Navarre Chamber Foundation

Community center, firefighter training proposed for Navarre

Community center, firefighter training proposed for Navarre

Firefighters from across the region descend on Niceville for a weekend of training with the Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council, Inc. (NFVFW) each year, bringing with them money to spend and hotel nights purchased. Santa Rosa County’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) threw their support behind bringing those dollars into Santa Rosa during their meeting […]

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 […]

Pier receives turtle-friendly light grant

Pier receives turtle-friendly light grant

The Navarre Beach Fishing Pier has received a grant to install new and updated turtle-friendly lighting along the pier, in the store, in the restaurant, at volleyball courts and possibly in parking areas. The grant is awarded through the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Read the full article in […]

Tunes by the Dunes schedule released

Tunes by the Dunes schedule released

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its 12th Annual Free Summer Concert Series May 30 at the Sand Crab Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park, just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Co-hosted by the Okaloosa Gas District, Navarre Press, Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office and Chamber Foundation, the summer […]

Reef becomes staple of ecotourism

Reef becomes staple of ecotourism

Kayak fishing enthusiast Bob Boston remembers landing in Pensacola in 2010 the same day as the BP Oil Spill. He was returning from his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. “I was mad. I said I have to do something, and when I get something on my mind, I’m tenacious,” Boston said. Read the full […]

Christmas parade and Christmas in the Park slated for Saturday

Christmas parade and Christmas in the Park slated for Saturday

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual “Christmas in the Park” event will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Navarre Park at the foot of the Navarre Bridge. This year’s event will include a Merry Market where local arts and crafters will gather with great gift ideas […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Here are the top five events happening this week: Friday, Nov. 30 Zoo lights Enjoy the beauty of the Gulf Breeze Zoo at night as you admire thousands of sparkling lights Nov. 30, Dec. 1,2, 7-9 and 14-29 from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 850-932-2229 or visit […]

Navarre Christmas in the Park and Parade set for Dec.1

Navarre Christmas in the Park and Parade set for Dec.1

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual “Christmas in the Park” event will be held Saturday, Dec.1, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Navarre Park at the foot of the Navarre Bridge. This year’s event will include a Merry Market where local arts and crafters will gather with great gift ideas for everyone […]

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

In an attempt to better protect natural sand dunes, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation has agreed to donate $1,200 of signage to Santa Rosa County. The signs will replace a handful of metal stake boards posted along the northern edge of the beach’s sand dunes. Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2018 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2018 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation and Okaloosa Gas are working to put the finishing touches on the 2018 fishing rodeo slated for Oct. 6-7 on Navarre Beach. Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, the event is entering its sixth year and is one stop on what will be the 15th annual Beaches […]

HBTS Fishing Club steps up for Take a Kid Fishing

HBTS Fishing Club steps up for Take a Kid Fishing

Holley By the Sea Fishing Club is the title sponsor of the 2018 Take a Kid Fishing event presented by the Navarre Chamber Foundation, the area’s premier children’s fishing camp which takes place Oct. 6, during the weekend of the Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo. The ninth annual Take a Kid Fishing takes place on the Navarre Beach […]

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2018 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2018 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation welcomes Okaloosa Gas District to the 2018 fishing rodeo slated for Oct. 6-7 on Navarre Beach. Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the event is entering its sixth year and is one stop on what will be the 15th annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. The […]

Another reef on the horizon for Navarre Beach

Another reef on the horizon for Navarre Beach

Phase III of the Florida Artificial Reef Creation and Restoration project continues and bid solicitation has been finalized for a near-shore fishing and diving reef off Navarre Beach. The project is funded by Natural Resource Damage Assessment money as a result of the BP oil spill in 2010. The total estimated cost of the project […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Dec. 1 Holiday Dance The Community Life United Methodist Church, 4115 Soundside Dr., is hosting a holiday dance for persons with special abilities, 16 and older. The dance provides adults with disabilities an evening to gather for community while caregivers enjoy a night out. Each event is comprised of entertainment, dancing and refreshments. RSVP at https://fridaydanceclc.weebly.com/. For additional questions, email fridaydanceclc@gmail.com. […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Sea Turtle Extravaganza Learn about sea turtles through games, crafts, jellyfish hat photos and more on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.   Navarre Fishing Rodeo The Navarre Chamber Foundation is excited to once […]

Update: Reef Deployment complete

Update: Reef Deployment complete

As of  6 p.m. Wednesday, deployment of the expansion of the Navarre Beach near-shore snorkel reef was completed. Despite rough seas and shallow water earlier in the process, workers from reef-building company Walter Marine were able to place the final modules more than doubling the snorkel reef’s size.  Deployment began last week, but sand changes […]

