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 […]

No changes made for fall turkey hunting season

No changes made for fall turkey hunting season

The fall turkey hunting season is underway and little has changed from last year. Tony Young, the media relations coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Division of Hunting and Game Management, said the length of the season and the bag limits are still the same. “The daily bag limit of two is also […]

FWC approves limited bear hunting in Florida

FWC approves limited bear hunting in Florida

For the first time in two decades, bear hunting will be allowed in the state of Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved hunting at its three-day commissioner meeting last week in Sarasota. Several areas of the state will be open for hunting over the course of a short season in late October. […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 16

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 16

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. 1 more arrest in videotaped attack on woman on Florida beach Authorities say a third man has been charged with participating in a sexual assault on a woman on a Florida Panhandle beach in an incident captured […]

$900K grant to support flood recovery

$900K grant to support flood recovery

Today, Volunteer Florida announced the approval of a FEMA grant for more than $905,000 to provide disaster case management services and assist victims of the spring 2014 flooding in the Florida Panhandle. The grant will fund disaster case managers in Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Escambia counties who will work with panhandle residents to identify needs, […]

NFWF announces $34.3M for Gulf restoration projects in Florida

NFWF announces $34.3M for Gulf restoration projects in Florida

Gov. Rick Scott and The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the funding of $34.3 million for nine Florida projects that address high priority conservation needs. The projects are designed to remedy harm or reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. “This $34.3 […]