Marilyn Hess

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Bulldog Beach Volleyball held its inaugural tournament Sunday for new volleyball courts built alongside the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach. The successful beach volleyball program is an arm of Navarre Beach Sports and Recreation LLC, owned by volleyball professional Judd Smith and Kim Larson. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre […]

The birds are back in town

The birds are back in town

Navarre Beach’s feathery migrators have returned for another nesting season. Black skimmers with their long, snap-trap-like beaks and squeaking, scissor-winged least terns have flown the hundreds of miles from South America to once again lay their eggs in colonies along the beaches of Navarre Beach. Audubon Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala led a team […]

New courts on Navarre Beach could disrupt nesting

New courts on Navarre Beach could disrupt nesting

Work is underway to bring new volleyball courts to Navarre Beach, but feathery residents and conservation laws could derail that project – and the tourist revenue that would come with it. Plans call for construction of 10 to 15 volleyball courts on the vacant property directly west of the Springhill Suites by Marriott. Read the […]

SpringHill celebrates grand opening

SpringHill celebrates grand opening

Hotelier Marilyn Hess and former District 4 Commissioner, Jim Melvin cut the ribbon celebrating the grand opening of the beach hotel. Melvin said the finished project was more the he could have imagined. Hess credits Melvin for making the hotel possible during his term as commissioner. Featured in the June 22 issue of Navarre Press. […]

SpringHill Suites opening delayed

SpringHill Suites opening delayed

Completion of the $30 million SpringHill Suites on Navarre Beach has been delayed until sometime in the first quarter, perhaps as late as March, because of occasional rain and high winds that have slowed construction. Read the full article in the April 7 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe online.

SpringHill Suites sets December opening

SpringHill Suites sets December opening

Construction of the $30 million SpringHill Suites on Navarre Beach has resumed after overcoming some obstacles, and the 161-room hotel is tentatively scheduled to open in December. Originally planned to open 15 months after breaking ground last June, the hotel was hampered by the discovery of about 200 wood pilings from the site’s former occupant, […]

Melvin honored at hotel groundbreaking

Melvin honored at hotel groundbreaking

Hotelier Marilyn Hess hosted a groundbreaking Monday for the new seven-story SpringHill Suites she is building on Navarre Beach and gave former District 4 Commissioner Jim Melvin full credit for bringing the project to fruition. “Our main guy is here today. He’s the one who lobbied us back. He’s our guest of honor,” Hess said. Melvin, […]

Groundbreaking ushers in hotel construction

Groundbreaking ushers in hotel construction

County officials and hotelier Marilyn Hess are gathering at Navarre Beach for this morning’s official groundbreaking of SpringHill Suites, which will replace the former Holiday Inn which was razed following Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The planned seven-story Marriott-family hotel will include 161 guest rooms, a Gulf-front full-service restaurant, and two pools – an indoor pool on the second […]