Panhandle Butterfly House

Butterfly House co-founder dies at 92

Butterfly House co-founder dies at 92

Though her time here was short, Fonda Wetherell made a lasting impact on the children of Navarre as one of the founders of the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH). She passed away June 22 in Iowa. As a volunteer and lover of gardening and butterflies, Wetherell helped shape this icon of Navarre in the early years […]

Teamwork saves the (RED) Day as gazebo moves to senior center

Teamwork saves the (RED) Day as gazebo moves to senior center

RED Day turned into a busy day at the Holley Navarre Senior Center. Maybe busier than usual. The plan on Keller Williams’ annual day of service was to disassemble the Panhandle Butterfly House gazebo from Navarre Park and reassemble it at the Holley Navarre Senior Center last Thursday. Read the full article in the May […]

Drive for donations a success for senior center

Drive for donations a success for senior center

Donations poured in quickly and that led to the concrete being poured for the foundation for the gazebo the Holley Navarre Senior Center is receiving from the Panhandle Butterfly House. The gazebo will be disassembled and reassembled today by Keller Williams Realty during its Red Day efforts at the senior center. Read the full article […]

Tourism council backs funding for wildlife refuge

Tourism council backs funding for wildlife refuge

After balking at a request for nearly half a million dollars, the county’s Tourist Development Council did agree Jan. 3 to fund $117,000 for animal habitats at the new Holley location of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR). While ECWR has steadily been securing donations since December 2016, the timeline for completion of the new […]

Our hopes for 2019

Our hopes for 2019

We hope Holley Navarre Water System will get their act together and behave like a professional board that controls one of the largest budgets in the county. We wish successful business owners, or at least people with board experience, would seek to become part of the board for no other reason than to serve their […]

Phase I price tag $3 million

Phase I price tag $3 million

Based on Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is no longer part of Navarre Park’s Phase I makeover, but it is not being relocated to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge either. That issue aside, County Administrator Dan Schebler told the commissioners that they need an answer to move forward on […]

Panhandle Butterfly House seeks third option

Panhandle Butterfly House seeks third option

In the ongoing saga of the Panhandle Butterfly House’s (PBH) future, a decision could finally come next Thursday at the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners meeting. But that answer may not be what the PBH leadership wants to hear. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

County admin recommends butterfly house at wildlife refuge

County admin recommends butterfly house at wildlife refuge

In one of his last acts as District 4 County Commissioner, Rob Williamson said he has lost confidence in the fiscal viability of the Panhandle Butterfly House. “Where I once had a confidence that they would be able to run a yearlong, sustainable operation and take on the expenses that they have never before paid […]

Butterfly House future still up in the air

Butterfly House future still up in the air

A decision has been put off once again on the location of a new Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) vivarium and learning center. During the Board of County Commissioners meeting Monday morning, the board opted to postpone a final determination until the PBH could provide a more comprehensive business plan. Read the full article in the […]

Details revealed about potential Panhandle Butterfly House move

Details revealed about potential Panhandle Butterfly House move

As progress moves forward on the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s (ECWR) new location in Holley, the nonprofit awaits a decision by the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) about where their future location will be. The future of the PBH is currently in limbo as their building is set for demolition at the start of 2019. Read […]

Butterfly House says farewell at Monarch Madness

Butterfly House says farewell at Monarch Madness

In a bittersweet celebration, the Panhandle Butterfly House held its final Monarch Madness at the current location Saturday as children learned about butterflies and even released them into the wild. The nonprofit program has called the eastern corner of Navarre Park home for 21 years, and the group has been hosting Monarch Madness for a […]

Navarre Park’s Trojan butterfly won’t fly

Navarre Park’s Trojan butterfly won’t fly

We want to preface this with a simple statement of goal. We want the Panhandle Butterfly House to succeed. They are an asset to our community. But, in May we said: this is a bad idea. Dropping a small nonprofit program that has no stable revenue stream or even its own book keeper into a […]

Panhandle Butterfly House future in limbo

Panhandle Butterfly House future in limbo

When the doors closed on the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) this season, they also closed on the group’s 21 years at its location in Navarre Park. The shop, vivarium and gardens, created through donations and thousands of volunteer hours, are scheduled to be demolished in 2019. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue […]

Beaches to Woodlands Tour boosts off-season tourism

Beaches to Woodlands Tour boosts off-season tourism

For coastal communities, Labor Day weekend often marks the end of the peak season. Belts are tightened. Hotel room rates are reduced to attract more visitors. For county government, that dip in visitors typically comes with a decline in collections of bed taxes, the tax charged on temporary accommodations. Read the full article in the […]

