Gulf Breeze

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 […]

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

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 […]

Legal-fee squabble roils Gulf Breeze

Legal-fee squabble roils Gulf Breeze

If William Shakespeare wrote today about the City of Gulf Breeze’s long-running legal fight in the so-called Catawba Street “Land Grab” case, he might well tweak his famous line in Henry VI thusly: “Let’s pay all the lawyers.” In fact, before anything else gets decided in a 30-year-old case that won’t die, opposing attorneys are […]

Good news for exceptional adults in south county

Good news for exceptional adults in south county

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Gulf Breeze and Navarre could have a day facility as early as January after The Arc Gateway approved funding in its 2018 budget to open and operate such a program. The Arc Gateway CEO Missy Rogers confirmed the plans. “With great excitement, I can confirm that The Arc […]

Navarre bypassed

Navarre bypassed

Roundabouts, raised roadways and removed businesses are a few of the features outlined by renderings of U.S. Highway 98 released by the Florida Department of Transportation in advance of its next public hearing on the widening of the highway. FDOT last year placed the expansion of Highway 98 from four lanes to six on its […]

Raiders remain ranked in latest power ratings poll

Raiders remain ranked in latest power ratings poll

Navarre’s football team is still in the top eight in the latest Florida High School Association playoff power ratings. The Raiders check in at No. 6 this week with 36.17 points. They dropped two spots after a 35-27 loss to Escambia Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The Gators jump from eighth to fourth […]

Downtown Gulf Breeze targeted by developers

Downtown Gulf Breeze targeted by developers

The commercial building boomlet underway in the City of Gulf Breeze is speeding up with plans being revealed for a fourth hotel and a third ice cream shop. No biggie by the standards of larger cities maybe, but the two proposed projects represent welcome growth and a tax base boost in this city of 5,800 […]

Hero gets Carnegie Medal for fire rescue

Hero gets Carnegie Medal for fire rescue

A Gulf Breeze man has been chosen to receive a Carnegie Medal for the heroism he showed when he crashed through the door of a burning home to save a disabled woman trapped inside. David Hammond pulled his tenant, Stephanie Wright, from the burning house on July 28, 2016. Wright has multiple sclerosis and needed […]

Lawyer questions Gulf Breeze legal fees

Lawyer questions Gulf Breeze legal fees

When an attorney starts worrying publicly about the looming legal fees of a case, you know it’s getting expensive. Renee Bookout, a City of Gulf Breeze council member and a lawyer, is pressing for better tracking of the expenses that are piling up in her municipality’s 20-year court fight to gain control of a 50-foot-wide […]

Gulf Breeze students STEAM through after school

Gulf Breeze students STEAM through after school

Gulf Breeze Middle School students end their school day at 1:35 p.m. leaving a significant gap between the time students are free and the time most parents finish their work shift. This caused a bit of a problem for the compact community said Gulf Breeze Parks and Recreation Director Ron Pulley. “Basically the middle schoolers […]

Students dive into lionfish research

Students dive into lionfish research

Navarre and Gulf Breeze students cut into more than 100 lionfish last week as part of a large dissection research project. The students of Navarre High School, Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, Gulf Breeze High School and others in Escambia County were partnering with the University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation […]

2017 Wild Shots Photo Contest Winners Announced

2017 Wild Shots Photo Contest Winners Announced

The Gulf Breeze Zoo called shutterbugs of all ages to enter their photos in the 2017 Wild Shots Photo Contest. And a record breaking 519 entries were submitted.  Contest categories include Adult, Cell Phone and Youth, and up to five photo may be submitted for review within an entry. Each entry was ranked overall in […]

Two new housing developments planned

Two new housing developments planned

Proposed rezoning requests at last week’s county Zoning Board meeting revealed two more subdivisions planned for the Navarre area. The first is located on Bob Tolbert Road off U.S. Highway 98 down the street behind Holley Hills Pottery. The property is owned by Jimmy Tolbert. While a potential site plan was not included with the […]

Market in the Breeze

Gulf Breeze can enjoy their very own Farmer’s Market every Tuesday beginning at 4 PM at the Gulf Breeze Community Center on Shoreline Drive. Come shop the selection of area vendors, bringing you their very best at fair market prices. Grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks or other hot food […]

