Lifestyle/Leisure

Flashlights keeping sea turtles away

Flashlights keeping sea turtles away

Walk over the boardwalks of Navarre Beach last week and the scene resembles Christmas Eve, with waves of flickering lights. After sundown, hundreds of visitors took to the shoreline with flashlights, head lamps and cellphones to light their way. While strolling moonlit beaches is part of vacationing, the bright lights pose a risk to wildlife, […]

Holiday visitors greeted by restroom mess

Holiday visitors greeted by restroom mess

Fourth of July visitors to Navarre Beach had an unpleasant surprise in the women’s public restrooms. The only ADA accessible stall of the bathroom was temporarily closed after a pile of human feces was found on the floor that afternoon. When the county was informed of the issue, it was stated that the problem would […]

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter at (850) 983-4680.   Howdy! I’m Manny, a 93-pound neutered male brown and black mix. I am about 6 years old, with many more years of love to give! Wouldn’t it be woof-ferful to bring home a new family member? […]

Importance of campfire safety can’t be emphasized enough

Importance of campfire safety can’t be emphasized enough

Camping is pretty much a year-round activity in Florida. And that means campfires are part of the equation. Handled properly, they bring added fun to a weekend trip. Mishandled and it can lead to big-time problems.   Read the full article in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Rescued kittens seeking forever homes

Rescued kittens seeking forever homes

Kitten season is still in full swing, and cat rescue groups across the country are feeling the strain. This is especially true in Santa Rosa County. The county’s animal shelter is feeling the pinch. After months of great numbers, June saw a spike in euthanasia. The cats below are available for adoption:   Posh   […]

Park service fine-tuning rules on personal watercraft

Park service fine-tuning rules on personal watercraft

The National Park Service released the final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for personal watercraft use at Gulf Islands National Seashore on Friday. The public can view the statement online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/guis-PWC-EIS.   As seen in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to […]

Griffin sets state record for flathead catfish catch

Griffin sets state record for flathead catfish catch

A Santa Rosa County resident recently set a state record for a flathead catfish. Marvin Griffin caught the fish in the Yellow River on a rod and reel using live bait. The catfish checked in at 69.3 pounds, measuring 47 inches long and featuring a girth of 34.25 inches.   Read the full article in […]

Nest count dismays turtle protectors

Nest count dismays turtle protectors

Navarre Beach has had seven loggerhead sea turtle nests since the season started in May, said Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center founder Cathy Holmes. The season is off to a wobbly start but is an improvement over last year, when nesting numbers hit an all-time low.   Read the full article in the July […]

New program helps feed seniors’ pets

New program helps feed seniors’ pets

The Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program delivers hot, nutritious meals to needy seniors throughout Santa Rosa County. But despite regular deliveries, some of the program’s participants were still losing weight and suffering from malnourishment.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Della Ratta enjoys teaching others about fishing

Della Ratta enjoys teaching others about fishing

Pete Della Ratta grew up on the Gulf Coast but didn’t get heavily involved in fishing until he was in high school. “Growing up here, my parents didn’t fish too much. The first time I saw my father with a rod and reel was with my daughter. For my kids to see their grandfather fishing, […]

Santa Rosa pets get vaccinations, microchips

Santa Rosa pets get vaccinations, microchips

Volunteers from Panhandle Animal Welfare Society brought their traveling clinic to Milton Saturday to offer $5 rabies vaccinations and $10 microchipping for hundreds of pets in Santa Rosa County. This was the second low cost clinic hosted by A HOPE for Santa Rosa County.   As seen in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Navarre Beach first responders ready for the worst

Navarre Beach first responders ready for the worst

If the worst happens on Navarre Beach during the busy summer season, first responders at all stages of the process want to be prepared. With that in mind, agencies came together early June 26 for joint training exercises.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

New shore-based shark fishing requirements take effect

New shore-based shark fishing requirements take effect

Anyone interested in fishing for sharks must be aware of the new requirements that went into effect July 1. There is now a mandatory, no-cost annual shore-based shark fishing permit and educational course for shore-based anglers.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Opportunities plentiful in the great outdoors

Opportunities plentiful in the great outdoors

June was tabbed Great Outdoors Month in Florida by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The month was designated to highlight the opportunities available and the benefits of being outdoors. “Our staff works tirelessly to protect and preserve Florida’s environment, and I encourage everyone to spend more time outside enjoying natural Florida,” Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah […]

