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Reptiles drawn back to pier despite multiple run-ins with fishing hooks

Reptiles drawn back to pier despite multiple run-ins with fishing hooks

Okra, a juvenile green sea turtle, has had a rough year. After sustaining serious head trauma that exposed part of her skull, Okra ended up on the end of a fisherman’s line on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The hook was caught in her right shoulder. Fortunately, she was rescued and sent to the Gulfarium […]

Educators go WILD

Educators go WILD

Despite being closed to the public, the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center was packed last week as educators from all-around and from all disciplines got a little wild with a Project WILD workshop. Project WILD is a national curriculum program designed to connect students to environmentally centered education. There are a variety of resources […]

Dune damage on Navarre Beach costly

Dune damage on Navarre Beach costly

  Staying off the sand dunes along Navarre Beach is more than good environmental policy, it is a legal requirement. Since 2007 Santa Rosa County has had an ordinance on the books to stop people from setting foot on these natural formations, and for good reason. Sand dunes are a naturally occurring and crucial part […]

Hatchling hustle

Hatchling hustle

Navarre Beach’s last sea turtle nest of the season offered up an unexpected surprise on Friday, Oct. 27 as roughly a dozen loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings made their sprint for the Gulf of Mexico in broad day light. At around 9:30 a.m. visitors from out of state watched and snapped pictures as the smaller-than-golf-ball-sized babies […]

Sea Turtle Extravaganza promotes conservation

Sea Turtle Extravaganza promotes conservation

Arriving at Navarre Beach Saturday morning, visitors were greeted by a flying 50-foot alligator, a 75-foot-long octopus with swooping tentacles and several other flying sea creatures. These larger-than-life critter kites were part of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s (NBSTCC) annual Sea Turtle Extravaganza. Center director Christy Meyer said she was thankful to the […]

Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate made landfall just west of Biloxi, Mississippi putting our area on the east side of the storm. Navarre experienced light damage, storm surge and scattered power outages. Featured in the Oct. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year. P.S. Receive a digital subscription to […]

Sea turtles rescued in Navarre make full recovery

Sea turtles rescued in Navarre make full recovery

Eight sea turtles made their scuttle to freedom Tuesday on beaches at Fort Pickens as the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center released the rehabilitated reptiles back into the Gulf of Mexico. These turtles had sustained a variety of injuries, largely from fishing hooks. Five of the eight were rescued off the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Three others […]

Update: Reef Deployment complete

Update: Reef Deployment complete

As of  6 p.m. Wednesday, deployment of the expansion of the Navarre Beach near-shore snorkel reef was completed. Despite rough seas and shallow water earlier in the process, workers from reef-building company Walter Marine were able to place the final modules more than doubling the snorkel reef’s size.  Deployment began last week, but sand changes […]

Coastal Cleanup bags the trash

Coastal Cleanup bags the trash

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station volunteers Seth Ivanoff, 17, Christian Arens, 17, Thomas Moore, 17 and Silas Yeomans, 16, pick up trash form the dunes on Navarre Beach Saturday as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup. Dozens of volunteers showed up locally while thousands turned out around the world. Featured in the Sept. 21 […]

Large-scale project clearing way for cleaner national seashore

Large-scale project clearing way for cleaner national seashore

It’s hard to find a silver lining in something as disastrous as an oil spill. Gulf Islands National Seashore Ecologist Kelly Irick will tell you she has found one in the fact that BP money is funding a nearly $11 million Beach Enhancement and Asphalt Removal Project in the Santa Rosa area of the national […]

Future of Fort Pickens Road at mercy of Mother Nature

Future of Fort Pickens Road at mercy of Mother Nature

Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown watched the track of Hurricane Irma closely. He does it every time there is a major storm because he knows it could signal the end for Fort Pickens Road. “The roads we manage are subject to damage, if not complete destruction,” Brown said. “We’ve seen it happen again […]

International Coastal Cleanup coming to Navarre

International Coastal Cleanup coming to Navarre

Around the world and on Navarre Beach thousands of volunteers will be picking up trash Sept. 16 as part of the 31st annual International Coastal Cleanup. International Coastal Cleanup is a program of the Ocean Conservancy. Each year the group coordinates with agencies and citizens in countries across the globe to clean up coastal waterways […]

