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Zoolights delight at Gulf Breeze Zoo

Zoolights delight at Gulf Breeze Zoo

From swinging monkeys to twinkling swans, Gulf Breeze Zoo got wild in a new way last weekend during their annual Zoolights celebration. The light display will be open to the public 5-9 p.m. now through Dec. 29. Entry for just the lights is $12.95 per person. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue […]

Christmas magic

Christmas magic

Santa was delivered to the Holley by the Sea Beach House for the Breakfast with Santa event by Holley Navarre Fire District engine 41. Families enjoyed a continental breakfast, hot cocoa, Christmas crafts and took photos with the man himself. As seen in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Settlers Colony receives $6.2 million drainage upgrade

Settlers Colony receives $6.2 million drainage upgrade

Construction of $6.2 million of drainage improvements in Settlers Colony Expansion in Gulf Breeze began Dec. 12. The county project includes installation of an improved stormwater collection and conveyance system with new outfall locations and stormwater treatment components. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Nativity story brought to life at Navarre First Assembly

Nativity story brought to life at Navarre First Assembly

Navarre First Assembly of God brought the birth of Jesus to life Friday and Saturday night during their annual Drive-Thru Live Nativity. The event featured a variety of scenes from the biblical story of Jesus’s birth including the three wisemen following a star to his birthplace, an angel appearing to shepherds in the field and […]

BOLD ACT closer to playing vital role in fight against Alzheimer’s

BOLD ACT closer to playing vital role in fight against Alzheimer’s

Michelle Branham is the Vice President of Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association. And her excitement level is high this week after what took place in the United States Senate last week. The Senate passed the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (BOLD). Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of […]

Man sentenced for attempted enticement of a minor

Man sentenced for attempted enticement of a minor

Glenn Varrin, 56, of Syracuse, New York, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for attempted enticement of a minor after pleading guilty on August 15.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. […]

FWC proposes 2019 recreational red snapper season

FWC proposes 2019 recreational red snapper season

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has proposed a 32-day season that would begin June 11 and end July 12 in federal and state waters. That stretch is eight days longer than what was proposed for 2018, but, if approved, would be eight days shorter than the 40-day season that was ultimately approved for the […]

Sea Turtle Soiree raises $21,000 for conservation

Sea Turtle Soiree raises $21,000 for conservation

Roughly 130 people danced the night away Saturday at the Pensacola Beach Hilton at the first-ever, sold-out Sea Turtle Soiree in support of sea turtle conservation. The event was one of the largest fundraisers to date for the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC), and it raked in thousands for the nonprofit’s marine conservation, […]

Q and A: Holley Navarre Water System Candidates

Q and A: Holley Navarre Water System Candidates

All eight candidates for Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) Board of Directors were asked about their qualifications and the water system’s future. Board members will be chosen by the membership (ratepayers) of the system in an election Jan. 15. Absentee ballots and proxies are currently available ahead of election day through the water system’s office. […]

Board rejects Military Trail density increase

Board rejects Military Trail density increase

Plans to build 11 condominiums along Military Trail in Navarre were squashed Dec. 13 when county commissioners refused a request to increase the property’s allowable density. Developer Jimmy Murphy of Homes by Vision LLC was seeking to have a 1.13-acre parcel rezoned to R2 to permit the construction of multi-family homes as opposed to the […]

Body found in Jay may be missing woman

Body found in Jay may be missing woman

A homicide investigation is underway after Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Deputies said Monday they believe a body found in a shallow grave in Jay is a woman that has been missing since May 28. Felecia Kuswandy, 38, was last seen alive at the same property along Highway 4 where the body was discovered last week according […]

Red tide recedes to non-detectable level

Red tide recedes to non-detectable level

Floridians across the state and especially along Navarre Beach may breathe a sigh of relief this week as all signs point to the end of a bumpy red tide season. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reports across most of the Gulf coast show 0-1,000 cells per liter concentration of the algae karenia brevis, […]

Shy young lady needs loving family

Shy young lady needs loving family

Abigail is a smart and beautiful 15-year-old youth. She can be a little shy and reserved until she gets to know you. Abigail’s favorite subject in school is science, and she is also a member of the color guard. Abigail enjoys shopping and getting her nails done. She would like a home environment where there […]

Senior center elects new board members

Senior center elects new board members

The results are in for the Holley Navarre Senior Center Board elections. Don Brown earned another term as an at-large board member and Suzanne Petrella is on the board for the first time. Linda Kinney was elected as the new treasurer. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

My name is Baby Cakes (A103217). I am a female, calico domestic shorthair. The shelter staff think I am about 2 years and 1 month old. I have been at the shelter since Nov. 16.           My name is Felix (A103036). I am a male, black and white domestic medium hair. […]

