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Shark fishing more than sport on Navarre Beach

Shark fishing more than sport on Navarre Beach

          While most of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier is empty on a chilly winter morning, the octagon at the end holds a row of poles fitted with massive reels. Several fishermen sit waiting for any sign their bait has been taken.               Read the […]

Santa Rosa selected for national coastal resiliency program

Santa Rosa selected for national coastal resiliency program

Santa Rosa County has been selected by the National Association of Counties (NACo) as one of only four counties in the country to participate in the Coastal Counties Resilience Team Challenge. This three-year program is designed to provide training, offer assistance and promote collaboration to strengthen the ability of counties to handle extreme weather events […]

Local develops new turtle-saving device

Local develops new turtle-saving device

Up until this month, when a sea turtle larger than two feet wide got hooked off the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, there was virtually no way to safely rescue the animal. Cathy Holmes, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patrol member and founder of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC), explained that rescuers were limited […]

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

A restroom is likely to be placed on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier later this summer, but it will not meet with specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ken Fountain, a managing partner with pier operating firm Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises (GSE), said his company plans to put an ADA-compliant facility on the pier […]

Williamson champions Calkins for Zoning Board

Williamson champions Calkins for Zoning Board

Candidate for Zoning Board James Calkins caught criticism Monday during the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting. Commission Chairman Bob Cole selected Calkins as his nominee for Zoning Board, but the county commission was not unanimous in support of that decision following comments from the public. The Zoning Board is a 10-person committee that makes […]

Five things to know: County Commission meeting

Five things to know: County Commission meeting

Commissioners table floating alcohol ordinance When a floating restaurant-like structure appeared in Santa Rosa Sound last month just behind Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill, questions among residents abounded. Shortly after the appearance, County Commissioner Rob Williamson said he wanted the county to pursue an ordinance to bar these types of establishments. He said Santa Rosa […]

NOAA taking advantage of advances in technology

NOAA taking advantage of advances in technology

Technology makes a world of difference, even on the water. NOAA is capitalizing on the technology when it comes to managing fisheries, including along the heavily fished Gulf Coast. “We’re moving to a more automated way of doing things, and that reduces the number of people who need to go out for research,” said Roy […]

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: 10/7  8:30 a.m. Hurricane Nate is a category 1 storm steaming through the Gulf of Mexico. Currently maximum sustained winds are at 85 mph with movement to the north northwest at 22 mph. Currently our area remains under a hurricane watch, tropical storm warning and storm surge warning. We spoke with Jason Beaman, meteorologist […]

New satellite will be launched in November and aid in management of fisheries

New satellite will be launched in November and aid in management of fisheries

In early November, the first of four advanced polar-orbiting satellites known as the Joint Polar Satellite System will be launched from California, the result of a collaboration between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. Its purpose will be to collect data that will prove beneficial to the management of fisheries and other protected […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gulf ‘dead zone’ reaches record size

Gulf ‘dead zone’ reaches record size

Although scientists predicted the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone” would grow bigger this year, they did not expect it to be the largest ever recorded. But that is the case, according to a report issued this month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The zone, which consists of water so depleted of oxygen […]

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 […]

Snapper season extended in federal waters

Snapper season extended in federal waters

Federal waters have been opened up to recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico for a longer period of time thanks to the joint efforts of the United States Department of Commerce and the five Gulf states. Once set for an all-time low of only three days, the season now has an additional 39 days […]

Focus group casts red snapper management ideas to council

Focus group casts red snapper management ideas to council

Ken Haddad of the American Sports Fishing Association has been instrumental in helping the Gulf Angler Focus Group push for more recreational red snapper fishing opportunities in federal waters. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Microplastics: Hidden source of beach pollution

Microplastics: Hidden source of beach pollution

Residents of Navarre and Gulf Breeze have been dumping pounds of plastic into the Gulf of Mexico for years without knowing it. Every time they go through their morning routine there is plastic slipping down the drain in the form of microbeads. These tiny balls of polyethylene are used as exfoliators and found in everyday […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 12

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 12

FORECASTERS: BUSY ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON IS MORE LIKELY The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s updated outlook predicts 12 to 17 named storms, including five to eight hurricanes, two to four of which could be “major.” On average, the U.S. gets 12 named Atlantic storms a season, including six hurricanes, three of them major. WALT DISNEY […]

Greater amberjack season closes early

Greater amberjack season closes early

Plans to reopen the greater amberjack recreational fishery in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico this month are off the table due to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projecting the allowable harvest has been exceeded. The fishery was scheduled to be open until the end of the year. A similar fate for the […]

Sea turtle killed by propeller

Sea turtle killed by propeller

A deceased loggerhead sea turtle weighing more than 150 pounds was found floating in the Gulf east of the pier on Saturday afternoon.  Cinnamon Holderman with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patrol was called out to assess the turtle.  The turtle had very pronounced propeller cuts into the shell.  Cathy Holmes, also with the Navarre […]

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seeking public input

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seeking public input

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is currently seeking input from the public on proposed changes to the Gag and Black Grouper Recreational Management Measures in the Gulf of Mexico. Three changes are being proposed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, including two that revolve around the minimum size limit of the fish. […]

Turtle Conservation Center expands efforts

Turtle Conservation Center expands efforts

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) hosts a Trash Bash each month, collecting debris found along the beach in order to protect sea turtles that nest on the beach as well as other forms of marine life. More than 1,100 pounds of trash was collected a year ago and a little more than […]