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Navarre Beach named a ‘Hidden Gem’ getaway

Navarre Beach named a ‘Hidden Gem’ getaway

TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel sites, has listed Navarre Beach on a list of 10 Affordable Hidden Gem getaways for the winter season. The TripAdvisor website says of the list, “TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals has rounded up 10 super affordable US getaways this winter for staying in a rental, many of which are worthy […]

Popularity of beach cam still going strong

Popularity of beach cam still going strong

Kenny Wilder started his webcam at Navarre Beach in 2006 for the purpose of showing the progress of the beach restoration project. Once the project ended in November, the camera, located high above the beach of the 15th floor of the Bell Mer Condominium building, remained in place because of the interest generated from it. […]

Bride shares wedding date with Country on the Sound

Bride shares wedding date with Country on the Sound

Ranee Roberts was looking forward to her quiet wedding on Navarre Beach next month. The Alabama resident and her fiancé, Chris Phillips, invited around 30 people to the Sept. 26 ceremony. So when she received a call from the county a few weeks ago, before she even knew the reason, she told the man on […]

Jellyfish get in the swim with summer tourists

Jellyfish get in the swim with summer tourists

Purple flags have been waving along Navarre Beach for a good part of the summer, alerting swimmers to “dangerous marine life” in the Gulf of Mexico. Although no one keeps official records on jellyfish stings, lifeguards at Pensacola Beach said they have been consoling and treating dozens of victims daily through most of July. August […]

Tourism numbers continue to increase

Tourism numbers continue to increase

Tourism is booming in Santa Rosa County, Tourist Development Director Julie Morgan said at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast July 31. “We are flying higher than we ever have been,” she told the audience. “So we really need to be proud of ourselves.” Morgan’s office is responsible for promoting Santa Rosa […]

Looking back: 50 years since the Navarre pass

Looking back: 50 years since the Navarre pass

It’s been 50 years since a pass connected the Santa Rosa Sound to the Gulf of Mexico. And with it, 50 years of hoping for a second chance. To hear Phil Babiak tell the story, the building of Navarre’s pass was somewhat serendipitous. “Rumor has it there was a dredge company in New Orleans owned […]

Touring Pensacola on a Segway

Touring Pensacola on a Segway

In addition to its cosmopolitan downtown and top-rated beaches, Pensacola is also rich in history. Founded by Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano in 1559, it was the first European settlement in the continental United States; however, it failed to thrive under Spain’s rule. The country abandoned it only to return in 1698. France, which settled New Orleans, began […]

Seashore to increase fees

Seashore to increase fees

Starting June 14, Gulf Islands National Seashore will increase entrance fees in order to fund maintenance and improvement projects that directly serve and benefit visitors within the park.  Eighty percent of fees collected stay in the park, according to a release from the Seashore. An annual pass will increase from $25 to $30; fees per […]

Dr. Beach’s best beaches for 2015

Dr. Beach’s best beaches for 2015

Here is the top 10 list of best beaches for summer 2015 as rated by Stephen Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University specializing in environment and coastal studies. Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, issues the list annually using criteria including safety, cleanliness and accessibility. 1. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii 2. Barefoot […]

Spring Break 2015 is underway

Spring Break 2015 is underway

Check out our comprehensive look at spring break dates. On Spring Break – March 9 – 13, 2015 Albertus Magnus College Albion College Alfred University Alverno College American International College American University Antioch New England Appalachian State University Arizona State University Austin Peay State University Baylor University Becker College Bemidji State University Benedict College Bentley College […]

Record number of 97 million tourists visited Florida

Record number of 97 million tourists visited Florida

A record number of tourists flocked to Florida last year as the nation’s economy continued its recovery after the Great Recession. Gov. Rick Scott was to announce Monday during a visit to Tampa International Airport that more than 97 million visited the state last year according to estimates prepared by Visit Florida, the state’s tourism […]

Navarre may get its first beach wheelchair

Navarre may get its first beach wheelchair

Navarre Beach doesn’t have beach wheelchairs, but that could soon change. The Santa Rosa County Tourist Devel­opment Council (TDC) Jan. 21 approved purchase of a $1,600 beach wheelchair. The wheelchair will be used exclusively and stored by Heroes on the Water (HOW), a nonprofit organization aimed to help veterans by providing therapeutic kayak fishing excursions. Frank […]

Extra bed tax kicks in as tourism revenues soar

Extra bed tax kicks in as tourism revenues soar

It’s been a banner year for tourism, both locally and statewide. An additional one-cent county bed tax, levied for Navarre Beach renourishment, also started in June. That added kick has boosted local tourism revenues, which have gradually recovered following the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Santa Rosa County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree says June’s bed tax revenues, which topped $298,000, may be the highest […]

Airport reports most travelers since May 2011

Airport reports most travelers since May 2011

Pensacola International Airport reported that traffic through the airport in July was the highest monthly total since May 2011. According to a report released Aug. 18, the airport experienced growth in passenger travel, as well as air freight for July 2014 when compared to a year earlier. Read more in the Aug. 21 issue of Navarre Press […]

Boaters ‘all in’ for poker run

Boaters ‘all in’ for poker run

Perfect weather brought in a huge crowd at the 2014 Emerald Coast Poker Run on Aug. 16 at Juana’s Pagodas. “This is one of our biggest weekends of the year,” said Kevin Rudzki of Juana’s Pagodas. He attributed the large turnout each year to several factors including proceeds from the event benefiting local charities, “… […]

It’s that time of the year … baby turtles are here

It’s that time of the year … baby turtles are here

Sea turtles have been busy making nests along the Emerald Coast, and according to a Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS) biologist, 143 baby sea turtles found their way to the Gulf from Pensacola Beach Thursday night. The first baby turtles had hatched July 29 from a nest at Perdido Key. GINS Assistant Superintendent Steve McCoy said 32 […]

Plan released for Gulf Islands

Plan released for Gulf Islands

If a a plan released July 16 is approved, then changes could be on the way for Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS) including the Naval Live Oaks, Santa Rosa and Fort Pickens Areas. GINS Deputy Superintendent Steve McCoy said the preferred alternative would focus on expanding educational and recreational opportunities for people of all ages, as well […]

Red, White and Blues Week

Red, White and Blues Week

Santa Rosa Island Authority Executive Director Buck Lee has one piece of advice for those planning to enjoy the Pensacola Beach Air Show this weekend. “Get here early.” Lee said he expects larger than normal crowds since the Blue Angels were not able to fly last year. “Typically the main parking areas start to fill […]

41 million expected to travel July 4th

41 million expected to travel July 4th

AAA Travel projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the July 4th holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent increase from the 40.3 million people who traveled last year and a nearly 14 percent increase compared to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, […]

Update: 4th turtle nest found

Update: 4th turtle nest found

From May 1 to June 19, Navarre Beach had no “turtle action.” But since then, four loggerhead turtle nests have been discovered in various locations along the beach. Volunteers remind beachgoers to stay clear of the nests, which are clearly marked. Additionally, at the end of your beach visit, please remove any items that you […]

Traffic up at PNS

Traffic up at PNS

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, and Pensacola International Airport reported an increase in passenger traffic for May. The airport June 11 released its May Traffic Report, which showed an increase of 4 percent over May 2013. Read more in the June 19 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

Signs of the season

Signs of the season

Local businesses and residents know that the summer tourist season officially is underway on the Emerald Coast including Navarre Beach. AAA Travel estimated 36.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 1.5 percent increase from last year.  Additionally, AAA reports more than eight in 10 travelers will drive to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]