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Businesses must plan for disaster

Businesses must plan for disaster

One in four businesses never reopen following a natural disaster, and 90% of businesses that do not get back up and running in five days will ultimately fail, according to the Small Business Development Center at University of West Florida (SBDC). A business continuity plan can help mitigate that risk said SBDC business consultant Ayesha […]

Board eyes new K-8 school for Pace

Board eyes new K-8 school for Pace

Santa Rosa School District is making progress on construction of a new kindergarten through eighth grade school on Elkhart Drive in Navarre. Now it is setting its sights on alleviating growing pains in Pace through a similar facility.   Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

MISSION: Cuba

MISSION: Cuba

A little over 100 miles south of Key West, Florida, at the confluence of the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, sits the tiny island-nation of Cuba. The ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Mariel Boat Lifts and the Elian Gonzalez custody battle have paraded across our […]

The boy in the tree

The boy in the tree

Bus drivers in Navarre know the boy in the tree. They see him nearly every day of the school year, perched on a branch overlooking the school bus terminal on Escola Street. Pencil and clipboard in hand, 16-year-old John Fowler has a knack for keeping track of the buses. Student Transportation of America (STA) bus […]

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 […]

Former Navarre grad honored with bench dedication

Former Navarre grad honored with bench dedication

Rain fell hard Thursday morning but didn’t put a damper on a bench dedication for Keifer Huhman, a 2012 Navarre High graduate who passed away in 2016. The bench sits outside the Navy Junior ROTC Building. The family of Keifer unveiled it at a ceremony at the high school in front of family and friends. […]

Navarre among top spots for vacation rental investors

Navarre among top spots for vacation rental investors

Navarre has been named the 15th best place in the U.S. to purchase a vacation rental property, according to Rented.com, a short-term vacation rentals site. Rented.com put out a survey to answer this question: “When buying a rental property for investment purposes, what are the best markets?” To answer that, Rented.com calculated a return on […]

New Santa Rosa Medical Center open

New Santa Rosa Medical Center open

Santa Rosa Medical Center’s Dr. Robert Dimick, Dr. Tayisha Vilceus, Dr. Michael Barber, Dr. Sarah Skelly, Monica Vitale, MA, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Danielle Ostrowski, Office Coordinator Beth Cover, Practice Director Nichole Butts, LPN Sharon Yeomans and Physician Assistant Charles Windfelder, Jr. celebrated an open house Saturday for their new facility at the corner of […]

School bus driver left scene of accident

School bus driver left scene of accident

A school bus driver apparently left the scene before police arrived after a student trapped in the bus door was dragged along a Navarre street, based on surveillance video of the incident. The Santa Rosa School District denied a public records request for video of the incident, which occurred May 30 on Duncan Ridge Drive […]

Man holds women at gunpoint in Cayo Grande

Man holds women at gunpoint in Cayo Grande

A Navarre man threatened women at gunpoint and said he was “only leaving in a body bag” June 5 at Cayo Grande Apartments. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Payne got into an argument with his girlfriend earlier that day after she asked him to move out of her apartment in […]

Greene provided valuable leadership in his time with CERT

Greene provided valuable leadership in his time with CERT

Lou Greene has been the leader of CERT in Navarre for nearly a decade. He stepped down last month. It’s a bittersweet moment for Greene, who was part of the original Community Emergency Response Team in Navarre.   Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Santa Rosa not so small business friendly

Santa Rosa not so small business friendly

When Ken Walters prepared to open the Grey Tap Room in Navarre, he went through the proper county processes. He said he wanted to be sure to do things the right way. Walters got approved site plans after months of back and forth with county staff, and planted the trees as required from his plan […]

Chamber capital campaign has strong start

Chamber capital campaign has strong start

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce officially kicked off its capital campaign for a new permanent home May 31 with a big announcement. The chamber secured $55,000 in beginning donations for the campaign to purchase the building and property at 1804 Prado Street in the heart of Navarre.   Read the full article in […]

