Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

First recorded leatherback nest on Navarre Beach

First recorded leatherback nest on Navarre Beach

Turtle Patrollers were in for a big surprise early Saturday morning. The first sea turtle of Navarre’s nesting season has laid her eggs this Mother’s Day weekend, and this new momma made another first. She is the first leatherback sea turtle in recorded history to nest on Navarre Beach. Director of the Navarre Beach Sea […]

Sea turtle nesting season is here

Sea turtle nesting season is here

Monday marked the start of a special time on Navarre Beach. Sea turtle nesting season has begun and will continue through October. There are four species of endangered and threatened sea turtles that come to Navarre Beach to lay their eggs. Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center Director Cathy Holmes said this is an exciting […]

Firefighter Challenge benefits children with autism

Firefighter Challenge benefits children with autism

Navarre Beach Fire Station was abuzz Sunday as Uplift Fitness ladies took on the Firefighter Challenge. The event was a joint effort by the Navarre Beach Fire Station, Uplift Fitness and Emerald Coast Exceptional Families (ECEF). Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little […]

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is a month dedicated to vulnerable children. It is National Autism Awareness Month, and it is also the Month of the Military Child. But April is special for the hundreds of children suffering from abuse and neglect right here in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. This article is part of a series this April […]

Seagrass festival teaches conservation lessons

Seagrass festival teaches conservation lessons

Gulf Breeze Shoreline Park south was busy Saturday as volunteers, scientists and community members celebrated Santa Rosa Sound’s seagrass beds during the Seagrass Awareness Festival. Organizer Chris Verlinde of the UF/IFAS Extension Office’s Sea Grant program said the festival combines education and fun. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. […]

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.

‘Flip-Flops and Teaching Spots’ draws hundreds of applicants

‘Flip-Flops and Teaching Spots’ draws hundreds of applicants

Santa Rosa County’s first teacher recruitment event drew more than 480 potential candidates and garnered even more on a waiting list to fill openings in Santa Rosa schools. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Santa Rosa’s exceptional adults meet one exceptional turtle

Santa Rosa’s exceptional adults meet one exceptional turtle

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center invited participants in the Thursday Respite Program, a group dedicated to support and engagement for exceptional adults, for a special tour and opportunity to meet their resident loggerhead sea turtle Gigi. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Cig the sea turtle joins Gigi at conservation center

Cig the sea turtle joins Gigi at conservation center

Cig the green sea turtle creation “swam” his way to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) Friday joining the center’s resident loggerhead sea turtle Gigi. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

On the Turtle Trail for conservation, education

On the Turtle Trail for conservation, education

County tourism staff have begun working with the Santa Rosa Arts and Culture Foundation (SRACF) on the creation of a third, roughly $5,000, 5-foot-tall, sea turtle statue to be added to the county’s Turtle Trail, a project similar to the Pelican Trail in Pensacola. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre […]

Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Awards and Installation Banquet

Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Awards and Installation Banquet

Cowboy hats and boots, checkered table cloths, saddles and all things Wild West adorned Hurlburt Soundside for a crowd of nearly 150 chamber members and guests. The celebration was held for The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Annual Awards and Installation Banquet Friday evening. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue […]

Eagle Scout builds exam table to assist turtle center

Eagle Scout builds exam table to assist turtle center

Throughout the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC), there is project after project made possible by a volunteer. From the paintings on the walls to the educational displays, much of what is in the center was donated, and many of those projects were completed by local scouts as their Eagle Scout project. Read the […]

Microplastics: Hidden source of beach pollution

Microplastics: Hidden source of beach pollution

Residents of Navarre and Gulf Breeze have been dumping pounds of plastic into the Gulf of Mexico for years without knowing it. Every time they go through their morning routine there is plastic slipping down the drain in the form of microbeads. These tiny balls of polyethylene are used as exfoliators and found in everyday […]

Retrofit grant brings turtle-friendly lighting to beachfront properties

Retrofit grant brings turtle-friendly lighting to beachfront properties

The Board of County Commissioners voted Thursday to extend the Sea Turtle Lighting Retrofit project by six months to July 17 to allow for more of Navarre Beach’s condominiums and public lighting to be switched to turtle friendly versions. Read the full article in the Dec. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

Tourists and locals alike responsible for beach litter

Tourists and locals alike responsible for beach litter

Approximately 2,000 pounds of garbage were collected off Navarre Beach this year by volunteers each month, and despite tourist season coming to an end the garbage bag loads keep coming. Those collecting that garbage and reporting the numbers are the volunteers behind the monthly Trash Bash, a spinoff of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation […]

Sea Turtle Extravaganza brings learning and fun

Sea Turtle Extravaganza brings learning and fun

Visitors young and old played and learned Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s Sea Turtle Extravaganza. The event featured games like digging for baby sea turtles and educational displays like lessons on how litter affects turtles in the ocean. Many locals and visitors to Navarre took the opportunity to meet […]

