Navarre Beach Pier

Disgruntled partners forcibly takeover pier

Disgruntled partners forcibly takeover pier

Thursday evening, four of the five partners in Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises, LLC (GSRE) forcibly took control of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier from managing member Kenneth Fountain in a continuing saga of ownership arguments. Jonathan Cole, Jerry Rolison and Larry Rolison went to the pier Thursday evening with the intention to take over management […]

Pier update: Fountain receives emergency injunction

Pier update: Fountain receives emergency injunction

Navarre Beach Fishing Pier operations are embroiled in a legal dispute following maneuvers by four of members of management company Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises LLC (GSRE) to remove managing member Kenneth Fountain. That move was temporarily halted Tuesday under a court order which retained Fountain as sole managing member of the pier. Fountain filed the […]

Red tide one of the worst in 60-plus years

Red tide one of the worst in 60-plus years

Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Scientist Kate Hubbard is asked often just how bad the current Red Tide plaguing Southwest Florida really is. In some ways, it seems like the worst ever. The dead sea life, including manatees, dolphins and sea turtles, as well as the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Rick […]

Trash bash

Join the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center to help keep Navarre Beach clean and sea turtle friendly. Volunteers will meet at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier in the parking lot at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.

Five things to know: County Commission

Five things to know: County Commission

1. No courthouse tax needed The cost of clearing underbrush from the future location of the new county courthouse came back at a third of the expected amount thanks to a low bid by J.M. Diamond Timber and Conservation, but the commissioners have decided to pass on the effort altogether. More than that, the commissioners […]

Frigid wind and water welcomes plungers

Frigid wind and water welcomes plungers

The surf along Navarre Beach let up for this year’s New Year’s Day plunges, but the temperatures were almost freezing. During the beach’s newest Jan. 1 event, the Pirate Plunge, wind gusts reached 24 miles per hour and the temperature was 32 degrees. Still, a few dozen brave souls went running into the Gulf of […]

Reptiles drawn back to pier despite multiple run-ins with fishing hooks

Reptiles drawn back to pier despite multiple run-ins with fishing hooks

Okra, a juvenile green sea turtle, has had a rough year. After sustaining serious head trauma that exposed part of her skull, Okra ended up on the end of a fisherman’s line on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The hook was caught in her right shoulder. Fortunately, she was rescued and sent to the Gulfarium […]

Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate made landfall just west of Biloxi, Mississippi putting our area on the east side of the storm. Navarre experienced light damage, storm surge and scattered power outages. Featured in the Oct. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year. P.S. Receive a digital subscription to […]

County selects fishing pier operator

County selects fishing pier operator

County Commissioners have selected Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises LLC to operate the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The company could take over pier fee collections and operation of a restaurant and gift shop as early as next month or as late as Jan. 1. The Board of County Commissioners heard from three pier management hopefuls Monday. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eleven bid for Navarre Beach pier contract

Eleven bid for Navarre Beach pier contract

Santa Rosa County received 11 proposals Monday from vendors competing to manage the Navarre Beach pier. Select each organization to view the proposal in its entirety. 8599 Navarre Pier, LLC. Pasco Gibson Jr; Dominick Galiano III Pier Management Group Johnny Hustons Grille & Bar Ian Kaple; Yolanda Wells Robert J. Benaquis; Kenny C. Cook Growing […]

Trash bash

Join the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center to help keep Navarre Beach clean and sea turtle friendly. Volunteers will meet at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier in the parking lot at 8 a.m. Bring work gloves, sun protection and water. For more information, call 850-499-6774 or visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.

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 […]

Scavenger hunt raises awareness, funds for turtle conservation

Scavenger hunt raises awareness, funds for turtle conservation

Scavenger hunters scoured the beach for special stones Saturday as part of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s Rocking Out to Give Sea Turtles More Tomorrows event. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Commissioners at odds on need for pier master plan

Commissioners at odds on need for pier master plan

County Commission Chairman Rob Williamson has a vision of what the Navarre Beach pier should look like in coming years. He said he would like to see coffee and ice cream shops, retail opportunities, rental activities and an expanded stand-alone restaurant. “I believe we could be tripling that revenue,” he said. The Board of County […]

No holds barred in pier dispute

No holds barred in pier dispute

The legal dispute among partners who manage the Navarre Beach Pier has them hurling allegations at each other over nearly everything but the kitchen sink –and who’s in charge of that is even in doubt. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as […]

Pier operator’s other businesses gone

Pier operator’s other businesses gone

From a tennis clientele in Pensacola to off-road vehicle enthusiasts riding a remote trail near Milton, Coastal Concessions seems to have a diverse customer base and be an extensive enterprise as depicted on its website. But the reality is much different: a shrinking company that has lost or walked away from contracts at the federal, […]

Beach pier partners to face off in court

Beach pier partners to face off in court

Scott Rayner and Stephanie Maddox have long presented a public image as shoulder-to-shoulder allies in managing the Navarre Beach Pier through everything from financial woes to cleaning up vandalized restrooms. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.    

New location for beach condos proposed

New location for beach condos proposed

The developers behind an unpopular plan to build condominiums in Navarre Beach Marine Park have told Santa Rosa officials they are willing to swap that private property for a what they hope is a less controversial county-owned parcel. Although Ron Ward and Victor Deal rejected a county proposal to trade land last summer, that exchange […]

Take a Kid Fishing

This free kid’s fishing pole giveaway and clinic is staged at Navarre Beach Pier, 8579 Gulf Blvd., Navarre. 8 a.m. First 500 children under 12 receive a free fishing pole, t-shirt and hat. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at fishnavarre.com or if available, day of event. The event includes free bait and fishing instruction.

Toes-N-Sand

Bring blankets, chairs and your family for a sunset movie next to the pier on Navarre Beach. The movie showing is “Minions”. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/lagerheadsonthegulf.

Pier managers tighten receipt practices

Pier managers tighten receipt practices

Visitors to Navarre Beach Pier are being pressed to accept receipts this week in the wake of a request from county commissioners for better tracking of attendance. “We’re trying to get everyone to take a receipt even if they say they don’t want one,” said Stephanie Maddox, co-owner of Coastal Concessions. Commissioners requested the more […]

Pier fishing offers simple and relaxing experience

Pier fishing offers simple and relaxing experience

James Bodison totes a cart loaded with a cooler, fishing rods and the other necessary items, such as bait, a tackle box, weights and sinkers needed to make his day of fishing off the Navarre Beach pier a successful one. Though July is typically not the best month of the year to fish, it matters […]