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More to the Fountain of Youth than just water

More to the Fountain of Youth than just water

This is the latest in a series of articles on outdoor opportunities worth checking out both in Florida and, every so often, out of state. This story puts the spotlight on The Fountain of Youth, which I visited during my trip to St. Augustine. Along a main street in St. Augustine, complete with stores and a […]

Increased crowds prompt sea turtle center expansion

Increased crowds prompt sea turtle center expansion

As visitor numbers continue to rise and hundreds of people touring the facility in a single day, the nonprofit Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) is looking to expand. Special Events and Field Trip Coordinator Stephanie Masters said with success comes difficulty. Read the full article in the July 5 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Butterfly House prepares for renovations

Butterfly House prepares for renovations

As March brings warmer weather the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is preparing to open for what will likely be their last season in the current building in Navarre Park. That’s because the building is expected to be demolished after Monarch Madness and replaced with a new, interactive butterfly learning facility and expanded vivarium. Read the […]

2017 Wild Shots Photo Contest Winners Announced

2017 Wild Shots Photo Contest Winners Announced

The Gulf Breeze Zoo called shutterbugs of all ages to enter their photos in the 2017 Wild Shots Photo Contest. And a record breaking 519 entries were submitted.  Contest categories include Adult, Cell Phone and Youth, and up to five photo may be submitted for review within an entry. Each entry was ranked overall in […]

There’s a new zoo guy in town

There’s a new zoo guy in town

More outreach and more up-close interaction are at the top of the agenda for new Gulf Breeze Zoo Director Jesse Pottebaum. Pottebaum, who took the reins of the operation in May, said he has settled nicely into his new position. He took a moment to speak to a reporter following a sleepless night of looking […]

Navarre Park makeover planned

Navarre Park makeover planned

The Panhandle Butterfly House celebrated its 20th year Saturday with a ribbon cutting and grand reopening. The house was founded by Jack and Fonda Wetherell in 1997 and began as a cooperative effort of the Santa Rosa Clean Community System, Inc., the UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service and the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Today […]

Butterfly House recruiting volunteers

Butterfly House recruiting volunteers

Spring is here, and that means the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is busy preparing for the grand opening of its 20th season. On May 6, PBH will kick off year 20 of its unique mission, educating the public on native butterfly species in northwest Florida. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of […]

Commissioners at odds on need for pier master plan

Commissioners at odds on need for pier master plan

County Commission Chairman Rob Williamson has a vision of what the Navarre Beach pier should look like in coming years. He said he would like to see coffee and ice cream shops, retail opportunities, rental activities and an expanded stand-alone restaurant. “I believe we could be tripling that revenue,” he said. The Board of County […]

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 […]

Gigi says hello to visitors

Gigi says hello to visitors

After more than 100 people turned out for the ribbon cutting ceremony, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) Director Cathy Holmes said the visitors just keep on coming averaging about 70 to 80 people a day. Another 941 folks visited the center throughout its first week. Holmes said visitors of all ages came from […]

Pier fishing offers simple and relaxing experience

Pier fishing offers simple and relaxing experience

James Bodison totes a cart loaded with a cooler, fishing rods and the other necessary items, such as bait, a tackle box, weights and sinkers needed to make his day of fishing off the Navarre Beach pier a successful one. Though July is typically not the best month of the year to fish, it matters […]

Flight of the Amazon arrives soon

Flight of the Amazon arrives soon

Construction of Gulf Breeze Zoo’s new expanded aviary is underway and could open for visitors as early as the end of July. Located across from the zoo’s giraffe enclosure, the Flight of the Amazon will feature a variety of South American bird species. Visitors will enter the new walkway at one end of a long […]

World Giraffe Day

World Giraffe Day

Children visiting the Gulf Breeze Zoo fed treats to the zoo’s three giraffes in honor of World Giraffe Day, June 21. Zoo curator Katy Rich gave a special giraffe talk describing facts about the animals and raising awareness about dropping reticulated giraffe populations. “We call them quiet giants,” Rich said. “When people can see them […]

New park’s lack of restrooms questioned

New park’s lack of restrooms questioned

The county’s new $750,000 Bagdad Mill Site Park that’s scheduled to open May 16 will be a recreational showplace, but some tourism leaders have questioned why it won’t have public restrooms. “We need bathrooms at parks where families will bring their children,” said Kyle Holley, a member of Santa Rosa County’s volunteer Tourism Development Council, […]

What’s new at the Zoo?

What’s new at the Zoo?

The Gulf Breeze Zoo celebrated the grand opening for Safari Station’s new train.  The train, a diesel powered CP Huntington, took off on its inaugural ride Sunday morning.  The first hundred children received a train whistle and conductor’s hat.  The Safari ride takes passengers on an up-close adventure with animals on the 50- acre preserve. […]

Panhandle Butterfly House Annual Grand Opening

Panhandle Butterfly House Annual Grand Opening

The Panhandle Butterfly House will celebrate its Grand Opening for the 2016 season on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Special events at the Grand Opening include: A plant sale with butterfly friendly plants. The Butterfly Bazaar will offer many butterfly items for sale. Santa Rosa County Master Gardeners will provide answers […]

Meet Myrtle the Turtle

Meet Myrtle the Turtle

Santa Rosa County has a new ambassador that will call the Florida Welcome Center on I-10 home.  Her name is Myrtle the Turtle and she has her own hashtag (#myrtletheturtle). In a Tourist Development Council meeting April 5, Julie Morgan, tourist development director said that the possibilities that the turtle idea creates are endless.  The […]

Reptiles bring smiles

Reptiles bring smiles

The one-day reptile show held in various cities all over the country came to Navarre on Saturday.  In the pouring rain, Reptiday brought out the curious, the squeamish and the serious to the Days Inn Conference Center to see the reptiles on display and for sale. Reptiday favorite vendor, Reno’s Reptiles, was on-hand to give […]

‘Look who’s 1’

‘Look who’s 1’

One of the Gulf Breeze Zoo’s reticulated giraffes, Gideon, celebrated his first birthday Sunday. Gideon was born March 27, 2015 and is the second offspring of Gabby and Geronimo. Other spring arrivals include a baby golden-headed lion tamarin born March 1. These tiny endangered monkeys are native to rainforests of eastern Brazil. The pond in […]

Navarre Beach named a ‘Hidden Gem’ getaway

Navarre Beach named a ‘Hidden Gem’ getaway

TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel sites, has listed Navarre Beach on a list of 10 Affordable Hidden Gem getaways for the winter season. The TripAdvisor website says of the list, “TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals has rounded up 10 super affordable US getaways this winter for staying in a rental, many of which are worthy […]

National Naval Aviation Museum earns national recognition as top-ranked museum

National Naval Aviation Museum earns national recognition as top-ranked museum

The National Naval Aviation Museum, located aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station once again has earned national recognition. The museum, the world’s largest naval aviation museum, was ranked a “Top 20 Museum in the USA” by Yelp in December, confirming its place among the best museums in the country to visit. The museum came in at […]