Santa Rosa Sound

Navarre Park: Living shoreline vs. seawall

Navarre Park: Living shoreline vs. seawall

Once upon a time, seawalls were the law of the land when it came to erosion protection, but scientists studying the impact on shorelines across the country have come to a different conclusion. Seawalls are a high expense for typically lower return on investment than more natural approaches known as living shorelines. Read the full […]

Volunteers welcome nesting shorebirds

Volunteers welcome nesting shorebirds

Glove-clad volunteers lined up along the Navarre Beach bridge April 24 intent on protecting the beach’s feathered residents. The nesting birds are back, and local expert Caroline Stahala of Audubon Florida said threatened least terns and black skimmers will be settling into their nesting colonies soon.   Read the full article in the May 2 […]

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa County Commissioners spent their Monday meeting balancing potential projects against infrastructure needs. Discovery Center dream dashed? Concerns over water quality trumped conservation education efforts Monday as commissioners weighed how to spend millions of RESTORE dollars over the next 12 years. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

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 […]

Spring Jam 2019 coming to Navarre

Spring Jam 2019 coming to Navarre

Thousands of visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy live music with their toes in the surf and sand along Navarre Beach Sunday, March 24, during Spring Jam 2019. Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill has partnered with Cat Country 98.7 once again to offer the second annual Spring Jam, a one-day music festival along the […]

Citizen group tackles issues

Citizen group tackles issues

A group calling themselves the “District 4 Task Force” met recently at the Navarre Tourist Information Center with District 4 County Commissioner, Dave Piech, in a round table session to review extensive work they’d been pursuing for months regarding the state of Navarre. Major concerns and initiatives for the task force revolve around three central […]

Citizens calling for end to Santa Rosa Sound effluent discharge

Citizens calling for end to Santa Rosa Sound effluent discharge

Citizens are calling for an end to permitted discharge of Navarre Beach’s treated wastewater into Santa Rosa Sound within the next five years, and they have successfully petitioned the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to hold a public meeting on the matter later this month. The March 26 meeting is part of Santa Rosa […]

Investors buy bank’s portfolio

Investors buy bank’s portfolio

While work crews have appeared outside the closed Helen Back Again restaurant along U.S. Highway 98, Navarre residents are not likely to see a new business opening there anytime soon. Recent sale of the property has only landed it back on the market for a tenant or buyer, but the property’s story paints a much […]

Wetlands whittled down in Holley by the Sea

Wetlands whittled down in Holley by the Sea

Holley by the Sea homeowners Don and Marilyn Beyer discovered that their backyard is roughly 0.04 acres bigger than they thought, but the couple is not happy about it. That’s because the extra acreage along Redfield Drive came at the expense of local wetlands after a 2017 mistake by the seller not giving their builder […]

My town

My town

I am the Holley Navarre Water System board director who voted against hiring Rob Williamson as CEO of the utility. My friends and family keep asking me, “why don’t you just quit? You have nothing to gain and nothing is going to change.” My answer is because this is my town. I got my first […]

Gulf Breeze abandons contentious land claim

Gulf Breeze abandons contentious land claim

With a new mayor and two freshman city council members, the City of Gulf Breeze is giving up its long fight to win control of a narrow strip of land between two private homes that has cost the municipality’s taxpayers more than $800,000. “The city is abandoning its claim,” City Attorney Mary Jane Bass told […]

Marine Park improvements on schedule for April completion

Marine Park improvements on schedule for April completion

Winter beachgoers at Navarre Beach Marine Park may have noticed black silt fencing, work crews and heavy machinery since early November along their coastline. The work underway is part of new visitor amenities coming to the park, coordinated and paid for by roughly $3 million in Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grants through the Florida […]

Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle

Everyone is invited to the 10th Annual Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle from noon to 4 p.m. on Navarre Beach at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill. Start the New Year by plunging into the Santa Rosa Sound. Event benefits the Santa Rosa Kids’ House and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. For more information, visit www.juanaspagodas.com.

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Whether clad in jumpsuits, wetsuits, swimsuits or just plain old suits, Navarre Beach residents and visitors spend the first day of each year sloshing into the frigid waters along the shore in the classic New Year’s tradition of plunging. The start of 2019 will be no exception, with two events coming to Navarre this year. […]

Dewey Destin’s open for business

Dewey Destin’s open for business

Navarre residents looking to get their seafood fix have a new option as Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant of Navarre opened its doors last week. The casual-style eatery located at 8673 Navarre Parkway allows customers to order at a walk-up window, dine on the waterfront of Santa Rosa Sound and sample the beers on tap. The […]

