Navarre Pier

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 […]

Top 5 events this week

Top 5 events this week

Aug. 29 Toes-N-Sand Bring blankets, chairs and your family for a sunset movie next to the pier on Navarre Beach. The movie showing is “Grease”. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/navarrebeachpier. Aug. 30 Tunes by the Dunes The Navarre Chamber presents a free concert from 7 to 9 p.m. on Navarre Beach. Food and beverages available […]

Pirate Plunge

The Pirates on the Panhandle Social Club along with Foxtails Beach BBQ & Raw Bar on the Gulf of Mexico invite you to participate in the Inaugural Pirate Plunge Party alongside the Navarre Pier from noon to 4 p.m.  Registration begins at 11 a.m. All proceeds from this event will benefit The Weekend Food Program of Navarre. […]

Pier revamp underway, new operator at helm

Pier revamp underway, new operator at helm

While the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier has remained open, the pier restaurant and bar have been closed since Nov. 25 as Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises transitions into its role as the new pier operations company. GSE was selected by the county from a number of bidders to improve the pier’s amenities and profitability. The contract […]

Coastal Clean Up Day

Trash doesn’t fall from the sky, it falls from human hands, and human hands have the power to stop it. Volunteers will have the chance to make a difference from 8 a.m. to noon on Navarre Beach. A Clean Community representative will be on hand to register participants and provide trash bags at the pavilion next […]

Feuding pier partners make peace and plans

Feuding pier partners make peace and plans

Before the partners in Coastal Concessions LLC began a legal war with each other in February, their lease from the county to run the Navarre Beach Pier seemed like a license to mint money. But the dueling lawsuits between Stephanie Maddox and Scott Rayner have now been settled and the roughly $2 million-a-year business that […]

Judge seeks to end pier partners’ turmoil

Judge seeks to end pier partners’ turmoil

Although the feuding business partners who manage the Navarre Beach pier are being allowed to stay on after a contract violation, they still face possible sanctions in Santa Rosa Circuit Court. Judge John Simon told Scott Rayner and Stephanie Maddox last week that they must soon end their four-month legal battle through supervised mediation. Read […]

Pier partners pardoned for contract violation

Pier partners pardoned for contract violation

Threatened with possible eviction from their Navarre Beach Pier business, the embattled principals who run it bought more time this week with a three-year-late payment of $3,250 on their revenue-sharing pact with the county. County Attorney Roy Andrews backed off his recent ultimatum to Coastal Concessions LLC over the company’s unauthorized subcontract with an outside […]

Pier partners seek county’s good graces

Pier partners seek county’s good graces

While infighting continues among the partners who manage the Navarre Beach Pier, they met the deadline for the monthly payment on their lease with Santa Rosa County due April 17. After missing their March 15 deadline, prompting a slap on the wrist from County Attorney Roy Andrews, embattled Coastal Concessions LLC delivered two checks totaling […]

Pier partners jockey for position

Pier partners jockey for position

As county commissioners prepare to advertise for a replacement of the embattled company that manages Navarre Beach Pier, the partners of Coastal Concessions, LLC continue their infighting over who should be in charge until their current contract ends Dec. 31. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at […]

County orders pier partners to pay up

County orders pier partners to pay up

Accusations and ultimatums are flying fast and furious among the partners who manage the Navarre Beach Pier, and Santa Rosa County Attorney Roy Andrews has stepped in with a deadline ordering them to straighten out at least some of it by April 30. Read the full article in the April 6 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Catchin’ Cobia

Catchin’ Cobia

Shaun Abbott leans against the railing of the Navarre Beach fishing pier, his pole leaned up against the side of it with a colorful lure dangling from the end of the line high above the sparkling green water of the Gulf of Mexico. Read the full article in the March 30 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Pier partners owe county

Pier partners owe county

The already shaky partnership that manages the Navarre Beach Pier is crumbling amid unpaid state sales taxes leading to issuance of a tax warrant and failure to make the lease payment due to Santa Rosa County earlier this month. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com […]

Commissioners at odds on need for pier master plan

Commissioners at odds on need for pier master plan

County Commission Chairman Rob Williamson has a vision of what the Navarre Beach pier should look like in coming years. He said he would like to see coffee and ice cream shops, retail opportunities, rental activities and an expanded stand-alone restaurant. “I believe we could be tripling that revenue,” he said. The Board of County […]

No holds barred in pier dispute

No holds barred in pier dispute

The legal dispute among partners who manage the Navarre Beach Pier has them hurling allegations at each other over nearly everything but the kitchen sink –and who’s in charge of that is even in doubt. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as […]

Financial oversight of pier in question

Financial oversight of pier in question

The estranged partners who manage Navarre Beach Pier agree on little these days, except that the other has stolen money from Coastal Concessions LLC’s Lagerheads restaurant. Read the full article in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Pier partners are worlds apart

Pier partners are worlds apart

The lawsuit filed last week by Scott Rayner against Stephanie Maddox, his partner in the company that manages the Navarre Beach Pier, has prompted Maddox to form a separate business and has asked for a review of their split by county officials. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Beach pier partners to face off in court

Beach pier partners to face off in court

Scott Rayner and Stephanie Maddox have long presented a public image as shoulder-to-shoulder allies in managing the Navarre Beach Pier through everything from financial woes to cleaning up vandalized restrooms. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.    

Flight to freedom: Rehabilitated pelicans form new forever flock

Flight to freedom: Rehabilitated pelicans form new forever flock

As the sun set over a silent stretch of East Bay in Holley, three juvenile pelicans took flight toward freedom for the first time in months Wednesday, Nov. 16, during a hard release by the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. The trio came to the refuge roughly two months ago, each in a less than healthy […]

Pier peak season peaks profits

Pier peak season peaks profits

As beach season winds to a close and the number of visits to the 1,545-foot long Navarre Pier become less crowded, the pier has moved to its winter hours. As of Nov. 6, the pier opens at dawn and closes half an hour after dark. Though the traffic is beginning to slow, the pier saw […]

Record-setting rodeo

Record-setting rodeo

The 2016 Navarre Fishing Rodeo set records on many levels.  This year the rodeo attracted more people, larger sponsors, more door prizes, more fish weighed – it was more.  The beautiful weather on both days of the event got folks out onto the water to enjoy a day of fishing with family and friends. The […]

Take a Kid Fishing

This free kid’s fishing pole giveaway and clinic is staged at Navarre Beach Pier, 8579 Gulf Blvd., Navarre. 8 a.m. First 500 children under 12 receive a free fishing pole, t-shirt and hat. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at fishnavarre.com or if available, day of event. The event includes free bait and fishing instruction.

Calling all anglers to the Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Calling all anglers to the Navarre Fishing Rodeo

It won’t be long before anglers along the Emerald Coast can compete in the Navarre Fishing Rodeo. The event, in its fourth year, is set to take place Oct. 1-2 and is part of the 13th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. The tournament highlights the abundance of fish that can be found in area waters […]

Turtle rescue thwarted by line cutting

Turtle rescue thwarted by line cutting

If you hook a sea turtle while fishing on the pier, do not cut the line. That’s what Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patroller Jim Holmes begged of fishermen Friday, Sept. 9 after a fishing “novice” cut the line on an entangled turtle off Navarre Pier before rescuers could arrive. When the turtle was spotted, pier […]

Toes-N-Sand

Bring blankets, chairs and your family for a sunset movie next to the pier on Navarre Beach. The movie showing is “Minions”. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/lagerheadsonthegulf.