly in front of Navarre Auto Repair. The lot was originally approved for used car sales for eight vehicles in 2012. The business grew quickly and Pike […]

Pen Air’s Give a Click campaign gives back to local charities

Pen Air’s Give a Click campaign gives back to local charities

Pen Air Federal Credit Union’s Director of Marketing Pam Hatt came up with a fun way for the bank’s locations to highlight one of their company’s core values: communerosity: the coming together of community and generosity. Each of their 15 locations plus some of the office staff have decorated a wreath in the theme of […]

Commercial building activity steady in Santa Rosa

Commercial building activity steady in Santa Rosa

From a new Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet in Pace to Chaver’s Rock Yard in unincorporated Gulf Breeze, commercial building activity is on track to equal or exceed last year’s totals in Santa Rosa County. Through the first nine months, the county issued 42 commercial permits, compared with a full-year total of 56 in 2014, when […]

Wings & Rings location uncertain

Wings & Rings location uncertain

District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson’s announcement Wednesday regarding Buffalo Wings & Rings moving to Navarre was “a bit premature,” according to  restaurateur Glenn Schaible. At Tuesday night’s Holley-Navarre Water System meeting, Schaible presented bills from the same franchise in Ohio and Florida, which convinced the board to lower the initial tap fee from $198,000 for his […]

Economic development group makes hard sell

Economic development group makes hard sell

It’s not easy selling a community to outside businesses and investors. Despite incentives, such as tax breaks and free land, recruiting industry is a challenge, especially when other states are wooing the same companies. Competition can be fierce. Cliff Krut, a certified economic development representative for Gulf Power, explained how Northwest Florida, specifically Santa Rosa […]

Wee Market provides big business opportunity for community

Wee Market provides big business opportunity for community

Holly and Abdul Elassaad have owned Pet Nation in the Shoppes of Navarre for more than a decade. But they have been eager to create opportunities for other small businesses and finally decided it was time to make it happen. And that is where the idea for Wee Market was born. Wee Market will be […]

Two new restaurants coming to Gulf Breeze

Two new restaurants coming to Gulf Breeze

Two new restaurants are coming soon to the 300 block of U.S. Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze proper – a Beef O’ Brady’s sports-themed eatery and a The Fishing Hole. Space that is currently vacant is being readied for both establishments in the shopping center anchored by the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. The new Beef O’Brady’s […]

Tiger Point Golf lease could carry baggage

Tiger Point Golf lease could carry baggage

The consulting company hired by the City of Gulf Breeze to audit Tiger Point Golf Club has rejected buying it, and looming capital costs may complicate the municipality’s latest plan to hand off financial responsibility through a lease to another firm, Integrity Golf in Orlando. Calculations by the Private Club Associates in Georgia, which did […]

Millions refunded due to cramming

Millions refunded due to cramming

The country’s four largest wireless companies – Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint Corporation –  have agreed to refund customers $267.5 million following an investigation into unauthorized charges. The Federal Communications Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau led the investigation. According to the FCC website, cramming most often occurs when telephone companies allow other providers of […]

13-year-old CEO riding the wave of success

13-year-old CEO riding the wave of success

Sage Offutt is a familiar face on Navarre Beach, driving her golf cart with the blue fin on top, towing paddleboards and kayaks back and forth between renters and her family’s summer home on White Sands Boulevard. When the Offutts bought their house last year, they couldn’t wait to get their paddleboards in the Gulf, […]

Marina expected to open Labor Day weekend

Marina expected to open Labor Day weekend

Construction of a marina behind East River Smokehouse is moving forward, and owner James Dabney hopes to open 20 boat slips by Labor Day. “The first part will be complete around mid-August,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll have 20 slips open by Labor Day weekend.” Dabney said he plans to call the facility The Navarre Boardwalk […]

Winn-Dixie donates today’s profits to Wounded Warriors

Winn-Dixie donates today’s profits to Wounded Warriors

Winn-Dixie is donating all of its Independence Day profits to help support Wounded Warrior Project’s (WWP) Independence Program. The Independence Program is designed to help warriors who need to rely on their families and friends for support due to injuries they have suffered, such as brain injury, spinal-cord injury or other neurological conditions. Individualized plans […]

Attorney indicted for bank fraud, embezzlement

Attorney indicted for bank fraud, embezzlement

Richard Michael Colbert, 54, of Pensacola Beach, was charged by a federal grand jury with 15 felony counts, including one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and/or mail fraud affecting a financial institution, four counts of false statement to a federally insured financial institution, one count of theft, embezzlement or misapplication by a person […]

