safety

98 turn lane projects start Monday

98 turn lane projects start Monday

Work crews have begun construction on new turn lanes and safety improvements along U.S. Highway 98 under Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) supervision. The construction, which began last Monday, will cover an area stretching from the intersection of Constitution Drive east to the Navarre School Road intersection, according to an FDOT press release. The $847,000 […]

HNFD sets festival date

HNFD sets festival date

As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, the National Fire Protection Association is promoting this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” to better educate the public about the critical importance of knowing how old their smoke alarms are […]

Swimming smartly

Swimming smartly

Waves crash against the shore on a sun-splashed Monday morning on Navarre Beach. The sun is shining and a yellow flag is flying, warning swimmers of the dangerous rip currents in the Gulf of Mexico and to swim with caution. Not every swimmer puts a lot of stock into the flags, even on red-flag days […]

Sheriff’s Office identifies scams on seniors

Sheriff’s Office identifies scams on seniors

Dealing with scams is a never-ending job for Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s detective Duran Nelson. “I deal with it every day, all day,” Nelson said. It’s my primary job.” Nelson spoke about scams, computer fraud and personal safety to a crowd of about 30 at the Holley Navarre Senior Center Friday afternoon. It’s the first […]

SpringHill Suites opening delayed

SpringHill Suites opening delayed

Completion of the $30 million SpringHill Suites on Navarre Beach has been delayed until sometime in the first quarter, perhaps as late as March, because of occasional rain and high winds that have slowed construction. Read the full article in the April 7 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe online.

Navarre Family Watersports gets more room to roam

Navarre Family Watersports gets more room to roam

Despite officials’ concerns about safety, the Navarre Family Watersports complex won approval from the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board to expand operations within its existing property—moving closer to Santa Rosa Sound and putting boaters nearer to the facility’s helicopter pad. Read the full article in the Mar. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to […]

Senior fire prevention and safety vital to survival

Senior fire prevention and safety vital to survival

According to the National Fire Protection Association website, “At age 65, people are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large.” Furthermore, according to the United States Fire Administration, older adults especially have an increased relative risk of injury or death in a fire. Read the full […]

Will red-light camera revenue trump safety?

Will red-light camera revenue trump safety?

This legislative session may be the most opportune time in years to eliminate red-light cameras in Florida altogether. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ recently released report corroborates what many opponents of red-light cameras have maintained for a long time: red-light cameras at intersections increase accidents cumulatively by nearly 15 percent. This […]

Santa Rosa deputies of the quarter

Santa Rosa deputies of the quarter

Dep. Kevin Horn, Navarre district, Dep. Brian Cribb, Pace district and Dep. Edgar Bennett, Gulf Breeze district were selected as the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies of the quarter as they represent the agency with the highest of work ethic and integrity. Click HERE to view photos featured in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre […]

Hot car bill passes Senate

Hot car bill passes Senate

Florida senators passed a bill on Thursday that will allow the rescue of unattended vulnerable pets or people from hot cars in the summer without civil liability. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office receives several calls each summer about pets trapped in hot cars and left unattended. To read the full article, click HERE to subscribe […]

Sheriff’s Office says report suspicious activity

Sheriff’s Office says report suspicious activity

An unfamiliar truck passes slowly by your house, looking around your yard and house as he drives by. A solicitor comes to your house and attempts to talk their way into your home. A distraught person rings your doorbell in the middle of the night asking to use your phone. A burglar breaks in and […]

Unleashed is unlawful

Unleashed is unlawful

Along with good nutrition, exercise is a key in keeping your dog at a healthy weight. Most experts agree that large breed dogs need up to 40 minutes of cardio exercise per day. While some owners in Navarre utilize the dog park to exercise their dog, others take Fido for a run or walk. The […]

The man who ruined Halloween

The man who ruined Halloween

If you’ve ever gone trick-or-treating, you have also probably had your parents inspect your Halloween candy. It was the time you dreaded as a kid during Halloween. It was the perfect opportunity for your parents, under the guise of safety, to pick out or “confiscate” their favorite candy bar from your sugary haul; but of […]

Busy lifeguard season set to end at Navarre Beach

Busy lifeguard season set to end at Navarre Beach

It was a busier season than usual for the lifeguards on Navarre Beach but overall, the season, which ends Nov. 1, went well, according to utilities supervisor Terry Wallace. “I thought everything went really well,” Wallace said. “Everyone on the staff did a great job.” A total of 12 lifeguards were on the staff this […]

Halloween tricks for your pets

Halloween tricks for your pets

Nothing is quite as comical or cute as your pet in a Halloween costume. And there is no reason to keep your pet from participating in the celebrations, but common sense and caution should be applied. To ensure a fun and safe holiday for you all, consider these tips: All tricks – no sweet treats […]

Florida’s Silver Alert Program celebrates seven years

Florida’s Silver Alert Program celebrates seven years

Today is the seven year anniversary of Florida’s Silver Alert program. Since the program’s inception in 2008, 1,134 Silver Alerts have been issued, and Florida’s Silver Alert program has been directly responsible for 110 recoveries. According to Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Silver Alert reports, none have been issued in Santa Rosa County in 2014 […]

Rotary Club partners with county to save lives

Rotary Club partners with county to save lives

The Rotary Club of Navarre, inspired by fellow Rotarians in Hawaii, proposed “rescue tubes” at the western walkovers on Navarre Beach in April. Then-Rotary President Ed Carpenter said the Hawaiian effort aimed to mitigate a lack of lifeguards, which is also an issue on Navarre Beach. “They have 140 (tubes) which have saved 100 lives,” […]

Fireworks safety, public display schedule

Fireworks safety, public display schedule

Santa Rosa County urges everyone to use caution and common sense when celebrating the Fourth of July holidays. Fireworks can be very dangerous and many are illegal in the state of Florida. A good rule of thumb is if it flies or explodes, it is not legal in Florida, according to a release from the county. Using illegal […]

Follow the flags

Follow the flags

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we’re going to remind everyone once again the importance of heeding the warning flags on the beach. They’re not waving as part of some festive decoration. The flags are there for your safety and the safety of your friends and family. Last week, a man in […]

Dr. Beach’s best beaches for 2015

Dr. Beach’s best beaches for 2015

Here is the top 10 list of best beaches for summer 2015 as rated by Stephen Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University specializing in environment and coastal studies. Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, issues the list annually using criteria including safety, cleanliness and accessibility. 1. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii 2. Barefoot […]

Bicycle-pedestrian plan moving forward

Bicycle-pedestrian plan moving forward

It’s no secret that the south end of the county isn’t pedestrian friendly, and a recent survey underscored residents’ concerns about safety along U.S. 98. The county’s South Santa Rosa Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan, which is expected to be completed in May, hopes to provide a bicycle loop and recreation route that offers safe alternatives to […]

Navarre school locked down

Navarre school locked down

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Deputy Rich Aloy has confirmed that no police report has been filed after Holley Navarre Primary School was in lockdown for 30  minutes on Sept. 2. Office staff reported an irate parent caused the school to initiate safety protocols that resulted in the 30 minute lockdown procedure. Aloy confirmed […]

July 4th: Facts, fireworks, safety

July 4th: Facts, fireworks, safety

The July 3 issue of Navarre Press features a specially designed front page saluting Independence Day. It includes quotes from our Founding Fathers, as well as other notable Americans. You will also find a listing of local fireworks displays and important safety tips if you decide to have your own fireworks show. Read more in the July […]