Navarre Beach Marine Science Station

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 […]

Protesters call for Williamson to get the boot

Protesters call for Williamson to get the boot

While District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson held an invitation-only meet and greet with supporters at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill early Monday morning, residents of Navarre stood outside in the rain waving signs calling for the incumbent to be ousted from office. Williamson is seeking re-election to the commission seat representing the Navarre area against […]

Tourist Development Council cancels county tour

Tourist Development Council cancels county tour

Santa Rosa County’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) has canceled its planned countywide field trip, citing concerns about legal liability and potential violation of the Sunshine Law. The group, which makes recommendations about the expenditure of county bed taxes, was scheduled to get a firsthand look at tourism assets throughout the county July 2 in a […]

Navarre Beach land preservation deal falls through

Navarre Beach land preservation deal falls through

The future of a vacant, privately owned parcel in the heart of the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary is up in the air again after a buyer interested in preserving the land’s natural state bowed out. County Commission Chairman Bob Cole announced the change of plans to the public May 21 during a board meeting, reading […]

Conservation, autism meet at Autism OdysSea

Conservation, autism meet at Autism OdysSea

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station students and staff partnered with local nonprofit groups to host the annual Autism OdysSea event Saturday on Navarre Beach. The event allowed children with autism spectrum disorder and their families to participate in activities and hands-on lessons centered around marine conservation education. Navarre, NRead the full article in the May […]

Navarre students take first place for plastic pollution video

Navarre students take first place for plastic pollution video

Of the 260 million tons of plastic produced each year, 10 percent of it will end up in the world’s oceans, according to a study by the environmental group Greenpeace. A group of Navarre High school students created a video titled “#BeTheSealution” for raising awareness of the issue of trash in the ocean and won […]

Discovery Center concept revealed

Discovery Center concept revealed

Extensive outdoor learning spaces, examples of pristine habitats, interactive marine exhibits and a two-story learning center were among the details outlined in preliminary ideas for Navarre Beach’s future Discovery Center. The visualization, along with a detailed history of similar projects, secured Caldwell Associates Architects the contract for designing the future of the Navarre Beach Marine […]

Navarre students sink the competition at SeaPerch

Navarre students sink the competition at SeaPerch

  Whirring its way through the depths of a backyard pool, a PVC pipe creation maneuvers through obstacles at the direction of its creators, Navarre High School juniors Miguel Homer, 17, and Tricia Winbery, 17. The pair are preparing for competition against others from across the U.S. and beyond.  The award-winning underwater device is called […]

Mauro recognized by SeaWorld for Science Station work

Mauro recognized by SeaWorld for Science Station work

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station Director Charlene Mauro was named the 2018 SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Outstanding Environmental Educator this month. The award is given to recognize the efforts of teachers across the country to promote local environmental education and preservation. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Tourism board calls for accounting

Tourism board calls for accounting

As newly appointed chairman of the Tourism Development Council (TDC), Kyle Holley has pushed for a change in how the group approaches the county’s future and expenditure of funds. Holley has served on the board for years, but in the matter of a few months he and the rest of the board, largely composed of […]

Santa Rosa girls get GEEKy

Santa Rosa girls get GEEKy

Woodlawn Beach Middle School rolled out the red carpet and passed out tiaras Feb. 22 as hundreds of young women with a spark for science were welcomed to the second annual GEEKS Science Night. GEEKS stands for Girls Educating and Encouraging Knowledge in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). Read the full article in […]

Bird and Barrier Islands

Learn the science behind the changing beaches of the Emerald Coast and the birds that call it home. Program includes an interactive lecture and guided birding walk led by an Audubon specialist. Jackets are recommended. Limited spots available. For more information, call 850-261-2141 or visit www.navarresciencestation.org.

What’s On the REEF?

Snowbirds & Seniors come celebrate the Navarre Beach artificial reefs and learn about them at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station from 2 to 3 p.m. Program includes history, fish identification tips, and an underwater fish identification guide. For more information, call 850-261-2141 or visit www.navarresciencestation.org.

