Hurricane Michael

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 […]

Local SBDC takes top awards for small business support

Local SBDC takes top awards for small business support

Local efforts to support small businesses received statewide kudos last month as the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network handed out its annual awards. Navarre’s own Adam McCloskey received the Florida State Star Award for his work.   Read the full article in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Field Day comes to Navarre Beach

Field Day comes to Navarre Beach

Setup on the back of a trailer in the sands of Navarre Beach with a radio dial in hand, Dane Luckey introduced himself by a different name Saturday. He is W4DSL, his designated call sign when he takes to the radio waves, chatting with people from across the U.S. and even across borders.   Read […]

Insurers seek increase despite law change

Insurers seek increase despite law change

Thousands of residential property insurance customers across Florida could see reduced costs in 2019, but on the whole customers will not see cheaper insurance premiums as the result of long-sought regulatory reform. At the forefront of the insurance discussion is an amended rate filing by Florida’s insurer of last resort, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.   […]

Businesses must plan for disaster

Businesses must plan for disaster

One in four businesses never reopen following a natural disaster, and 90% of businesses that do not get back up and running in five days will ultimately fail, according to the Small Business Development Center at University of West Florida (SBDC). A business continuity plan can help mitigate that risk said SBDC business consultant Ayesha […]

Hurricane Season again

Hurricane Season again

While our friends to the east are still reeling from Hurricane Michael of October 2018, making landfall as a category 5 storm, it is the beginning of another season. While it seems the 2018 season just ended, the 2019 season is starting. Included in this issue is a Hurricane Preparedness Guide with new storm names […]

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 […]