Tourist Season

End of peak tourism season means self-reflection

End of peak tourism season means self-reflection

Looking at the numbers, Navarre Beach had a busy summer tourism season with bed tax totals climbing 16% over the previous year’s peak season. More than $1.71 million flowed into county coffers from bed taxes between May and July.   Read the full article in the Sept. 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Blessing the beach

Blessing the beach

Locals and visitors gathered for a special prayer over the beach May 23. Dr. Alan McBride, senior pastor at Navarre United Methodist Church, led a prayer for safety and prosperity for the locals and the thousands of visitors who will visit throughout peak tourist season. The annual blessing is coordinated by the Navarre Beach Area […]

Beach construction to impact summer months

Beach construction to impact summer months

Summer on Navarre Beach is set to be busy this year, but it is not just tourists that will be crowding the shoreline. A collection of improvement projects across the beach will be impacting the traditional tourist season. The largest among these investments is the renovation of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Read the full […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

Pier likely to get temporary restroom

A restroom is likely to be placed on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier later this summer, but it will not meet with specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ken Fountain, a managing partner with pier operating firm Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises (GSE), said his company plans to put an ADA-compliant facility on the pier […]

Sand tilling to start Monday on Navarre Beach

Sand tilling to start Monday on Navarre Beach

Sand tilling will take place beginning Mar. 19 on Navarre Beach. Tilling is required to lessen the impact of compacted sand on sea turtle nesting and hatching activities. Turtles prefer soft sand for digging nests and the 2018 nesting season begins May 1 for the gulf coast. Operations will be conducted between dawn and dusk. […]

Gigi comes home to Navarre Beach

Gigi comes home to Navarre Beach

After six weeks of round the clock monitoring, Gigi the loggerhead sea turtle has been declared healthy. She arrived home Friday at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC). She was sent to Gulf World Marine Institute in Panama City Beach in mid-April following some changes in behavior observed by her Animal Care Team. […]

Bed tax report fluke prompts evaluation of methods

Bed tax report fluke prompts evaluation of methods

In a county that hadn’t seen a month without growth in its bed tax revenue since June 2015, to get a report showing a nearly 20 percent drop in collections can be a shock to the system. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as […]

County orders pier partners to pay up

County orders pier partners to pay up

Accusations and ultimatums are flying fast and furious among the partners who manage the Navarre Beach Pier, and Santa Rosa County Attorney Roy Andrews has stepped in with a deadline ordering them to straighten out at least some of it by April 30. Read the full article in the April 6 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Does spring break boost beach profits?

Does spring break boost beach profits?

Do spring break crowds translate to higher bed tax collections? The simple answer is yes … and no. “We are busy. The lobby is full every time I am here,” remarked Liz Horton of Wyndham by Resort Quest, who chairs the Tourism Development Committee Board. Read the full article in the March 30 issue of […]

Turn lane construction runs into Spring Break

Turn lane construction runs into Spring Break

Though the county aimed to complete a dedicated right turn lane to alleviate traffic on Navarre Beach ahead of spring break, the project stalled. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.  

Now hiring lifeguards

Now hiring lifeguards

As the first wave of spring breakers take to Navarre Beach in March, lifeguards will once again patrol the shoreline. With a month to go, Santa Rosa County has begun accepting applications for the 12 to 14 beach lifeguard positions. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at […]

Beachfront Springhill Suites nears completion

Beachfront Springhill Suites nears completion

Finishing touches are underway at the Springhill Suites by Marriott on Navarre Beach as construction winds to a close. Ben Harris is the project manager with Alabama-based general contractor Stewart Contracting Company, Inc. Harris said though it still does not look like much from the outside, the next two weeks will bring quite the transformation. […]

County seeks builder for beach right-turn lane

County seeks builder for beach right-turn lane

The design phase is complete and bids are now being accepted for a dedicated right-turn lane on southbound Navarre Causeway onto Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach. The hope is that this turn lane will reduce traffic backup that frequently occurs at the intersection during the tourist season, especially on holiday weekends County Engineer Roger Blaylock […]

New sales tax boosts 2017 county budget

New sales tax boosts 2017 county budget

Santa Rosa County will be $5.1 million richer in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, but not at the expense of property owners. That’s because of the half-penny sales tax to pay for various infrastructure improvements that was approved by county voters on Aug. 30. Although the new tax is expected to bring in about […]

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 […]

Pay tribute to our fallen on Memorial Day

Pay tribute to our fallen on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is widely heralded as the unofficial start of summer.  Here on the Emerald Coast it signals the beginning of our busy tourist season, with condos booked, hotel rooms rented, beach supplies at the ready, and the mouth-watering aroma of food being cooked on a grill.  This time of year is unmistakable and really […]