County needs change from within

County needs change from within

When it comes to the process of opening a business in Santa Rosa County, the county staff should look at themselves, as a whole, in the mirror. That is where the change must start. At the small-business roundtable hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber and Small Business Development Council of UWF, we listened to […]

Navarre gives Gaetz warm welcome

Navarre gives Gaetz warm welcome

U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz was received positively by the packed porch of Dewey Destin’s in Navarre Saturday during his “Won’t Back Down Tour” through northwest Florida. The staunch conservative addressed a variety of topics during his Q and A with the public including increasing benefits to partially disabled veterans and limiting aid to foreign nations. […]

Navarre man arrested for choking, sexual assault

Navarre man arrested for choking, sexual assault

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested Navarre resident Brandon James Barnes, 34, June 3 for allegedly choking and attempting to sexually assault a woman. Barnes allegedly choked the victim while striking her on the face and body, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office arrest report. He pulled the victim’s hair and pushed her against […]

Lemonade stand gives kids a taste of entrepreneurship

Lemonade stand gives kids a taste of entrepreneurship

Local resident Terry Light got her first lesson in business management as a child in a small town in Wyoming. She had the idea one day to try selling the pretty rocks she had found throughout the area, so she set up a little roadside stand.   Read the full article in the May 30 […]

Eglin Federal Credit Union honors military

Eglin Federal Credit Union honors military

In recognition of Military Appreciation Month, Eglin Federal Credit Union in Navarre created a display to honor those that serve. The project was coordinated by head teller Debbie Spohn.   Read the full article in the May 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to […]

Student dragged down road by school bus

Student dragged down road by school bus

A Navarre student was dragged down the road after being trapped in a school bus door May 30. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, a student wearing a backpack was exiting the bus at approximately 2 p.m. along Duncan Ridge Drive when they got trapped in the doors as they were closing. The driver […]

Blessing the beach

Blessing the beach

Locals and visitors gathered for a special prayer over the beach May 23. Dr. Alan McBride, senior pastor at Navarre United Methodist Church, led a prayer for safety and prosperity for the locals and the thousands of visitors who will visit throughout peak tourist season. The annual blessing is coordinated by the Navarre Beach Area […]

Dr. Michael Barber celebrates 20 years practicing in Navarre

Dr. Michael Barber celebrates 20 years practicing in Navarre

While an all new medical center will be opening its doors soon, Santa Rosa Medical Center patients in Navarre can expect a familiar face. Dr. Michael Barber will be celebrating 20 years of serving patients in Navarre just as the new center on U.S. Highway 98 near Harvest Village Court opens. Read the full article […]

Water system explores stepping up fire protection

Water system explores stepping up fire protection

After setting increased fire protection as a top priority for the coming years, Holley Navarre Water System’s board of directors is preparing to look in August at the options available to make it happen. The board discussed information gathering on the topic during its May 21 meeting.   Read the full article in the May […]

Hidden Creek golf fees going up

Hidden Creek golf fees going up

Nonmembers teeing up at Hidden Creek Golf Course can expect higher fees starting June 1. General manager Cindy Callen said the move is part of an attempt to put the golf course on better financial footing.   Read the full article in the May 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Message to grads: Look to the future, focus on God

Message to grads: Look to the future, focus on God

Before the pomp and circumstance of Saturday’s graduation ceremony, a handful of Navarre High School seniors gathered with their family and friends for a night of worship at a baccalaureate service May 23 in the Navarre Conference Center. Pastor Clint Jernigan explained the service was a joint effort to help send the graduates off in […]

Local nonprofits vie for Wind Creek grants

Local nonprofits vie for Wind Creek grants

Nonprofits throughout Alabama and North Florida are vying for a portion of $125,000 in grants to be awarded as part of Wind Creek Hospitality’s Partners in Progress Video Contest. Among the 92 organizations that applied are two nonprofits based in Navarre: Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge and Outreach Navarre Inc. d.b.a. Weekend Food Program. Read the […]

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