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Governor signs Florida GI Bill

Governor signs Florida GI Bill

Governor Rick Scott was joined  by Senate President Don Gaetz, Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, Representative Marti Coley, Speaker Pro Tempore, Representative Jimmie Smith, Representative Jimmy Patronis and Representative Doc Renuart to sign House Bill 7015 which creates the “Congressman C.W. Bill Young Tuition Waiver Program,” that waives out-of-state tuition fees for honorably discharged veterans. […]

Storm temporarily closes pier, destroys lifeguard stands

Storm temporarily closes pier, destroys lifeguard stands

A line of storms with strong winds that damaged commercial and residential property March 28 also damaged Santa Rosa County facilities on Navarre Beach and Navarre Park and led to the temporary closing of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. According to a news release from Santa Rosa County, two blowout panels were blown out by […]

Working to support area military bases

Working to support area military bases

Representatives from five northwest Florida counties spent two days in Washington D. C. this week hearing updates from top military officials and sharing ideas with lawmakers. The annual trip of the Northwest Florida Defense Coalition included representatives from Santa Rosa, Escambia, Okaloosa, Walton and Bay Counties. Santa Rosa County military consultant Pete Gandy said the […]

Storm causes damage

Storm causes damage

Storms packing strong winds moved through the Navarre area between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., March 28 causing damage to at least one building, vehicles and bringing Highway 98 eastbound traffic to a standstill. The business center located at the corner of Prado Street and Highway 98 suffered damage to its roof. Flying debris from the […]

Fire District pursues property in Holley

Fire District pursues property in Holley

The Holley-Navarre Fire District Board of Commissioners voted March 24 to make an offer on 3.5 acres of land in Holley near the intersection of Highway 87 and Bob Tolbert Road. The district has been researching property in Holley as a potential site for a fire station. The board directed Fire Chief Ron Norton to […]

Highway 87 lane closures planned Monday

Highway 87 lane closures planned Monday

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced that traffic will encounter alternating lane closures at Laredo Street Monday, March 31 as crews complete paving operations. Lane restrictions will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Construction activities may be delayed or re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather. FDOT reminds motorists to travel […]

Hidden Creek bids on land to secure Boo Fest

Hidden Creek bids on land to secure Boo Fest

The Holley-Navarre Water System voted last Tuesday to make a $90,000 offer on a piece of land located on the Hidden Creek golf course, where Boo Weekley’s Charity Golf Tournament and Concert is held annually. For the past three years, the lot located near Hidden Creek’s parking lot has been donated by property owner John […]

Water rates less for Holley-Navarre residents

Water rates less for Holley-Navarre residents

Although capacity and usage play a role, location is what drives the price local residents pay for water. Water service rates and tap fees vary in south Santa Rosa County because each utility system sets its own rate schedule. For the past decade, a partnership between local utility systems called the Fairpoint Regional Utility Authority […]

Sheriff’s office debuts ‘Choose Your Ride’ vehicle

Sheriff’s office debuts ‘Choose Your Ride’ vehicle

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is hoping a new vehicle will show clearly the better choice between getting a taxi or driving impaired. The new “Choose Your Ride” vehicle has its front painted like a taxi, while the back of the out-of-service Ford patrol car retained its sheriff’s office vehicle markings. The side windows […]

New city benefits from incorporation

New city benefits from incorporation

Only three communities have incorporated in Florida since 2005 and the largest one based on population is Cutler Bay. The city of approximately 42,000 people is located in Miami-Dade County. “Our community had taken a direct hit from Hurricane Andrew, and we were investigating what could be done to help with our recovery and re-development,” […]

Vatican exhibit at St. Sylvester

Vatican exhibit at St. Sylvester

An exhibition created and sanctioned by the Vatican is being hosted through Sunday at St. Sylvester Catholic Church. The Eucharistic Miracles of the World exhibition opened March 21. “The exhibition was created using materials from the Vatican’s archives,” said local coordinator Bob Birke. “This is a very special opportunity, so I hope area residents take […]

Pharmacy employee steals thousands of pills

Pharmacy employee steals thousands of pills

A Gulf Breeze Wal-Mart pharmacy employee was arrested March 21 for stealing Hydrocodone pills by false prescription since 2010, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Forty-six-year-old Raine Webb Roberts is accused of using false prescriptions for a non-existent customer and using her own insurance information and employee discount card to receive […]

Water quality on Navarre Beach in the clear

Water quality on Navarre Beach in the clear

Compared to the water quality in neighboring beaches in Escambia and Okaloosa counties, Navarre area beaches scored best according to most recent state Department of Health results. The Florida Healthy Beaches Program provides up-to-date water quality testing and lists data on the amount of fecal coliform and enterococci, both enteric bacteria, that normally inhabit the […]

Navarre pedestrian suffers serious injuries

Navarre pedestrian suffers serious injuries

A 29-year-old pedestrian suffered serious injuries yesterday morning after being struck by a car on Highway 98 near Coral Street. Nathan Holder, of Navarre, was hit by a Toyota Camry driven by 75-year-old Albert Nelso, also from Navarre just before 6:30 a.m. Nelso was traveling eastbound in the outside lane of Highway 98 when the […]

‘City of Navarre’ budget shows surplus

‘City of Navarre’ budget shows surplus

What a difference two weeks make. Nearly twice as many people attended the March 12 Citizens to Incorporate Navarre meeting as the one held Feb. 26. Additionally, the most recent meeting included lively discussion about the benefits of incorporation and the timing of the current effort. With about half of the 50 people not having […]

Navarre Beach ‘#25 in the U.S.’

