Navarre Beach

Nest count dismays turtle protectors

Nest count dismays turtle protectors

Navarre Beach has had seven loggerhead sea turtle nests since the season started in May, said Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center founder Cathy Holmes. The season is off to a wobbly start but is an improvement over last year, when nesting numbers hit an all-time low.   Read the full article in the July […]

Celebrating the nation’s independence

Celebrating the nation’s independence

Fireworks lit up the night, children paraded their patriotism and live music got folks dancing during the Hometown July 4th celebration on Navarre Beach, hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. The professional fireworks display was coordinated with the Tourist Development Council.   Read the full article in the July 11 issue of […]

Fourth of July events

Fourth of July events

Hometown fourth of July Parade & Celebration Everyone is invited to join the Navarre Chamber and Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office for the Navarre Beach Hometown fourth of July Parade & Celebration. Children’s parade will be held at 6 p.m. Live music will take place at the Sand Crab Pavilion at 7 p.m. The […]

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

As the country celebrates the 243rd anniversary of our founding fathers signing the Declaration of Independence, Navarre Beach will be featuring some special celebrations. The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is presenting the second annual Hometown 4th of July Parade and Celebration on Navarre Beach co-hosted by the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office July […]

Navarre Beach first responders ready for the worst

Navarre Beach first responders ready for the worst

If the worst happens on Navarre Beach during the busy summer season, first responders at all stages of the process want to be prepared. With that in mind, agencies came together early June 26 for joint training exercises.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

If it passes… County sets goals for potential $165 million sales tax revenue

If it passes…  County sets goals for potential $165 million sales tax revenue

Santa Rosa County commissioners have already divvied up most of the $165 million of sales tax revenue expected to come in between 2020 and 2030. But that hinges on voters allowing the tax.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click […]

Mi Familia hosts beach volleyball tournament

Mi Familia hosts beach volleyball tournament

Out-of-towners won most age divisions at the Mi Familia beach volleyball tournament on Navarre Beach Saturday. On nine courts by the Navarre Pier, two-person teams battled for berths to qualifying events leading up to the USA Volleyball national championships. The highest placing hometown pair – and Mi Familia Volleyball Club players — were Jayden Padgett […]

Field Day comes to Navarre Beach

Field Day comes to Navarre Beach

Setup on the back of a trailer in the sands of Navarre Beach with a radio dial in hand, Dane Luckey introduced himself by a different name Saturday. He is W4DSL, his designated call sign when he takes to the radio waves, chatting with people from across the U.S. and even across borders.   Read […]

Dog days of summer no match for pup swim park

Dog days of summer no match for pup swim park

Furry friends wanting to take a dip in Gulf Breeze now have their own piece of the park. The new dog beach opened up this month along the water line of Shoreline Park. Up to now the entire beach area of the park had been closed to pets.   Read the full article in the […]

Navarre Beach dog park gains county support

Navarre Beach dog park gains county support

The long-sought after Navarre dog beach concept may be on the horizon after Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. County staff have put forward a draft ordinance change to allow, among other things, a section of Navarre Beach sound side to go to the dogs, at least between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 […]

Juana’s one of a kind

Juana’s one of a kind

In this week’s issue you will read about a local family, the Rudzkis, who built one of the top 10 best beach bars in Florida from literally a shack 30 years ago. You can read the full article on our community page, but their accomplishments are nothing short of impressive. And in a town where […]

Juana’s celebrates 30 years

Juana’s celebrates 30 years

Coming over the bridge onto Navarre Beach, a distinct roof line of green metal and thatch peaks have greeted beach goers for decades. But the Navarre Beach staple known as Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill was not always the complex of booming business it is today.   Read the full article in the June 27 […]

County gets to down to business with StRIVE

County gets to down to business with StRIVE

Businesses across Santa Rosa County are set to get a facelift thanks to the first round of StRIVE grants set for approval this week. The StRIVE (Santa Rosa Improvement Vitalization Enterprise) program was proposed by Chairman Sam Parker in January.     Read the full article in the June 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

County cuts ribbon on new Gulf side pavilion complex

County cuts ribbon on new Gulf side pavilion complex

County and state officials cut the ribbon Tuesday on new ADA-friendly pavilions, restroom facilities with showers, parking spaces and other much-anticipated enhancements in Navarre Beach Marine Park. The ribbon cutting marked the end of a multimillion-dollar project with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to bring updated amenities to the marine park. Read the full […]

Navarre Beach Ambassadors return to the shore

Navarre Beach Ambassadors return to the shore

Volunteers armed with beachy giveaways and binders of knowledge will be engaging Navarre Beach visitors this summer as the second year of the Navarre Beach Ambassadors Program gets underway. A partnership between the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office and UF/IFAS Sea Grant, the program held a training session last week on Monday at the […]

Bird babysitters back on beach

Bird babysitters back on beach

With the nesting season for Navarre Beach’s shorebirds moving along, Audubon Florida is in need of volunteers for its bird stewardship program. Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala said these volunteers act as bird babysitters, keeping an eye out for the handful of colonies that call this beach home.   Read the full article in the […]

Are we privatizing part of our law enforcement?

