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Park service fine-tuning rules on personal watercraft

Park service fine-tuning rules on personal watercraft

The National Park Service released the final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for personal watercraft use at Gulf Islands National Seashore on Friday. The public can view the statement online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/guis-PWC-EIS.   As seen in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to […]

Ferry service now up and running

Ferry service now up and running

The Pensacola Bay Cruises ferry service is set to sail into the peak season and Joe Asebedo, the general manager of Hornblower Maritime Services, which runs the ferries for Gulf Islands National Seashore, is hopeful to see the bulk of its business between May 17 and Aug. 15. “That’s the expectation,” Asebedo said. Read the […]

Concessioner selected for Pensacola Bay Ferry Service

Concessioner selected for Pensacola Bay Ferry Service

The National Park Service and Hornblower Maritime Services (HMS) have signed a 10-year concessions contract for operation of Pensacola Bay Cruises. A startup date, schedule, prices and other details will be announced as soon as they are available. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Normalcy returns to Gulf Islands for now

Normalcy returns to Gulf Islands for now

Gulf Islands National Seashore remained closed for more than a month. The 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government – the longest in history — created the closure. Last Monday, normalcy returned for national parks. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Shutdown taking toll on national parks

Shutdown taking toll on national parks

The barricade at the entrance to Gulf Islands National Seashore says it all. On a beautiful sun-splashed, 70-degree January afternoon, when visitors would normally be out enjoying all that Gulf Islands National Seashore has to offer, there is silence instead, save for the sound of a bird chirping or the waves washing on shore. Read […]

Concessioner jumping ship on ferry service

Concessioner jumping ship on ferry service

Gulf Coast Maritime Services announced Tuesday it will no longer serve as the concessioner for the Pensacola Bay Cruises after 2018. Gulf Islands National Seashore stated in a release it’s disappointed by the decision and is committed to finding a concessioner to operate the service in 2019. Delayed by more than a year, ferry service […]

Gulf Islands seashore working to revise Jet Ski regulations

Gulf Islands seashore working to revise Jet Ski regulations

Back in 2000, the National Park Service limited personal watercraft use in all but 22 parks, including Gulf Islands National Seashore. That exception meant those parks had to come up with their own special regulations for continued use of jet skis. Read the full article in the Aug. 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Ferry service set to begin this week

Ferry service set to begin this week

The long wait is almost over. Ferry Service in Pensacola Bay is scheduled to begin Friday after the National Park Service and Gulf Coast Maritime Services Inc. signed a contract for the operation of Pensacola Bay Cruises. “We’re excited to start working with Gulf Coast Maritime Services Inc. and begin the Pensacola Bay Cruises service,” […]

Docked once again

Docked once again

Pelican Perch and Turtle Runner, the two boats that will be used to anchor Gulf Island National Seashore’s ferry service in Pensacola Bay, are unwrapped and out of dry dock. But the boats won’t be leaving the dock just yet. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

National seashore employs new sea turtle protocol

National seashore employs new sea turtle protocol

New protocol will be followed this season when it comes to sea turtles at Gulf Islands National Seashore. The seashore is modifying its handling of the turtles to conform to the protocol followed by the state, in which less labor-intensive and less intrusive efforts are used when dealing with nests. “Our practices have not aligned […]

Ferry service close to its starting point

Ferry service close to its starting point

Large piles of dirt rest where a future dock facility will one day sit in downtown Pensacola. The two ferry boats, Pelican Perch and Turtle Runner, are still wrapped and dry docked. Gulf Islands National Seashore will soon have its ferry service in Pensacola Bay in operation, and it will be the culmination of what […]

Visiting Gulf Islands will cost a little more in 2018

Visiting Gulf Islands will cost a little more in 2018

Two years after its first price increase in more than a decade, the entrance fee for vehicles into Fort Pickens will increase by $5 starting in January. The rise in price is a result of the nationwide entrance fee structure that was established three years ago by the National Park Service. The rate for vehicles […]

Duck hunting popular on national seashore

Duck hunting popular on national seashore

Duck hunting is a thing on Gulf Islands National Seashore. The numbers tell you as much. While hunting ducks has been allowed since the national seashore was established more than 40 years ago, the issuance of permits for it didn’t start until 2013. Over the last three seasons, more than 200 permits have been issued […]

