Lifestyle/Leisure

Scallop population woes keep ban in effect

Scallop population woes keep ban in effect

While the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently restructured the season structure for recreational scalloping, the outlook for that opportunity opening up in Northwest Florida in the near future isn’t the brightest. Searches have been done in this area, including two scheduled for this year, but they haven’t produced results indicating there is a […]

Kitten season taxes shelters

Kitten season taxes shelters

Vicki Hoff, manager of the Save Our Cats and Kittens (SOCKS) shelter in Fort Walton Beach, arrived at work one morning to find a box wrapped in garbage bags sitting at the front door. Inside was a kitten – “maybe two to three weeks old,” Hoff said. For cat lovers, there’s no such thing as […]

Brown shares thoughts on lengthy NPS career

Brown shares thoughts on lengthy NPS career

Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown likes to tell people he joined the National Park Service when he was 6 years old. He was with his family on a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and as they traveled by car up a road in the mountains, his mother noticed beautiful rocks along the […]

Commission rejects bid to allow beach vendors

Commission rejects bid to allow beach vendors

Gourmet lemonade and homemade popsicles were on the chopping block Monday as the Board of County Commissioners unanimously squashed an attempt to change beach vendor regulations. Currently, the county ordinances do not allow mobile vendors on public beach land, but lemonade business owner Tamara Davis and popsicle makers Phillip and Janell Stephens want to change […]

New deal may be imminent for beach restaurant

New deal may be imminent for beach restaurant

Tentative plans for local restauranteur Bob Benaquis to sublease the vacant restaurant site on Navarre Beach may have fallen through, but that hasn’t stopped property leaseholder Sylvia Martin from closing in on her goal to find a tenant. Located at the front of the parking area for the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier at the foot […]

Volunteers are key in Gulf Islands cleanup

Volunteers are key in Gulf Islands cleanup

Gulf Islands National Seashore offers visitors opportunities to see wildlife and enjoy water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. Keeping the seashore looking great isn’t easy, however, and the efforts to do so go on throughout the year. “It’s a never-ending job,” Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown said. “We’ll do a […]

Storm takes heavy toll on shorebirds but evidence of re-nesting heartens wildlife protectors

Storm takes heavy toll on shorebirds but evidence of re-nesting heartens wildlife protectors

After Tropical Storm Cindy battered the Panhandle, Audubon researchers found that the storm wiped out many of the shorebird chicks and eggs along northwest Florida’s coastline, including Navarre Beach. Roughly 230 eggs and chicks were lost to torrential rain and rising seas when the storm lashed the Gulf Coast last month, said Caroline Stahala, shorebird […]

Big plans not welcome at beach restaurant

Big plans not welcome at beach restaurant

Coming over the bridge onto Navarre Beach, visitors are greeted by nesting shore birds and rolling sand dunes. They are also greeted by a vacant building in need of repair. Once a bustling Italian restaurant, the building has sat empty collecting sand for a year and a half. The vacancy has cost the county an […]

Flea Barket aims to honor shop’s cat and promote local business

Flea Barket aims to honor shop’s cat and promote local business

In honor of the passing of Pet Nation’s 14-year-old tabby cat Tiger Woods, the locally owned pet supply store intends to hold a charity Flea Barket selling a variety of items for humans and pets July 8 outside the store. Pet Nation owner Holly Elassaad said the event, to be held at 1898 Andorra Street […]

Double red flags fail to deter swimmers

Double red flags fail to deter swimmers

Though Tropical Storm Cindy had double red flags flying over Navarre Beach for most of last week, visitors were lining the beaches to catch some sun between bouts of rain. Double red flags mean the waters are closed. While the waters had receded some, the surf was still too rough to swim said Navarre Beach […]

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