Juana’s Pagodas

Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle

Everyone is invited to the 10th Annual Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle from noon to 4 p.m. on Navarre Beach at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill. Start the New Year by plunging into the Santa Rosa Sound. Event benefits the Santa Rosa Kids’ House and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. For more information, visit www.juanaspagodas.com.

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Whether clad in jumpsuits, wetsuits, swimsuits or just plain old suits, Navarre Beach residents and visitors spend the first day of each year sloshing into the frigid waters along the shore in the classic New Year’s tradition of plunging. The start of 2019 will be no exception, with two events coming to Navarre this year. […]

TDC fed up with two of everything

TDC fed up with two of everything

Two plunges is too many. That was the position taken by Tourist Development Council (TDC) member Liz Horton, a bed tax collector from the south end. She said she is tired of two of everything in Navarre from chamber of commerce breakfasts to events like New Year’s Day plunges. Read the full article in the […]

Open water swimming both enjoyable and challenging

Open water swimming both enjoyable and challenging

Just keep swimming. That’s what Melanie Sellers tells herself when she does an open water swim. “The goal is to finish,” Sellers said. Read the full article in the Oct. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 days free. […]

First-time fundraiser for Raider swim team a success

First-time fundraiser for Raider swim team a success

With the wind blowing, the waves a little choppy, but the sun shining bright on a chilly Sunday morning in mid-October, Navarre High’s first open water swim fundraiser went off without a hitch. A total of 42 participated in the event in the Navarre Sound behind Juana’s, with some swimmers doing the entire mile-long course […]

Run for the Reef

Run for the reef 5K and 10K is an out-and-back course along scenic Gulf Boulevard beginning at 7:30 a.m. This event is a fundraiser to help “Make Navarre Snorkelicious,” a benefit for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary. Participants will meet at the Navarre Beach parking lot, 8579 Gulf Blvd. Afterparty will be held at Juana’s […]

Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Chamber Foundation is excited to once again bring to anglers young and old, novice and expert, the Navarre Fishing Rodeo set to take place Oct. 6 and 7.  This event has become a very popular and much anticipated fishing opportunity with participation growing each year.  Benefiting:  Heroes on the Water, Take A Kid […]

Special Olympians join national sailing champions

Special Olympians join national sailing champions

Dozens of colorful sails swooshed through Santa Rosa Sound days after the annual Juana’s Good Time Regatta wrapped up Sept. 9. That’s because the island was playing host to a much larger sailing event the following week. Read the full article in the Sept. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

A perfect day to sail away

A perfect day to sail away

The 28th Annual Juana Good Time Regatta filled the Santa Rosa Sound Sept. 7-9 with colorful sails. People came from all across the United States to participate in this local event. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online […]

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2018 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2018 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation and Okaloosa Gas are working to put the finishing touches on the 2018 fishing rodeo slated for Oct. 6-7 on Navarre Beach. Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, the event is entering its sixth year and is one stop on what will be the 15th annual Beaches […]

Beaches to Woodlands Tour boosts off-season tourism

Beaches to Woodlands Tour boosts off-season tourism

For coastal communities, Labor Day weekend often marks the end of the peak season. Belts are tightened. Hotel room rates are reduced to attract more visitors. For county government, that dip in visitors typically comes with a decline in collections of bed taxes, the tax charged on temporary accommodations. Read the full article in the […]

Johnny’s Tree Club is always open

Johnny’s Tree Club is always open

Country music plays in the background on a beautiful sun-kissed summer evening in Navarre. A short distance away is Santa Rosa Sound, visible through the trees, and neighbors of Johnny Champagne are sitting in chairs around a tree enjoying a glass of wine. Welcome to Johnny’s Tree Club. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Florida’s Best Kept Secret sign appears at Juana’s

Florida’s Best Kept Secret sign appears at Juana’s

One of the iconic Navarre Beach “Florida’s Best Kept Secret” signs has re-emerged at local hot spot Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill on the beach. The signs, which have garnered much love from locals, were removed from the foot of the Navarre Beach bridge entrance last year. Juana’s owner Kevin Rudzki said he is not […]

Infrastructure grants off the table

Infrastructure grants off the table

Despite taking a hardline approach in May, the Tourist Development Council (TDC) flip-flopped Tuesday, voting to fund several out of cycle Local Event Marketing Grants just weeks before the TDC’s final budget proposal is due to the county. In doing so they gutted a plan to offer two $10,000 grants for the encouragement of budding […]

Retired military officer or landscaper?

Retired military officer or landscaper?

