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Fire district talks taxes

Fire district talks taxes

The need for more revenue and more personnel took center stage June 23 at the Holley-Navarre Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners monthly meeting. “It’s definitely not out of the question, it’s definitely a need, whether we do it this year or next year,” Fire Chief Ron Norton told the board. Read more in the […]

Celebrating 100 years at NAS Pensacola

Celebrating 100 years at NAS Pensacola

An F/A-18 Hornet painted in the Blue Angels theme was unveiled July 1 at NAS Pensacola’s main gate to commemorate the base’s 100th anniversary, as well as the 60th anniversary of Blue Angels being stationed there. The F-11 Tiger previously at the air station gate had been on display since 1965. Captain Keith Hoskins, NASP Commanding Officer […]

Lagerheads makes donations

Lagerheads makes donations

Three local organizations — Holley-Navarre Fire District, Navarre Beach Fire Department and Air Commando Association — received donations July 1 from fundraisers conducted at Lagerheads on the Gulf on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. “Coastal Concessions is honored to have the opportunity given by the Santa Rosa County tax payers and commissioners to provide us the […]

Chambers announce ‘No Vote, No Voice’ program

Chambers announce ‘No Vote, No Voice’ program

The primary election is now less than two months away, and chambers of commerce in Santa Rosa County are launching a program designed to get more voters to the polls Aug. 26. Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Tony Alexander announced the program June 26 at the group’s monthly breakfast meeting. Four other chambers in […]

Water quality ‘good’ for holiday weekend

Water quality ‘good’ for holiday weekend

With the biggest holiday weekend of the year approaching for northwest Florida, water samples taken locally in the Gulf and Santa Rosa Sound all reported “good.” Deborah Stilphen from the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County said the water samples were taken at five locations June 23 with the results being released June […]

Gulf Breeze stormwater project begins

Gulf Breeze stormwater project begins

Gulf Breeze and State officials conducted a ceremonial groundbreaking June 25 for a $1.8 million project designed to make part of city safer from flooding. “Just nine weeks ago, this corner was a raging river of floodwater,” Mayor Beverly Zimmern told the group gathered in Williamsburg Park. “This project is an important step to making things better […]

TDC wants voice in hiring new director

TDC wants voice in hiring new director

Before the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners takes action June 26 to begin the search for a new tourism director, the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council (TDC) wants commissioners to know that they want to play a major role in the hiring process. Director Kate Wilkes, who will retire Aug. 1, will make […]

Destin Commons opens expansions including H&M, Chipotle

Destin Commons opens expansions including H&M, Chipotle

The long-awaited Destin Commons expansion is set to open its first stores Tuesday, June 24. Charming Charlie, Tumbling Tervis and Foot Locker are set to open Tuesday. Thursday will see the launch of the European and designer inspired clothing store H&M at 3 p.m. Sunglass World is slated to open Friday while Icing by Claire’s  is […]

Libraries partner with pets

Libraries partner with pets

The Navarre Library is making it easy for residents to participate this month in Santa Rosa County’s Partners for Pets program. A crate turned on its side near the checkout desk offers a convenient place for members to donate supplies that will benefit Santa Rosa County’s animal services shelter in Milton. This is the first […]

Nighttime lane closures at Cody Avenue

Nighttime lane closures at Cody Avenue

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced June 20 that drivers will encounter nighttime alternating lane closures on Cody Avenue from Monday, June 23 to Thursday, June 26 from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The closures will allow crews to install drainage structures. FODT reminds motorists that all planned construction activities are weather dependent and may […]

Democrat withdraws from commission race

Democrat withdraws from commission race

The lone Democrat vying for a Santa Rosa County Commissioners seat in 2014 has withdrawn from the race. Kristopher Daniel Long of Milton notified the Supervisor of Elections Office June 17 that he was withdrawing from the District 2 race due to personal reasons. Read more in the June 26 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

Science summer camp sparks creativity

Science summer camp sparks creativity

“Goggle check!” Manisha Agrawal yelled to her campers as they demolished computers, sewing machines, alarm clocks and radios. Agrawal, a third-grade teacher at West Navarre Intermediate School (WNIS), was doing a safety check for Camp Invention students. Camp Invention is a weeklong day camp where campers participate in hands-on problem-solving, using science, technology, engineering and […]

