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Midway water loss solved?

Midway water loss solved?

In the course of a month, Midway Water System’s water loss has dropped from 19.3% to a more industry reasonable 5.7%. Water loss is a measure of the water that is pumped into the system but is not accounted for coming out the other end.   Read the full article in the June 6 issue […]

Navarre gives Gaetz warm welcome

Navarre gives Gaetz warm welcome

U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz was received positively by the packed porch of Dewey Destin’s in Navarre Saturday during his “Won’t Back Down Tour” through northwest Florida. The staunch conservative addressed a variety of topics during his Q and A with the public including increasing benefits to partially disabled veterans and limiting aid to foreign nations. […]

Mailing drugs and cell phones to jail

Mailing drugs and cell phones to jail

A Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputy busted an alleged attempt to smuggle drugs and contraband into Century Correctional Institute in April. Sheriff Bob Johnson explained an officer made a traffic stop in Jay, April 30, after seeing a vehicle drive behind the post office and shut off its lights at about 10 p.m. Read the […]

Rabies, microchip clinic at A HOPE

Rabies, microchip clinic at A HOPE

Due to the recent rabies alert in Santa Rosa County, A HOPE for Santa Rosa County will be hosting a rabies and microchip clinic in conjunction with PAWS rolling vet clinic. The event will be held Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Paw Pad in Milton at 5755 Washington Street. Rabies vaccines will […]

Milton offers $3,000 for identity of vandal(s)

Milton offers $3,000 for identity of vandal(s)

The city of Milton announced June 5 a reward of up to $3,000 for the identity of those that vandalized the Riverwalk South. A reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) after newly installed lighting was broken and wiring stolen. According to a press release, $3,500 worth of […]

Silver Alert remains valuable tool in locating vulnerable elders

Silver Alert remains valuable tool in locating vulnerable elders

Nearly 2,100 alerts have been issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement since the Florida Silver Alert program went into place in 2008. In that time, it has been directly responsible for the recovery of 219 people. Silver Alert has been critical in a state like Florida where more than 4.3 million people ages […]

Joey needs a foster home

Joey needs a foster home

Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter is seeking fosters for special-case animals that may need care outside the shelter. One such case is Joey, a male Chihuahua mix. Shelter staff have discovered that Joey is heartworm positive and will need a temporary foster home until he finishes his treatments. Joey weighs 13.4 pounds and is house […]

R3 Program focuses on sustaining popularity of fishing

R3 Program focuses on sustaining popularity of fishing

Fishing is a big deal in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to make sure that angling continues to be a staple in the Sunshine State for years to come.   Read the full article in the May 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click […]

Rabies alert issued in Santa Rosa County

Rabies alert issued in Santa Rosa County

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County has issued a rabies alert for the City of Milton. The alert is in response to a report of a positive test result for rabies in a raccoon May 31. The rabies alert will be in effect for the next 60 days. An animal with rabies […]

Blessing the beach

Blessing the beach

Locals and visitors gathered for a special prayer over the beach May 23. Dr. Alan McBride, senior pastor at Navarre United Methodist Church, led a prayer for safety and prosperity for the locals and the thousands of visitors who will visit throughout peak tourist season. The annual blessing is coordinated by the Navarre Beach Area […]

Local nonprofits vie for Wind Creek grants

Local nonprofits vie for Wind Creek grants

Nonprofits throughout Alabama and North Florida are vying for a portion of $125,000 in grants to be awarded as part of Wind Creek Hospitality’s Partners in Progress Video Contest. Among the 92 organizations that applied are two nonprofits based in Navarre: Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge and Outreach Navarre Inc. d.b.a. Weekend Food Program. Read the […]

Overruling Zoning Board, county OKs RV exception

Overruling Zoning Board, county OKs RV exception

The Board of County Commissioners went against the recommendation of the Zoning Board and the complaints of neighbors May 23 to grant a resident’s request to allow RV parking in his front yard because of a medical hardship. Doug Walborn applied for a special exception to the county code to allow his ailing mother to […]

Tunes by the Dunes kicks off Thursday

Tunes by the Dunes kicks off Thursday

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its 12th annual free summer concert series Thursday, May 30 at the Navarre Beach Park’s Sand Crab Pavilion, just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Co-hosted by the Okaloosa Gas District, Navarre Press, Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office, 87 Garage and the Navarre […]

