Gulf Breeze

BREAKING: Landfair resigns as Gulf Breeze mayor

BREAKING: Landfair resigns as Gulf Breeze mayor

Newly elected Gulf Breeze Mayor David Landfair abruptly resigned on Friday, less than a month into his first term. He wrote the following letter: ”To the City Council and Citizens of Gulf Breeze: Today, I resign as Mayor of the City of Gulf Breeze. Life does not always go as planned. I had looked forward […]

Gulf Breeze-based cybersecurity company acquired for $275 million

Gulf Breeze-based cybersecurity company acquired for $275 million

Gulf Breeze-based AppRiver, a leading provider of cloud-based cybersecurity solutions, announced Tuesday it has entered into a definitive agreement to be sold to Zix Corporation for $275 million in cash. Zix Corporation is a publicly traded national email security company. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Raiders rally for win over rival Dolphins

Raiders rally for win over rival Dolphins

In the past, Navarre’s girls basketball team has found itself in a hole and has been unable to dig itself out of it. The Raiders flipped the script Friday night against rival Gulf Breeze. Trailing by five at halftime, Navarre made the shots it needed to make and intensified its defensive effort as well in […]

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 […]

My town

My town

I am the Holley Navarre Water System board director who voted against hiring Rob Williamson as CEO of the utility. My friends and family keep asking me, “why don’t you just quit? You have nothing to gain and nothing is going to change.” My answer is because this is my town. I got my first […]

Gulf Breeze abandons contentious land claim

Gulf Breeze abandons contentious land claim

With a new mayor and two freshman city council members, the City of Gulf Breeze is giving up its long fight to win control of a narrow strip of land between two private homes that has cost the municipality’s taxpayers more than $800,000. “The city is abandoning its claim,” City Attorney Mary Jane Bass told […]

Zoolights delight at Gulf Breeze Zoo

Zoolights delight at Gulf Breeze Zoo

From swinging monkeys to twinkling swans, Gulf Breeze Zoo got wild in a new way last weekend during their annual Zoolights celebration. The light display will be open to the public 5-9 p.m. now through Dec. 29. Entry for just the lights is $12.95 per person. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue […]

Settlers Colony receives $6.2 million drainage upgrade

Settlers Colony receives $6.2 million drainage upgrade

Construction of $6.2 million of drainage improvements in Settlers Colony Expansion in Gulf Breeze began Dec. 12. The county project includes installation of an improved stormwater collection and conveyance system with new outfall locations and stormwater treatment components. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Sea Turtle Soiree raises $21,000 for conservation

Sea Turtle Soiree raises $21,000 for conservation

Roughly 130 people danced the night away Saturday at the Pensacola Beach Hilton at the first-ever, sold-out Sea Turtle Soiree in support of sea turtle conservation. The event was one of the largest fundraisers to date for the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC), and it raked in thousands for the nonprofit’s marine conservation, […]

County holds ex-commissioner at arm’s length

County holds ex-commissioner at arm’s length

Wary of violating a Florida statute about consorting with former colleagues, Santa Rosa officials are carefully avoiding work-related contact with Rob Williamson, the new CEO of Holley Navarre Water System. Keeping Williamson at arm’s length has already required dodging an overture last week to tour Holley Navarre Water’s facilities on Turkey Bluff Road along with […]

New leadership takes reins in Gulf Breeze

New leadership takes reins in Gulf Breeze

Working the room with handshakes all around, newly elected Gulf Breeze Mayor David Landfair acted more like a candidate than a winner Monday night. Emblematic of Landfair’s promises of city meetings that are more “collegial” than some of the contentious sessions of recent years, he thanked the 40 or so friends, residents and reporters who […]

Local Methodist church receives UMCH recognition

Local Methodist church receives UMCH recognition

Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church was recognized with “Guardian of the Bell” status for their exceptional support of United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) during the 2017 White Christmas campaign. UMCH is a charitable organization providing homes, support services and spiritual guidance to children displaced from their families in Alabama and Northwest Florida. Read the full […]

Gulf Breeze audit and legal pressures grow

Gulf Breeze audit and legal pressures grow

The state audit that City of Gulf Breeze officials tried to avoid is expanding at a time when the municipality just lost the latest round of a controversial and costly property rights case. City Manager Samantha Abell told the Navarre Press that the Florida Auditor General’s operational review, which began last April, is requiring her […]

