gulf of mexico

Swirling shoal mystifies visitors, locals

Swirling shoal mystifies visitors, locals

That’s no June grass. Masses of tiny 2-inch fish schooled along Navarre Beach just west of the fishing pier Oct. 14. The mass of fish, stretching along the shore in front of four condominium buildings, caught the attention of beachgoers who scooped them up with nets or their bare hands. “I’ve never seen that before […]

Trump extends Gulf oil drilling ban for 10 years

Trump extends Gulf oil drilling ban for 10 years

By John Haughey, The Center Square Most expected President Donald Trump Tuesday to tout his record in allocating the full federal $200 million annual commitment to the 40-year, $10.5 billion Everglades restoration plan for only the second time since Congress approved it in 2000. Instead, during a campaign stop in Jupiter, Trump addressed another issue […]

Lifeguard training academy wrapping up

Lifeguard training academy wrapping up

Spring Break is getting underway on Navarre Beach, and that means more visitors to the shoreline. In preparation for keeping those thousands of visitors safe, the Navarre Beach Lifeguard Academy for new trainees just wrapped up. Beach Safety Director Austin Turnbull continuously trains his lifeguards throughout the season, but this academy provides the incoming guards […]

FWC sets 2020 red snapper season

FWC sets 2020 red snapper season

The 2020 season for red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico will take place June 11-July 25. There is the possibility of a fall season depending on if the quota of 1,913,451 pounds is not exceeded during the summer season. In 2019, an additional eight days were added in the fall. The summer season […]

Old pier panels up for sale

Old pier panels up for sale

New panels have been placed along the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico last week as contractor RJ Gorman Marine Construction LLC continues to progress on a complete redecking of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Per the Panama City-based company’s $1.12 million contract with Santa Rosa County, they have less than 90 days to […]

While others sleep, crew transforms Navarre Beach icon

While others sleep, crew transforms Navarre Beach icon

As the sun sinks toward the horizon and traffic fills Navarre Parkway in the end-of-workday commute, another crew is just getting ready to go to work. They’re the team redecking some of the highest traffic areas of the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico, the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Their workday does not end […]

Fishing, hunting highlight agenda items for FWC

Fishing, hunting highlight agenda items for FWC

When the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meets later this month in Tallahassee, several items involving fishing will be on the agenda. That includes setting a recreational season for red snapper in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed season is June 11 through July 25, a total of 45 days, which […]

Audubon seeks help with rooftop nesters

Audubon seeks help with rooftop nesters

Local Audubon officials are seeking assistance from the public to prepare for rooftop nesting season. Human impacts to the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico have made it harder for endangered least terns and threatened black skimmers to find flat, sandy space to lay their eggs and raise their chicks. Read the full article in […]

Redecking expected to conclude prior to busy summer season

Redecking expected to conclude prior to busy summer season

After months of prep work, workers began placing new deck boards Jan. 15 on the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico. Now the contractor, RJ Gorman Marine Construction LLC of Panama City, has 90 days to complete the work on site under the terms of a $1.12 million contract with Santa Rosa County to […]

Science station students evaluating Santa Rosa Sound

Science station students evaluating Santa Rosa Sound

As the famous quote from Maya Angelou goes, “if you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.” In science that holds a lot of truth. Researchers trying to understand how things change must have baseline data, or their work has no meaning. Knowing where we are coming from is the […]

UWF researcher tracking reef fish health in gulf using eDNA

UWF researcher tracking reef fish health in gulf using eDNA

University of West Florida (UWF) professor Alexis Janosik has already brought a species of fish back from suspected extinction through her research. Now, she’s taking on the entire reef fish population of the Gulf of Mexico. Janosik, a professor in the UWF Department of Biology, will participate in a gulf wide, multiyear study of reef […]

Airman lost

Airman lost

“We will continue our recovery effort as long as circumstances and resources allow to bring our Airman home,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Matt Allen, commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing. The search for a missing special tactics airman lost somewhere over the Gulf of Mexico transitioned to a recovery effort, Air Force representatives […]

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 […]

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