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Day of Caring mobilizes 1,100 volunteers

Day of Caring mobilizes 1,100 volunteers

Volunteers across Santa Rosa and Escambia counties participated in the single largest day of volunteerism in Northwest Florida Oct. 4 during the United Way of West Florida’s (UWWF) Day of Caring. This was the first year the event extended into Santa Rosa.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Gulf Power salutes employees on Lineworker Appreciation Day

Gulf Power salutes employees on Lineworker Appreciation Day

Gulf Power lineworkers work all hours of the day and night and even through the weekend to help serve customers. The company salutes its employees as Florida recognized Lineworker Appreciation Day on Monday, Aug. 26.  It’s an annual recognition that the Florida Legislature established in 2012.   Read the full article in the Sept. 5 […]

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Movers and shakers of Northwest Florida convened in Miramar Beach April 17-18 with the intent of growing economic success in the region during the 22nd Gulf Power Economic Symposium, held at Baytowne Conference Center at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. This year’s theme was Our Time. Our Place. Our Now! Read the full article in the […]

Economic future depends on preparing tomorrow’s workforce

Economic future depends on preparing tomorrow’s workforce

When the Gulf Power Economic Symposium looked to Northwest Florida’s future, workforce training was a prominent topic of discussion. Florida Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish said education is critical, based on data collected from across the state. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Economist sees opportunity amid market omens

Economist sees opportunity amid market omens

One statement encompassed perfectly the economic concerns facing the globe put fourth by economist Vikram Mansharamani to a room full of economic leaders April 17 at the Gulf Power Economic Symposium. “These fish concern me,” he said. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options […]

2019 Women in Leadership Conference sold-out at UWF

2019 Women in Leadership Conference sold-out at UWF

Hundreds of students, young professionals and executives packed the University of West Florida Conference Center and Auditorium Friday, March 1, to hear and learn from prominent female leaders at the 2019 Women in Leadership Conference. The annual event, hosted by the College of Business Executive Mentor Program, got its start in 2014 and this year’s […]

New chamber board sets sights on future of business

New chamber board sets sights on future of business

Seven new board members officially joined the leadership team for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Saturday as they took the oath of office during the Boots and Bling Annual Awards Banquet and Installation Gala. Some of the directors are faces familiar to the chamber, that through their work have already made an impact […]

Gulf Power solar program celebrates 1 year

Gulf Power solar program celebrates 1 year

In September 2017, Gulf Power and its partners flipped the switch on a 330-acre solar field on the retired Holley Outlying Field at Naval Air Station Whiting, ceremonially adding the renewable energy generated there to the power supplied to homes and businesses throughout the Panhandle. More than a year later, Gulf Power spokesperson Kimberly Lynn […]

Tips to prevent winter chill from stoking power bill

Tips to prevent winter chill from stoking power bill

As temperatures drop below 40 degrees, many Navarre homeowners are cranking up the heat. But adjusting the thermostat by just one degree up or down can affect the monthly power bill of residential customers by 4 percent on average, according to University of Florida senior lecturer Wendell Porter. Read the full article in the Dec. […]

Gulf Power steps up in wake of storm devastation

Gulf Power steps up in wake of storm devastation

Sandy Sims said Hurricane Michael is the worst she’s seen in her 35 years with Gulf Power. She rode out the storm at work in Panama City and remembers walking outside afterward and surveying the damage. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Gulf Power explores ways to use giant batteries

Gulf Power explores ways to use giant batteries

Imagine a world in which the same batteries that power laptops and electric cars can keep homes lit at night and factories rolling. A pilot program underway through Gulf Power is looking into exactly that. Gulf Power, under Southern Company’s research and development group, has been testing the viability of refrigerator-sized batteries to provide power […]

95 percent of electricity to be restored by Oct. 24

95 percent of electricity to be restored by Oct. 24

Gulf Power announces that by midnight, Oct. 24, fourteen days after landfall of Hurricane Michael, 95 percent of all Gulf Power customers who can accept electric service should be restored.Customers in several areas will be restored sooner. Over the last 24 hours, more than 21,000 Gulf Power customers have been restored. “Hurricane Michael was an […]

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 […]

Study’s verdict: Business incubator viable but costly

Study’s verdict: Business incubator viable but costly

The results are in, and Santa Rosa County would stand to gain a lot from a business incubator. But the costs could exceed the benefits, at least in the short term. Florida State University Applied Economics graduate students Patrick Mas, Holt Johnson and Courtney Clark were tasked by their professors with studying the viability, impact […]

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

When Garner Economics LLC presented a five-year blueprint for Santa Rosa County’s economic development, owner Jay Garner coined a simple phrase: “No product, no project.” County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree heeded that advice. Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per […]

Santa Rosa County native involved in scallop sitter program

Santa Rosa County native involved in scallop sitter program

Jeff Cole grew up in Milton and remembers when scallops were plentiful in the area. That isn’t the case anymore. The scallop population is severely depleted in the Panhandle, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission … Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as […]

