Panhandle

Alligator hunt still popular in state

Alligator hunt still popular in state

Alligator hunting is a big deal in Florida. The numbers tell you as much. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was flooded with  13,000 applications from across the state for permits to hunt alligators and more than 6,000 permits were issued for the hunt that started Aug. 15 and runs until Nov. 1 in […]

Audubon Florida steps up to protect shorebirds

Audubon Florida steps up to protect shorebirds

On a hot and humid July afternoon Lori Bell and a handful of volunteers for the Audubon Society were on the Navarre Beach Causeway as traffic rolled past them. Their purpose was to erect fencing for the shorebirds along the causeway and a couple of other spots on Navarre Beach in an effort to protect […]

New chapter in the ‘He Coon’s’ Panhandle impact

New chapter in the ‘He Coon’s’ Panhandle impact

The proposed 134-condominium complex on a 6-acre private parcel in Navarre Beach Marine Park hasn’t yet been named, but if it gets called something such as “Bob Sikes Villas” there would be historic justification. Indeed, although the powerful U.S. congressman from Crestview, nicknamed “The He Coon” for his tenacious political style, already has a bridge […]

Rooftops provide nesting alternative for shorebirds

Rooftops provide nesting alternative for shorebirds

When beaches are overcrowded, birds search for other habitats for nesting. Gravel rooftops seem to be a popular choice. Numbers are on the rise according to Emily McKiddy, the Northwest Florida Rooftop Nesting Coordinator for Audubon Florida. “I’d say that the birds are increasing their nontraditional nesting locations,” McKiddy said. “They are also nesting heavily […]

Lynchard backs sharing tourist taxes with Gulf Breeze

Lynchard backs sharing tourist taxes with Gulf Breeze

The longtime sharing of county tourist tax dollars with the City of Gulf Breeze that was abruptly halted by Clerk of the Court Don Spencer last fall should be restarted, said Commission Chairman Lane Lynchard. Last October Spencer ordered a stop to providing Gulf Breeze with up to $134,000 a year in the taxes collected […]

Fracking bill fails despite Gaetz’s support

Fracking bill fails despite Gaetz’s support

The push for a Florida law that would overthrow local authority to limit the controversial method of drilling for oil and natural gas after injecting chemicals underground to fracture rock formations has failed despite backing by Northwest Florida legislators. Read the full article in the Mar. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe […]

Increase needed for Holley-Navarre Fire

Increase needed for Holley-Navarre Fire

Many changes have taken place in Navarre during the last decade; the number of households has doubled, the population has soared, and schools are bursting at the seams. New home construction rates are up and two new apartment complexes are set to join the market in 2016. Read the full article in the Feb. 4 […]

The legacy of “The Turtle Lady”

The legacy of “The Turtle Lady”

Gigi Naggatz was affectionately known as “The Turtle Lady” on Navarre Beach and she was a leading volunteer and conservationist who worked tirelessly for the sea turtles. She passed away Jan. 5 after a years-long battle with cancer. While she will be greatly missed by many, her spirit will live on through the many volunteers […]