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School district analyzing state test data

School district analyzing state test data

Official school grades have not been released yet, but Santa Rosa County School District staffers are already digging into the data about student scores on the Florida Standards Assessments and End of Course Examinations from last school year. Overall, the school district did fairly well, said Bill Emerson, assistant superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. […]

FWC battling coral reef disease

FWC battling coral reef disease

Coral reefs in the Florida Reef Tract in the southern part of the state, which happens to be one of the largest reef systems in the world, are being impacted greatly by Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. The disease is caused by bacteria and can be transmitted through direct contact and water circulation. Read the […]

Blackwater inmate charged with terrorist threats

Blackwater inmate charged with terrorist threats

An inmate at Blackwater Correctional Facility could face additional prison time for terrorist threats he allegedly made during his incarceration. According to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) press release, agents arrested Norberto Iglesias, 53, on charges of terrorism; threat to throw, project, place or discharge any destructive device; and written threats to kill, […]

Cole: “We live in a county of cowards.”

Cole: “We live in a county of cowards.”

Navarre Area United Political Action Committee (PAC) has offered anonymity for donors contributing to the $41,000 price tag of a Navarre incorporation feasibility study. But the legal footing of that promise may be in question. PAC leader Jonathan Cole told potential donors they would not have to disclose their name, address and occupation as is required […]

Be prepared for summer health hazards

Be prepared for summer health hazards

As the summer season gets into full swing, the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center–Jacksonville wants to remind the public of a few important tips to keep families safe. “During the summer break, kids are out of school and families are spending time outside, which leads to an increase in poison exposures,” said Dr. Jay L. Schauben, […]

Importance of campfire safety can’t be emphasized enough

Importance of campfire safety can’t be emphasized enough

Camping is pretty much a year-round activity in Florida. And that means campfires are part of the equation. Handled properly, they bring added fun to a weekend trip. Mishandled and it can lead to big-time problems.   Read the full article in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Park service fine-tuning rules on personal watercraft

Park service fine-tuning rules on personal watercraft

The National Park Service released the final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for personal watercraft use at Gulf Islands National Seashore on Friday. The public can view the statement online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/guis-PWC-EIS.   As seen in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to […]

Governor slashes funding for local projects

Governor slashes funding for local projects

What initially appeared to be a successful state budget session for Santa Rosa County has taken a disappointing turn, delaying multiple projects. Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 21 released his final list of vetoed items from this year’s $9.1 billion state budget, and all but one of Santa Rosa’s allocations were on the chopping block. […]

New shore-based shark fishing requirements take effect

New shore-based shark fishing requirements take effect

Anyone interested in fishing for sharks must be aware of the new requirements that went into effect July 1. There is now a mandatory, no-cost annual shore-based shark fishing permit and educational course for shore-based anglers.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Opportunities plentiful in the great outdoors

Opportunities plentiful in the great outdoors

June was tabbed Great Outdoors Month in Florida by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The month was designated to highlight the opportunities available and the benefits of being outdoors. “Our staff works tirelessly to protect and preserve Florida’s environment, and I encourage everyone to spend more time outside enjoying natural Florida,” Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah […]

UWF named second best university in the state of Florida

UWF named second best university in the state of Florida

The University of West Florida (UWF) is the second-best institution in the state according to state performance-based metrics released June 12. UWF earned 94 points out of the 100-point scale in the Board of Governor’s performance-based funding model results from the 2018-19 academic year.   Read the full article in the June 27 issue of […]

Insurers seek increase despite law change

Insurers seek increase despite law change

Thousands of residential property insurance customers across Florida could see reduced costs in 2019, but on the whole customers will not see cheaper insurance premiums as the result of long-sought regulatory reform. At the forefront of the insurance discussion is an amended rate filing by Florida’s insurer of last resort, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.   […]

New bridge arch marks milestone

New bridge arch marks milestone

One of the bells and whistles to be part of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge debuted Thursday when workers placed a shiny, 83-foot-tall steel arch atop the eastbound section of the span. The $427 million bridge, under construction since 2017 and delayed by weather and faulty work on its concrete deck, is nevertheless starting to […]

Juana’s one of a kind

Juana’s one of a kind

In this week’s issue you will read about a local family, the Rudzkis, who built one of the top 10 best beach bars in Florida from literally a shack 30 years ago. You can read the full article on our community page, but their accomplishments are nothing short of impressive. And in a town where […]

Juana’s celebrates 30 years

Juana’s celebrates 30 years

Coming over the bridge onto Navarre Beach, a distinct roof line of green metal and thatch peaks have greeted beach goers for decades. But the Navarre Beach staple known as Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill was not always the complex of booming business it is today.   Read the full article in the June 27 […]

