Gulf Breeze

Gulf Breeze mayor paints rosy picture of progress

Gulf Breeze mayor paints rosy picture of progress

Mayor Cherry Fitch sketched an outlook of more local harmony and less controversy in a briefing to 70 or so City of Gulf Breeze constituents Thursday at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast gathering. Fitch stressed leading the city of 6,000 people as a “resilient community” in the wake of acrimony between some residents and the […]

Momentum Church shares ‘irrational generosity’

Momentum Church shares ‘irrational generosity’

We’ve all heard the metaphor of the shoemaker’s children having no shoes or perhaps one of the many contemporary versions, like the plumber’s neglected plumbing or the TV repairman’s broken TV. But have you ever heard of a church raising money for another church to build a building when they themselves have no building? That is exactly what Momentum Church has done.  Momentum Church […]

Liberty Church hosts breakfast with Santa

Liberty Church hosts breakfast with Santa

“Wow, what a year it was spreading a little Christmas joy to our community,” exclaimed AJ Rice, pastor of Liberty Church in Gulf Breeze. This past weekend, Liberty held its fourth annual “Breakfast with Santa” community event. “Our ‘Breakfast with Santa’ began in 2016 with a vision of community and bringing people together to celebrate […]

Andrews Institute founder receives 2020 Horatio Alger Award

Andrews Institute founder receives 2020 Horatio Alger Award

The nonprofit Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. announced Dec. 10 that Gulf Breeze resident James R. Andrews has been selected for membership in this prestigious organization. The educational organization honors the achievements of outstanding individuals and encourages youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. Read the full article in the Dec. 19 […]

Caring and Sharing a grassroots movement

Caring and Sharing a grassroots movement

Few long-standing nonprofits can claim an administrative cost of less than 1%, but Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County has been operating with that thin margin for more than 30 years. The organization relies entirely on volunteers rather than paid staff to provide support to south Santa Rosa families in need during the […]

Out with the old, in with the zoo

Out with the old, in with the zoo

‘Tis the season for a new holiday tradition at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. Starting this year, Gulf Breeze Zoo has a new Christmas event for families and friends of all ages called Christmas ZOObilee. This Christmas extravaganza started Dec. 14 and 15 and continues Dec. 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In […]

Holiday events in and around Navarre

Holiday events in and around Navarre

It’s that time of year once again. The coming weeks will see Navarre light up with holiday cheer and festivities the whole family can enjoy while creating holiday memories to last a lifetime. From our Navarre Press family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Dec. 5 Tree Lighting & Trees for Troops Join NAS […]

Sure, build on potential toxic waste

Sure, build on potential toxic waste

The Santa Rosa County Commissioners had an opportunity to make a small step toward amending a sin of the past during their meeting last Thursday. They chose not to. They approved building of 16 homes over potentially contaminated water and soil in Gulf Breeze. Water Leaf subdivision is at just the beginning stages of the […]

County OKs housing next to abandoned dump

County OKs housing next to abandoned dump

A month after Abbey Rodamaker told county commissioners about the dump and water contamination she discovered waiting under her soil, the commission last week approved a residential development that could be facing the same problems. The Nov. 14 approval, despite multiple concerns voiced by neighbors, allows a 16-lot subdivision, dubbed Water Leaf, to continue forward […]

Fostering Hope provides needed training at Community Life

Fostering Hope provides needed training at Community Life

The Letter of James says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” Most Christians would at least acknowledge that keeping oneself unstained from the world is something they ought to do, but would we […]

Gulf Breeze chamber recognized at state, national level

Gulf Breeze chamber recognized at state, national level

As 2019 winds down, it has been an exciting year for the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce as it has received recognition at the state and national level from the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) is a statewide organization whose mission […]

Residential real estate prices up, inventory low

Residential real estate prices up, inventory low

With prices rising and more people looking to move to Navarre, the housing market continues to see incremental growth through 2019, but shortages of inventory are playing a major role in the real estate narrative. Navarre’s residential real estate market has or nearly has recovered to pre-recession levels on all indicators, according to several data […]

Dickey’s founder visits Gulf Breeze store

Dickey’s founder visits Gulf Breeze store

In celebration of founders’ day last week, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Gulf Breeze celebrated with two very special guests. Ronald Dickey and his brother took over the family business from their parents, Travis and Ollie, in 1967. The family had been running a mom and pop slice of Americana in Dallas since 1941   Read […]

Santa Rosa Teachers of the Year announced

Santa Rosa Teachers of the Year announced

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced the 33 nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year Monday. Nominees were selected by their peers at schools throughout the district. Navarre area Teachers of the Year are: Ginni Rushing, Holley-Navarre Intermediate Pamela Rose, Holley-Navarre Middle Jennifer Woll, Holley-Navarre Primary Karen Cody, Navarre High Courtney English, West Navarre Intermediate Shanty […]

Repeat offender arrested for meth, heroin in Gulf Breeze

Repeat offender arrested for meth, heroin in Gulf Breeze

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre woman for alleged drug trafficking Oct. 23 after spotting her truck in Gulf Breeze. Joanie Rager has a history of drug arrests with Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office according to jail records. She was arrested on charges of drug trafficking after deputies say they got a confidential tip that she was […]

