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Pier receives turtle-friendly light grant

Pier receives turtle-friendly light grant

The Navarre Beach Fishing Pier has received a grant to install new and updated turtle-friendly lighting along the pier, in the store, in the restaurant, at volleyball courts and possibly in parking areas. The grant is awarded through the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Read the full article in […]

Beach lifeguards close season

Beach lifeguards close season

As lifeguard season along Navarre Beach closed out Oct. 28, records show that the guards have been busier than in the past. Rescues along Navarre Beach more than tripled since last season, and the number of people visiting guarded areas has nearly tripled since 2016 with almost 303,000 visitors between March 3 and Oct. 28 […]

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Since sea turtle nesting season began May 1, Navarre Beach has only seen three turtle nests, a far cry from the nearly record-breaking 19 nests that were found last year. The nesting number is also lower than the average for the past decade. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Longtime surfer rescues man on Navarre Beach

Longtime surfer rescues man on Navarre Beach

Local surfer Brenda Stokes will be honored with the Lifesaving Award later this month after she successfully pulled a man caught in a rip current safely to shore aboard her surf board in late June. Stokes said she was on the beach that morning training a visitor to the county how to surf, but when […]

Lifeguards staying later, new tower added

Lifeguards staying later, new tower added

Lifeguards on Navarre Beach are surveying the waters later into the day and farther along the beach. Since June 4, the lifeguards have been staying on the beach until 6 p.m. Previously, lifeguards were on the beach until only 5 p.m. each day during the late spring, summer and fall. Read the full article in […]

Drowning prompts review of lifeguard duty hours

Drowning prompts review of lifeguard duty hours

After the March 24 drowning of Michael Robidoux, a Navarre resident who was trying to save two children in the rough Gulf waters, changes may be coming to the lifeguards’ schedule at Navarre Beach. Navarre Beach Utilities Supervisor Terry Wallace, who manages the lifeguards as part of the Navarre Beach Department of the county, said […]

Lifeguards return to beach ahead of expected Spring Break crowds

Lifeguards return to beach ahead of expected Spring Break crowds

The lifeguards returned to Navarre Beach Saturday as the first of the Spring Breakers flocked to the coast. Navarre Beach Utilities Supervisor Terry Wallace said they are getting out on the coast before the rush truly hits. Read the full article in the Mar. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Navarre Beach lifeguards return for another season

Navarre Beach lifeguards return for another season

Memorial Day is fast approaching and the Navarre Beach lifeguards will be ready for the summer onslaught of beach visitors. “We currently have 12 guards working and are expecting to hire another three,” lead guard Aaron Wible said. “That is a couple more than we had on staff last year. Read the full article in […]

Retrofit grant brings turtle-friendly lighting to beachfront properties

Retrofit grant brings turtle-friendly lighting to beachfront properties

The Board of County Commissioners voted Thursday to extend the Sea Turtle Lighting Retrofit project by six months to July 17 to allow for more of Navarre Beach’s condominiums and public lighting to be switched to turtle friendly versions. Read the full article in the Dec. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

Pier peak season peaks profits

Pier peak season peaks profits

As beach season winds to a close and the number of visits to the 1,545-foot long Navarre Pier become less crowded, the pier has moved to its winter hours. As of Nov. 6, the pier opens at dawn and closes half an hour after dark. Though the traffic is beginning to slow, the pier saw […]

Lifeguards close the books on a busy beach season

Lifeguards close the books on a busy beach season

Navarre Beach’s Lifeguard season finished up Sunday, Oct. 30, to their highest numbers in recent history according reports by the Navarre Beach Utility that manages the lifeguards. Between March 13 and Oct. 16, the beach saw 75,818 visitors in 2016 up 18,870 visitors from last year. That’s a 33 percent increase. Read the full article […]

Chair rentals cause visitor complaints

Chair rentals cause visitor complaints

The summer tourist season is in full swing on Navarre Beach, and west of the fishing pier, lines of bright blue and green umbrellas once again dot the waterline courtesy of rental companies. These wooden, collapsible chairs with matching sun shades offer visitors relief from carrying their belongings to the water. Pay a fee, and […]

Rescues on the rise, again

Rescues on the rise, again

Navarre Beach lifeguards have added two new guards after a record 94 rescues last year in anticipation of another high-traffic beach season. This season has already seen 52 water rescues between March 1 and June 9. To put that in perspective, the season totals for 2012-2014 average less than 44 rescues between March 1 and […]

Lifeguards return for the season

Lifeguards return for the season

March marks the return of the spring breakers along with the only thing that keeps them from hurting themselves: Navarre Beach Lifeguards. “We have hired eight guards this season and expect to hire another six,” Sonja Lusk of the Navarre Beach Water Department said. “The guards will be on duty seven days a week from […]

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 […]

Vandals tag sand crab pavilion

Vandals tag sand crab pavilion

Graffiti now mars the Sand Crab pavilion at Navarre Beach. A photo taken July 23 shows the graffiti along the top railing, benches, floor and steps of the pavilion. It is located directly across from the stop sign at the end of the Navarre Beach Causeway. According to Santa Rosa County utilities supervisor Terry Wallace, […]