Snowbirds keep tourism humming despite chill

Snowbirds keep tourism humming despite chill

While freezing temperatures have largely driven off the usual tourists, Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Director Julie Morgan said she expects to see great bed tax returns for the winter months. That is thanks to the annual influx of snowbirds, wintertime tourists who are typically in their senior years. Morgan said most of them hail […]

Local author teaches next generation of writers

Local author teaches next generation of writers

Holley-Navarre Primary school students got their very own book signing, special craft and a lesson in publishing Friday with local author Sara Taylor in honor of the launch of “Mira the Misfit Sea Dragon.” Students in Kristy Davis’ second-grade class gathered around to hear Taylor talk about the writing process and read her latest creation. […]

Science station debuts new learning tool

Science station debuts new learning tool

When busloads of Holley Navarre Primary School students arrived at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) on Thursday, they were greeted by one massive new friend. Diana the humpback whale made her debut. Diana is a life-size inflatable model that the science station will be using to teach lessons about marine mammals. Composed of […]

Dune damage on Navarre Beach costly

Dune damage on Navarre Beach costly

  Staying off the sand dunes along Navarre Beach is more than good environmental policy, it is a legal requirement. Since 2007 Santa Rosa County has had an ordinance on the books to stop people from setting foot on these natural formations, and for good reason. Sand dunes are a naturally occurring and crucial part […]

Science Spooktacular By the Sea

From creeps of the deep, an endangered species cemetery, to science that glows in the dark, amazing sea creatures await you at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Event is from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, children under 2 are free. Visit www.navarresciencestation.org for more information.

Halloween events and festivities

Halloween events and festivities

Halloween events and family friendly festivities will be going on in Navarre and the surrounding area throughout the weekend as well as the day of Halloween. Listed below are some of the events taking place. Oct. 27   Halloween Haunt Join in the howling happenings for a frightfully fun time at the annual Halloween Haunt […]

Damaging winds rip roof off business

Damaging winds rip roof off business

A strong storm that pushed through the area Sunday night brought damaging winds that tore through a couple of businesses in the 3000 block of Gulf Breeze Parkway. The damaged plaza included the businesses of Gulf Technical Services and hair salon Michele & Co. According to John Purdy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service […]

Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Chamber Foundation is excited to once again bring to anglers young and old, novice and expert, the 5th Annual Navarre Fishing Rodeo set to take place Oct. 21 and 22.  This event has become a very popular and much anticipated fishing opportunity with participation growing each year.  Buy tickets at Half Hitch Navarre […]

Juana’s Annual Oktoberfest Beer Tasting

Juana’s Pagodas is having their annual Oktoberfest Beer Tasting from noon to 4 p.m. There will be marine life and interactive exhibits for the kids provided by the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Cost is $15 for beer tasting. For more information, visit www.juanaspagodas.com.

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Sea Turtle Extravaganza Learn about sea turtles through games, crafts, jellyfish hat photos and more on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.   Navarre Fishing Rodeo The Navarre Chamber Foundation is excited to once […]

Coastal Cleanup bags the trash

Coastal Cleanup bags the trash

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station volunteers Seth Ivanoff, 17, Christian Arens, 17, Thomas Moore, 17 and Silas Yeomans, 16, pick up trash form the dunes on Navarre Beach Saturday as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup. Dozens of volunteers showed up locally while thousands turned out around the world. Featured in the Sept. 21 […]

Students dive into lionfish research

Students dive into lionfish research

Navarre and Gulf Breeze students cut into more than 100 lionfish last week as part of a large dissection research project. The students of Navarre High School, Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, Gulf Breeze High School and others in Escambia County were partnering with the University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation […]

Beaches to Woodlands returns early this year

Beaches to Woodlands returns early this year

Labor Day weekend marks the end of the traditional tourism peak season, and that can mean months of fewer visitors and lower profits known as the shoulder season. Bed tax collections, the money paid to the county by visitors for temporary lodging, tend to be lower. Despite July posting 32 percent bed tax growth, many […]

New teacher dives in at science station

New teacher dives in at science station

As schools across Santa Rosa County begin planning their field trips to the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS), a new teacher has jumped on board to help connect these children to the marine world. Biology teacher Sara Taylor has always loved the ocean, even if she has not always been near it she said. […]

Thousands of sea hares invade reef

Thousands of sea hares invade reef

The invasion slithered along the depths, antenna-like appendages quivering as they sought their prey. Their squishy, frilled and speckled bodies could be seen hunting by the thousands along the sandy bottom of Navarre Beach’s near shore snorkel reefs. This is no alien invasion, but it is certainly unusual, said Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) […]

Gulf Coast Discovery Center seeking new site

Gulf Coast Discovery Center seeking new site

Navarre Beach’s Gulf Coast Discovery Center has cleared another hurdle toward construction, but it’s also facing a new set of questions. The Discovery Center project was approved as part of a larger multiyear plan for BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill RESTORE Pot 1 funds submitted by Santa Rosa County to the U.S. Treasury, which will […]

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