Gulf Breeze

Ferris Hill brings them in from the cold

Ferris Hill brings them in from the cold

As temperatures dropped below freezing and snow fell in parts of Santa Rosa County last week, people without a home or a reliable heat source were able to stay warm thanks to the county’s cold weather shelter. When the frigid weather reports started rolling in, volunteers of Ferris Hill Baptist Church opened their doors for […]

School district not yet sold on Tiger Point site

School district not yet sold on Tiger Point site

Contrary to public comments by Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser last week, the Santa Rosa School District isn’t in negotiations with the City of Gulf Breeze to buy a portion of its Tiger Point Golf Club. Assistant School Superintendent Joey Harrell told this newspaper last week that the district, while interested in a 47-acre parcel […]

Holley Navarre Water says hydrants on horizon

Holley Navarre Water says hydrants on horizon

Questions have arisen recently about a lack of fire hydrants in areas of Navarre following a house fire on Tupelo Drive Nov. 22. The lack of hydrants in the area made fighting the fire more difficult for Holley Navarre Fire District, forcing the teams to depend on their tanker trucks for water. In fact, there […]

South Santa Rosa Arc secures building

South Santa Rosa Arc secures building

There are approximately 120 adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities in south Santa Rosa County eligible for services from a care provider. Currently there are zero facilities providing this care, meaning these individuals must travel to Pensacola, Milton or Fort Walton Beach to receive services. But that is about to change. Arc Gateway CEO Missy […]

UPDATE: Lindsay found guilty for Musil murder

UPDATE: Lindsay found guilty for Musil murder

  Lori Musil was an artist. She was a mother, and she was the kind of person who “never met a stranger.” Musil texted her children goodnight every day. Musil was young and loving, and she took the time to go on outings with her children and grandchildren regularly. Her grandchildren referred to her as […]

Holiday dance

The Community Life United Methodist Church, 4115 Soundside Dr., is hosting a holiday dance for persons with special abilities, 16 and older. The dance provides adults with disabilities  an evening to gather for community while caregivers enjoy a night out.Each event is comprised of entertainment, dancing and refreshments. RSVP at https://fridaydanceclc.weebly.com/. For additional questions, email [email protected]

Night to Shine coming for year two

Night to Shine coming for year two

Instead of quiet church pews, Community Life United Methodist Church in Gulf Breeze will be packed with sparkling dresses, tailored tuxedos and dancing people Feb. 9, 2018, for the second annual Night to Shine. Night to Shine is a national event created by the Tim Tebow Foundation. These dances, offered at roughly 500 church locations […]

Scope of Gulf Breeze probe could widen

Scope of Gulf Breeze probe could widen

The planned inquiry by the Florida Auditor General’s Office into the City of Gulf Breeze’s finances will take several months and may extend to questions about controversial legal expenditures. Requested recently by State Sen. Doug Broxson, the audit will bring a Tallahassee-based team of accountants and other specialists to set up shop at Gulf Breeze […]

Sunshine Law cloudy for Fairpoint Regional

Sunshine Law cloudy for Fairpoint Regional

While a recent unannounced gathering of some Fairpoint Regional Utility Service directors may appear to have violated Florida’s Sunshine Law, some are questioning their obligation to meet in public. In fact, Holley Navarre Water’s president, Bien May—who is also a Fairpoint director–when asked by a reporter recently whether the Sunshine Law applies to the boards […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Dec. 1 Holiday Dance The Community Life United Methodist Church, 4115 Soundside Dr., is hosting a holiday dance for persons with special abilities, 16 and older. The dance provides adults with disabilities an evening to gather for community while caregivers enjoy a night out. Each event is comprised of entertainment, dancing and refreshments. RSVP at https://fridaydanceclc.weebly.com/. For additional questions, email [email protected] […]

Holidays brightened for South Santa Rosa families

Holidays brightened for South Santa Rosa families

Hundreds of families in Navarre and Gulf Breeze were able to have a Thanksgiving meal this year thanks to Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County. Oriole Beach Elementary School’s cafeteria was packed Friday and Saturday night as volunteers sorted thousands of food items along the tables and prepared meal boxes for distribution. Caring […]

Tiger Point Publix nearing completion

Tiger Point Publix nearing completion

The new Publix shopping complex at Tiger Point in Gulf Breeze could be open in less than two months, if all goes according to plan. In addition to a new Publix and Publix Liquor store, there will be as many as 12 other new dining and shopping options at the Tiger Point Pavilion at 1430 […]

Pop Up Shop to pump up park improvements

Pop Up Shop to pump up park improvements

  From the first public meetings regarding renovations of Navarre Park for roughly $7 million, representatives of the Starfish Project made a promise: We will help fund it. And they are keeping that promise. The Starfish Project is a non-profit organization in Navarre dedicated to offering support and connection for families with special needs children. […]

Suspicions rile water board

Suspicions rile water board

The rebellion among Holley Navarre Water System board members against proposed debt restructuring by the collective that supplies their water focuses on concerns that the motive behind the deal is actually to enrich the City of Gulf Breeze. “It’s a money grab,” said Brian Kelly, an HNWS director and finance committee chairman in an email […]

