Navarre residents

School shooting prompts Florida to take action

School shooting prompts Florida to take action

On Valentine’s Day, 17 lives were lost in a horrific act of violence. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, became the center of national attention as the story of yet another mass shooting played out. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Residents weigh in on Master Plan

Residents weigh in on Master Plan

  Roughly 200 residents and stakeholders armed with sticky notes and string weighed in on shaping Navarre’s future last week during the District 4 Master Plan’s first open house event at Navarre High School. From high school students to retirees, individuals from diverse backgrounds were asked to give input on everything from what sidewalks should […]

Flu cases spike in Santa Rosa County

Flu cases spike in Santa Rosa County

The 2017-2018 flu season is in full swing and the numbers tell the same story statewide. Counties across Florida are reporting widespread outbreaks with the majority of those cases occurring in senior health facilities, schools and day care centers. This predominant strain of the flu so far this year is the H3N2 virus, and this […]

Will you take the plunge?

Will you take the plunge?

On the first day of the year, Navarre Beach residents and visitors will gather for a long-standing tradition. Toes in the cold sand, some dressed in costume, they will gather at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico or inches from Santa Rosa Sound. Then as one big group they will all scurry, dive and […]

Shirley Brown remembered

Shirley Brown remembered

Community, state and national leaders gathered Monday along a portion of U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre to dedicate that part of the roadway as the Warren E. “Charlie” and Shirley Brown Memorial Highway. The dedication follows the passing of Shirley Brown in December 2016. Brown and her late husband were active members in the community […]

Residents concerned about losing property

Residents concerned about losing property

Maps of miles of U.S. Highway 98 stretched across tables last week at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) public hearings outlining the impacts that widening the road could have on hundreds of property owners and hundreds of thousands more who drive the corridor each day. Among the changes were proposals that would put a […]

Travel popular activity among seniors

Travel popular activity among seniors

Travel is high on the priority list of those 50 and over. It’s also big business for the industry, according to Stephanie Miles, the senior vice president for marketing and member benefits at AARP. “Travel is the number one thing people at that age aspire to do, especially with a significant other or family,” Miles […]

Families wait for call from Puerto Rico

Families wait for call from Puerto Rico

Although Hurricane Maria was more than a thousand miles away, when the storm took aim at the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico it hit close to home for some residents of Navarre. It was the second category 5 hurricane to strike the area in the span of two weeks. Power outages were widespread. The communities […]

Fire district’s bold increase angers payers

Fire district’s bold increase angers payers

Navarre residents received two tax notices in the mail this year. Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser Greg Brown sent out TRIM (Truth in Millage) notices of proposed ad-valorem taxes, but for the first time of his tenure he declined to send the Holley Navarre Fire Department (HNFD) assessment increase notices. “That’s an option I have,” […]

To Holley Navarre Water System: First Amendment (America) wins every time

To Holley Navarre Water System: First Amendment (America) wins every time

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment, Constitution of the United States of America […]

Andy Velo debuts first music video at Juana’s

Andy Velo debuts first music video at Juana’s

A few months after filming his first music video at Juana’s with the locals, Andy Velo returned to Navarre Aug. 11 to host a free concert and unveil that video. Nearly 1,500 people were on the property for the live concert on the beach that preceded the video debut. “We don’t get to play on […]

Yard waste non-collection leaves customers frustrated

Yard waste non-collection leaves customers frustrated

As Navarre residents lodge complaints over yard waste not being collected, a bid by Waste Management to limit the amount of waste they are required to pick up may cost them their contract with Santa Rosa County. Waste Management currently services roughly 13,000 residents in south Santa Rosa County with garbage, recycling, bulk and yard […]

Young entrepreneurs bring refreshing summer relief

Young entrepreneurs bring refreshing summer relief

Did you ever set up a lemonade stand when you were a child? Throughout history, dating back more than 100 years, the front yard lemonade stand has been associated with a young child’s first business, earning their first dimes or quarters. Read the full article in the June 15 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online […]

Actions = Consequences

Actions = Consequences

In Monday’s county commission meeting, Commissioner and Chairman Rob Williamson put the other commissioners in a difficult position when he removed the signs from the causeway in the middle of the night Thursday. Quite clearly he undermined the board as expressed by both Lane Lynchard and Sam Parker. He failed to defend county staff for […]

County Commissioners: Navarre needs you

County Commissioners: Navarre needs you

Good evening, County Commissioners.   It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to you. Yesterday, I stated my position and had every intention of moving forward; however, Commissioner Williamson’s recent Facebook post demands an answer.   At yesterday’s meeting, Commissioner Williamson spoke of the will of the people, and supporting the […]

