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Video games serve as creative outlet

Video games serve as creative outlet

For Gulf Breeze Middle School student Tanner Williams, an interest in video games has led him to discover a new talent for making and editing game-play videos on his YouTube channel, LegendOfGuiga. Williams, 14, started making the game-play videos two months ago as a way to interact with other gamers online. He has made more […]

Sea Turtle Center closes for improvements

Sea Turtle Center closes for improvements

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) closed its doors Saturday in preparation for construction of a new pool and observation deck and improvements to the interpretative portion of the center. Volunteers completed inventory and locked the doors shortly after 2 p.m. “We expect construction will begin within the next two weeks on the […]

Gulf Breeze advances with golf course renovations

Gulf Breeze advances with golf course renovations

The Gulf Breeze City Council voted unanimously Monday to begin negotiations for the renovation of the Tiger Point Golf Course Clubhouse and Pro Shop. The city will negotiate a contract with architectural firm Bay Design Associates, Inc. for the design and construction management of the renovation. “We had some communication with the architects and they […]

Navarre area may see more F-35s

Navarre area may see more F-35s

If the Air Force gets its first choice for operating the F-35 joint strike fighter, then Navarre residents may see more of them in the skies around the area. The Air Force Friday released the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the F-35’s operation at Eglin Air Force Base and surrounding fields. The document […]

Navarre Beach featured in travel magazine

Navarre Beach featured in travel magazine

Locals take the beautiful white sand beaches along the Gulf Coast for granted, but its beauty was not lost on a leading travel magazine. Navarre Beach was one of five beaches listed as “Florida’s Top White Sand Beaches” in the February 2014 issue of Conde’ Nast Traveler. Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council Director Kate […]

Navarre High School has talent

Navarre High School has talent

Dozens of Navarre High School students took the stage Friday at the school’s annual talent show, which featured singing, instrumental performances, dancing and stand-up comedy. Row after row of seats in the high school cafeteria were filled with parents, relatives and friends of those performing. “Sometimes performing in front of people you know is more […]

Commissioners comment on straw poll request

Commissioners comment on straw poll request

The Citizens to Incorporate Navarre Political Action Committee is seeking signatures in an effort to show Santa Rosa County commissioners enough support exists to place a nonbinding straw poll on the Aug. 26 primary election ballot. Incorporation supporters approached the commissioners in 2012 making the same request but were turned down. Navarre Press asked each […]

More motorcycles hitting the streets

More motorcycles hitting the streets

Warmer temperatures mean more and more motorcycles will travel down highways, city streets and county roads across northwest Florida. Unfortunately, more bikes on the road also mean a greater likelihood of car-motorcycle collisions. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety, the number of motorcycle accidents in Florida topped 9,300 in 2012 and increase of 8.85 […]

Wal-Mart buys Gulf Breeze Neighborhood Market location

Wal-Mart buys Gulf Breeze Neighborhood Market location

Previously leasing the property, Wal-Mart has purchased a lot at the location of the Gulf Breeze Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market for $3.15 million. Anchored in the shopping center located at 334 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Wal-Mart opened in 2012 after Bruno’s closed its doors at the location several years ago. The 3-and-a-half acre property which includes the […]

Son helps father finish bucket list ride

Son helps father finish bucket list ride

A father and son duo from Colorado is cycling nearly 600 miles across the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for Tour de Cure to support the fight against diabetes. About halfway through their trip, cycling coach Brian Friend and his dad Gary stopped at Bob’s Bike Shop in Fort Walton Beach to […]

Businesses hire up for spring break

Businesses hire up for spring break

You don’t have to drive very far before you see “now hiring” on business reader boards around the Navarre area. Owners and managers know it won’t be long before spring breakers head south to the beaches and into their restaurants and stores. “Typically we bring on 10 people for seasonal help,” said Jeff Elbert from […]

UPA president resigns

UPA president resigns

Don Richards officially resigned as president of the United Peninsula Association  at a meeting at the Tiger Point Golf Club Tuesday night. “This is my fifth and final year on the board,” Richards said. “I cannot continue past this meeting as the president. We really need to have someone step up.” No members volunteered for the […]

Ceremony begins Day’s Patriots’ Trail in FWB

Ceremony begins Day’s Patriots’ Trail in FWB

Col. Bud Day would have turned 89 years old Monday, so it only seems fitting that his two sons joined elected officials and community leaders for the groundbreaking of the Bud and Dorie Day Patriots’ Trail in Fort Walton Beach. The Fort Walton Beach Woman’s Club and the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce […]

Grant will help Y programs for kids with special needs

Grant will help Y programs for kids with special needs

The Betty J. Pullum Family YMCA in Navarre will receive $10,000 as part of its partnership with the National Inclusion Project, which will allow children with disabilities to feel more included and comfortable during after school programs. “This grant will go to funding resources, improvements and training for children with special needs that come to […]

