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Smoking can cost $1.5 million

Smoking can cost $1.5 million

Health professionals have established clear evidence for the major negative health effects of smoking. Nearly half a million deaths each year in the U.S. can be tied to tobacco use. But data released this month by WalletHub may reveal just how much the habit is hurting Floridians’ bottom lines in 2020. Read the full article […]

Encompass changes denomination

Encompass changes denomination

Encompass Church in Navarre officially changed its denominational affiliation Oct. 11, 2019, from the United Methodist Church (UMC) to the Free Methodist Church (FMC). The UMC is the second largest protestant denomination in the U.S. The change comes at a time when ongoing debate within the UMC over the roles and rights of practicing LGBTQ […]

Gulf Breeze Zoo recognized for orangutan conservation

Gulf Breeze Zoo recognized for orangutan conservation

After welcoming a family of orangutans in January 2019, Gulf Breeze Zoo has received special recognition for their efforts to protect these animals in the wild through the “Spirit of Sumatra” conservation program. The Zoological Association of America awarded the 2019 In Situ Conservation Award to the zoo, which partnered with the Sumatran Orangutan Society […]

County launches oyster shell recycling program

County launches oyster shell recycling program

It took some time but the Offer Your Shell For Restoration (OYSTER) recycling pilot program is off the ground and running with a full head of steam. How does it work? Oyster shells are collected from area restaurants – two are currently participating – rather than go into the landfill and are used to help […]

Springhill offers wedding atop Mardi Gras float

Springhill offers wedding atop Mardi Gras float

Staff of the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach are looking for a unique couple looking to get hitched this February. The hotelier is offering a deal many brides could afford. They are offering a free venue, free music and free officiant in a once in a lifetime setting: atop a float in the Navarre Beach […]

Gulfarium announces newly hatched penguin chick

Gulfarium announces newly hatched penguin chick

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is celebrating Penguin Awareness Day (Jan. 20, 2020) with a new addition to their endangered African penguin family. The Gulfarium, located on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, revealed that a penguin chick hatched at the park on December 20th, 2019. “African penguins are an endangered species,” says Mary Kate Northup, […]

Redecking expected to conclude prior to busy summer season

Redecking expected to conclude prior to busy summer season

After months of prep work, workers began placing new deck boards Jan. 15 on the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico. Now the contractor, RJ Gorman Marine Construction LLC of Panama City, has 90 days to complete the work on site under the terms of a $1.12 million contract with Santa Rosa County to […]

Alzheimer’s Association remains focused on goals in new year

Alzheimer’s Association remains focused on goals in new year

As the fight to end Alzheimer’s shifts to 2020, just 30 years before the country is expected to see those living with debilitating disease rise to 14 million, the focus remains clear. Jon Conley, the Director of State Affairs for the Alzheimer’s Association, said he remains optimistic about one day changing the course of a […]

Compass Community Church sings at Navarre Gardens

Compass Community Church sings at Navarre Gardens

“We’d like to come and sing Christmas hymns with the residents, if that would be OK,” I asked the activities director of Navarre Gardens, Emily Edwards. I serve as the pastor of Compass Community Church, a new church start up in Navarre (compassefca.org). “That would be great!” Edwards replied. “The residents will love that.” Read […]

Krewe Jesters celebrate 2020 royalty

Krewe Jesters celebrate 2020 royalty

The Navarre Krewe of Jesters crowned their royalty Jan. 4 during their 12th Night Royalty Coronation at Navarre Elks Lodge. The royalty are Grand Marshal Tracy Bragg, King Bruce Chappel, Queen Jennifer Morgan, Queen of Hearts Michelle Whikehart and Lester the Jester Yolie Donley. The krewe’s next event is the Navarre Krewe of Jesters 34th […]

UF/IFAS 2019 Peanut Butter Challenge a success

UF/IFAS 2019 Peanut Butter Challenge a success

With 1,296 jars of peanut butter for a total weight of 2,431 pounds, the 2019 Peanut Butter Challenge has been declared a success thanks to the partnership between UF/IFAS Extension, the Florida Peanut Producers Association, the Florida Peanut Federation and local support. The Florida Peanut Producers Association and Florida Peanut Federation contributed an additional 1,776 […]

