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New chamber leaders on board

New chamber leaders on board

Aloy sets sights on next 30 years As the Gulf Breeze Chamber of Commerce rings in its 30-year anniversary, a new woman has taken the lead as chairman of the board of directors. Karen Aloy is no stranger to leadership within the chamber. Just six months into her initial membership, Aloy was asked to step […]

Gulf Breeze Chamber looks for new home

Gulf Breeze Chamber looks for new home

Long a symbol of business growth on Highway 98 in the City of Gulf Breeze across from the Walmart Neighborhood Market, the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce must start looking for a different location to make room for a new tenant. The chamber will become a real estate refugee partly because of its own […]

County ready to pay again for economic advice

County ready to pay again for economic advice

The County Commission’s recent proposal to pay up to $120,000 for an economic development strategy devised by a private consultant seems to ignore that it paid $25,000 for such a plan in 2013. In fact, three current commissioners and Santa Rosa Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree are listed in the report by California-based Chabin Concepts […]

Gulf Breeze Chamber CEO completes second year of development program

Gulf Breeze Chamber CEO completes second year of development program

Kristen Loera, President/CEO of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce, has recently completed her second year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at Southeast Institute in Athens, Georgia. Read the full article in the July 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

Wyrosdick eyes tax support and new schools

Wyrosdick eyes tax support and new schools

With three new schools in Tim Wyrosdick’s five-year plan, he’s rallying support to renew the existing half-cent sales tax that will help pay for them while his staff scouts likely locations. An extension of the Santa Rosa County School District’s two-decade-old local option levy will be the lone item on a March 28 referendum ballot. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sales-tax allies distance themselves from courthouse

Sales-tax allies distance themselves from courthouse

Sensing voter resistance to a new county courthouse in Milton, the business community group that supports an additional Santa Rosa sales-tax plans to promote only the Aug. 30 ballot measure about paying for other infrastructure. That’s because the volunteer Moving Santa Rosa Forward organization, which plans to use mailers and yard signs, fears that tying […]

Timing of sales-tax vote under scrutiny

Timing of sales-tax vote under scrutiny

Some backers of the proposed 1-cent sales tax to pay for a new Santa Rosa County courthouse are debating whether their plan should be put before the voters in prime time. They’re unsure if a required countywide referendum about the local- option sales tax will stand a better chance on the August primary ballot, or […]

Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Announces 2016 January Business of the Month

Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Announces 2016 January Business of the Month

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber announced Robinson Automotive as the Chamber’s Business of the Month for January 2016. Robinson Automotive believes their hard work and fair prices, along with great customer service is what makes them the best auto repair shop in Gulf Breeze. Read the full article in the Feb. 4 issue of Navarre […]