Group supporting Navarre’s incorporation seeks signatures

Group supporting Navarre’s incorporation seeks signatures

The Citizens to Incorporate Navarre Political Action Committee is actively seeking signatures in an effort to persuade county officials to put a nonbinding straw poll to gauge interest in Navarre becoming a city on the Aug. 26 primary ballot. The group met last night at the Navarre Conference Center to provide an update on their […]

New Holley-Navarre Fire Commissioner appointed

New Holley-Navarre Fire Commissioner appointed

Charlie Batson was sworn in to fill the vacant seat on the Holley-Navarre Fire Board of Commissioners Monday night, after Shannon Stone resigned from his seat Feb. 4. Batson is a member of the Navarre Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and a volunteer with the Trauma Intervention Program of Northwest Florida. Batson will serve on […]

Man robs Holley home after solicitation attempt

Man robs Holley home after solicitation attempt

A man posing as a door-to-door salesman offering a carpet cleaning service robbed a residence on Forester Road Sunday night, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office offense report. The man was described as a white male possibly in his 20’s, 5’10 to 6’0 tall with brown hair and an unshaven scruffy look. The […]

Mardi Gras parade rolls on Navarre Beach

Mardi Gras parade rolls on Navarre Beach

More than 50 entries rolled in the 28th Annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras parade Saturday. Sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted thousands of spectators along the route. “Thanks to all of you for making this such an amazing parade,” said Navarre Krewe of Jesters President Charlene Tremor. Judges selected the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of […]

Tuskegee Airman shares life lessons at Hurlburt

Tuskegee Airman shares life lessons at Hurlburt

“Keep your bags packed because you never know when a door of opportunity will open for you,” said Retired Chief Master Sgt. Walter Richardson during a presentation Feb. 19 before nearly 200 airmen in Hurlburt Field’s King Auditorium. “I was home-schooled growing up in Pensacola with about 20 other little black boys and girls, and “Chappie” […]

United Way thanks Publix’s associates

United Way thanks Publix’s associates

United Way of Santa Rosa County thanked associates of Publix in Navarre Feb. 20 for their generous support of the United Way’s campaign. “We see United Way as a one-stop-shop for helping residents in our community,” said Publix General Manager Tomell Johnson. United Way staff members across the Southeast select a date to specifically thank […]

Snowbirds flock to social

Snowbirds flock to social

More than 200 seasonal visitors enjoyed an afternoon of conversation, food and fun at the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council’s Snow Bird Appreciation Social Feb. 13 at the Club at Hidden Creek. Eighteen area businesses showcased their products and services and provided give-a-ways for the attendees. “This stew is really good. It’s a little […]

Direct flight to DC still available

Direct flight to DC still available

Northwest Florida residents can still book non-stop flights to Washington’s Reagan International Airport from two local airports, but how much longer the opportunity will be available is unknown. PNS Airport Manager Greg Donavon said he expects the service from US Airways will end sometime this summer. “The schedule is still showing flights through May,” he […]

Gulf Breeze church shares the love

Gulf Breeze church shares the love

When we think about Valentine’s Day, many think about “love.” For a church in Gulf Breeze, the whole week, Feb. 9 – 15, was about sharing the love of Jesus with organizations, businesses and people throughout the local area. “Momentum Church hosted its second annual ‘Love Week’ with 160 spots for volunteers to serve,” said […]

5k to honor Santos, benefit colon cancer patients

5k to honor Santos, benefit colon cancer patients

Lisa Santos wants participants and attendees at the “Raise Your Voice 5k” on Navarre Beach March 1 to celebrate local residents who are currently battling colon cancer. Her son, Josh Lee Santos, died from colon cancer related complications in November 2012 at the age of 24. Following his diagnosis in 2012, Lisa, and Josh’s aunt, […]

Two Navarre players named to elite soccer team

Two Navarre players named to elite soccer team

Two Navarre soccer standouts have been invited to play for a newly formed Women’s Under 20 (W20) team that in northwest Florida. The Panhandle W20 team comes under the head coaching direction of David Kemp, the Director of Coaching at The Gulf Coast Texans. Kemp and his staff selected two Navarre residents for the inaugural […]

New water taxi for parade-goers

New water taxi for parade-goers

  The Navarre Beach Mardi Gras parade is one of the most anticipated events of the year. As many as 25,000 people are expected to attend Feb. 22 and that means tens-of-thousands of cars crossing the Navarre Beach Causeway Bridge. Gary Hartman from Pirates Paradise in Navarre is hoping to make the trip a little […]

Grant funds flowing to Gulf Breeze

Grant funds flowing to Gulf Breeze

The Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD) announced Feb. 13 more than $1.2 million in grant funds will flow to Santa Rosa County communities to support water supply development projects, and nearly $350,000 is heading to the City of Gulf Breeze to help fund construction of an elevated water storage tank. According to a news […]

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