Gulf Islands National Seashore

Fort Barrancas offers interesting glimpse of history

Fort Barrancas offers interesting glimpse of history

This is the latest in a series of articles on outdoor opportunities worth checking out both in Florida and, every so often, out of state. This story puts the spotlight on Fort Barrancas in Pensacola. On the bluffs overlooking the glistening water of Pensacola Bay on a sun-splashed fall afternoon is an historic site that […]

Gulf Islands unveils third wildlife magnet

Gulf Islands unveils third wildlife magnet

The Perdido Key beach mouse provides a big benefit to beaches that are part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. To celebrate and raise awareness of the role beach mice play, the national seashore is unveiling its third resource car magnet. There are already magnets for shorebirds and sea turtles. Magnets are available at the Perdido […]

Ecotourism, voluntourism growing

Ecotourism, voluntourism growing

Vacation does not necessarily translate to lounging anymore. Around the world, tourism trends have headed in a new direction with travelers rolling up their sleeves and working to mitigate their impact on the planet during their time away from the daily grind.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Importance of campfire safety can’t be emphasized enough

Importance of campfire safety can’t be emphasized enough

Camping is pretty much a year-round activity in Florida. And that means campfires are part of the equation. Handled properly, they bring added fun to a weekend trip. Mishandled and it can lead to big-time problems.   Read the full article in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Park service fine-tuning rules on personal watercraft

Park service fine-tuning rules on personal watercraft

The National Park Service released the final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for personal watercraft use at Gulf Islands National Seashore on Friday. The public can view the statement online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/guis-PWC-EIS.   As seen in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to […]

State allocates funds to widen 98 in Gulf Breeze

State allocates funds to widen 98 in Gulf Breeze

Approximately four miles of U.S. Highway 98 from Bayshore Road to Portside Drive is set to get two additional lanes. Approval of funding for construction was announced May 30. Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive […]

Ferry service now up and running

Ferry service now up and running

The Pensacola Bay Cruises ferry service is set to sail into the peak season and Joe Asebedo, the general manager of Hornblower Maritime Services, which runs the ferries for Gulf Islands National Seashore, is hopeful to see the bulk of its business between May 17 and Aug. 15. “That’s the expectation,” Asebedo said. Read the […]

Naval Live Oaks offers more history than expected

Naval Live Oaks offers more history than expected

This is the second in a series of articles that will appear occasionally throughout the year on outdoor opportunities worth checking out, both in Florida and, every so often, outside the state. The latest centers around a trip to Naval Live Oaks.  Fort Pickens is the first thing that comes to mind in this area […]

Concessioner selected for Pensacola Bay Ferry Service

Concessioner selected for Pensacola Bay Ferry Service

The National Park Service and Hornblower Maritime Services (HMS) have signed a 10-year concessions contract for operation of Pensacola Bay Cruises. A startup date, schedule, prices and other details will be announced as soon as they are available. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Seashore plans prescribed burns for Naval Live Oaks

Seashore plans prescribed burns for Naval Live Oaks

Gulf Islands National Seashore plans to conduct one to two small controlled burns within the Naval Live Oaks (NLO) Area near Gulf Breeze, Florida. Controlled burns may occur sometime between now and end of April. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Normalcy returns to Gulf Islands for now

Normalcy returns to Gulf Islands for now

Gulf Islands National Seashore remained closed for more than a month. The 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government – the longest in history — created the closure. Last Monday, normalcy returned for national parks. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Shutdown taking toll on national parks

Shutdown taking toll on national parks

The barricade at the entrance to Gulf Islands National Seashore says it all. On a beautiful sun-splashed, 70-degree January afternoon, when visitors would normally be out enjoying all that Gulf Islands National Seashore has to offer, there is silence instead, save for the sound of a bird chirping or the waves washing on shore. Read […]

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings have become more common, and it isn’t just people thinking they are seeing bears visible to the public more than ever before. The odds are as good as they have ever been in the last 100 years. “As both the human and bear populations continue to increase in Florida, there are more opportunities […]

Outdoors group stresses the importance of leaving no trace

Outdoors group stresses the importance of leaving no trace

It’s a phrase that is repeated often. Take only photographs. Leave only footprints. The Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers did their best to drive that point home at an event at Fort Pickens along Gulf Islands National Seashore earlier this month. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Leave No Trace event coming to Fort Pickens

Leave No Trace event coming to Fort Pickens

The Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers and Ocean Hour are hosting a special day of learning at Gulf Islands National Seashore on Saturday. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Fort Pickens Discovery Center. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Concessioner jumping ship on ferry service

