Lifestyle/Leisure

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 […]

Shorebird nesting boosted by quiet storm season

Shorebird nesting boosted by quiet storm season

After two years of dwindling nest numbers, shorebirds along Navarre Beach produced nearly 100 chicks that reached fledgling status. Audubon Florida Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala said this has been a good year for black skimmers and least terns, both listed as threatened species by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Read […]

National turtle researchers come to Navarre Beach reef

National turtle researchers come to Navarre Beach reef

Lei Lei is much like any other loggerhead sea turtle. She cruises the waters of the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Navarre Beach, munching on shellfish. But there is something unusual about Lei Lei. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Alligator hunting delivers big thrills

Alligator hunting delivers big thrills

Alligator hunting offers quite the thrill. Local hunter Nick Naylor will tell you as much. But the first time he went out hunting, he just went along for the ride. He was hooked right away. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up […]

Keep up with your cat’s happiness

Keep up with your cat’s happiness

Did you see the picture of the cat in the article about cat health last week? That feline looks scared to death – and I do too when I go to the vet. I don’t know where the thermometer is going to go next and I sure don’t like where they take my temperature. That’s […]

Hammerhead shark caught off Navarre Beach Pier

Hammerhead shark caught off Navarre Beach Pier

In a case of situational irony, angler Shawn Wilson hooked a shark off Navarre Beach Aug. 15 as visitors were gathered to watch the classic killer shark film “Jaws” as part of the Toes in the Sand movie nights at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Wilson lived in the Navarre area for several years before moving […]

More than $3 million in improvements coming to Navarre Beach

More than $3 million in improvements coming to Navarre Beach

Construction of additional picnic pavilions and parking facilities in the Navarre Beach Marine Park will get underway shortly after Labor Day, according to Santa Rosa County Grants and Special Programs Director Sheila Fitzgerald. The planned improvements are funded largely by a roughly $2 million Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant through the Florida Department of […]

Pet Nation’s new resident highlights benefits of rescue

Pet Nation’s new resident highlights benefits of rescue

There is a new kitty in charge at Pet Nation, and his name is Salvador Dali. The rambunctious black-and-white kitten made his home at the shop after being rescued from the streets by shop owner Holly Elassaad last month. “We were having those funky storms that were coming in in the afternoon. Out of the […]

Ethan Green takes canoeing trip through Louisiana

Ethan Green takes canoeing trip through Louisiana

Ethan Green had quite an adventure over the summer. One he won’t forget. For the first time in his life, he went canoeing in a swamp. Provided with the opportunity to join a Boy Scout troop on a trip through the Atchafalaya Swamp in Louisiana was something too cool to pass up. Read the full […]

As sand slips away, county prepares for future beach restoration

As sand slips away, county prepares for future beach restoration

From the moment that the last grain of sand was piped from the last dredge onto Navarre Beach during the 2016 renourishment project, the shore has been shrinking. But County Engineer Roger Blaylock said there is no reason to worry. This is all just part of the process. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Artificial reef deployment coming soon

Artificial reef deployment coming soon

A project to deploy deep water “nearshore” artificial reefs has been tentatively scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 13. Orange Beach, Alabama contractor Walter Marine will install the reef modules. The contractor has also installed several artificial reef projects for the county in the past including the snorkel reef in the Navarre Beach Marine […]

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Since sea turtle nesting season began May 1, Navarre Beach has only seen three turtle nests, a far cry from the nearly record-breaking 19 nests that were found last year. The nesting number is also lower than the average for the past decade. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Parks and Rec month offers opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy nature

Parks and Rec month offers opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy nature

National Parks and Recreation Month was first celebrated more than 30 years ago. It offers people a chance to explore all that parks, both state and local, have to offer. “It’s an opportunity to come out and just explore our parks,” said Corliss Castro, a park ranger at Blackwater River State Park. Read the full […]

Rip currents lead to elevated water rescues

Rip currents lead to elevated water rescues

Water rescues along Navarre Beach are on the rise and rip currents are the leading cause said head lifeguard Charles Marek. Marek, who has been a lifeguard on Navarre Beach for roughly six years, said the lifeguards are averaging about 25 rescues a day when yellow or red flags are flying. Read the full article […]

