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Deputy City Manager brings experience to Gulf Breeze

Deputy City Manager brings experience to Gulf Breeze

Curt Carver spent nearly three decades working in city government in Illinois, and now he is bringing his experience to the City of Gulf Breeze. Carver was selected to be Deputy City Manager from a pool of nearly 100 applicants. “We had about 25 well-qualified candidates,” said City Manager Edwin “Buz” Eddy. “He had the […]

Update: “Smooth” describes first day

Update: “Smooth” describes first day

Students returned Monday to Santa Rosa County Schools and despite a few traffic backups, “smooth” was the word used by a bus driver, teacher and administrator to describe the first day of classes. A fifth-grader at West Navarre Intermediate used a different word to describe his experience, “Epic.” Read more in the Aug. 21 issue of […]

Realignment proposed for Fort Pickens Road

Realignment proposed for Fort Pickens Road

Portions of Fort Pickens Road are prone to be covered by water and sand, and the National Park Service is proposing a new road alignment that is designed to lessen the frequency of those events. The proposed project would also provide another entrance lane and fee station to better move visitors into the park during busy times of the year. […]

Update: 2014 Election Guide updated to correct error

Update: 2014 Election Guide updated to correct error

The Navarre Press 2014 Election Guide is now available. The publication profiles candidates for U.S. Congress, Florida House District 3, Santa Rosa County Commission Districts 2 and 4 and Santa Rosa County School Board Districts 1 and 3.   Click here to view the Election Guide.  

‘Charlie Brown’ Memorial Highway coming soon

‘Charlie Brown’ Memorial Highway coming soon

Navarre area resident Warren “Charlie” Brown was a well-respected local leader who did much to benefit his community before his passing in 2011. To recognize his contributions, State Senator Don Gaetz and State Rep. Matt Gaetz worked with their fellow lawmakers during the past legislative session and won approval for a portion of Highway 98 in Santa Rosa […]

Jobless rates up across the region

Jobless rates up across the region

All area counties saw increases in their unemployment rates from June to July 2014. For Santa Rosa, Escambia and Okaloosa counties, July marked the third consecutive month that their unemployment rates had increased. Unemployment rates in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties are above the state and national averages, while Okaloosa and Walton counties remain below. […]

Inflatable slide OK’d for 24 months

Inflatable slide OK’d for 24 months

The Santa Rosa County Zoning Board voted Aug. 14 to recommend allowing a large inflatable slide to operate at East River Smokehouse for 24 months. All board members voted to support the measure with the exception of David Powell, who abstained from voting because as an attorney he represented the applicant. The zoning board’s recommendation will next be […]

City of Navarre ‘in the black’

City of Navarre ‘in the black’

A feasibility study being released to the Santa Rosa County Commissioners Thursday shows that a proposed City of Navarre would have a positive cash flow without property owners paying any additional taxes. The report also said that the current estimated population of the proposed incorporated area is 42,300 and jumps to 52,200 when tourists are considered. […]

US 98 projects: 2 on track, 1 delayed

US 98 projects: 2 on track, 1 delayed

What is more than 24 miles long and costs more than $47 million? Three construction projects along Highway 98 between the Hurlburt Main Gate at Cody Avenue in Okaloosa County and the Pensacola Bay Bridge in Gulf Breeze. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the two resurfacing projects, that run from the bridge to […]

US Treasury announces RESTORE rule

US Treasury announces RESTORE rule

The U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday a new rule that outlines grant programs established by the RESTORE Act as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The rule accepts the funding allocation proposal submitted by Florida’s Gulf Consortium, which was formed by 23 counties. Under the proposal, the eight disproportionately impacted counties, from Escambia through Wakulla, will […]

Inflatables on zoning board agenda

Inflatables on zoning board agenda

The Santa Rosa County Zoning Board will consider a request Thursday night to allow East River Smokehouse to operate inflatables on commercial property along Highway 98. After county officials notified the owner in late June that the slides could no longer be operated based on the property’s current zoning, the owner filed a conditional use […]

Gulf Breeze Zoo welcomes new director

Gulf Breeze Zoo welcomes new director

Not every zoo in the country has a director that holds a degree in landscape architecture, as well as has the credentials to run a zoo, but Gulf Breeze does. And that combination has been extremely useful since new zoo director Steve Jagielski arrived about six weeks ago. “I’m a ‘hands on guy.’ I don’t […]

Turtles hooked, saved at pier

Turtles hooked, saved at pier

Folks on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier (NBFP) jumped into action Aug. 12 as two sea turtle were rescued after being accidentally hooked. Snappy, the larger of the two turtles at 15 inches and 12.5 pounds, was snagged and swallowed a fishing hook. As soon as fishing pier staff got word, the Responsible Pier Initiative […]

Developer withdraws Soundside Drive rezoning request

Developer withdraws Soundside Drive rezoning request

A development company has decided not to pursue rezoning of about 185 acres on Soundside Drive based on concerns shared by local residents at an informational meeting hosted July 31. “Once the owner and developer watched the video from the meeting, they notified us that they wanted to remain good neighbors and would develop the […]