Dive reef design revealed

Dive reef design revealed

Images of what a new artificial dive reef off the Navarre Beach pier will look like are coming into focus after Taylor Engineering presented the preliminary design to Santa Rosa County officials. Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary President Mike Sandler, along with the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, has helped to spearhead the project, which will […]

Take a Kid Fishing set for October

Take a Kid Fishing set for October

The Navarre Beach Fishing pier will be the site of the Take a Kid Fishing event on Navarre Beach in October. The event coincides with the Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo that will also be going on that weekend. The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners approved the Navarre Chamber Foundation’s request for the use […]

Kayaking fun

Kayaking fun

Christina and Logan Mason of Lumberton, Texas, paddle through the surf on a clear bottom kayak tour of Navarre Beach Reef hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The Masons are vacationing for a week at Springhill Suites by Marriott and read about the tours online. Featured in the July 20 issue. […]

Insufficient funds for local events

Insufficient funds for local events

Of the $2,398,948 collected last fiscal year in bed tax dollars in Santa Rosa County, the Tourist Development Office set aside $75,000 to use as grant money for local events that help promote tourism. A criterion was set that had to be met in order to qualify for the grant money. The requests could not […]

Tourism board cuts event funding by half

Tourism board cuts event funding by half

Following spike in grant applications, the county Tourism Development Council (TDC) took a hard line stance on requirements to receive their funds, cutting event grant spending in half. More than $115,000 in funds was requested for 30 events throughout Santa Rosa County as part of the Local Event/Marketing Grant program. Only 14 events received approximately […]

Plunges net thousands for local charities

Plunges net thousands for local charities

Historically, new year’s day plunges take place in frigid waters and cold temperatures making it a challenge to complete. But when you live in Florida, it isn’t such a challenge, especially this winter. With temperatures in the 70s, weather conditions were favorable as hundreds of locals and visitors plunged into Navarre Beach’s waters new year’s […]

Navarre is freezing for a cause

Navarre is freezing for a cause

The tradition of facing frigid water on the first day of the New Year has been in the U.S. for more than 100 years, starting in 1904 with the L Street Brownies Polar Plunge in Boston. On Jan. 1, 2017, Navarre residents will join that tradition, shivering and splashing in the waters of the Gulf […]

Holiday fun is in full swing this weekend

Holiday fun is in full swing this weekend

Navarre will be feeling the holiday spirit Saturday, Dec. 3, for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas in the Park, Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk Fun Run, Navarre Community Christmas Parade and Santa’s Workshop Craft Fair. Read more in the Dec. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe online for as […]

New kayak and scuba walkover in the Marine Park will protect dunes near reefs

New kayak and scuba walkover in the Marine Park will protect dunes near reefs

Construction is underway for a walkover to the snorkeling reef on the Gulf side of Navarre Beach. With plans formalized for the project back in 2013 – delays including sea turtle nesting season prevented the work from getting started sooner – the walkover is being built near the eastern most pavilion on Navarre Beach and […]

Grant money brings big entertainment to Santa Rosa for 2016-17

Grant money brings big entertainment to Santa Rosa for 2016-17

The Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Committee (TDC) approved $61,225 in grants Tuesday, June 7 to fund 18 events such as festivals, 5Ks, concerts, parades and even butterfly tagging in the county. The funds are part of the bed-tax budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal years. Bed taxes are collected on visitors to the county who […]

Turtle Treks program on tap for Saturday

Turtle Treks program on tap for Saturday

Although the clear-bottom kayak tours of the artificial reef are booked for Saturday, that doesn’t mean people can’t come out and take advantage of an opportunity to learn more about sea turtles. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center is hosting its Turtle Treks program the same day, providing visitors an opportunity to check out […]

Meet Myrtle the Turtle

Meet Myrtle the Turtle

Santa Rosa County has a new ambassador that will call the Florida Welcome Center on I-10 home.  Her name is Myrtle the Turtle and she has her own hashtag (#myrtletheturtle). In a Tourist Development Council meeting April 5, Julie Morgan, tourist development director said that the possibilities that the turtle idea creates are endless.  The […]

Chamber’s new board is ready to work

Chamber’s new board is ready to work

The new President/CEO of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Judy Morehead says her vision for the chamber in 2016 is to follow the mission in place: “Our mission is to strengthen and improve the Navarre area by advocating for and representing business’ interest, promoting community development and enhancing the overall quality of life.” […]