Gulf Breeze

Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Announces 2016 January Business of the Month

Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Announces 2016 January Business of the Month

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber announced Robinson Automotive as the Chamber’s Business of the Month for January 2016. Robinson Automotive believes their hard work and fair prices, along with great customer service is what makes them the best auto repair shop in Gulf Breeze. Read the full article in the Feb. 4 issue of Navarre […]

Sheriff’s Office policy prohibits public safety awareness

Sheriff’s Office policy prohibits public safety awareness

Some of you may have noticed that the list of people arrested in our paper has grown considerably. This is not necessarily a reflection of an increase in crime in our area, although we are hearing more reports of crime in Navarre. The real reason the list has grown is because the Santa Rosa County […]

Grant request may inflate Tough Mudder’s benefit

Grant request may inflate Tough Mudder’s benefit

Every hotel and motel room in Santa Rosa County would have to be filled for an entire week in April by Tough Mudder enthusiasts to achieve the economic impact of the two-day event as estimated in a request for state funding filed by the Tourist Development Office. That’s because while there are 695 such rooms […]

Is new Executive Order cause for gun owners to worry?

Is new Executive Order cause for gun owners to worry?

On Jan. 5, a tearful-eyed President Obama set out a call to action for the American people in  public speech outlining his new executive order on limiting gun violence. Gun violence has taken a heartbreaking toll on too many communities across the country. Over the past decade in America, more than 100,000 people have been […]

United Way offers free tax filing program

United Way offers free tax filing program

United Way of Escambia County is offering free online or in-person tax filing options for those with a household income of $62,000 or less in Escambia or Santa Rosa counties. Last year, the impact of United Way’s tax programs exceeded $5.1 million. Taxpayers can maximize their money: Online – File taxes anywhere, anytime at www.myfreetaxes.com. […]

County wrestles with burgeoning classroom needs

County wrestles with burgeoning classroom needs

Santa Rosa County education leaders may soon be calculating the distance between Navarre and Vancouver, British Columbia. The answer isn’t part of a geography test, but rather a measurement that might be used to illustrate how far county school buses carry students every day. That’s to prove to the Florida Department of Education that while […]

Quilting group brings joy to local veterans

Quilting group brings joy to local veterans

With so many of our country’s vital military personnel working and living inside of our local area, citizens in Santa Rosa County have long been involved in programs dedicated to giving back to our local veterans. The families and friends of these American servicemen and servicewomen have in fact been some of the most active […]

County withholds tourism money from Gulf Breeze

County withholds tourism money from Gulf Breeze

For the third time in recent months Santa Rosa County and the City of Gulf Breeze are at odds, this time over a share of tourist development funds that exceed $100,000 annually. The county has a long history of remitting to Gulf Breeze the bed tax money generated by the city’s hotels—a total of $801,178 […]

Genetic science comes to life at Woodlawn

Genetic science comes to life at Woodlawn

Katy Knapp had never dissected anything in science class until last week. The experience was an enjoyable one as she and her eighth-grade classmates at Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze acted as citizen scientists, dissecting lionfish and putting together DNA samples of what they found inside the stomachs of the invasive fish. Read […]

Senior Profile: Steve Bellamy

Senior Profile: Steve Bellamy

“So what would you like to know?” asked Stan Bellamy, one of the residents at The Beacon Assisted Living and Retirement Community in Gulf Breeze. Stan, a retired engineer, relocated with his wife, Leta Bellamy, to Gulf Breeze from Indianapolis, Ind., about 20 year ago in order to enjoy their retirement. After some problems with […]

Bigger Better Bridge

Bigger Better Bridge

A “notice to proceed” to replace the aging Pensacola Bay Bridge will be given by end of the year if everything falls into place, says Florida Department of Transportation engineer, Kerrie Harrell. Harrell drove from Tallahassee Thursday morning, Jan. 14 to speak to the Gulf Breeze Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Andrews Institute. “My […]

No short-term solutions for recycling

No short-term solutions for recycling

Santa Rosa County continues to have discussions with Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, to identify an alternative for recycling. ECUA was contracted to accept all recyclables in Santa Rosa County and transport them to a center in Montgomery, Ala. This center abruptly closed in October 2015. ECUA then began transporting recyclables to Tarpon Paper Company in […]

Gulf Breeze man sentenced to 20 years

Gulf Breeze man sentenced to 20 years

According to State Attorney Bill Eddins’ office, Shawn Thomas Stuller, 27, of Gulf Breeze was sentenced to 20 years in state prison as a habitual felony offender. His charges stem from crimes that occurred on the morning of Aug. 17, 2014, when a Navarre homeowner awoke to find a stranger who was Stuller in his […]

Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Santa Rosa Superintendent of Schools Tim Wyrosdick, Santa Rosa School Board Members, and members of the Santa Rosa Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Selection Committee announced Stephanie Duffy as the Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2017 during a surprise visit to her classroom this morning.  Stephanie is a graduate of the Texas State […]

Are residents feeling any impact from new gas tax?

Are residents feeling any impact from new gas tax?

