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State Farm sponsoring Road Ranger program in Northwest Florida

State Farm sponsoring Road Ranger program in Northwest Florida

Northwest Florida will now benefit from the Road Ranger program. The Florida Department of Transportation announced State Farm will sponsor the service patrol in this part of the Sunshine State. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

An American hero close to home

An American hero close to home

So often the heroes of history feel distant. Their struggles and endeavors, while often impressive, seem not to have any real connection to our daily lives here. But sometimes those heroes grew up in our own backyard. Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. (1920-1978) was the nation’s first African-American four-star general, and he was born right […]

Virus contained; shelter again accepting cats

Virus contained; shelter again accepting cats

The Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter is ready to accept cats again following the suspension of feline intakes prompted by a viral outbreak. A detection of feline parvovirus (FPV), also known as feline panleukopenia, led the shelter to stop taking in cats in late January. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of […]

New council member seeks unity in Gulf Breeze

New council member seeks unity in Gulf Breeze

Despite the recent upheaval in City of Gulf Breeze political circles, new council member J.B. Schluter foresees a local government that can quickly focus on solving problemsand making improvements. “I think most people here believe the city is well run,” said Schluter. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Wine and Dine for Dravet sells out

Wine and Dine for Dravet sells out

Once again Juana’s Pagoda was packed with purple-clad donors Feb. 22 for the annual Wine & Dine for Dravet in Honor of Charlotte. Charlotte was nearly five months old when diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy that begins in infancy and causes prolonged and frequent seizures. Read the full article […]

Community Life seeks runners to support mission here, abroad

Community Life seeks runners to support mission here, abroad

Navarre and Gulf Breeze teens of Community Life Church will be leaving the comfort of home this July to spread the gospel in impoverished areas of the Central American nation of Belize. But they have to pay for it first. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

DeSantis makes waves going into legislative session

DeSantis makes waves going into legislative session

Agree or disagree with his actions, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been making decisions–and lots of them–since taking office Jan. 8. Government is often accused of moving slowly, but the governor has made a point of taking some type of action on a variety of fronts discussed during his heated campaign for the office. Read […]

Grassroots movement calls for impact fee revival

Grassroots movement calls for impact fee revival

As growth continues to strain infrastructure across Santa Rosa County, residents of Pace are echoing cries by south county residents to make developers shoulder more of the burden. More than 50 residents along Woodbine Road in Pace gathered Feb. 21 for the first meeting of Santa Rosa Voters Against Overcrowded Roads and Schools (Voters Against). […]

Navarre couple joins fight against colon cancer

Navarre couple joins fight against colon cancer

Ronnie Ard of Navarre knew he was at risk. His father had colon cancer. The Eglin Range Patrol officer also knew that the risk of this type of cancer goes up after age 50. And he knew that a colonoscopy would allow doctors to determine whether he had the disease. Read the full article in […]

Community outpouring continues for sick deputy

Community outpouring continues for sick deputy

As Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Deputy Nic Hubbard continues his fight against cancer miles from home, his supporters back in Navarre are rallying to send even more financial help his way. Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mark James, who supervises the Navarre area, said it is only natural for the department to support Hubbard as he is treated […]

Mahjong presents challenges along with fun

Mahjong presents challenges along with fun

It’s late on a Friday morning and there are a couple of tables set up in the Holley Navarre Senior Center. Three people are at each one. They are playing a game called mahjong, which originated in China and is sort of like cards. Read the full article in the Feb. 21 issue of Navarre […]

Local artist supports Arc with mural donation

Local artist supports Arc with mural donation

Clients and volunteers of the Arc Gateway of south Santa Rosa County celebrated an artistic donation Feb. 13 after a local artist created a custom mural for the facility. Program Manager Marilyn Ward said the blank wall space was begging for some adornment. Read the full article in the Feb. 21 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Dilapidated beach house on the market for $1.5 million

Dilapidated beach house on the market for $1.5 million

Boarded up windows overlook white sand beaches and garbage lays alongside a new for sale sign at a home that has riled neighbors for more than a decade. Legal proceedings to terminate the lease on the crumbling Gulf front home at 7315 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach have stalled, and the owners have made yet […]

$1.7 million for Gulf Breeze flooding in jeopardy

$1.7 million for Gulf Breeze flooding in jeopardy

Santa Rosa County is set to miss out on $1.7 million in drainage improvement grant money to tackle flooding in Gulf Breeze subdivisions because of one property owner’s reluctance to sell a portion of the property to the county. County Commissioners heard from the project lead and the resistant homeowner Feb. 14. Read the full […]

