Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Ryan takes reins of Navarre chamber

Ryan takes reins of Navarre chamber

Gail Acosta, Chair of the 2019 Board of Directors announced today that Chanda Ryan has transitioned into the role of Executive Director of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. As a Navarre resident for 19 years, Ryan has extensive experience working with the small businesses in our community.  For the past seven years, she […]

#AskAdam gets temporary twist

#AskAdam gets temporary twist

A new face will be offering free small business advising services to members of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce over the next few weeks. In January 2018, the chamber partnered with the Florida Small Business Development Center at University of West Florida to create the Ask Adam program. Read the full article in […]

New chamber board sets sights on future of business

New chamber board sets sights on future of business

Seven new board members officially joined the leadership team for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Saturday as they took the oath of office during the Boots and Bling Annual Awards Banquet and Installation Gala. Some of the directors are faces familiar to the chamber, that through their work have already made an impact […]

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County takes stand against 98 flyover

County commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 24 to inform state officials they oppose construction of a flyover on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre. The opposition was led by the commissioner representing the area, Dave Piech. The commission’s stance will be conveyed by letter to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Read the full article in the […]

StRIVE to improve business looks across county

StRIVE to improve business looks across county

Days may be numbered for shabby signs and cracked facades across Santa Rosa County as the commissioners approved a grant last week to spruce up the look of local business. Commissioners dedicated $50,000 to the StRIVE (Santa Rosa Improvement Vitalization Enterprise) Grant program in 2019 to help businesses improve their look through signage and facade […]

District 4 plan draws mixed reviews

District 4  plan draws mixed reviews

Outright adoption or even acceptance of the District 4 Master Plan was more than the Santa Rosa County commissioners could swallow Jan. 24. Of the five commissioners, three failed to throw support behind the document that took 19 months, hundreds of public comments, multiple public hearings and $150,000 of taxpayer funds to create. Read the […]

Local job growth concentrated in low-paying fields

Local job growth concentrated in low-paying fields

As fast food and retail jobs just above the minimum wage continue to be the fastest-growing type of job in the region, Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President Tamara Fountain said we may be able to learn a thing or two from Germany. Based on Florida Department of Economic Opportunity job growth data, the […]

Final Highway 98 options all include flyover

Final Highway 98 options all include flyover

The recommendations for U.S. Highway 98 are in, and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has found that a flyover through the center of Navarre’s business district is the best solution to the roadway’s traffic woes. The search for the best alternative began with the launch of a PD&E (Project Development and Environment) study in […]

Bizzy coming to a store near you

Bizzy coming to a store near you

As Christmas approaches, one of Santa’s elves has taken a vacation to Navarre Beach and will be stopping in at businesses throughout the community including the Navarre Press. This year, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has created “Bizzy The Navarre Chamber Elf,” and she will be visiting chamber member businesses throughout Navarre. Read […]

Chamber’s event a success despite hasty relocation

Chamber’s event a success despite hasty relocation

Holiday celebrations across the Gulf Coast had to regroup Saturday after severe weather rolled into the area, and the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas in the Park was no exception. But rather than call off the festivities, the chamber opted to move from the planned location of Navarre Park to the Days […]

Navarre Community Christmas

The Navarre Chamber’s “Christmas in the Park” event will be held from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Navarre Park. The Christmas Parade will start at 2 p.m. at the Navarre Library. The Christmas tree lighting will take place at 5 p.m. at the park. For more information, visit www.navarrechamber.com or call 850-939-3267.

Christmas parade and Christmas in the Park slated for Saturday

Christmas parade and Christmas in the Park slated for Saturday

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual “Christmas in the Park” event will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Navarre Park at the foot of the Navarre Bridge. This year’s event will include a Merry Market where local arts and crafters will gather with great gift ideas […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Here are the top five events happening this week: Friday, Nov. 30 Zoo lights Enjoy the beauty of the Gulf Breeze Zoo at night as you admire thousands of sparkling lights Nov. 30, Dec. 1,2, 7-9 and 14-29 from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 850-932-2229 or visit […]

Holiday Shop Crawl surges small business spending

Holiday Shop Crawl surges small business spending

Ahead of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce encouraged shoppers to patronize local businesses Nov. 17 as part of the seventh annual Holiday Shop and Dine Crawl. The chamber offered a goody bag and prizes to participants who visited all 15 stores on the shop crawl map. Read […]

