Hurricane Ivan

Leaseholders reject county’s beautification plans

Leaseholders reject county’s beautification plans

Some of the planned improvements for Gulf Boulevard along Navarre Beach have been put “on the back burner” according to county Tourist Development Director Julie White. White said plans to replace benches and garbage cans while adding shade sails along the high-traffic portion of Gulf Boulevard are not moving forward amid complaints from beach residents. […]

Real estate paralegal: Fee simple poses no risk of private beaches

Real estate paralegal: Fee simple poses no risk of private beaches

When Pamela Wingate comes to talk fee simple title for Navarre Beach, she brings mounds of documents with her. The real estate paralegal has been researching the issue for years, and the information she has gathered is more than enough to fill several tables. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre […]

Views clash on details of beach path upgrade

Views clash on details of beach path upgrade

Navarre Beach’s multiuse path could be seeing a makeover, but just what that will look like is up for debate before the Tourist Development Council (TDC) this week. County Tourist Development Director Julie White has proposed redoing “islands” along the path that runs parallel to Gulf Boulevard for nearly the entire length of Navarre Beach. […]

Board rejects Military Trail density increase

Board rejects Military Trail density increase

Plans to build 11 condominiums along Military Trail in Navarre were squashed Dec. 13 when county commissioners refused a request to increase the property’s allowable density. Developer Jimmy Murphy of Homes by Vision LLC was seeking to have a 1.13-acre parcel rezoned to R2 to permit the construction of multi-family homes as opposed to the […]

Lighthouse sends Christmas to private school in need

Lighthouse sends Christmas to private school in need

In a mirror of its founding, Lighthouse Private Christian Academy (LPCA) has “adopted” another school following the devastation of Hurricane Michael, delivering donations this week. The school’s students, staff and parents have banned together to bring Christmas to the students and staff of Faith Christian School (FCS) in Port Saint Joe said LPCA Gulf Breeze […]

Santa Rosa steps up for neighbors after Michael

Santa Rosa steps up for neighbors after Michael

When disaster struck to the east, Santa Rosa County officials stepped forward to help in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Closer to home, the county continues to support neighbors struggling to get their arms around the extent of the damage. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Bridge woes jeopardize subdivision’s access

Bridge woes jeopardize subdivision’s access

For the residents of Bernath Place, a single-lane bridge along Seneca Trail is their lifeline. The subdivision of a few dozen houses in Milton is somewhat of an island with marsh blocking access on one side and a railroad blocking access on the other. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre […]

Filmmakers explore struggles of hurricane survivors

Filmmakers explore struggles of hurricane survivors

Chris Barbee can relate to the devastation of a hurricane. The home he and his family lived in was destroyed by Ivan when it ripped through the Gulf Coast in 2004. “My mom did everything she could to make the experience OK for us. We lost everything, but she made things enjoyable and helped us […]

Amateur radio provides communication lifeline in disaster

Amateur radio provides communication lifeline in disaster

When disaster strikes, many forms of communication become useless. In a hurricane, cell-phone towers can be toppled. Power can be knocked out, and phone lines can be broken. Nearly every form of communicating across distance can be lost, and that was exactly what happened to Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria struck in September 2017. Read […]

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 […]

Studer outlines blueprint for vibrant community

Studer outlines blueprint for vibrant community

What started as a plan to build a baseball stadium turned into a downtown revitalization and rebirth that has become a national model. In 2004 downtown Pensacola was largely inactive. There was no easy community access to the water. Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Island View Realty celebrates 40 years

Island View Realty celebrates 40 years

Navarre was a very different community 40 years ago. In a lot of ways it was barely a community at all. In a way Navarre was simply the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and State Road 87 with a few homes nearby. There was not a traffic light, a school, a postal code or even […]

Hurricane Irma sparks insurance freeze

Hurricane Irma sparks insurance freeze

Following billions of dollars in property damage from Hurricane Irma, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation issued an emergency order to protect consumers in the wake of the storm. The order freezes policies in the affected areas from cancellations and non-renewal for a period of 90 days starting on Sept. 4. Karen Kees, deputy director […]

Large-scale project clearing way for cleaner national seashore

Large-scale project clearing way for cleaner national seashore

It’s hard to find a silver lining in something as disastrous as an oil spill. Gulf Islands National Seashore Ecologist Kelly Irick will tell you she has found one in the fact that BP money is funding a nearly $11 million Beach Enhancement and Asphalt Removal Project in the Santa Rosa area of the national […]

County moves to end lease on dilapidated beach house

County moves to end lease on dilapidated beach house

Santa Rosa County has filed to terminate the lease on a property on Navarre Beach that has been vacant and in disrepair for more than a decade. The brick house located at 7315 Gulf Blvd. was damaged in 2004 and 2005 by Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis. It is leased by Gary and Staci Turner, the […]

Future of Fort Pickens Road at mercy of Mother Nature

Future of Fort Pickens Road at mercy of Mother Nature

Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown watched the track of Hurricane Irma closely. He does it every time there is a major storm because he knows it could signal the end for Fort Pickens Road. “The roads we manage are subject to damage, if not complete destruction,” Brown said. “We’ve seen it happen again […]