Not in my neighborhood

Not in my neighborhood

Not in my neighborhood. It is the common refrain when new construction comes to Navarre. The idea that this or that might be built near my castle is an insult. We have heard it discussed before with officials on everything from signage for apartments, a wildlife refuge to private schools. But the cry was loudest […]

Couple’s volunteering spirit enlivens senior center

Couple’s volunteering spirit enlivens senior center

Janet and Mark Pokroy used to ride their bikes around the Holley-Navarre Senior Center in the summer months when they were down here visiting the area. Their first impression of it from the outside looking in was an interesting one. “It looked closed. There was no one around. We had no idea what it was,” […]

Love at first sight for the Fosters

Love at first sight for the Fosters

Jerry Foster remembers the first time he and his wife of 50 years crossed paths. He first saw Jan at a dance at a Knights of Columbus Hall in Virginia on December 28, 1965. Jerry said Jan was wearing a green dress and had blond hair. A live band was playing. Read the full article […]

Moms get the fitness spotlight

Moms get the fitness spotlight

In less than a year, Caslyn Duval has nearly quadrupled her fitness business. There are nicknames out there for Duval: “fitpreneur” or “mompreneur.” Whatever you call her, Duval has been successful with her business, Fit4Mom, which focuses on helping mothers get fit and healthy. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre […]

Encompass church launches Sunday service

Encompass church launches Sunday service

Encompass Church held their first official Sunday service this week at Helen Back Again in Navarre. The casual-style service was focused on what this new church would be and why it was needed in the community. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little […]

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 […]

Tourists and locals alike responsible for beach litter

Tourists and locals alike responsible for beach litter

Approximately 2,000 pounds of garbage were collected off Navarre Beach this year by volunteers each month, and despite tourist season coming to an end the garbage bag loads keep coming. Those collecting that garbage and reporting the numbers are the volunteers behind the monthly Trash Bash, a spinoff of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation […]

Book in hand, toes in the sand

Book in hand, toes in the sand

For the avid reader of Navarre, a new book club has taken root uniting beach-dwelling readers for monthly discussions and socials. Founder Lisa Bradley formed the Beach Reads book club seven months ago after discovering there were limited options for book clubs in Navarre. She made a post to Facebook asking if anyone wanted to […]

Vote yes on Holley-Navarre Fire District referendum

Vote yes on Holley-Navarre Fire District referendum

Our safety is on the line This election is indeed as important as they come.  Who will be our next president?  United States Senator? State Representative? Will the medical marijuana law be expanded?  And for all the residents in Navarre and Holley, the life safety issue is will we vote yes to raise the fire-assessment […]

Run for the Reef

Run for the Reef

Joe Jarvis and Stephanie Jarvis were the overall winners of the 5K Run for the Reef Saturday at Navarre Beach. Joe was the top male runner, clocking in with a time of 20:15. Stephanie was the top female runner at the event, crossing the finish line in 23:01. In the 10K run, Beverly Fair of […]

Adults get refresher in U.S. politics

Adults get refresher in U.S. politics

Navarre residents got a crash course in citizenship and the Constitution Tuesday, Sept. 6, during Adult Civics Class at Holley-Navarre Middle School. Civics teachers Ashley Hall, Pam Rose and Brandon Czubinski are collaborating to instruct the free five-week course. The class is designed to give adults a refresher on the topics Navarre’s middle-schoolers learn about […]

Fill the Boot campaign affects local residents

Fill the Boot campaign affects local residents

In partnership for more than 60 years, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters have joined in the fight against muscle-debilitating diseases that can strike both children and adults.  This year is no exception as local firefighters at Holley-Navarre Fire District ready to kick off the Fill the Boot MDA Campaign […]

Locals bring aid, gospel to poverty-stricken Nicaragua

Locals bring aid, gospel to poverty-stricken Nicaragua

Tomorrow morning, Navarre locals Doug, Deborah and Paul Gilmore will wake with the sun in the heart of rural Nicaragua to begin a long day of feeding, building and preaching to the impoverished locals. The Gilmore family is on their eighth mission trip to Nicaragua as part of Light and Life Missions program, a group […]

Tropical Storm Colin puts break on beach dredging

Tropical Storm Colin puts break on beach dredging

Dredging for the Navarre Beach nourishment project came to a halt Monday night, June 6 as Tropical Storm Colin caused rough waters out in the Gulf of Mexico. The project’s two dredges had to stop work and seek shelter in Pensacola Bay. On shore, the storm has caused some flooding on the lower beach berm. […]