United Methodist Children’s Home more than an orphanage

United Methodist Children’s Home more than an orphanage

What started as an orphanage in Selma, Alabama, in 1890 has grown to a regional assistance program supporting at-risk children and teens throughout Alabama and northwest Florida. While many new programs are on the books for United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH), Florida Executive Director Tracey Williams said many people still think of UMCH as a […]

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings have become more common, and it isn’t just people thinking they are seeing bears visible to the public more than ever before. The odds are as good as they have ever been in the last 100 years. “As both the human and bear populations continue to increase in Florida, there are more opportunities […]

Disgruntled partners forcibly takeover pier

Disgruntled partners forcibly takeover pier

Thursday evening, four of the five partners in Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises, LLC (GSRE) forcibly took control of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier from managing member Kenneth Fountain in a continuing saga of ownership arguments. Jonathan Cole, Jerry Rolison and Larry Rolison went to the pier Thursday evening with the intention to take over management […]

County Legislative Delegation sets public hearing

County Legislative Delegation sets public hearing

The Santa Rosa County Legislative Delegation, consisting of Sen. Doug Broxson, Rep. Alex Andrade and Rep. Jayer Williamson, will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Dec. 19 in the Santa Rosa County Commissioner Chambers from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The delegation will consider local bills, hear presentations from government entities and take public testimony on […]

Local attorney serves on Volunteer Florida commission

Local attorney serves on Volunteer Florida commission

Governor Rick Scott announced Friday the reappointment of Navarre-based attorney Kerry Anne Schultz to the Commission on Community Service. Schultz is a member of Fountain, Schultz and Associates, and is serving as vice chair of the commission. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Flood insurance funding gets 2-week extension

Flood insurance funding gets 2-week extension

The National Flood Insurance Program secured a two-week reprieve Dec. 7 as President Donald Trump signed a temporary extension of funding for the program. The extension was part of a larger appropriations bill Congress passed one day earlier to prevent a partial government shutdown.  The extension means the program has until Dec. 21 to continue […]

Q and A: Holley Navarre Water System Candidates

Q and A: Holley Navarre Water System Candidates

All eight candidates for Holley Navarre Water System’s (HNWS) board of directors were asked about their qualifications and the water system’s future. Board members are elected by the membership or rate payers, of the system in an election Jan. 15. Absentee ballots and proxies are currently available ahead of election day through the water system’s […]

Wildlife Refuge raising the walls on new location

Wildlife Refuge raising the walls on new location

Workers poured concrete foundations Dec. 3 for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s (ECWR) new medical facility and education center located in Holley, bringing the nonprofit a step closer to opening their doors to the public for the first time. ECWR Executive Director Carol “Stormy” Andersen said the current schedule puts their grand opening for the […]

Navarre Beach Fire inching toward county split

Navarre Beach Fire inching toward county split

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue (NBFR) could become its own entity, not under Santa Rosa County, as the department leaders are actively exploring becoming a special fire district. The idea was initially presented to the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) in February by Chief Danny Fureigh. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 […]

Sutton embraces opportunity to enjoy the outdoors

Sutton embraces opportunity to enjoy the outdoors

Zack Sutton is usually busy with school. That comes with the territory of being in college. But his requirement to hit the books hasn’t stopped him from finding time to enjoy the outdoors. It beats staying inside to watch television. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Local Methodist church receives UMCH recognition

Local Methodist church receives UMCH recognition

Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church was recognized with “Guardian of the Bell” status for their exceptional support of United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) during the 2017 White Christmas campaign. UMCH is a charitable organization providing homes, support services and spiritual guidance to children displaced from their families in Alabama and Northwest Florida. Read the full […]

Friends of Bear to donate 300 bicycles

Friends of Bear to donate 300 bicycles

On Nov. 25, volunteers descended on Tiger Point Walmart to spend more than $1,500 on toys and bicycles for children in need this Christmas. The band of volunteers are known as the Friends of Bear Inc., a nonprofit that supports Santa Rosa and Escambia counties’ Toys for Tots. Read the full article in the Dec. […]

Animal shelter reduces fees for December

Animal shelter reduces fees for December

With the goal of helping get shelter pets in a “fur-ever” home for the holidays, Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter is reducing adoption fees in December for pets over the age of six months. The goal is to promote pet adopting instead of pet shopping during the holidays. Adoptions fees in December will be $30 […]

Ogletree among top 50 economic developers

Ogletree among top 50 economic developers

Santa Rosa County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree has been named as one of North America’s Top 50 economic developers for 2018 by Consultant Connect. The consulting agency is designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]