Navarre Beach ‘#25 in the U.S.’

TripAdvisor® announced March 18 its Travelers’ Choice™ awards for Beaches and Navarre Beach was named the #25 beach in the U.S. Florida and Hawaii tied for having the most beaches in the top 25. The TripAdvisor® listing is the second recognition for Navarre Beach in the past two months. Conde’ Nast Traveler listed Navarre Beach […]

Sheriff’s Office seeks help with arson investigation

Sheriff’s Office seeks help with arson investigation

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office announced March 14 that they are seeking assistance from the public in solving an arson investigation. The sheriff’s office is working with the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Office on the case. The property at 5999 Curtis Road in Pace has twice suffered fire damage; the first time in […]

Bye-bye drop-off recycling at Tiger Point

Bye-bye drop-off recycling at Tiger Point

Representatives from West Florida recycling March 14 removed recycling trailers from Tiger Point Park Road. The trailers had been at the roadside location since July 2012 when they were relocated from the parking area inside Tiger Point Park. Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted Feb. 27 to close the Tiger Point Park Road location and one […]

Big crowd heads to Navarre home show

Big crowd heads to Navarre home show

Even bright sunshine couldn’t keep area residents from heading inside the Days Inn Navarre Conference Center March 8 for the 2014 Navarre Home Show, presented by the Navarre Area Board of Realtors (NABOR). The event featured more than 40 vendors showing highlighting their products and services for attendees. “I think this year’s (home) show is […]

Stolen truck found in Wal-Mart parking lot

Stolen truck found in Wal-Mart parking lot

A truck stolen from Tennessee was recovered Wednesday in the parking lot at the Navarre Wal-Mart. Officers with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office found the 2014 silver Chevy parked without a tag. Judy Thomas, technician with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, was collecting evidence from the vehicle that afternoon before […]

Middle school chefs

Middle school chefs

Parents got to sample more than a dozen student-chef-created culinary delights at Holley-Navarre Middle School Monday night as part of the school’s Family Fest event. “Students had to prepare and bring a dish from home for a cooking competition that highlights healthy alternatives,” said HNMS Dean Pete Della Ratta. “Many students came up with their […]

Incorporation heads to Tallahassee

Incorporation heads to Tallahassee

Residents in a southwest Florida community are keeping their eyes focused on Tallahassee this legislative session as a bill being considered there would give them the opportunity to head to the polls and decide whether or not Estero should become Florida’s newest incorporated village. State Representative Ray Rodrigues from Estero introduced the 85-page incorporation document […]

New lane to ease beach traffic congestion

New lane to ease beach traffic congestion

Work to add an additional north bound left turn lane and turn signal on to U.S. 98 from the Navarre Beach Causeway will begin next week. Currently the intersection has a dedicated right turn lane and one left turn lane. The Santa Rosa County Commissioners previously approved the project and are approving the budget amendment […]

Air Commandos welcomed home

Air Commandos welcomed home

Family members, friends and fellow Air Commandos gathered March 9 at Hurlburt Field to welcome home more than 100 airmen. Colonel William West, Commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, was among the crowd who welcomed home the airmen. Read more in the March 13 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online.   […]

A great day for a bike ride

A great day for a bike ride

More than 30 area residents and visitors enjoyed a four-mile, ranger-led bike ride March 8 around Fort Pickens in Gulf Islands National Seashore. The ride was the second of four being conducted this month as part of the special “Peddling Pickens” program. Park Ranger Mike Aymond showed riders areas of historical and natural significance during […]

Run for the Health of It

Run for the Health of It

Runners crowded the start line for the Run for the Health of It 5k/8k March 8 in Fort Walton Beach to benefit the White-Wilson Community Foundation. The non-profit uses the funds to provide healthcare services and education in the local community. This was the first year the race offered the 8k distance option for runners in […]

Chamber announces headliner for Fun Fest

Chamber announces headliner for Fun Fest

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announced March 6 Chris Stapleton, a Nashville singer and songwriter, will headline the 30th annual Fun Fest April 26 on Navarre Beach. Chamber CEO Tony Alexander said he believes Stapleton will be a good fit for the 30th annual event, which is sponsored by Santa Rosa Medical Center. […]

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 […]

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