Hurricane Michael

Floridians urged to buy flood insurance

Floridians urged to buy flood insurance

Floridians are less than 30 days from the start of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, and state officials are reminding residents to start preparing now. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said recent history speaks for itself.   Read the full article in the May 9 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bed taxes show robust growth trend

Bed taxes show robust growth trend

In a fiscal year of high numbers for bed-tax collections, January saw a 41 percent increase in these fees paid by overnight visitors to Santa Rosa County. Bed-tax revenues for January, the most recent month available, were $133,265. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Medical devices with paws: Service animals are not pets

Medical devices with paws: Service animals are not pets

At less than a foot tall and weighing just a few pounds, Tosha is among the smallest of the working dogs, but this service animal does a big job for her owner with a disability. Without her bright red vest labeling her a service animal, she might be mistaken for a pet. Read the full […]

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 […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. POWERFUL TORNADO STRIKES ALABAMA The F3 twister packing at least 150 mph winds kills at least 23 people, leveling single-family homes and mobile homes in the rural southeast Alabama town of Beauregard. 2. HOUSE PREPARES TO EXPAND OBSTRUCTION PROBE The chairman of the House committee that would be in charge of impeachment says the […]

Q and A: Ham radio operators set up on Navarre Beach

Q and A: Ham radio operators set up on Navarre Beach

Each year the Emerald Coast Amateur Radio Association and Santa Rosa Amateur Radio Emergency Services hold an Amateur League Radio Field Day in conjunction with ham radio operators across the country and even around the world. Ham radio is a vital communication tool in emergency communications, and this event offers the public a chance to […]

Fisherman now a fisher of men

Fisherman now a fisher of men

When Jesus called Peter, James and John to be his apostles, he told these professional fishermen to leave their nets and he would make them fishers of men. Having caught every kind of fish in the Gulf, says Florida-born pastor, Jon Skipper, he is now about winning souls. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

Pier potty temporary, permanent solution on the way

Pier potty temporary, permanent solution on the way

While not the caliber of facilities initially proposed for pit stops along the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, the Gulf front pier has been outfitted with a temporary Americans with Disabilities Act compliant toilet for guests. Pier management firm Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises head Kenneth Fountain said a permanent solution will be installed. Read the full […]

Santa Rosa warned of state’s tight purse strings

Santa Rosa warned of state’s tight purse strings

We’ll try to help you, but we expect shallow pockets next year. That’s the message that the Santa Rosa County Legislative Delegation brought to local charities, political action groups and other organizations in a pre-Christmas hearing to discuss the 2019 budget and lawmaking session in Tallahassee. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue […]

Navarre Navy JROTC making a difference one hour at a time

Navarre Navy JROTC making a difference one hour at a time

In a typical year, Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC program puts in 10,000 hours of community service. That doesn’t even count work such as handling color guard duties at a football game or working the concessions at a basketball game. “It gives me faith in our future to see the kids’ willingness to give back to […]

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, […]

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 […]

Radiation and rotation hot topics at HNMS Science Fair

Radiation and rotation hot topics at HNMS Science Fair

Engineering, biomedicine and chemistry are just a few of the sciences Holley Navarre Middle School students flaunted their prowess in last week in the school’s annual Science Fair. In all 53 students across all grades were awarded for their work. Among the participants were two Grand Prize winners that out-shown their peers. Read the full […]

Holley Navarre Primary donates to hurricane victims

Holley Navarre Primary donates to hurricane victims

Holley Navarre Primary School students and staff donated $1,237.61 to support disaster relief efforts in Bay County in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Florida Commission on Community Service Vice-Chair Kerry Ann Schultz accepted the check on behalf of Volunteer Florida who distributes the funds based on unmet needs in the affected area. “What an incredibly […]

Beach road reopens through National Seashore

Beach road reopens through National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore will reopen the road between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach through the Santa Rosa Area, at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Highway 399 (J. Earle Bowden Way) was closed in October ahead of Hurricane Michael making landfall on the Gulf Coast.  The hurricane caused significant damage to the road. Immediately following the storm […]

FWC: red tide reaches high levels on Navarre Beach

FWC: red tide reaches high levels on Navarre Beach

Testing along Navarre Beach last week showed high concentrations of karenia brevis (k. brevis), the organism commonly referred to as red tide, bringing with it concerns for fish kills and respiratory irritation. Elevated levels along the beach have persisted since mid-October. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Red tide persists along Navarre Beach

Red tide persists along Navarre Beach

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, continues to be found in medium concentrations off Navarre Beach. Most recent samples off the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier showed medium concentrations of 100,001-1,000,000 cells per liter on Nov. 5 and 7. Read the full article in the Nov. […]

Booksellers restock school libraries after storm

Booksellers restock school libraries after storm

In an effort to restock school libraries impacted by Hurricane Michael, private bookstores partnered with state agencies to hold the Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief Fundraiser Nov. 3-4. The Florida Department of Education, Florida Education Foundation (FEF) and independent booksellers worked together to host the event where a portion of sale proceeds at participating bookstores […]

Hurricane inflicts $158 million damage on Florida crops

Hurricane inflicts $158 million damage on Florida crops

Hurricane Michael was the most serious natural disaster to impact agricultural and natural resources industries in the Florida Panhandle in decades, according to numbers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). The storm that made landfall Oct. 10 caused production losses totaling $158 million for Florida’s agricultural in the 2018-19 […]

Caring and Sharing splits donations with Hurricane Michael relief

Caring and Sharing splits donations with Hurricane Michael relief

While rivalry week tends to be a competitive time between Navarre and Gulf Breeze high schools, this year’s food drive steered away from the traditional competition to respond to a need within the wider community. The annual Caring and Sharing rivalry canned food drive, held Oct. 17-27, moved to divide donations between the local Santa […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR PERPETRATOR OF MAIL BOMB PLOT Investigators have been searching coast-to-coast for the culprit and motives behind the series of explosive devices sent to critics of the president, with fresh focus on a postal facility in Florida. 2. POLITICS QUICKLY OVERSHADOW HOPES FOR ACCORD With the country on edge over a widening […]

Navarre Beach sees elevated red tide

Navarre Beach sees elevated red tide

Spectators hoping to catch a glimpse of Hurricane Michael’s incoming fury last week along Navarre Beach may have noticed a tickle in their throats or even fits of coughing. That was likely due to elevated levels of red tide in the area, said Kelly Richmond of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. While the […]

Navarre community united in relief efforts

Hurricane Michael had eyes on the northern Gulf Coast before it even entered the Gulf of Mexico. And for a while, Navarre was in the cross-hairs of the impending landfall. We watched and waited. Then we nervously watched and waited. All the while the forecasters were predicting what seemed like an impossible turn to the […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. MICHAEL CHARGES INTO SOUTHEAST AFTER SLAMMING FLORIDA As the tropical storm continues to weaken it is still menacing the flood-weary Southeast with heavy rains, blustery winds and possible spinoff tornadoes. 2. SENSE OF IMPUNITY EMBOLDENS AUTOCRATS TO GET RID OF ENEMIES Dictators and autocrats have always sought to silence dissenters, and in the case […]

BREAKING: Swimmer missing off Navarre Beach

BREAKING: Swimmer missing off Navarre Beach

A man allegedly drowned along Navarre Beach Tuesday morning as Hurricane Michael caused double red flag conditions. Witness statements lead first responders to believe that a man seen entering the water likely drowned in the high surf though no body has been recovered. According to Navarre Beach Fire Chief Danny Fureigh an approximately 30-year-old man […]