Lifestyle/Leisure

Sea turtle nesting season gets underway

Sea turtle nesting season gets underway

Sea turtle nesting season on Navarre Beach began this month, with the first mother turtles expected to arrive by the start of June. Turtle Patroller Cathy Holmes said there are some easy ways for beachgoers to help protect the threatened and endangered species that make their way onto the beach each year to lay eggs. […]

FWC stresses the importance of boating safety

FWC stresses the importance of boating safety

Zipping across Pensacola Bay at around 50 miles per hour, the wind whipping in the faces of those on board on a partly cloudy afternoon, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Sean Long and John Clark pull their boat up next to another one. They aren’t approaching the scene of the accident and nothing […]

Docked once again

Docked once again

Pelican Perch and Turtle Runner, the two boats that will be used to anchor Gulf Island National Seashore’s ferry service in Pensacola Bay, are unwrapped and out of dry dock. But the boats won’t be leaving the dock just yet. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Leaseholders call for added safety measures

Leaseholders call for added safety measures

Santa Rosa County Public Works has spruced up the crosswalk on Gulf Boulevard connecting the Navarre Beach Boat Ramp to the parking area of the fishing pier, and Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) President Peter Birckhead is not happy about it. It is not that Birckhead dislikes the added flashers atop pedestrian warning […]

Greyson meets a girl, watches Wahoos beat Mississippi

Greyson meets a girl, watches Wahoos beat Mississippi

For those who haven’t met me, my name is Greyson, a 7-month old lovable, sometimes crazy, chocolate lab. I’m here to tell you about my adventure at Bark in the Park at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola last Wednesday night. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Lifeguard, firefighter training carries new weight

Lifeguard, firefighter training carries new weight

  On the evening of March 24, Navarre Beach firefighters were called to Tower 3 for multiple distressed swimmers, including children, caught in a rip current. Local military retiree Michael Robidoux entered the water to save the children. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Fishing and conservation focus of FWC clinic

Fishing and conservation focus of FWC clinic

On a sun-splashed morning at the Maritime Park in downtown Pensacola, fishing is the focus, but it’s not all about casting a line into the water and hoping to snag a fish. Here at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Saltwater Fishing Clinic, the purpose runs much deeper than that. Read the full […]

Residents unite to combat speeding, crime

Residents unite to combat speeding, crime

Navarre Beach resident Larry Hoffman did not know what hit him. He went for his daily run on the morning of March 3 along White Sands Boulevard. Less than a block from his home, while Hoffman was jogging about a foot off the shoulder of the road, a sport utility (SUV) vehicle hit him from […]

Conservation, autism meet at Autism OdysSea

Conservation, autism meet at Autism OdysSea

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station students and staff partnered with local nonprofit groups to host the annual Autism OdysSea event Saturday on Navarre Beach. The event allowed children with autism spectrum disorder and their families to participate in activities and hands-on lessons centered around marine conservation education. Navarre, NRead the full article in the May […]

Navarre students take first place for plastic pollution video

Navarre students take first place for plastic pollution video

Of the 260 million tons of plastic produced each year, 10 percent of it will end up in the world’s oceans, according to a study by the environmental group Greenpeace. A group of Navarre High school students created a video titled “#BeTheSealution” for raising awareness of the issue of trash in the ocean and won […]

The birds are back in town

The birds are back in town

Navarre Beach’s feathery migrators have returned for another nesting season. Black skimmers with their long, snap-trap-like beaks and squeaking, scissor-winged least terns have flown the hundreds of miles from South America to once again lay their eggs in colonies along the beaches of Navarre Beach. Audubon Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala led a team […]

National seashore employs new sea turtle protocol

National seashore employs new sea turtle protocol

New protocol will be followed this season when it comes to sea turtles at Gulf Islands National Seashore. The seashore is modifying its handling of the turtles to conform to the protocol followed by the state, in which less labor-intensive and less intrusive efforts are used when dealing with nests. “Our practices have not aligned […]

Earth Day brings conservation conversations to Navarre Beach

Earth Day brings conservation conversations to Navarre Beach

Bristol Bernard, 5, loves sea turtles. Though she lives in the landlocked town of Mankato, Minnesota, Bristol’s parents say she is obsessed with these ancient, sea-dwelling reptiles. Read the full article in the April 26 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press […]

