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Navarre Beach July 4 fireworks still on, others cancelled

Navarre Beach July 4 fireworks still on, others cancelled

Visitors to Navarre Beach for July Fourth fireworks this weekend should plan for crowds.  The annual patriotic, pyrotechnics display draws thousands of beach goers each year, but with many neighboring displays cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, Navarre’s show may see more visitors than usual.  Pensacola Beach, Blue Wahoos Stadium, Fort Walton Beach, Destin Commons and […]

Waste Pro rates to increase under new contract

Waste Pro rates to increase under new contract

Navarre residents should expect fewer pickups for a higher price starting in January. Recycling won’t be included in the contract any longer either. The change comes as part of a larger renegotiation of the south end waste hauler’s agreement to expand to cover the entire county. The negotiations were prompted by Emerald Coast Utility Authority’s […]

UPDATE: Navarre Beach July 4 concert cancelled, fireworks still on

UPDATE: Navarre Beach July 4 concert cancelled, fireworks still on

Out of an abundance of caution, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has called off their annual Fourth of July concert and food trucks on Navarre Beach.  The concert usually accompanies the Tourist Development Council’s annual fireworks show. The chamber had opted to cancel their children’s parade. Last week the chamber still planned to […]

Blue Angels to fly four days

Blue Angels to fly four days

The show will go on for the area’s daring aerial performance team, and there will be more opportunities to see them July 8-11 along local beaches. To help with social distancing, the Blue Angels will be stretching their annual hometown Pensacola Beach Air Show over four days, thrilling visitors lined up on shore.  The Blue […]

Solar company helps local family

Solar company helps local family

The Atlantic Key Energy (AKE) team changed into their work clothes Saturday and got their hands dirty, literally. The area managers and sales team traded in their clipboards for some work gloves to help revamp the home of Marsha Shealey, a single mom to four children and a teacher at Navarre High School. “This was […]

Changes coming to waste hauling

Changes coming to waste hauling

Financial penalties for failing to pick up garbage and making recycling a subscription are among the changes that could come with an extension of WastePro’s waste hauling service in Santa Rosa County. The hauler is currently providing service for the south end on an exclusive contract with the county. Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) announced […]

COVID challenge creates virtual opportunities at science station

COVID challenge creates virtual opportunities at science station

Each summer, the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station puts together a host of camps that engage children in hands-on marine lessons. Students fish, paddle, dissect, build robots and more along the coastline. But with COVID-19 looming large in the background, the station’s annual camps were canceled this year. Other casualties included the stations annual Autism […]

Sea turtle center accepting visitors

Sea turtle center accepting visitors

For the first time in nearly three months, a group of visitors entered the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center Tuesday to learn about marine ecosystems. The center closed to visitors back in March due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Center Executive Director Jenn Polus said they are ready to bring in visitors […]

Alzheimer’s research focus of virtual summit

Alzheimer’s research focus of virtual summit

The Florida chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a free educational virtual event Friday. The Dementia Research and Policy Summit will feature keynote speaker Carl Hill. Hill is the vice president of scientific engagement at the Alzheimer’s Association, overseeing strategic efforts to create global awareness of the association’s international research program.   Read the […]

Tablet project plays vital role in mitigating isolation

Tablet project plays vital role in mitigating isolation

As isolation continues for those in assisted living facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Alzheimer’s Association remain focused on reducing the issues caused by that isolation. That is particularly important for those living with some form of dementia. Project Vital (Virtual Inclusion Technology for All) is the […]

State ends I-10 COVID-19 checkpoint

State ends I-10 COVID-19 checkpoint

News Service of Florida Motorists traveling from Alabama into Florida on I-10 will no longer face being stopped for COVID-19 checks. The Florida Department of Transportation announced Friday that a checkpoint east of the Florida-Alabama border is being deactivated as part of Gov. Ron DeSantis starting the second phase of a COVID-19 economic recovery plan. […]

Local teen artist creates winning book cover

Local teen artist creates winning book cover

The cliché goes “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but good cover art can make or break a book’s chances of success. Local Kyla Brichetto, 16, demonstrated the impact of a good cover this May after making it to the final round of the All Author’s monthly cover contest. She placed fourth in the […]

YMCA moving forward in positive direction

YMCA moving forward in positive direction

Northwest Florida YMCA Executive Director Bill Seedes has seen promising signs as the YMCA has gotten back on track during the reopening of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the doors reopened in mid-May, more than 130 have either joined the YMCA or renewed their membership. “We are trending in the right direction,” Seedes […]

Refuge new home for Dolan

Refuge new home for Dolan

No electricity. No running water. No man-made structures. Lisianski Island is not exactly hospitable to people hence its nickname, the loneliest island. In fact, the boat captain it is named for reportedly had a strong disliking for the roughly 380 acres of sand and scrub, and, he wrecked there twice. Over the course of three […]

Local artist leading book cover contest

Local artist leading book cover contest

Local Kyla Brichetto, 16, is bumping elbows with the adult pros in a contest to recognize artistic skill.  The Navarre High student created the cover art for “Honey Ko,” a tale of love and loss by William C. Pennington. Since then, her artwork has found its way to the second spot in All Author’s monthly […]

Navarre Beach Utility suspends late fees, service cutoffs

Navarre Beach Utility suspends late fees, service cutoffs

Following the example of several water utilities in the region, Santa Rosa County Commissioners approved suspending late fees and cutoffs for Navarre Beach Utility customers impacted by COVID-19. Commissioners passed the measure without objection May 14, during their regular meeting in Milton at the request of several customers.     Read the full article in […]

Boil water notice lifted for Timber Lane

Boil water notice lifted for Timber Lane

UPDATE: The May 21 “PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE” is hereby rescinded following the satisfactory completion of the bacteriological survey showing that the water is safe to drink.  If you have any questions you may contact Holley Navarre Water System, Inc.  at 850-939-2427. Original, May 21: Holley Navarre Water System has issued a precautionary boil water notice for the […]

Libraries phase re-opening to public

Libraries phase re-opening to public

Next week, libraries in Santa Rosa County begin re-opening to visitors for limited computer use after COVID-19 closures with limited capacity. According to a press release, the phased approach complies with orders from local and state officials and maintains the safety of patrons and employees. Starting Tuesday, May 26, libraries will open for computer use […]

Local churches reopen  for in-person worship

Local churches reopen  for in-person worship

The cartoon pictures a bleary-eyed woman in a well-worn housecoat, tangled hair, feet shod with fuzzy bunny slippers, a cup of coffee gripped tightly in her fist, groggily plodding up a church aisle. The other worshipers, all appropriately coiffed, look on in bemused astonishment. Its caption reads, “Mrs. Jones got a little too used to watching online worship from home.”  Even though Gov. Ron DeSantis deemed […]

Turtle nesting season runs through October 31

Turtle nesting season runs through October 31

As beachgoers flock back to the shore after COVID-19 closures, they need to keep more than social distancing precautions in mind. Navarre Beach’s sea turtle nesting season officially started May 1, meaning four species of these endangered reptiles will be coming ashore at night to lay their eggs. Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center founder […]

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