(Click or double click on links for more background information.) We heard from a source at Williamson’s private meeting at Juana’s Monday that he said serving in the military doesn’t qualify someone to be a county commissioner. And when we heard that, we all had to chuckle a little. Apparently, in his mind, lawn mowing, […]

Juana’s ‘Top 10 again’

Juana’s ‘Top 10 again’

Juana’s won in the top 10 for “The Top Florida Beach Bar” for the second time in 2018 with thousands of votes from their fans. The contest at floridabeachbar.com allows guests to show their Florida beach bar pride and recognize beach bars that go above and beyond to deliver an exceptional Florida beach bar experience. […]

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2018 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2018 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation welcomes Okaloosa Gas District to the 2018 fishing rodeo slated for Oct. 6-7 on Navarre Beach. Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the event is entering its sixth year and is one stop on what will be the 15th annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. The […]

Middle schoolers tackle protecting local marine life

Middle schoolers tackle protecting local marine life

He is six feet tall, brightly colored, made completely of garbage and he is coming to a restaurant near you. Skip the Straw is a sculpture created by Holley Navarre Middle School students in the Junior Audubon Society. Skip’s purpose is a simple one: Teach people to skip single-use plastic straws that endanger local wildlife. […]

Top 5 events this week

Top 5 events this week

Tuesday, June 5 Bands on the Beach Every Tuesday Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series features a lineup of performers sure to please every musical taste.  Bring your lawn chair and join the fun from 7 to 9 p.m. at the gulfside pavilion. For more information, visit www.visitpensacolabeach.com. Thursday, June 7 Tunes by the […]

Navarre Sunset Stampede

This is a fast and flat, certified out and back course along beautiful White Sands Boulevard.  Legendary award’s ceremony and beach party at Juana’s Pagodas with live music, food and drinks right on the sand on beautiful Santa Rosa Sound.  The race begins at 6:30pm with a kids fun run starting at 5:30pm.  Registration limited […]

Spring Jam raises $14,833 for Santa Rosa Kids’ House

Spring Jam raises $14,833 for Santa Rosa Kids’ House

Cat Country 98.7 along with Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill presented a check in the amount of $14,833 to Santa Rosa Kids’ House at Monday’s Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners meeting. The proceeds were from Spring Jam hosted at Juana’s Mar. 25. The concert featured Granger Smith with Earl Dibbles, Jr., Morgan Evans, Jordan […]

I Embody All Things Great 5K

Head over to Navarre Beach at 8 a.m. to run, walk and move while helping to do good for others by raising money for The Weekend Food Program of Navarre. There will be family fun, yoga and a pre/post party. Register at http://getmeregistered.com/IEmbodyAllThingsGreat. For more information, call 850-764-2860.

Five things to know: County Commission meeting

Five things to know: County Commission meeting

Commissioners table floating alcohol ordinance When a floating restaurant-like structure appeared in Santa Rosa Sound last month just behind Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill, questions among residents abounded. Shortly after the appearance, County Commissioner Rob Williamson said he wanted the county to pursue an ordinance to bar these types of establishments. He said Santa Rosa […]

Wine and Dine raises thousands for Dravet

Wine and Dine raises thousands for Dravet

Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill was packed Friday night as locals wined and dined under purple lights in honor of Charlotte, a little girl fighting Dravet Syndrome. Those gathered were donating to the Dravet Syndrome Foundation through the second annual Wine and Dine for Dravet- In Honor of Charlotte. Read the full article in the […]

Tourism board calls for accounting

Tourism board calls for accounting

As newly appointed chairman of the Tourism Development Council (TDC), Kyle Holley has pushed for a change in how the group approaches the county’s future and expenditure of funds. Holley has served on the board for years, but in the matter of a few months he and the rest of the board, largely composed of […]

Wine & Dine for Dravet

The Dravet Syndrome Foundation is pleased to announce Wine & Dine for Dravet in Honor of Charlotte organized and hosted by Cheryl Chant and Ken Rudzki, Charlotte’s grandparents. It will be held at Juana’s Club Pagodas/Sailors’ Grill. The event will feature live music by Stevie Hall and a wine tasting with featured dinner is available. […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Mar. 2 Wine & Dine for Dravet The Dravet Syndrome Foundation is pleased to announce Wine & Dine for Dravet in Honor of Charlotte organized and hosted by Cheryl Chant and Ken Rudzki, Charlotte’s grandparents. It will be held at Juana’s Club Pagodas/Sailors’ Grill from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature live music […]

Wine and Dine for Dravet tables sold out, fun still available

Wine and Dine for Dravet tables sold out, fun still available

The color purple and butterflies will take over Navarre Beach Friday as Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill hosts an event for one special little girl and one big cause. The second annual Wine and Dine for Dravet in Honor of Charlotte is scheduled for 6 p.m. Read the full article in the Mar. 1 issue […]

Snowbirds Sweethearts Dinner & Dance

Navarre Beach Snowbirds Club invites you to the snowbirds sweethearts dinner and dance at Juana’s Pagodas from 5 to 9 p.m. Reception with appetizers begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing at 6 p.m. Music provided by Stevie Hall. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Navarre Auto Sales, 1942 Highway 87 […]

Super Bowl spending on the rise

Super Bowl spending on the rise

While TV viewership for the biggest sporting event in the U.S. is expected to be roughly on par with last year’s, projected spending has jumped to $15.3 billion for Super Bowl LII, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Super Bowl survey. As the Philadelphia Eagles square off with the New England Patriots, about 188.5 […]

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