Fun Fest

Tourism board cuts event funding by half

Tourism board cuts event funding by half

Following spike in grant applications, the county Tourism Development Council (TDC) took a hard line stance on requirements to receive their funds, cutting event grant spending in half. More than $115,000 in funds was requested for 30 events throughout Santa Rosa County as part of the Local Event/Marketing Grant program. Only 14 events received approximately […]

Chamber to merge Fun Fest into concert series

Chamber to merge Fun Fest into concert series

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has decided to merge two of their beach front events, Fun Fest and what used to be Thursdays in the Park. The decision followed last months approval by the County Commission to move the weekly concert series that will run from June 1 to August 31 from Navarre […]

Potential county park fees in limbo

Potential county park fees in limbo

Decisions by the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners on the fees charged for use of county parks and recreational facilities have been postponed to the second set of meetings in January due to concerns of how these fees would affect Navarre community events. Proposed fees for Navarre Park and Navarre Beach would cost […]

Chamber offers unique business opportunities

Chamber offers unique business opportunities

Chamber offeNew members of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) got a crash course in their benefits Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Chamber 101 Member Orientation Workshop at the Navarre Visitor Information Center. The NBACOC has added 70 new members since January 2016, bringing the total membership to 462. Several new members packed […]

Call for Navarre Fun Fest poster design

Call for Navarre Fun Fest poster design

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has put out the call for artists to design the official poster for the 32nd Anniversary of the Navarre Fun Fest on Navarre Beach. The winning artist will receive a $300 cash award and a complimentary high-visibility artist booth at the event on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Read […]

Chamber’s new board is ready to work

Chamber’s new board is ready to work

The new President/CEO of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Judy Morehead says her vision for the chamber in 2016 is to follow the mission in place: “Our mission is to strengthen and improve the Navarre area by advocating for and representing business’ interest, promoting community development and enhancing the overall quality of life.” […]

Navarre Beach Restoration to begin in March

Navarre Beach Restoration to begin in March

Weeks Marine won the bid for the Navarre Beach restoration project and operations are expected to commence in March with completion in mid-June. Weeks Marine is the same company that performed the Navarre Beach restoration in 2006 and was the low bidder coming in at $14,920,300 – $3 million less than the original estimate. The […]

Pull back the curtains and let the light shine in

Pull back the curtains and let the light shine in

At the south end Tourist Development Council meeting on Dec. 1, Commissioner Rob Williamson’s mantra that he repeated over and over was, “Just because a recommendation is made (by this council) doesn’t mean we (the Board of Commissioners) have to follow it.” A couple of the council members were heard saying, “Then why do we […]

Tourism leaders spar over Sand Sculpting event

Tourism leaders spar over Sand Sculpting event

Tourism business leaders have rebuffed a move by District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson to sidestep the rules of their Florida Legislature-authorized Development Council in overseeing $55,000 to fund the sixth annual Sand Sculpting Festival on Navarre Beach. Members of the volunteer council voted unanimously on Nov. 5 against approving a proposal by Williamson and Tourist […]

Sand-Sculpting Festival may merge with Fun Fest

Sand-Sculpting Festival may merge with Fun Fest

District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson Monday told fellow board members the annual Navarre Beach Sand-Sculpting Festival may merge with the Navarre Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fun Fest event. At the end of April, commissioners decided to table a vote on whether or not to fund an $80,000 sponsorship of the Sand-Sculpting Festival after public […]

Two events are better than one

Two events are better than one

During Monday’s meeting, county commissioners briefly discussed the possibility of merging the annual Sand-Sculpting Festival with the chamber’s Fun Fest, an idea we support 100 percent. The Sand-Sculpting Festival started in 2010 thanks to grants from BP. Those grants are no longer available, and as we’ve mentioned before, Tourist Development Director Julie Morgan is requesting […]

Storm closes Fun Fest, fireworks still possible

Storm closes Fun Fest, fireworks still possible

An afternoon rain and wind storm ripped through Navarre at about 4:30 today, uprooting vendors’ tents at Fun Fest and forcing visitors to head for cover. The 20-minute storm hit the beach during performer Chloe Channell’s second song. The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event, called it off at about 5 p.m. […]

Fun Fest is right around the corner

Fun Fest is right around the corner

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s 31st annual Fun Fest takes place April 24 and 25 on Navarre Beach. The event, which features headliner Chad Montana, is free and open to the public. Navarre rising star Maddy Rose will kick off the festival Friday night when she takes the stage at 4:15 p.m. American […]

Turtle time on Navarre Beach

Turtle time on Navarre Beach

May marks the start of sea turtle nesting season along Florida’s Gulf Coast and local sea turtle enthusiasts are working to remind residents and visitors how they can help the process along. Volunteers from the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) spent Friday and Saturday at Fun Fest selling merchandise to help fund the […]

Fun Fest celebrates 30 years

Fun Fest celebrates 30 years

What started as a small event to celebrate toll free calling has grown to be Navarre’s hallmark festival. The 3oth Annual Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Fun Fest will be held on Navarre Beach, April 25 and 26. Event hours are 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The event […]

Chamber announces headliner for Fun Fest

Chamber announces headliner for Fun Fest

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announced March 6 Chris Stapleton, a Nashville singer and songwriter, will headline the 30th annual Fun Fest April 26 on Navarre Beach. Chamber CEO Tony Alexander said he believes Stapleton will be a good fit for the 30th annual event, which is sponsored by Santa Rosa Medical Center. […]