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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Watch as hundreds of butterflies are released into the wild for their annual migration to Mexico at the Panhandle Butterfly House, 8581 Navarre Parkway, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.panhandlebutterflyhouse.org.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
The Panhandle Butterfly House will celebrate its grand opening from at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. with fun activities and plant sale. The Butterfly House is in Navarre Park at the foot of the Navarre Beach Bridge. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/panhandlebutterflyhouse.com.
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 […]
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be sure we have the educational material ready for you. Workshop will be held at the Navarre Visitor Information […]
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 […]
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. […]
As orange and black wings fluttered around the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) en masse Saturday, so did young minds ready to learn about these fragile creatures at the annual Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival. This year the festival added a new lesson activity called the Monarch Madness Passport. Master Gardener and PBH volunteer Pam Murfey helped […]
Educational event highlights the monarch butterfly migration through Northwest Florida. Watch as hundreds of Monarch Butterflies are released into the wild for their annual migration to Mexico.
After seven hours of argument and compromise, members of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) were able to reach a funding agreement for millions of dollars in Navarre Park improvements. The initial phase of funding would cover roughly $3.6 million for playground equipment, a new splash pad, new east-end restrooms, stormwater improvements and removal of the […]