Family finds landfill hidden under the surface

Family finds landfill hidden under the surface

When the Rodamaker family purchased a wooded lot at the end of Ocean Breeze Lane in Gulf Breeze, their plan was to build the place where they would raise their family. Abbey Rodamaker described her dream of building a house, planting a garden and letting her 6-year-old son play and grow on the 6.5 acres […]

Deputies pull over 12 year old, arrest mother

Deputies pull over 12 year old, arrest mother

Upon pulling over a vehicle swerving along U.S. Highway 98 Oct. 13 in Gulf Breeze, a sheriff’s deputy discovered the driver was not only unlicensed but also 12 years old. The child’s mother, Francisco Darla Saria of Milton, was sitting in the passenger seat, and two more minors were sitting in the back seat according to […]

Turn lane changes planned along 98

Turn lane changes planned along 98

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will construct improvements starting Oct. 14 to seven turn lane areas along U.S. Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze, Midway and Navarre. The $1.1 million project will include improvements to safety and operation of breaks in medians along 98 including milling and resurfacing, new turn lanes, median openings, drainage upgrades and […]

Purple Party raises awareness for Alzheimer’s disease

Purple Party raises awareness for Alzheimer’s disease

Jeanne Thompson wanted to do something that would provide a fun opportunity for residents of The Beacon in Gulf Breeze while also raising money and awareness for a good cause. The idea of a Purple Party was born from that and Thompson, who helps head up the activities department at the assisted living facility, can […]

Mind Monsters 2: A timely series on depression at Momentum Church

Mind Monsters 2: A timely series on depression at Momentum Church

Momentum Church will launch a series on depression at their five campuses Oct. 5-6 offering advice on “overcoming what overcomes you.”  This teaching series, entitled Mind Monsters 2, is a reprise of their 2018 Mind Monsters series.   Read the full article in the Oct. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre […]

Gulf Breeze fatal shooting ruled “horrible accident”

Gulf Breeze fatal shooting ruled “horrible accident”

No charges will be filed in a fatal shooting that occurred in the Villa Venyce subdivision of Gulf Breeze Tuesday. An investigation of the incident concluded that the killing of Norwegian national Christopher Bergan, 37, by his father-in-law Richard Dennis, 61, was accidental said State Attorney’s Office representative Amber Rowland. Rowland and Sheriff Bob Johnson […]

Crashes close Pensacola Bay Bridge, Garcon Point for hours

Crashes close Pensacola Bay Bridge, Garcon Point for hours

A series of accidents kept law enforcement busy and brought traffic to a halt Sunday in Gulf Breeze after a collision stopped Pensacola Bay Bridge traffic in both directions. According Gulf Breeze Police Chief Rick Hawthorne, the initial collision about 3 p.m. was caused by a vehicle headed northbound on the bridge toward Pensacola. He […]

Mission to Belize

Mission to Belize

The Central American nation of Belize is caressed on its eastern shore by the balmy Caribbean Sea. To the Northwest is Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and due west, the nation of Guatemala. The Belize Barrier Reef, a rich marine ecosystem that Charles Darwin called, “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies,” begins just 1000 feet from the beach and breaches the surface further offshore to form 450 cays and 3 atolls.   Read the full article in the Sept. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

School board approves Pace property purchase

School board approves Pace property purchase

The Santa Rosa County School Board voted Sept. 10 tentatively in favor of purchasing 63.6 acres of vacant land in Pace to create two new schools in the coming years. The district is offering $1.6 million for the property. That purchase will not be finalized until after an Oct. 1 public hearing on the matter. […]

Drugs discovered in rectum of Gulf Breeze man

Drugs discovered in rectum of Gulf Breeze man

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Deputies recovered more than 131 pills, meth and a baggie of marijuana Sept. 4 from a hotel room in Navarre. Gulf Breeze resident Dylan Brady Nobrega, 20, was arrested in connection with the incident after deputies allegedly found some of the drugs in his rectum. According to the arrest report, deputies […]

Bail denied for sex trafficking suspect

Bail denied for sex trafficking suspect

The man accused of running a human trafficking ring that stretched into Gulf Breeze and Pensacola massage parlors will not be eligible for bail, according to an order issued by a federal judge Sept. 6. In the Order of Detention issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Hope Thai Cannon, the judge cited concerns that the defendant […]

Hope for Honduras: Community Life Church, Gulf Breeze

Hope for Honduras: Community Life Church, Gulf Breeze

A mainstay in the ministry budget of many U.S. churches is support for foreign missions. Visit a local church and you are sure to see a wall adorned with captioned pictures of the missionaries they support. While supporting congregations may be acquainted with their missionaries, the people to whom these missionaries minister often remain needy unknowns.   Read the full article in the Sept. 5 issue of Navarre […]

Gulf Breeze Zoo raffles ape-created artwork

Gulf Breeze Zoo raffles ape-created artwork

Gulf Breeze Zoo visitors have an opportunity to add a unique piece of art to their homes created by a very special team of burgeoning artists. Orangutans Brandee, Indah, Louie, Sara, Maggie and youngster Artie tried their hand at painting, and the results are being raffled off now through Sept. 30 to help their counterparts […]

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