Navarre

The Boulevard plans get thumbs up

The Boulevard plans get thumbs up

The Boulevard, a 34-acre entertainment district planned for the heart of Navarre, has had its fair share of speed bumps. Most recently, COVID-19 government closures put the brakes on the project for nearly three months. The owners of the property were seeking a conditional use approval to allow high end apartment buildings to be included, […]

Local numbers of COVID-19

Local numbers of COVID-19

As of May 6, 2020; 2 p.m. Florida cases: 38,002 (1,539 deaths) Escambia County: 604 positive cases (15 deaths) Age range: 0 – 100 Of the 604 positive cases, 147 are long-term care facility residents and 11 have died. Area Positives Pensacola 462 Cantonment 41 Bellview 6 Gulf Breeze (Esc.) 1 Century  2 Perdido Key […]

United Way assists Santa Rosa, Escambia families impacted by COVID-19

United Way assists Santa Rosa, Escambia families impacted by COVID-19

Help is on the way to families impacted by COVID-19 as the United Way of West Florida (UWWF) has distributed nearly $250,000 in funding to local organizations, including some in Navarre.  This is the first phase of COVID-19 Response Funding to nonprofit agencies totals $246,266 and provides direct support to impacted individuals and families in […]

Santa Rosa in-step with governor’s order

Santa Rosa in-step with governor’s order

After a meeting Thursday morning with Santa Rosa County officials, Dan Schebler, county administrator said the county and its incorporated cities are following the guidance of the governor’s executive order.  The order issued by Gov. DeSantis yesterday states that all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to […]

Local banks close lobbies to customers

Local banks close lobbies to customers

All Navarre area banks have or are planning to close lobbies to customers in an effort to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.  Kelly Kennedy is assistant manager at the Navarre Regions Bank. She said overall the change has been manageable.  “It’s actually been quite well received. People have been very receptive and understanding,” […]

COVID-19: Status as of March 19

COVID-19: Status as of March 19

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Schools won’t reopen until at least mid-April

Schools won’t reopen until at least mid-April

Follow additional local information that affects you regarding COVID-19 at www.navarrepress.com.  Sign up for text notifications by clicking HERE! Note: To provide our community with important public safety information, the Navarre Press is posting entire stories related to the COVID-19 in front of our paywall and making our weekly issue free to read. Click HERE […]

High school band hosts middle school band for workshop

High school band hosts middle school band for workshop

On Feb. 25, Navarre High School (NHS) band hosted Holley Navarre Middle School (HNMS) band for a joint mini concert/workshop in the NHS gym. Students were able to work out their performances in front of a live crowd of families and friends, where both bands performed their music that they will be playing at their […]

Shoes provide service dogs for veterans

Shoes provide service dogs for veterans

Pet Nation is seeking shoes. The Navarre small business is one of 30 drop-off locations for Healing Paws for Warriors’ second annual Shoe Fundraiser. The fundraiser kicked off at Pet Nation Saturday and will run through May 1. The fundraiser will help local veterans in need of service dogs, said Pet Nation owner Holly Elassaad. […]

Multifamily added to The Boulevard plan

Multifamily added to The Boulevard plan

Multifamily housing may be added to the massive commercial development planned for the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and Highway 87, better known as the The Boulevard. The property owners have applied for a conditional use through the county to allow up to 333 multifamily dwelling units on the 33-acre property. Director of Planning and […]

Navarre residents voice priorities but few citizens turn out for budget workshops

Navarre residents voice priorities but few citizens turn out for budget workshops

From dog parks to road flooding, residents of Navarre made their concerns and questions known to county officials Saturday morning during the final Your County-Your Priorities Workshop at the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center. County Administrator Dan Schebler said more than 30 people attended the Navarre workshop. While that is less than 0.075% of Navarre’s […]

East Bay Boulevard plan features roundabouts, crosswalks, parking

East Bay Boulevard plan features roundabouts, crosswalks, parking

Changing the speed limit on East Bay Boulevard won’t slow down speeders, but roundabouts might. That was the assessment presented to residents and stakeholders Monday night at Live Oak Church as part of the final public workshop for the East Bay Boulevard Corridor Management Plan. Directed by the Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and funded […]

