Opal Beach

Refuge receives grant for marine mammal rescue, research

Refuge receives grant for marine mammal rescue, research

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) has received a grant of nearly $251,000 to support the Marine Mammal Stranding Team’s efforts to rescue and research some of the Gulf of Mexico’s most endangered species. ECWR executive director Carol “Stormy” Andersen said the grant award caps off a yearlong effort to secure the funds through the […]

Whale strands on Opal Beach

Whale strands on Opal Beach

A rare beaked whale species that beached itself along Opal Beach Monday died shortly after being discovered, adding to a rising number of marine mammal deaths along the panhandle. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) Marine Mammal Stranding Team responded to Opal Beach, just west of Navarre at around 4:30 p.m. after beachgoers spotted the […]

Beach road reopens through National Seashore

Beach road reopens through National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore will reopen the road between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach through the Santa Rosa Area, at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Highway 399 (J. Earle Bowden Way) was closed in October ahead of Hurricane Michael making landfall on the Gulf Coast.  The hurricane caused significant damage to the road. Immediately following the storm […]

Visitors help save two from Opal Beach rip currents

Visitors help save two from Opal Beach rip currents

Lisa Johnson and her fiancé, Larry Terrell, were enjoying a Saturday afternoon on beautiful Opal Beach. The warm sun and white sand was just what the couple from Princeton, Illinois needed. They were here visiting Johnson’s military son stationed nearby. They noticed a couple out in the water. “We noticed them before, and it was […]

Swimming smartly

Swimming smartly

Waves crash against the shore on a sun-splashed Monday morning on Navarre Beach. The sun is shining and a yellow flag is flying, warning swimmers of the dangerous rip currents in the Gulf of Mexico and to swim with caution. Not every swimmer puts a lot of stock into the flags, even on red-flag days […]

Body found on shore of Navarre Beach

Body found on shore of Navarre Beach

The identity of the man that washed up on the shore of Navarre Beach Wednesday night is that of missing swimmer Jay Wiley Evans. Navarre Beach Fire Department Chief Mike Howard said his department received a call at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday evening that a body washed up on the shore behind Caribbean Resort on Navarre Beach. […]

Sea turtle rescued by trawler returns to Gulf

Sea turtle rescued by trawler returns to Gulf

Dozens of beach visitors gathered around to watch Harriet the rehabilitated sea turtle’s return to the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, July 14 on Opal Beach. Harriet, as the loggerhead sea turtle has been nicknamed, is the sea turtle equivalent of a teenager, still too young to begin breeding. Although the gender of the turtle is […]

Recovery effort for missing swimmer ends

Recovery effort for missing swimmer ends

Every four hours members the Navarre Beach Fire Department patrolled the beach from the military property westward to Opal Beach in hope of recovering the body of swimmer Christopher Beal who went missing on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Danny Fureigh of NBFD says that it was the roughest and highest surf Navarre Beach has had in […]

Pilot and student make emergency landing near Navarre Beach

Pilot and student make emergency landing near Navarre Beach

At approximately 10 a.m. on Oct. 30, a Cessna 172N registered to Hum’n Byrds, Inc. made an emergency landing just west of Navarre Beach in Escambia County. According to Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown, the call came in at 10:10 a.m. that a small Cessna had made an emergency landing near parking lot #1, […]