Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

Five things to know: Tourist Development Council

Five things to know: Tourist Development Council

Focus for Santa Rosa County’s Tourist Development Council and tourism staff continues to be turned to improvements along the county’s biggest bed tax generator: Navarre Beach. Projects for the beach dominated the council’s agenda Feb. 7. Lifeguards need new towers The transformation keeps on coming for the Navarre Beach lifeguard program under recently hired Beach […]

Sweet Pea celebrates first anniversary with NBSTCC

Sweet Pea celebrates first anniversary with NBSTCC

In 2018, the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) made an impact on roughly 50,000 people from around the world, and a big part of that outreach has been done by one disabled juvenile green sea turtle named Sweet Pea. Cathy Holmes said that’s a pretty great accomplishment for her first year of work. […]

Sea Turtle Soiree raises $21,000 for conservation

Sea Turtle Soiree raises $21,000 for conservation

Roughly 130 people danced the night away Saturday at the Pensacola Beach Hilton at the first-ever, sold-out Sea Turtle Soiree in support of sea turtle conservation. The event was one of the largest fundraisers to date for the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC), and it raked in thousands for the nonprofit’s marine conservation, […]

5 Things to know: #GivingTuesday comes to Navarre

5 Things to know: #GivingTuesday comes to Navarre

1. How it all started Following the face stuffing of Thanksgiving and subsequent shopping frenzy of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, a day dedicated to giving back has been added to the holiday whirl. In 2012, the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact created #GivingTuesday. According to GivingTuesday.org, the idea was […]

Trash Bash removes pounds of garbage from beach

Trash Bash removes pounds of garbage from beach

Each month dozens and sometimes more than 100 volunteers gather along Navarre Beach to spend their Saturday morning picking up trash. They are working as part of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s efforts to eliminate marine debris from the beach. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Sweet Pea returns home to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

Sweet Pea returns home to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

Sweet Pea is coming home on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Sweet Pea ingested fishing line that caused internal damage which affects her ability to process food.  Dr. Cavin of Gulf World Marine Institute started Sweet Pea on the Mazuri® Sea Turtle Gel Diet for Herbivorous Turtles.  The veterinary staff injected the gel with barium and then […]

Sea Turtle Extravaganza teaches pollution solutions

Sea Turtle Extravaganza teaches pollution solutions

Sea creatures constructed from garbage and turtle-tastic crafts were a few of the activities at this year’s Sea Turtle Extravaganza hosted Saturday by the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC). Dozens of volunteers interacted with visitors, teaching about conservation of one of Navarre Beach’s most prominent creatures: sea turtles. Volunteer Kade Knighten, 12, said […]

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 […]

Lou Lou keeps swimming despite parts missing

Lou Lou keeps swimming despite parts missing

When researchers pulled Lou Lou, an adult loggerhead sea turtle, to the surface along Navarre Beach Sept. 19, they were surprised to find that she had a few pieces missing. But that did not stop her from becoming an integral part of conservation research for her species. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 […]

Sweet Pea goes on a diet

Sweet Pea goes on a diet

Sweet Pea is on a diet of sorts. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s resident green sea turtle is still receiving medical care at Gulf World Marine Institute in Panama City for chronic gastrointestinal concerns.   Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

National turtle researchers come to Navarre Beach reef

National turtle researchers come to Navarre Beach reef

Lei Lei is much like any other loggerhead sea turtle. She cruises the waters of the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Navarre Beach, munching on shellfish. But there is something unusual about Lei Lei. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Beaches to Woodlands Tour boosts off-season tourism

Beaches to Woodlands Tour boosts off-season tourism

For coastal communities, Labor Day weekend often marks the end of the peak season. Belts are tightened. Hotel room rates are reduced to attract more visitors. For county government, that dip in visitors typically comes with a decline in collections of bed taxes, the tax charged on temporary accommodations. Read the full article in the […]

How low can you go Commissioner?

How low can you go Commissioner?

The Rob Williamson campaign mailer, or “hit piece,” that arrived in voters’ mailboxes over the weekend was one for the record books. We thought the low point of his campaign was running on his addictions. But, to our surprise, he reached a new low – just flat out lying. We remind our readers we have […]

Sweet Pea travels for treatment at Gulf World

Sweet Pea travels for treatment at Gulf World

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s (NBSTCC) resident green sea turtle, Sweet Pea, has been transported to Gulf World in Panama City for treatment of gastro-intestinal issues. NBSTCC founder Cathy Holmes said the turtle was moved July 17 to Gulf World Marine Park because staffers at the center observed that a pre-existing, chronic condition […]

Local develops new turtle-saving device

Local develops new turtle-saving device

Up until this month, when a sea turtle larger than two feet wide got hooked off the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, there was virtually no way to safely rescue the animal. Cathy Holmes, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patrol member and founder of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC), explained that rescuers were limited […]

District 4 County Commission candidates get heated in debate

District 4 County Commission candidates get heated in debate

As the clock winds down toward primary election day, tensions are high between incumbent District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson and opponent Dave Piech. Williamson, owner of Rob Williamson Landscaping, was running for re-election unopposed until November 2017 when Piech filed to run. The retired Air Force commander had served roughly 28 years as an […]

No regrets?

No regrets?

In the most recent debate, District 4 Commissioner and candidate for re-election Rob Williamson was asked by candidate Dave Piech if he had any regrets in the nearly four years that he has served as county commissioner. The question seemed to be a gift to Rob – a chance for Rob to redeem himself.  The answer […]

Visitor Center conference room open to non-profits

Visitor Center conference room open to non-profits

Santa Rosa County has formalized a policy to allow select groups to utilize the Santa Rosa County Visitor Information Center’s conference room. Under the new policy, the conference room will be available to all governmental entities, non-profits and Santa Rosa County Departments for official meetings, functions and events.

Increased crowds prompt sea turtle center expansion

Increased crowds prompt sea turtle center expansion

As visitor numbers continue to rise and hundreds of people touring the facility in a single day, the nonprofit Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) is looking to expand. Special Events and Field Trip Coordinator Stephanie Masters said with success comes difficulty. Read the full article in the July 5 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

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 […]

Beach Ambassadors educate visitors

Beach Ambassadors educate visitors

In partnership with the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office, the UF/IFAS Extension Office has launched the Navarre Beach Ambassador program. Volunteers were trained and sent out last Monday onto the beach for their first day of interacting with guests, sharing information and conducting surveys for the tourism office. Read the full article in the […]

Clear Bottom Kayak Tours

Explore and discover Navarre Beach Reef with a clear bottom kayak tour. Cost is $20 per person, includes admission to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. Limited spots available. For tour times and more information, go to www.eventbrite.com and search “clear bottom kayak tour”.

Pier progress praised

Pier progress praised

It has been roughly six months since the previous operators of “the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico” walked out early on their contract with Santa Rosa County, leaving the 2017 bid winner, Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises (GSRE), to jump in early. In those first few weeks, the operators faced quite a few challenges […]

Earth Day brings conservation conversations to Navarre Beach

Earth Day brings conservation conversations to Navarre Beach

Bristol Bernard, 5, loves sea turtles. Though she lives in the landlocked town of Mankato, Minnesota, Bristol’s parents say she is obsessed with these ancient, sea-dwelling reptiles. Read the full article in the April 26 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press […]

From South America to the beaches of Navarre

From South America to the beaches of Navarre

Sweet Pea the sea turtle learned a little Spanish last week as visitors from the South American country of Bolivia took a special tour of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. The group members were guests of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, a leadership academy for international diplomacy. Read the […]

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