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Local nonprofits vie for $1 million in grants

Local nonprofits vie for $1 million in grants

For 15 years, IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area has been awarding grants of more than $100,000 to nonprofits in Northwest Florida. IMPACT 100 is a local women’s philanthropic group. Read the full article in the Sept. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of […]

Diaper drive supports local foster families

Diaper drive supports local foster families

Foster parents often face a litany of challenges when they take in a new child or sibling group. They have to establish trust with children who have often faced abuse or neglect while also providing for their needs. Local mother of 6 Dawn previously fostered three children before adopting them, and she said she understands […]

Long makes history in County Commission bid

Long makes history in County Commission bid

For the first time in Santa Rosa County history, an African-American will be on the general election ballot for a county post. Kris Long of Milton is running for the District 2 County Commission seat under no party affiliation. Long, a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan and who works in information technology, officially met […]

Santa Rosa budget to rise 5 percent

Santa Rosa budget to rise 5 percent

In a Tuesday night meeting notable mainly for its brevity and levity, Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted 4-0 to approve a budget increase of about 5 percent to $175.3 million for fiscal 2018-2019. Before adjourning after less than 10 minutes the board kept ad valorem tax millage rate where it has been since 2007—at 6.095 […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Wednesday, Sept. 19 Toes-N-Sand Windjammers on the Pier and the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier will show a movie favorite, “Dirty Dancing,” on the big screen at dusk (around 7:30 p.m.) Bring your family and a blanket. Food and beverages will be available to purchase.   Friday, Sept. 21 Into the Woods The Sondheim favorite about […]

Dogs and babies growing together

Dogs and babies growing together

Bringing a new little one home from the hospital is an exciting time for parents but for the dogs in your house it can be overwhelming. New sights, sounds, smells and movements can make for a confused and even frightened dog. But there are things parents can do to set the stage for a lifelong […]

NFL hopeful looking for encouraging family

NFL hopeful looking for encouraging family

Gauge is a well-natured teen with a ready smile and a contagious laugh. Although Gauge describes himself as a little shy, he loves to meet new people and opens up pretty easily.  He is also athletic and loves playing football. Gauge is goal-oriented, and he hopes to go to college to be an athletic trainer; […]

UPDATE: Test of National Emergency Alert System Rescheduled for Oct. 3

UPDATE: Test of National Emergency Alert System Rescheduled for Oct. 3

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) until the previously scheduled back up date on October 3, due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. Previous information: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the […]

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

When Florida voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be greeted by a dozen potential amendments to the state’s constitution. From dog racing to taxes to vaping at work, the amendments hit a variety of issues. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press for brief guide on what […]

Local artists honored at Okaloosa exhibition

Local artists honored at Okaloosa exhibition

From an “alien landscape” to Western spirits, the works of local artists were honored Aug. 30 as part of the Okaloosa Public Arts annual Artists Choice Exhibition. Judging of the works was done by Suzanne Robbert of Artel Gallery in Pensacola. Among the winners, painter Autry Dye of Gulf Breeze took first place for her […]

Low concentration of Red Tide in Santa Rosa County

Low concentration of Red Tide in Santa Rosa County

Current Conditions as provided by Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida and extends along ~130 miles of coastline, from northern Pinellas to Lee counties, and extends offshore (10 miles or more). A patchy bloom of K. brevis was also observed in Northwest Florida for the first time this […]

Tax collector earns seventh Legacy Award

Tax collector earns seventh Legacy Award

Stan Nichols, Santa Rosa County Tax Collector, is once again in an elite group. He is one of only a few of Florida’s 67 Tax Collectors to earn a special designation for excellence in the field of financial operations. A judging panel named by the Florida Tax Collectors Association performed a detailed review of the Tax Collector’s […]

Upper Room celebrates first anniversary

Upper Room celebrates first anniversary

Along Pensacola Beach, above a surf shop and marina, there is worship going on every Sunday as a fledgling church brings God to the coast. Upper Room is celebrating its first anniversary, and pastor Nathan Pooley said he is excited to see how far the congregation has come. Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Sweet Pea goes on a diet

Sweet Pea goes on a diet

Sweet Pea is on a diet of sorts. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s resident green sea turtle is still receiving medical care at Gulf World Marine Institute in Panama City for chronic gastrointestinal concerns.   Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Tourist development project list takes shape

Tourist development project list takes shape

A revisit of the strategic plan resulted in a checklist of projects for the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Sept. 6 as the council weighed where their best investments would be to increase quality of place. Under the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan for the Santa Rosa County TDC, the group charged with oversight of bed taxes collected […]

Traffic study recommends stoplights for Spencer Field

Traffic study recommends stoplights for Spencer Field

As Pace’s rapid growth parallels trends seen in Navarre just a few years ago, the Board of County Commissioners is looking into ways to keep pace with Pace. At Monday’s board meeting, the commissioners heard a variety of solutions with varying price tags as part of the Spencer Field Traffic Study by Genesis Engineering. Read […]

