gulf of mexico

State opens short fall season for red snapper

State opens short fall season for red snapper

Good news has arrived for anglers craving extra days of fishing for red snapper. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced this month that six additional days have been added to the season in the Gulf of Mexico. Open to private recreational anglers and for-hire operations, the following dates are open for red snapper fishing: Oct. 12-13, […]

Oil drilling ban for Gulf of Mexico passes House

Oil drilling ban for Gulf of Mexico passes House

Federal legislation to permanently ban oil drilling and exploration in the eastern Gulf of Mexico took a huge step forward Wednesday after passing the House of Representatives 248-180. H.R. 205, entitled “Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act of 2019,” which permanently extends the moratorium on drilling in areas of the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida […]

Turtle monitors report mixed results

Turtle monitors report mixed results

Digging up the nest of an endangered sea turtle is illegal, with the risk of up to $125,000 in fines and even federal prison time. But that is exactly what Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patrollers were doing the evening of Aug. 20. It’s OK for them. They have a permit and a job to do: […]

Navarre Beach gets recycling ‘toy chest’

Navarre Beach gets recycling ‘toy chest’

Of the discarded items gathered off Navarre Beach each month by volunteers, plastic toys are a common problem. Purchased for family fun in the sun, the items can get lost or even intentionally left behind in the sand.   Read the full article in the Aug. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Refuge receives grant for marine mammal rescue, research

Refuge receives grant for marine mammal rescue, research

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) has received a grant of nearly $251,000 to support the Marine Mammal Stranding Team’s efforts to rescue and research some of the Gulf of Mexico’s most endangered species. ECWR executive director Carol “Stormy” Andersen said the grant award caps off a yearlong effort to secure the funds through the […]

Oil interests threaten test range mission

Oil interests threaten test range mission

This is part three in a series of articles on the impacts of the U.S. Air Force Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range, which consists of 123,000 square miles of overwater training and testing space. Delineated at longitude 86˚ 41’, the Military Mission Line effectively cuts the Gulf of Mexico in half. This imaginary line […]

Turtle heroes pull “Mac” from the surf

Turtle heroes pull “Mac” from the surf

Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center named four new Sea Turtle Heroes July 20 thanks to the rescue effort that likely saved the life of a loggerhead sea turtle along Navarre Beach. Kevin Wiethe said he and some friends were setting up their canopy on the beach for the day when they spotted something in […]

Test range generates billions along Gulf coast

Test range generates billions along Gulf coast

This is part two in a series of articles on the impacts of the U.S. Air Force Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range, which consists of 123,000 square miles of overwater training and testing space. Billions of dollars and thousands of people move to the economic heartbeat of the Department of Defense in the Florida […]

Storm possible in northern Gulf by end of week

Storm possible in northern Gulf by end of week

Reminiscent of Hurricane Barry, which formed from a front that moved into the Gulf and made landfall on the Louisiana coast two weeks ago, the possibility exists for another tropical system to form by the end of the week. The National Weather Service in Mobile says a cold front will move into the Gulf of […]

Pier deck replacement approved

Pier deck replacement approved

After months of bright orange plywood patches greeting Navarre Beach Fishing Pier visitors, the Board of County Commissioners approved a $1.16 million project to replace the pier’s entire deck. The approval July 11 comes after a previous failed attempt to secure a contractor for the work.   Read the full article in the July 18 […]

What is the Gulf Test and Training Range?

What is the Gulf Test and Training Range?

Residents of Navarre affectionately refer to the sounds of air traffic and booms of our military neighbors as “the sound of freedom.” The nightly booms are a sign of a much bigger set of missions going on. Missions that are unique to Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. This is part one in a […]

TROPICAL UPDATE: System upgraded to Tropical Storm

TROPICAL UPDATE: System upgraded to Tropical Storm

Update 7/11 at 10:57 a.m.: A Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch are in effect for much of Louisiana’s coast after a system formed into Tropical Storm Barry this morning. While the National Hurricane Center forecast still indicates Barry will head west, locals are advised to use caution over the next several days. Parts of the […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. UK: IRANIAN VESSELS TRIED TO BLOCK BRITISH SHIP IN THE GULF Britain say three Iranian vessels unsuccessfully tried to impede the passage of a British commercial vessel through the Strait of Hormuz; Iran’s Revolutionary Guard denied the allegations. 2. WHO IS DEFENDING EPSTEIN DEAL Labor Secretary Alex Acosta stood by his handling of a […]

Nest count dismays turtle protectors

Nest count dismays turtle protectors

Navarre Beach has had seven loggerhead sea turtle nests since the season started in May, said Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center founder Cathy Holmes. The season is off to a wobbly start but is an improvement over last year, when nesting numbers hit an all-time low.   Read the full article in the July […]

Whale strands on Opal Beach

Whale strands on Opal Beach

A rare beaked whale species that beached itself along Opal Beach Monday died shortly after being discovered, adding to a rising number of marine mammal deaths along the panhandle. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) Marine Mammal Stranding Team responded to Opal Beach, just west of Navarre at around 4:30 p.m. after beachgoers spotted the […]

Della Ratta enjoys teaching others about fishing

Della Ratta enjoys teaching others about fishing

Pete Della Ratta grew up on the Gulf Coast but didn’t get heavily involved in fishing until he was in high school. “Growing up here, my parents didn’t fish too much. The first time I saw my father with a rod and reel was with my daughter. For my kids to see their grandfather fishing, […]

Fourth of July events

Fourth of July events

Hometown fourth of July Parade & Celebration Everyone is invited to join the Navarre Chamber and Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office for the Navarre Beach Hometown fourth of July Parade & Celebration. Children’s parade will be held at 6 p.m. Live music will take place at the Sand Crab Pavilion at 7 p.m. The […]

Elevated dolphin deaths prompt NOAA investigation

Elevated dolphin deaths prompt NOAA investigation

Hundreds of bottlenose dolphin deaths in the northern Gulf of Mexico have prompted NOAA to declare an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) for the region. The declaration includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the panhandle of Florida in response to dolphins washing up dead on shorelines across the region.   Read the full article in the June […]

Restructured rescue team seeing busy but safe season

Restructured rescue team seeing busy but safe season

Navarre Beach lifeguards and fire rescue personnel were out in full force June 13, scanning the shoreline with binoculars. The rescue wave runner trolled the shore back and forth as a search helicopter flew overhead.   Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

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 […]

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