Looking back at a smash sequel

Looking back at a smash sequel

The secret that was Navarre wasn’t only the white powdery sand, the forgotten history of the Spaniards nor the clear emerald waters of the Gulf. The terror that gripped the hearts of frolicking children and their parents at the sight of a gray fin sliding through red-hued water was the secret that held the nation’s […]

Modern-day Good Samaritans

Modern-day Good Samaritans

In the Bible, Jesus told a parable of the Good Samaritan. The story goes that a man who was traveling to Jericho was attacked by robbers and left to die by the side of the road. Two people saw him there and passed by without doing anything to help. But a third man, the Samaritan, […]

Lighthouse founder follows calling

Lighthouse founder follows calling

In the wake of hurricane Ivan, many homes and businesses were destroyed. For Joanna Johannes, returning in the wake of the storm with her small children was devastating, she said. She had just moved to Gulf Breeze two years prior, and the storm had totaled her house. “It took everything,” she said. Read the full […]

Hurricane-damaged house riles beach neighbors

Hurricane-damaged house riles beach neighbors

Just one lot short of Gulf Islands National Seashore there is a brick-and-concrete home at 7315 Gulf Boulevard. Across the street there are condominiums and brightly painted beachfront homes. Some are newly constructed. A blue-and-green “Navarre Beach” sign welcomes visitors a few feet away. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre […]

Milton nudist gets higher fence approved by county

Milton nudist gets higher fence approved by county

Privacy fences are designed for exactly that, privacy, and Santa Rosa County says 6 feet is privacy enough. In fact, county ordinance limits all residential fences to 6 feet or lower with possible penalty of citation and required removal of the fence for even an inch higher. But when property is built on a hill, […]

Residents learn about county flood-zone changes

Residents learn about county flood-zone changes

More than 100 Santa Rosa County residents showed up to two meeting Sept. 28 and 29 to discuss changes to the county’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and the potential effects on their flood insurance costs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating coastal region FIRMs across the nation, and Santa Rosa’s potential changes […]

Donations sought for bench replacement

Donations sought for bench replacement

In the wake of Hurricane Ivan, Navarre Beach was left with a mess of hundreds of tons of concrete and debris piled up and abandoned. While many saw it as a nuisance, a few residents saw it as an opportunity. In 2006 a team of residents banded together to fix a problem. The volunteer group […]

SpringHill Suites opening delayed

SpringHill Suites opening delayed

Completion of the $30 million SpringHill Suites on Navarre Beach has been delayed until sometime in the first quarter, perhaps as late as March, because of occasional rain and high winds that have slowed construction. Read the full article in the April 7 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe online.

Holley-Navarre Historical Society forming

Holley-Navarre Historical Society forming

The Holley-Navarre Historical Society is forming, and new members are sought to help gather and preserve historical photographs, mementos and information about local families, schools, businesses, churches, events and more. The group was created March 23 on Facebook, and the first organizational meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, April 9 at Alphy’s Catfish House […]

Breach on the beach over ‘ragtag’ label

Breach on the beach over ‘ragtag’ label

Former Air Force pilot John Lewis, who flew in Korea and Vietnam, led fellow members of the now-resigned Navarre Beach Beautification Committee to protest County Commissioner Rob Williamson’s recent labeling of them as “ragtag” volunteers. “I’ve never been called ‘ragtag’ before,” said Lewis, a retired lieutenant colonel, speaking to the commission at its meeting Monday. […]

REBUILD hardened home survives Century tornado

REBUILD hardened home survives Century tornado

What started as a grassroots effort by a group of people in response to Hurricane Ivan in 2005, has turned into REBUILD Northwest Florida, a nonprofit that has received more than $89 million in FEMA funds and has “hurricane hardened” 12,000 homes. Read the full article in the Feb. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

SpringHill Suites sets December opening

SpringHill Suites sets December opening

Construction of the $30 million SpringHill Suites on Navarre Beach has resumed after overcoming some obstacles, and the 161-room hotel is tentatively scheduled to open in December. Originally planned to open 15 months after breaking ground last June, the hotel was hampered by the discovery of about 200 wood pilings from the site’s former occupant, […]

Bigger Better Bridge

Bigger Better Bridge

A “notice to proceed” to replace the aging Pensacola Bay Bridge will be given by end of the year if everything falls into place, says Florida Department of Transportation engineer, Kerrie Harrell. Harrell drove from Tallahassee Thursday morning, Jan. 14 to speak to the Gulf Breeze Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Andrews Institute. “My […]

Groundbreaking ushers in hotel construction

Groundbreaking ushers in hotel construction

County officials and hotelier Marilyn Hess are gathering at Navarre Beach for this morning’s official groundbreaking of SpringHill Suites, which will replace the former Holiday Inn which was razed following Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The planned seven-story Marriott-family hotel will include 161 guest rooms, a Gulf-front full-service restaurant, and two pools – an indoor pool on the second […]