Gulf Breeze grapples with stormwater costs

Gulf Breeze grapples with stormwater costs

Raising the monthly stormwater utility fee by more than 80 percent to $9.20 is being proposed for City of Gulf Breeze homeowners. But even that increase won’t be enough to cover the utility’s long-term costs and pay off debt, according to documents provided by City Manager Samantha Abell. Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Sign unveiling ceremony for Senator Greg Evers highway designation

Sign unveiling ceremony for Senator Greg Evers highway designation

The Northwest Florida Legislative Delegation in coordination with the the family of Senator Robert G. “Greg” Evers will host a road designation sign unveiling ceremony Monday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Baker Community Center. The unveiled signs will be placed at both ends of State Road 4 between Munson Highway and S. R. […]

A perfect day to sail away

A perfect day to sail away

The 28th Annual Juana Good Time Regatta filled the Santa Rosa Sound Sept. 7-9 with colorful sails. People came from all across the United States to participate in this local event. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online […]

Ray and Bobbie Tolbert set to celebrate 70 years of marriage

Ray and Bobbie Tolbert set to celebrate 70 years of marriage

Wind chimes ring as Ray and Bobbie Tolbert sit inside their screened in porch on a warm September afternoon. They have a view of the water from their home in Holley and just a few feet away is a large tree in the backyard. It’s where the couple was married nearly 70 years ago. Read […]

Filmmakers explore struggles of hurricane survivors

Filmmakers explore struggles of hurricane survivors

Chris Barbee can relate to the devastation of a hurricane. The home he and his family lived in was destroyed by Ivan when it ripped through the Gulf Coast in 2004. “My mom did everything she could to make the experience OK for us. We lost everything, but she made things enjoyable and helped us […]

Gulf Breeze Zoo announces 2018 Wild Shots Photo Contest winners

Gulf Breeze Zoo announces 2018 Wild Shots Photo Contest winners

From grinning gators to feathered friends, winners of the Gulf Breeze Zoo’s 2018 Wild Shots photo contest were announced this week and rewarded for their photographic prowess. The zoo accepted hundreds of entries in August for the annual contest. Contest categories include Adult, Cell Phone and Youth for those 2 to 12 years old. Read […]

Reef deployment on schedule despite storm

Reef deployment on schedule despite storm

Rough, high seas halted deployment of hundreds of reef modules along Navarre Beach, but the project is still on schedule according to representatives with deployment company Reef Maker, Walter Marine of Orange Beach, Alabama. Company founder David Walter said they are getting back to work after Tropical Storm Gordon put things on hold. Read the […]

Firefighters cheer arrival of new lifesaving tools

Firefighters cheer arrival of new lifesaving tools

Patrons of Firehouse Subs are often asked, “Do you want to round up to support local first responders?” Every time someone opts to round up the tab, the extra change goes to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, as does a portion of every sale made at the restaurant franchise. Read the full article in […]

BearWise grant to secure restaurant dumpsters

BearWise grant to secure restaurant dumpsters

South Santa Rosa County has been selected for a $58,000 grant to prevent bears from getting into local restaurant trash cans. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) awarded a total of $500,000 in grants to 10 communities to reduce human-bear conflicts as part of BearWise. Santa Rosa’s grant would go toward modifying dumpsters to […]

Low concentration of Red Tide detected in Okaloosa County

Low concentration of Red Tide detected in Okaloosa County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has updated the Red Tide report for Florida. Current Conditions A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida and extends from northern Pinellas to Lee counties along ~125 miles of coastline. Aerial surveys conducted on 9/6 and 9/11 as well as recent […]

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2018 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2018 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation and Okaloosa Gas are working to put the finishing touches on the 2018 fishing rodeo slated for Oct. 6-7 on Navarre Beach. Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, the event is entering its sixth year and is one stop on what will be the 15th annual Beaches […]

Technology presents benefits and challenges for seniors

Technology presents benefits and challenges for seniors

Technology is constantly evolving and for senior citizens who didn’t grow up with it and maybe didn’t even use it in the workplace, keeping up with it can be a challenge. David Bruns, who  handles media relations for AARP, notes that there is a digital divide. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue […]

Shorebird nesting boosted by quiet storm season

Shorebird nesting boosted by quiet storm season

After two years of dwindling nest numbers, shorebirds along Navarre Beach produced nearly 100 chicks that reached fledgling status. Audubon Florida Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala said this has been a good year for black skimmers and least terns, both listed as threatened species by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Read […]

HBTS Fishing Club steps up for Take a Kid Fishing

HBTS Fishing Club steps up for Take a Kid Fishing

Holley By the Sea Fishing Club is the title sponsor of the 2018 Take a Kid Fishing event presented by the Navarre Chamber Foundation, the area’s premier children’s fishing camp which takes place Oct. 6, during the weekend of the Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo. The ninth annual Take a Kid Fishing takes place on the Navarre Beach […]

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