Mike Sandler

Pier receives turtle-friendly light grant

Pier receives turtle-friendly light grant

The Navarre Beach Fishing Pier has received a grant to install new and updated turtle-friendly lighting along the pier, in the store, in the restaurant, at volleyball courts and possibly in parking areas. The grant is awarded through the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Read the full article in […]

Turtle center getting new vehicle to aid conservation

Turtle center getting new vehicle to aid conservation

National conservation organization Turtleman Foundation has awarded a $6,500 grant to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) to purchase a new all-terrain vehicle. The center will use the UTV (utility task vehicle) in its conservation efforts for sea turtle nesting surveys, sea turtle strandings, research and education, said Animal Care Team member Alex […]

Reef becomes staple of ecotourism

Reef becomes staple of ecotourism

Kayak fishing enthusiast Bob Boston remembers landing in Pensacola in 2010 the same day as the BP Oil Spill. He was returning from his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. “I was mad. I said I have to do something, and when I get something on my mind, I’m tenacious,” Boston said. Read the full […]

Move It makes $20 million investment in south Santa Rosa

Move It makes $20 million investment in south Santa Rosa

Over the course of a little more than a year, Dallas-based storage mini-warehouse company Move It Self Storage LP has secured four of the existing storage companies in south Santa Rosa County. Tim Springer, vice president of property operations said the company leadership decided to move into the area after years of vacationing in the […]

Caring and Sharing brings local Christmas joy

Caring and Sharing brings local Christmas joy

While countless Christmas donations of toys, food, clothes and cash were brought in by Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County this year, the group faced a logistical challenge in getting all those items collected, sorted and distributed to 216 families in need. Churches, schools and other organizations across south Santa Rosa needed to […]

Sea Turtle Soiree raises $21,000 for conservation

Sea Turtle Soiree raises $21,000 for conservation

Roughly 130 people danced the night away Saturday at the Pensacola Beach Hilton at the first-ever, sold-out Sea Turtle Soiree in support of sea turtle conservation. The event was one of the largest fundraisers to date for the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC), and it raked in thousands for the nonprofit’s marine conservation, […]

Lou Lou keeps swimming despite parts missing

Lou Lou keeps swimming despite parts missing

When researchers pulled Lou Lou, an adult loggerhead sea turtle, to the surface along Navarre Beach Sept. 19, they were surprised to find that she had a few pieces missing. But that did not stop her from becoming an integral part of conservation research for her species. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 […]

More than $3 million in improvements coming to Navarre Beach

More than $3 million in improvements coming to Navarre Beach

Construction of additional picnic pavilions and parking facilities in the Navarre Beach Marine Park will get underway shortly after Labor Day, according to Santa Rosa County Grants and Special Programs Director Sheila Fitzgerald. The planned improvements are funded largely by a roughly $2 million Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant through the Florida Department of […]

Tourism council balks at Milton Riverwalk fund request

Tourism council balks at Milton Riverwalk fund request

Milton officials faced harsh questioning by members of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Aug. 2 over whether to commit funds toward the continuing Milton Riverwalk project. Milton City Manager Randy Jorgenson came to the TDC requesting funding for construction of additional Riverwalk pathway along 210 feet of shoreline in downtown Milton next to the Blackwater […]

Holley calls for revisiting of long-term plan for Navarre projects

Holley calls for revisiting of long-term plan for Navarre projects

It took the Tourist Development Council seven hours of debate in October over how to pay for a $7 million renovation of Navarre Park to finally come to a consensus. In a meeting filled with differing perspectives, by the end of the Oct. 5, 2017, meeting all those sitting on the board agreed on a plan […]

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Longtime Navarre resident Phil Babiak has been advocating for years for a secondary east-west route between Navarre and Hurlburt Field to alleviate mounting traffic concerns along U.S. Highway 98. That plan finally has a name: the Navarre-Hurlburt Connector. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Despite potential risks, full-face snorkel masks growing in popularity

Despite potential risks, full-face snorkel masks growing in popularity

Full-face snorkel masks are growing in popularity. The rise of that popularity started just a couple of years ago. “They became real big the beginning of last season,” said Jon Bush, a dive instructor based in Destin. But as the popularity has risen, so have concerns. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 issue […]

Rubble rivalry may have ‘pieceful’ solution

Rubble rivalry may have ‘pieceful’ solution

There should be plenty of big concrete chunks from next year’s planned demolition of the old Pensacola Bay Bridge to supply the offshore reef-building needs of both Santa Rosa and Escambia for years to come. Although some commissioners from both counties are contentiously claiming shares of the valuable material to construct habitat for sport fish, […]

