Juana’s Pagodas

Beer, beach meet at Juana’s Oktoberfest

Beer, beach meet at Juana’s Oktoberfest

Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill was packed Saturday as folks took a break from fishing to sample the brew during Oktoberfest. While the brews were pouring, anglers were also weighing in their catch for the Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo.           A variety of regional breweries offered samples of their drinks at […]

Mission accomplished with my open-water swim experience

Mission accomplished with my open-water swim experience

Editor’s Note: Navarre Press sportswriter Brian Lester recounts his experience in the open-water mile swim that took place Sunday in Santa Rosa Sound. The event was a fundraiser for the Navarre High School Swim Team. Navarre Press is proud of Brian’s accomplishment and can now say, he really goes the extra mile for a story. […]

High school pair takes honors at open water swim

High school pair takes honors at open water swim

Two Navarre Raiders took top honors in the one-mile open water swim Sunday at Juana’s Pagodas. Madison Sullins completed the out-and-back course in Santa Rosa Sound in 28 minutes, 43 seconds to be the first to exit the water. Luke Losquadro was just five seconds behind. Read the full article in the Sept. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Open water swimming provides opportunity to test limits

Open water swimming provides opportunity to test limits

Navarre’s swim team is hosting an open water swim for the second consecutive year in the Navarre Sound off the beach at Juana’s. It’s a fundraiser for the program. At least 60 are expected to take part. That includes the writer of this article. It will be my first open water swim and the first […]

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2019 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2019 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation welcomes returning headline sponsor Okaloosa Gas District to the 2019 fishing rodeo slated for Oct. 5-6 on Navarre Beach. Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, the event is entering its seventh year and is one stop on what will be the 16th annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. […]

Juana’s one of a kind

Juana’s one of a kind

In this week’s issue you will read about a local family, the Rudzkis, who built one of the top 10 best beach bars in Florida from literally a shack 30 years ago. You can read the full article on our community page, but their accomplishments are nothing short of impressive. And in a town where […]

Juana’s celebrates 30 years

Juana’s celebrates 30 years

Coming over the bridge onto Navarre Beach, a distinct roof line of green metal and thatch peaks have greeted beach goers for decades. But the Navarre Beach staple known as Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill was not always the complex of booming business it is today.   Read the full article in the June 27 […]

Juana’s celebrating 30 years with an upgrade

Juana’s celebrating 30 years with an upgrade

Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill is celebrating 30 years of service along Navarre Beach this year, and with that anniversary came a hefty investment, said general manager Kevin Rudzki. The result is a major renovation of the iconic eatery.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Spring Jam raises over $30,000 for Kids’ House

Spring Jam raises over $30,000 for Kids’ House

Cat Country 98.7 announced April 25 that Spring Jam 2019 raised more than double the dollars for Santa Rosa Kids’ House than the event raised last year. The concert pulled in $30,710 to support the Kids’ House advocacy centers for children who have suffered abuse.   Read the full article in the May 2 issue […]

Chloe eliminated in ‘American Idol’ Hollywood week

Chloe eliminated in ‘American Idol’ Hollywood week

Local singer Chloe Channell’s journey with the singing competition television show “American Idol” came to an end Monday night, but her time performing is far from over. As the prerecorded episode aired–showing her elimination from the show in Hollywood—the 16-year-old was busy ruling the stage before a sold-out crowd of 3,000 on Navarre Beach during […]

Spring Jam 2019 coming to Navarre

Spring Jam 2019 coming to Navarre

Thousands of visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy live music with their toes in the surf and sand along Navarre Beach Sunday, March 24, during Spring Jam 2019. Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill has partnered with Cat Country 98.7 once again to offer the second annual Spring Jam, a one-day music festival along the […]

Lifeguards ready for new season

Lifeguards ready for new season

Navarre Beach’s new crop of lifeguards have already been presented with a challenge from their new supervisor: no drownings. Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Chief Danny Fureigh threw down the challenge for their first season but promised to support the guards to achieve it. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Wine and Dine for Dravet sells out

Wine and Dine for Dravet sells out

Once again Juana’s Pagoda was packed with purple-clad donors Feb. 22 for the annual Wine & Dine for Dravet in Honor of Charlotte. Charlotte was nearly five months old when diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy that begins in infancy and causes prolonged and frequent seizures. Read the full article […]

Locals wine and dine against Dravet

Locals wine and dine against Dravet

The Navarre community will be coming together Friday to once again support others that are in need. The special cause at the heart of this effort revolves around a little girl named Charlotte. Charlotte was nearly five months old when diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy that begins in infancy […]

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 […]

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 […]