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Sea turtle nesting season gets underway

Sea turtle nesting season gets underway

Sea turtle nesting season on Navarre Beach began this month, with the first mother turtles expected to arrive by the start of June. Turtle Patroller Cathy Holmes said there are some easy ways for beachgoers to help protect the threatened and endangered species that make their way onto the beach each year to lay eggs. […]

Sunrise Drive reopened

Sunrise Drive reopened

District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson and Holley by the Sea (HBTS) Assistant General Manager Lauren Riley cut the ceremonial ribbon May 16 on stormwater improvements for Sunrise Drive at the entrance to HBTS. They were joined by county Public Works Director Stephen Furman, HBTS board member Tom Beckman and HBTS board president Bob Hutchinson. […]

Tunes by the Dunes to rock the beach starting May 31

Tunes by the Dunes to rock the beach starting May 31

For the 11th year in a row, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its annual free summer concert series Thursday, May 31, featuring a wide variety of music genres. The Tunes by the Dunes concert series (formerly Thursdays in the Park) was relocated from Navarre Park to the Navarre Beach Sand […]

Memorial Ruck honors fallen officers

Memorial Ruck honors fallen officers

Last year, 134 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. Each one of them symbolically walked through Navarre last weekend, carried by a member of the community. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!

Church of Nazarene to launch in Navarre

Church of Nazarene to launch in Navarre

Creating a new church is like planting a seed. It requires work, tending and time, said Pastor Gary Monk. Monk hopes to do exactly that as he and his wife, Rita, work to plant the Navarre Church of the Nazarene. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

FWC stresses the importance of boating safety

FWC stresses the importance of boating safety

Zipping across Pensacola Bay at around 50 miles per hour, the wind whipping in the faces of those on board on a partly cloudy afternoon, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Sean Long and John Clark pull their boat up next to another one. They aren’t approaching the scene of the accident and nothing […]

Gulf Islands’ first sea turtle nest spotted

Gulf Islands’ first sea turtle nest spotted

Biologists at Gulf Islands National Seashore discovered the first sea turtle nest of the season Wednesday morning at Gulf Islands National Seashore. It has been identified as a loggerhead sea turtle. Sea turtle nesting season occurs between May 1 and October 31 each year along gulf coast beaches. In honor of the start of turtle […]

Senior center serves up pancakes and a side of fun

Senior center serves up pancakes and a side of fun

Don Brown is having fun amid the hustle and bustle of another pancake breakfast at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center on a Saturday morning. He has been involved at the senior center for more than two years now and steps up for a variety of volunteer opportunities during the year. Read the full article in the […]

Military appreciation picnic at Navarre Park

Military appreciation picnic at Navarre Park

The Military Affairs Committee of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) hosted a military appreciation picnic in Navarre Park Saturday, May 12. Featured in the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 […]

Docked once again

Docked once again

Pelican Perch and Turtle Runner, the two boats that will be used to anchor Gulf Island National Seashore’s ferry service in Pensacola Bay, are unwrapped and out of dry dock. But the boats won’t be leaving the dock just yet. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Navarre Beach pins new fire captain

Navarre Beach pins new fire captain

Navarre Beach Fire Department firefighter Corey Mayhew was pinned as fire captain May 9. Chief Danny Fureigh administered the oath, and Mayhew’s mother Jeannie did the honors of pinning the new captain’s lapel pins. Featured in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online […]

Repticon experience

Repticon experience

Hundreds of people flooded the Navarre Conference Center as Reptiday made its return to Navarre. The room was filled with various reptiles including lizards, geckos, tarantulas, snakes and the ever-popular Reno’s Reptiles. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the […]

Miracle League ball field to open next year

Miracle League ball field to open next year

If all goes according to plan, America’s pastime will be a lot more inclusive in south Santa Rosa County starting next spring. Tiger Point Park is set to receive the county’s first Miracle League baseball field following approval by Santa Rosa County commissioners May 10. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of […]

Scout’s project aims to protect wildlife from fishing line

Scout’s project aims to protect wildlife from fishing line

Fishing line and other monofilaments kill and injure thousands of marine animals each year, and along Navarre Beach these materials frequently impact the health of local species, especially sea turtles. Navarre Boy Scout Shea Dixon, 15, has set out to help reduce that impact. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre […]

Navarre teen Vinny a voice for epilepsy

Navarre teen Vinny a voice for epilepsy

It was just a typical school day Feb. 2 for 16-year-old Vinny Solomon as he sat in class at Navarre High School. It was Friday, and the weekend was on its way. But something was not right. An all-too-familiar feeling was creeping up on Vinny. “It feels like a lot of déjà vu, and I […]

