Lifestyle/Leisure

A great day for a bike ride

A great day for a bike ride

More than 30 area residents and visitors enjoyed a four-mile, ranger-led bike ride March 8 around Fort Pickens in Gulf Islands National Seashore. The ride was the second of four being conducted this month as part of the special “Peddling Pickens” program. Park Ranger Mike Aymond showed riders areas of historical and natural significance during […]

Anglers comment on proposed offshore permit

Anglers comment on proposed offshore permit

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) held a public workshop March 6 in Destin to accept comments about the establishment of a Gulf Offshore Recreational Fishing Permit. Thirty-five anglers attended the meeting. According to FWC, the permit would enhance recreational harvest and effort data collection for Florida’s offshore reef fish species, including red […]

Chamber announces headliner for Fun Fest

Chamber announces headliner for Fun Fest

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announced March 6 Chris Stapleton, a Nashville singer and songwriter, will headline the 30th annual Fun Fest April 26 on Navarre Beach. Chamber CEO Tony Alexander said he believes Stapleton will be a good fit for the 30th annual event, which is sponsored by Santa Rosa Medical Center. […]

Sea Turtle Center closes for improvements

Sea Turtle Center closes for improvements

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) closed its doors Saturday in preparation for construction of a new pool and observation deck and improvements to the interpretative portion of the center. Volunteers completed inventory and locked the doors shortly after 2 p.m. “We expect construction will begin within the next two weeks on the […]

Gulf Breeze advances with golf course renovations

Gulf Breeze advances with golf course renovations

The Gulf Breeze City Council voted unanimously Monday to begin negotiations for the renovation of the Tiger Point Golf Course Clubhouse and Pro Shop. The city will negotiate a contract with architectural firm Bay Design Associates, Inc. for the design and construction management of the renovation. “We had some communication with the architects and they […]

Gas prices still climbing

Gas prices still climbing

The national average price for a gallon of gas climbed 17 cents last month and that was the largest increase since July. Prices at the pump also increased for 21 consecutive days – the longest streak since February 2013. Despite the upward trend and significant increase, the nation’s gas prices averaged $3.34 a gallon in […]

Navarre Beach featured in travel magazine

Navarre Beach featured in travel magazine

Locals take the beautiful white sand beaches along the Gulf Coast for granted, but its beauty was not lost on a leading travel magazine. Navarre Beach was one of five beaches listed as “Florida’s Top White Sand Beaches” in the February 2014 issue of Conde’ Nast Traveler. Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council Director Kate […]

More motorcycles hitting the streets

More motorcycles hitting the streets

Warmer temperatures mean more and more motorcycles will travel down highways, city streets and county roads across northwest Florida. Unfortunately, more bikes on the road also mean a greater likelihood of car-motorcycle collisions. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety, the number of motorcycle accidents in Florida topped 9,300 in 2012 and increase of 8.85 […]

Wal-Mart buys Gulf Breeze Neighborhood Market location

Wal-Mart buys Gulf Breeze Neighborhood Market location

Previously leasing the property, Wal-Mart has purchased a lot at the location of the Gulf Breeze Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market for $3.15 million. Anchored in the shopping center located at 334 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Wal-Mart opened in 2012 after Bruno’s closed its doors at the location several years ago. The 3-and-a-half acre property which includes the […]

Dr. Seuss: ‘Who knew?’

Dr. Seuss: ‘Who knew?’

The Navarre Library is joining others in the county and across the country in celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The library set up special Dr. Seuss displays to celebrate the National Education Association’s “Read Across America” day to generate enthusiasm for reading and recognizing the talents and genius of Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born […]

Businesses hire up for spring break

Businesses hire up for spring break

You don’t have to drive very far before you see “now hiring” on business reader boards around the Navarre area. Owners and managers know it won’t be long before spring breakers head south to the beaches and into their restaurants and stores. “Typically we bring on 10 people for seasonal help,” said Jeff Elbert from […]

Nelson, Miller ‘OK’ with latest Gulf drilling proposal

Nelson, Miller ‘OK’ with latest Gulf drilling proposal

The US Department of Interior next month will offer more than 40 million acres for oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Neither Senator Bill Nelson nor Congressman Jeff Miller oppose the Obama administration’s proposal to offer the acreage in the Gulf for drilling. […]

Thousands of Mardi Gras pictures posted

Thousands of Mardi Gras pictures posted

To see thousands of pictures from the parade – click HERE. And…the Navarre Krewe of Jesters released a clarified list of winners today: “We had a mix up with the naming of two of the floats in the commercial division.  This is the correct list of awards.  Thanks, Janet McMonagle” Community: First Place Soul Train ( […]

Snowbirds flock to social

Snowbirds flock to social

More than 200 seasonal visitors enjoyed an afternoon of conversation, food and fun at the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council’s Snow Bird Appreciation Social Feb. 13 at the Club at Hidden Creek. Eighteen area businesses showcased their products and services and provided give-a-ways for the attendees. “This stew is really good. It’s a little […]

