Brent Everitt

Naval Live Oaks offers more history than expected

Naval Live Oaks offers more history than expected

This is the second in a series of articles that will appear occasionally throughout the year on outdoor opportunities worth checking out, both in Florida and, every so often, outside the state. The latest centers around a trip to Naval Live Oaks.  Fort Pickens is the first thing that comes to mind in this area […]

Normalcy returns to Gulf Islands for now

Normalcy returns to Gulf Islands for now

Gulf Islands National Seashore remained closed for more than a month. The 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government – the longest in history — created the closure. Last Monday, normalcy returned for national parks. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Controlled burns play crucial role in health of environment, prevention of wildfires

Controlled burns play crucial role in health of environment, prevention of wildfires

Heat brushes across your face as the bright orange flames swiftly move through the brush in a wooded area at Naval Live Oaks. This is not a wildfire out of control, but instead is a controlled burn that is instrumental in management of wildland areas. It serves as an agent of change to those areas. […]

Fort Pickens area back in business

Fort Pickens area back in business

Hurricane Nate closed the Fort Pickens area for more than a month. It reopened Nov. 30, and it didn’t take long for visitors to return and activities to resume as normal. “The second the gate went up, we had visitors in Fort Pickens,” said Brent Everitt, who handles public affairs for Gulf Islands National Seashore. […]

Visiting Gulf Islands will cost a little more in 2018

Visiting Gulf Islands will cost a little more in 2018

Two years after its first price increase in more than a decade, the entrance fee for vehicles into Fort Pickens will increase by $5 starting in January. The rise in price is a result of the nationwide entrance fee structure that was established three years ago by the National Park Service. The rate for vehicles […]

Duck hunting popular on national seashore

Duck hunting popular on national seashore

Duck hunting is a thing on Gulf Islands National Seashore. The numbers tell you as much. While hunting ducks has been allowed since the national seashore was established more than 40 years ago, the issuance of permits for it didn’t start until 2013. Over the last three seasons, more than 200 permits have been issued […]

Black powder demonstrations set to return to Fort Pickens

Black powder demonstrations set to return to Fort Pickens

Any opportunity the national parks get to bring history to life is going to be taken advantage of, and at some point late this spring, black powder demonstrations will be booming again at Fort Pickens. It will be the first time in more than 20 years that demonstrations have occurred at the historic fort, which […]