Lifestyle/Leisure

Water quality advisory lifted for Gulf, Sound

Water quality advisory lifted for Gulf, Sound

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County announced May 7 that recreational water advisories for various locations along the Gulf of Mexico and Santa Rosa Sound have been lifted. Testing indicates that bacteria levels in water samples taken at Navarre Park at Highway 98, Navarre Beach West, Navarre Beach Pier, Juana’s Beach, and […]

Celebrity chef charms at Taste of Navarre

Celebrity chef charms at Taste of Navarre

Chef Marcus Samuelsson jumped off the pages of his cookbook and took time away from TV shows such as “Chopped,” “The Taste,” and “Iron Chef America,” to demonstrate his culinary skills to 350 who had purchased tickets to “Taste of Navarre” Sunday in Navarre Park. Samuelsson did not disappoint. This is the second year that […]

Butterfly season in Navarre

Butterfly season in Navarre

Area residents were in Navarre Park before 10 a.m. Saturday waiting for the Panhandle Butterfly House to open for the season. Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council Director Kate Wilkes did the honors of cutting the ribbon. “We promote Santa Rosa County as a family-friendly vacation destination and what could be any more family-friendly than […]

Turtle time on Navarre Beach

Turtle time on Navarre Beach

May marks the start of sea turtle nesting season along Florida’s Gulf Coast and local sea turtle enthusiasts are working to remind residents and visitors how they can help the process along. Volunteers from the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) spent Friday and Saturday at Fun Fest selling merchandise to help fund the […]

Wildlife officer attempts to remove gator

Wildlife officer attempts to remove gator

After local residents reported seeing an alligator in a drainage ditch along Edgewood Drive April 24, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officer attempted to capture an alligator in the same area April 28. According to FWC spokesman Stan Kirkland, Officer Gary Ridaught was in the area on a complaint when he spotted an […]

Fun Fest celebrates 30 years

Fun Fest celebrates 30 years

What started as a small event to celebrate toll free calling has grown to be Navarre’s hallmark festival. The 3oth Annual Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Fun Fest will be held on Navarre Beach, April 25 and 26. Event hours are 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The event […]

Paddling Gulf Islands from end to end

Paddling Gulf Islands from end to end

In celebration of National Parks Week, Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown is hitting the water for eight straight days paddling the entire length of the Florida District from Perdido Key to the East Pass in Destin. The “End to End Seashore Paddle” is 58 miles. Area residents have joined Brown each day during […]

Governor urges feds to lengthen snapper season

Governor urges feds to lengthen snapper season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved April 16 a 52-day recreational red snapper season in state waters to begin May 24. The next day Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce urging the agency to provide additional fishing opportunities in federal waters. The federal season is currently […]

Northwest Florida deer hunting regulations changing

Northwest Florida deer hunting regulations changing

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted April 17 to change deer hunting regulations in northwest Florida. FWC voted to divide northwest Florida into two deer management units (DMU) using Interstate-10 as the dividing line. Each DMU has a unique set of antler-point requirements and antlerless deer harvest days. The changes in part include lessening […]

Four years after the oil spill

Four years after the oil spill

April 20, 2010. Some may have trouble remembering what happened nearly four years ago, but as soon as the words “oil spill” are mentioned, they immediately remember and many local residents have vivid of memories of the spring and summer of 2010. It didn’t take long for experts and members of the media to determine […]

Free admission to National Parks this weekend

Free admission to National Parks this weekend

Gulf Islands National Seashore is one of more than 130 National Park Service properties offering free admission April 19 and 20 for National Parks Opening Weekend. Free admission only applies to entrance fees but regular camping and other recreational fees apply. Read more in the April 17 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.   […]

Spring Fling a big hit

Spring Fling a big hit

The Navarre Garden Club held its annual Spring Fling April 11 at the Days Inn Navarre Conference Center. In addition to a plant sale and plenty of vendor booths outside, more than 200 people attended the luncheon to sample delicious food from Navarre area restaurants. Spring Fling is the Garden Club’s primary fundraiser each year. […]