Lightning suspected cause of beach structure fire

Lightning suspected cause of beach structure fire

Firefighters from multiple districts responded to a house fire Tuesday afternoon at 7634 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach. At roughly 3:20 p.m., vacationer R.J. Clarkston noticed smoke coming from a house a few lots down from his vacation rental. Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for […]

NextEra Energy acquires Gulf Power and additional assets from Southern Company

NextEra Energy acquires Gulf Power and additional assets from Southern Company

NextEra Energy reaches definitive agreements to acquire Gulf Power, Florida City Gas and additional assets from Southern Company – Compelling all-cash transactions of attractive electric and natural-gas franchises complement NextEra Energy’s existing operations within Florida – NextEra Energy’s proven track record of delivering highly affordable, reliable and clean energy expected to benefit Gulf Power and […]

Gulf Power customers to see lower bills

Gulf Power customers to see lower bills

By Jim Saunders The News Service of Florida Tallahassee – Pointing to quick reductions in monthly electric bills, state regulators Monday approved a plan that will lead to Gulf Power Co. passing along more than $100 million in savings to customers because of the federal tax overhaul. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 […]

Area employment agency ranked lowest in state

Area employment agency ranked lowest in state

With 44 employees and an annual budget that includes more than $6 million in federal funds, Career Source Escarosa ranks last among Florida’s 24 local employment agencies as measured by the Department of Economic Opportunity’s metrics. Officials at the CSE are looking for answers why and searching for ways to improve their evaluation by the […]

Region’s largest solar farm project producing power

Region’s largest solar farm project producing power

Solar eclipses are not the only thing putting the sun in headlines this week. Representatives from Gulf Power, local military bases and Coronal Power flipped the giant ceremonial switch Tuesday on the Gulf Coast Solar Center Portfolio. These three solar farms take up hundreds of acres of underutilized military land in Holley-Navarre, Eglin Air Force […]

County ready to pay again for economic advice

County ready to pay again for economic advice

The County Commission’s recent proposal to pay up to $120,000 for an economic development strategy devised by a private consultant seems to ignore that it paid $25,000 for such a plan in 2013. In fact, three current commissioners and Santa Rosa Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree are listed in the report by California-based Chabin Concepts […]

Power pole causes concern

Power pole causes concern

Tim and Karen Price love their new home in Holley by the Sea. They moved to the area from Atlanta in recent years, and they said they had friends in the area. Driving through the neighborhood, they said they knew they wanted to live here. So when they found a new house being built on […]

Hurricane training prepares county nerve center for the worst

Hurricane training prepares county nerve center for the worst

Hurricane season is here, and in preparation the Santa Rosa County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Milton ran their annual hurricane exercises for 2017. Representatives from every agency from city governments to federal relief programs gathered at the EOC to participate in mock scenarios that would familiarize them with the system county Emergency Management Director […]

Least terns find innovative solution for nesting dilemma

Least terns find innovative solution for nesting dilemma

As development and visiting tourists make it harder to find flat, undisturbed sandy space along the Gulf of Mexico’s beaches, endangered least terns have come up with an interesting solution: rooftops. The birds are nesting on top of grocery stores, schools and shopping centers. It seems like a stretch from their normal homes, but when […]

Harnessing the sun

Harnessing the sun

What began as a directive in 2014 to all military installations from the Department of Defense to install renewable energy on their installations has culminated into a Naval Air Station Whiting Field and Gulf Power initiative at Holley Outlying Field. The project is one of three across the panhandle of Florida with a second location […]

Despite gains, women’s pay still lags

Despite gains, women’s pay still lags

Women’s median income in the United States is less than that of men, and Google is facing legal action because of it. The U.S. Department of Labor has an ongoing investigation into alleged systemic compensation disparities by the tech company for paying female employees less than equally qualified male employees performing the same jobs. But […]

Pensacola opens streets for Ciclovia

Pensacola opens streets for Ciclovia

If you’re planning to go to Pensacola on March 25, don’t plan on driving. Instead, plan on walking, biking, skateboarding, jogging or whatever other method you perfer to be active. The largest street closure in the history of the city is planned for the first ever Pensacola Ciclovia (seek-low-VIA) Open Streets event. Read the full […]

Gulf Power VP tapped for position at Georgia Power

Gulf Power VP tapped for position at Georgia Power

Bentina Terry, Gulf Power’s Customer Service and Sales vice president, has been selected as senior vice president of the Metro Atlanta Region for Georgia Power. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Retrofit grant brings turtle-friendly lighting to beachfront properties

Retrofit grant brings turtle-friendly lighting to beachfront properties

The Board of County Commissioners voted Thursday to extend the Sea Turtle Lighting Retrofit project by six months to July 17 to allow for more of Navarre Beach’s condominiums and public lighting to be switched to turtle friendly versions. Read the full article in the Dec. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]