Turtle hatching season nears record success

Turtle hatching season nears record success

Despite less than perfect odds, Navarre Beach is having a nearly record-setting sea turtle nesting and hatching season as hundreds of hatchlings have escaped to the Gulf of Mexico. There have been 19 sea turtle nests on Navarre Beach this year. The record is 20, said turtle patroller Cinnamon Holderman. Two of those nests were […]

Dive reef design revealed

Dive reef design revealed

Images of what a new artificial dive reef off the Navarre Beach pier will look like are coming into focus after Taylor Engineering presented the preliminary design to Santa Rosa County officials. Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary President Mike Sandler, along with the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, has helped to spearhead the project, which will […]

New teacher dives in at science station

New teacher dives in at science station

As schools across Santa Rosa County begin planning their field trips to the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS), a new teacher has jumped on board to help connect these children to the marine world. Biology teacher Sara Taylor has always loved the ocean, even if she has not always been near it she said. […]

Rough year for shorebirds

Rough year for shorebirds

For the second year in a row, shorebird nesting season has produced fewer chicks than initially anticipated, impacting at-risk species such as least terns and black skimmers. This season started with a positive outlook, but weather conditions wreaked havoc on the nests, said Audubon Florida Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala. Along Navarre Beach there […]

Popularity of beach volleyball continues to rise

Popularity of beach volleyball continues to rise

Volleyball on the beach never seems to stop. More than a dozen tournaments are scheduled through the efforts of Judd Smith and Bulldog Beach Volleyball at Lagerheads on the Gulf. Smith once called Navarre Beach a diamond in the rough when it comes to the beach volleyball scene, and it’s one that continues to shine. […]

Andy Velo debuts first music video at Juana’s

Andy Velo debuts first music video at Juana’s

A few months after filming his first music video at Juana’s with the locals, Andy Velo returned to Navarre Aug. 11 to host a free concert and unveil that video. Nearly 1,500 people were on the property for the live concert on the beach that preceded the video debut. “We don’t get to play on […]

Drones over Navarre Beach

Drones over Navarre Beach

Buzzing overhead on zipping propellers, they can hover, glide and even do tricks. They are mounted with cameras, advanced scanners and dancing lights. Drones have gone from being a military asset to children’s play things, but the commercial market has also found quite a bit of use for these versatile eyes in the sky. Enter […]

Reef expansion set to begin

Reef expansion set to begin

Navarre Beach’s gulf side artificial snorkel reef will triple in size by as early as September. Santa Rosa County Commissioners selected Walter Marine July 27 to place 60 new artificial reef structures on both sides of the existing reef as part of a $1.4 million National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant. The $210,900 cost for […]

Teen expands her thriving rental business

Teen expands her thriving rental business

Sage Paddle Co. opened its first official surf shop this month, and business founder and owner Sage Offutt, 15, said she could not be more excited. The young entrepreneur has been in business since she was 11, and her new location at 8228 Gulf Blvd. will be just another step along the journey. Read 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Storm damages sea turtle nests on Navarre Beach

Storm damages sea turtle nests on Navarre Beach

Tropical Storm Cindy may have claimed quite a few victims along Navarre Beach as the storm surge washed wave after wave over the area’s sea turtle nests. Cathy Holmes of the Sea Turtle Patrol said her organization has been getting some really bad news. “We have seven nests that were totally underwater for 48 to […]

Reef camera out of commission

Reef camera out of commission

For those that enjoy checking in on the world below the surface on Navarre Beach via the Navarre Beach Science Station’s (NBMSS) underwater reef camera, the last few days may have been disappointing. The camera has been off line. In fact, it’s not even under the water. It’s been shipped off for repair. This self-cleaning […]

Giving sea turtles more tomorrows one bucket at a time

Giving sea turtles more tomorrows one bucket at a time

Visitors need not pay for plastic children’s toys to build their sand castles on Navarre Beach. A new Borrow Bin was created at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center June 14 to allow visitors to recycle, rather than buy, these toys. Plastics are one of the leading pollutants cleaned up from the beach, and […]

Local children restore sand dunes

Local children restore sand dunes

With shovels and sea oats in hand, dozens of children of all ages set to work June 7 restoring vegetation along the Navarre Beach sand dunes at the foot of the fishing pier as part of Planting for Protection. The event was a partnership between the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station and Dune Doctors to […]

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