Okaloosa Island

Okaloosa Island Dance Party

The biggest one-night dance party on the Emerald Coast!  “Dance through the years” to music by the Emerald Gold Band playing favorites from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.  Join a night of exciting live music, dancing, silent auction, wii sport games, vintage Pinball and video arcade machines. All procees benefit the Special Operations Warrior […]

Wildlife refuge joins #GivingTuesday

Wildlife refuge joins #GivingTuesday

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) Tuesday will be accepting donations to support their residents and future visitors at their new facility in Holley. The donation drive is part of #GivingTuesday, a global fundraising movement for nonprofits that follows the Thanksgiving shopping weekend. ECWR is a rescues, rehabilitates and releases more than 1,200 sick, injured or […]

Zoo sale brings wildlife refuge closer to relocation

Zoo sale brings wildlife refuge closer to relocation

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) finalized sale of the Crestview Zoo Sept. 21, bringing it one step closer to financing construction of a new rehabilitation facility in Navarre. ECWR board president Bill Anderson announced the refuge’s intention to move from Okaloosa Island to a site in Holley last year. Anderson and his wife donated […]

Wildlife refuge relocation delayed again

Wildlife refuge relocation delayed again

Unexpected medical problems have prompted postponement of a decision on the fate of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s attempts to move to the Navarre area. The site under discussion is a parcel of donated land in Holley on Cloptons Circle, off State Road 87.  Refuge officials announced in December 2016 that they were seeking to […]

Wildlife refuge development postponed by neighbors’ concerns

Wildlife refuge development postponed by neighbors’ concerns

Rezoning of a Holley property to allow for the relocation of a wildlife refuge to the area was postponed for a month following concerns from neighbors. The two parcels up for a zoning change are located on Cloptons Circle off State Road 87 south. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre […]

Wildlife refuge eyes Holley for relocation

Wildlife refuge eyes Holley for relocation

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is looking for a new home, and they have set their sights on a 2 acre piece of property in Holley that has been offered up as a donation. The refuge, which rescues and rehabilitates a variety of animals in the Panhandle, has called Okaloosa Island home for approximately six […]

Murder suspect sought in Okaloosa County shooting death

Murder suspect sought in Okaloosa County shooting death

  The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in locating a murder suspect. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has issued a murder warrant for a former Crestview resident in connection with the shooting death of a Fort Walton Beach man August 9. Jordan Christopher Reeves, 23, was last known to reside at 673 Brunson […]

Local shark bite is No. 14 this year

Local shark bite is No. 14 this year

A Florida researcher said that the July 14 shark bite in Okaloosa County was the 14 such attack this year, but only the first one along the state’s Gulf Coast. George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, confirmed Terrell Moore’s injury was due to a shark bite and will be classified as […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 16

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 16

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. FLORIDA’S REPUBLICAN LEGISLATIVE LEADERS WILL REDRAW CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS But they also say that doing so before November’s election would cause “chaos and confusion” for voters. It will be up to a state judge to determine how fast the reshuffling […]

Loggerhead turtle returns to Gulf

Loggerhead turtle returns to Gulf

A juvenile loggerhead sea turtle was returned to the Gulf of Mexico July 9 after several months of rehabilitation at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach. The turtle, named Captain Hook by volunteers, weighed only two pounds and suffered with mobility problems when discovered on Okaloosa Island. Read more in the July 17 issue […]

Pensacola man dies in crash, cars ends up in bay

Pensacola man dies in crash, cars ends up in bay

A Pensacola man died March 6 following an early morning single-vehicle-accident in Okaloosa County in which the vehicle ultimately ended up in Choctawhatchee Bay. The Florida Highway Patrol reported 29-year-old Reuben Charcas was driving westbound on Highway 98 on Okaloosa Island when his vehicle went into the center median, the driver then overcorrected and the […]