Navarre Park

Three things to know: Holiday fun coming this weekend

Three things to know: Holiday fun coming this weekend

Navarre will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of some community Christmas traditions this weekend. Families looking to get into the festive December spirit can make a safe bet on these events. 1. Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk Fun Run Kicking off the morning of fun will be the Navarre Beach Chamber Foundation’s Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk […]

Navarre celebrates service, sacrifice

Navarre celebrates service, sacrifice

Residents decked in red, white and blue packed Navarre Park’ center pavilion and spilled out across the lawn toward the Black Hawk Memorial Monday for the annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Each year the ceremony is presented by local veteran’s organizations including Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4407 American Legion posts.   Read the full article […]

Veterans Day events scheduled for Santa Rosa

Veterans Day events scheduled for Santa Rosa

Two Veterans Day events in Santa Rosa County will be attended by members of the Board of County Commissioners Nov. 11 according to a press release. In Navarre Park, the festivities are set to start at 11 a.m. presented by local veteran’s organizations including Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4407 American Legion posts. Other participating organizations include Navarre High School […]

Senior Center names its board candidates

Senior Center names its board candidates

The Holley Navarre Senior Center has revealed the members who are running for spots on the center’s board. There are four running for at-large spots and one running for the secretary position. Among the candidates is Darlene Calhoun, who heads up the Ways and Means Committee at the center.   Read the full article in […]

Honoring Veterans

Honoring Veterans

In our community, there is no lack of military appreciation. You see it everywhere. We are a community filled with veterans, retirees, active-duty and reservists. At night we are often lulled to sleep by the sounds of freedom; a C-130 circling overhead, CV-22s flying low and even the sound of gunship fire in the distance. […]

Panhandle Butterfly House may migrate to Milton

Panhandle Butterfly House may migrate to Milton

Much like the butterflies that it teaches about, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is planning to migrate. In this case the direction is north, to Milton. Plans discussed with the Milton City Council Oct. 17 would put the PBH in a location just south of the heart of downtown Milton on Henry Street. Located near […]

Navarre Park revamp delayed by missing permits

Navarre Park revamp delayed by missing permits

The multimillion-dollar renovation of Navarre Park could be delayed by more than six months thanks to missing wetlands permits from state and federal officials. District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech, who represents the Navarre area, said the permits were never applied for.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Visitor Center features works by local artists

Visitor Center features works by local artists

Local artists have an opportunity to showcase their work to the thousands of visitors that walk through the Santa Rosa County Visitor Information Center each year. The Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office is hosting a local artist gallery to show off the art community to visitors and locals alike. The work of Dawn McBrien, the first to be […]

Wing Off raises $25,000 for special needs families

Wing Off raises $25,000 for special needs families

Attendance doubled to more than 1,000 patrons Saturday for Navarre’s second annual Wing Off, Starfish Project’s annual competitive chicken wing fest in Navarre Park. The Wing Off is the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser for the year to support families of children with special needs.   Read the full article in the Aug. 29 issue of Navarre […]

Second annual Wing Off coming to Navarre Park

Second annual Wing Off coming to Navarre Park

The Starfish Project of Navarre has tasked the public with an important decision. Saturday. The nonprofit organization will be calling on foodies of all ages to vote to determine which is the best chicken wing in Navarre as part of the second annual Wing Off in Navarre Park.   Read the full article in the […]

Bears close Navarre Park for a nap

Bears close Navarre Park for a nap

Friday two bears were caught napping in a pine tree in Navarre Park. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC), along with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, closed Navarre Park for the safety of visitors. According to FWC’s website, the black bear is the only species of bear in Florida. Bears are solitary by nature […]

Butterfly House co-founder dies at 92

Butterfly House co-founder dies at 92

Though her time here was short, Fonda Wetherell made a lasting impact on the children of Navarre as one of the founders of the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH). She passed away June 22 in Iowa. As a volunteer and lover of gardening and butterflies, Wetherell helped shape this icon of Navarre in the early years […]

Former Green Beret never stops serving

Former Green Beret never stops serving

When retired Army 1st Sgt. Jay Collins rolled out of Navarre Park on his bicycle June 6, the rain was pouring. Ahead of him were 400-plus miles over 10 days. Behind him, more than 2,000 miles had already been covered. He just kept on pedaling because for Collins, Operation BBQ Relief’s Breaking Bread Tour was […]

Hotel fights child cancer with yard sale

Hotel fights child cancer with yard sale

Visitors to Navarre Park Saturday, May 18 perused baby toys, old movies, antiques and jewelry as part of a charity yard sale hosted by Hampton Inn and Suites. The sale focused on raising funds to help St. Jude Children’s Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer.   Read the full article in the May 23 […]

