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Using telemedicine during pandemic

Using telemedicine during pandemic

Technology has been a game changer in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.Doctors are using it to stay in touch with patients, resorting to appointments that involve Facetime and Skype instead of face-to-face appointments. It’s called telemedicine and it’s growing in popularity in this time of uncertainty.The method allows patients to avoid having to go […]

COVID-19 hits home for Major Bringmans

COVID-19 hits home for Major Bringmans

Doug Bringmans video chatted with his father March 18, and like so many previous chats between the two, everything seemed fine.His father, Mathieu, lives in Belgium, more than 4,700 miles away from the United States where his son is a major in the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Department. Between video chatting and annual visits to […]

Local churches step up to serve our community

Local churches step up to serve our community

The historical backdrop against which the New Testament of the Bible was written is painted in dark, menacing shades. The weighty and wide oppression of the Roman occupiers was shaping the lives of the unfortunate occupied. Life was cheap, slavery was an accepted cultural norm. Nature was no ally to the suffering as a succession […]

Life in social isolation, optimism remains

Life in social isolation, optimism remains

Whether its serving or hosting, Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill assistant manager Amber Krause stays busy. She received her paycheck as scheduled but the next day she got laid off, along with all the other employees of the restaurant as concerns for spread of COVID-19 outweighed potential revenue. Krause said the decision by the Rudzki […]

Navarre 12-year old competes in duathlon

Navarre 12-year old competes in duathlon

Race day felt a little bit different for Landon Kurtz. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 12-year-old Learning with Grace student wasn’t able to compete in a duathlon against others or in front of the usual large crowds that accompany sporting events like this. Instead competitors would have to compete individually and submit their times.But […]

Hurlburt, Eglin declare public health emergencies

Hurlburt, Eglin declare public health emergencies

Hurlburt Field and Eglin officials have elevated the Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Level to ‘Charlie’ and have declared a public health emergency for the installations.The elevation to Charlie is part of the ongoing response to COVID-19 concerns.“The COVID-19 situation is very dynamic,” said Col. Mike Conley, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt […]

Pensacola’s Foo Foo Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Pensacola’s Foo Foo Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic will have impacts far into 2020 as one of Pensacola’s iconic festivals has been cancelled for November.  The nonprofit organization, Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. (ACE), announced Thursday the 7th Annual Foo Foo Festival slated for Nov. 5-16 has been canceled due to the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Foo Foo […]

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

As of March 29, 2:00 p.m. Note: To provide our community with important public safety information, the Navarre Press is posting entire stories related to the coronavirus in front of our paywall and making our weekly issue free to read. Click HERE to read.  Please seriously consider supporting the hard work that our staff and our journalists […]

FWC puts license renewal deadlines on hold

FWC puts license renewal deadlines on hold

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has issued an executive order that anyone with a specified license that has an existing renewal deadline in March or April is now suspended and tolled for a period for 30 days from the existing deadline. Licenses that fall under this category including commercial freshwater and charter fishing licenses. […]

Property tax payments deadline extended

Property tax payments deadline extended

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an order Monday, March 16, directing the Department of Revenue to provide flexibility on tax due dates to help those affected by COVID-19. Thursday, March 26, Jim Zingale, Department of Revenue executive director, issued an emergency order to extend the final due date for property tax payments for the 2019 […]

Cats are born for quarantine

Cats are born for quarantine

By Inkie Stinkie Social distancing – purrrfect for me! I don’t need all those lovins anyway. But let me tell you what happened. Freaked me out. I was in a really good nap. A little bit of sun shining on me, I was probably even drooling a little. All of a sudden one of my […]

Gulf Power donates $250,000 to United Way COVID-19 response

Gulf Power donates $250,000 to United Way COVID-19 response

Communities around the world are grappling with the lasting economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting new strain on community support organizations like United Way of West Florida. To help support the nonprofit’s community response, Gulf Power Foundation donated $250,000 to the organization to help members of our community impacted by COVID-19. United […]

COVID kitties rescued

COVID kitties rescued

Volunteers at nonprofit animal rescue A HOPE have a sense of humor. Mama kitty COVID was dumped at the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter pregnant and injured. A HOPE staff pulled her and named her, and when her four kittens were born, they named them Fatigue, Fever, Cough and Body Aches. They are just two […]

