Navarre Beach

Snowbird fun coming to Navarre Beach this winter

Snowbird fun coming to Navarre Beach this winter

At a time when tourism is typically slow, a special kind of visitor is boosting the bottom line for Navarre Beach. The snowbirds are back in town, and Santa Rosa County Tourist Information Specialist Nicole Dees said that means a benefit for Navarre’s economy. “It is a huge impact to our area, and they definitely […]

Penguin Plunge

Penguin Plunge

Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill hosted the 11th annual Penguin Plunge Jan. 1. “Penguins” of all ages plunged into Santa Rosa Sound to ring in the new year while “chickens” stayed on shore. This year, proceeds from the event benefited local suicide prevention nonprofits. As seen in the Jan. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Education signs installed in Navarre Beach Marine Park

Education signs installed in Navarre Beach Marine Park

Santa Rosa County has placed new educational signage at the Navarre Beach Marine Park Gulf Side Sea Oat Circle pavilion complex depicting the gulf side snorkel reef’s location, local marine wildlife and habitat resources. In addition, a free-to-use binocular viewer has been added to the bird observation overlook, with educational signage on local nesting shorebirds. […]

Severed hand report false

Severed hand report false

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies and even the county’s medical examiner were convinced it was a hand found on Navarre Beach Sunday afternoon. But it wasn’t. According to Sheriff Bob Johnson, the object was convincing looking. It even fooled him he said. According to a press release, a citizen saw the “hand” on the beach. […]

Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center awarded sea turtle grant

Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center awarded sea turtle grant

The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center received a grant for $24,746.15 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. The C.A.R.E. Center received the grant Dec. 19 to help purchase a vehicle to aid in the transport of rescued and rehabilitated sea turtles. Read the […]

Soiree raises more than $10,000 for sea turtles

Soiree raises more than $10,000 for sea turtles

Among raffle prizes, embossed mementos and silent auction works of art, attendees of the Sea Turtle Soiree benefiting Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center Dec. 13 walked away with a more humble-seeming gift. Each person received a small, blue marble. Center founder Cathy Holmes explained to visitors the marble is a visual representation of the […]

Science station students evaluating Santa Rosa Sound

Science station students evaluating Santa Rosa Sound

As the famous quote from Maya Angelou goes, “if you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.” In science that holds a lot of truth. Researchers trying to understand how things change must have baseline data, or their work has no meaning. Knowing where we are coming from is the […]

County tries new tactic to deal with crumbling Turner house

County tries new tactic to deal with crumbling Turner house

After 15 years of crumbling away at the western end of Gulf Boulevard, the dilapidated brick structure known locally as the “Turner house” may finally meet its end. A source of neighbor complaints for years, the rusted brick home has been at the center of a legal battle between Santa Rosa County and property owners […]

5 things to know: Mobi mats returning to Navarre Beach

5 things to know: Mobi mats returning to Navarre Beach

The peak of tourism season is over, and members of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) are continuing to seek improvements to infrastructure along Navarre Beach ahead of next season. District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech, who is also a member of the TDC, gave a quick update Nov. 7 on the state of projects along […]

Be as loud as you want on the beach

Be as loud as you want on the beach

Questions about noise control resurfaced during the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association meeting Oct. 19. The questions about the county’s noise ordinance centered around a simple fact: the beach doesn’t have one. At least not one that covers most of the population on the coast, said Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Major Doug Bringmans. […]

Residential real estate prices up, inventory low

Residential real estate prices up, inventory low

With prices rising and more people looking to move to Navarre, the housing market continues to see incremental growth through 2019, but shortages of inventory are playing a major role in the real estate narrative. Navarre’s residential real estate market has or nearly has recovered to pre-recession levels on all indicators, according to several data […]

Navarre Beach named top emerging market

Navarre Beach named top emerging market

Once considered Florida’s best kept secret, Navarre Beach is no longer an unknown. On the heels of the local’s most successful tourism season on record, Navarre Beach was awarded a spot Nov. 4 on the global list of 30 top emerging travel destinations for 2020 by TravelLemming.com. TravelLemming.com is an international travel site founded by […]

Spooky science takes over Navarre Beach

Spooky science takes over Navarre Beach

Ghosts and ghouls were waiting in the beach wake Saturday during Science Spooktacular, an annual marine-inspired Halloween celebration at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. The station’s dual enrollment students led visitors in a variety of experiments and activities with a creepy theme including creating oozing pumpkins, piloting underwater remotely operated vehicles, exploring touch tanks, pressure […]

Fireman’s Challenge pushes the limit for Pink Pirates

Fireman’s Challenge pushes the limit for Pink Pirates

Local men and women took on the physical tests for being a firefighter Sunday on the beach as part of the annual Navarre Beach Fireman’s Challenge. The challenge is an annual fundraiser to support the Pink Pirates of Navarre, an organization dedicated to the local fight against breast cancer. Sign ups for the contest set […]