Having a ball

Having a ball

The Navarre Krewe of Jesters and guests let the good times roll at their annual Mardi Gras Ball held at the Navarre Conference Center last weekend. The 2019 Krewe of Jester’s Mardi Gras Court is King Dan Loftin, Queen Yolie Donley, Queen of Hearts JoAnn Lofti, Lester the Jester LeAnn Whichard and Grand Marshal Dave […]

Good times set to roll Saturday on Navarre Beach

Good times set to roll Saturday on Navarre Beach

Thousands of tourists and locals are set to overtake Navarre Beach Saturday for the 33rd Annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade. Mardi Gras season kicked off Jan. 15, and groups such as the Navarre Krewe of Jesters have been ringing in the celebration ever since. Read the full article in the Feb. 21 issue of […]

Beach church signs issue continues

Beach church signs issue continues

Navarre’s Beachside Church may have to keep its signs down as search for proof of an agreement between the county and church leadership has not turned up. For 25 years, Beachside Church has been holding informal church services in the Navarre Beach parking lot. Read the full article in the Feb. 21 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Search continues for Elkie

Search continues for Elkie

Its been two and half months since the Poling family’s dog disappeared from their Navarre home. Elkie wandered away from his home on PGA Boulevard Dec. 6, and his family has been searching the region ever since. Read the full article in the Feb. 21 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Reef becomes staple of ecotourism

Reef becomes staple of ecotourism

Kayak fishing enthusiast Bob Boston remembers landing in Pensacola in 2010 the same day as the BP Oil Spill. He was returning from his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. “I was mad. I said I have to do something, and when I get something on my mind, I’m tenacious,” Boston said. Read the full […]

Local stars sparkle at a Night to Shine

Local stars sparkle at a Night to Shine

The sleek, stretch limousine glides silently out of the velvet night to a gentle stop and an elegantly dressed couple emerges to enthusiastic cheers breaking out from the eager crowd lining the long, red carpet. As the couple passed through the crowd in regal fashion the celebration swells to a roar bringing appreciative smiles to […]

Locals wine and dine against Dravet

Locals wine and dine against Dravet

The Navarre community will be coming together Friday to once again support others that are in need. The special cause at the heart of this effort revolves around a little girl named Charlotte. Charlotte was nearly five months old when diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy that begins in infancy […]

Blue Spring is a literal hot spot for manatees

Blue Spring is a literal hot spot for manatees

This is the first in a series of articles that will appear occasionally throughout the year on outdoor opportunities worth checking out, both in Florida and, every so often, outside the state. The first centers around my trip to Blue Spring State Park in Orange City. A line of cars forms along a road leading […]

Elder abuse remains big problem in state

Elder abuse remains big problem in state

Elder abuse is a problem in America. In Florida alone last year, there were reports of more than 38,000 cases involving seniors 60 and older, including close to 3,100 (3,076) in the Northwest Region of the state. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

A gift to the community

A gift to the community

Walking into the main entrance of Community Life Methodist Church in Gulf Breeze and seeing the large gymnasium with basketball courts right off the main foyer you might wonder, “Is this a community center?” “People from the community come in to use the gym and soon notice things like the crosses on the walls,” says […]

Through the story of Eliza, Arcadia explores black history

Through the story of Eliza, Arcadia explores black history

When Milton businessman Joseph Forsyth died in 1855, the dozens of slaves that called Arcadia Mill home faced an uncertain future. “There would have been a lot of uncertainty. They are not told about the ways of the world,” said Adriane Walker, Arcadia site manager. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of […]

Gulf Breeze steers toward golf cart law

Gulf Breeze steers toward golf cart law

Signs that proclaim “Golf Cart Legal Street” are coming soon to the City of Gulf Breeze. Since 2016 city council members have debated various versions of a proposed ordinance that allows the operation of golf carts on neighborhood streets by adults and teens who view the vehicles as an enjoyable and inexpensive alternative to cars, […]

Seashore plans prescribed burns for Naval Live Oaks

Seashore plans prescribed burns for Naval Live Oaks

Gulf Islands National Seashore plans to conduct one to two small controlled burns within the Naval Live Oaks (NLO) Area near Gulf Breeze, Florida. Controlled burns may occur sometime between now and end of April. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Adoptable pets at the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter at (850) 983-4680.   Bow wow, I’m Allie (A103829)! I am a female black and white retriever mix. The shelter staff think I am about 6 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jan. 14.       […]

NYSA dealing with vandalism

NYSA dealing with vandalism

Vandalism has been an issue at NYSA recently. The baseball concession stand was broken into and playground equipment, including the zip line, has been damaged. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre Press […]