Judy Morehead

Chamber defamation lawsuit settled out of court

Chamber defamation lawsuit settled out of court

  A defamation lawsuit filed by Tony Hughes, president of Beach Community Bank, against the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and its previous CEO, Judy Morehead, has been settled out of court under undisclosed terms. The suit was filed in May 2016 in the First Judicial Circuit Court and alleged that Morehead made false […]

Chamber CEO resigns to take care of family

Chamber CEO resigns to take care of family

Judy Morehead, president/CEO of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, announced her resignation to the chamber’s board of directors June 22, 2017. “This decision made was made with considerable personal reflection,” Morehead said. “My mother has dementia and I plan to take this time to be with her, as much as possible, during this […]

Tourism board cuts event funding by half

Tourism board cuts event funding by half

Following spike in grant applications, the county Tourism Development Council (TDC) took a hard line stance on requirements to receive their funds, cutting event grant spending in half. More than $115,000 in funds was requested for 30 events throughout Santa Rosa County as part of the Local Event/Marketing Grant program. Only 14 events received approximately […]

Picnic honors military members, sacrifice

Picnic honors military members, sacrifice

Under the slogan “We love our military,” the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee celebrated Military Appreciation month with a community picnic in Navarre Park. Volunteers from the Military Affairs Committee manned the grill and others worked the food tent, providing free meals for military families. Read the full article in the […]

Springhill Sweet!

Springhill Sweet!

Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach will feature a lazy river pool, an indoor heated pool, outside jacuzzi, gift shop, food market and workout room. The restaurant, Beach House Bar and Grill will be open to the public and seat 130 patrons. The hotel is expected to open in early June. Featured in the May 11 […]

Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine

Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law gives the public the right of access to government meetings and public records. It ensures that government works out in the open for all to see – no backroom conversations between elected officials before a vote. However, as we recently found out, in Santa Rosa County those officials can send texts or […]

Dispute spotlights gap in tracking officials’ messages

Dispute spotlights gap in tracking officials’ messages

The current national Sunshine Week initiative (March 12-18) to educate the public about the importance of transparency in government finds Santa Rosa lagging in how it watchdogs officials’ mobile phone text messaging. Unlike a growing number of Florida counties, Santa Rosa has neither formal guidelines on officials’ use of text messaging nor modern tracking technology […]

The great divide

The great divide

Monday’s county commission meeting was interesting to say the least. Two chambers on the agenda presented applications to host the same event in different years. It is the same event that the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) has hosted for 10 years with a new venue. They built the event, grew it and […]

Thursday concert series moving to the beach

Thursday concert series moving to the beach

Discussion of the future of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Thursday’s concert series got intense at Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting as chamber president Judy Morehead and Commission Chairman Rob Williamson tangled over past conversations involving the event. The NBACOC has applied to have the 2017 concert series on Navarre Beach Gulf-side […]

Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Awards and Installation Banquet

Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Awards and Installation Banquet

Cowboy hats and boots, checkered table cloths, saddles and all things Wild West adorned Hurlburt Soundside for a crowd of nearly 150 chamber members and guests. The celebration was held for The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Annual Awards and Installation Banquet Friday evening. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue […]

Commissioners back off park fees for organizations

Commissioners back off park fees for organizations

Commissioners will vote Thursday to restructure the fee schedule for use of public facilities and parks to be comparable with other counties. After months of debate, the board decided to exclude “open spaces” in those parks from the fees to protect existing not for profit events. Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce CEO, Judy Morehead, […]

Potential county park fees in limbo

Potential county park fees in limbo

Decisions by the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners on the fees charged for use of county parks and recreational facilities have been postponed to the second set of meetings in January due to concerns of how these fees would affect Navarre community events. Proposed fees for Navarre Park and Navarre Beach would cost […]

NRF projects big holiday spending at small businesses

NRF projects big holiday spending at small businesses

With the election season finally put to bed, the National Retail Federation has become far more optimistic about consumer holiday spending in the coming weeks. The NRF has published their Holiday Headquarters data, and while projected spending by individuals is slightly down from last year at about $935, Senior Director of Media Relations for NRF […]

Expo connects businesses to ladies of all ages

Expo connects businesses to ladies of all ages

There were lines out the door waiting to get into the Navarre Conference Center Saturday morning, Oct. 1 in anticipation of the Navarre Women’s Expo hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC). Businesses from all over the Navarre area lined the conference hall giving ladies a look at the services and products […]