Candidates speak in Gulf Breeze

Candidates speak in Gulf Breeze

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce and United Peninsula Association hosted a candidate forum Aug. 11 that included invites to all statewide candidates, as well as candidates for Congress, the Florida House of Representatives, Circuit Judge and Santa Rosa County Commission and School Board. “There are so many more races on the ballot than county […]

Successful ‘Seussical’ prompts future productions

Successful ‘Seussical’ prompts future productions

Navarre residents flocked to St. Sylvester Catholic Church to see Paradise Productions’ presentation of ‘Seussical the Musical’ Aug. 1 – 3. Tickets sold out for Saturday and Sunday’s presentations of the show that featured famous characters and scenes from the Dr. Seuss universe. “While I was onstage, I could feel the audience going with me […]

Midway clinic remains closed

Midway clinic remains closed

While several Santa Rosa County facilities suffered water damage in late April, you won’t find one that suffered more or has had more of a community impact than the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County Midway Clinic. The facility along the north side of Highway 98 was filled with about 18 inches of water […]

Stormwater rates may increase

Stormwater rates may increase

The last time stormwater rates went up in the City of Gulf Breeze was 2012 when the monthly cost increased from $4.25 to $4.50. The city council Thursday reviewed the stormwater fund’s projected budget for next year. Public Services Director Vernon Prather said needed stormwater improvements are increasing the amount of infrastructure the city must maintain […]

County researching use for landfill gas

County researching use for landfill gas

Santa Rosa County recently installed a landfill gas, or LFG, collection and control system along with a blower/flare station at the Central Landfill in Milton. The end use of the collected LFG is still being studied. However, the three primary end uses are electrical generation, conversion of LFG to compressed natural gas, or CNG, or […]

School board hopefuls share ideas

School board hopefuls share ideas

Candidates for Santa Rosa County School Board District 1 and District 3 had an hour Aug. 5 to answer questions during the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce candidate forum. Questions covered topics ranging from “Common Core” to the district’s budget surplus to lease fees on Navarre Beach. Candidates participating in the forum included Diane […]

District 2 candidates focus on beach

District 2 candidates focus on beach

The primary election race for Santa Rosa County Commission District 2 is a bit of an oddity. Two current Santa Rosa County Commissioners — Bob Cole and Jim Melvin — are squaring off in the Republican primary. The winner will face Independent candidate Wallis Mahute in the general election. All three candidates spent nearly an hour […]

League of Cities honors Clay Ford

League of Cities honors Clay Ford

Representatives from the Northwest Florida League of Cities attended the Aug. 4 Gulf Breeze City Council meeting to present the city with a plaque and photograph in honor and memory of State Rep. and Gulf Breeze City Councilman Clay Ford. Read more in the Aug. 7 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

Renovations begin at Hidden Creek

Renovations begin at Hidden Creek

The Club at Hidden Creek had a problem. When special events were booked in the dining room, regular dinner service had to be canceled. General Manager Ty Bilbrey said a renovation project that started Aug. 4 should help address the problem. Read more in the Aug. 7 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.  

Arrr … Pirates spotted in Navarre

Arrr … Pirates spotted in Navarre

Pirates by the dozen were spotted Aug. 2 in Navarre as the Krewe of Jesters hosted their first Pirates Bash to raise funds for the annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras parade and the Krewe’s scholarship program. 2014 Mardi Gras Parade Queen of Hearts LeAnn Wichard said the 2015 edition of the Navarre Beach Mardi Gras parade […]

Homes for Our Troops groundbreaking

Homes for Our Troops groundbreaking

Sgt. Anthony McDaniel was all smiles during a Homes for Our Troops ceremonial groundbreaking Aug.2 in Navarre. “Even if I just met you today, once the house gets built, if you want to come over, just come on over,” he told attendees at the event on Tupelo Drive. McDaniel lost both legs and his left hand […]

Death of trapped cat may be first

Death of trapped cat may be first

Navarre area residents were surprised to learn that a cat had died in a trap set by a Santa Rosa County Animal Control Officer (ACO) in a Holley by the Sea neighborhood. According to Santa Rosa County Public Information Officer Joy Tsubooka, more than 250 traps are set by Animal Control each year and this […]

Sewer pipe may disrupt back to school traffic

Sewer pipe may disrupt back to school traffic

Navarre residents who travel and live near High School Boulevard might find the construction being done on the road both beneficial and annoying at the same time. Construction crews are replacing a heavily strained sewer line with a new 20-inch pipe that runs alongside the road. Most of the work immediately in front of the high […]

Calendar says July 31, thermometer doesn’t

Calendar says July 31, thermometer doesn’t

Temperatures in the Navarre area July 31 were reported in the low 60s. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the average low temperature in July is 74. NWS says the average low in Navarre drops below 60 degrees in October (59) and remains below 60 through April (58) before rebounding in May.