Navarre Beach

Snowbirds Sessions by the Sea

Learn the science behind our changing beaches and birds that call it home at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station at 3:30 p.m. Program includes an interactive lecture and guided birding walk led by an Audubon specialist. Jackets are recommended. 15 spots, $5 per person. Spots fill quickly. Call 850-261-2141or visit www.navarresciencestation.org for more information.

Snowbird Sessions by the Sea

Celebrate the most popular residents of our local reefs at 3:30 p.m. at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Led by Gulfarium CARE experts, dive in and learn about sea turtle conservation efforts. 15 spots available, $5 per person. Spots fill quickly. Call 850-261-2141or visit www.navarresciencestation.org for more information.

Entire pier deck to be replaced

Entire pier deck to be replaced

Walking the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico, visitors may notice a few cracks and even holes in the decking. Those blemishes should be going away soon as Santa Rosa County plans to completely re-deck the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier in 2019. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Navarre Beach Fire welcomes new ladder truck

Navarre Beach Fire welcomes new ladder truck

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue welcomed their new ladder truck with a traditional push-in ceremony Saturday. The ceremony included wetting down the truck with water from the old tanks, and it was then hand polished by Chief Danny Fureigh, his wife Shannon and the Navarre Beach firefighters. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue […]

Marine Park improvements on schedule for April completion

Marine Park improvements on schedule for April completion

Winter beachgoers at Navarre Beach Marine Park may have noticed black silt fencing, work crews and heavy machinery since early November along their coastline. The work underway is part of new visitor amenities coming to the park, coordinated and paid for by roughly $3 million in Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grants through the Florida […]

Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle

Everyone is invited to the 10th Annual Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle from noon to 4 p.m. on Navarre Beach at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill. Start the New Year by plunging into the Santa Rosa Sound. Event benefits the Santa Rosa Kids’ House and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. For more information, visit www.juanaspagodas.com.

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Whether clad in jumpsuits, wetsuits, swimsuits or just plain old suits, Navarre Beach residents and visitors spend the first day of each year sloshing into the frigid waters along the shore in the classic New Year’s tradition of plunging. The start of 2019 will be no exception, with two events coming to Navarre this year. […]

Sea Turtle Soiree raises $21,000 for conservation

Sea Turtle Soiree raises $21,000 for conservation

Roughly 130 people danced the night away Saturday at the Pensacola Beach Hilton at the first-ever, sold-out Sea Turtle Soiree in support of sea turtle conservation. The event was one of the largest fundraisers to date for the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC), and it raked in thousands for the nonprofit’s marine conservation, […]

Gardner reflects on 33 year career before retirement

Gardner reflects on 33 year career before retirement

On an evening in 1995, Paul Gardner and his wife were cresting the top of the Navarre Beach bridge when they spotted a breathtaking view, thousands of lights along the coastal community known as Navarre. The couple were headed home from a celebratory dinner. Gardner had just secured a promotion to Operations Manager at Holley […]

Red tide recedes to non-detectable level

Red tide recedes to non-detectable level

Floridians across the state and especially along Navarre Beach may breathe a sigh of relief this week as all signs point to the end of a bumpy red tide season. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reports across most of the Gulf coast show 0-1,000 cells per liter concentration of the algae karenia brevis, […]

Bed-tax surge points to strong tourism trend

Bed-tax surge points to strong tourism trend

Shortly after announcing its first $3 million year, the county Tourist Development Office reported Dec. 2 that October’s bed-tax collections blew past the previous October by 51.61 percent. The county brought in $268,125.73 in bed taxes during the month. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for […]

Navarre Beach Fire inching toward county split

Navarre Beach Fire inching toward county split

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue (NBFR) could become its own entity, not under Santa Rosa County, as the department leaders are actively exploring becoming a special fire district. The idea was initially presented to the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) in February by Chief Danny Fureigh. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 […]

Escambia referendum may roadblock beach fee simple title

Escambia referendum may roadblock beach fee simple title

Voters in Escambia County may have barred Navarre Beach residents from receiving fee simple title following a referendum in the November election. More than 80 percent of the roughly 119,000 voters that cast a ballot on the issue called for a federal deed controlling the island’s ownership to remain in place. Read the full article […]

Beach road reopens through National Seashore

Beach road reopens through National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore will reopen the road between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach through the Santa Rosa Area, at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Highway 399 (J. Earle Bowden Way) was closed in October ahead of Hurricane Michael making landfall on the Gulf Coast.  The hurricane caused significant damage to the road. Immediately following the storm […]

