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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lifeguards staying later, new tower added

Lifeguards staying later, new tower added

Lifeguards on Navarre Beach are surveying the waters later into the day and farther along the beach. Since June 4, the lifeguards have been staying on the beach until 6 p.m. Previously, lifeguards were on the beach until only 5 p.m. each day during the late spring, summer and fall. Read the full article in […]

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

The numbers are in, and Navarre Beach Fire Department annual funding needs far exceed their initial increase request by $313,687, according to a study by Government Services Group Inc (GSG). The department in February had requested that the Board of County Commissioners approve a $109,000 increase, split between the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) rates […]

Middle schoolers tackle protecting local marine life

Middle schoolers tackle protecting local marine life

He is six feet tall, brightly colored, made completely of garbage and he is coming to a restaurant near you. Skip the Straw is a sculpture created by Holley Navarre Middle School students in the Junior Audubon Society. Skip’s purpose is a simple one: Teach people to skip single-use plastic straws that endanger local wildlife. […]

Pier progress praised

Pier progress praised

It has been roughly six months since the previous operators of “the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico” walked out early on their contract with Santa Rosa County, leaving the 2017 bid winner, Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises (GSRE), to jump in early. In those first few weeks, the operators faced quite a few challenges […]

Redfish, blush fish, plenty of pier fish

Redfish, blush fish, plenty of pier fish

Local angler Ricky Wilkerson had to have a little help bringing in a more than 3-foot-long redfish May 23 on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Wilkerson had to release the fish because it exceeded the allowable length for the species. SandDollars Manager Cherie Velez said redfish, mahi mahi and kingfish have been common catches on […]

Turtles rescued

Turtles rescued

Jim Holmes, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patrol permitted personnel, assisted in the rescue of three turtles hooked from the Navarre Beach fishing pier Monday, May 28. In all, four were rescued that day. All four were transferred to the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. center for medical care. As seen in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Pier Guys bring smiles, rescue sea turtles

Pier Guys bring smiles, rescue sea turtles

Zipping along in golf carts, talking with schoolchildren, teaching tourists how to cast a line or even rescuing endangered sea turtles, Navarre Beach Fishing Pier has a few new “pier guys” on the payroll. Self-titled Lead Pier Guy Thomas Mintz heads up the new team. He started in the position in March and said he […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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