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Navarre leaders tackling worries about road plan

Navarre leaders tackling worries about road plan

A proposal to build a “community access road” to ease traffic on Highway 98 is being repackaged in an effort to calm the concerns of some Navarre residents. In fact, the whole idea of using the word “road” to describe the alternate route for local traffic in the Holley by the Sea area is now […]

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. […]

Entrepreneurs must navigate obstacle course to succeed

Entrepreneurs must navigate obstacle course to succeed

In a lot of ways, Santa Rosa County is approaching small business the right way. That’s the opinion of Debbie Rogers-Guinn, the owner of Deb’s Coffee in Navarre. “They were really supportive of us from the very beginning and throughout,” she said. After seven years, Rogers-Guinn and her husband are currently seeking to move their […]

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

On August 7, 2017, Tamara Fountain stepped into the role of CEO and president for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. In the 12 months that followed, Fountain assessed and scrutinized everything the chamber did. From events to programming to the very mission statement, she worked alongside the board of directors, chairman, membership director […]

Primary election spurs strong turnout

Primary election spurs strong turnout

The 2018 primary election drew more than one-fourth of the voting population to the polls, and many in Santa Rosa County are celebrating that turnout. Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane said she was pleased to see the spike in participation. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press […]

Top 5 events this week

Top 5 events this week

Monday, Aug. 13 Santa Rosa County Early Voting Early voting for election day has begun. Click here for important voter registration information. Read the Navarre Press voter’s guide to learn more about the candidates running for office.   Wednesday, Aug. 15 Toes-N-Sand Toes-N-Sand free sunset movies is back at the Navarre Beach Pier. They will […]

98 Symposium

98 Symposium

Decision makers from throughout the region gathered at the Navarre Visitors Center last week to work together toward traffic solutions at the first ever Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Symposium. Representatives from Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County governments, school boards, Transportation Planning Organizations (TPO) and others met on […]

Springhill showcases creations, debuts Chamber Brew

Springhill showcases creations, debuts Chamber Brew

Navarre Beach vacationers were joined by locals in shopping hand-made art and sipping Navarre’s own craft beer June 20 at the Springhill Suites second Art of Local event. The Gulf beachfront hotel plans to host the events quarterly. Read the full article in the June 28 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as […]

98 flyover lacks chamber support, widening gets thumbs-up

98 flyover lacks chamber support, widening gets thumbs-up

When asked to name the greatest obstacle for Navarre’s future, residents have one overwhelming response: Traffic. That was the finding of an analysis of data by Matrix Design Group. A similar study conducted among Hurlburt Field personnel came up with the same concern: Fix traffic congestion. Read the full article in the June 14 issue […]

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

The unfolding struggle to alleviate the traffic strangle on Highway 98 through Navarre is shaping up to be a major lobbying effort that may take several years and will likely reach to Tallahassee and even Washington, D.C. A campaign organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is getting underway with invitations being prepared […]

Top 5 events this week

Top 5 events this week

Tuesday, June 5 Bands on the Beach Every Tuesday Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series features a lineup of performers sure to please every musical taste.  Bring your lawn chair and join the fun from 7 to 9 p.m. at the gulfside pavilion. For more information, visit www.visitpensacolabeach.com. Thursday, June 7 Tunes by the […]

Navarre Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year

Navarre Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year

Teachers of the Year from Navarre area schools were recognized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Featured in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!                

Navarre Chamber to host Money Matters Expo

Navarre Chamber to host Money Matters Expo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will host an expo June 9 to help people improve their financial literacy on topics from homebuying to investing to life insurance and more. The Money Matters Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Days Inn and Suites Navarre Conference Center at 8700 […]

Tunes by the Dunes to rock the beach starting May 31

Tunes by the Dunes to rock the beach starting May 31

For the 11th year in a row, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its annual free summer concert series Thursday, May 31, featuring a wide variety of music genres. The Tunes by the Dunes concert series (formerly Thursdays in the Park) was relocated from Navarre Park to the Navarre Beach Sand […]

Tourism Development Council creates annual sponsorship opportunity

Tourism Development Council creates annual sponsorship opportunity

The Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Board took a hardline approach to grant funding for the second year in a row during their May 17 budget workshop meeting, but even with the cutbacks, many events that did not receive the grant may still count this year’s budget a victory. The Local Tourism Event Marketing Grant […]