County cuts ribbon on new Gulf side pavilion complex

County cuts ribbon on new Gulf side pavilion complex

County and state officials cut the ribbon Tuesday on new ADA-friendly pavilions, restroom facilities with showers, parking spaces and other much-anticipated enhancements in Navarre Beach Marine Park. The ribbon cutting marked the end of a multimillion-dollar project with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to bring updated amenities to the marine park. Read the full […]

Raider baseball players appear in all-star game

Raider baseball players appear in all-star game

Although two Navarre Raiders pitched scoreless innings Wednesday night in the Subway All-Star Baseball Game at the University of West Florida’s Jim Spooner Field, the East fell 8-5 to the West last Wednesday night. Kaleb Hellard and Cameron Terrian worked an inning apiece on the mound for the East, but Terrian got extra time at a position he hasn’t played for years. Terrian was […]

Softball players make most of all-star opportunity

Softball players make most of all-star opportunity

They were asked to get together and take one more picture late Thursday night at the UWF Softball Complex in Pensacola, their last one as high school athletes. Navarre’s Kallie Anderson, Emily Cannington and Lakin Grindland obliged. Their smiles spoke volumes about the friendship they share and the enjoyment they had playing in the Subway […]

Knowledge is power when it comes to understanding elder law

Knowledge is power when it comes to understanding elder law

Elder law has plenty of layers to it, but legal service providers exist to help seniors navigate their way through it all and keep them informed of their rights and where to turn when they need legal help. “As they say, knowledge is power,” said Ashley Chambers, director of communications for the Florida Department of […]

Out of sight doesn’t mean out of danger when it comes to alligators

Out of sight doesn’t mean out of danger when it comes to alligators

In early June a young girl was attacked by an alligator in Leon County. She and her grandfather had gotten out of the water for a snack and spotted an alligator in the lake in which they’d just been swimming. They waited 30 minutes or so before re-entering the water.   Read the full article […]

Frozen blackberries recalled due to possible Norovirus

Frozen blackberries recalled due to possible Norovirus

A voluntary recall of some frozen blackberries sold in Walmart stores has been issued due to the potential of being contaminated with Norovirus according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Alma Pak of Alma, Georgia is recalling specific lots of product containing frozen blackberries after FDA testing of frozen blackberries was reported to […]

Board eyes new K-8 school for Pace

Board eyes new K-8 school for Pace

Santa Rosa School District is making progress on construction of a new kindergarten through eighth grade school on Elkhart Drive in Navarre. Now it is setting its sights on alleviating growing pains in Pace through a similar facility.   Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Paradise gets tourism council thumbs-up

Paradise gets tourism council thumbs-up

Paradise Advertising has likely secured yet another three years of representing Santa Rosa County’s tourism image and the more than $750,000 annually that comes with it. The St. Petersburg-based destination advertising and marketing firm was put forward unanimously as the top pick by a selection committee of local tourism professionals after a competitive request for […]

Area lawmakers say recreational pot coming

Area lawmakers say recreational pot coming

Recreational marijuana’s legalization in Florida is inevitable and could come within three years, according to Santa Rosa County’s two members of the state House of Representatives. “The whole movement about medical marijuana has really been about recreational use and it’s going in that direction,” said Rep. Alex Andrade, R-Gulf Breeze. Addressing the Gulf Breeze Area […]

Fight the yellow flies: UF has tips to combat these aggressive biters

Fight the yellow flies: UF has tips to combat these aggressive biters

It’s summer in Florida, and that means itching welts on ankles, arms and toes. As biting bugs descend in droves on backyards, perhaps one of the worst offenders are yellow flies. Yellow fly is a term used to reference several species of aggressive, biting flies in Florida with yellowish bodies.   Read the full article […]

Greene provided valuable leadership in his time with CERT

Greene provided valuable leadership in his time with CERT

Lou Greene has been the leader of CERT in Navarre for nearly a decade. He stepped down last month. It’s a bittersweet moment for Greene, who was part of the original Community Emergency Response Team in Navarre.   Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Silver Alert remains valuable tool in locating vulnerable elders

Silver Alert remains valuable tool in locating vulnerable elders

Nearly 2,100 alerts have been issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement since the Florida Silver Alert program went into place in 2008. In that time, it has been directly responsible for the recovery of 219 people. Silver Alert has been critical in a state like Florida where more than 4.3 million people ages […]

R3 Program focuses on sustaining popularity of fishing

R3 Program focuses on sustaining popularity of fishing

Fishing is a big deal in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to make sure that angling continues to be a staple in the Sunshine State for years to come.   Read the full article in the May 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click […]

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