Williamson hire riles water system members

Williamson hire riles water system members

The Holley Navarre Water System Board of Directors met criticism from a packed boardroom over its closed-door hiring of former District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson. Water system members voiced their concerns at a meeting Nov. 20. held in advance of a January election in which four seats on the board are up for grabs. […]

New mayors look to future in Gulf Breeze and Milton

New mayors look to future in Gulf Breeze and Milton

David Landfair and Heather Lindsay face similar challenges about the future in the small cities to which they were elected mayor at either end of Santa Rosa County on Nov. 6. Both newly minted mayors vowed to quickly address questions that include how to improve and expand the business cores of both communities. Read the […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Here are the top five events happening this week: Friday, Nov. 30 Zoo lights Enjoy the beauty of the Gulf Breeze Zoo at night as you admire thousands of sparkling lights Nov. 30, Dec. 1,2, 7-9 and 14-29 from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 850-932-2229 or visit […]

Iron Order builds up community through Caring and Sharing

Iron Order builds up community through Caring and Sharing

Riding atop thundering motorcycles clad in black leather with skulls emblazoned on their backs, when Iron Order Motorcycle Club of Navarre arrives on the scene, they are a hard bunch to miss and they often turn heads. While these guys exude a tough persona, they are also very well known in the world of Caring […]

County looks at stronger tree protections

County looks at stronger tree protections

Following the issue of a development order, many parcels in Navarre and Santa Rosa County are leveled to the dirt for impending development. That includes trees that may have been growing there for decades, possibly 100 years or more. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for […]

Miracle League’s all-inclusive baseball field on pace for spring opening

Miracle League’s all-inclusive baseball field on pace for spring opening

Rain moved out and the sun pushed through the clouds Thursday morning at Tiger Point Park ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony for the first Miracle League all-inclusive sports field in Santa Rosa County. What should have taken between five and six years is going to be a reality in a span of 22 months. Read […]

Tiger Point residents to fight golf club selloff

Tiger Point residents to fight golf club selloff

Fearing traffic jams and drainage woes, some neighbors of Tiger Point Golf Club plan to take their case against the proposed sale of two parcels on the property by its owner, the City of Gulf Breeze, to Santa Rosa County officials. “We get it, the city owes a lot of money on the golf course […]

New mayors in opposite ends of Santa Rosa

New mayors in opposite ends of Santa Rosa

Spirited elections in mayor’s races were won by David Landfair in Gulf Breeze and Heather Lindsay in Milton on Tuesday. Both newly minted mayors said they are humbled by their victories and plan to dig in quickly on addressing community issues. Landfair, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and JROTC instructor at Gulf Breeze High […]

Pets blessed at St. Sylvester

Pets blessed at St. Sylvester

Dogs, cats, birds and even a dragon got their blessings last week at St. Sylvester Catholic Church’s tenth annual Blessing of the Pets. Dozens of dogs and several other critters were invited inside the sanctuary and filled the pews for the blessing ceremony. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Caring and Sharing splits donations with Hurricane Michael relief

Caring and Sharing splits donations with Hurricane Michael relief

While rivalry week tends to be a competitive time between Navarre and Gulf Breeze high schools, this year’s food drive steered away from the traditional competition to respond to a need within the wider community. The annual Caring and Sharing rivalry canned food drive, held Oct. 17-27, moved to divide donations between the local Santa […]

Gulf Breeze singer lands national recording contract

Gulf Breeze singer lands national recording contract

As the lyrics of Gulf Breeze singer-songwriter Jessie Ritter’s “Anything Love” imply, it is not easy being a musician.    “I have heard it a thousand times. Nobody likes these rhymes. You’ll never get it right no matter how hard you try. But baby, you build me up,” she sings. Read the full article in the […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle School needs help for Literacy Week

Woodlawn Beach Middle School needs help for Literacy Week

Though Literacy Week is still months away, Woodlawn Beach Middle School has big plans to put books in the hands of all its students. To do that, the school is seeking community support. Literacy Week will run Jan. 28 – Feb.  1, 2019, and eighth-grade language arts teacher Christine Henry is leading the charge to make […]

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