Lifestyle/Leisure

Shutdown taking toll on national parks

Shutdown taking toll on national parks

The barricade at the entrance to Gulf Islands National Seashore says it all. On a beautiful sun-splashed, 70-degree January afternoon, when visitors would normally be out enjoying all that Gulf Islands National Seashore has to offer, there is silence instead, save for the sound of a bird chirping or the waves washing on shore. Read […]

Legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters

Legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters for recreational fishing. The bill formerly known as the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act–the name has been simplified to the Modern Fish Act– was first introduced in July 2017. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue […]

Marine Park improvements on schedule for April completion

Marine Park improvements on schedule for April completion

Winter beachgoers at Navarre Beach Marine Park may have noticed black silt fencing, work crews and heavy machinery since early November along their coastline. The work underway is part of new visitor amenities coming to the park, coordinated and paid for by roughly $3 million in Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grants through the Florida […]

FWC proposes 2019 recreational red snapper season

FWC proposes 2019 recreational red snapper season

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has proposed a 32-day season that would begin June 11 and end July 12 in federal and state waters. That stretch is eight days longer than what was proposed for 2018, but, if approved, would be eight days shorter than the 40-day season that was ultimately approved for the […]

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings have become more common, and it isn’t just people thinking they are seeing bears visible to the public more than ever before. The odds are as good as they have ever been in the last 100 years. “As both the human and bear populations continue to increase in Florida, there are more opportunities […]

Sutton embraces opportunity to enjoy the outdoors

Sutton embraces opportunity to enjoy the outdoors

Zack Sutton is usually busy with school. That comes with the territory of being in college. But his requirement to hit the books hasn’t stopped him from finding time to enjoy the outdoors. It beats staying inside to watch television. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

FWC: red tide reaches high levels on Navarre Beach

FWC: red tide reaches high levels on Navarre Beach

Testing along Navarre Beach last week showed high concentrations of karenia brevis (k. brevis), the organism commonly referred to as red tide, bringing with it concerns for fish kills and respiratory irritation. Elevated levels along the beach have persisted since mid-October. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Bulldog Beach Volleyball held its inaugural tournament Sunday for new volleyball courts built alongside the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach. The successful beach volleyball program is an arm of Navarre Beach Sports and Recreation LLC, owned by volleyball professional Judd Smith and Kim Larson. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre […]

A HOPE launches Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry

A HOPE launches Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry

Furry friends got free food Nov. 11 as A HOPE for Santa Rosa County launched the Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry, an effort to provide needy families with support for their pets. A HOPE founder Brandi Winkleman said the food pantry is about keeping animals out of the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter. Read the […]

Glamping offers a different take on camping

Glamping offers a different take on camping

Camping is a popular outdoor activity, but for those who don’t want to rough it in the traditional sense, there is an alternative. And that’s where Glamping, a buzzword coined in 2005, comes into the picture. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as […]

Hunting with dogs effective and efficient

Hunting with dogs effective and efficient

Lane Stephens is the president of the Southeastern Dog Hunters Association and has been hunting with dogs for most of his life. A lobbyist for the association as well, Stephens got hooked on hunting at a young age. “My family got me into it. It was just one of those traditions,” Stephens said. Read the […]

Beach lifeguards close season

Beach lifeguards close season

As lifeguard season along Navarre Beach closed out Oct. 28, records show that the guards have been busier than in the past. Rescues along Navarre Beach more than tripled since last season, and the number of people visiting guarded areas has nearly tripled since 2016 with almost 303,000 visitors between March 3 and Oct. 28 […]

Fort Pickens a stopover on 5,000-mile kayak trip

Fort Pickens a stopover on 5,000-mile kayak trip

Steve Chard is late setting up his tent at the Fort Pickens campground on a Sunday evening. After arriving in Florida by kayak earlier in the day, he got caught up in watching the Blue Angels fly. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Pets blessed at St. Sylvester

Pets blessed at St. Sylvester

Dogs, cats, birds and even a dragon got their blessings last week at St. Sylvester Catholic Church’s tenth annual Blessing of the Pets. Dozens of dogs and several other critters were invited inside the sanctuary and filled the pews for the blessing ceremony. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Science station teaches first manatee skeleton lessons

