Florida

UPDATE: Governor extends stay at home order to entire state

UPDATE: Governor extends stay at home order to entire state

Updates to this story include clarification of what essential services are, enforcement and actual language of the executive order issued April 1.  In a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he will be issuing a safer at home style executive order for the entire state. The order, set to go into effect at midnight […]

FHSAA leaves door open of spring sports resuming

FHSAA leaves door open of spring sports resuming

The Florida High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday there is a chance spring sports can resume in May. The FHSAA is actively working on creative solutions in order to allow the spring sports season to continue if schools reopen May 4. They have been closed since mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If the season […]

UPDATE: Five things to know: Governor issues new orders

UPDATE: Five things to know: Governor issues new orders

With 903 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday, Gov. Ron DeSantis held multiple press conferences Monday to update the public. Here are the highlights. 1. Safer at home order for southeast Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a “safer at home” executive order for the most affected counties in southeast Florida. DeSantis announced the additional measures […]

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 […]

GSC cancels spring sports season

GSC cancels spring sports season

The Gulf South Conference cancelled the spring sports season Monday afternoon. Also, all other countable athletic-related activities have been suspended through at least the end of May. That includes spring football. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NCAA’s requirement for waivers for affected student-athletes were significant factors in this decision […]

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 […]

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 […]

FDOE unveils list of resources for extended spring break

FDOE unveils list of resources for extended spring break

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 (http://www.fldoe.org/em-response/index.stml). This page also has information on the […]

Raiders don’t surrender in loss to South Walton

Raiders don’t surrender in loss to South Walton

There was no surrender by Navarre’s girls lacrosse team in its 15-1 loss to South Walton on March 10. Junior Zoey Dezaldivar scored on a second-half penalty shot, beating the Seahawks’ goalie to the top right-hand corner for the Raiders’ lone goal. It was her sixth of the season.  Team co-captain Cheyenne Beasley dismissed the final score […]

Sacred Heart offers COVID-19 drive-through testing

Sacred Heart offers COVID-19 drive-through testing

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in Florida, hospitals have begun drive-through screening of potential patients who do not require hospitalization. Among healthcare facilities taking this step is Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola which began screenings and drive through testing Monday. Residents experiencing fever, cough and symptoms of respiratory illness can call […]

Gulf Islands National Seashore modifies operations

Gulf Islands National Seashore modifies operations

Gulf Islands National Seashore has modified its operations to do its part to promote social distancing. It is making modifications in accordance with guidelines from the White House., Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and local and state authorities. Starting today (March 19), park beaches and water areas remain open as well as the Okaloosa, […]

Javelin returns to high school track

Javelin returns to high school track

Marlon Courtney is used to throwing things. He spent the last two years as the starting quarterback for Navarre’s football team, rolling up more than 4,000 yards through the air. These days, the senior standout is throwing a javelin. Navarre head coach Tony Carter convinced Courtney to give it a shot this season. “I was […]

Update: Santa Rosa’s patient with presumptive COVID-19 has died

Update: Santa Rosa’s patient with presumptive COVID-19 has died

The Florida Department of Health announced late in the evening on March 6 that the COVID-19 patient in Santa Rosa County had died at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. The patient was reported to have underlying medical conditions and had recently returned from an international trip. A new individual in their seventies that tested presumptive positive […]

Caregiver survey aimed to provide valuable data for advisory committee

Caregiver survey aimed to provide valuable data for advisory committee

A statewide survey is underway by the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee to collect data from various caregiver resources that will play a role in helping to shape policy and improve services for those in the state of Florida living with dementia, their caregivers, their families and clinical providers. Michelle Branham, the vice president of public […]

Florida sees first coronavirus cases

Florida sees first coronavirus cases

A patient exhibiting flu-like symptoms at a medical center in Fort Walton Beach was tested for COVID-19, better known as coronavirus. Three days later, two unrelated patients tested presumptive positive for the illness in Florida, a diagnosis confirmed Monday by federal health authorities. According to a press release, White-Wilson Medical Center elected to temporarily close […]

Popular spring turkey season begins in March

Popular spring turkey season begins in March

Spring turkey season is just around the corner, and it tends to be the most popular one. It is scheduled to kick off outside the wildlife management area system March 21 and run through April 26 for most of the state. However, the portion of Florida that is south of State Road 70 will see […]

State education funding doesn’t add up

State education funding doesn’t add up

State lawmakers touted the 2019-2020 budget as a win for education. They point to the fact spending on education has reached an all-time high with an increase of $110 million on k-12 schools. Santa Rosa County School district’s state funding for capital needs has reached new lows, and budgets remain largely flat compared to increasing […]

Cane toads remain prevalent invasive species in Florida

Cane toads remain prevalent invasive species in Florida

Cane toads aren’t native to Florida but have been in the state for quite some time, first introduced here in the 1930s to control agricultural pests. Pet trade escapes and releases in the 1950s and 1960s have created the current population. The invasive species, which is native to extreme southern Texas and Central and South […]

Family atmosphere helps fuel success of girls weightlifting team

Family atmosphere helps fuel success of girls weightlifting team

Natalya Garza dropped the bar and beamed with excitement. Her eyes and mouth were wide open. It was a priceless reaction to setting a new personal best in the clean and jerk at the girls 2A state weightlifting meet. She immediately ran over to Anna Bagley and leaped into the arms of her competitive cheer […]

Preseason proves promising for Raider softball team

Preseason proves promising for Raider softball team

Kelly Hayes couldn’t have been happier after watching Navarre’s softball team roll through a pair of preseason games last Tuesday night at the Preston Hood Complex in Fort Walton Beach. A team that lost eight seniors to graduation last season looked as if it didn’t miss a beat in convincing wins over Choctaw (10-2) and […]

Heartbreaking ending for Raiders in regional tourney

Heartbreaking ending for Raiders in regional tourney

For 80 minutes Friday night, Navarre’s girls soccer team left everything it had on the field in a Region 1-6A semifinal in Tallahassee. For one second,  Chiles got the break both teams fought so hard to produce over the course of two halves of intense, physical and emotional soccer. A regional tourney game destined for […]

Efforts being made to revive oyster population

Efforts being made to revive oyster population

Oyster populations are falling off across the United States, and in Florida, until recent years, 90% of the state’s oyster harvest came from Apalachicola Bay. Pensacola Bay is feeling the effect of the oyster shortage, too. Since 2001 when the harvest peaked at 60,000 pounds, most coming from waters in Santa Rosa County, the decline […]

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