gulf of mexico

County hanging in with plywood pier patches

County hanging in with plywood pier patches

Despite lengthy discussion by county commissioners about replacing 121 patches along the length of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, the county has opted to stick with the plywood solution. County Engineer Roger Blaylock said the county expects to have new bids for replacing the entire pier deck by June 13.   Read the full article […]

Volunteers welcome nesting shorebirds

Volunteers welcome nesting shorebirds

Glove-clad volunteers lined up along the Navarre Beach bridge April 24 intent on protecting the beach’s feathered residents. The nesting birds are back, and local expert Caroline Stahala of Audubon Florida said threatened least terns and black skimmers will be settling into their nesting colonies soon.   Read the full article in the May 2 […]

Turtle thwarts rescue attempt

Turtle thwarts rescue attempt

Rescuers followed the protocols April 24 on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, but sometimes the sea turtles do not cooperate. That was part of the problem when a visitor accidentally snagged the flipper of a 200-pound Loggerhead sea turtle off the pier. Read the full article in the May 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Upcoming hurricane season prediction: 12 to 14 storms

Upcoming hurricane season prediction: 12 to 14 storms

The 2019 hurricane season is predicted to be slightly busier than usual, according to AccuWeather’s hurricane forecast released last week. The report said 12 to 14 named storms are expected, with five to seven of them predicted to become hurricanes and two to four being major hurricanes. Read the full article in the April 11 […]

Shark tagging vital tool in conservation efforts

Shark tagging vital tool in conservation efforts

A great white shark was caught off the Navarre Beach Pier a few weeks ago. It was 10 feet long, weighed 650 pounds and took nearly an hour to reel in. While it’s not unheard of to catch a great white in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s not common either. Read the full article in […]

Hughson carries on with athletic career during difficult time in life

Hughson carries on with athletic career during difficult time in life

Shaun Hughson remembers the day his father passed away. Shaun was with family on vacation in Tennessee shortly before Christmas at the time of the death. “When we got the call, everything went numb, like a bomb went off,” Shaun said. “But after the initial shock, I just tried to keep myself distracted.” Read the […]

County case against Turner house lags

County case against Turner house lags

Quick action on a nuisance property in Milton has stirred up anger among beach residents fed up with the condition of a beach front home on Gulf Boulevard. Windows that surround the property at 7315 Gulf Boulevard have been boarded up, and the concrete slab under the building has cracked and eroded around the edges. […]

Trash Bash finds debris from Hurricane Michael

Trash Bash finds debris from Hurricane Michael

Volunteers of Navarre Beach’s month Trash Bash pulled more than 300 pounds of marine debris from the coastline Feb. 24, but mother nature may be to blame for a big chunk of that junk. Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center volunteer Nicole Stephens organizes Trash Bash. Read the full article in the March 7 issue […]

Retired guys create aquatic works of art

Retired guys create aquatic works of art

                From massive octopi to complex reef scenes, the Gulf of Mexico inspires the works of the artists behind Driftwood by Dennis. Locals Dennis King and Bob Blain are responsible for creating these complex creations from woods exposed to the elements of the Gulf. Read the full article […]

Shark fishing more than sport on Navarre Beach

Shark fishing more than sport on Navarre Beach

          While most of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier is empty on a chilly winter morning, the octagon at the end holds a row of poles fitted with massive reels. Several fishermen sit waiting for any sign their bait has been taken.               Read the […]

Entire pier deck to be replaced

Entire pier deck to be replaced

Walking the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico, visitors may notice a few cracks and even holes in the decking. Those blemishes should be going away soon as Santa Rosa County plans to completely re-deck the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier in 2019. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Whether clad in jumpsuits, wetsuits, swimsuits or just plain old suits, Navarre Beach residents and visitors spend the first day of each year sloshing into the frigid waters along the shore in the classic New Year’s tradition of plunging. The start of 2019 will be no exception, with two events coming to Navarre this year. […]

Red tide recedes to non-detectable level

Red tide recedes to non-detectable level

Floridians across the state and especially along Navarre Beach may breathe a sigh of relief this week as all signs point to the end of a bumpy red tide season. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reports across most of the Gulf coast show 0-1,000 cells per liter concentration of the algae karenia brevis, […]

‘Waterman’ to manage Navarre Beach safety

‘Waterman’ to manage Navarre Beach safety

Austin Turnbull is a true “waterman.” He grew up splashing in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, beginning to surf at the age of 4. “I am a waterman. I know how to surf, swim, sail, fish. It is part of me. It is who I am. It is what I grew up doing,” […]