Direct flight to DC still available

Direct flight to DC still available

Northwest Florida residents can still book non-stop flights to Washington’s Reagan International Airport from two local airports, but how much longer the opportunity will be available is unknown. PNS Airport Manager Greg Donavon said he expects the service from US Airways will end sometime this summer. “The schedule is still showing flights through May,” he […]

New water taxi for parade-goers

New water taxi for parade-goers

  The Navarre Beach Mardi Gras parade is one of the most anticipated events of the year. As many as 25,000 people are expected to attend Feb. 22 and that means tens-of-thousands of cars crossing the Navarre Beach Causeway Bridge. Gary Hartman from Pirates Paradise in Navarre is hoping to make the trip a little […]

FWC considers 2014 Gulf red snapper season dates

FWC considers 2014 Gulf red snapper season dates

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has proposed 2014 Gulf recreational red snapper season dates in state waters. The proposed season will be considered for final approval at its April 15 – 17 meeting in Tallahassee. The 2014, if approved, would be 52 days long, starting the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 24) […]

Hurlburt project a little behind schedule

Hurlburt project a little behind schedule

Winter weather earlier this month has put the U.S. 98 Cody Avenue/ Hurlburt Field Entrance project a little behind schedule. Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tanya Branton said the project’s contractor is adjusting their work schedule and will work seven days a week and nights to complete the project within the allowable time frame. Read […]

House approves Miller’s Santa Rosa Island legislation

House approves Miller’s Santa Rosa Island legislation

The House of Representatives Thursday approved a bill, sponsored by Congressman Jeff Miller, that would require Escambia County to convey Navarre Beach to Santa Rosa County and provides an option for leaseholders on Santa Rosa Island in both counties to gain fee simple title to their property. “Santa Rosa and Escambia counties have requested legislation that […]

Not Quite Fab celebrates Fab Four’s U.S. Arrival

Not Quite Fab celebrates Fab Four’s U.S. Arrival

A British band from Liverpool created a firestorm when they landed in New York Feb. 7, 1964 and two days later made their first U.S. television appearance performing live on The Ed Sullivan Show.  A record-setting 73 million people were watching as “Beatlemania” was born in the U.S.  Fifty years later, The Beatles are one […]

Navarre Garden Club hosts free tree giveaway

Navarre Garden Club hosts free tree giveaway

Local residents lined up at Baptist Medical Park Navarre Saturday morning for a free tree giveaway. Members of the Navarre Garden Club were there distributing nearly 5,200 free trees of five varieties including red maple, silver maple, green ash, yellow poplar and live oak. Jo Parnell of the Navarre Garden Club said that the club […]

Chamber announces Chef for “Taste”

Chamber announces Chef for “Taste”

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) announced Friday Chef Marcus Samuelsson will be the headliner for the 2014 Taste of Navarre, which will be held Sunday, May 4 in Navarre Park. Chef Samuelsson has appeared on numerous Food Network programs, Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and is co-host of ABC’s The Taste. He is […]

Couple travels through Navarre by horseback, bike

Couple travels through Navarre by horseback, bike

If you drove Highway 98 last Friday then you might have seen Meadow, trotting down the shoulder of the road alongside traffic. A literal dog and pony show, Meadow the horse, her owner Hannah Lauzon, her fiancé Kevin Harvey and their dog Olive trekked through Navarre last week from Asheville, N.C. with no particular destination or […]

Road closure updates: bridges and I-10 now open

Road closure updates: bridges and I-10 now open

Northbound and southbound lanes of the Pensacola Bay Bridge/Three-Mile Bridge re-opened just after 1 p.m. today. I-10 is also now open. The following roads and bridges are also open: Navarre Beach Causeway (SR 399 Bridge between Navarre and Navarre Beach) U.S. 90 is open with hazards between Escambia and Santa Rosa County The Yellow River Bridge […]

Kigali celebrates his second birthday

Kigali celebrates his second birthday

Kigali, celebrated his second birthday with zoo patrons and staff this afternoon. Rwanda (28), Kigali’s mom, opened all of the presents up for Kigali as he watched. They later shared in the food and treats that were in the boxes. Kigali was born on January 23rd 2012 to mother, Rwanda and dad, Babuka, via emergency […]

Krewe of Jesters Royal Court selected

The Navarre Krewe of Jesters has picked their Royalty for 2014. Pictured from left to right are Jester, Rochelle Greenway; Queen, Robin McNulty; King, James McNulty; Queen of Hearts, LeAnn Whichard. Not pictured is Grand Marshal, Frank Daily. The Mardi Gras Ball is from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Navarre Conference Center. […]

Gulf Breeze Zoo announces “Gamba” as winning giraffe name

Gulf Breeze Zoo announces “Gamba” as winning giraffe name

The baby giraffe born two months ago at Gulf Breeze Zoo finally has a name. After a month-long naming contest, Gulf Breeze Zoo announced today that the winning submission was Gamba, which is African in origin and means “warrior.” Two people submitted the name, and have won a behind the scenes tour with the entire […]