Court ruling favors continuation of deer-dog hunting

Court ruling favors continuation of deer-dog hunting

Deer hunting with dogs will continue in the Blackwater Wildlife Management Area. Last week, a divided appeals court overturned a ruling that would have forced game officials to rein in hunting deer with dogs. Read the full article in the April 19 issue of Navarre Press. SteVisit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Discovery Center concept revealed

Discovery Center concept revealed

Extensive outdoor learning spaces, examples of pristine habitats, interactive marine exhibits and a two-story learning center were among the details outlined in preliminary ideas for Navarre Beach’s future Discovery Center. The visualization, along with a detailed history of similar projects, secured Caldwell Associates Architects the contract for designing the future of the Navarre Beach Marine […]

Navarre Beach remains public

Navarre Beach remains public

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill last month that would privatize many beaches along Florida’s coastline starting July 1. County ordinances throughout the state have allowed for public beach access even on privately owned properties for decades. These laws are known as customary use ordinances, and they state that if an area has historically been […]

Dear cats: Don’t come here!

Dear cats: Don’t come here!

It was another wonderful afternoon – just laying around in Dickie’s window, minding my business (and by business I mean napping). I love that window. Read the full article in the April 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 […]

Cat’s death prompts golf cart scrutiny

Cat’s death prompts golf cart scrutiny

Growing community outrage about a deceased cat found on a residential street in the City of Gulf Breeze last week has revived efforts to regulate the golf carts that zip about town on roads and sidewalks. “My daughters are crying their eyes out tonight because someone in a golf cart hit and killed a family […]

Hog hunting season about to begin

Hog hunting season about to begin

Wild hogs have been in Florida for more than 500 years, brought over by Spanish explorers, and they live in all 67 of the state’s counties. But because of their destructive behavior to habitats, hunts are a necessity, and the spring/summer hunts are scheduled to take place starting next month. Read the full article in […]

New courts on Navarre Beach could disrupt nesting

New courts on Navarre Beach could disrupt nesting

Work is underway to bring new volleyball courts to Navarre Beach, but feathery residents and conservation laws could derail that project – and the tourist revenue that would come with it. Plans call for construction of 10 to 15 volleyball courts on the vacant property directly west of the Springhill Suites by Marriott. Read the […]

Orth making most of outdoor adventure opportunities

Orth making most of outdoor adventure opportunities

Charlie Orth probably felt a little bit like he was in a scary shark movie. Here he was, scuba diving off a reef in Cancun, swimming around a whale shark. No big deal. That is until he realized there was another whale shark in the vicinity. Read the full article in the April 5 issue […]

Despite potential risks, full-face snorkel masks growing in popularity

Despite potential risks, full-face snorkel masks growing in popularity

Full-face snorkel masks are growing in popularity. The rise of that popularity started just a couple of years ago. “They became real big the beginning of last season,” said Jon Bush, a dive instructor based in Destin. But as the popularity has risen, so have concerns. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 issue […]

Local group provides low-cost spay/neuter service for pets

Local group provides low-cost spay/neuter service for pets

Brandi Winkleman used to work at the animal shelter in Santa Rosa County. She’s seen just how overpopulated it is. “The shelter takes in over 6,000 animals a year, and about 4,000 end up being euthanized,” Winkleman said. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Florida’s Gulf oil drilling future remains murky

Florida’s Gulf oil drilling future remains murky

While the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) voted unanimously to oppose any drilling off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico, it may be too little too late. The public comment period for the five-year plan on oil drilling along U.S. coasts closed March 9. Read the full article in the […]

County abandons beach effluent irrigation plan

County abandons beach effluent irrigation plan

Santa Rosa County will not be sprinkling effluent on Gulf Boulevard. The cost is too high, and the impact is too low. The Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) has been lobbying for irrigation to be added along Gulf Boulevard to improve landscaping on the beach’s main street. The group has also been advocating […]

Controlled burns play crucial role in health of environment, prevention of wildfires

Controlled burns play crucial role in health of environment, prevention of wildfires

Heat brushes across your face as the bright orange flames swiftly move through the brush in a wooded area at Naval Live Oaks. This is not a wildfire out of control, but instead is a controlled burn that is instrumental in management of wildland areas. It serves as an agent of change to those areas. […]

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