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Ecotourism, voluntourism growing

Ecotourism, voluntourism growing

Vacation does not necessarily translate to lounging anymore. Around the world, tourism trends have headed in a new direction with travelers rolling up their sleeves and working to mitigate their impact on the planet during their time away from the daily grind.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Views clash on details of beach path upgrade

Views clash on details of beach path upgrade

Navarre Beach’s multiuse path could be seeing a makeover, but just what that will look like is up for debate before the Tourist Development Council (TDC) this week. County Tourist Development Director Julie White has proposed redoing “islands” along the path that runs parallel to Gulf Boulevard for nearly the entire length of Navarre Beach. […]

TDC fed up with two of everything

TDC fed up with two of everything

Two plunges is too many. That was the position taken by Tourist Development Council (TDC) member Liz Horton, a bed tax collector from the south end. She said she is tired of two of everything in Navarre from chamber of commerce breakfasts to events like New Year’s Day plunges. Read the full article in the […]

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

Santa Rosa to gamble $2 million on industrial park building

When Garner Economics LLC presented a five-year blueprint for Santa Rosa County’s economic development, owner Jay Garner coined a simple phrase: “No product, no project.” County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree heeded that advice. Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per […]

Chamber seeks new vision for 87

Chamber seeks new vision for 87

  U.S. Highway 98 is changing and a new business corridor is emerging. Though the thoroughfare has functioned as Navarre’s main corridor for decades, increasing traffic and potential expansion plans could mean the roadway may not be able to serve that function much longer, especially for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit the […]

Sanborn not guilty of Sunshine Law charge

Sanborn not guilty of Sunshine Law charge

Tourist Development Council member Jack Sanborn was found not guilty Friday on charges that he violated Florida’s Sunshine Law by phoning two other panel volunteers to discuss matters that had previously come before the board. Santa Rosa County Judge Jose Giraud ruled after nearly an hour-long hearing that while Sanborn’s calls on his personal cellphone […]

Tourism focus groups lacks focus

Tourism focus groups lacks focus

President of destination marketing consulting firm Zeitgeist Consulting, Inc. Bill Geist met last week with tourism stakeholders, the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council board of directors and the county’s new ad agency, Paradise Advertising, to shape the future of tourism and rebrand Santa Rosa County. The county paid $13,500 plus travel expenses to Zeitgeist […]

County selects new advertising agency

County selects new advertising agency

The Board of County Commissioners chose a new company Thursday, Sept. 22, to manage marketing, advertising and public relations for tourism. Paradise Advertising of St. Petersburg was selected over the county’s previous company Davis, South, Barnette and Patrick Advertising and Public Relations (DSBP). DSBP has managed the county’s tourism marketing since 2013. The selection ran […]

TDC exploring paddle route

TDC exploring paddle route

  Kyle Holley and several other members of the Tourist Development Council are eager to open up an adventure paddle route on the Blackwater River. The 25-40 mile route begins south of Deaton’s Bridge and runs through Milton. Holley said it’s a route that has been closed off for quite some time because of the […]

2015 sand-sculpting festival scratched

2015 sand-sculpting festival scratched

Instead of making a recommendation to county commissioners, the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council (TDC) May 13 decided to send discussions regarding the sixth annual Navarre Beach Sand-Sculpting Festival back to committee level to be redesigned. The move came after commissioners in April tabled a proposal for $80,000 of county reserves to fund the […]

Frustration growing over ‘sign pollution’

Frustration growing over ‘sign pollution’

Larry Sims, a resident of Navarre Beach, recently took an inventory of signage on both Navarre and Pensacola beaches. Sims, a member of the Navarre Beach Beautification Committee (BBC), presented his findings to the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council’s south end committee at its April 8 meeting. According to Sims, Navarre Beach’s scenic 4-mile stretch […]

$13K fireworks display planned

$13K fireworks display planned

The Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council (TDC) March 18 approved funding several events, including spending $10,050 toward the annual Navarre Beach Fourth of July fireworks display. The total cost will exceed $13,000, however Commissioner Rob Williamson said he plans to allocate $3,350 from the District 4 County Parks and Recreation budget to make up […]

South end tourism committee discusses funding requests

The Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council’s south end committee members recently discussed several requests for funding utilizing county bed tax revenues. During the Feb. 11 meeting District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson pushed for greater accountability for those seeking such funds to support local events. The committee will recommend paying Navarre businessman Kenny Wilder $500 per […]

Traffic heavy, expect delays

Traffic heavy, expect delays

Traffic on Highway 98 in the Navarre area is “slow go” as many motorists are heading to July 4th destinations and making plans for fireworks displays. “We expect a lot of people to be on Navarre Beach and along Highway 98 for the fireworks,” said Mike Sandler, Chairman of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of […]

TDC wants voice in hiring new director

TDC wants voice in hiring new director

Before the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners takes action June 26 to begin the search for a new tourism director, the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council (TDC) wants commissioners to know that they want to play a major role in the hiring process. Director Kate Wilkes, who will retire Aug. 1, will make […]

Lifeguards, safety top meeting discussion

Lifeguards, safety top meeting discussion

Members of the Navarre Beach Fire District Board and Chief Mike Howard attended the South End Tourist Development Council (TDC) Committee meeting June 11 to provide their input regarding water safety and beach rescues. The committee stopped short of requesting the county provide lifeguards west of Navarre Beach Fishing Pier but instead established a committee to better […]

Drowning, rescues spur beach safety talks

Drowning, rescues spur beach safety talks

The Navarre Beach Fire Department was called to the beach Saturday evening in response to three swimmers in distress. Navarre Beach firefighter Danny Fureigh said two men and a 10-year-old boy were about 500 feet offshore when he arrived on the scene with the department’s WaveRunner. The Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council (TDC) South […]

Butterfly season in Navarre

Butterfly season in Navarre

Area residents were in Navarre Park before 10 a.m. Saturday waiting for the Panhandle Butterfly House to open for the season. Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council Director Kate Wilkes did the honors of cutting the ribbon. “We promote Santa Rosa County as a family-friendly vacation destination and what could be any more family-friendly than […]

Snowbirds flock to social

Snowbirds flock to social

More than 200 seasonal visitors enjoyed an afternoon of conversation, food and fun at the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council’s Snow Bird Appreciation Social Feb. 13 at the Club at Hidden Creek. Eighteen area businesses showcased their products and services and provided give-a-ways for the attendees. “This stew is really good. It’s a little […]