Navarre Beach

What’s your favorite beach bird?

What’s your favorite beach bird?

If Navarre Beach had an official bird, brown pelicans would likely be in the running. They fly in a graceful V-formation over the beach, dive straight down in the water to catch fish, and pester fishermen on the pier for a free meal. They’re also frequently photographed, appearing almost to be posing for photos. But […]

Dune invaders: Find out what plant has been found on Navarre Beach

Dune invaders: Find out what plant has been found on Navarre Beach

It started out innocent enough. Beach dwellers of the Carolinas looking to beautify their yards in the 1970s and 80s discovered a vine of pretty purple blooms and silvery hued leaves; an ornamental plant that could survive dry, sandy conditions. Then it started to grow, stretching out with shoots thicker around than a quarter and more […]

County tourism cashes in $3.5 million

County tourism cashes in $3.5 million

Tourism losses from COVID-19 in Santa Rosa County were only a fraction of what was projected. The final tourism tax report for fiscal year 2019-2020 presented Nov. 5 left Tourist Development Council (TDC) members smiling. The year totaled more than $3.5 million of revenue to the county’s tourism promotion arm. That’s down less than 10% from […]

Boy with rare genetic mutation big fan of Navarre Beach

Boy with rare genetic mutation big fan of Navarre Beach

If you approach the Denton family at the beach on a sunny October afternoon, the first thing you’ll probably notice is the Christmas music blaring from a speaker. Then, you might notice a child-sized homemade beach cart parked behind the family of three. Finally, you’ll see Cristian Denton and his parents, Julie and Trevor, an […]

Swirling shoal mystifies visitors, locals

Swirling shoal mystifies visitors, locals

That’s no June grass. Masses of tiny 2-inch fish schooled along Navarre Beach just west of the fishing pier Oct. 14. The mass of fish, stretching along the shore in front of four condominium buildings, caught the attention of beachgoers who scooped them up with nets or their bare hands. “I’ve never seen that before […]

Fire family: It could be worse

Fire family: It could be worse

Hurricanes and house fires make for a destructive combination, and for the Golden family of Navarre Beach, it meant the end of their home. But the Goldens have taken a positive perspective on the loss. Debbie Golden is mother of four children, three adult sons and 15-year-old Lillie. Golden said she and her husband are financially well-established, […]

Beach rentals struggle with pandemic, hurricane double whammy

Beach rentals struggle with pandemic, hurricane double whammy

Tourism on Navarre Beach hit its stride in July, finally raking in the bed tax revenues common before COVID-19 forced closures for roughly four months. August was looking fair as well. Navarre Properties representative Petra Francis said September was shaping up to be a highly profitable month. Then Hurricane Sally came. That left 75% of […]

TDC director launches tourism-related business

TDC director launches tourism-related business

Santa Rosa County’s Tourist Development Director Julie White has more incentive to see Navarre Beach succeed than her $88,670 salary and benefits. She’s got a private business to run. White is the owner of Navarre Beach Weddings, a destination wedding planning service organizing events along Navarre Beach. White said they got the idea for the […]

South end developments on hold

South end developments on hold

South Santa Rosa, we may have a problem, at least according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). And that could mean new subdivisions, hotels, restaurants, retailers and other large-scale projects come to a screeching halt. In a letter issued April 16, FDEP officials questioned how much water South Santa Rosa’s wells could really provide to […]

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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