Raiders tested in preseason soccer tournament

Raiders tested in preseason soccer tournament

Navarre head girls’ soccer coach Rob Simon believes that if you want to face good teams in February, you’d better have some on your schedule during the regular season. “It starts with the Niceville preseason tournament where we’ll face the Vikings from Fort Walton Beach and the Dolphins from Gulf Breeze,” Simon said prior to […]

Local house hunters make TV debut

Local house hunters make TV debut

When Cristina and Josh Harty launched the search for their new nest back in July, they did so in the limelight. This family of seven, and their house hunting, will be featured on the HGTV show “Beach Hunters” Sunday. Beach Hunters documents the search for a waterfront home at beaches around the world and in […]

Gulf Breeze makeover needs investors

Gulf Breeze makeover needs investors

The City of Gulf Breeze’s recent $30 million request for BP oil spill funds is part of a push to solve its identity crisis. The beachy hamlet of about 6,000 souls “currently lacks a ‘Town Center,’” according to the makeover proposal submitted by City Manager Samantha Abell. Creating a new civic and commercial core would […]

Residents concerned about losing property

Residents concerned about losing property

Maps of miles of U.S. Highway 98 stretched across tables last week at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) public hearings outlining the impacts that widening the road could have on hundreds of property owners and hundreds of thousands more who drive the corridor each day. Among the changes were proposals that would put a […]

Water board faces outside political pressure

Water board faces outside political pressure

Do it our way. That’s the message from City of Gulf Breeze officials to the Holley Navarre Water System board about a controversial proposal to refinance $9.8 million in debt held by the collective from which the utility buys most of its water. A majority of HNWS directors recently rebuffed the inperson pitch by Fairpoint […]

Waste Pro to take over waste disposal services

Waste Pro to take over waste disposal services

Following customer complaints about failures to collect yard waste and a request for more money, Waste Management lost the contract for servicing south Santa Rosa County residents earlier this year. Starting Jan. 1, there will be a new waste hauler in town: Waste Pro. The contract covers 13,000 residents of south Santa Rosa County including […]

Boo at the Zoo

Children are invited to don their costumes and enjoy the zoo decked out for the Halloween holiday in a not-so-scary enviornment. The event features a Halloween Hay Maze, Monster Foam Play Party, animal encounters, and face painting. A trick or treat trail features stations for children to enjoy toys, treats, and treasures. Businesses are encouraged […]

Gulf Breeze land fight isolates mayor

Gulf Breeze land fight isolates mayor

  Amid the usual proclamations that honor Eagle Scouts and recognize the good deeds of other youth, the mood at Gulf Breeze City Council meetings has lately turned testy at times. Earlier this month Mayor Matt Dannheisser even asked for police to be summoned when a resident overstayed his welcome during a period designated as […]

AppRiver acquired by global investment firm

AppRiver acquired by global investment firm

Majority ownership of south Santa Rosa County’s second-largest employer shifted last week from the company’s founders to a global multibillion-dollar private equity firm based in California. Cloud-based cybersecurity and productivity company AppRiver LLC, based in Gulf Breeze, secured a majority investment from Marlin Equity Partners Oct. 9. Marlin manages more than $6.7 billion of capital […]

Damaging winds rip roof off business

Damaging winds rip roof off business

A strong storm that pushed through the area Sunday night brought damaging winds that tore through a couple of businesses in the 3000 block of Gulf Breeze Parkway. The damaged plaza included the businesses of Gulf Technical Services and hair salon Michele & Co. According to John Purdy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service […]

Boo at the Zoo

Children are invited to don their costumes and enjoy the zoo decked out for the Halloween holiday in a not-so-scary enviornment. The event features a Halloween Hay Maze, Monster Foam Play Party, animal encounters, and face painting. A trick or treat trail features stations for children to enjoy toys, treats, and treasures. Businesses are encouraged […]

Water utilities to gamble on more debt

Water utilities to gamble on more debt

Failing to set aside funds for emergencies has previously meant a financing scramble for the utility collective that provides water to south Santa Rosa, and now officials think they see a solution: take on about $4 million in long-term debt. Though perhaps unlikely at first glance, the strategy of Holley Navarre Water System and the […]

FDOT weighs community input on 98 expansion

FDOT weighs community input on 98 expansion

Renderings of roundabouts and raised roadways along the heart of Navarre’s business corridor is just one of the options being considered by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for the expansion of U.S. Highway 98. FDOT placed the expansion of Highway 98 from four lanes to six on their five year plan last year and […]

Raiders still ranked in playoff power ratings poll

Raiders still ranked in playoff power ratings poll

Navarre’s football team is sixth in the latest Florida High School Athletic Association playoff power ratings. The Raiders, who are 10th in the Associated Press poll, have 36 points. They are 6-1 overall and 2-0 in District 2-6A. Navarre knocked off Milton 28-7 last week for its 15th consecutive road win and has a bye […]

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