Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office

Five things to know: Instagram for business

Five things to know: Instagram for business

Social media has enabled businesses to connect to customers in new and sometimes exciting ways if they can crack the code of ideal posting. As the audience on these platforms continues to grow, Instagram is one of the tools in the business owners’ toolbox of promotion, said Monica McBrien, community outreach specialist for the Santa […]

Ghost crab hunting no fun for sea turtles

Ghost crab hunting no fun for sea turtles

In this issue of Navarre Press, our reporter Jamie Gentry visited Navarre Beach after dark and what she found was shocking. When she arrived, predominantly on the west side of the pier in front of the condos, hundreds of people were out with bright flashlights looking for ghost crabs. The crabs respond to the beam […]

Celebrating the nation’s independence

Celebrating the nation’s independence

Fireworks lit up the night, children paraded their patriotism and live music got folks dancing during the Hometown July 4th celebration on Navarre Beach, hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. The professional fireworks display was coordinated with the Tourist Development Council.   Read the full article in the July 11 issue of […]

Fourth of July events

Fourth of July events

Hometown fourth of July Parade & Celebration Everyone is invited to join the Navarre Chamber and Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office for the Navarre Beach Hometown fourth of July Parade & Celebration. Children’s parade will be held at 6 p.m. Live music will take place at the Sand Crab Pavilion at 7 p.m. The […]

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

As the country celebrates the 243rd anniversary of our founding fathers signing the Declaration of Independence, Navarre Beach will be featuring some special celebrations. The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is presenting the second annual Hometown 4th of July Parade and Celebration on Navarre Beach co-hosted by the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office July […]

Navarre Beach Ambassadors return to the shore

Navarre Beach Ambassadors return to the shore

Volunteers armed with beachy giveaways and binders of knowledge will be engaging Navarre Beach visitors this summer as the second year of the Navarre Beach Ambassadors Program gets underway. A partnership between the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office and UF/IFAS Sea Grant, the program held a training session last week on Monday at the […]

Tunes by the Dunes kicks off Thursday

Tunes by the Dunes kicks off Thursday

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its 12th annual free summer concert series Thursday, May 30 at the Navarre Beach Park’s Sand Crab Pavilion, just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Co-hosted by the Okaloosa Gas District, Navarre Press, Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office, 87 Garage and the Navarre […]

Tunes by the Dunes schedule released

Tunes by the Dunes schedule released

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its 12th Annual Free Summer Concert Series May 30 at the Sand Crab Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park, just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Co-hosted by the Okaloosa Gas District, Navarre Press, Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office and Chamber Foundation, the summer […]

Navarre’s Hometown Fourth of July

Navarre’s Hometown Fourth of July

The Independence Day celebrations on Navarre Beach were rounded out by the fireworks show put on by the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office. As seen in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!

Navarre Beach’s Hometown 4th of July Parade & Celebration

Everyone is invited to join the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce for the 1st Navarre Beach Hometown 4th of July Parade & Celebration co-hosted by the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office. Children’s parade will be held at 6 p.m. Live music will take place at the Sand Crab Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. The […]

Beach Ambassadors educate visitors

Beach Ambassadors educate visitors

In partnership with the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office, the UF/IFAS Extension Office has launched the Navarre Beach Ambassador program. Volunteers were trained and sent out last Monday onto the beach for their first day of interacting with guests, sharing information and conducting surveys for the tourism office. Read the full article in the […]

Tourism competitor casts wide net

Tourism competitor casts wide net

Ads that promote vacations on beautiful Gulf Coast beaches are running on the University of West Florida’s radio station—but those leisure destinations aren’t around here. Instead, Visit St. Petersburg-Clearwater is a player on the university’s National Public Radio airwaves with a strategy that Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Director Julie Morgan said she can’t afford. […]

Navarre chamber finds new home

Navarre chamber finds new home

Growth can be challenging as well as positive, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has discovered. President/CEO Tamara Fountain said that is why the chamber will be opening doors on a new location at 2053 Fountain Professional Court. The chamber currently shares office space with the Tourism Development Office as a tenant in the […]

Tourism council answers rebuke with an invitation

Tourism council answers rebuke with an invitation

Santa Rosa officials bristled at the recent scolding they received from House Speaker Richard Corcoran about the financial practices of the county’s Tourist Development Office. But they rejected a first impulse to fire off a terse letter to Corcoran—deciding instead to invite him here to prove the transparency with which the county handles its annual […]

House Speaker scolds tourism office

House Speaker scolds tourism office

Santa Rosa officials have sidestepped the volunteer Tourist Development Council to revoke the county’s longtime membership in the state’s leisure industry marketing agency–Visit Florida–prompting a warning from state House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Corcoran described the move led by County Tourism Director Julie Morgan as a “futile attempt to shield financial information from public scrutiny” in […]

Gallup resigns Tourist Development Council

Gallup resigns Tourist Development Council

Laurie Gallup, a high-profile member of the watchdog, volunteer Tourist Development Council has resigned, citing frustration with Santa Rosa’s government bureaucracy. A two-year veteran of the council, Gallup is the owner of Navarre Properties, which manages leisure guest accommodations in several condominiums on or near the beach. In her resignation letter sent to TDC Chairman […]

Tourism Director says she sought new job

Tourism Director says she sought new job

  Santa Rosa County Tourism Director Julie Morgan applied for the same position last December in Walton County, where the job pays roughly twice her current $68,000 a year. “I’m not unhappy,” said Morgan, who was among the unsuccessful finalists for the Walton job, told the Navarre Press. Morgan said she hasn’t applied for other […]