COVID-19

Businesses stepping up to help employees during COVID-19

Businesses stepping up to help employees during COVID-19

With the announcement coming down Friday, March 20, that all restaurants close their dining rooms at midnight and go entirely to carry out and delivery orders only, local restaurants have had to change strategy perhaps like they never have before. Ye Olde Brothers Brewery manager Christy Skerrett was ready for the news that hit and […]

COVID-19 Daily Update

COVID-19 Daily Update

As of March 26, 6:30 p.m. Note: To provide our community with important public safety information, the Navarre Press is posting entire stories related to the coronavirus in front of our paywall and making our weekly issue free to read. Click HERE to read.  Please seriously consider supporting the hard work that our staff and our journalists […]

Property tax payments deadline extended

Property tax payments deadline extended

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an order Monday, March 16, directing the Department of Revenue to provide flexibility on tax due dates to help those affected by COVID-19. Thursday, March 26, Jim Zingale, Department of Revenue executive director, issued an emergency order to extend the final due date for property tax payments for the 2019 […]

Gulf Power donates $250,000 to United Way COVID-19 response

Gulf Power donates $250,000 to United Way COVID-19 response

Communities around the world are grappling with the lasting economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting new strain on community support organizations like United Way of West Florida. To help support the nonprofit’s community response, Gulf Power Foundation donated $250,000 to the organization to help members of our community impacted by COVID-19. United […]

Navarre Beach closed to public as of March 21

Navarre Beach closed to public as of March 21

Amid calls from health care professionals to shut down the shorelines due to COVID-19 fears, Santa Rosa County officials announced Friday morning that all public beach areas will close at midnight. Restaurants that have not already done so are being directed to move entirely to to-go ordering. No on-premises dining will be allowed.The closure includes […]

Local churches respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Local churches respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

With Holy Week three weeks away, local church leaderships were faced with an unexpected and difficult decision. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations last week for the State of Florida designed to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the state. One recommendation is that faith-based communities in Florida “cancel […]

Infant in Gulf Breeze daycare tested positive for COVID-19

Infant in Gulf Breeze daycare tested positive for COVID-19

An infant attending a Gulf Breeze day care has tested positive for COVID-19.  Seaside Child Development Center posted via Facebook Thursday that one child in the center’s infant room had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, causing the facility to close for at least two weeks. Seaside is located at 4338 Gulf Breeze Parkway.  Owner […]

Businesses hiring laid off workers

Businesses hiring laid off workers

As restaurants, bars and hotels thin down staffing or close all together amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, some companies are ramping up hiring for these workers. Grocery stores like Publix, Walmart and Winn Dixie have seen increased traffic during the pandemic as shoppers seek essentials like toilet paper and meat. These companies have announced increased […]

Private schools prepare for online learning option

Private schools prepare for online learning option

As Joanna Johannes talks about the uncertainty surrounding the weeks ahead in this current school year, there are no hints of worry in her voice.The founder and head of school of Lighthouse Private Christian Academy, which has campuses in both Gulf Breeze and Pensacola, is calm and collected in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) […]

Restaurants: Closures/Services

Restaurants: Closures/Services

The following restaurants are open offering take out/curbside service: Alphy’s Catfish House is offering to-go orders only at this time for breakfast only. Call 515-1201 Ye Olde Brother’s Brewery is take-out or delivery including growlers by calling 850-684-1495.  New York Pizza Depot is open Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. The full menu […]

A guide to Business Disaster Assistance

A guide to Business Disaster Assistance

Current as of press time – March 24, 2020 There are several resources available right now to Florida businesses to get them through the next few months and assist cash flow. The options available are loans which must be paid back. The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business […]

DOE unveils resources available for transition to distance learning

DOE unveils resources available for transition to distance learning

Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced Friday that information and resources are now available for students, parents and school districts in Florida during the extended spring break as they transition into distance learning.Educational resources and district meal plans are available on the DOE’s emergency response page. This page also has information on the state’s response […]

Nursing homes, assisted living help families adapt

Nursing homes, assisted living help families adapt

Friends and family of those in assisted living and nursing homes are barred from seeing their loved ones until at least April 13 according to federal guidelines. COVID-19 infections are on the rise across the U.S., and the elderly, especially those with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk of serious complications or death from […]

Hurlburt Update: Moves to Health Protection Condition Charlie

Hurlburt Update: Moves to Health Protection Condition Charlie

 Hurlburt Field officials have elevated the Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Level to Charlie and have declared a public health emergency for the installation.  The elevation to Charlie is part of the ongoing response to COVID-19 concerns. “The COVID-19 situation is very dynamic,” said Col. Mike Conley, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing. “Given the […]