TDC to drop more meetings, launch project teams

TDC to drop more meetings, launch project teams

In an unscheduled agenda item, the Tourist Development Council (TDC) on Monday discussed cutting its number of meetings each year in half and completely eliminating the committee aspect of the group. Tourism Development Director Julie Morgan said that now the grants process is being handled in one meeting each year, the committee lacked much purpose. […]

Another reef on the horizon for Navarre Beach

Another reef on the horizon for Navarre Beach

Phase III of the Florida Artificial Reef Creation and Restoration project continues and bid solicitation has been finalized for a near-shore fishing and diving reef off Navarre Beach. The project is funded by Natural Resource Damage Assessment money as a result of the BP oil spill in 2010. The total estimated cost of the project […]

Caring and Sharing brings Christmas cheer for hundreds

Caring and Sharing brings Christmas cheer for hundreds

Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County distributed assistance and smiles last week to hundreds of area families. The organization, whose motto is “caring enough to share,” assisted 216 families consisting of nearly 800 individuals, ranging in age from newborn to adults, with food and presents for Christmas this year. Read the full article […]

Simpson begins term as Chairman of Navarre Chamber Board

Simpson begins term as Chairman of Navarre Chamber Board

Just a day after receiving the prestigious Rebecca Evans award from the Navarre Area Board of Realtors, Mike Simpson took over the Chairman’s seat of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Board of Directors. Simpson, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, was also awarded the Chamber’s Ambassador of the Year award. In presenting Simpson […]

Gaetz blitzes Navarre

Gaetz blitzes Navarre

Answering questions, sharing concerns and listening to comments is what Congressman Matt Gaetz set out to accomplish on Open Gaetz Day in Navarre held Monday, Nov. 27. The 12 hour day started at 8 a.m. at West Navarre Intermediate School where he met with every fourth-grade class to answer their questions and ask questions of […]

Update: Reef Deployment complete

Update: Reef Deployment complete

As of  6 p.m. Wednesday, deployment of the expansion of the Navarre Beach near-shore snorkel reef was completed. Despite rough seas and shallow water earlier in the process, workers from reef-building company Walter Marine were able to place the final modules more than doubling the snorkel reef’s size.  Deployment began last week, but sand changes […]

Welcome Tamara Fountain

Welcome Tamara Fountain

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce hired local consultant Tamara Fountain as the new CEO/President in August. Under her leadership, the chamber has added one new member every day and Fountain says that is just the beginning. At a welcome reception/business after hours for the new CEO, Fountain addressed some of the new programs […]

International Coastal Cleanup coming to Navarre

International Coastal Cleanup coming to Navarre

Around the world and on Navarre Beach thousands of volunteers will be picking up trash Sept. 16 as part of the 31st annual International Coastal Cleanup. International Coastal Cleanup is a program of the Ocean Conservancy. Each year the group coordinates with agencies and citizens in countries across the globe to clean up coastal waterways […]

Dive reef design revealed

Dive reef design revealed

Images of what a new artificial dive reef off the Navarre Beach pier will look like are coming into focus after Taylor Engineering presented the preliminary design to Santa Rosa County officials. Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary President Mike Sandler, along with the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, has helped to spearhead the project, which will […]

Take a Kid Fishing set for October

Take a Kid Fishing set for October

The Navarre Beach Fishing pier will be the site of the Take a Kid Fishing event on Navarre Beach in October. The event coincides with the Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo that will also be going on that weekend. The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners approved the Navarre Chamber Foundation’s request for the use […]

Reef expansion set to begin

Reef expansion set to begin

Navarre Beach’s gulf side artificial snorkel reef will triple in size by as early as September. Santa Rosa County Commissioners selected Walter Marine July 27 to place 60 new artificial reef structures on both sides of the existing reef as part of a $1.4 million National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant. The $210,900 cost for […]

Chamber stays for now

Chamber stays for now

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will remain at the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center for the time being. At its July 24 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners shied away from issuing an immediate 90-day notice to the chamber that would end its 24-year stay in Navarre Park. The chamber began leasing space […]

Clear Bottom Kayak Tours

Explore and discover Navarre Beach Reef with a 45 minute Clear Bottom Kayak Tour of the Gulf Side Reef. From the Sea Oat Pavilion parking lot (the second parking lot on the gulf side), proceed down the kayak boardwalk located on the eastern most side to the beach, arrive 20 minutes prior to time slot. […]

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 […]

Clear bottom kayak provides unique view

Clear bottom kayak provides unique view

Dozens of visitors paddled out to the Navarre Beach Gulf side artificial reef Saturday as part of Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary’s Clear Bottom Kayak Reef Tours. Mike Sandler of the Marine Sanctuary said this year’s first tours were a huge success. “It was a big success. There were a lot of people out there and […]

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 […]

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 […]