beach renourishment

Rip currents lead to elevated water rescues

Rip currents lead to elevated water rescues

Water rescues along Navarre Beach are on the rise and rip currents are the leading cause said head lifeguard Charles Marek. Marek, who has been a lifeguard on Navarre Beach for roughly six years, said the lifeguards are averaging about 25 rescues a day when yellow or red flags are flying. Read the full article […]

Navarre Beach remains public

Navarre Beach remains public

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill last month that would privatize many beaches along Florida’s coastline starting July 1. County ordinances throughout the state have allowed for public beach access even on privately owned properties for decades. These laws are known as customary use ordinances, and they state that if an area has historically been […]

Local children restore sand dunes

Local children restore sand dunes

With shovels and sea oats in hand, dozens of children of all ages set to work June 7 restoring vegetation along the Navarre Beach sand dunes at the foot of the fishing pier as part of Planting for Protection. The event was a partnership between the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station and Dune Doctors to […]

Red-flag conditions erode the shoreline

Red-flag conditions erode the shoreline

As nasty weather over the past weeks has brought red flag conditions to Navarre Beach, sands dredged to the shore during the beach renourishment were pulled back into the waters, but County Engineer Roger Blaylock says not to worry, it’s all part of the process. “Wave action in the surf zone creates a natural hump […]

Beach residents off the hook for renourishment

Beach residents off the hook for renourishment

Navarre Beach dwellers won’t have to pay a special assessment for this summer’s $15 million sand renewal, the Santa Rosa County Commission vote unanimously Tuesday night. Although Lane Lynchard, the commission chairman, said that beach residents do receive a “disproportionate benefit” from renewal of the shoreline, he acceded to his three board colleagues, who all […]

County eyes unpaid lease fees

County eyes unpaid lease fees

Navarre Beach residents have long complained about being required to pay both Santa Rosa County ad valorem taxes along with their property lease fees. But some haven’t paid the latter for years. In fact, although the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association is lobbying to use lease fees to pay their share of the recent […]

Sea turtle rescued by trawler returns to Gulf

Sea turtle rescued by trawler returns to Gulf

Dozens of beach visitors gathered around to watch Harriet the rehabilitated sea turtle’s return to the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, July 14 on Opal Beach. Harriet, as the loggerhead sea turtle has been nicknamed, is the sea turtle equivalent of a teenager, still too young to begin breeding. Although the gender of the turtle is […]

Navarre Beach lifeguards, there to keep you safe

Navarre Beach lifeguards, there to keep you safe

According to lead guard Charles Marek, the 2016 beach renourishment has had a significant impact to this year’s beach visitors. “We have had many more people on the beach this year,” Marek said. “They have heard about the renourishment and want to see for themselves.” This is Marek’s fourth year as a lifeguard. During the […]

Beach renourishment completed under budget

Beach renourishment completed under budget

Dredging and grading for the Navarre Beach renourishment project came to a close Sunday, June 19, at $1.8 million under the expected price. The last of the estimated 1.3 million-cubic yards of sand dredged from the Gulf was piped to the fourth and final segment of the shoreline. Dredging began back in March. “We are […]

Tropical Storm Colin puts break on beach dredging

Tropical Storm Colin puts break on beach dredging

Dredging for the Navarre Beach nourishment project came to a halt Monday night, June 6 as Tropical Storm Colin caused rough waters out in the Gulf of Mexico. The project’s two dredges had to stop work and seek shelter in Pensacola Bay. On shore, the storm has caused some flooding on the lower beach berm. […]

Much more Navarre Beach to enjoy

Much more Navarre Beach to enjoy

Keeping a protective watch for nesting sea turtles and birds, Weeks Marine Inc. is replenishing Navarre Beach with more than one million cubic yards of dredged sand in hopes of finishing by the holiday weekend of July Fourth. The contractor has already placed about 150,000 cubic yards of sand in a project that started in […]

Sea Turtle nesting season starts

Sea Turtle nesting season starts

The highly anticipated nesting season for sea turtles began May 1 and continues until October 31. Navarre Beach is home to four of the six of the species of sea turtles listed as threatened or endangered and protected by the Endangered Species Act; loggerhead, green, leatherback and Kemp’s ridley. “Starting the first of May we […]

Lease fees overdue on hundreds of beach properties

Lease fees overdue on hundreds of beach properties

More than 300 Navarre Beach leaseholders are at least 120 days behind on paying their lease fees in amounts totaling $348,145, according to Santa Rosa County finance records. Most of the delinquencies, which range from a few hundred dollars to more than $9,000 each, are less than a year old, but some date back as […]

Save $1 million to lose $10 million or Penny wise – pound foolish

Save $1 million to lose $10 million or Penny wise – pound foolish

Beach renourishment makes our beaches beautiful and whole again. It’s the process by which new sand is brought up from the Gulf to replace the lost sand on our beaches. That is an oversimplification of course. The end result is beautiful but the process is not. Our beaches will be under major construction with large […]

2-4-6-8 how do you negotiate?

2-4-6-8 how do you negotiate?

When you buy a house, you negotiate the sales price. When you buy a car, you negotiate the bottom dollar on the car. When you take a new job, you negotiate the salary and terms of your employment. Very few things in life are set in stone – most things are negotiable. Our county seems […]