US Highway 98 expansion details in works

US Highway 98 expansion details in works

The Florida Department of Transportation is going to expand U.S. Highway 98 to three lanes on each side, but the details are still in the works. That’s what Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization Citizen’s Advisory Committee member Ralph Agnew said during his Friday, Sept. 16, presentation to the Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee of the […]

Chamber offers unique business opportunities

Chamber offers unique business opportunities

Chamber offeNew members of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) got a crash course in their benefits Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Chamber 101 Member Orientation Workshop at the Navarre Visitor Information Center. The NBACOC has added 70 new members since January 2016, bringing the total membership to 462. Several new members packed […]

Welcome to Navarre sign mysteriously missing

Welcome to Navarre sign mysteriously missing

If you have driven down southbound Highway 87 coming into Navarre in the past two weeks, you may have noticed something is missing. The brightly painted “Welcome to Navarre” sign is gone, and neither county officials nor Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) members know where it went or who may have taken it. […]

Santa Rosa splits on sales tax

Santa Rosa splits on sales tax

Enthusiasm for the two proposed half-penny sales-tax measures is much higher on the north end of Santa Rosa County than in Navarre or Gulf Breeze. As the Aug. 30 election nears, yard signs are easily noticeable in the Milton area, where the planned new county courthouse would be built with revenue from one of the […]

Born out of revenge

Born out of revenge

It is as juvenile and immature as what you would see on a playground with children, only most of the children on a playground are better behaved than this.  The two Tonys (Alexander and Hughes) seem to be taking their misdeeds and obvious inadequacies out on the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.  Alexander was […]

A tale of two chambers

A tale of two chambers

In an email sent to several Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce members and military Public Affairs offices, Tony Hughes, former Military Affairs Council chairman for the NBACOC announced the organization of a new chamber of commerce in Navarre.  It will be known as The Greater Navarre Area Chamber, not so different from the existing […]

Wahoo Judy!

Wahoo Judy!

Navarre Beach Chamber of Commerce CEO Judy Morehead threw out the first pitch Monday evening at the Pensacola Wahoos’ home game versus the Montgomery Biscuits. It was Navarre night at Wahoos’ stadium as catcher Chad Wallach presented her the ball. Click HERE to subscribe to your community newspaper.

Lawsuit filed against Navarre Chamber

Lawsuit filed against Navarre Chamber

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and its CEO Judy Morehead are facing a lawsuit filed last week by Tony Hughes, president of Beach Community Bank and chairman of the Military Affairs Council of the chamber. Hughes is seeking damages in excess of $15,000 related to his claims of defamation.  The suit filed in […]

Fabulous Fun Fest for all

Fabulous Fun Fest for all

The 32nd Annual Navarre Fun Fest presented by Okaloosa Gas and hosted by the Navarre Chamber of Commerce seemingly went off without a hitch on Saturday.  This year’s change in format wrapped all the fun and festivities of a two-day event into one and culminated with the crowd favorite fireworks display. Read the full article […]

Area retail analysis reflects myriad opportunities

Area retail analysis reflects myriad opportunities

As the apartment complexes are constructed on the side of Highway 98 and rooftops begin to multiply in the area, citizens of Navarre have high hopes for the future of the area. New neighbors and businesses are almost always a welcome facet to any community. In fact, according to the recent retail market power analysis […]

Chamber banquet celebrates members

Chamber banquet celebrates members

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber’s annual awards and installation banquet Friday evening themed “Putting on the Ritz” honored outgoing chairman of the board Regina Carter of Gulf Power and welcomed Linda Fusco of All Phase Cleaning as chairman. The sold out crowd enjoyed fine dining at The Soundside, Hurlburt Field and was then treated to an annual […]

Tourism leaders spar over Sand Sculpting event

Tourism leaders spar over Sand Sculpting event

Tourism business leaders have rebuffed a move by District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson to sidestep the rules of their Florida Legislature-authorized Development Council in overseeing $55,000 to fund the sixth annual Sand Sculpting Festival on Navarre Beach. Members of the volunteer council voted unanimously on Nov. 5 against approving a proposal by Williamson and Tourist […]

Navarre Chamber hires new CEO

Navarre Chamber hires new CEO

Members of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Selection Committee have chosen Navarre resident Judy Morehead as its next CEO. According to her resume, Morehead has worked on numerous boards of directors throughout her career and has extensive experience with nonprofit organizations. “I’m very excited to take on this opportunity,” Morehead said. “I’ve always […]