While others sleep, crew transforms Navarre Beach icon

While others sleep, crew transforms Navarre Beach icon

As the sun sinks toward the horizon and traffic fills Navarre Parkway in the end-of-workday commute, another crew is just getting ready to go to work. They’re the team redecking some of the highest traffic areas of the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico, the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Their workday does not end […]

More than 1,000 cats spayed, neutered

More than 1,000 cats spayed, neutered

From manatees to sports teams to autism and more, Floridians can select from a variety of custom license plates at the local DMV. Each specialty license plate comes with an added cost with the promise that those funds will go toward causes associated with the license plate theme. One such plate is the Animal Friend […]

Holley by the Sea rec center improves accessibility

Holley by the Sea rec center improves accessibility

Holley by the Sea just completed phase one of a renovation project, otherwise known as the “Accessibility Project.” This phase cost just shy of $1.1 million and provides a new entrance to the recreational facility that is accessible to those that may need assistance including wheelchairs and walkers. Former board president Tom Beckman, general manager […]

County seeking new waste hauling contract

County seeking new waste hauling contract

Waste Pro could be out as Navarre’s solid waste hauler. After months of complaints by residents, Santa Rosa County is looking to re-bid the contract for garbage, yard waste and recycling hauling services in the unincorporated areas of the county according to documentation released today.  Under the proposal going before county commissioners Monday, a new […]

Miss NHS Pageant now features a Mr. category

Miss NHS Pageant now features a Mr. category

For the first time ever, the Miss NHS Pageant added a mister to the competition. Guys were given their own category this year, for a chance to shine in the spotlight at Navarre High School. On Feb. 13 the school hosted the annual pageant in which students show off their spirit and compete for the […]

Island Style expanding footprint, doubling staff

Island Style expanding footprint, doubling staff

It’s been a good five years for Island Style, an independent small business in Navarre offering souvenirs and beachy-themed items. So good, in fact, that the business has announced a massive expansion of the store. Co-owners Jeff Elbert and Mario Roberts publicly announced the expansion, and subsequent hiring of new employees, last week. Read the […]

Three ERs announced within four mile stretch of U.S. Highway 98

Three ERs announced within four mile stretch of U.S. Highway 98

In the next two years, Navarre is set to go from no emergency rooms to three within a four mile stretch of U.S. Highway 98. The latest ER proposal made public Feb. 12 would put a $15 million Ascension Sacred Heart facility just east of West Navarre Primary School. Added to the growing total of […]

Navarre debaters headed to state tourney

Navarre debaters headed to state tourney

The Navarre High School Speech and Debate team scored high marks during the qualifier tournament Feb. 1 at Niceville High School, securing spots for nine students in the state tournament in Orlando later this month. World Schools Debate team winners are Tyler England, Gavin Green and Juliana Pilgrim. Congressional Debate winners are Andrew Flournoy and […]

Raider soccer team makes most of opportunity to give back

Raider soccer team makes most of opportunity to give back

Navarre head boys soccer coach Abdalla Elbaioumy high fived one of the children on the field of Bennett C. Russell Stadium during a special soccer event a couple of weeks ago. Part of a team bonding event, Elbaioumy and his players joined about 20 children from Across the Board Therapy for a fun time on […]

Scout protects shorebird nests

Scout protects shorebird nests

Nesting shorebirds have a new ally this season as Eagle Scout candidate Trevor Stephens and his fellow Troop 401 scouts have signed on for habitat protection activities this year. Saturday, he was out on the beach placing some unusual bird houses as part of his Eagle Project. Stephens and his fellow scouts assisted with removing […]

Second student dragged by school bus

Second student dragged by school bus

A 6-year-old girl caught in the door of her school bus was dragged past multiple houses along Sewell Road in Milton Jan. 31, according to an incident report from Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. This is the second time within a year that a student has been reportedly caught in the door of a Santa […]

Tourney play continues in girls soccer, boys basketball

Tourney play continues in girls soccer, boys basketball

Regional tournament play in 6A begins this week for Navarre’s girls soccer team. Meanwhile the Raider boys basketball team opens District 1-6A tourney play later this week. The girls soccer team is coming off its first district tournament title since 2015, beating Niceville 3-2 Friday, and is hoping to make a run at state much […]

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