Sunshine State

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. […]

Age-friendly designation given to Florida

Age-friendly designation given to Florida

Florida has been awarded an age-friendly designation through the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The initiative to create age-friendly communities and states began in 2012. The Sunshine State currently has 26 communities with the designation. The state now has it as well.   Read the full article in the May 2 issue of […]

State Farm sponsoring Road Ranger program in Northwest Florida

State Farm sponsoring Road Ranger program in Northwest Florida

Northwest Florida will now benefit from the Road Ranger program. The Florida Department of Transportation announced State Farm will sponsor the service patrol in this part of the Sunshine State. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. ONE OF AMERICA’S SAFEST CITIES GRIEVES Hundreds of people gathered in Thousand Oaks, California to mourn the dozen people killed by a Marine veteran at the packed Borderline Bar & Grill. 2. CALIFORNIA GUNMAN WAS VOLATILE BUT PASSED MENTAL ASSESSMENT Neighbors of Ian David Long have described him as distant in public but combative […]

Economic Opportunity Zone designated for Milton

Economic Opportunity Zone designated for Milton

Milton has been designated as one of more than 400 economic development targets for the state of Florida by Gov. Rick Scott. The designation, announced April 19, is called a Low Tax Opportunity Zone and is part of a federal program to encourage business growth in historically lower-income communities. Read the full article in the […]

Cunningham shines bright among peers

Cunningham shines bright among peers

The selection came as a surprise for Katalina Cunningham. A Sunshine State Scholar representing the Santa Rosa County School District in Orlando later this year? Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 […]

Florida declares tax holiday for disaster prep

Florida declares tax holiday for disaster prep

To prepare residents for hurricane season Florida has declared June 2-4 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax. During this time period, shoppers will not have to pay sales tax on eligible items and supplies that can be used to prepare for and recover from natural disasters that hit the Sunshine State. Items included in the sales tax […]

Budget provides boost to senior services

Budget provides boost to senior services

With the 65 and older population still on the rise in Florida, the decision by Governor Rick Scott to devote $315.5 million to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is one that makes sense. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

Transformation Thursday: Michelle Conley

Transformation Thursday: Michelle Conley

After two daughters and a move to the Sunshine State, Michelle Conley found herself at her highest weight. Even though she says she had always been overweight, this was her breaking point. “I despised looking at myself in the mirror. Shopping for clothes was a nightmare. And I had no energy,” Conley said. Conley and […]

Myrtle the Turtle welcomes visitors

Myrtle the Turtle welcomes visitors

Santa Rosa County’s newest ambassador, Myrtle the Turtle has found a home at the I-10 Florida Welcome Center greeting visitors to the Sunshine State and promoting tourism for Santa Rosa County. Myrtle was hand-painted by artist Alicia Hansen who used the turtle’s shell to feature the highlights of the county’s attractions including Historic Milton, Navarre […]