Dream of research center languishes

Dream of research center languishes

The planned 26,000-square-foot teaching lab at Gulf Islands National Seashore, announced with great fanfare in 2014, has stalled. “I don’t say it’s dead. It’s still out there,” National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown said in a recent interview. The envisioned Research and Education Center was to be a joint endeavor of the National Park Service and […]

Future of Fort Pickens Road at mercy of Mother Nature

Future of Fort Pickens Road at mercy of Mother Nature

Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown watched the track of Hurricane Irma closely. He does it every time there is a major storm because he knows it could signal the end for Fort Pickens Road. “The roads we manage are subject to damage, if not complete destruction,” Brown said. “We’ve seen it happen again […]

Brown shares thoughts on lengthy NPS career

Brown shares thoughts on lengthy NPS career

Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown likes to tell people he joined the National Park Service when he was 6 years old. He was with his family on a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and as they traveled by car up a road in the mountains, his mother noticed beautiful rocks along the […]

Rain doesn’t put damper on YCC experience

Rain doesn’t put damper on YCC experience

Gulf Breeze student Grant Landry is a Boy Scout, so he is used to being outdoors. On that note, it made sense for him to take a shot at landing a job with the Youth Conservation Corps. “We use the campsites a lot (at Gulf Islands) and this was a chance to do work around […]

Jenkins career with National Park Service better than he ever imagined

Jenkins career with National Park Service better than he ever imagined

R.W. Jenkins grew up in South Carolina and has always had a love for national parks. He talked about that love on a late spring morning while sitting inside his office at the Gulf Islands National Seashore Headquarters. “I visited parks when I was younger,” Jenkins said. “I’ve always been excited about forts and the […]

Pier partners owe county

Pier partners owe county

The already shaky partnership that manages the Navarre Beach Pier is crumbling amid unpaid state sales taxes leading to issuance of a tax warrant and failure to make the lease payment due to Santa Rosa County earlier this month. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com […]

Leaseholders weigh fee simple title over Navarre pass

Leaseholders weigh fee simple title over Navarre pass

Twice now a bill to allow Navarre Beach leaseholders to claim fee simple titles for their leased properties has made its way to the U.S. House of Representatives. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Snorkeling program delivers different aspect of the national seashore

Snorkeling program delivers different aspect of the national seashore

Underneath the sparkling sun-kissed surface of the water off the shore of Naval Live Oaks, no more than a couple of feet really, there is a world that many forget exists. Tucked away in the seagrass that covers large areas of the bay floor are various forms of sea life, everything from fish and hermit […]

National Park Service turns 100

National Park Service turns 100

Steve McCoy has been with the National Park Service for 32 years, working everywhere from Alaska to the Everglades. His last four years have been spent at Gulf Islands National Seashore as the deputy superintendent and he was on hand at Naval Live Oaks Thursday for NPS’ centennial celebration. With a cake, party favors and […]

Bioblitz offers exploration opportunities for citizen scientists

Bioblitz offers exploration opportunities for citizen scientists

Gulf Islands National Seashore will be bustling with activity May 21 as citizen scientists set out to explore nature at Naval Live Oaks in Gulf Breeze. Bioblitz 2016, created through a joint effort of the National Park Service and National Geographic, is providing an opportunity for people of all ages to explore, identify and document […]

All aboard: Ferry service coming in 2017

All aboard: Ferry service coming in 2017

Pensacola is one step closer to having a ferry service. Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown announced Thursday the National Park Service has awarded the contract for the design, construction and delivery of two 150-passenger catamaran ferry boats to All American Marine in Bellingham, Wash. Ferry service is expected to begin in March of […]

Fee Simple Title legislation passes House committee

Fee Simple Title legislation passes House committee

The House Natural Resources Committee has moved forward legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla. to allow Santa Rosa Island leaseholders to attain fee simple title to their property. H.R. 1452 would authorize Escambia County to convey certain property on Santa Rosa Island. It would also streamline the management of the island by conveying […]

Realignment proposed for Fort Pickens Road

Realignment proposed for Fort Pickens Road

Portions of Fort Pickens Road are prone to be covered by water and sand, and the National Park Service is proposing a new road alignment that is designed to lessen the frequency of those events. The proposed project would also provide another entrance lane and fee station to better move visitors into the park during busy times of the year. […]

Free admission to National Parks this weekend

Free admission to National Parks this weekend

Gulf Islands National Seashore is one of more than 130 National Park Service properties offering free admission April 19 and 20 for National Parks Opening Weekend. Free admission only applies to entrance fees but regular camping and other recreational fees apply. Read more in the April 17 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.   […]