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Longtime Navarre resident Phil Babiak has been advocating for years for a secondary east-west route between Navarre and Hurlburt Field to alleviate mounting traffic concerns along U.S. Highway 98. That plan finally has a name: the Navarre-Hurlburt Connector. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Military appreciation picnic at Navarre Park

Military appreciation picnic at Navarre Park

The Military Affairs Committee of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) hosted a military appreciation picnic in Navarre Park Saturday, May 12. Featured in the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 […]

Lay the groundwork before launching small business

Lay the groundwork before launching small business

Roughly 80 percent of businesses in the U.S. open their doors without taking out a business loan, according to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of West Florida. For entrepreneurs seeking to bring new retail outlets, services and industry to the Navarre area, there are many financing options. Read the full article […]

Two more candidates seeking south-end school board seats

Two more candidates seeking south-end school board seats

Following contentious contract negotiations with the county’s teachers union, challengers have entered the ring for the three school board seats up for election this year. In the last few weeks, two more candidates have thrown their hats in for the south-end seats on the five-member board. Read the full article in the April 26 issue […]

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

While the Florida Department of Transportation continues to pursue expanding U.S. Highway 98 to six lanes and implementing a flyover in the Heart of Navarre, the thoroughfare continues to increase beyond its intended maximum capacity. When an accident occurs, the areas only major east-west corridor can become blocked, leaving both local and long-distance traffic at […]

Opportunity occupations give financial boost to skilled workers

Opportunity occupations give financial boost to skilled workers

  Workers do not need a bachelor’s degree to make a livable wage. Research by the Center for Human Capital Studies, a part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, reveals that while degrees do typically mean higher wages, a group of workers with little or no college training is pulling in big dollars thanks […]

Chamber defamation lawsuit settled out of court

Chamber defamation lawsuit settled out of court

  A defamation lawsuit filed by Tony Hughes, president of Beach Community Bank, against the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and its previous CEO, Judy Morehead, has been settled out of court under undisclosed terms. The suit was filed in May 2016 in the First Judicial Circuit Court and alleged that Morehead made false […]

Visionaries wanted

Visionaries wanted

A visionary: thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom (Merriam-Webster). The Collins English Dictionary says if you refer to someone as a visionary, you mean that they have strong, original ideas about how things might be different in the future, especially about how things might be improved. Visionaries step out of the […]

Break the rules and close more sales

Break the rules and close more sales

  Closing sales can be a lucrative business, but it is highly competitive. Sales professionals are often faced with several “nos” before they hit that “yes.” It is a job of constantly developing leads and dead ends are inevitable. Read the full article in the Mar. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Storage units planned for Heart of Navarre

Storage units planned for Heart of Navarre

County Commissioner Lane Lynchard has requested a variance from zoning laws in the Heart of Navarre to build a self-storage business. Lynchard and business partner Nadja Robles plan to build a storage unit facility along Highway 87 north of James M. Harvell Road. The 5.2-acre property is next door to Navarre Cross Fit. The Zoning […]

Rubble rivalry may have ‘pieceful’ solution

Rubble rivalry may have ‘pieceful’ solution

There should be plenty of big concrete chunks from next year’s planned demolition of the old Pensacola Bay Bridge to supply the offshore reef-building needs of both Santa Rosa and Escambia for years to come. Although some commissioners from both counties are contentiously claiming shares of the valuable material to construct habitat for sport fish, […]

Calling all bands for Tunes by the Dunes

Calling all bands for Tunes by the Dunes

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Tunes by the Dunes Committee is seeking bands to play this year’s event free summer concert series. They will be meeting soon to finalize plans for the event. The series showcases a variety of local musicians onstage with the beautiful Navarre Beach sunset as a backdrop. Read the […]

TDC to drop more meetings, launch project teams

TDC to drop more meetings, launch project teams

In an unscheduled agenda item, the Tourist Development Council (TDC) on Monday discussed cutting its number of meetings each year in half and completely eliminating the committee aspect of the group. Tourism Development Director Julie Morgan said that now the grants process is being handled in one meeting each year, the committee lacked much purpose. […]

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 […]

New chamber leaders on board

New chamber leaders on board

Aloy sets sights on next 30 years As the Gulf Breeze Chamber of Commerce rings in its 30-year anniversary, a new woman has taken the lead as chairman of the board of directors. Karen Aloy is no stranger to leadership within the chamber. Just six months into her initial membership, Aloy was asked to step […]