Navarre Beach Fishing Pier

Della Ratta enjoys teaching others about fishing

Della Ratta enjoys teaching others about fishing

Pete Della Ratta grew up on the Gulf Coast but didn’t get heavily involved in fishing until he was in high school. “Growing up here, my parents didn’t fish too much. The first time I saw my father with a rod and reel was with my daughter. For my kids to see their grandfather fishing, […]

County hanging in with plywood pier patches

County hanging in with plywood pier patches

Despite lengthy discussion by county commissioners about replacing 121 patches along the length of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, the county has opted to stick with the plywood solution. County Engineer Roger Blaylock said the county expects to have new bids for replacing the entire pier deck by June 13.   Read the full article […]

Pier patches to get a touch up

Pier patches to get a touch up

While the actual redecking of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier is potentially months away, replacing 121 bright orange plywood patches could be underway soon. County Commissioners said they were opposed to the current patches May 9 during their regular meeting at Tiger Point Community Center.   Read the full article in the May 16 issue […]

Joey Ferrell finally lands his first cobia

Joey Ferrell finally lands his first cobia

Joey Ferrell has been fishing off the Navarre Beach Pier for as long as he can remember. In early April, he caught a cobia for the first time. The weight of the fish checked in at 22 pounds. “It was exciting,” Ferrell said. “It definitely got my adrenaline pumping and my eyes open to looking […]

Turtle thwarts rescue attempt

Turtle thwarts rescue attempt

Rescuers followed the protocols April 24 on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, but sometimes the sea turtles do not cooperate. That was part of the problem when a visitor accidentally snagged the flipper of a 200-pound Loggerhead sea turtle off the pier. Read the full article in the May 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Rare Kemp’s ridley sea turtle rescued off pier

Rare Kemp’s ridley sea turtle rescued off pier

An endangered sea turtle hooked April 13 on Navarre Beach Fishing Pier is set to make a full recovery. This was the first rescue of the upcoming sea turtle nesting season, which officially starts May 1. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]

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 […]

County Commissioners settle flooding lawsuit, Pier renovation bid uncertain

County Commissioners settle flooding lawsuit, Pier renovation bid uncertain

County Attorney Roy Andrews made it clear the county was not accepting guilt by paying out a $15,000 settlement for flood damage during the April 11 Board of County Commissioners meeting. In other action, the County Commission voted to reject all bids for redecking of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier after questions about the validity […]

Beach construction to impact summer months

Beach construction to impact summer months

Summer on Navarre Beach is set to be busy this year, but it is not just tourists that will be crowding the shoreline. A collection of improvement projects across the beach will be impacting the traditional tourist season. The largest among these investments is the renovation of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Read the full […]

Shark tagging vital tool in conservation efforts

Shark tagging vital tool in conservation efforts

A great white shark was caught off the Navarre Beach Pier a few weeks ago. It was 10 feet long, weighed 650 pounds and took nearly an hour to reel in. While it’s not unheard of to catch a great white in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s not common either. Read the full article in […]

Leaseholders reject county’s beautification plans

Leaseholders reject county’s beautification plans

Some of the planned improvements for Gulf Boulevard along Navarre Beach have been put “on the back burner” according to county Tourist Development Director Julie White. White said plans to replace benches and garbage cans while adding shade sails along the high-traffic portion of Gulf Boulevard are not moving forward amid complaints from beach residents. […]

‘Pier pellies’ face threats from human interaction

‘Pier pellies’ face threats from human interaction

The brown and white seabirds are a common sight along the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, shuffling along the railing or dive-bombing the water. Pelicans frequent piers along the Gulf Coast because their favorite food, fish, is usually plentiful there, said Caroline Stahala, Audubon Western Florida Panhandle shorebird manager. Read the full article in the March […]

Pier reports record revenue

Pier reports record revenue

Despite a rocky partnership dispute, the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier and associated facilities saw financial success in their first year under new management. Pier operations were contracted last year to Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises LLC (GSRE). Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

Home Builders Association defends growth to Commissioners

Home Builders Association defends growth to Commissioners

More than 100 members of the Home Builders Association of West Florida, mostly clad in red shirts, packed into the County Commissioners board room Monday. The parking lot of the building was full of vehicles from building contractors. The gathered builders, electricians, engineers, construction workers and small business owners called for commissioners to refuse attempts […]

