Kevin Rudzki

Navarre Beach Fire turns 30

Navarre Beach Fire turns 30

When James Wirth, Sr., visited the Navarre Beach fire station back in the 1980s, he was greeted by a two-bay garage and no one home. Inside, the truck meant to be the island’s fire engine would not start. Neither would the boat meant for water rescues.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Hockey training facility approved for Gulf Breeze

Hockey training facility approved for Gulf Breeze

Despite its warm climate, Florida is earning a reputation for ice hockey. The Pensacola Ice Flyers have secured three Presidents Cups in their five years of competing, and teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning have found a spot in the National Hockey League playoff finals. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of […]

Navarre Beach appoints new fire chief

Navarre Beach appoints new fire chief

In an unusually large turnout, the meeting room of Regency Condominiums was full Jan. 5 as the Navarre Beach Fire District board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Danny Fureigh as the new fire chief. Board chair John Lewis joked that he did not realize Fureigh had so many friends. He then had Fureigh take […]

Navarre Beach Fire Chief resigns position

Navarre Beach Fire Chief resigns position

Navarre Beach Fire Department Chief Mike Howard has resigned his position with the department. In a letter to the department’s board of commissioners tendered Monday, Dec. 4, Howard resigned requesting two months of severance pay and three months of health insurance. The fire commissioners discussed the task of replacing Howard at their regularly scheduled meeting […]

Juana’s awarded Top 10 Beach Bar

Juana’s awarded Top 10 Beach Bar

Among hundreds of bars throughout the state in competition to be the best, Juana’s Pagodas broke into the top 10 list of the 2017 Best Florida Beach Bars contest sponsored by LandShark Lager. Owner Kevin Rudzki said he is thrilled. “We have made the list before, just not in the top 10. The rest of […]

Andy Velo cast Navarre beach, residents in national music video

Andy Velo cast Navarre beach, residents in national music video

Andy Velo created quite a stir recently as he and his crew filmed music videos to be aired across multiple national platforms later this year. Boats, video cameras and concerts crashed Juana’s as Velo, country music artist based out of Nashville, filmed the video for his song “Wake Up, Boat, Drink, Repeat.” Read the full […]

Juana’s helps make poker run a success once again

Juana’s helps make poker run a success once again

Kevin Rudzki, owner of Juana’s Pagodas on Navarre Beach, has been involved with the Emerald Coast Poker Run since day one and has watched the event grow every year. This year’s event, which took place Saturday after nearly a week of events building up to the poker run, was the biggest yet. “It’s our biggest […]

Tough Mudder persuaded on party favor

Tough Mudder persuaded on party favor

After Tough Mudder Inc. appeared to waffle a few weeks ago on its promise to host a pre-event promotional party before this weekend’s military-style obstacle course near Milton, the New York company has now agreed to pay for some appetizer’s at Juana’s Pagoda on Friday night. “We reached out to Tough Mudder and encouraged them […]

Tough Mudder waffling on promotion promise

Tough Mudder waffling on promotion promise

Despite being given $80,000 in Santa Rosa taxpayer money as an incentive to stage its military-style obstacle course near Milton, Tough Mudder Inc. is apparently reneging on its contractual agreement to host a pre-event party. County tourism officials and commissioners thought they had negotiated the for-profit, New York-based company’s financial support for a party on […]

Beach Blast lives up to its name

Beach Blast lives up to its name

Saturday was a perfect day for a concert at Navarre Beach, especially when that concert includes Nashville recording artist Joe Nichols. Juana’s Pagodas hosted its inaugural Beach Blast, which owner Kevin Rudzki said went off without a hitch. “I think we were over-prepared,” he said. “Being that this was the first event, we weren’t sure […]

Juana’s Beach Blast welcomes Grammy-nominated talent

Juana’s Beach Blast welcomes Grammy-nominated talent

With its relaxed atmosphere and ideal location, Juana’s Pagodas is no stranger to the entertainment scene. But on May 9, the venue will welcome some of the biggest stars to play its stage at the inaugural Beach Blast. The fun begins at noon, leading up to headliner and four-time Grammy nominee Joe Nichols’, known for […]

Boaters ‘all in’ for poker run

Boaters ‘all in’ for poker run

Perfect weather brought in a huge crowd at the 2014 Emerald Coast Poker Run on Aug. 16 at Juana’s Pagodas. “This is one of our biggest weekends of the year,” said Kevin Rudzki of Juana’s Pagodas. He attributed the large turnout each year to several factors including proceeds from the event benefiting local charities, “… […]

Juana’s celebrates 25 years

Juana’s celebrates 25 years

Juana’s Pagodas has been a fixture on Navarre Beach for more than 25 years now. The business commemorated its 25th anniversary July 1 with a special celebration that included live music, contests and specials. “We’ve benefited through the years from having a great staff,” said Kevin Rudzki. “Some of them have been here with us […]