Navarre Beach closed to public as of March 21

Navarre Beach closed to public as of March 21

Amid calls from health care professionals to shut down the shorelines due to COVID-19 fears, Santa Rosa County officials announced Friday morning that all public beach areas will close at midnight. Restaurants that have not already done so are being directed to move entirely to to-go ordering. No on-premises dining will be allowed.The closure includes […]

Local churches respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Local churches respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

With Holy Week three weeks away, local church leaderships were faced with an unexpected and difficult decision. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations last week for the State of Florida designed to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the state. One recommendation is that faith-based communities in Florida “cancel […]

High above the bay and away from reality at Bay Bluffs Park

High above the bay and away  from reality at Bay Bluffs Park

This is the latest in a series of articles that will appear throughout the year on outdoor opportunities worth checking out, both in Florida and, every so often, outside the state. This week’s story focuses in on Bay Bluffs Park in Pensacola. COVID-19 concerns loom large over the state of Florida, and with very few […]

Hurlburt Update: Moves to Health Protection Condition Charlie

Hurlburt Update: Moves to Health Protection Condition Charlie

 Hurlburt Field officials have elevated the Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Level to Charlie and have declared a public health emergency for the installation.  The elevation to Charlie is part of the ongoing response to COVID-19 concerns. “The COVID-19 situation is very dynamic,” said Col. Mike Conley, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing. “Given the […]

DEP closes all state parks in Florida

DEP closes all state parks in Florida

Starting today, all state parks in Florida are closed. The Department of Environmental Protection made the decision at the direction of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. DEP has tried to continue to provide recreation opportunities at state parks during this time of dealing with COVID-19. Limiting hours and reducing visitor capacity has been part of its […]

Attn. builders: What you need to know about county services

Attn. builders: What you need to know about county services

Planning/Zoning The lobby is closed for all walk-in appointments. All pre-application meetings for Development Services will be conducted via conference call or postponed.   Site plans, permit applications and other documentation that cannot be submitted electronically (emailed or faxed) can be placed in one of the drop boxes located one of our two locations. The Milton […]

Santa Rosa County Libraries changing hours and operations

Santa Rosa County Libraries changing hours and operations

Normal operating hours for all Santa Rosa County Libraries will continue through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20. Beginning Saturday, March 21, libraries will be closed to the public until further notice. To minimize potential exposure to patrons and staff, the libraries are implementing the following procedures beginning Monday, March 23: Returning items When returning […]

Remote instruction at UWF extended through spring

Remote instruction at UWF extended through spring

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the State University System of Florida directed all state universities to conduct the remainder of their spring semesters remotely. No COVID-19 cases have been reported at UWF. However, the decision is following the general public health principle of limiting interaction of people within larger groups. The hope is that it […]

Escambia County sees first COVID-19 case

Escambia County sees first COVID-19 case

Escambia County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19 Monday according to the Florida Department of Health. The patient is a man whose age is not listed. This case is travel related according to the state’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard. Okaloosa County is now reporting a second case of the illness. Two women have […]

The front line of COVID-19

The front line of COVID-19

*This information is current as of press time, Tuesday, March 17 The number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Florida hit 173 with six deaths attributed to the disease. The county with the highest number of cases is Broward with 43, and Dade following closely with 32. Santa Rosa has had only one case […]

Dollar General creates senior hour amid COVID-19 concerns

Dollar General creates senior hour amid COVID-19 concerns

In light of growing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic concerns, Dollar General stores in Navarre will hold a seniors shopping hour from 8 to 9 a.m. each day. Starting Tuesday, stores “strongly encouraged” the first hour of opening to be dedicated solely to senior customers due to their heightened vulnerability to COVID-19 infection according to a corporate […]

Publix, Walmart launch senior shopping hours due to COVID-19

Publix, Walmart launch senior shopping hours due to COVID-19

Due to health concerns for vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic, Publix and Walmart announced Thursday stores will hold seniors only shopping hours. Publix is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7 to 8 a.m., as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and over. This change in hours will begin Tuesday, March 24, and continue […]

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