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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 […]

92-year-old recalls stint as Rosie the Riveter

92-year-old recalls stint as Rosie the Riveter

Aileen Brandon is a determined woman. She didn’t stop driving a car until she was 86 and even now, at 92 years old, the Navarre resident still gets outside and does yardwork on occasion. But to gain a better understanding of Brandon’s determination, one only needs to flip the pages of her life story backwards […]

Prayer Warriors seek peaceful school year

Prayer Warriors seek peaceful school year

It’s a muggy August morning in Navarre and Kim Meyer is waiting at the high school for people to show up to the Prayer Walk for the upcoming school year. The walk was organized by the Prayer Warriors and the goal is to pray over the school grounds for a peaceful school year and to […]

Sheriff: Current crime statistics reflect population growth

Sheriff: Current crime statistics reflect population growth

Population growth has caused the number of reported crimes in Santa Rosa County since Jan. 1 to be slightly higher when compared to the same period last year, Sheriff Bob Johnson told an audience at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Aug. 11. “As population goes up, crime goes up,” Johnson said. “It’s part […]

Creatures from the plastic lagoon

Creatures from the plastic lagoon

Reptile enthusiasts of a certain age likely remember the tiny turtles sold in lagoon containers, swimming in the nonexistent shade of a thumb-sized plastic palm tree. They lived short lives at the hands of the children who pined for them. But the times – and regulations — have changed. Housing a pet turtle, especially an […]

Fire district assessment ignites citizen concerns

Fire district assessment ignites citizen concerns

Notices for Holley-Navarre Fire District’s non-ad valorem assessments are arriving in mailboxes, and some property owners are expressing concerns about the listed dollar amounts. Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton said his office fielded more than 100 phone calls between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Aug. 9. Of those calls, “99 percent of them have been […]

Change is coming at Holley Navarre Senior Center

Change is coming at Holley Navarre Senior Center

There has been a reshuffling of a large portion of the board at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center, and part of that shuffle has put Bill Slovenz as the interim president of the board. While Slovenz said he was surprised by the appointment, he said he is ready to bring a new attitude and new programming […]

National Night Out brings resources to Santa Rosa students

National Night Out brings resources to Santa Rosa students

Hundreds of volunteers, families, first responders and children packed the Guy Thompson Community Center Aug. 1 for Santa Rosa County’s first ever National Night Out. The event, which is put on each year by Target, brought together in one place a menagerie of resources and service providers in the county. Aleisha Wiley, who led the […]

Playing chicken in your own backyard

Playing chicken in your own backyard

More than 40 people, from seniors to grade-school children, packed the UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension office in Milton to talk about backyard chickens Aug. 4 as part of a free class. Extension office 4-H Agent and longtime chicken owner Prudence Caskey said backyard chickens are popular throughout Santa Rosa County. “A lot of the […]

Teachers’ pay raise limited by school board

Teachers’ pay raise limited by school board

Santa Rosa public school teachers will receive about half of the $3.3 million annual pay raise they have sought per a 5-0 vote by the school board that limited their increase Thursday night. School Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick, who had a victory statement prepared in advance, seemed to anticipate the board vote that supported his position […]

Volunteers press on with Great Scallop Search

Volunteers press on with Great Scallop Search

While severe weather conditions have canceled parts of this year’s Great Scallop Search in Santa Rosa Sound, volunteers with the UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension Santa Rosa County office will take to the surf again Saturday in hopes of finding seagrass-dwelling bay scallops. The Great Scallop Search is an annual event put on by the […]

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 […]

Former pro player treasures her place in baseball history

Former pro player treasures her place in baseball history

Mary Moore had no idea there was a professional baseball league for women. One of her teachers mentioned there was a former student playing in it and put Moore in touch with her. The Michigan native went off to Indiana for a tryout and the rest is history for Moore, who spent three seasons in […]

STOP opioid addiction

STOP opioid addiction

When Gov. Rick Scott declared the opioid abuse epidemic a state health emergency in Florida, thousands of dollars in state and federal moneys became available for treatment facilities. Lakeview Center is expanding their treatment to create a new free opioid treatment program called STOP (State Targeted Opioid Program). Opioids are a class of drugs, often […]