Milton, Fort Walton Beach declare states of emergency

Milton, Fort Walton Beach declare states of emergency

The City of Milton declared a state of emergency Monday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All essential city functions will continue. That includes public works, sanitation, police, fire, first responders, finance, public information and administration. Milton is encouraging the use of its online payment system for bills and online payment fees will be waived. […]

Santa Rosa case details and counts by city

Santa Rosa case details and counts by city

These detailed numbers are as of March 24, 10:30 a.m. (last update by Florida Department of Health).  States with most cases (March 24) New York 20,875 New Jersey 2,844 California 2,240 Washington , 2,101 Florida 1,412 Local Cases (March 24) Santa Rosa: Navarre 3 Milton 1 Escambia: Pensacola 6 Okaloosa: Destin 5 Niceville 4 Crestview […]

DEP closes all state parks in Florida

DEP closes all state parks in Florida

Starting today, all state parks in Florida are closed. The Department of Environmental Protection made the decision at the direction of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. DEP has tried to continue to provide recreation opportunities at state parks during this time of dealing with COVID-19. Limiting hours and reducing visitor capacity has been part of its […]

Governor: Mandatory quarantine for New York, New Jersey visitors

Governor: Mandatory quarantine for New York, New Jersey visitors

Passengers of incoming flights from New York and New Jersey to Florida will be required to quarantine for 14 days according Gov. Ron DeSantis.  The governor announced the executive order March 23 during a press conference. He said there are more than 190 direct flights planned to Florida from these two states, both of which […]

Attn. builders: What you need to know about county services

Attn. builders: What you need to know about county services

Planning/Zoning The lobby is closed for all walk-in appointments. All pre-application meetings for Development Services will be conducted via conference call or postponed.   Site plans, permit applications and other documentation that cannot be submitted electronically (emailed or faxed) can be placed in one of the drop boxes located one of our two locations. The Milton […]

Baptist opens COVID-19 testing site in Pensacola

Baptist opens COVID-19 testing site in Pensacola

Baptist Health Care announced opening of their COVID-19 testing site today, adding to other private healthcare run sites in Pensacola.  Baptist public relations specialist Kathy Bowers said the new site is conveniently located for patients and will only be open to those that go through pre-screening procedures.  “To be tested, a patient must first be […]

Chamber hosting emergency disaster loan seminar

Chamber hosting emergency disaster loan seminar

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an Emergency Disaster Loan Virtual Q&A Tuesday (March 24) at 4 p.m. Ayesha Haider with Florida’s Small Business Develop Center consultant will lead it. Email Haider at ahaider@uwf.edu to register for the event. Haider will discuss the Small Business Association’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). The […]

State eyes hotels to house people with coronavirus

State eyes hotels to house people with coronavirus

by Jim Saunders The News Service of Florida Tallahassee – Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday that state officials are looking at the possibility of putting people who test positive for the coronavirus in facilities such as hotels to help prevent them from spreading the virus to family members. The idea, which also could involve using […]

YMCA answering the call

YMCA answering the call

The YMCA of Northwest Florida (YMCA) is responding to an urgent community need due to COVID-19. City, hospital and federal leaders have asked that the YMCA’s support workers on the front lines by providing emergency childcare for first responders and health care workers. The YMCA’s of Northwest Florida include the Bear Levin Studer Family YMCA […]

State COVID-19 pending test numbers lag behind reality

State COVID-19 pending test numbers lag behind reality

Note: To provide our community with important public safety information, the Navarre Press is posting entire stories related to the COVID-19 in front of our paywall and making our weekly issue free to read. Click HERE to read. Please seriously consider supporting the hard work that our staff and our journalists are providing by subscribing to your […]

Florida Agriculture Commissioner calls for “stay-at-home” order

Florida Agriculture Commissioner calls for “stay-at-home” order

Note: To provide our community with important public safety information, the Navarre Press is posting entire stories related to the COVID-19 in front of our paywall and making our weekly issue free to read. Click HERE to read. Please seriously consider supporting the hard work that our staff and our journalists are providing by subscribing to your […]

Santa Rosa County sees third confirmed COVID-19 case

Santa Rosa County sees third confirmed COVID-19 case

Note: To provide our community with important public safety information, the Navarre Press is posting entire stories related to the COVID-19 in front of our paywall and making our weekly issue free to read. Click HERE to read. Please seriously consider supporting the hard work that our staff and our journalists are providing by subscribing to your […]

County proposes COVID-19 recovery grants for small business

County proposes COVID-19 recovery grants for small business

As businesses across Santa Rosa County are forced to close their doors due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the county is looking to hand out $100,000 in grants for small businesses.  The COVID-19 economic hardship grant program will be voted on by county commissioners during their March 26 meeting.  If approved, the program would offer $2,500 […]