Alexander ousted from chamber

Alexander ousted from chamber

After nearly two years as the CEO and president of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Tony Alexander was terminated Tuesday morning in a vote by the board of directors. The board released a general statement regarding its decision, citing that it had lost confidence in Alexander’s ability to manage office personnel and in […]

Major grocery-based shopping center eyed for South Santa Rosa

Major grocery-based shopping center eyed for South Santa Rosa

A major international company is eyeing development of  a large grocery-based shopping center along the U.S. 98 corridor west of Navarre. The project was revealed during Monday’s county commission meeting when the board was asked to vacate property located in Holley By the Sea (HBTS). Belie Williams, representing HBTS Homeowners’ Improvement Association, asked the county to vacate an undeveloped right of way […]

Midnight deadline for oil spill settlement claims

Midnight deadline for oil spill settlement claims

With a midnight deadline approaching to file claims under a 2012 settlement over the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the claims administrator said he expected a last-minute rush of filers. “There’s always a rush, for myriad reasons,” Patrick Juneau said in a telephone interview last week. Juneau said more than 328,000 claims had been […]

Local business expands 500 miles away

Local business expands 500 miles away

Expansion has been on the mind of Julie Condon, entrepreneur and owner of Saltwater Cottage, for more than a year. But she never thought her expansion would take her 500 miles away – to Viera, Fla., just south of Cocoa. Condon looked in Destin and even looked at expanding at her existing location on Navarre […]

Pregnancy center born as a ‘God thing’

Pregnancy center born as a ‘God thing’

The famous saying by Lao Tzu, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” adorns the walls of one of Navarre’s newest businesses: the Navarre Pregnancy Resource Center. The center is a satellite office of the Fort Walton Beach-based nonprofit, LIFE, Inc. (Life Is For Everyone) which describes its mission as providing an […]

Local prepares for another SEC season

Local prepares for another SEC season

When SEC teams take the field next week, some area residents will be watching for more than just the two teams. Andrews Institute Administrator Jay Vines is also an SEC Head Linesman and has been officiating 34 years. Vines told members of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce at their monthly breakfast Aug. 14 that […]

Update: Council votes to close 98 median crossing

Update: Council votes to close 98 median crossing

The Gulf Breeze City Council voted Monday to request that the the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) close the median crossing that allows eastbound traffic on Highway 98 to turn left into the Wal-Mart Shopping Center at Starbucks Coffee. Additionally, council passed a resolution asking FDOT to research potential impacts the closing may have on other […]

Airport reports most travelers since May 2011

Airport reports most travelers since May 2011

Pensacola International Airport reported that traffic through the airport in July was the highest monthly total since May 2011. According to a report released Aug. 18, the airport experienced growth in passenger travel, as well as air freight for July 2014 when compared to a year earlier. Read more in the Aug. 21 issue of Navarre Press […]

Boaters ‘all in’ for poker run

Boaters ‘all in’ for poker run

Perfect weather brought in a huge crowd at the 2014 Emerald Coast Poker Run on Aug. 16 at Juana’s Pagodas. “This is one of our biggest weekends of the year,” said Kevin Rudzki of Juana’s Pagodas. He attributed the large turnout each year to several factors including proceeds from the event benefiting local charities, “… […]

Jobless rates up across the region

Jobless rates up across the region

All area counties saw increases in their unemployment rates from June to July 2014. For Santa Rosa, Escambia and Okaloosa counties, July marked the third consecutive month that their unemployment rates had increased. Unemployment rates in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties are above the state and national averages, while Okaloosa and Walton counties remain below. […]

Inflatable slide OK’d for 24 months

Inflatable slide OK’d for 24 months

The Santa Rosa County Zoning Board voted Aug. 14 to recommend allowing a large inflatable slide to operate at East River Smokehouse for 24 months. All board members voted to support the measure with the exception of David Powell, who abstained from voting because as an attorney he represented the applicant. The zoning board’s recommendation will next be […]

Inflatables on zoning board agenda

Inflatables on zoning board agenda

The Santa Rosa County Zoning Board will consider a request Thursday night to allow East River Smokehouse to operate inflatables on commercial property along Highway 98. After county officials notified the owner in late June that the slides could no longer be operated based on the property’s current zoning, the owner filed a conditional use […]

Renovations begin at Hidden Creek

Renovations begin at Hidden Creek

The Club at Hidden Creek had a problem. When special events were booked in the dining room, regular dinner service had to be canceled. General Manager Ty Bilbrey said a renovation project that started Aug. 4 should help address the problem. Read more in the Aug. 7 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.  

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