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Beach Safety Proposal finalized

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Beach Safety Proposal finalized

The Navarre Beach Board of Fire Commissioners voted to finalize a proposal for the Navarre Beach Fire Department to take over supervision, staffing and management of the lifeguard program along Navarre Beach. Currently the Navarre Beach Utility manages the program for Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre […]

Trap/neuter/release: An alternative to euthanasia

Trap/neuter/release: An alternative to euthanasia

Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter euthanized 4,058 of the 6,096 animals brought into the shelter in 2017. Hundreds of them were put to death not because of disease or behavior issues, but simply because there was no space to house them. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Local develops new turtle-saving device

Local develops new turtle-saving device

Up until this month, when a sea turtle larger than two feet wide got hooked off the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, there was virtually no way to safely rescue the animal. Cathy Holmes, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patrol member and founder of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC), explained that rescuers were limited […]

Santa Rosa County native involved in scallop sitter program

Santa Rosa County native involved in scallop sitter program

Jeff Cole grew up in Milton and remembers when scallops were plentiful in the area. That isn’t the case anymore. The scallop population is severely depleted in the Panhandle, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission … Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as […]

Longtime surfer rescues man on Navarre Beach

Longtime surfer rescues man on Navarre Beach

Local surfer Brenda Stokes will be honored with the Lifesaving Award later this month after she successfully pulled a man caught in a rip current safely to shore aboard her surf board in late June. Stokes said she was on the beach that morning training a visitor to the county how to surf, but when […]

First responders hold joint training at Navarre Beach

First responders hold joint training at Navarre Beach

Training for an emergency was the top priority for lifeguards and Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies Friday morning on Navarre Beach. First responders had a chance to familiarize themselves with a helicopter from ShandsCair that will be on hand if emergency transport is needed. Read the full article in the July 5 issue of Navarre […]

FWC grants provide big boost to lionfish research

FWC grants provide big boost to lionfish research

Lionfish continue to pose a threat to native wildlife and habitats in Florida. To help battle the problem, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has awarded $50,000 to five organizations to aid in research and development of innovative methods to remove lionfish from deep-water habitats. Read the full article in the July 5 […]

Neighborhood Watch: 3 things to improve White Sands safety

Neighborhood Watch: 3 things to improve White Sands safety

Navarre Beach residents are working with their recently formed Neighborhood Watch group and law enforcement in an effort to make the area safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. A meeting last week was spurred by multiple complaints of speeding on White Sands Boulevard and by a March incident in which beach resident Larry Hoffman was seriously […]

Rescue dogs get new purpose in life

Rescue dogs get new purpose in life

Dozens of nonprofit groups throughout Florida are dedicated to pulling animals out of shelters where they may be euthanized and instead finding them loving homes. Some focus on cats or dogs or a certain breed. In Navarre, one of these groups is focused not just on rescuing dogs but putting them to work. Read the […]

Beach Ambassadors educate visitors

Beach Ambassadors educate visitors

In partnership with the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office, the UF/IFAS Extension Office has launched the Navarre Beach Ambassador program. Volunteers were trained and sent out last Monday onto the beach for their first day of interacting with guests, sharing information and conducting surveys for the tourism office. Read the full article in the […]

FWC active in its approach to dealing with alligator issues

FWC active in its approach to dealing with alligator issues

Alligators are a part of Florida, and as their habitat is reduced because of development near water, more and more conflicts with humans arise. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is doing what it can to combat that problem and keep issues to a minimum. Read the full article in the June 21 issue […]

Clear bottom kayaks delight

Clear bottom kayaks delight

Locals and visitors alike got a view of the Navarre Beach Snorkel Reef from above Saturday during the first of the summer’s Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Clear Bottom Kayak tours. Local volunteers Dana Taylor and Michelle Whikehart spotted dolphins and large sea turtles through the glass-like bottom of their kayak. As seen in the June […]

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