Holiday Shop & Dine Crawl

Enjoy a fun‑filled day with your friends and family discovering unique and locally owned small shops and restaurants in the Navarre area participating in this awesome annual event. Shoppers will receive a complimentary shopping bag, a “Holiday Shop & Dine Crawl Map” and have a chance to win cash and great door prizes. The participating […]

Grant writing just a piece of the nonprofit puzzle

Grant writing just a piece of the nonprofit puzzle

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its second grant-writing workshop for nonprofits. Barbara Hunter Cox is a grant expert who has successfully secured funds for nonprofits for years, often totaling millions of dollars from organizations such as the Walton Family Foundation and Kellogg Foundation. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue […]

Harper assesses state of local economy, outlook for the future

Harper assesses state of local economy, outlook for the future

The U.S. economy is on the rise, hitting milestones not seen since the before the Great Recession. But that rise is accompanied by risks and new challenges. Economist Rick Harper gave the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce a briefing in the state of things Friday during the chamber’s monthly Commerce and Coffee. Read the […]

FDOT: 98 flyover design still alive

FDOT: 98 flyover design still alive

Despite claims made by another newspaper in the area, plans for a fly over through Navarre along U.S. Highway 98 are still under consideration according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). FDOT heads the project, and final decisions on which alternative will be selected fall under their purview. FDOT Public Information Specialist Tanya Sanders […]

Navarre guiding document draft ready for show

Navarre guiding document draft ready for show

Residents of Navarre will get their first chance Thursday evening to see the fruits of a year’s effort of planning and public comment to shape Navarre’s future through the District 4 Master Plan. Last September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 […]

Navarre Christmas in the Park and Parade set for Dec.1

Navarre Christmas in the Park and Parade set for Dec.1

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual “Christmas in the Park” event will be held Saturday, Dec.1, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Navarre Park at the foot of the Navarre Bridge. This year’s event will include a Merry Market where local arts and crafters will gather with great gift ideas for everyone […]

Navarre Park’s Trojan butterfly won’t fly

Navarre Park’s Trojan butterfly won’t fly

We want to preface this with a simple statement of goal. We want the Panhandle Butterfly House to succeed. They are an asset to our community. But, in May we said: this is a bad idea. Dropping a small nonprofit program that has no stable revenue stream or even its own book keeper into a […]

Be the next Navarre

Be the next Navarre

No one succeeds by trying to be the next Silicon Valley. That was the message of author, journalist and civic advocate James Fallows to a gathering of Pensacola community leaders seeking to learn what makes a strong town at CivicCon Sept. 25. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Navarre leaders tackling worries about road plan

Navarre leaders tackling worries about road plan

A proposal to build a “community access road” to ease traffic on Highway 98 is being repackaged in an effort to calm the concerns of some Navarre residents. In fact, the whole idea of using the word “road” to describe the alternate route for local traffic in the Holley by the Sea area is now […]

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

In an attempt to better protect natural sand dunes, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation has agreed to donate $1,200 of signage to Santa Rosa County. The signs will replace a handful of metal stake boards posted along the northern edge of the beach’s sand dunes. Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Gulf Boulevard landscaping plan gains momentum

Gulf Boulevard landscaping plan gains momentum

For years, the multiuse path along Navarre Beach has gone without landscaping. The dry sands, mixed with intense heat for much of the year, have made it difficult to plant anything more than a few palm trees along Gulf Boulevard. Read the full article in the Sept. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

On August 7, 2017, Tamara Fountain stepped into the role of CEO and president for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. In the 12 months that followed, Fountain assessed and scrutinized everything the chamber did. From events to programming to the very mission statement, she worked alongside the board of directors, chairman, membership director […]

Primary election spurs strong turnout

Primary election spurs strong turnout

The 2018 primary election drew more than one-fourth of the voting population to the polls, and many in Santa Rosa County are celebrating that turnout. Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane said she was pleased to see the spike in participation. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press […]

What you condone, you own

What you condone, you own

And, silence is permission Navarre Press is certain the outcome of the primary election, including the win by District 4 commissioner-elect Dave Piech is what is best for Navarre and Santa Rosa County. Piech used a saying in his campaign, “No vote, no voice,” and residents responded in big numbers (well, bigger than years past). The […]

Services set for Navarre resident Norm Crowder

Services set for Navarre resident Norm Crowder

Navarre lost a community advocate and volunteer last week. Norman “Norm” Crowder, 65, of Navarre, Florida passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. During his time in Navarre Norm worked with several community groups advocating for abused children, small business, seniors and the community at large. Norm was born January […]

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