Beach Community Bank

Lawyer faces 30 years for bank fraud

Lawyer faces 30 years for bank fraud

A Santa Rosa County jury found Gulf Breeze attorney William Elliott guilty July 18 of organized fraud through Beach Community Bank according to a State Attorney’s Office press release. Circuit Judge Scott Duncan presided over the two-day trial. The maximum penalty that could be imposed is 30 years in state prison.   Read the full […]

Helen Back under contract, again

Helen Back under contract, again

Helen Back Again may never be a Helen Back again, but it is likely to stay a restaurant. A buyer is under contract for the empty restaurant property located along Santa Rosa Sound at 8651 Navarre Parkway near the foot of the beach bridge.   Read the full article in the May 2 issue of […]

Investors buy bank’s portfolio

Investors buy bank’s portfolio

While work crews have appeared outside the closed Helen Back Again restaurant along U.S. Highway 98, Navarre residents are not likely to see a new business opening there anytime soon. Recent sale of the property has only landed it back on the market for a tenant or buyer, but the property’s story paints a much […]

Founder Hughes terminated from Beach Community Bank

Founder Hughes terminated from Beach Community Bank

After being removed from the CEO seat in July, founder of Beach Community Bank Tony Hughes was terminated from employment with the bank Aug. 31. Charles “Chip” Reeves took over as CEO for the bank in July after Hughes became the bank’s Northwest Florida Market president. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue […]

Hughes out as Beach Community Bank CEO

Hughes out as Beach Community Bank CEO

Takes on new role as NWFL Market President Charles “Chip” Reeves is the new CEO for Beach Community Bank and he is optimistic about the bank’s future after a $100 million capital raise by bank investment group, Hovde Group, LLC. The Hovde Group is based out of Inverness, Illinois, and they specialize in mergers and […]

Seeking to end Gulf Breeze’s public pool drought

Seeking to end Gulf Breeze’s public pool drought

Ever since The Club II’s owners filed for federal Bankruptcy Court protection from creditors in 2016, several community leaders in South Santa Rosa have talked about taking on the financial challenge of reviving the once-popular facility. Now there’s some action. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

Beach Community Bancshares bankrupt; bank to be sold

Beach Community Bancshares bankrupt; bank to be sold

Following more than a decade of delinquent loans, capital deficiencies and poor bank ratings, Beach Community Bank will soon be under new ownership as the bank’s holding company, Beach Community Bancshares, Inc., has filed for bankruptcy. According to the documents filed in the Northern District of Florida United States Bankruptcy Court, the bank will shift […]

WeightWatchers group loses more than 257 pounds

WeightWatchers group loses more than 257 pounds

This WeightWatchers group has now lost more than 257 pounds in eight weigh ins. Pictured are (back) Anne Stout, Carol Falstrom, Norene Mitten Gideon, Sheila Zimmerman Rogers, JoAnn Johnson, Laurie Laurin, Billy Neal. Middle Row: Stacy Jette, Rosie Baker Manning, Martha Whitford, Jeanne Blage, Nora Diaz, Front Row: Jorunn Vedvik Warren, Moira Duggan, Sylvia Tarnuzzer (Leader), […]

Chamber defamation lawsuit settled out of court

Chamber defamation lawsuit settled out of court

  A defamation lawsuit filed by Tony Hughes, president of Beach Community Bank, against the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and its previous CEO, Judy Morehead, has been settled out of court under undisclosed terms. The suit was filed in May 2016 in the First Judicial Circuit Court and alleged that Morehead made false […]

Weight Watchers coming soon

Weight Watchers coming soon

For more than 50 years millions of individuals have participated in Weight Watchers meetings to learn tools to improve their health and lose weight. Navarre will get its first Weight Watchers community meeting group next week. Group leader Sylvia Tarnuzzer is a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, and she has led group meetings for years. […]

Facebook busts alleged Club II burglar

Facebook busts alleged Club II burglar

The Club II in Gulf Breeze had unwelcome visitors Oct. 23, and Facebook has allegedly landed at least one of those visitors behind bars. Brittny Still, 28, of Gulf Breeze is facing third degree felony unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure and first degree misdemeanor larceny petty theft for the theft of keys to the […]

Former Gulf Breeze attorney sentenced

Former Gulf Breeze attorney sentenced

The United States Attorney, Christopher P. Canova, Northern District of Florida, announced that former Gulf Breeze attorney, Richard Michael Colbert, 56, of Pensacola Beach was sentenced to 40 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $3.7 million in restitution. The charges for which he was found guilty are conspiracy to commit bank and […]

Police searching for Gulf Breeze bank robber

Police searching for Gulf Breeze bank robber

The Gulf Breeze Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at Beach Community Bank located at 60 Northcliffe Drive in Gulf Breeze. According to a report, around 11 a.m. Aug. 28 the suspect entered the bank holding a nickel plated semi-automatic pistol demanding money. He then left […]

Club II comeback appears less likely

Club II comeback appears less likely

The personal bankruptcy case of the Sacred Heart emergency room doctor and his wife who own the Club II athletic center appears no closer to being resolved than when it was filed last October. In fact, rather than offering a plan to satisfy creditors, as ordered by Federal Bankruptcy Judge Jerry Oldshue in Pensacola, Paul […]

Gulf Breeze attorney faces 210 year sentence

Gulf Breeze attorney faces 210 year sentence

A Gulf Breeze attorney faces a potential 210 years in prison pleaded guilty to 13 felony counts of bank fraud, embezzlement and money laundering last week according to a press release by the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Richard Michael Colbert, 55, of Pensacola Beach, is charged with one count of […]

Doctor’s dream investment becomes financial nightmare

Doctor’s dream investment becomes financial nightmare

Emergency room physician Paul Henning and his wife, Ekaterina, a substance addiction counselor, had an ambitious vision for The Club II athletic center when they bought it for $2.9 million in 2012. Their goals included replacing the standard sports club snack bar with a European-style café, redesigning the lobby with a tile waterfall that resembles […]

Born out of revenge

Born out of revenge

It is as juvenile and immature as what you would see on a playground with children, only most of the children on a playground are better behaved than this.  The two Tonys (Alexander and Hughes) seem to be taking their misdeeds and obvious inadequacies out on the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.  Alexander was […]

Gulf Breeze won’t buy troubled Club II

Gulf Breeze won’t buy troubled Club II

Renee Bookout says someone phoned her last week to suggest that the City of Gulf Breeze buy the financially strapped Club II tennis and swim facility. But she quickly rejected the idea. Although known for its investment forays into businesses that include a golf club, a water utility and municipal bonds, the town of 6,000 […]

Lawsuit filed against Navarre Chamber

Lawsuit filed against Navarre Chamber

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and its CEO Judy Morehead are facing a lawsuit filed last week by Tony Hughes, president of Beach Community Bank and chairman of the Military Affairs Council of the chamber. Hughes is seeking damages in excess of $15,000 related to his claims of defamation.  The suit filed in […]

Chamber’s new board is ready to work

Chamber’s new board is ready to work

The new President/CEO of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Judy Morehead says her vision for the chamber in 2016 is to follow the mission in place: “Our mission is to strengthen and improve the Navarre area by advocating for and representing business’ interest, promoting community development and enhancing the overall quality of life.” […]