Bay County

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. POWERFUL TORNADO STRIKES ALABAMA The F3 twister packing at least 150 mph winds kills at least 23 people, leveling single-family homes and mobile homes in the rural southeast Alabama town of Beauregard. 2. HOUSE PREPARES TO EXPAND OBSTRUCTION PROBE The chairman of the House committee that would be in charge of impeachment says the […]

Holley Navarre Primary donates to hurricane victims

Holley Navarre Primary donates to hurricane victims

Holley Navarre Primary School students and staff donated $1,237.61 to support disaster relief efforts in Bay County in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Florida Commission on Community Service Vice-Chair Kerry Ann Schultz accepted the check on behalf of Volunteer Florida who distributes the funds based on unmet needs in the affected area. “What an incredibly […]

Red tide persists along Navarre Beach

Red tide persists along Navarre Beach

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, continues to be found in medium concentrations off Navarre Beach. Most recent samples off the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier showed medium concentrations of 100,001-1,000,000 cells per liter on Nov. 5 and 7. Read the full article in the Nov. […]

Hurricane inflicts $158 million damage on Florida crops

Hurricane inflicts $158 million damage on Florida crops

Hurricane Michael was the most serious natural disaster to impact agricultural and natural resources industries in the Florida Panhandle in decades, according to numbers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). The storm that made landfall Oct. 10 caused production losses totaling $158 million for Florida’s agricultural in the 2018-19 […]

Gulf Power steps up in wake of storm devastation

Gulf Power steps up in wake of storm devastation

Sandy Sims said Hurricane Michael is the worst she’s seen in her 35 years with Gulf Power. She rode out the storm at work in Panama City and remembers walking outside afterward and surveying the damage. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Santa Rosa steps up for neighbors after Michael

Santa Rosa steps up for neighbors after Michael

When disaster struck to the east, Santa Rosa County officials stepped forward to help in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Closer to home, the county continues to support neighbors struggling to get their arms around the extent of the damage. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Low concentration of Red Tide in Santa Rosa County

Low concentration of Red Tide in Santa Rosa County

Current Conditions as provided by Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida and extends along ~130 miles of coastline, from northern Pinellas to Lee counties, and extends offshore (10 miles or more). A patchy bloom of K. brevis was also observed in Northwest Florida for the first time this […]

Low concentration of Red Tide detected in Okaloosa County

Low concentration of Red Tide detected in Okaloosa County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has updated the Red Tide report for Florida. Current Conditions A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida and extends from northern Pinellas to Lee counties along ~125 miles of coastline. Aerial surveys conducted on 9/6 and 9/11 as well as recent […]

Triumph project will bring training, testing possibilities for Navarre students

Triumph project will bring training, testing possibilities for Navarre students

A project approved by Triumph Gulf Coast April 27 will mean local students will be able to get commercial driver training and in-demand certifications in cybersecurity at Pensacola State College (PSC). A Federal Aviation Administration testing site will also be set up at the George Stone Technical Center in Pensacola. Read the full article in […]

Violent crime on the rise

Violent crime on the rise

While the overall crime rate for Santa Rosa County was down 0.3 percent, violent crime skyrocketed 12.7 percent during the same period, according to the most recent data available. Of the 6,015 arrests made in the county, 267 were for violent offenses, according to the 2015 Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s County Profile. Read the […]

First Tee teaches life lessons one golfer at a time

First Tee teaches life lessons one golfer at a time

For Golf Instructor Luticia Boozer, golf is more than a sport. Golf is the vehicle through which life lessons are learned and futures are built. Golf is an opportunity to shape young minds and build up the community. That is her mission as an instructor with First Tee of Northwest Florida, a junior golf instruction […]

Six figures for Gomillion’s new assistant is typical

Six figures for Gomillion’s new assistant is typical

The $115,000 annual salary for the new position of assistant to County Administrator Tony Gomillion is prompting questions and criticism. But a Navarre Press review of pay scales in nearby counties and those of similar size elsewhere in the state shows that both Gomillion’s compensation and that of his as-yet-unnamed assistant are in line with […]

Florida First Sites break ground on first project

Florida First Sites break ground on first project

When President and CEO of boat manufacturer Cape Horn/Fabbro Marine Chris Fabbro realized he needed room for his business to grow, he said he feared he would have to leave Santa Rosa County even going as far away as North Carolina. Fabbro Marine had been doing business in the county for 20 years, and he […]

County eyes Panama City pier restroom as model

County eyes Panama City pier restroom as model

The Panama City Beach restrooms on Bay County’s pier that could be a model for future facilities at Navarre Beach’s promenade feature self-contained toilets and sinks at a cost of about $25,000. Santa Rosa County commissioners have directed staffers to explore options for installing restrooms at the Navarre Beach pier and mentioned Panama City’s facilities […]

Update: Bay scallop season open in Gulf

Update: Bay scallop season open in Gulf

The recreational bay scallop season opened in some Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) June 28, three days earlier than the season was slated to start. The portion of Gulf state waters is from the Pasco-Hernando county line north and west to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay […]

Former state crime lab chemist rearrested

Former state crime lab chemist rearrested

Inspectors with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) rearrested former FDLE Pensacola crime laboratory chemist Joseph Graves on additional charges of drug trafficking May 7. According to a press release from the FDLE, investigators believe Graves, while processing drug cases, stole prescription pain pills from evidence. Graves was charged with an additional 41 counts […]