Beaches to Woodlands fun this week

Beaches to Woodlands fun this week

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze  Through Nov. 3, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday 2055 Homer Holland Rd. Milton www.HollandFarmsOnline.com Sonshine Family Farms Corn Mazes and Mini Golf Through Nov. 3, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 6270 Oglesby Rd. in Milton […]

Pink Pirates 5K

Pink Pirates 5K

The Pink Pirates Save A Rack 5K event took place last Saturday on Navarre Beach.   Walkers Overall female- Judee Studer, 59, 39:04 Overall male- Joseph Hill, 57, 38:23 Runners Female runners age 1-20 First- Brianna Sanchez, 20, 26:57 Second- Morgan Hill, 16, 27:38 Third- Paige Nutting, 11, 28:39 Male runners age 1-20 First- Roman Sanchez, 16, 23:09 Second- […]

Special fire district defeated, for now

Special fire district defeated, for now

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue’s attempt to become a special fire district failed in the Oct. 8 special election, despite getting a majority of votes in favor. Of the 277 voters of Navarre Beach that cast a ballot, 154 supported the formation of an independent district, but that falls short of the 60% plus one requested […]

Nearly 300 participate in Run for Reef races

Nearly 300 participate in Run for Reef races

A long line of runners and walkers barreled down Gulf Boulevard Saturday during the Run for the Reef 5K and 10K races. Overcast skies and a slight breeze took the edge off a warm morning for a race. Two of the four first-place honors went to out-of-towners. Specifically, 13-year-old Zoe Garcia took the women’s 5K overall award back […]

Pier deck replacement likely coming in winter

Pier deck replacement likely coming in winter

Timelines are hard to pin down for a project to completely replace the warped and cracked decking of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. In July, county commissioners awarded the $1.12 million contract to R.J. Gorman Marine Construction LLC of Panama City. The contract says the company has 270 days to complete all work.   Read […]

Historic revenue for county from pier in 2019

Historic revenue for county from pier in 2019

With the legal infighting among previous partners settled, the company contracted to manage the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier has paid the county a best-ever $503,891.71 from January through Sept. 10 of this year. Thus, Navarre Pier Funplex, now under the sole direction of Navarre attorney Ken Fountain, has raised its revenue contribution to county taxpayers […]

Beer, beach meet at Juana’s Oktoberfest

Beer, beach meet at Juana’s Oktoberfest

Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill was packed Saturday as folks took a break from fishing to sample the brew during Oktoberfest. While the brews were pouring, anglers were also weighing in their catch for the Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo.           A variety of regional breweries offered samples of their drinks at […]

Cookin’ booklet showcases local recipes

Cookin’ booklet showcases local recipes

To whet the palates of potential visitors, the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office has created a new recipe guide featuring a variety of tastes from Navarre Beach and elsewhere in Santa Rosa County. Titled “Cookin’ Up Relaxation,” the booklet contains a collection of recipes from local eateries as well as information on how to […]

Land in beach marine park secured by county

Land in beach marine park secured by county

Fears that commercial developments would one day be built in the heart of the Navarre Beach Marine Park are coming to an end Thursday as county commissioners officially accept donation of $2 million worth of waterfront property. The nonprofit Trust for Public Land has been working on and off for years to secure purchase of […]

A Day for the Dunes on Navarre Beach

A Day for the Dunes on Navarre Beach

Famed conservationist and ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau joined residents and visitors of Navarre Beach Saturday, Sept. 28, for a day of marine conservation education and dune restoration alongside the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier during “A Day for the Dunes.” The event was a partnership between the Dune Doctors, the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center and […]

Wheelchair accessible mats removed from Navarre Beach

Wheelchair accessible mats removed from Navarre Beach

Navarre Beach’s two wheelchair accessible beach mats, called mobi mats, have been missing from the beach since Sept. 13. They had to be removed after state officials warned they were a violation of construction regulations. County Administrator Dan Schebler said legal concerns regarding the mats were brought to the county’s attention by the Florida Department […]

Dinos dominate Juana’s volleyball courts

Dinos dominate Juana’s volleyball courts

Ten volleyball teams rumbled Sunday on the beach volleyball courts at Juana’s for a Dino 4 tournament. The older the collective team’s age, the bigger advantage the tournament organizers awarded before the first serve was struck. “Our age gives us an advantage,” said Chad Wallace, who played for D.N.R. Wallace’s teammate Mike Stamey said, “And we used every bit of that.” […]

Mission accomplished with my open-water swim experience

Mission accomplished with my open-water swim experience

Editor’s Note: Navarre Press sportswriter Brian Lester recounts his experience in the open-water mile swim that took place Sunday in Santa Rosa Sound. The event was a fundraiser for the Navarre High School Swim Team. Navarre Press is proud of Brian’s accomplishment and can now say, he really goes the extra mile for a story. […]

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