County hanging in with plywood pier patches

County hanging in with plywood pier patches

Despite lengthy discussion by county commissioners about replacing 121 patches along the length of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, the county has opted to stick with the plywood solution. County Engineer Roger Blaylock said the county expects to have new bids for replacing the entire pier deck by June 13.   Read the full article […]

Chill Out plays role in helping vulnerable seniors beat the heat

Chill Out plays role in helping vulnerable seniors beat the heat

It’s time to Chill Out. For nearly a decade the Council on Aging of West Florida has hosted a one-day event to collect new air conditioners, fans and money to help benefit senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties who live in homes without an option to stay cool.   Read the full article […]

Skylar is full of ambition

Skylar is full of ambition

Helpful, hardworking and enthusiastic best describes Skylar. He is an energetic young man who works hard to meet expectations and do the right thing. He is also outgoing and enjoys spending time with others. Skylar is active and loves being outside exploring or doing yard work. He says his perfect day would be having breakfast […]

Worshiping together as one

Worshiping together as one

Ahm Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in Navarre, led by Rabbi Wayne Leland, is a congregation that believes that the “Jesus” of the Bible, Yeshua in Hebrew, is the long-promised Messiah. Christians might marvel that Jewish believers have joined our ranks when, in truth, it is we non-Jewish believers who have joined their ranks.   Read the […]

Hotel fights child cancer with yard sale

Hotel fights child cancer with yard sale

Visitors to Navarre Park Saturday, May 18 perused baby toys, old movies, antiques and jewelry as part of a charity yard sale hosted by Hampton Inn and Suites. The sale focused on raising funds to help St. Jude Children’s Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer.   Read the full article in the May 23 […]

Off-base bomb training valuable to military

Off-base bomb training valuable to military

A robot maneuvers its way through a hallway in the Pregnancy Resource Center in Navarre last week. It’s objective: obtain the pipe bomb that has been thrown into a room in the center.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click […]

Permit application process open for alligator hunt

Permit application process open for alligator hunt

Alligator hunting season begins in August and runs through November. The time to apply for a hunting permit is now. Permits aren’t guaranteed as the drawing is done through a lottery system.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here […]

End of Watch leads ruck through county

End of Watch leads ruck through county

In 2018, 150 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. To honor their sacrifice, teams of volunteers carried 150 pounds of weights for 150 miles across Santa Rosa County last week as part of the second annual End of Watch Memorial Ruck.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue […]

Appreciating foster parents

Appreciating foster parents

May is National Foster Care Month, and United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) took an afternoon Saturday to thank foster parents in a picnic in Navarre Park. Foster parents in the UMCH West Florida Foster Parent program provide care for children that have been separated from their families due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Some of […]

Navarre Beach Fire set for special election

Navarre Beach Fire set for special election

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue will be on the special election ballot in August seeking to become a special fire district. The issue was brought before the Board of County Commissioners Monday. Fire board member Ben Boyd said they wanted to get the nonbinding referendum of the special election ballot, otherwise it would have to wait […]

Navarre teens help restore reefs during Keys trip

Navarre teens help restore reefs during Keys trip

For five days, 20 high school students of the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station dived reefs, snorkeled and learned from field experts on issues of marine biology and conservancy in Key Largo as part of an annual field trip. Station Director Charlene Mauro said the students begin learning to dive in August, then spend the […]

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter at (850) 983-4680.   Woof! My name is Buddy. I’m a 2-year-old brown brindle retriever mix. This boy is neutered and weighs 73 pounds. I have been hanging out at the shelter since April 10, but I really hope to […]

May the Fur be with You and your pets, too

May the Fur be with You and your pets, too

From a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Darth Vader, stormtroopers and even Princess Leia descended on the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter last Saturday for May the Fur be with You. They were joined by a crowd of volunteers and families looking for “furever friends.” Read the full article in the […]

Navarre Beach Fire increases ranking, lowers insurance costs

Navarre Beach Fire increases ranking, lowers insurance costs

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue announced an upgrade in its fire protection ranking last week that could mean cheaper property insurance premiums on the beach. The Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO) moved the Navarre Beach department up from a Class 4 to a Class 2 based on its ability to quickly respond to and fight fires. […]

Hurricane Michael displaces hawk nestlings

Hurricane Michael displaces hawk nestlings

When Hurricane Michael ripped through the Panama City area in October 2018, many people were displaced as their homes were destroyed by high winds and the massive storm surge of the Category 5 hurricane. Nearly seven months later, some smaller residents of the Panhandle have been displaced by the storm’s aftermath. Read the full article […]