Navarre Chamber Foundation

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 […]

Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Set to take place October 1 & 2, the Navarre Fishing Rodeo is in its fourth year and has already become one of the most popular rodeos among anglers on the Emerald Coast. The tournament plans to highlight the abundance of fish swimming through area waters and the different methods for catching them. The weigh-ins […]

Kayak Tours on Navarre Beach

Come explore the gulf-side artificial reef system on Navarre Beach from the comfort of a clear bottom kayak! The unique clear lens of the kayaks will afford a view like none other.  Tours will be guided by certified reef monitors, these small tours enable participants to learn about the reef and all its inhabitants. Tours […]

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.” […]

Snowbirds flock to Navarre Expos

Snowbirds flock to Navarre Expos

Snowbirds and local residents attended the Snowbird Expo and the Navarre Chamber Health and Business Expo last week. Click HERE to view photos from the events.  

Surprise renaming of Navarre Park fizzles

Surprise renaming of Navarre Park fizzles

Without consulting key stakeholders or polling constituents, Commissioner Rob Williamson placed an agenda item on the County Commissioners’ agenda to rename Navarre Park to Navarre Memorial Park only to pull it after hearing the sentiments of the other commissioners and the public. The only notice given was in the backup materials provided for the meeting […]

RFP approval, contract execution next steps in reef project process

RFP approval, contract execution next steps in reef project process

Steps still need to be taken before work begins on two artificial reef projects off Navarre Beach, but according to Navarre Chamber Foundation President Mike Sandler, things continue to move forward. The next step is the contracting process. “There is nothing stopping the county from proceeding with the snorkel reef at Navarre Beach Marine Park,” […]

Jingle Bell Fun

Jingle Bell Fun

The Navarre Chamber Foundation Jingle Bell run was held on Dec. 5 and has opened the Navarre holiday season for five years with a pet friendly non-timed 5K. Prizes were given for the most-spirited male, female and pet. The female winner was Angela Helvey; the male winner was Paul Wright and the pet winner was […]

Navarre Fishing Rodeo reels in more fish and fun

Navarre Fishing Rodeo reels in more fish and fun

The Navarre Fishing Rodeo was a huge success this past weekend with more than twice as many anglers than in year’s past and a 100 percent increase in the number of fish brought in to the weigh station at Juana’s Pagoda during the two-day tournament. All in all, the tournament saw a 224 percent increase […]