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Special fire district defeated, for now

Special fire district defeated, for now

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue’s attempt to become a special fire district failed in the Oct. 8 special election, despite getting a majority of votes in favor. Of the 277 voters of Navarre Beach that cast a ballot, 154 supported the formation of an independent district, but that falls short of the 60% plus one requested […]

Nearly 300 participate in Run for Reef races

Nearly 300 participate in Run for Reef races

A long line of runners and walkers barreled down Gulf Boulevard Saturday during the Run for the Reef 5K and 10K races. Overcast skies and a slight breeze took the edge off a warm morning for a race. Two of the four first-place honors went to out-of-towners. Specifically, 13-year-old Zoe Garcia took the women’s 5K overall award back […]

Caring and Sharing 2019 Chili Cook-off

Caring and Sharing 2019 Chili Cook-off

Caring and Sharing Chili Cook-off Awards 2019   Salsa: First place, Buckle and Croi (Khree); Second place, Kelly’s Demented Fermented; Third place, Ray Yantch Bean There Farted That: First place, Tracey; Second place, Calhoun Cookers; Third place, Aaron Willis Carnivore Amore: First place, Team Chi Leigh; Second place, Johnny; Third place, The Wanna Beans Double […]

FWC sets sights on updating bear management plan

FWC sets sights on updating bear management plan

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is set to update its Florida Black Bear Management Plan, which has been in place in since 2012. The updates, which include new data, an expansion of the Bear Management Unit Profiles and a new section on population management techniques, have been in the works for some time […]

Impact 100 women hand out $1.1 million

Impact 100 women hand out $1.1 million

The 1,116 women of Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 handed out more than $1.1 million in grants Saturday as they named the final recipients of their 11 grants in 2019. The local Impact 100 chapter is the largest in the world. Each project will receive $106,000 to fulfill projects throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa County. […]

Pier deck replacement likely coming in winter

Pier deck replacement likely coming in winter

Timelines are hard to pin down for a project to completely replace the warped and cracked decking of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. In July, county commissioners awarded the $1.12 million contract to R.J. Gorman Marine Construction LLC of Panama City. The contract says the company has 270 days to complete all work.   Read […]

19th Annual Navarre Car, Truck, Bike Show & Craft Fair

19th Annual Navarre Car, Truck, Bike Show & Craft Fair

The Pirates of the Panhandle hosted their annual Navarre Car, Truck, Bike Show and Craft Fair at the Navarre High School Saturday raising funds for scholarships.   2019 Car, Truck and Bike Show first place winners:   Class 1- Street Rods 1900-1948, Ed Johnson- 1937 Plymouth Sedan Class 3- Camaro Original – All, Ted Millard- […]

Gulf Islands unveils third wildlife magnet

Gulf Islands unveils third wildlife magnet

The Perdido Key beach mouse provides a big benefit to beaches that are part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. To celebrate and raise awareness of the role beach mice play, the national seashore is unveiling its third resource car magnet. There are already magnets for shorebirds and sea turtles. Magnets are available at the Perdido […]

Sonshine Family Farms corn maze features Baptist Health Care

Sonshine Family Farms corn maze features Baptist Health Care

Baptist Health Care is the featured organization in this year’s Sonshine Family Farms corn maze in Milton at 6270 Oglesby Road. The Baptist logo is mapped into the 8.5- acre corn field of the popular seasonal attraction, and part of the proceeds from admission will be donated to FamiliesFirst Network, an affiliate of Baptist Health […]

‘Angel in comfortable shoes’ wins DAISY Award

‘Angel in comfortable shoes’ wins DAISY Award

Baptist Health Care presented its September DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to Katilin “Kati” Day, BSN, R.N., who works in the emergency department at Gulf Breeze Hospital. Day was nominated by a patient undergoing emergency surgery who described Day as an angel in comfortable shoes. The DAISY Award is part of a national merit-based recognition […]

Senior Center approves budget for 2020

Senior Center approves budget for 2020

The Holley Navarre Senior Center breezed through its general membership meeting Friday afternoon. Board secretary Nelda Henderson ran the meeting in the absence of president TJ Husser, who is out of town, and all items on the agenda were unanimously passed, including the 2020 budget.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue […]

The High Holy Days: Ahm Yisrael Messianic Synagogue

The High Holy Days: Ahm Yisrael Messianic Synagogue

At sunset Sept. 29, Jews worldwide welcomed in the traditional, Jewish new year. With none of the glitzy television coverage of the Jan.1 event, Rosh Hashanah, literally “head of the year,” is a two-day celebration that begins on the first day of Tishrei by the Hebrew calendar.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Gulf spill restoration group seeking project ideas

Gulf spill restoration group seeking project ideas

More than $244 million is set aside for assisting in the recovery of coastal species from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and the Region-wide Trustee Implementation Group (RTIG) is looking for suggestions on how to spend it. RTIG is beginning the process of considering restoration project submissions.   Read the full article in the Oct. […]

