Pensacola Bay

Concessioner selected for Pensacola Bay Ferry Service

Concessioner selected for Pensacola Bay Ferry Service

The National Park Service and Hornblower Maritime Services (HMS) have signed a 10-year concessions contract for operation of Pensacola Bay Cruises. A startup date, schedule, prices and other details will be announced as soon as they are available. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Bridge tolls issue goes to court

Bridge tolls issue goes to court

Here comes the judge. After years of cautiously circling each other, posturing and trading ultimatums, state officials and the investors who bought bonds to build the Garcon Point Bridge are headed for a legal showdown. “It seems like they want it their way or no way,” State Rep. Jayer Williamson told the Navarre Press on […]

Pensacola bridge builder also faces Orlando cracks

Pensacola bridge builder also faces Orlando cracks

Another Skanska USA bridge in progress, another span dealing with cracks in new concrete construction. As the New Jersey-based contractor works to solve cracks that have appeared in the new $400 million Pensacola Bay Bridge, it has also been confronted with similar flaws in its new bridge on Interstate 4 in Orlando. Read the full […]

Ferry service set to begin this week

Ferry service set to begin this week

The long wait is almost over. Ferry Service in Pensacola Bay is scheduled to begin Friday after the National Park Service and Gulf Coast Maritime Services Inc. signed a contract for the operation of Pensacola Bay Cruises. “We’re excited to start working with Gulf Coast Maritime Services Inc. and begin the Pensacola Bay Cruises service,” […]

FWC stresses the importance of boating safety

FWC stresses the importance of boating safety

Zipping across Pensacola Bay at around 50 miles per hour, the wind whipping in the faces of those on board on a partly cloudy afternoon, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Sean Long and John Clark pull their boat up next to another one. They aren’t approaching the scene of the accident and nothing […]

Docked once again

Docked once again

Pelican Perch and Turtle Runner, the two boats that will be used to anchor Gulf Island National Seashore’s ferry service in Pensacola Bay, are unwrapped and out of dry dock. But the boats won’t be leaving the dock just yet. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Ferry service close to its starting point

Ferry service close to its starting point

Large piles of dirt rest where a future dock facility will one day sit in downtown Pensacola. The two ferry boats, Pelican Perch and Turtle Runner, are still wrapped and dry docked. Gulf Islands National Seashore will soon have its ferry service in Pensacola Bay in operation, and it will be the culmination of what […]

Gulf Islands program shines light on history

Gulf Islands program shines light on history

Soldier re-enactors walked around dressed in attire they would have worn in the 1860s. Students who have spent the summer working with the Youth Conservation Corps spoke to the crowds that gathered around them about the history of the fort as the sun set behind them. Rain eventually did roll in, but it didn’t put […]

Scallop population woes keep ban in effect

Scallop population woes keep ban in effect

While the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently restructured the season structure for recreational scalloping, the outlook for that opportunity opening up in Northwest Florida in the near future isn’t the brightest. Searches have been done in this area, including two scheduled for this year, but they haven’t produced results indicating there is a […]

Sertoma’s Independence Day Celebration

For the 28th year, area Sertoma organizations are coordinating and hosting the largest Fireworks display on the Gulf Coast over Pensacola Bay on Monday, July 4th, 2017, at 9:00 pm. There will be activities throughout the day, from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm, in Seville Square to include a FREE Children’s Area with inflatables, a U.S. […]

Boats that will be used for ferry service arrive in Pensacola

Boats that will be used for ferry service arrive in Pensacola

As the two ferry boats made their way into the bay late Saturday afternoon, the excitement began to build. Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown has been waiting a long time for the boats to arrive. And while the ferry service from Pensacola to Fort Pickens and Pensacola Beach won’t begin until next spring, […]

Monitoring program plays vital role in maintaining seagrass health

Monitoring program plays vital role in maintaining seagrass health

Nearly a decade ago, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began a seagrass monitoring program in an effort to protect and manage seagrass acreage in Florida. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Pensacola Double Bridge Run

The Pensacola Double Bridge Run Presented by Publix is one of the premier 15K races in the country.  The 15K carries runners over two bridges, across Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound. It will run from downtown Pensacola with a tour that includes the historic district, and picturesque Bayfront Parkway, a run through Gulf Breeze, and […]

Start of ferry service docked again

Start of ferry service docked again

Bids for the operator of the ferry service planned for Pensacola Bay were in short supply and construction bids for the docks were limited as well, leading Gulf Islands National Seashore to hold off on starting up its service as planned in 2017. Delayed once already – a decision was made in October to start […]

The conspicuous councilman bows out

The conspicuous councilman bows out

Joe Henderson has marched to his own drum as a City of Gulf Breeze council member for the past six years, and he never seemed to mind if he fell a bit out of step. Sometimes referred by his critics–and affectionately by his fans– as “Councilman No,” Henderson could usually be counted on to ask […]

Oyster population poised to thrive again

Oyster population poised to thrive again

Oyster populations are poised to thrive again in the region thanks to the Oyster Cultch Placement Project, a $5.3 million regional plan designed to enhance and improve the oyster populations in Pensacola Bay, St. Andrews Bay and Apalachicola Bay. The project’s most recent focus was on the waters in the Pensacola Bay System in Escambia […]

Ferry service delayed until late spring

Ferry service delayed until late spring

Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown joked on Monday morning that people have wanted a ferry service in Pensacola Bay for 50 years. Their wait will be over soon. It’s just going to extend a couple of months longer than expected. Slated to begin in March of 2017, service to Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and […]

Signs of vibrio not always easy to detect

Signs of vibrio not always easy to detect

It was just another Sunday afternoon in the water.  In the 40 years Jeanne Vahle and her husband, Mike, have lived in Florida, they have had a lot of days in the water, be it to swim, fish or take their boat out. They never expected anything bad to happen. On this particular Sunday, though, […]

Navarre Beach signage absent near new Pensacola bridge

Navarre Beach signage absent near new Pensacola bridge

Although the planned new bridge across Pensacola Bay has a budget of more than $450 million, there aren’t any plans for signage that points the way to Navarre Beach from the revamped northwestern gateway to Santa Rosa County. Thus the locator gap that currently excludes Navarre Beach from notice to motorists entering Santa Rosa from […]

Sandler chosen to join BentProp Project

Sandler chosen to join BentProp Project

About 400,000 American servicemen died in WWII and of that number, 73,000 are yet to be accounted for. Many lost their lives over the Republic of Palau in the Pacific Ocean between Australia and China where fierce battles were fought 71 years ago between the Japanese and allied military forces near the end of WWII. […]

City ready to accept Studer land donation

City ready to accept Studer land donation

The City of Gulf Breeze is about to accept about an acre of land adjacent to Pensacola Bay, Pensacola Beach Road and Soundview Trail that may have the potential to be used to improve stormwater quality before it enters the bay. Quint and Rishy Studer are offering to donate the land to the city. City Attorney Matt Dannheiser noted at the […]