Bizzy coming to a store near you

Bizzy coming to a store near you

As Christmas approaches, one of Santa’s elves has taken a vacation to Navarre Beach and will be stopping in at businesses throughout the community including the Navarre Press. This year, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has created “Bizzy The Navarre Chamber Elf,” and she will be visiting chamber member businesses throughout Navarre. Read […]

FWC: red tide reaches high levels on Navarre Beach

FWC: red tide reaches high levels on Navarre Beach

Testing along Navarre Beach last week showed high concentrations of karenia brevis (k. brevis), the organism commonly referred to as red tide, bringing with it concerns for fish kills and respiratory irritation. Elevated levels along the beach have persisted since mid-October. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Bulldog Beach Volleyball held its inaugural tournament Sunday for new volleyball courts built alongside the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach. The successful beach volleyball program is an arm of Navarre Beach Sports and Recreation LLC, owned by volleyball professional Judd Smith and Kim Larson. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre […]

‘Waterman’ to manage Navarre Beach safety

‘Waterman’ to manage Navarre Beach safety

Austin Turnbull is a true “waterman.” He grew up splashing in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, beginning to surf at the age of 4. “I am a waterman. I know how to surf, swim, sail, fish. It is part of me. It is who I am. It is what I grew up doing,” […]

Disabled veterans lose ‘fire tax’ exemption

Disabled veterans lose ‘fire tax’ exemption

While veterans with 100 percent disability are exempt from property taxes under Florida law, those living along Navarre Beach will no longer get a free pass when it comes to fire protection. The change could cost these veterans $500 a year under the recently approved increase in the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) for Navarre […]

Trash Bash removes pounds of garbage from beach

Trash Bash removes pounds of garbage from beach

Each month dozens and sometimes more than 100 volunteers gather along Navarre Beach to spend their Saturday morning picking up trash. They are working as part of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s efforts to eliminate marine debris from the beach. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Beach getaway empowers moms of kids with special needs

Beach getaway empowers moms of kids with special needs

From breathing exercises to essential oils, 27 moms of exceptional children in Northwest Florida took a break from endless appointments and 24-hour childcare to relax at the Emerald Coast Exceptional Families’ Give Mom a Break event. This therapeutic retreat was held at Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach Friday through Sunday. Read the full article in […]

Holiday Shop & Dine Crawl

Enjoy a fun‑filled day with your friends and family discovering unique and locally owned small shops and restaurants in the Navarre area participating in this awesome annual event. Shoppers will receive a complimentary shopping bag, a “Holiday Shop & Dine Crawl Map” and have a chance to win cash and great door prizes. The participating […]

Red tide persists along Navarre Beach

Red tide persists along Navarre Beach

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, continues to be found in medium concentrations off Navarre Beach. Most recent samples off the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier showed medium concentrations of 100,001-1,000,000 cells per liter on Nov. 5 and 7. Read the full article in the Nov. […]

Navarre native Ariel Fournier born to entertain

Navarre native Ariel Fournier born to entertain

When Navarre native Ariel Fournier first appeared in the pages of the Navarre Press, her career as an entertainer was in its infancy. She had just released her first album, “Unexpected,” in 2012, and she had not yet broken into the acting world. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click here […]

Audubon walkers explore beach ecosystem

Audubon walkers explore beach ecosystem

With cameras and binoculars in hand, residents and visitors trekked into the still-wild parts of Navarre Beach Oct. 30 during the first ever Nature Walk with Florida Audubon. Audubon Western Florida Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala guided the group through the conservation and recreational lands near Santa Rosa Sound and along the Navarre Beach […]

Beach lifeguards close season

Beach lifeguards close season

As lifeguard season along Navarre Beach closed out Oct. 28, records show that the guards have been busier than in the past. Rescues along Navarre Beach more than tripled since last season, and the number of people visiting guarded areas has nearly tripled since 2016 with almost 303,000 visitors between March 3 and Oct. 28 […]

TDC fed up with two of everything

TDC fed up with two of everything

Two plunges is too many. That was the position taken by Tourist Development Council (TDC) member Liz Horton, a bed tax collector from the south end. She said she is tired of two of everything in Navarre from chamber of commerce breakfasts to events like New Year’s Day plunges. Read the full article in the […]

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