Views clash on details of beach path upgrade

Views clash on details of beach path upgrade

Navarre Beach’s multiuse path could be seeing a makeover, but just what that will look like is up for debate before the Tourist Development Council (TDC) this week. County Tourist Development Director Julie White has proposed redoing “islands” along the path that runs parallel to Gulf Boulevard for nearly the entire length of Navarre Beach. […]

Beachside Church signs disappear off island

Beachside Church signs disappear off island

County officials are searching policy stretching back more than a decade after church signs along Navarre Beach went missing last month amid potential enforcement action. For 25 years, Beachside Church has been holding informal church services in the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier parking lot. As part of advertising these services, church pastor John Kerns and […]

Pier potty temporary, permanent solution on the way

Pier potty temporary, permanent solution on the way

While not the caliber of facilities initially proposed for pit stops along the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, the Gulf front pier has been outfitted with a temporary Americans with Disabilities Act compliant toilet for guests. Pier management firm Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises head Kenneth Fountain said a permanent solution will be installed. Read the full […]

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 […]

Entire pier deck to be replaced

Entire pier deck to be replaced

Walking the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico, visitors may notice a few cracks and even holes in the decking. Those blemishes should be going away soon as Santa Rosa County plans to completely re-deck the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier in 2019. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Whether clad in jumpsuits, wetsuits, swimsuits or just plain old suits, Navarre Beach residents and visitors spend the first day of each year sloshing into the frigid waters along the shore in the classic New Year’s tradition of plunging. The start of 2019 will be no exception, with two events coming to Navarre this year. […]

Red tide persists along Navarre Beach

Red tide persists along Navarre Beach

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, continues to be found in medium concentrations off Navarre Beach. Most recent samples off the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier showed medium concentrations of 100,001-1,000,000 cells per liter on Nov. 5 and 7. Read the full article in the Nov. […]

TDC fed up with two of everything

TDC fed up with two of everything

Two plunges is too many. That was the position taken by Tourist Development Council (TDC) member Liz Horton, a bed tax collector from the south end. She said she is tired of two of everything in Navarre from chamber of commerce breakfasts to events like New Year’s Day plunges. Read the full article in the […]

Pier management caught in ownership turmoil

Pier management caught in ownership turmoil

Navarre Beach Fishing Pier management became mired in legal dispute Oct. 4 after four of the members of management company Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises, LLC (GSRE) moved to remove managing member Kenneth Fountain. Fountain has filed in Okaloosa County court challenging that move as a breach of operating agreement. GSRE was selected by the Santa […]

Kids discover the fun of fishing

Kids discover the fun of fishing

Hundreds of children of all ages cast a line along the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier Saturday morning as part of the 9th Annual Take a Kid Fishing. Put together each year by the Holley by the Sea Fishing Club, this event teaches children about fishing techniques, conservation and sport. Each registered child received a shirt […]

Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Chamber Foundation is excited to once again bring to anglers young and old, novice and expert, the Navarre Fishing Rodeo set to take place Oct. 6 and 7.  This event has become a very popular and much anticipated fishing opportunity with participation growing each year.  Benefiting:  Heroes on the Water, Take A Kid […]

Reef Update: Round two for super reefs

Reef Update: Round two for super reefs

Navarre Beach’s super reefs are almost completely installed. The reef builder, Walter Marine of Orange Beach, Alabama, placed roughly 12 of the 40,000-pound, 15-foot-tall structures along the sandy bottom. A boat-mounted crane and GPS were used to position the “tetrahedrons” based on a pre-approved grid system. There are still hundreds of smaller structures waiting to be […]

Top 5 events this week

Top 5 events this week

Here are the top five events happening this week:   Wednesday, Sept. 26 Toes-N-Sand Windjammers on the Pier and the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier will show a movie favorite, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” on the big screen at dusk (around 7:30 p.m.) Bring your family and a blanket. Food and beverages will be available to […]

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2018 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2018 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation and Okaloosa Gas are working to put the finishing touches on the 2018 fishing rodeo slated for Oct. 6-7 on Navarre Beach. Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, the event is entering its sixth year and is one stop on what will be the 15th annual Beaches […]

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