Navarre Beach

Vacation rentals could open to Louisiana visitors

Vacation rentals could open to Louisiana visitors

Santa Rosa County plans to expand who can book vacation rentals, including adding parts of Louisiana to the allowable list under COVID-19 limitations. At this time, 12 states throughout the U.S. are barred from renting along Navarre Beach due to coronavirus concerns. The limitation, approved by the state earlier this month, is set at 500 […]

Plan submitted to resume vacation rentals

Plan submitted to resume vacation rentals

Santa Rosa County Administrator, Dan Schebler, submitted a plan to the State of Florida to reopen short term vacation rentals late Friday afternoon. The plan stated that if accepted, Santa Rosa vacation/short term rental units will begin taking reservations and accepting check-ins next week, beginning on Monday, May 18.  According to the plan, reservations can […]

Turtle nesting season runs through October 31

Turtle nesting season runs through October 31

As beachgoers flock back to the shore after COVID-19 closures, they need to keep more than social distancing precautions in mind. Navarre Beach’s sea turtle nesting season officially started May 1, meaning four species of these endangered reptiles will be coming ashore at night to lay their eggs. Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center founder […]

Commissioners to discuss emergency order, further beach opening

Commissioners to discuss emergency order, further beach opening

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’s announcements regarding phase I of re-opening Florida, the Santa Rosa County Commission will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday at 9 a.m. During the meeting, the board will discuss the current local declared state of emergency due to COVID-19. The board previously voted to extend the state of emergency despite multiple citizen […]

Navarre Beach to reopen May 1

Navarre Beach to reopen May 1

Navarre Beach will re-open May 1, partially. Though the original plan was to limit the opening to locals, county commissioners voted Thursday to open the beach to anyone from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. daily. County Administrator Dan Schebler said the plan was formulated through consulting first responders, health officials and the county attorney. The beach […]

Partial Navarre Beach reopening being considered

Partial Navarre Beach reopening being considered

County Commissioners will be discussing reopening Navarre Beach to locals during their regular meeting April 23.  The beach was shut down amid concerns that large visitation could lead to spread of COVID-19.  Commissioner Sam Parker officially requested an item be added to the agenda today. He said the idea would be to encourage locals to […]

Navarre beach closed to public, restaurants to-go only

Navarre beach closed to public, restaurants to-go only

Amid calls from health care professionals to shut down the shorelines due to COVID-19 fears, Santa Rosa County officials announced Friday morning that all public beach areas will close at midnight.  Restaurants that have not already done so are being directed to move entirely to to-go ordering. No on-premises dining will be allowed.  The closure […]

Juana’s, Sailors’ Grill first to close

Juana’s, Sailors’ Grill first to close

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Beach bathrooms closed due to ADA compliance issue

Beach bathrooms closed due to ADA compliance issue

In June 2019, county and state officials came together for a ribbon cutting for a new pavilion and facilities on the gulf side of Navarre Beach Marine Park.  Roughly eight months later, the restrooms of that pavilion are still closed to the public. Read the full article in the Mar. 12 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Lifeguard training academy wrapping up

Lifeguard training academy wrapping up

Spring Break is getting underway on Navarre Beach, and that means more visitors to the shoreline. In preparation for keeping those thousands of visitors safe, the Navarre Beach Lifeguard Academy for new trainees just wrapped up. Beach Safety Director Austin Turnbull continuously trains his lifeguards throughout the season, but this academy provides the incoming guards […]

Old pier panels up for sale

Old pier panels up for sale

New panels have been placed along the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico last week as contractor RJ Gorman Marine Construction LLC continues to progress on a complete redecking of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Per the Panama City-based company’s $1.12 million contract with Santa Rosa County, they have less than 90 days to […]

While others sleep, crew transforms Navarre Beach icon

While others sleep, crew transforms Navarre Beach icon

As the sun sinks toward the horizon and traffic fills Navarre Parkway in the end-of-workday commute, another crew is just getting ready to go to work. They’re the team redecking some of the highest traffic areas of the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico, the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Their workday does not end […]

Scout protects shorebird nests

Scout protects shorebird nests

Nesting shorebirds have a new ally this season as Eagle Scout candidate Trevor Stephens and his fellow Troop 401 scouts have signed on for habitat protection activities this year. Saturday, he was out on the beach placing some unusual bird houses as part of his Eagle Project. Stephens and his fellow scouts assisted with removing […]

Navarre Beach’s trash gets bashed

Navarre Beach’s trash gets bashed

Thousands of pounds of garbage, such as fishing line and plastics, are left or washed up on Navarre Beach each year. Much of this debris can be harmful and even deadly to local wildlife such as endangered sea turtles, fish and nesting shore birds. But a troop of volunteers, armed with trash grabbers, are taking […]

Mardi Gras season is here

Mardi Gras season is here

As the saying goes, “laissez les bons temps rouler!” Or for those that don’t speak Cajun French, let the good times roll! It’s Mardi Gras season, and the Navarre Krewe of Jesters are in full swing preparing for this year’s festivities including the Mardi Gras Ball at the Navarre Conference Center Feb. 8 and the […]

Navarre Beach Fire tries again

Navarre Beach Fire tries again

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue’s effort to become a special fire district on the October 2019 ballot fell shy by just 13 votes. In November, the fire company will try again. Board member John Lewis confirmed the issue would appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot during the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association general […]

Juana’s gives $14,050 to local charities

Juana’s gives $14,050 to local charities

Out of pain and loss came $14,050 of giving from the owners and family behind a staple of Navarre Beach, Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill. Through its annual Penguin Plunge Jan. 1, Juana’s raised the funds for three charities relating to mental health and suicide prevention in Northwest Florida. The recipients are Healing Paws for […]

Redecking expected to conclude prior to busy summer season

Redecking expected to conclude prior to busy summer season

After months of prep work, workers began placing new deck boards Jan. 15 on the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico. Now the contractor, RJ Gorman Marine Construction LLC of Panama City, has 90 days to complete the work on site under the terms of a $1.12 million contract with Santa Rosa County to […]

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 […]

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