‘Rain harvesting’ nurtures gardens, aids conservation

‘Rain harvesting’ nurtures gardens, aids conservation

With concerns mounting about water supply throughout the state, the Florida Beverage Association (FBA) is partnering with the Santa Rosa County UF/IFAS Extension Office to promote citizen protection of local water. FBA presented the extension office with a grant for $12,000 July 26 to implement new Green Infrastructure/Water Tours and Rain Barrel Workshops. Read the […]

Tourism council balks at Milton Riverwalk fund request

Tourism council balks at Milton Riverwalk fund request

Milton officials faced harsh questioning by members of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Aug. 2 over whether to commit funds toward the continuing Milton Riverwalk project. Milton City Manager Randy Jorgenson came to the TDC requesting funding for construction of additional Riverwalk pathway along 210 feet of shoreline in downtown Milton next to the Blackwater […]

Visitor Center conference room open to non-profits

Visitor Center conference room open to non-profits

Santa Rosa County has formalized a policy to allow select groups to utilize the Santa Rosa County Visitor Information Center’s conference room. Under the new policy, the conference room will be available to all governmental entities, non-profits and Santa Rosa County Departments for official meetings, functions and events.

Hope matters for those battling Alzheimer’s

Hope matters for those battling Alzheimer’s

When it comes to dealing with something as devastating as Alzheimer’s, a disease that afflicts 5.7 million Americans, hope is needed, even if it’s just a glimmer. Maryann Makekau brought a little of that to Navarre last week through an Alzheimer’s awareness event at the Panhandle Butterfly House. Read the full article in the July […]

Panhandle Butterfly House celebrates Pollinator Week

Panhandle Butterfly House celebrates Pollinator Week

The Panhandle Butterfly House rounded out celebrations of Pollinator Week Saturday with butterfly releases, crafts and a parade through Navarre Park. By signed proclamation of Gov. Rick Scott, June 18-24 was declared Pollinator Week. Read the full article in the June 28 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per […]

The $7 million monument and its million-dollar mansion

The $7 million monument and its million-dollar mansion

Its no longer a house…it’s a planned $1 million mansion. Navarre Press has always been in full support of the Panhandle Butterfly House and we will continue to be. It is a great place for the children of our community. There are a lot of interesting things to know about butterflies and how they affect […]

Tourism Development Council creates annual sponsorship opportunity

Tourism Development Council creates annual sponsorship opportunity

The Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Board took a hardline approach to grant funding for the second year in a row during their May 17 budget workshop meeting, but even with the cutbacks, many events that did not receive the grant may still count this year’s budget a victory. The Local Tourism Event Marketing Grant […]

County holds firm on funding for new butterfly house

County holds firm on funding for new butterfly house

Stay the course. That is what the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) decided to do with millions of dollars of funding for the Navarre Park Master Site Plan. The Tourist Development Council (TDC) had asked the board to re-evaluate a proposed loan of more than $1.8 million, to be paid back with future […]

Tourism council seeks Navarre Park reevaluation

Tourism council seeks Navarre Park reevaluation

The Tourism Development Council (TDC) is asking for a second look at funding of the Navarre Park Master Plan putting the park plan in limbo once again. Roughly $3.6 million of funding discussed to improve the park’s parking lots, splash pad, play equipment, add a restroom and build a new Panhandle Butterfly House vivarium and […]

Panhandle Butterfly House open for exploration

Panhandle Butterfly House open for exploration

The Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) welcomed its first visitors of the season Saturday in Navarre Park during its 21st season Grand Opening. Visitors were invited to view and learn about native butterfly species, purchase native butterfly friendly plants and get coaching from master gardeners. Volunteer Nancy Pavlich, who has been with the program since 2014, […]

Butterfly House launches annual Kidderpillar tours

Butterfly House launches annual Kidderpillar tours

  Volunteers of the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) trimmed bushes, planted flowers and weeded gardens this month as they prepare for the start of the season May 5. This will be the final season the PBH welcomes visitors at its current location. Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Panhandle Butterfly House Tour Guide Training

Join the Panhandle Butterfly House Tour Team. Learn about butterflies, pollinators and their environment and teach groups what you’ve learned. Sign up on Eventbrite, search “Panhandle Butterfly House”, and email pbhtours@gmail.com or kay32566@yahoo.com so they can be sure we have the educational material ready for you. Workshop will be held at the Navarre Visitor Information […]

Butterfly House prepares for renovations

Butterfly House prepares for renovations

As March brings warmer weather the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is preparing to open for what will likely be their last season in the current building in Navarre Park. That’s because the building is expected to be demolished after Monarch Madness and replaced with a new, interactive butterfly learning facility and expanded vivarium. Read the […]

TDC to drop more meetings, launch project teams

TDC to drop more meetings, launch project teams

In an unscheduled agenda item, the Tourist Development Council (TDC) on Monday discussed cutting its number of meetings each year in half and completely eliminating the committee aspect of the group. Tourism Development Director Julie Morgan said that now the grants process is being handled in one meeting each year, the committee lacked much purpose. […]