AT&T temporary outage coming to Gulf Breeze

AT&T temporary outage coming to Gulf Breeze

Residents of the Gulf Breeze area may temporarily loose television, internet and landline phone service early Tuesday morning according to a City of Gulf Breeze press release. The outage will occur as part of the Pensacola Bay Bridge replacement project. AT&T will be performing utility construction from 12:00 a.m. to 6 a.m. Sept. 19. Residents […]

The man who saved the world, the student who told his story

The man who saved the world, the student who told his story

Though it was the height of the Cold War, it was unbearably hot. Inside a Soviet submarine lurking in the depths of the Caribbean Sea in October 1962, the air conditioning had stopped working and the temperature was more than 120 degrees, said 14-year-old history buff and Gulf Breeze Middle School graduate Max Mateer. He […]

Market in the Breeze

Gulf Breeze can enjoy their very own Farmer’s Market every Tuesday beginning at 4 PM at the Gulf Breeze Community Center on Shoreline Drive. Come shop the selection of area vendors, bringing you their very best at fair market prices. Grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks or other hot food […]

Mutual aid agreements crucial for area fire districts

Mutual aid agreements crucial for area fire districts

When flames peeked out from a dryer in a home in Midway Aug. 31, the resident’s teenaged occupant called 911. She was home alone. Within 60 seconds the dispatcher on the other end of the line had told her to evacuate and released a call to firefighters for help. Over the radio system all Midway […]

Blackwater River will offer time travel

Blackwater River will offer time travel

Kayakers drifting down Blackwater River will soon be able to time travel, not with flashy science fiction machines but with their smartphones. From prehistoric yellow pine forests to a prospering industrial mill to Civil War devastation, the Blackwater Maritime Heritage Trail will allow visitors to access information and images of the history and ecology of […]

Former Gulf Breeze attorney sentenced

Former Gulf Breeze attorney sentenced

The United States Attorney, Christopher P. Canova, Northern District of Florida, announced that former Gulf Breeze attorney, Richard Michael Colbert, 56, of Pensacola Beach was sentenced to 40 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $3.7 million in restitution. The charges for which he was found guilty are conspiracy to commit bank and […]

Navarre offers help to Harvey victims

Navarre offers help to Harvey victims

Hurricane Harvey dumped an estimated 50-plus inches of rain in and around Houston since making landfall in Texas Aug. 25, causing catastrophic flooding and forcing thousands of residents into shelters. Relief and rescue efforts are underway and many people across the country have begun making donations for the areas impacted. Locally, organizations such as the […]

Gulf Breeze Chamber looks for new home

Gulf Breeze Chamber looks for new home

Long a symbol of business growth on Highway 98 in the City of Gulf Breeze across from the Walmart Neighborhood Market, the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce must start looking for a different location to make room for a new tenant. The chamber will become a real estate refugee partly because of its own […]

Food pantry shelves running low

Food pantry shelves running low

Along State Road 87 is a food pantry that’s been serving the community for 18 years. Recently, however, things changed significantly for ACTS Ministries when they dropped USDA due to certain stipulations the organization holds. “We’re a church, we’re a ministry. We couldn’t pray with people, we couldn’t minister to them,” said Pastor Doug Barber […]

Law of motion causes Gulf Breeze traffic standstills

Law of motion causes Gulf Breeze traffic standstills

Sir Isaac Newton could have told you so: There would be consequences to tinkering with the timing of traffic lights in the City of Gulf Breeze in an effort to smooth vehicular flow on Highway 98. The 17th Century physicist unintentionally forecast the city’s newest challenge for motorists when he wrote his celebrated Third Law […]

Market in the Breeze

Gulf Breeze can enjoy their very own Farmer’s Market every Tuesday beginning at 4 PM at the Gulf Breeze Community Center on Shoreline Drive. Come shop the selection of area vendors, bringing you their very best at fair market prices. Grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks or other hot food […]

Making their mark

Making their mark

In lieu of blank asphalt, the parking lot of Gulf Breeze High School is now adorned in an array of colorful designs such as flowers, Disney characters, fast food logos, sports images and more as dozens of seniors made their mark on the school. This is the first year that seniors have been allowed to […]

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