As many South Santa Rosa County residents have noticed, gas prices at the pump continue to hover around $2 and just over per gallon. One recent change, which brought some increases in gas prices for Navarre citizens, was the result of the Santa Rosa County amending ordinance no. 2015-19. This amending ordinance, passed in 2015, […]

Lindsay enters ‘not guilty’ plea

Lindsay enters ‘not guilty’ plea

Christopher Lindsay, the man accused of murdering Gulf Breeze resident Lorie Musil on Nov. 20, entered a written plea of ‘not guilty’ at his arraignment Monday, Jan. 11. Musil’s body was discovered by a Gulf Breeze police sergeant Nov. 23 on the rocks next to the marina where Lindsay’s boat was docked behind the Bridge […]

Questions surface about Fairpoint as water prices rise

Questions surface about Fairpoint as water prices rise

Questions about accounting and certain employee expenses are drawing more oversight of Fairpoint Regional Utility System, a collective that is mutually owned by four area water companies. The increased scrutiny comes at a time when Fairpoint is sharply raising the wholesale price of water it supplies to the four customers: Holley-Navarre Water System, Gulf Breeze/South […]

Warner adamant about pet vaccination importance

Warner adamant about pet vaccination importance

April Warner has run April Showers Pet Grooming for five years and has noticed a trend of owners bringing in pets who are not properly vaccinated. While other salons and boarding facilities only require that pets have the rabies vaccination, Warner will turn away a customer if the pet does not have the Distemper/Parvo and […]

Community in need of holiday donations this year

Community in need of holiday donations this year

Local organization Caring and Sharing is leading the way this holiday season to collect food and toys for those in need in our community. “Christmas joy is our goal for our clients,” Ann Thompson, president of Caring and Sharing said. “This year we have 183 families, totaling 710 persons, (317 adults, 119 teens, 234 children […]

Gulf Breeze man arrested for sexual assault

Gulf Breeze man arrested for sexual assault

In a harrowing story of sexual assault, Christopher Calamis was arrested Dec. 2 on those charges and more, including felony battery and false imprisonment for an incident that occurred in Fort Walton Beach. According to the arrest report, Fort Walton Beach Police officers responded to a woman screaming in the area of Third Street and […]

New Publix to preserve nearby wetlands

New Publix to preserve nearby wetlands

Construction of the planned new Publix-anchored Tiger Point Shopping Center may result in about 8 acres of green space in Holley by the Sea being preserved in its natural state. The seemingly unrelated development and the 400-acre green belt a few miles away in the nearby residential community are linked by state statutes that require […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle School transforms for Madrigal performance

Woodlawn Beach Middle School transforms for Madrigal performance

Every two years, the cafeteria at Woodlawn Beach Middle School transforms into a castle from the renaissance period to host the community and parents for their Madrigal performance. The event is scheduled for Dec. 11 and 12 starting at 6:30 p.m. Unlike any other event of its nature, attendees will be served a four-course meal […]

Miss Kim shares stories of traveling life

Miss Kim shares stories of traveling life

Kim Fenger sits back in a comfortable chair inside her room at The Beacon in Gulf Breeze and recalls a time when the world was a much different place. Known as Miss Kim to family and friends, Fenger was born in Korea in 1932 and remembers growing up in a country that was under the […]

Assisted-living community changes hands

Assisted-living community changes hands

The Blake of Gulf Breeze formally changed ownership on July 31, and with it came a new management company, Superior Residences Senior Living. The assisted-living community’s new name is The Beacon. Formerly owned and operated by Blake Management Group, the facility was sold to CNL Healthcare Properties based out of Orlando, Fla. According to their […]

Gulf Breeze passes Halloween rain test

Gulf Breeze passes Halloween rain test

Bob Richards watched stormwater creep up the driveway toward his garage on Dracena Way in Gulf Breeze on the first Sunday in November and had visions of the record flooding on April 29-30, 2014. Although the Halloween weekend rain, estimated at between 7 and 10 inches in Richards’ neighborhood, totaled less than half the deluge […]

Holley-Navarre Water rate increase coming

Holley-Navarre Water rate increase coming

Holley-Navarre Water System Inc. plans to raise rates for its roughly 14,000 customers by the end of 2015. In a statement, the nonprofit utility cited several extraordinary recent and upcoming expenses, but declined to be specific about how much they cost or the amount of the looming rate increase. “We’re just letting everybody know there […]

Gulf Breeze to raise utilities tax

Gulf Breeze to raise utilities tax

The tax rate paid by City of Gulf Breeze residents on municipal utility services for water, gas and electricity will rise by 2.5 percent to a new level of 7.5 percent under a proposal supported by the city council on Wednesday night. The new rate is coming at a time when the city’s budget is […]

Gulf Breeze man dies in house fire

Gulf Breeze man dies in house fire

A Gulf Breeze man died in a house fire on Ramblewood Drive Thursday morning. Midway Fire District Battalion Chief, Lou Jones confirmed one adult male fatality and one pet fatality. “The home sustained major damage and is not inhabitable at this time,” said Jones.  Another resident of the home was not present at the time of […]

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