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Five things to know: Tourist Development Council

Five things to know: Tourist Development Council

Focus for Santa Rosa County’s Tourist Development Council and tourism staff continues to be turned to improvements along the county’s biggest bed tax generator: Navarre Beach. Projects for the beach dominated the council’s agenda Feb. 7. Lifeguards need new towers The transformation keeps on coming for the Navarre Beach lifeguard program under recently hired Beach […]

Views clash on details of beach path upgrade

Views clash on details of beach path upgrade

Navarre Beach’s multiuse path could be seeing a makeover, but just what that will look like is up for debate before the Tourist Development Council (TDC) this week. County Tourist Development Director Julie White has proposed redoing “islands” along the path that runs parallel to Gulf Boulevard for nearly the entire length of Navarre Beach. […]

‘Your speed is’ signs donated for White Sands Boulevard

‘Your speed is’ signs donated for White Sands Boulevard

Additional safety features are coming to White Sands Boulevard in the form of two electronic “your speed is” signs for the roadway. The signs are courtesy donations resulting from advocacy by the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA), which secured roughly $5,000 for two signs. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 issue […]

TDC fed up with two of everything

TDC fed up with two of everything

Two plunges is too many. That was the position taken by Tourist Development Council (TDC) member Liz Horton, a bed tax collector from the south end. She said she is tired of two of everything in Navarre from chamber of commerce breakfasts to events like New Year’s Day plunges. Read the full article in the […]

Run for the Reef

Run for the reef 5K and 10K is an out-and-back course along scenic Gulf Boulevard beginning at 7:30 a.m. This event is a fundraiser to help “Make Navarre Snorkelicious,” a benefit for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary. Participants will meet at the Navarre Beach parking lot, 8579 Gulf Blvd. Afterparty will be held at Juana’s […]

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

In the past 10 years, three times as many tourist development dollars were spent in Milton than in Navarre for infrastructure improvements. In contrast, the beach alone accounts for more than half of the dollars generated.               Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of Navarre Press. […]

No end in sight to effluent pumped into sound

No end in sight to effluent pumped into sound

Although county commissioners have said for years that cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound is a top priority, the water utility they control will apparently keep putting treated sewage effluent into the bay indefinitely. The county-owned Navarre Beach Water System has applied for and received tentative approval for a five-year renewal of its state permit to […]

Gulf Boulevard landscaping plan gains momentum

Gulf Boulevard landscaping plan gains momentum

For years, the multiuse path along Navarre Beach has gone without landscaping. The dry sands, mixed with intense heat for much of the year, have made it difficult to plant anything more than a few palm trees along Gulf Boulevard. Read the full article in the Sept. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Tourist development project list takes shape

Tourist development project list takes shape

A revisit of the strategic plan resulted in a checklist of projects for the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Sept. 6 as the council weighed where their best investments would be to increase quality of place. Under the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan for the Santa Rosa County TDC, the group charged with oversight of bed taxes collected […]

Residents intensify push for Whitesands sidewalk

Residents intensify push for Whitesands sidewalk

Larry Hoffman was hit by a car while jogging along Whitesands Boulevard on Navarre Beach. Now he is working to make sure it does not happen to anyone else. Hoffman was jogging about a foot off the shoulder of the road, part of his daily routine, when a vehicle hit him from behind on March […]

Lightning suspected cause of beach structure fire

Lightning suspected cause of beach structure fire

Firefighters from multiple districts responded to a house fire Tuesday afternoon at 7634 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach. At roughly 3:20 p.m., vacationer R.J. Clarkston noticed smoke coming from a house a few lots down from his vacation rental. Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for […]

Navarre Beach land preservation deal falls through

Navarre Beach land preservation deal falls through

The future of a vacant, privately owned parcel in the heart of the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary is up in the air again after a buyer interested in preserving the land’s natural state bowed out. County Commission Chairman Bob Cole announced the change of plans to the public May 21 during a board meeting, reading […]

Beach rental burglarized, drugs found

Beach rental burglarized, drugs found

Two women were arrested for burglary May 25 after a Navarre Beach property owner noticed a vehicle in his rental’s driveway when the property should have been vacant. At roughly 7:30 a.m. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the home along Gulf Boulevard after a gold Honda Accord was spotted by the […]

Sea turtle nesting season gets underway

Sea turtle nesting season gets underway

Sea turtle nesting season on Navarre Beach began this month, with the first mother turtles expected to arrive by the start of June. Turtle Patroller Cathy Holmes said there are some easy ways for beachgoers to help protect the threatened and endangered species that make their way onto the beach each year to lay eggs. […]

Memorial Ruck honors fallen officers

Memorial Ruck honors fallen officers

Last year, 134 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. Each one of them symbolically walked through Navarre last weekend, carried by a member of the community. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!

