Local

PRCN Holds its Annual Fundraiser

PRCN Holds its Annual Fundraiser

“Good evening, and welcome to Community Life Church and to PRC’s annual fundraising banquet,” Becky Pala, PRC Board Secretary and event host greeted those who gathered last month. The Pregnancy Resource Center of Navarre (PRCN) held its annual fundraising banquet Oct. 20 with a unique twist; there was no banquet. This year’s fundraiser was conducted […]

Shop & Dine Crawl goes electronic

Shop & Dine Crawl goes electronic

Local businesses have been through a lot in 2020. From adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic to rebuilding after Hurricane Sally, some small businesses have struggled to stay afloat. The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce organized a community event last weekend to spread love to these businesses that have been working so hard. The 9th […]

American Legion honors veterans

American Legion honors veterans

Honoring those who have served their country is something the Navarre American Legion Post 382 does every year on Veteran’s Day. Normally the ceremony is held at Navarre Park. This year because the park in under renovation, the Veteran’s Day ceremony was held outside of the American Legion. The ceremony consisted of singing the national […]

Building in SRC may have gotten easier

Building in SRC may have gotten easier

Whether they’re building 100 plus homes in a subdivision or just reroofing their own home, citizens seeking permits in Santa Rosa County will face a much smoother process in the coming year. The county’s Development Services Office has been plagued by delays and difficulty communicating between departments, according to businesses owners. Those issues were exacerbated […]

Run, shop or donate: Sharing and Caring needs help

Run, shop or donate: Sharing and Caring needs help

Caring and Sharing, a nonprofit that annually provides holiday services for those in need is seeking the community’s support. As predicted, there is a bigger hardship on many this year-end. During a drive-thru registration held in October over 230 families, equaling 897 individuals, qualified to receive assistance this Thanksgiving and Christmas. “So much has changed […]

What’s your favorite beach bird?

What’s your favorite beach bird?

If Navarre Beach had an official bird, brown pelicans would likely be in the running. They fly in a graceful V-formation over the beach, dive straight down in the water to catch fish, and pester fishermen on the pier for a free meal. They’re also frequently photographed, appearing almost to be posing for photos. But […]

New Life Deliverance church turns vision into action

New Life Deliverance church turns vision into action

Editor’s note: This is a guest article by one of the church members, Lisa Hiracheta. In these times of uncertainty and fear over contracting COVID-19, New Life Deliverance Temple Church (NLDTC) has broadened how “church” is being held. On-line live services are offered on Facebook and videos of each sermon are posted to YouTube. Additionally, […]

Navarre Beach Chamber offices fill up

Navarre Beach Chamber offices fill up

Business is booming at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Prado Street offices and it’s more than just the chamber doing business. Last month, all of the Navarre Beach Chamber Information Center offices were officially rented out, completing the vision for the chamber’s new home. When the building was purchased in 2019, chamber leadership […]

Election Wrap-up: What does it all mean?

Election Wrap-up: What does it all mean?

Roughly 70% of voters supported continuation of Santa Rosa County’s half cent sales tax for another five years. County commissioners have been advocating for the tax’s continuation, pointing to completed projects including drainage improvements in south Santa Rosa, paved roads throughout the county, better equipped firefighters and more. Commissioner Bob Cole said he is thankful […]

Dune invaders: Find out what plant has been found on Navarre Beach

Dune invaders: Find out what plant has been found on Navarre Beach

It started out innocent enough. Beach dwellers of the Carolinas looking to beautify their yards in the 1970s and 80s discovered a vine of pretty purple blooms and silvery hued leaves; an ornamental plant that could survive dry, sandy conditions. Then it started to grow, stretching out with shoots thicker around than a quarter and more […]

Senior center discusses reopening, agrees to wait

Senior center discusses reopening, agrees to wait

The Navarre Senior Center held its first general membership meeting in nearly eight months Friday. Members, masked and socially distanced, discussed the new slate of potential officers, strict protocols for their election and how many members they had lost since the last time they gathered. None were due to COVID-19, said President Nelda Seever. Read […]

County tourism cashes in $3.5 million

County tourism cashes in $3.5 million

Tourism losses from COVID-19 in Santa Rosa County were only a fraction of what was projected. The final tourism tax report for fiscal year 2019-2020 presented Nov. 5 left Tourist Development Council (TDC) members smiling. The year totaled more than $3.5 million of revenue to the county’s tourism promotion arm. That’s down less than 10% from […]

Mother, daughter graduate together

Mother, daughter graduate together

Some high school graduates move far away from their moms to go to college. They are excited to finally have independence and find their place in this world without mom watching their every move. That was not the case for 22-year-old Navarre native Aubrey Hedlund. She went through the Pensacola State College registered nursing (RN) […]

Some days better than others when it comes to fishing

Some days better than others when it comes to fishing

It was a great day to be on the Navarre Beach Pier from a weather standpoint, complete with sunshine and warm temperatures. But with the surf a little rough, fishing proved to be less productive. At least early Tuesday afternoon. One angler said he fished barely an hour before calling it a day for a […]

A small but mighty church

A small but mighty church

St. Augustine Church’s community takes care of its faith community. “We are all about outreach,” said St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church’s Senior Warden, Terri Rothe through a floral face mask. This claim is borne out in the number of community outreaches in which this relatively small congregation is engaged, and they are challenging others […]

Council on Aging shifts to online fundraiser this year

Council on Aging shifts to online fundraiser this year

As the Council on Aging continues to provide more programs and services for senior citizens in need in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, it is doing so with less income and donations. That is partly due to the impact COVID-19 has had on holding fundraisers in person. But the agency is hoping to turn the […]

Navarre Beach gains new shower and restroom facility

Navarre Beach gains new shower and restroom facility

Navarre Beach visitors have probably noticed a new facility with teal triangle canopy shades to the east of the pier at 8579 Gulf Blvd. Navarre Beach now has two new multi-head shower towers on the east and west side of the new restroom that was constructed recently. The facility features eight teal sails stacked on […]

County courts FEMA for beach sand funds

County courts FEMA for beach sand funds

Santa Rosa County officials are still not sure if the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will pay for replacing chunks of Navarre Beach lost to Hurricane Sally. Based on county measures, the beach lost roughly 265,000 cubic yards of sand, according to county environmental director Michael Schmidt. He explained the county has been monitoring background […]

Scout helps ospreys find new home

Scout helps ospreys find new home

A local teenager has completed a relocation project for an osprey nest that was damaging light fixtures at the Tiger Point Park & Recreation Facility. Ian Tsubooka, a 16-year-old Pensacola High School student, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 400 in Pace. He was asked to develop a project that would alleviate the issues […]

1 2 3 85