NHS Class of 2004 reunites

NHS Class of 2004 reunites

The year 2004 might be remembered for Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl scandal, the phrase “that’s hot,” coined by Paris Hilton and George Bush being named Man of the Year by Time magazine. Navarre High School’s class of 2004 remembers it as the year they graduated from high school. Read more in the […]

Students ‘Turn the Tides’ at summer camp

Students ‘Turn the Tides’ at summer camp

Not many summer camps include squid, ice cream and kayaking at the beach all in one week. But those are just a few of the activities young campers were able to enjoy during the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station’s Turning the Tides summer camp June 9 – 13. Students from kindergarten to fifth grade participated […]

Lagerheads event benefits fire departments

Lagerheads event benefits fire departments

The first installment of Fire on the Water, a biannual fundraiser for Holley-Navarre Fire District (HNFD) and the Navarre Beach Fire Department, took place June 14 at Lagerheads on the Gulf, the bar located at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Fire trucks were on hand for visitors to tour and climb aboard. Firefighters Sean Moore […]

Walk across America aims to save women from sex trade

Walk across America aims to save women from sex trade

Chance Stephens passed through Navarre June 17 in the middle of a 4,000 mile walk across America to raise money for Tiny Hands International, an organization that works behalf of very young girls who are being taken from Nepal and sold into the sex trade industry. Stephens, who began his trip in Santa Monica California on Sept. 9, 2013 […]

Limited access at Ramblewood Drive

Limited access at Ramblewood Drive

Santa Rosa County announced June 17 that Ramblewood Drive will have limited access until the end of July. Contractors will be removing sections of the southbound lane to install 1,000 feet of concrete drainage pipe. Construction should wrap up in early fall pending no significant weather delays. The approximately $870,000 project is designed to reduce flooding […]

Immunization clinic hours expanded

Immunization clinic hours expanded

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County announced June 16 that immunization clinic hours in Milton will be temporarily expanded through Aug. 14 in an effort to provide additional opportunities for residents of south Santa Rosa County to access services. The department decided to expand clinic hours because its Midway location remains closed […]

Back, better after the flood

Back, better after the flood

Broadway Lights Dance Center students were welcomed by new floors and ballet bars when they returned this week for classes in the Midway Center. “(The flood) was a little bit of a blessing in disguise,” said Debbie Stewart, who owns the business with her daughter Nicole. Read more in the June 19 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe […]

Lightning strike kills local man

Lightning strike kills local man

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office reports a Milton area man died June 13 after being struck by lightning while picking blueberries. The incident report said 71-year-old James Donald McDaniel was picking blueberries at 8655 Highway 89 north of Milton when he was struck by lightning between 9:20 and 9:40 a.m. Read more in the June 19 […]

Coalition discusses future of Navarre Beach

Coalition discusses future of Navarre Beach

“Everybody’s got their project, but what’s the synergy? How do we collectively do a lot of great things with the limited amount of resources we have?” asked Bob Boston, who works on behalf of the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee. Boston joined other community members June 3 who met as part of the Navarre Beach […]

Eddy, Hahn talk hurricane readiness

Eddy, Hahn talk hurricane readiness

Edwin “Buz” Eddy from the City of Gulf Breeze and Daniel Hahn from Santa Rosa County Emergency Management talked June 12 with members of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce about being ready for hurricane season. “They say this is supposed to be a below-average year for storms. Whoopee,” Hahn said in a loud […]

County considers recycling options

County considers recycling options

Santa Rosa County has officially been without a recycling contractor since May 12, when a bankruptcy court approved the county’s request to break its agreement with West Florida Recycling. The commissioners at their meeting June 12 are expected to decide what company will take West Florida Recycling’s place and what services will be offered. Read more […]

GB Council reviews short-term stormwater fixes

GB Council reviews short-term stormwater fixes

The Gulf Breeze City Council is expected to vote Monday to approve a list of projects that can be done in the short term to alleviate some of the city’s stormwater issues. Stormwater Task Force Chairman Ed Gray told council June 11 that the projects would not impact long-term solutions that are still be developed by the […]