Beer, beach meet at Juana’s Oktoberfest

Beer, beach meet at Juana’s Oktoberfest

Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill was packed Saturday as folks took a break from fishing to sample the brew during Oktoberfest. While the brews were pouring, anglers were also weighing in their catch for the Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo.           A variety of regional breweries offered samples of their drinks at […]

Take a Kid Fishing inspires young anglers

Take a Kid Fishing inspires young anglers

Children had an opportunity to learn about fishing with free rods and reels on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier Saturday morning as part of the 10th annual Take a Kid Fishing event.   Jojo Steward, 6, catches her first fish ever. “It felt squishy,” she said. “It was fun to reel it in, but it […]

Ye Olde serves up Oktoberfest

Ye Olde serves up Oktoberfest

Navarre’s first craft brewery served up beer, pretzels and bratwurst Saturday at the annual Oktoberfest celebration. Ye Olde Brothers held the event on their lawn.   Ryann Fleck invited her friend Brandi Elsinghorst from Niceville to take part if the Bavarian-themed fun.             Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge raffled off opportunities […]

Tourism council backs dog park on sound, not Gulf

Tourism council backs dog park on sound, not Gulf

County commissioners tossed the ball of creating a dog beach to the Tourist Development Council for its input Oct. 3, but conflicting public opinions have made the topic a hot potato. Current law prohibits dogs on all public beaches. Creation of a beach area allowing dogs was originally proposed in August to be located along the […]

State opens short fall season for red snapper

State opens short fall season for red snapper

Good news has arrived for anglers craving extra days of fishing for red snapper. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced this month that six additional days have been added to the season in the Gulf of Mexico. Open to private recreational anglers and for-hire operations, the following dates are open for red snapper fishing: Oct. 12-13, […]

Gas station planned near high school entrance

Gas station planned near high school entrance

Owners of the property on the northeast corner of Highway 87 and High School Boulevard are seeking to construct a gas station at the site, but county codes mean the development has a few hurdles in its path. The project needs approval of four variances from limitation within county law before construction could begin.   […]

Day of Caring mobilizes 1,100 volunteers

Day of Caring mobilizes 1,100 volunteers

Volunteers across Santa Rosa and Escambia counties participated in the single largest day of volunteerism in Northwest Florida Oct. 4 during the United Way of West Florida’s (UWWF) Day of Caring. This was the first year the event extended into Santa Rosa.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Turn lane changes planned along 98

Turn lane changes planned along 98

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will construct improvements starting Oct. 14 to seven turn lane areas along U.S. Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze, Midway and Navarre. The $1.1 million project will include improvements to safety and operation of breaks in medians along 98 including milling and resurfacing, new turn lanes, median openings, drainage upgrades and […]

Shark takes a bite out of prized catch for Newell

Shark takes a bite out of prized catch for Newell

Jeremy Newell set out to reel in quite a catch for the Navarre Fishing Rodeo this past weekend. Fishing off a bout in about 200 feet of water, he ended up losing his prize gag grouper to a shark. Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Four things to know: Commercial developments in Navarre

Four things to know: Commercial developments in Navarre

Dozens of commercial projects are moving forward in Santa Rosa County, while others are spinning their wheels. Here’s an update on some of the developments planned for Navarre.   Helen Back awaiting buyer At last update, the defunct Helen Back Again property at 8651 Navarre Parkway had an interested buyer under contract, ready to close […]

Navarre Park revamp delayed by missing permits

Navarre Park revamp delayed by missing permits

The multimillion-dollar renovation of Navarre Park could be delayed by more than six months thanks to missing wetlands permits from state and federal officials. District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech, who represents the Navarre area, said the permits were never applied for.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Purple Party raises awareness for Alzheimer’s disease

Purple Party raises awareness for Alzheimer’s disease

Jeanne Thompson wanted to do something that would provide a fun opportunity for residents of The Beacon in Gulf Breeze while also raising money and awareness for a good cause. The idea of a Purple Party was born from that and Thompson, who helps head up the activities department at the assisted living facility, can […]

Florida toughens ban on texting while driving

Florida toughens ban on texting while driving

As of Tuesday, Oct. 1, motorists in Florida can be stopped for using a hands-free communications device while driving in a designated school crossing, school zone or active work zone area. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), through its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), sent out an advisory reminding […]

A Day for the Dunes on Navarre Beach

A Day for the Dunes on Navarre Beach

Famed conservationist and ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau joined residents and visitors of Navarre Beach Saturday, Sept. 28, for a day of marine conservation education and dune restoration alongside the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier during “A Day for the Dunes.” The event was a partnership between the Dune Doctors, the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center and […]

Funding cut threatens historic Arcadia Mill

Funding cut threatens historic Arcadia Mill

Despite more than doubling its reach among children, the historic Arcadia Mill Site has lost a major source of funding. Site Manager Adrianne Walker said 2018 was a big year for the site at 5709 Mill Pond Lane in Milton. The number of visitors exceeded 15,000, setting a new annual record.   Read the full […]

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