Bear Management Plan approved by FWC

Bear Management Plan approved by FWC

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the updated Bear Management Plan for the state in December. The plan takes a comprehensive, science-based approach to managing bears in Florida. No proposal was made to open up a bear hunt, but that possibility does remain in the toolbox for managing bear populations. Read the […]

Institute focuses on data in effort to protect Florida’s wildlife

Institute focuses on data in effort to protect Florida’s wildlife

Nearly 20 years ago the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission reorganized. That led to the creation of the Florida Wildlife Research Institute, which involved bringing parts of the divisions of wildlife and freshwater fisheries as well as the Florida Marine Research Institute together in 2004. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, the institute serves a valuable purpose, […]

Gulf Breeze mayor paints rosy picture of progress

Gulf Breeze mayor paints rosy picture of progress

Mayor Cherry Fitch sketched an outlook of more local harmony and less controversy in a briefing to 70 or so City of Gulf Breeze constituents Thursday at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast gathering. Fitch stressed leading the city of 6,000 people as a “resilient community” in the wake of acrimony between some residents and the […]

County seeks citizen input on budget

County seeks citizen input on budget

Under the theme “Your county – your priorities,” Santa Rosa County will host a series of workshops across the county seeking feedback on budget priorities. The five workshops will be held in each of the five commissioner districts. County Administrator Dan Schebler said the tour through the county is specifically aimed at meeting the citizens […]

Zoning Board OKs Firestone, Splash RV Resort

Zoning Board OKs Firestone, Splash RV Resort

Planned construction of a tire store in Navarre cleared another hurdle Jan. 9 as the Zoning Board unanimously recommended approving the use. The planned Firestone location is part of a larger 19-acre Aldi grocery store and commercial complex planned near the corner of Ortega Street and U.S. Highway 98. Also included in conceptual site plans […]

Seever steps in as new president of senior center board

Seever steps in as new president of senior center board

Nelda Seever is the new president of the Holley Navarre Senior Center board of directors. And she’ll be the first to tell you that she has big shoes to fill as she steps in for the outgoing TJ Husser, who was full of energy and helped bring the center to new heights in terms of […]

FWC set to approve red snapper season next month

FWC set to approve red snapper season next month

Recreational red snapper season isn’t too far off. And a new season is set to be approved in February. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is recommending a continuous 45-day season that kicks off June 11 and runs through July 25. “Our staff estimates that the harvest can stay open through July 25 […]

Navarre mother rallies community to encourage a veteran

Navarre mother rallies community to encourage a veteran

Editor’s note: In a slight deviation from our usual way of covering the news, this week’s Faith page features a firsthand account from our contributor pastor Michael Bannon, describing a special moment of love and kindness in our community. It began with a simple idea springing from a heart sensitive to the needs of others […]

Snowbird fun coming to Navarre Beach this winter

Snowbird fun coming to Navarre Beach this winter

At a time when tourism is typically slow, a special kind of visitor is boosting the bottom line for Navarre Beach. The snowbirds are back in town, and Santa Rosa County Tourist Information Specialist Nicole Dees said that means a benefit for Navarre’s economy. “It is a huge impact to our area, and they definitely […]

Pink Pirates roar into 2020

Pink Pirates roar into 2020

The 1920s were back in style at the Days Inn Conference Center as the Pink Pirates of Navarre rang in 2020 with their New Year’s Gala. The event was more than just a party. It was a massive fundraiser for a nonprofit focused on supporting women fighting breast cancer. Read the full article in the […]

Penguin Plunge

Penguin Plunge

Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill hosted the 11th annual Penguin Plunge Jan. 1. “Penguins” of all ages plunged into Santa Rosa Sound to ring in the new year while “chickens” stayed on shore. This year, proceeds from the event benefited local suicide prevention nonprofits. As seen in the Jan. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

HNWS donates to hometown heroes

HNWS donates to hometown heroes

Holley Navarre Water System and The Club at Hidden Creek presented the Air Commando Association with $10,000 grant from the Hometown Heroes Golf Tournament. Present were board members Daryl Lynchard, Mike Kennedy, Yvonne Harper, Will Goulet, Kevin Lanier and Mark Miller along with Hidden Creek manager Cindy Callen and Air Commandoes president Wayne Norrad. The […]

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