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Coalition strives to promote safety among older drivers

Coalition strives to promote safety among older drivers

The Florida Department of Transportation’s Safe Mobility for Life Coalition is focused on addressing the needs of Florida’s aging drivers. The state has more residents over the age of 65 than it does under the age of 18. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Holley Navarre Water System: Past, present, future

Holley Navarre Water System: Past, present, future

As the election of four new members to the Holley Navarre Water System’s board of directors draws near, discussions of the utility have flared on social media, in conversations and even in the Board of County Commissioners’ chambers. The candidates chosen Jan. 15 will act as the leadership entity for a water system that serves […]

Legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters

Legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters for recreational fishing. The bill formerly known as the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act–the name has been simplified to the Modern Fish Act– was first introduced in July 2017. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ENTERS DAY 14 House Democrats pass a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump’s promised border wall amid a veto threat from the White House. 2. WHAT PELOSI SAID AFTER RECLAIMING THE SPEAKER’S GAVEL Pelosi, elected speaker 220-192, says U.S. voters “demanded a new dawn” in the November election […]

Final Highway 98 options all include flyover

Final Highway 98 options all include flyover

The recommendations for U.S. Highway 98 are in, and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has found that a flyover through the center of Navarre’s business district is the best solution to the roadway’s traffic woes. The search for the best alternative began with the launch of a PD&E (Project Development and Environment) study in […]

BOLD ACT closer to playing vital role in fight against Alzheimer’s

BOLD ACT closer to playing vital role in fight against Alzheimer’s

Michelle Branham is the Vice President of Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association. And her excitement level is high this week after what took place in the United States Senate last week. The Senate passed the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (BOLD). Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of […]

FWC proposes 2019 recreational red snapper season

FWC proposes 2019 recreational red snapper season

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has proposed a 32-day season that would begin June 11 and end July 12 in federal and state waters. That stretch is eight days longer than what was proposed for 2018, but, if approved, would be eight days shorter than the 40-day season that was ultimately approved for the […]

Gardner reflects on 33 year career before retirement

Gardner reflects on 33 year career before retirement

On an evening in 1995, Paul Gardner and his wife were cresting the top of the Navarre Beach bridge when they spotted a breathtaking view, thousands of lights along the coastal community known as Navarre. The couple were headed home from a celebratory dinner. Gardner had just secured a promotion to Operations Manager at Holley […]

Red tide recedes to non-detectable level

Red tide recedes to non-detectable level

Floridians across the state and especially along Navarre Beach may breathe a sigh of relief this week as all signs point to the end of a bumpy red tide season. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reports across most of the Gulf coast show 0-1,000 cells per liter concentration of the algae karenia brevis, […]

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings have become more common, and it isn’t just people thinking they are seeing bears visible to the public more than ever before. The odds are as good as they have ever been in the last 100 years. “As both the human and bear populations continue to increase in Florida, there are more opportunities […]

Disgruntled partners forcibly takeover pier

Disgruntled partners forcibly takeover pier

Thursday evening, four of the five partners in Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises, LLC (GSRE) forcibly took control of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier from managing member Kenneth Fountain in a continuing saga of ownership arguments. Jonathan Cole, Jerry Rolison and Larry Rolison went to the pier Thursday evening with the intention to take over management […]

Local attorney serves on Volunteer Florida commission

Local attorney serves on Volunteer Florida commission

Governor Rick Scott announced Friday the reappointment of Navarre-based attorney Kerry Anne Schultz to the Commission on Community Service. Schultz is a member of Fountain, Schultz and Associates, and is serving as vice chair of the commission. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Bed-tax surge points to strong tourism trend

Bed-tax surge points to strong tourism trend

Shortly after announcing its first $3 million year, the county Tourist Development Office reported Dec. 2 that October’s bed-tax collections blew past the previous October by 51.61 percent. The county brought in $268,125.73 in bed taxes during the month. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for […]

Camden Drive improvements underway

Camden Drive improvements underway

Construction for the Camden Drive Outfall Project Phase I in the Holley by the Sea subdivision in Navarre commenced Saturday. The $1.2 million project is the first of two phases that will provide improved stormwater conveyance and water quality of adjacent wetlands. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Chaves takes pride in having a positive impact on his students