Are we privatizing part of our law enforcement?

We learned in the last two weeks about a couple of instances where it has become necessary to hire off duty deputies to slow down speeders in Holley by the Sea and to direct the flow of weekend traffic on Gulf Boulevard at the Navarre Beach Causeway. This presents an interesting scenario. On one hand, […]

Businesses must plan for disaster

Businesses must plan for disaster

One in four businesses never reopen following a natural disaster, and 90% of businesses that do not get back up and running in five days will ultimately fail, according to the Small Business Development Center at University of West Florida (SBDC). A business continuity plan can help mitigate that risk said SBDC business consultant Ayesha […]

Restructured rescue team seeing busy but safe season

Restructured rescue team seeing busy but safe season

Navarre Beach lifeguards and fire rescue personnel were out in full force June 13, scanning the shoreline with binoculars. The rescue wave runner trolled the shore back and forth as a search helicopter flew overhead.   Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

The Crew celebrates summer

The Crew celebrates summer

Being a teenager is hard. Momentum Church student pastor Ray Millsap said sometimes folks forget that. But between social media bullying, temptations to sin online and the constant barrage of often misleading information, being a teen and being a Christian can be a challenge, he said.   Read the full article in the June 13 […]

Paradise gets tourism council thumbs-up

Paradise gets tourism council thumbs-up

Paradise Advertising has likely secured yet another three years of representing Santa Rosa County’s tourism image and the more than $750,000 annually that comes with it. The St. Petersburg-based destination advertising and marketing firm was put forward unanimously as the top pick by a selection committee of local tourism professionals after a competitive request for […]

Navarre among top spots for vacation rental investors

Navarre among top spots for vacation rental investors

Navarre has been named the 15th best place in the U.S. to purchase a vacation rental property, according to Rented.com, a short-term vacation rentals site. Rented.com put out a survey to answer this question: “When buying a rental property for investment purposes, what are the best markets?” To answer that, Rented.com calculated a return on […]

Santa Rosa not so small business friendly

Santa Rosa not so small business friendly

When Ken Walters prepared to open the Grey Tap Room in Navarre, he went through the proper county processes. He said he wanted to be sure to do things the right way. Walters got approved site plans after months of back and forth with county staff, and planted the trees as required from his plan […]

Chamber capital campaign has strong start

Chamber capital campaign has strong start

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce officially kicked off its capital campaign for a new permanent home May 31 with a big announcement. The chamber secured $55,000 in beginning donations for the campaign to purchase the building and property at 1804 Prado Street in the heart of Navarre.   Read the full article in […]

Navarre Beach wastewater permit headed to approval

Navarre Beach wastewater permit headed to approval

The Navarre Beach Wastewater Treatment Facility is set to get the go-ahead for continued discharge of 900,000 gallons of treated effluent each day into Santa Rosa Sound. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) issued an intent to issue a permit May 24 to extend the treatment facility’s discharge practices for another five years.   […]

Blessing the beach

Blessing the beach

Locals and visitors gathered for a special prayer over the beach May 23. Dr. Alan McBride, senior pastor at Navarre United Methodist Church, led a prayer for safety and prosperity for the locals and the thousands of visitors who will visit throughout peak tourist season. The annual blessing is coordinated by the Navarre Beach Area […]

Tunes by the Dunes kicks off Thursday

Tunes by the Dunes kicks off Thursday

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its 12th annual free summer concert series Thursday, May 30 at the Navarre Beach Park’s Sand Crab Pavilion, just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Co-hosted by the Okaloosa Gas District, Navarre Press, Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office, 87 Garage and the Navarre […]

County hanging in with plywood pier patches

County hanging in with plywood pier patches

Despite lengthy discussion by county commissioners about replacing 121 patches along the length of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, the county has opted to stick with the plywood solution. County Engineer Roger Blaylock said the county expects to have new bids for replacing the entire pier deck by June 13.   Read the full article […]

Science station says farewell to Taylor

Science station says farewell to Taylor

After two years of inspiring young minds, marine biology teacher Sara Taylor will be setting sail away from the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Taylor told the Navarre Press last week that she and her husband Andrew plan to return to Birmingham, Alabama, ahead of next school year.   Read the full article in the […]

Juana’s celebrating 30 years with an upgrade

Juana’s celebrating 30 years with an upgrade

Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill is celebrating 30 years of service along Navarre Beach this year, and with that anniversary came a hefty investment, said general manager Kevin Rudzki. The result is a major renovation of the iconic eatery.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]