Dog rescued from hot car on beach

Dog rescued from hot car on beach

A Santa Rosa Sheriff deputy rescued a distressed dog from a hot car on Navarre Beach and arrested the dog’s owner Saturday. Brian Scott Hickey is charged with first degree misdemeanor of animal cruelty for the incident. According to the arrest report, a call was made advising that a dog had been left in a […]

Leaseholders call for added safety measures

Leaseholders call for added safety measures

Santa Rosa County Public Works has spruced up the crosswalk on Gulf Boulevard connecting the Navarre Beach Boat Ramp to the parking area of the fishing pier, and Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) President Peter Birckhead is not happy about it. It is not that Birckhead dislikes the added flashers atop pedestrian warning […]

Chamber seeks new vision for 87

Chamber seeks new vision for 87

  U.S. Highway 98 is changing and a new business corridor is emerging. Though the thoroughfare has functioned as Navarre’s main corridor for decades, increasing traffic and potential expansion plans could mean the roadway may not be able to serve that function much longer, especially for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit the […]

The birds are back in town

The birds are back in town

Navarre Beach’s feathery migrators have returned for another nesting season. Black skimmers with their long, snap-trap-like beaks and squeaking, scissor-winged least terns have flown the hundreds of miles from South America to once again lay their eggs in colonies along the beaches of Navarre Beach. Audubon Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala led a team […]

A sign of possible progress on beach home

A sign of possible progress on beach home

Amid threats of foreclosure and years of complaints from neighbors, a dilapidated brick home on Gulf Boulevard may finally be renovated. A sign for Gulf Breeze-based company Sailwinds Construction has been placed in front of the structure at 7315 Gulf Blvd. Read the full article in the April 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Discovery Center concept revealed

Discovery Center concept revealed

Extensive outdoor learning spaces, examples of pristine habitats, interactive marine exhibits and a two-story learning center were among the details outlined in preliminary ideas for Navarre Beach’s future Discovery Center. The visualization, along with a detailed history of similar projects, secured Caldwell Associates Architects the contract for designing the future of the Navarre Beach Marine […]

I Embody All Things Great 5K

Head over to Navarre Beach at 8 a.m. to run, walk and move while helping to do good for others by raising money for The Weekend Food Program of Navarre. There will be family fun, yoga and a pre/post party. Register at http://getmeregistered.com/IEmbodyAllThingsGreat. For more information, call 850-764-2860.

County abandons beach effluent irrigation plan

County abandons beach effluent irrigation plan

Santa Rosa County will not be sprinkling effluent on Gulf Boulevard. The cost is too high, and the impact is too low. The Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) has been lobbying for irrigation to be added along Gulf Boulevard to improve landscaping on the beach’s main street. The group has also been advocating […]

Project Hero pedals through Panhandle

Project Hero pedals through Panhandle

  More than 100 bicycles and adaptive cycles came rolling down Gulf Boulevard along Navarre Beach last week as Project Hero participants made their way across the Southeast. The riders, who covered roughly 70 miles March 7, took a break at the Navarre Beach Fire Department to rehydrate and talk with firefighters before getting back […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

  Feb. 3 Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade The annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Gulf Boulevard. The theme for this year’s parade is “Sun, Sand and Surf”. Join the Navarre Krewe of Jesters for family friendly fun, floats, and beads. For more information, visit www.nkoj.org. Kids and Kritters Parade The […]

Flashing sign has beach residents seeing red

Flashing sign has beach residents seeing red

A flashing sign ruffled feathers on the beach last week as members of the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association discussed petitioning the county to have a sign removed. The sign in question was recently installed in front of Re/Max on the Beach at 8228 Gulf Blvd. The sign is an electronic lit screen that […]

Matrix to solidify community vision

Matrix to solidify community vision

   In September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $80,000-$150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 Master Plan for the Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach area. As development of that plan gets underway, the Navarre Press is taking a look at planning the future of Navarre. […]

Collecting cars, no driver’s license needed

Collecting cars, no driver’s license needed

Who says you need a driver’s license to collect classic cars? Navarre resident and successful business teen Sage Offut would say that’s silly. Offut is the founder and owner of Sage Paddle Company. At 15 she has already started her classic car collection, and she recently added a new vehicle to the mix, a 1968 […]