Chaves takes pride in having a positive impact on his students

David Chaves has been nominated for Teacher of the Year in the past at Holley Navarre Intermediate School. But the third-grade teacher’s name didn’t stay in the mix for long. “I usually withdrew my name because I’d look at other teachers and feel like their skill set was just more superior,” Chaves said. Read the […]

Sutton embraces opportunity to enjoy the outdoors

Sutton embraces opportunity to enjoy the outdoors

Zack Sutton is usually busy with school. That comes with the territory of being in college. But his requirement to hit the books hasn’t stopped him from finding time to enjoy the outdoors. It beats staying inside to watch television. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Fledgling University of West Florida band secures $50,000 gift

Fledgling University of West Florida band secures $50,000 gift

The University of West Florida (UWF) announced Nov. 27 a $50,000 gift to the Argo Athletic Band from The Russenberger Foundation. The donation is a significant step for the fledgling band, which began performing this year. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

FWC: red tide reaches high levels on Navarre Beach

FWC: red tide reaches high levels on Navarre Beach

Testing along Navarre Beach last week showed high concentrations of karenia brevis (k. brevis), the organism commonly referred to as red tide, bringing with it concerns for fish kills and respiratory irritation. Elevated levels along the beach have persisted since mid-October. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Bulldog Beach Volleyball held its inaugural tournament Sunday for new volleyball courts built alongside the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach. The successful beach volleyball program is an arm of Navarre Beach Sports and Recreation LLC, owned by volleyball professional Judd Smith and Kim Larson. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre […]

Older veterans not immune to scams

Older veterans not immune to scams

Older veterans are more likely to be a scam victim than the average older American, according to a study conducted by the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Their willingness to help others is often used against them, according to Joe Solosna, who works with the National Association of Veterans and Families (NAVF). Read the full article […]

‘American Pickers’ coming to Northwest Florida

‘American Pickers’ coming to Northwest Florida

Antique collectors along the Gulf Coast may have an opportunity to make their television debut next year. The History Channel series “American Pickers” will be making its way to Florida in January, according to Cineflix Productions casting associate Sarah Perkins. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Workers comp rates plummet 13.8 percent

Workers comp rates plummet 13.8 percent

Florida employers will save nearly half a billion dollars on their workers’ compensation insurance rates in 2019, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FLOIR). FLOIR approved a 13.8 percent decrease in overall workers’ comp rates based on an annual rate filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) just two years after […]

Disabled veterans lose ‘fire tax’ exemption

Disabled veterans lose ‘fire tax’ exemption

While veterans with 100 percent disability are exempt from property taxes under Florida law, those living along Navarre Beach will no longer get a free pass when it comes to fire protection. The change could cost these veterans $500 a year under the recently approved increase in the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) for Navarre […]

After recount, Santa Rosa closes books on 2018 election

After recount, Santa Rosa closes books on 2018 election

As razor-thin margins between candidates for federal and state office prompted statewide recounts last week, volunteers pored over 2,426 questionable ballot selections Friday in the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections office’s manual recount. The county’s mandatory manual recount covered the races for U.S. Senate and Florida commissioner of agriculture, prompted by margins of less […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. MISSING TOLL DROPS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Authorities say the list of names of those unaccounted for after a deadly wildfire drops to around 1,000, about 300 fewer than its most recent posting. 2. ‘VERY VIOLENT, VERY VICIOUS’ Trump says there is no reason for him to listen to a recording of the killing of […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. PARADISE LOST In a matter of hours last week, the town of 27,000 in California disappeared — it literally went up in smoke in the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in state history. Memories are all that’s left for many of the survivors. 2. THE DEATH TOLL KEEPS RISING At least 63 are now dead […]

Red tide persists along Navarre Beach

Red tide persists along Navarre Beach

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, continues to be found in medium concentrations off Navarre Beach. Most recent samples off the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier showed medium concentrations of 100,001-1,000,000 cells per liter on Nov. 5 and 7. Read the full article in the Nov. […]

Glamping offers a different take on camping

Glamping offers a different take on camping

Camping is a popular outdoor activity, but for those who don’t want to rough it in the traditional sense, there is an alternative. And that’s where Glamping, a buzzword coined in 2005, comes into the picture. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as […]

What’s up with the recount?

What’s up with the recount?

As Floridians watched election results update in real time late into the night Tuesday and even into Wednesday, it became clear that some of the state’s most contentious races would be decided by fractions of a percentage point. As unofficial results became final, the decisions in those races became anything but. Read the full article […]

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