Science station teaches first manatee skeleton lessons

More than playing with bones, the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station made another first last week as fifth graders visiting the station got hands on with a real-life manatee skeleton. The activity is led by high school dual enrollment students, and station Director Charlene Mauro said the activity is the first time fifth graders have […]

Pets celebrate during Yappy Halloween

Pets celebrate during Yappy Halloween

Navarre dogs did their own treat-or-treating Saturday at Pet Nation’s Yappy Halloween event. Dogs were invited to visit the store in their best costume and received a free bag of treats, samples and more. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Keeping your pet safe during Halloween

Keeping your pet safe during Halloween

Halloween has its own hazards and risks for pets and can make them anxious and even frightened. The chaos of Halloween means a flurry of activity, a constantly ringing doorbell and excited children running through neighborhoods. Read the full article in the Oct. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Four things to know in October: Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Four things to know in October: Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

On the heels of announced policy improvements at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter, the facility has also launched a low-cost spay and neuter program for certain breeds of dogs. Animal Services received a grant of $20,000 from the Florida Animal Friend spay/neuter license plate program to begin a limited low-cost spay/neuter program for the pets […]

I’m a nature-loving “kitten”

I’m a nature-loving “kitten”

A few weeks ago, I celebrated my first birthday with both my moms and my friends at Navarre Press and I think I’m maturing a little. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for […]

Nature walk to promote appreciation for Navarre Beach

Nature walk to promote appreciation for Navarre Beach

From tiny beach mice to soaring osprey to the famous sea oats, the natural splendor of Navarre Beach will be on display in a guided tour this month. Robin Otto, a member of the Navarre Beach Neighborhood Watch, helped to spearhead the idea.           Read the full article in the Oct. […]

Quinn aims to make a difference in the wild

Quinn aims to make a difference in the wild

Mark Quinn grew up around nature. That sort of came with the territory of his dad running safari parks. His father, Pat, is also responsible for starting the Gulf Breeze Zoo. “I always had an animal in my room,” Quinn said. “I once had a tiger cub, a lion cub and a cougar at the […]

Santa Rosa shelter stops breed discrimination

Santa Rosa shelter stops breed discrimination

Dogs in the frequently crowded Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter will no longer be assessed on suspected breed but rather temperament Emergency Management Director Brad Baker announced Monday after meetings with rescue groups. “Repeatedly the breed discrimination issue was thrown up, so we are updating our policy, not listing specific breeds by basing adoption policy […]

Reef Update: Round two for super reefs

Reef Update: Round two for super reefs

Navarre Beach’s super reefs are almost completely installed. The reef builder, Walter Marine of Orange Beach, Alabama, placed roughly 12 of the 40,000-pound, 15-foot-tall structures along the sandy bottom. A boat-mounted crane and GPS were used to position the “tetrahedrons” based on a pre-approved grid system. There are still hundreds of smaller structures waiting to be […]

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

In an attempt to better protect natural sand dunes, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation has agreed to donate $1,200 of signage to Santa Rosa County. The signs will replace a handful of metal stake boards posted along the northern edge of the beach’s sand dunes. Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Options plentiful for hunter safety courses

Options plentiful for hunter safety courses

With hunting season fast approaching, staying safe during the hunt is of the utmost importance. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers four different safety course options. Read the full article in the Sept. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre […]

Dogs and babies growing together

Dogs and babies growing together

Bringing a new little one home from the hospital is an exciting time for parents but for the dogs in your house it can be overwhelming. New sights, sounds, smells and movements can make for a confused and even frightened dog. But there are things parents can do to set the stage for a lifelong […]

Reef deployment on schedule despite storm

Reef deployment on schedule despite storm

Rough, high seas halted deployment of hundreds of reef modules along Navarre Beach, but the project is still on schedule according to representatives with deployment company Reef Maker, Walter Marine of Orange Beach, Alabama. Company founder David Walter said they are getting back to work after Tropical Storm Gordon put things on hold. Read the […]

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