Appreciating foster parents

Appreciating foster parents

May is National Foster Care Month, and United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) took an afternoon Saturday to thank foster parents in a picnic in Navarre Park. Foster parents in the UMCH West Florida Foster Parent program provide care for children that have been separated from their families due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Some of […]

Picnic honors Navarre’s military community

Picnic honors Navarre’s military community

Cloudy skies gave way to a sunny mid-day Saturday in Navarre Park during the third annual Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Picnic. May is Military Appreciation Month, and the chamber has been celebrating with an appreciation event for years, but in 2016 they transitioned from a formal breakfast to an informal picnic […]

Raiders end 209-mile journey at Navarre Blackhawk Memorial

Raiders end 209-mile journey at Navarre Blackhawk Memorial

With sore feet and patches in hand, participants of Rucking for Raiders brought their 209-mile trek to an end at the foot of the Blackhawk Memorial Friday. The group of 51 men and women made the journey to honor Marines killed in the line of duty. Read the full article in the May 16 issue […]

May is Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners honored servicemen and servicewomen Monday with a declaration of May as National Military Appreciation Month alongside representatives from NAS Whiting Field. Take a moment this month to thank those who serve. In Navarre, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Military Appreciation Picnic Saturday at Navarre […]

Navarre Park: Living shoreline vs. seawall

Navarre Park: Living shoreline vs. seawall

Once upon a time, seawalls were the law of the land when it came to erosion protection, but scientists studying the impact on shorelines across the country have come to a different conclusion. Seawalls are a high expense for typically lower return on investment than more natural approaches known as living shorelines. Read the full […]

Drive for donations a success for senior center

Drive for donations a success for senior center

Donations poured in quickly and that led to the concrete being poured for the foundation for the gazebo the Holley Navarre Senior Center is receiving from the Panhandle Butterfly House. The gazebo will be disassembled and reassembled today by Keller Williams Realty during its Red Day efforts at the senior center. Read the full article […]

Pink Pirates aid in fight against breast cancer

Pink Pirates aid in fight against breast cancer

Fundraising efforts throughout the past year by the Pink Pirates of Navarre came to fruition April 24 in a symbolic check presentation of $15,000 at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Navarre. The donation was presented to the Baptist Health Care Foundation and is an increase over last year’s $13,500 contribution. Read the full article […]

Navarre Park revised price tag: $4.9 million

Navarre Park revised price tag: $4.9 million

Renovation of Navarre Park is set to begin in June, and the cost of updated plans for the roughly 4.7 acres has dropped from more than $7 million to $4.9 million. Paring down the project was part of District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech’s campaign for election. Read the full article in the April 4 […]

Calle De Palencia project draws neighborhood complaints

Calle De Palencia project draws neighborhood complaints

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials identified several improvements to be made along U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre separate from discussions of expanding the roadway. FDOT representative Alaina Webb told the handful of gathered citizens at a public hearing March 19 that an access management study was conducted for the length of 98 through Navarre […]

Citizen group tackles issues

Citizen group tackles issues

A group calling themselves the “District 4 Task Force” met recently at the Navarre Tourist Information Center with District 4 County Commissioner, Dave Piech, in a round table session to review extensive work they’d been pursuing for months regarding the state of Navarre. Major concerns and initiatives for the task force revolve around three central […]

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

County commissioners plan to ask voters to raise the local option sales tax (LOST) in an August special election. This would extend and expand an existing half-cent LOST approved by voters in 2016. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up […]

Tourism council backs funding for wildlife refuge

Tourism council backs funding for wildlife refuge

After balking at a request for nearly half a million dollars, the county’s Tourist Development Council did agree Jan. 3 to fund $117,000 for animal habitats at the new Holley location of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR). While ECWR has steadily been securing donations since December 2016, the timeline for completion of the new […]

Our hopes for 2019

Our hopes for 2019

We hope Holley Navarre Water System will get their act together and behave like a professional board that controls one of the largest budgets in the county. We wish successful business owners, or at least people with board experience, would seek to become part of the board for no other reason than to serve their […]

Phase I price tag $3 million

Phase I price tag $3 million

Based on Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is no longer part of Navarre Park’s Phase I makeover, but it is not being relocated to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge either. That issue aside, County Administrator Dan Schebler told the commissioners that they need an answer to move forward on […]

Panhandle Butterfly House seeks third option

Panhandle Butterfly House seeks third option

In the ongoing saga of the Panhandle Butterfly House’s (PBH) future, a decision could finally come next Thursday at the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners meeting. But that answer may not be what the PBH leadership wants to hear. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Chamber’s event a success despite hasty relocation

Chamber’s event a success despite hasty relocation

Holiday celebrations across the Gulf Coast had to regroup Saturday after severe weather rolled into the area, and the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas in the Park was no exception. But rather than call off the festivities, the chamber opted to move from the planned location of Navarre Park to the Days […]

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