Audubon walkers explore beach ecosystem

Audubon walkers explore beach ecosystem

With cameras and binoculars in hand, residents and visitors trekked into the still-wild parts of Navarre Beach Oct. 30 during the first ever Nature Walk with Florida Audubon. Audubon Western Florida Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala guided the group through the conservation and recreational lands near Santa Rosa Sound and along the Navarre Beach […]

County rejects hotel; eyes District 4 Master Plan

County rejects hotel; eyes District 4 Master Plan

County commissioners squashed a plan to build a hotel and RV site inside the Navarre Beach Marine Park, unanimously voting against a lease amendment for the property during a special rezoning meeting Oct 25. Attorney Will Dunaway, of the Clark Partington law firm, represented the potential buyer and developer, NOBC LLC. That company is registered […]

Nature walk to promote appreciation for Navarre Beach

Nature walk to promote appreciation for Navarre Beach

From tiny beach mice to soaring osprey to the famous sea oats, the natural splendor of Navarre Beach will be on display in a guided tour this month. Robin Otto, a member of the Navarre Beach Neighborhood Watch, helped to spearhead the idea.           Read the full article in the Oct. […]

No end in sight to effluent pumped into sound

No end in sight to effluent pumped into sound

Although county commissioners have said for years that cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound is a top priority, the water utility they control will apparently keep putting treated sewage effluent into the bay indefinitely. The county-owned Navarre Beach Water System has applied for and received tentative approval for a five-year renewal of its state permit to […]

Special Olympians join national sailing champions

Special Olympians join national sailing champions

Dozens of colorful sails swooshed through Santa Rosa Sound days after the annual Juana’s Good Time Regatta wrapped up Sept. 9. That’s because the island was playing host to a much larger sailing event the following week. Read the full article in the Sept. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

A perfect day to sail away

A perfect day to sail away

The 28th Annual Juana Good Time Regatta filled the Santa Rosa Sound Sept. 7-9 with colorful sails. People came from all across the United States to participate in this local event. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online […]

Johnny’s Tree Club is always open

Johnny’s Tree Club is always open

Country music plays in the background on a beautiful sun-kissed summer evening in Navarre. A short distance away is Santa Rosa Sound, visible through the trees, and neighbors of Johnny Champagne are sitting in chairs around a tree enjoying a glass of wine. Welcome to Johnny’s Tree Club. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Pilot dead in Oriole Beach sea plane crash

Pilot dead in Oriole Beach sea plane crash

Investigators are looking into the death of an unidentified man whose sea plane crashed into Santa Rosa Sound late Monday morning near Oriole Beach. According to Midway Fire District Chief Jonathan Kanzigg, Midway Fire was dispatched to the boat ramp on Oriole Beach at 11:59 a.m. Monday after witnesses saw an ultralight sea plane crash […]

More than $3 million in improvements coming to Navarre Beach

More than $3 million in improvements coming to Navarre Beach

Construction of additional picnic pavilions and parking facilities in the Navarre Beach Marine Park will get underway shortly after Labor Day, according to Santa Rosa County Grants and Special Programs Director Sheila Fitzgerald. The planned improvements are funded largely by a roughly $2 million Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant through the Florida Department of […]

Deadline looms in school board, District 4 commissioner races

Deadline looms in school board, District 4 commissioner races

As primary election voting inches closer, the window is closing for school board candidates to win over voters. All three of the school board seats up for grabs will be decided on the primary ballot Aug. 28, and votes in the race can be cast as early as Aug. 13. For much of the race, […]

Proposed relief valve for Highway 98 rattles some residents

Proposed relief valve for Highway 98 rattles some residents

Almost everyone wants traffic reduced on Highway 98 through Navarre. But no one wants more vehicles routed through their neighborhood. Stress levels are already rising, even though the $500,000 feasibility study of possible routes for a new Community Access Road ordered by state and Santa Rosa County officials has barely begun and won’t be finished […]

Army Corps cautions subdivision about dredging canals

Army Corps cautions subdivision about dredging canals

The waterfront subdivision of Santa Rosa Shores has received a warning of sorts from the Army Corps of Engineers about its plan to dredge parts of the canals that allow boat access to its 231 homeowners. In an eight-page letter, sent to county officials in May, the Army Corps raised questions about possible environmental damage […]

Navarre Beach land preservation deal falls through

Navarre Beach land preservation deal falls through

The future of a vacant, privately owned parcel in the heart of the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary is up in the air again after a buyer interested in preserving the land’s natural state bowed out. County Commission Chairman Bob Cole announced the change of plans to the public May 21 during a board meeting, reading […]

Congress secures $41.9 million for Gulf Test Range

Congress secures $41.9 million for Gulf Test Range

The U.S. House of Representatives voted May 24 to invest $41.9 million in modernization and improvements to the military’s Gulf Test Range along Florida’s northwest coast. The bill passed by a vote of 351 to 66. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

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