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Navarre Beach effluent permit renewal inches forward

Navarre Beach effluent permit renewal inches forward

Effluent discharge from the Navarre Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant into Santa Rosa Sound is likely to continue for another five years out of necessity, despite some community objections voiced in a public meeting March 26. Members of citizen group Save Our Soundside (SOS) have expressed opposition to renewal of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection […]

Discovery Center concept revealed

Discovery Center concept revealed

Extensive outdoor learning spaces, examples of pristine habitats, interactive marine exhibits and a two-story learning center were among the details outlined in preliminary ideas for Navarre Beach’s future Discovery Center. The visualization, along with a detailed history of similar projects, secured Caldwell Associates Architects the contract for designing the future of the Navarre Beach Marine […]

Tourism panel balks at loan for park redo

Tourism panel balks at loan for park redo

County tourism leaders were hesitant Monday to back plans to pay for nearly $2 million in Navarre Park improvements through more than doubling the loan on the Navarre Beach Visitors Center. Tourist Development Committee (TDC) members in attendance all spoke favorably of the proposal to make some improvements to the park despite negative comments about […]

Reef cam will offer peek at reefs

Reef cam will offer peek at reefs

The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) is one step closer to making the Gulf Coast Discovery Center (GCDC) a reality as final preparations are underway for the installation of a live-streaming reef camera. WTR-TV, or Watch the Reef TV, is expected to be up and running as early as the end of July. This […]

Good news for TDC funding

Good news for TDC funding

With higher than expected recent bed tax revenues and a green light from BP to push back a deadline to expend grant funds, the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is now turning its attention to establishing criteria to evaluate local proposals for future RESTORE funding. North end TDC committee members learned at last […]