RED Day goes wild at Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

RED Day goes wild at Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge got a helping hand last week as Keller Williams employees throughout Navarre took a break from selling real estate to give back to their community. Roughly 30 volunteers clad in red T-shirts worked power tools, trimmed brush, painted logos and installed animal closures for the future location of the rescue organization […]

Fletcher retires from his third career, ready to enjoy his free time

Fletcher retires from his third career, ready to enjoy his free time

Robert Fletcher isn’t your average retiree. In fact, the Navarre resident didn’t officially enter the retirement life until last Friday, the day before his 88th birthday. He retired from his third career in accounting at MoneyTree ATM, the business his son owns. And just because it was his last day doesn’t mean it was an […]

Navarre artist shows work in Fort Walton Beach

Navarre artist shows work in Fort Walton Beach

Navarre artist Christine Salome’s photography is getting attention locally. Salome won first place in the animal category of the Arts and Design Society (ADSO) 19th annual photography juried show in April. A selection of her work also hangs at the HH Arts Gallery in Fort Walton Beach. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre […]

Local group offers support to new moms

Local group offers support to new moms

A group started in Navarre last November to help mothers deal with mental health issues is already reaching capacity. It’s not surprising, since the Escambia and Santa Rosa County Community Health Needs Assessment 2016 pointed to unfavorable health factors for Santa Rosa County in births to overweight mothers, births to mothers ages 15-19 and a […]

Pet Nation’s PetCasso Kids event inspires young painters

Pet Nation’s PetCasso Kids event inspires young painters

Navarre children showed their artistic side for Mother’s Day at Pet Nation’s PetCasso Kids event Saturday. Participating children used reference pictures of family pets to paint canvases to give to their mothers. Featured the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the […]

Festival brings food, culture, faith across continents

Festival brings food, culture, faith across continents

  Sounds of sizzling pots of authentic cuisine mixed Sunday afternoon with the tunes of traditional Thai music at the Wat Florida Buddharam Buddhist temple of Navarre during the Thai Food and Culture Festival. The event was designed to showcase a variety of cultural elements to the community while raising funds for the temple, said […]

Lifeguard, firefighter training carries new weight

Lifeguard, firefighter training carries new weight

  On the evening of March 24, Navarre Beach firefighters were called to Tower 3 for multiple distressed swimmers, including children, caught in a rip current. Local military retiree Michael Robidoux entered the water to save the children. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Five things to know: Tourist Development Council

Five things to know: Tourist Development Council

1. TDC gets grant for sanctuary signage and brochures Now that the Navarre Beach near-shore snorkel reef has nearly doubled in size, Santa Rosa County is seeking ways to lead people to it and to the other features of the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary. With that in mind, the county applied for a $10,000 grant […]

County seeks short-term fix for big jail problems

County seeks short-term fix for big jail problems

Santa Rosa County Jail has hit its limit. The 682-bed facility has been full or nearly full for years, and Sheriff Bob Johnson said it has affected how his deputies enforce the law. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the […]

Fishing and conservation focus of FWC clinic

Fishing and conservation focus of FWC clinic

On a sun-splashed morning at the Maritime Park in downtown Pensacola, fishing is the focus, but it’s not all about casting a line into the water and hoping to snag a fish. Here at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Saltwater Fishing Clinic, the purpose runs much deeper than that. Read the full […]

Precision Martial Arts offers child abduction defense course

Precision Martial Arts offers child abduction defense course

Precision Martial Arts in Navarre will be hosting a free Stranger Awareness and Child Abduction Defense course May 12 for children ages 5 to 12. Owner Janet Longton said this is the right time of year to be teaching children these important lessons. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

South Santa Rosa opens first special needs day center

South Santa Rosa opens first special needs day center

Arc of South Santa Rosa officially opened its doors to dozens of special needs adults seeking services in Navarre and Gulf Breeze with a ribbon cutting ceremony May 2. The event last week came seven months after Arc Gateway announced the decision to open south Santa Rosa County’s first day center for adults with intellectual […]

Panhandle Butterfly House open for exploration

Panhandle Butterfly House open for exploration

The Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) welcomed its first visitors of the season Saturday in Navarre Park during its 21st season Grand Opening. Visitors were invited to view and learn about native butterfly species, purchase native butterfly friendly plants and get coaching from master gardeners. Volunteer Nancy Pavlich, who has been with the program since 2014, […]

Residents unite to combat speeding, crime

Residents unite to combat speeding, crime

Navarre Beach resident Larry Hoffman did not know what hit him. He went for his daily run on the morning of March 3 along White Sands Boulevard. Less than a block from his home, while Hoffman was jogging about a foot off the shoulder of the road, a sport utility (SUV) vehicle hit him from […]

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