florida panhandle

Risk seen in calm after Alberto’s near miss

Risk seen in calm after Alberto’s near miss

Santa Rosa dodged a bullet when subtropical storm Alberto veered to the east over Memorial Day weekend, but experts warn that Mother Nature could be reloading for several more shots this summer. For county Director of Emergency Preparedness Brad Baker and other officials, the challenge now is rallying residents to be on guard for the […]

Subtropical storm Alberto falls flat

Subtropical storm Alberto falls flat

May 25 weather forecasters all over the Florida panhandle along with the national weather services were watching a storm brewing in the northwestern Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued its first advisory on the storm, subtropical storm Alberto, at 10 a.m. All of this was happening ahead of the official June 1 start […]

Court ruling favors continuation of deer-dog hunting

Court ruling favors continuation of deer-dog hunting

Deer hunting with dogs will continue in the Blackwater Wildlife Management Area. Last week, a divided appeals court overturned a ruling that would have forced game officials to rein in hunting deer with dogs. Read the full article in the April 19 issue of Navarre Press. SteVisit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

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 […]

Humpback whale surprises Panhandle

Humpback whale surprises Panhandle

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officers got a super-sized surprise last week when a humpback whale made a visit to coastal waters along the Gulf of Mexico. The two officers were in the state waters less than 20 miles offshore near Panama City Beach Feb. 15 when they spotted an unusual ocean mammal. […]

Rock Steady boxers take on Parkinson’s

Rock Steady boxers take on Parkinson’s

With boxing gloves hanging from the doors, a mural on the wall of two dudes duking it out and a variety of punching bags awaiting a beating, one of Navarre’s newest gyms is primed for fighters. But the boxers in this gym are anything but typical and their fight is not with a person. Every […]

Politics mire Gulf drilling discussion 8 years after oil spill

Politics mire Gulf drilling discussion 8 years after oil spill

When equipment failures on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico went from leaks to a full-blown explosion, many living along the coastline felt the impact. Navarre Beach was no exception. Steve Herring owned several rental properties along Navarre Beach, and he said the cancellations started rolling in even before the oil […]

Cold snap stuns beach wildlife

Cold snap stuns beach wildlife

Despite the sun beaming down from a nearly cloudless sky, sheets of ice still were still lingering around the edges of tidal pools along Santa Rosa Sound at midmorning last Friday. Standing at the water’s edge, Jeff Waldorf looks like something out of a science fiction film. He slowly turns his head back and forth, […]

A+ Mini Storage sold

A+ Mini Storage sold

A+ Mini Storage, located on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre, was sold to a national company this month according to a press release from the seller’s representative Argus Self Storage Sales Network Broker Affiliates. The property was sold by W.M. Bell & Co. of Santa Rosa County, LLC, owned by William Bell, Oct. 3 to […]

County remains a hot spot for human-bear conflicts

County remains a hot spot for human-bear conflicts

When a black bear was found dead in the yard of a Navarre home last week, it prompted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to launch an investigation into the death. The owner of the home discovered the bear’s body in the backyard when she arrived at her residence last Wednesday afternoon. The bear […]

Watson named Journalism Teacher of the Year

Watson named Journalism Teacher of the Year

  By a vote of her peers across the Florida Panhandle, Navarre High School yearbook adviser Jennifer Watson was named Florida Scholastic Press Association’s 2017 District 1 Journalism Teacher of the Year. This honor is awarded annually to one teacher from each of the seven FSPA districts to recognize outstanding advisers for school journalism programs. […]

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: 10/7  8:30 a.m. Hurricane Nate is a category 1 storm steaming through the Gulf of Mexico. Currently maximum sustained winds are at 85 mph with movement to the north northwest at 22 mph. Currently our area remains under a hurricane watch, tropical storm warning and storm surge warning. We spoke with Jason Beaman, meteorologist […]

Arcadia shares Santa Rosa’s Civil War heritage

Arcadia shares Santa Rosa’s Civil War heritage

Visitors to Arcadia Mill, a historical site in Milton, got a lesson in Santa Rosa’s Civil War heritage Saturday during the annual Sawmills and Skirmishes Tour. Tour guides dressed in period attire led groups along the raised boardwalk that twists its way through the Arcadia Mill archeological site. The site still bears some of the […]

Hotels crammed with Irma evacuees over weekend

Hotels crammed with Irma evacuees over weekend

In the afternoon hours of Sept. 6, uncertain projection models for the future of then category 5 Hurricane Irma began to shift north putting the peninsula of Florida in the direct line of fire. The entire state had been preparing for catastrophe, from the eastern tip of Escambia County to the southernmost Keys. News reports […]

Faces of Hurricane Irma evacuees

Faces of Hurricane Irma evacuees

Navarre Press had the opportunity to interview a few people who evacuated from Hurricane Irma to our area. Some came here because they knew something about us and others just happened by and decided to stay. They will be leaving soon to find out whether or not their home survived the storm. We will follow […]

