Navarre Beach

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. […]

International Coastal Cleanup tidies up the beach

International Coastal Cleanup tidies up the beach

International Coastal Cleanup came to Navarre Beach Sept. 21 as volunteers spent a day collecting trash off area coastlines. Volunteers from Navarre High School’s Interact and National Honor Society joined students of the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station and other volunteers for the annual event led by the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary. NJROTC members took […]

Leaseholders weigh in on incorporation

Leaseholders weigh in on incorporation

When Navarre Beach residents gathered Saturday to hear from Navarre Area United Political Action Committee head Jonathan Cole on his group’s effort to make Navarre a city, many of their questions had the same answer: It will be in the feasibility study. The PAC has placed a lot of faith on the contents of this […]

Day for the Dunes offers conservation fun

Day for the Dunes offers conservation fun

Environmental groups are coming together Sept. 28, for “A Day for the Dunes” to promote the importance of coastal ecosystems hosted by Dune Doctors, the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (FCOLC) and the Navarre Beach Marine Science Center (NBMSS). This family friendly educational event is designed with the purpose of inspiring both children and adults […]

Dog beach on hold; voluntary license program passes

Dog beach on hold; voluntary license program passes

Santa Rosa County commissioners approved a revamp of the county’s animal control ordinances Sept. 12 during a public hearing in Milton, but those changes did not include the creation of an area for leashed dogs on Navarre Beach. The dog beach area was originally proposed in August to be located along the Santa Rosa Sound […]

End of peak tourism season means self-reflection

End of peak tourism season means self-reflection

Looking at the numbers, Navarre Beach had a busy summer tourism season with bed tax totals climbing 16% over the previous year’s peak season. More than $1.71 million flowed into county coffers from bed taxes between May and July.   Read the full article in the Sept. 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Open water swimming provides opportunity to test limits

Open water swimming provides opportunity to test limits

Navarre’s swim team is hosting an open water swim for the second consecutive year in the Navarre Sound off the beach at Juana’s. It’s a fundraiser for the program. At least 60 are expected to take part. That includes the writer of this article. It will be my first open water swim and the first […]

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2019 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2019 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation welcomes returning headline sponsor Okaloosa Gas District to the 2019 fishing rodeo slated for Oct. 5-6 on Navarre Beach. Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, the event is entering its seventh year and is one stop on what will be the 16th annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. […]

Marine Science Station turns 10

Marine Science Station turns 10

It has been 10 years since new life was breathed into the old ranger station on Navarre Beach, creating a home base for marine conservation education in Santa Rosa County. The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station cut the ribbon on the renovated building in late September 2009.     Read the full article in the […]

Lifeguards wrapping up safe beach season

Lifeguards wrapping up safe beach season

While lifeguards will remain on Navarre Beach for the coming weeks, they wrapped up the official 2019 summer season Sept. 2. That milestone came with a big announcement: No drownings.   Read the full article in the Sept. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up […]

Navarre dog beach on pause

Navarre dog beach on pause

Efforts to open a section of Navarre Beach to dogs will likely be delayed by another month following the Board of County Commissioners meeting Monday. An ordinance currently prohibits dogs on both the sound-side and Gulf-side beaches in Navarre, but an amended ordinance set for public hearing Thursday would create a designated dog walking area […]

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