Beach lifeguards close season

Beach lifeguards close season

As lifeguard season along Navarre Beach closed out Oct. 28, records show that the guards have been busier than in the past. Rescues along Navarre Beach more than tripled since last season, and the number of people visiting guarded areas has nearly tripled since 2016 with almost 303,000 visitors between March 3 and Oct. 28 […]

TDC fed up with two of everything

TDC fed up with two of everything

Two plunges is too many. That was the position taken by Tourist Development Council (TDC) member Liz Horton, a bed tax collector from the south end. She said she is tired of two of everything in Navarre from chamber of commerce breakfasts to events like New Year’s Day plunges. Read the full article in the […]

Fort Pickens a stopover on 5,000-mile kayak trip

Fort Pickens a stopover on 5,000-mile kayak trip

Steve Chard is late setting up his tent at the Fort Pickens campground on a Sunday evening. After arriving in Florida by kayak earlier in the day, he got caught up in watching the Blue Angels fly. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Lou Lou keeps swimming despite parts missing

Lou Lou keeps swimming despite parts missing

When researchers pulled Lou Lou, an adult loggerhead sea turtle, to the surface along Navarre Beach Sept. 19, they were surprised to find that she had a few pieces missing. But that did not stop her from becoming an integral part of conservation research for her species. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 […]

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

In an attempt to better protect natural sand dunes, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation has agreed to donate $1,200 of signage to Santa Rosa County. The signs will replace a handful of metal stake boards posted along the northern edge of the beach’s sand dunes. Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

When Florida voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be greeted by a dozen potential amendments to the state’s constitution. From dog racing to taxes to vaping at work, the amendments hit a variety of issues. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press for brief guide on what […]

Reef deployment on schedule despite storm

Reef deployment on schedule despite storm

Rough, high seas halted deployment of hundreds of reef modules along Navarre Beach, but the project is still on schedule according to representatives with deployment company Reef Maker, Walter Marine of Orange Beach, Alabama. Company founder David Walter said they are getting back to work after Tropical Storm Gordon put things on hold. Read the […]

Low concentration of Red Tide detected in Okaloosa County

Low concentration of Red Tide detected in Okaloosa County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has updated the Red Tide report for Florida. Current Conditions A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida and extends from northern Pinellas to Lee counties along ~125 miles of coastline. Aerial surveys conducted on 9/6 and 9/11 as well as recent […]

National turtle researchers come to Navarre Beach reef

National turtle researchers come to Navarre Beach reef

Lei Lei is much like any other loggerhead sea turtle. She cruises the waters of the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Navarre Beach, munching on shellfish. But there is something unusual about Lei Lei. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Tropical Storm Warning in effect – UPDATED Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.

Tropical Storm Warning in effect – UPDATED Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.

UPDATE As of 9-4 8:30 a.m. Tropical Storm Gordon continues to move toward the northern Gulf Coast. Tropical Storm warnings remain in effect for our area along with a Storm Surge Watch. Gordon is expected to make landfall later this evening along the lower Mississippi valley as a Category 1 hurricane. Gordon is expected to […]

Santa Rosa selected for national coastal resiliency program

Santa Rosa selected for national coastal resiliency program

Santa Rosa County has been selected by the National Association of Counties (NACo) as one of only four counties in the country to participate in the Coastal Counties Resilience Team Challenge. This three-year program is designed to provide training, offer assistance and promote collaboration to strengthen the ability of counties to handle extreme weather events […]

Hammerhead shark caught off Navarre Beach Pier

Hammerhead shark caught off Navarre Beach Pier

In a case of situational irony, angler Shawn Wilson hooked a shark off Navarre Beach Aug. 15 as visitors were gathered to watch the classic killer shark film “Jaws” as part of the Toes in the Sand movie nights at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Wilson lived in the Navarre area for several years before moving […]

More than $3 million in improvements coming to Navarre Beach

More than $3 million in improvements coming to Navarre Beach

Construction of additional picnic pavilions and parking facilities in the Navarre Beach Marine Park will get underway shortly after Labor Day, according to Santa Rosa County Grants and Special Programs Director Sheila Fitzgerald. The planned improvements are funded largely by a roughly $2 million Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant through the Florida Department of […]

Red tide one of the worst in 60-plus years

Red tide one of the worst in 60-plus years

Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Scientist Kate Hubbard is asked often just how bad the current Red Tide plaguing Southwest Florida really is. In some ways, it seems like the worst ever. The dead sea life, including manatees, dolphins and sea turtles, as well as the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Rick […]

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