Concessioner jumping ship on ferry service

Gulf Coast Maritime Services announced Tuesday it will no longer serve as the concessioner for the Pensacola Bay Cruises after 2018. Gulf Islands National Seashore stated in a release it’s disappointed by the decision and is committed to finding a concessioner to operate the service in 2019. Delayed by more than a year, ferry service […]

Gulf Islands seashore working to revise Jet Ski regulations

Gulf Islands seashore working to revise Jet Ski regulations

Back in 2000, the National Park Service limited personal watercraft use in all but 22 parks, including Gulf Islands National Seashore. That exception meant those parks had to come up with their own special regulations for continued use of jet skis. Read the full article in the Aug. 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

As sand slips away, county prepares for future beach restoration

As sand slips away, county prepares for future beach restoration

From the moment that the last grain of sand was piped from the last dredge onto Navarre Beach during the 2016 renourishment project, the shore has been shrinking. But County Engineer Roger Blaylock said there is no reason to worry. This is all just part of the process. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Man drowns near Opal Beach

Man drowns near Opal Beach

An approximately 30 year old man died while swimming near Opal Beach Sunday evening. The call came in at around 5:20 p.m. Sunday evening. According to a release issued by Navarre Beach Fire and Rescue Department Chief Danny Fureigh, his department responded to the first parking lot on the eastern end of Gulf Islands National […]

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Since sea turtle nesting season began May 1, Navarre Beach has only seen three turtle nests, a far cry from the nearly record-breaking 19 nests that were found last year. The nesting number is also lower than the average for the past decade. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Ferry service set to begin this week

Ferry service set to begin this week

The long wait is almost over. Ferry Service in Pensacola Bay is scheduled to begin Friday after the National Park Service and Gulf Coast Maritime Services Inc. signed a contract for the operation of Pensacola Bay Cruises. “We’re excited to start working with Gulf Coast Maritime Services Inc. and begin the Pensacola Bay Cruises service,” […]

Ferry service set to begin next week

Ferry service set to begin next week

The wait is almost over. Ferry Service in Pensacola Bay begins June 22 after the National Park Service and Gulf Coast Maritime Services, Inc. signed a contract for the operation of Pensacola Bay Cruises. “We’re excited to start working with Gulf Coast Maritime Services, Inc. and begin the Pensacola Bay Cruises service,” Gulf Islands National […]

Gulf Islands’ first sea turtle nest spotted

Gulf Islands’ first sea turtle nest spotted

Biologists at Gulf Islands National Seashore discovered the first sea turtle nest of the season Wednesday morning at Gulf Islands National Seashore. It has been identified as a loggerhead sea turtle. Sea turtle nesting season occurs between May 1 and October 31 each year along gulf coast beaches. In honor of the start of turtle […]

Docked once again

Docked once again

Pelican Perch and Turtle Runner, the two boats that will be used to anchor Gulf Island National Seashore’s ferry service in Pensacola Bay, are unwrapped and out of dry dock. But the boats won’t be leaving the dock just yet. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Mystery muck appears in Santa Rosa Sound

Mystery muck appears in Santa Rosa Sound

  Walking in his backyard, Navarre resident Duane Gilmore was greeted by an unusual odor and a frightening sight April 26. His home abuts Santa Rosa Sound, and he said looking out over the water that day he could see black, shiny muck floating in the water for several feet in each direction. Read the […]

National seashore employs new sea turtle protocol

National seashore employs new sea turtle protocol

New protocol will be followed this season when it comes to sea turtles at Gulf Islands National Seashore. The seashore is modifying its handling of the turtles to conform to the protocol followed by the state, in which less labor-intensive and less intrusive efforts are used when dealing with nests. “Our practices have not aligned […]

A sign of possible progress on beach home

A sign of possible progress on beach home

Amid threats of foreclosure and years of complaints from neighbors, a dilapidated brick home on Gulf Boulevard may finally be renovated. A sign for Gulf Breeze-based company Sailwinds Construction has been placed in front of the structure at 7315 Gulf Blvd. Read the full article in the April 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Controlled burns play crucial role in health of environment, prevention of wildfires

Controlled burns play crucial role in health of environment, prevention of wildfires

Heat brushes across your face as the bright orange flames swiftly move through the brush in a wooded area at Naval Live Oaks. This is not a wildfire out of control, but instead is a controlled burn that is instrumental in management of wildland areas. It serves as an agent of change to those areas. […]

Shorebird season underway at Gulf Islands

Shorebird season underway at Gulf Islands

The first shorebird nest was discovered at Gulf Islands National Seashore late last week, meaning shorebird season is officially back. The seashore provides a nesting habit for several species of ground nesting shorebirds, including least terns, snowy plovers, Wilson’s plovers and black skimmers. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. […]