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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 […]

Open water swimming both enjoyable and challenging

Open water swimming both enjoyable and challenging

Just keep swimming. That’s what Melanie Sellers tells herself when she does an open water swim. “The goal is to finish,” Sellers said. Read the full article in the Oct. 25 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 days free. […]

First-time fundraiser for Raider swim team a success

First-time fundraiser for Raider swim team a success

With the wind blowing, the waves a little choppy, but the sun shining bright on a chilly Sunday morning in mid-October, Navarre High’s first open water swim fundraiser went off without a hitch. A total of 42 participated in the event in the Navarre Sound behind Juana’s, with some swimmers doing the entire mile-long course […]

Navarre Double Bridge Run Prep

Navarre Double Bridge Run Prep

With the Pensacola Double Bridge Run (DBR) just weeks away, the Pullum YMCA Running Club has been using the Navarre Causeway to their training advantage. The group runs backroads from the YMCA, located on the corner of High School Blvd. and Pawnee Dr., through the crosswalk intersection across U.S. Highway 98 and over the bridge […]

DEP $1 million short on Navarre Beach Park improvements

DEP $1 million short on Navarre Beach Park improvements

Design and permitting of Deepwater Horizon oil spill funded improvement projects for Navarre Beach Park are coming to a close as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) prepares to put the roughly $2.8 million project out for bid in January. That $2.8 million projection blows past the initial estimate for these improvements FDEP’s coordinator […]

No progress, time frame for sound-side hotel

No progress, time frame for sound-side hotel

Though initial indications pointed to developers building a hotel in the empty lot on Navarre Parkway between Tommy’s Sno-balls and Helen Back Again Navarre, dragging feet might indicate the project is a no go. Building plans for the property at 8600 Navarre Parkway were submitted to the county Planning and Zoning Department and returned to […]

Busy Labor Day weekend despite weather

Busy Labor Day weekend despite weather

Despite dwindling attendance along the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Hermine, Navarre Beach bed-tax collectors reported maxed out occupancy for the three-day Labor Day weekend. As CNBC warned travelers to rethink their Florida travel plans, hotels in Panama City Beach reported high cancellations due to the storm and discounted rates to recapture those […]

Science station adds new learning modules

Science station adds new learning modules

The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station welcomed its first class field trip of the school year Thursday, Sept. 1, to participate in data collection and education about marine populations in the Santa Rosa Sound. This is the first of 50 student groups scheduled to visit the station. Director Charlene Mauro said this year’s curriculum has […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 26

RAIN FROM TROPICAL SYSTEM DRENCHES DOMINICAN, FLORIDA COULD BE NEXT Rivers surged across a large section of the Dominican Republic on Thursday as a broad area of low pressure headed east to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the system’s strongest winds were below tropical storm […]

Commission focuses on cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound

Commission focuses on cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound

The county’s commitment to cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound where unhealthy levels of bacteria have been discovered will include pursuing the sources of that pollution, commissioners have declared. Their decision came while setting priorities to spend roughly $28 million in BP oil spill compensation monies that the county is expected to receive in the next […]

Leadership school serves as valuable experience for cadets

Leadership school serves as valuable experience for cadets

Arianna Clemente-Hunter wades through the warm water of the Navarre Sound and hops into one of the inflatable Zodiac boats at Hurlburt Field Thursday evening. She and members of junior ROTC units from area high schools, including 12 cadets from Navarre High School, are about to experience what life is like on the water for […]

Navarre Family Watersports gets more room to roam

Navarre Family Watersports gets more room to roam

Despite officials’ concerns about safety, the Navarre Family Watersports complex won approval from the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board to expand operations within its existing property—moving closer to Santa Rosa Sound and putting boaters nearer to the facility’s helicopter pad. Read the full article in the Mar. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to […]

Black Hawk 11 memorial events unite community

Black Hawk 11 memorial events unite community

In a tribute and memorial ceremony that has been planned for months, Navarre united with family members of the lost four Louisiana Air National Guard soldiers and the seven Marine Special Operations Command members who died March 10, 2015, in a training accident over the waters of Navarre Sound. Through the efforts of Class 29 […]

Witness heard trouble with helicopter rotor

Witness heard trouble with helicopter rotor

Minutes before the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed into the Sound Tuesday night, Mike Morrison’s wife stepped outside of their garage and said she could see the wheels on the helicopter. “She could see the bottom of the helicopter,” Morrison said. “That’s how low it was over the house.” Morrison, a former pilot who lives on the Sound right […]

Official: High-ranking instructor pilots involved in crash

Official: High-ranking instructor pilots involved in crash

Two Black Hawk helicopters were involved in a training mission Tuesday night, but one pilot turned around due to weather conditions, Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis said at a press conference at the National Guard post in Hammond, La. The second helicopter crashed over Navarre Sound at around 8:30 p.m., and recovery efforts are still […]

Louisiana officials say search and rescue still underway

Louisiana officials say search and rescue still underway

Officials from the Louisiana National Guard are not releasing the names of the servicemen involved in last night’s helicopter crash over Navarre Sound and are still calling the operation a search and rescue. At a press conference in Louisiana, Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis said the accident occurred Tuesday night when two Black Hawk helicopters were […]

Fog hampering rescue efforts

Fog hampering rescue efforts

Wreckage from last night’s helicopter crash has washed up on Navarre Sound. Dense sea fog is hampering search and rescue and recovery efforts and is expected to persist. “We’re not expecting it to dissipate,” Don Shepherd, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service office based in Mobile, Alabama said. Shepherd said a dense marine fog advisory is […]

Crews searching Navarre Sound for 11 presumed dead in military crash

Crews searching Navarre Sound for 11 presumed dead in military crash

Search and rescue crews are combing heavy fog in the Navarre Beach area for 11 military personnel presumed dead after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed nearby overnight. Eglin officials said the crash took place during a regular training mission at area A-17, located just east of Navarre, around 8:30 p.m. Eglin officials said two copters were assigned to […]

First responder rescues man after boat capsizes

First responder rescues man after boat capsizes

The Navarre Beach Fire Department rescued a man Thursday afternoon when his sailboat capsized in Navarre Sound. Beachgoers said they saw the boat sailing around the Sound for the past week. Kevin Rudzki of Juana’s Pagodas on Navarre Beach noticed the 14-foot Sunfish capsize and immediately called in the “man overboard.” Firefighter and paramedic Corey Mayhew […]

Navarre tenant claims home should be condemned

Navarre tenant claims home should be condemned

“We are right here on the water, two boys, two labs. I mean, it’s the perfect situation,” Stokes remembers thinking about finding a cute little cottage directly on the sound with a beautiful view and a long pier. Since signing the lease in December, Stokes has dealt with a host of tenant nightmares to include […]