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 […]

Gulf Islands program shines light on history

Gulf Islands program shines light on history

Soldier re-enactors walked around dressed in attire they would have worn in the 1860s. Students who have spent the summer working with the Youth Conservation Corps spoke to the crowds that gathered around them about the history of the fort as the sun set behind them. Rain eventually did roll in, but it didn’t put […]

Day to celebrate America’s favorite treat

Day to celebrate America’s favorite treat

In the late 1930s, just south of Boston, sales of Nestle brand economy size semisweet chocolate bars were exploding. The sales spiked so much the company sent a representative to the area to discover the source of the peaking profits. What he found would change the history of desserts in the United States. He found […]

Learning to live with bears

Learning to live with bears

H.D. and Dina Smith have no issue at all with bears being frequent guests in the backyard of their Navarre home. “They are beautiful animals. We love watching them,” Dina said. Her husband echoes those thoughts. “It’s a neat thing to see. We’ve never felt threatened,” H.D. said. “We are in their habitat.” Bears have […]

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 […]

It’s a girl!

It’s a girl!

Holley-Navarre Fire District firefighters helped usher a new life into the world in the early morning hours of July 20. A healthy baby girl was delivered to a woman in Holley by the Sea at 1 a.m., thanks to the efforts of Lt. Patrick Moore and firefighter engineer Johnny Robertson. Due to privacy laws, the […]

Resource Fair offers special connections

Resource Fair offers special connections

Sensational Friends, a local group dedicated to serving special needs families, rounded out their Summer Fun event series with a Resource Fair at the Navarre Library. The Friday event brought together representatives of more than a dozen therapy and support groups and services from the area for parents and caregivers to gain information and make […]

Pillowcases become dresses for girls in Africa

Pillowcases become dresses for girls in Africa

Sherri Stauffer had never made a dress out of a pillowcase. She also didn’t know there was a nonprofit organization called Little Dresses for Africa. But the weekly crafting group she helps lead at the Holley Navarre Senior Center was asked by someone in the community about getting involved, and the wheels were put in […]

Casino Beach fundraiser benefits Thursday Respite program

Casino Beach fundraiser benefits Thursday Respite program

Casino Beach Bar and Grill in Pensacola stepped up to help their neighbors in Navarre July 19 through the Thursday Respite Fundraiser. During the event 20 percent of all drink and food sales made at the restaurant and bar were donated to the respite program. Owner Matt LaFon said it was the least he could […]

Last call for first responder

Last call for first responder

The bright red paint still shines, and the siren can scream as loudly as ever, but the hulking firetruck that started a proud career in 1986 in the City of Gulf Breeze is now relegated to the auction block. Finding a new home for the 20-ton Pierce Lance pumper isn’t easy. Since posting a national […]

Medical marijuana in Gulf Breeze squeeze

Medical marijuana in Gulf Breeze squeeze

The message from Gulf Breeze City Council to medical marijuana dispensaries: This town isn’t big enough for both of us. Despite the 70 percent statewide voter approval of the expanded sale of a non-euphoric form of the drug in November, the five-member Gulf Breeze panel is balking at allowing sales in this beachy community of […]

Coyote sightings put area residents on edge

Coyote sightings put area residents on edge

  In Navarre, the common wildlife concern is black bears. They steal from backyard bird feeders, overturn garbage cans and cause complaints, but they are not the only large predator roaming our area. Coyotes have been reported in Florida since the 1970s, and for residents of the Navarre Shores subdivision they have become a nuisance, […]

Car burglaries fuel more crime

Car burglaries fuel more crime

Crime rings stealing firearms and selling them on the black market for drugs sounds like something out of a movie, but it’s a reality hitting close to home. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Milton resident Jason Silva in connection with a suspected crime ring involving minors and burglaries in which stolen guns were being […]

Pace flood control elbows past Navarre

Pace flood control elbows past Navarre

County officials revealed this week that they have moved the start of five flood control projects in the Pace/Pea Ridge area ahead of stormwater containment in Navarre. The roughly $10 million in retention ponds, drainage and other infrastructure for which the county is seeking federal funds in the Pace/Pea Ridge area contrast sharply with those […]

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