Turtle turmoil resurfaces at County Commission

Turtle turmoil resurfaces at County Commission

Gigi the loggerhead sea turtle and District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson have never seen each other. That’s because she’s blind and Williamson has never visited the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, where Gigi lives under the care of volunteers he occasionally feuds with over finances. The latest round erupted at Monday’s board meeting when […]

Gigi says hello to visitors

Gigi says hello to visitors

After more than 100 people turned out for the ribbon cutting ceremony, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) Director Cathy Holmes said the visitors just keep on coming averaging about 70 to 80 people a day. Another 941 folks visited the center throughout its first week. Holmes said visitors of all ages came from […]

Rain showers did not stop baby shower

Rain showers did not stop baby shower

A little drizzle could not deter more than 100 residents and visitors of the area from gathering to celebrate the 6th Annual Sea Turtle Baby Shower at Landshark Landing Saturday, Aug. 13. As of last count Pensacola Beach has seen more than 1,900 hatchlings make it to the water and record numbers of nests are […]

Turtle center hatches

Turtle center hatches

The wooden beachfront shack sat vacant, collecting sand and salty grime from years of lacking care. Mold had begun to grow on the walls, floors and ceiling of the county-owned building. Once a state park information center, it shut its doors in 2008, left to sit and rot. Until some turtle ladies, a handful of […]

Tourist Development committee needs their voice back

Tourist Development committee needs their voice back

Numerous articles in Navarre Press over the past year and few months have highlighted the pains endured and discord with the Board of County Commissioners that continues to plague the all-volunteer advisory Tourist Development Council.  The Legislature-mandated council is made up of tourism stake-holders as required by Florida Statute 125.0104.  While the statute allows for […]

Study tracks turtle hatchling gender

Study tracks turtle hatchling gender

Boy or girl? It is the first question many expectant parents have on the brain. For the hundreds of loggerhead sea turtle babies waiting to hatch on Navarre Beach, answering that question depends on the weather, specifically the temperature of the sand. “Boys are cool. Girls are hot,” Cathy Holmes of the Navarre Beach Sea […]

Sea turtle welcomed to conservation center

Sea turtle welcomed to conservation center

She has finally arrived. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s (NBSTCC) newest resident, an adult female loggerhead sea turtle, moved into her new 15,000 gallon tank Wednesday, July 20. Rescued by Sea World Orlando, the turtle’s shell measured 2 feet 7.5 inches long and she weighs almost 200 pounds. It is unclear how old […]

Local children demand protection for sea turtles

Local children demand protection for sea turtles

On June 16, World Turtle Day, thousands of letters bound in dozens of four- inch thick binders were hand delivered to President Barack Obama and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker demanding legislation to protect endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. And they were all written by children. Among the many handwritten pleas and […]

Turtle Treks program on tap for Saturday

Turtle Treks program on tap for Saturday

Although the clear-bottom kayak tours of the artificial reef are booked for Saturday, that doesn’t mean people can’t come out and take advantage of an opportunity to learn more about sea turtles. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center is hosting its Turtle Treks program the same day, providing visitors an opportunity to check out […]

Eagle Scout leaves legacy at Sea Turtle Center

Eagle Scout leaves legacy at Sea Turtle Center

Eagle Scout Lucas Pallone’s love of sea turtles was sparked as he watched hundreds of little hatchlings make a mad dash for the Gulf one evening when he was 14. Thanks to that spark Pallone has helped the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center by building two educational displays as part of his final project […]

Sea Turtle nesting season starts

Sea Turtle nesting season starts

The highly anticipated nesting season for sea turtles began May 1 and continues until October 31. Navarre Beach is home to four of the six of the species of sea turtles listed as threatened or endangered and protected by the Endangered Species Act; loggerhead, green, leatherback and Kemp’s ridley. “Starting the first of May we […]

Navarre Beach clean-up

Navarre Beach clean-up

The next Navarre Beach Trash Bash will be on Sunday, May 1 from 8 to 10 a.m., at the beach parking lot. Click here to view photos featured in the April 28 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online today to your community newspaper.

Turtle Center open for educational class

Turtle Center open for educational class

Everyone is anxiously awaiting the arrival of a resident sea turtle or two at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, but that doesn’t stop volunteers from teaching without a turtle in the pool. The center has been providing educational classes called “Turtle Trek’s” during the month of March for a $5 donation. Read the […]

Beach Beautification volunteer group quits

Beach Beautification volunteer group quits

Much of the foliage, trees and the entry signs to and from Navarre Beach are the product of a group of dedicated volunteers who are Beach Beautification Committee (BBC) members of the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA.) Similar to many other committee projects in Navarre, the BBC existed to meet a need that […]