Rabies and microchip clinic offered in Milton

Rabies and microchip clinic offered in Milton

After overwhelming numbers for their first clinic, A HOPE for Santa Rosa County is offering a second low cost Rabies and Microchip Clinic June 29 for cats and dogs in Santa Rosa County. The first clinic was held June 7 in response to the Florida Department of Health issuing a rabies alert for Santa Rosa […]

Dog days of summer no match for pup swim park

Dog days of summer no match for pup swim park

Furry friends wanting to take a dip in Gulf Breeze now have their own piece of the park. The new dog beach opened up this month along the water line of Shoreline Park. Up to now the entire beach area of the park had been closed to pets.   Read the full article in the […]

Navarre Beach dog park gains county support

Navarre Beach dog park gains county support

The long-sought after Navarre dog beach concept may be on the horizon after Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. County staff have put forward a draft ordinance change to allow, among other things, a section of Navarre Beach sound side to go to the dogs, at least between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 […]

County cuts ribbon on new Gulf side pavilion complex

County cuts ribbon on new Gulf side pavilion complex

County and state officials cut the ribbon Tuesday on new ADA-friendly pavilions, restroom facilities with showers, parking spaces and other much-anticipated enhancements in Navarre Beach Marine Park. The ribbon cutting marked the end of a multimillion-dollar project with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to bring updated amenities to the marine park. Read the full […]

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter at (850) 983-4680.   Purr, I’m Spacey, a lovely spayed female. I have pretty tabby stripes, and I would just love for you to pet them. I am 1 year old, and I have been hanging around the animal shelter […]

Navarre Beach Ambassadors return to the shore

Navarre Beach Ambassadors return to the shore

Volunteers armed with beachy giveaways and binders of knowledge will be engaging Navarre Beach visitors this summer as the second year of the Navarre Beach Ambassadors Program gets underway. A partnership between the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office and UF/IFAS Sea Grant, the program held a training session last week on Monday at the […]

Bird babysitters back on beach

Bird babysitters back on beach

With the nesting season for Navarre Beach’s shorebirds moving along, Audubon Florida is in need of volunteers for its bird stewardship program. Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala said these volunteers act as bird babysitters, keeping an eye out for the handful of colonies that call this beach home.   Read the full article in the […]

Restructured rescue team seeing busy but safe season

Restructured rescue team seeing busy but safe season

Navarre Beach lifeguards and fire rescue personnel were out in full force June 13, scanning the shoreline with binoculars. The rescue wave runner trolled the shore back and forth as a search helicopter flew overhead.   Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter at (850) 983-4680.   Hello, I’m Malibu. It is a purr-leasure to meet you! I am a female with brown and white medium hair. I am about 3 years old and weigh 7.4 pounds. The shelter has been caring for […]

Navarre among top spots for vacation rental investors

Navarre among top spots for vacation rental investors

Navarre has been named the 15th best place in the U.S. to purchase a vacation rental property, according to Rented.com, a short-term vacation rentals site. Rented.com put out a survey to answer this question: “When buying a rental property for investment purposes, what are the best markets?” To answer that, Rented.com calculated a return on […]

Five things to know: Safe pet travel

Five things to know: Safe pet travel

Santa Rosa County schools dismissed for summer May 31, and the temperatures have been consistently breaking 90 degrees. That means it is the time of year when many people will be taking off on summer vacation fun.   Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter at (850) 983-4680.   Purr, I’m Amara. I am a paws-itively perfect spayed calico lady. I am three years old, and I weigh 9.5 pounds. Staying at the shelter is getting kind of lonely. I’ve been here since April 23. […]

Rabies, microchip clinic at A HOPE

Rabies, microchip clinic at A HOPE

Due to the recent rabies alert in Santa Rosa County, A HOPE for Santa Rosa County will be hosting a rabies and microchip clinic in conjunction with PAWS rolling vet clinic. The event will be held Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Paw Pad in Milton at 5755 Washington Street. Rabies vaccines will […]

R3 Program focuses on sustaining popularity of fishing

R3 Program focuses on sustaining popularity of fishing

Fishing is a big deal in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to make sure that angling continues to be a staple in the Sunshine State for years to come.   Read the full article in the May 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click […]

FWC announces license-free fishing weekends

FWC announces license-free fishing weekends

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has two license-free fishing weekends in June. The license-free saltwater fishing weekend is June 1-2 and the license-free freshwater fishing weekend is June 8-9. The weekends provide an opportunity for non-licensed recreational anglers to experience fishing. The license-free fishing weekends are part of the eight license-free fishing days […]

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