Thursdays in the Park

Tunes by the Dunes to rock the beach starting May 31

Tunes by the Dunes to rock the beach starting May 31

For the 11th year in a row, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its annual free summer concert series Thursday, May 31, featuring a wide variety of music genres. The Tunes by the Dunes concert series (formerly Thursdays in the Park) was relocated from Navarre Park to the Navarre Beach Sand […]

44 years of history and just getting started

44 years of history and just getting started

For 44 years the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has served as the front door to Navarre, the place where visitors and newcomers get their first look and impression of our area. Over the years the chamber has been the driving force behind the growth of Navarre. From the beginning, the chamber has acted […]

Commissioners express ‘sticker shock’ over park plan

Commissioners express ‘sticker shock’ over park plan

“When we embarked on the master plan for Navarre Park, I had no idea whatsoever that we would end up with a $6.5 million plan,” District 5 commissioner Lane Lynchard said during Monday’s Board of County Commissioner committee meeting in regards to the Navarre Park master plan. He and other commissioners described their reaction as […]

Tunes by the Dunes launched

Tunes by the Dunes launched

After 10 years of Thursdays in the Park, the revamping of the annual weekly concert series as Tunes by the Dunes made its debut on Navarre Beach Thursday to a packed crowd. Hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce this 14 week series offers food, children’s activities and live music in a variety […]

Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces new name for 10th annual free summer concert series

Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces new name for 10th annual free summer concert series

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its 10th Annual Free Summer Concert Series Thursday, June 1, 2017. The “Tunes by the Dunes” Concert Series (formerly Thursdays in the Park) has been relocated from Navarre Park to Navarre Beach Park just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, and is being co-hosted […]

Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine

Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law gives the public the right of access to government meetings and public records. It ensures that government works out in the open for all to see – no backroom conversations between elected officials before a vote. However, as we recently found out, in Santa Rosa County those officials can send texts or […]

Dispute spotlights gap in tracking officials’ messages

Dispute spotlights gap in tracking officials’ messages

The current national Sunshine Week initiative (March 12-18) to educate the public about the importance of transparency in government finds Santa Rosa lagging in how it watchdogs officials’ mobile phone text messaging. Unlike a growing number of Florida counties, Santa Rosa has neither formal guidelines on officials’ use of text messaging nor modern tracking technology […]

Chamber to merge Fun Fest into concert series

Chamber to merge Fun Fest into concert series

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has decided to merge two of their beach front events, Fun Fest and what used to be Thursdays in the Park. The decision followed last months approval by the County Commission to move the weekly concert series that will run from June 1 to August 31 from Navarre […]

The great divide

The great divide

Monday’s county commission meeting was interesting to say the least. Two chambers on the agenda presented applications to host the same event in different years. It is the same event that the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) has hosted for 10 years with a new venue. They built the event, grew it and […]

Thursday concert series moving to the beach

Thursday concert series moving to the beach

Discussion of the future of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Thursday’s concert series got intense at Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting as chamber president Judy Morehead and Commission Chairman Rob Williamson tangled over past conversations involving the event. The NBACOC has applied to have the 2017 concert series on Navarre Beach Gulf-side […]

Commissioners back off park fees for organizations

Commissioners back off park fees for organizations

Commissioners will vote Thursday to restructure the fee schedule for use of public facilities and parks to be comparable with other counties. After months of debate, the board decided to exclude “open spaces” in those parks from the fees to protect existing not for profit events. Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce CEO, Judy Morehead, […]

Potential county park fees in limbo

Potential county park fees in limbo

Decisions by the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners on the fees charged for use of county parks and recreational facilities have been postponed to the second set of meetings in January due to concerns of how these fees would affect Navarre community events. Proposed fees for Navarre Park and Navarre Beach would cost […]

‘Heart of Navarre’ to get face-lift

‘Heart of Navarre’ to get face-lift

Navarre Beach visitors trying to access Gulf Boulevard from Navarre Bridge will have a dedicated right-turn lane by November 2017 County Commissioner Rob Williamson said Tuesday, Sept. 27 during his Heart of Navarre Tourism Corridor presentation at the Navarre Visitor Information Center. Construction of the turn lane would begin in February or March if the […]

Chamber offers unique business opportunities

Chamber offers unique business opportunities

Chamber offeNew members of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) got a crash course in their benefits Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Chamber 101 Member Orientation Workshop at the Navarre Visitor Information Center. The NBACOC has added 70 new members since January 2016, bringing the total membership to 462. Several new members packed […]