You’ve just entered the construction zone

You’ve just entered the construction zone

Each spring area roadways fill with tourists who have headed south to enjoy warmer temperatures and beautiful beaches. The tourists this year have been joined by orange barrels, signs and construction crews stretching from the Pensacola Bay Bridge to Hurlburt Field. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, construction projects totaling just less than $40 […]

Leaseholders seek court’s clarification

Leaseholders seek court’s clarification

According to the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association’s website, the attorney representing them in their case against Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser Greg Brown is filing a motion in the Supreme Court for clarification of the March 20 ruling. In the letter from attorney Danny Kepner addressed to the leaseholder’s Liaison Committee, he writes, […]

Chamber announces Business of the Month

Chamber announces Business of the Month

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announced Beach Colony West, marketed exclusively by La Florida Coastal Properties, was its March Business of the Month. According to the chamber, the company is being recognized for its strong support of chamber events including being the title sponsor for the 12th Annual Fun Fest 5k and 1-Mile […]

Weather service said ‘no tornado’

Weather service said ‘no tornado’

Despite damage to structures in Navarre and Navarre Beach, the National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Mobile, Ala. won’t be making a trip to the area to take a closer look. A spokeswoman from the office told Navarre Press March 28 that from reviewing pictures and radar images the damage was done by severe thunderstorms […]

Storm temporarily closes pier, destroys lifeguard stands

Storm temporarily closes pier, destroys lifeguard stands

A line of storms with strong winds that damaged commercial and residential property March 28 also damaged Santa Rosa County facilities on Navarre Beach and Navarre Park and led to the temporary closing of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. According to a news release from Santa Rosa County, two blowout panels were blown out by […]

Hidden Creek bids on land to secure Boo Fest

Hidden Creek bids on land to secure Boo Fest

The Holley-Navarre Water System voted last Tuesday to make a $90,000 offer on a piece of land located on the Hidden Creek golf course, where Boo Weekley’s Charity Golf Tournament and Concert is held annually. For the past three years, the lot located near Hidden Creek’s parking lot has been donated by property owner John […]

Water quality on Navarre Beach in the clear

Water quality on Navarre Beach in the clear

Compared to the water quality in neighboring beaches in Escambia and Okaloosa counties, Navarre area beaches scored best according to most recent state Department of Health results. The Florida Healthy Beaches Program provides up-to-date water quality testing and lists data on the amount of fecal coliform and enterococci, both enteric bacteria, that normally inhabit the […]

Causeway turn lane ‘hopefully’ done by Memorial Day

Causeway turn lane ‘hopefully’ done by Memorial Day

Crews this week are starting a project to add a second left turn lane to accommodate motorists heading north from the Navarre Beach Bridge onto Highway 98. The project is scheduled to take 60 days and that means it should be completed about a week prior to the busy Memorial Day weekend. “It should be […]

Navarre Beach ‘#25 in the U.S.’

Navarre Beach ‘#25 in the U.S.’

TripAdvisor® announced March 18 its Travelers’ Choice™ awards for Beaches and Navarre Beach was named the #25 beach in the U.S. Florida and Hawaii tied for having the most beaches in the top 25. The TripAdvisor® listing is the second recognition for Navarre Beach in the past two months. Conde’ Nast Traveler listed Navarre Beach […]

FWC seeks help monitoring horseshoe crabs

FWC seeks help monitoring horseshoe crabs

Spring marks horseshoe crabs’ mating season, and biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee (FWC) want the public’s help identifying spawning sites. According to FWC, conditions around the full moon March 16 and the new moon March 30 will create perfect opportunities to observe the spawning behavior of horseshoe crabs. If observed, beachgoers are […]

New lane to ease beach traffic congestion

New lane to ease beach traffic congestion

Work to add an additional north bound left turn lane and turn signal on to U.S. 98 from the Navarre Beach Causeway will begin next week. Currently the intersection has a dedicated right turn lane and one left turn lane. The Santa Rosa County Commissioners previously approved the project and are approving the budget amendment […]

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. […]