Lifestyle/Leisure

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 […]

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 […]

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