Closer look at life as an FWC fisheries biologist

Closer look at life as an FWC fisheries biologist

Eric Weather used to watch the televised adventures of Jacques Cousteau. It eventually led him to a career in fisheries research as a biologist with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. He’s now been in the career for nearly 20 years. “I was originally drawn toward ocean exploration through (the show) and then later became […]

The Santa Rosa exemption

The Santa Rosa exemption

When the U.S. Senate returns to Capitol Hill in September from its monthlong vacation, the members will be considering national issues such as reforming health care and rewriting the tax code. But along with the big issues, there is a measure on the agenda that will directly affect only two counties in the Florida Panhandle. […]

There’s a new zoo guy in town

There’s a new zoo guy in town

More outreach and more up-close interaction are at the top of the agenda for new Gulf Breeze Zoo Director Jesse Pottebaum. Pottebaum, who took the reins of the operation in May, said he has settled nicely into his new position. He took a moment to speak to a reporter following a sleepless night of looking […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 18

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 18

DEFENSE TEAM FOR PULSE SHOOTER’S WIDOW RECEIVES WARNING U.S. District Court Judge Paul G. Byron decided Thursday not to sanction lawyers defending Noor Salman after they explained why they missed an Aug. 1 deadline to present expert witnesses. Attorney Mark Horwitz told the judge they needed more information about the government’s mental health expert before […]

Storm takes heavy toll on shorebirds but evidence of re-nesting heartens wildlife protectors

Storm takes heavy toll on shorebirds but evidence of re-nesting heartens wildlife protectors

After Tropical Storm Cindy battered the Panhandle, Audubon researchers found that the storm wiped out many of the shorebird chicks and eggs along northwest Florida’s coastline, including Navarre Beach. Roughly 230 eggs and chicks were lost to torrential rain and rising seas when the storm lashed the Gulf Coast last month, said Caroline Stahala, shorebird […]

Small businesses get free tools from Florida SBDC

Small businesses get free tools from Florida SBDC

Being a small-business owner requires many skills. One moment business owners might be working with customers. The next moment they are designing their websites. Then they are sorting through accounting, interviewing for open positions, filing taxes, updating inventory and on and on. Read the full article in the July 6 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Storm damages sea turtle nests on Navarre Beach

Storm damages sea turtle nests on Navarre Beach

Tropical Storm Cindy may have claimed quite a few victims along Navarre Beach as the storm surge washed wave after wave over the area’s sea turtle nests. Cathy Holmes of the Sea Turtle Patrol said her organization has been getting some really bad news. “We have seven nests that were totally underwater for 48 to […]

Downtown Milton among top concerns for Florida Trust

Downtown Milton among top concerns for Florida Trust

In 1877, William Keyser built a brick and mortar store along the shore of the Blackwater River in the heart of Milton. At the time Milton was a growing community, a mill town focused on the export of pine timber throughout the region and across the world. Keyser was leading the way in this growth […]

Islands Near & Far, A Standard Flower Show

The Navarre Library is host to the Navarre Garden Club’s Annual Flower Show, showcasing Floral Designs, Artistic Crafts & Educational exhibits, in addition to an array of beautiful horticulture exhibits grown by garden club members in this area. To receive an education in the plants and flowers that grow well in this area of the […]

Least terns find innovative solution for nesting dilemma

Least terns find innovative solution for nesting dilemma

As development and visiting tourists make it harder to find flat, undisturbed sandy space along the Gulf of Mexico’s beaches, endangered least terns have come up with an interesting solution: rooftops. The birds are nesting on top of grocery stores, schools and shopping centers. It seems like a stretch from their normal homes, but when […]

First recorded leatherback nest on Navarre Beach

First recorded leatherback nest on Navarre Beach

Turtle Patrollers were in for a big surprise early Saturday morning. The first sea turtle of Navarre’s nesting season has laid her eggs this Mother’s Day weekend, and this new momma made another first. She is the first leatherback sea turtle in recorded history to nest on Navarre Beach. Director of the Navarre Beach Sea […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 2

TROOPERS: MAN FACES DUI CHARGES AFTER HITTING 8 SERVICEMEN The crash occurred around 8 p.m. Saturday on Perdido Key, which is near Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle. Eric Watt is charged with DUI involving serious bodily injury and officials say he may face additional charges. Troopers said in a news release that the eight men […]

Harnessing the sun

Harnessing the sun

What began as a directive in 2014 to all military installations from the Department of Defense to install renewable energy on their installations has culminated into a Naval Air Station Whiting Field and Gulf Power initiative at Holley Outlying Field. The project is one of three across the panhandle of Florida with a second location […]

Wildlife refuge clears last hurdle for move to Navarre

Wildlife refuge clears last hurdle for move to Navarre

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge can officially call Navarre its new home. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed a motion Monday to rezone a roughly 2.2-acre piece of property to allow relocation of the refuge’s rehabilitation center, animal ambassadors and marine rescue unit. Read the full article in the April 27 issue of Navarre […]