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Outdoors group stresses the importance of leaving no trace

Outdoors group stresses the importance of leaving no trace

It’s a phrase that is repeated often. Take only photographs. Leave only footprints. The Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers did their best to drive that point home at an event at Fort Pickens along Gulf Islands National Seashore earlier this month. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Trash can latches put to the test by bears in HBTS

Trash can latches put to the test by bears in HBTS

Bears come around often to Mark Clapp’s home in Holley By the Sea. Back in March, he posted a photo on Facebook that showed his trash can, featuring a latch provided through the Bearwise program, had survived an attempt by a bear to get into it. Read the full article in the April 19 issue […]

Trash bill headed for the dump

Trash bill headed for the dump

Florida legislation that would have penalized waste haulers for missed pickups is inching toward oblivion. The bills, SB 1368 in the Senate and HB 971 in the House, would require waste collection companies, including recycling collectors, to reimburse customers for missed pickup days. Read the full article in the Mar. 8 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Coastal Cleanup bags the trash

Coastal Cleanup bags the trash

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station volunteers Seth Ivanoff, 17, Christian Arens, 17, Thomas Moore, 17 and Silas Yeomans, 16, pick up trash form the dunes on Navarre Beach Saturday as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup. Dozens of volunteers showed up locally while thousands turned out around the world. Featured in the Sept. 21 […]

International Coastal Cleanup coming to Navarre

International Coastal Cleanup coming to Navarre

Around the world and on Navarre Beach thousands of volunteers will be picking up trash Sept. 16 as part of the 31st annual International Coastal Cleanup. International Coastal Cleanup is a program of the Ocean Conservancy. Each year the group coordinates with agencies and citizens in countries across the globe to clean up coastal waterways […]

Volunteers are key in Gulf Islands cleanup

Volunteers are key in Gulf Islands cleanup

Gulf Islands National Seashore offers visitors opportunities to see wildlife and enjoy water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. Keeping the seashore looking great isn’t easy, however, and the efforts to do so go on throughout the year. “It’s a never-ending job,” Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown said. “We’ll do a […]

Yard waste non-collection leaves customers frustrated

Yard waste non-collection leaves customers frustrated

As Navarre residents lodge complaints over yard waste not being collected, a bid by Waste Management to limit the amount of waste they are required to pick up may cost them their contract with Santa Rosa County. Waste Management currently services roughly 13,000 residents in south Santa Rosa County with garbage, recycling, bulk and yard […]

Sea turtle nesting season is here

Sea turtle nesting season is here

Monday marked the start of a special time on Navarre Beach. Sea turtle nesting season has begun and will continue through October. There are four species of endangered and threatened sea turtles that come to Navarre Beach to lay their eggs. Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center Director Cathy Holmes said this is an exciting […]

Biologist aims to curb bear-human conflicts

Biologist aims to curb bear-human conflicts

Mike Orlando has worked as a bear biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for more than 20 years and has been involved in his fair share of encounters with bears. It comes with the territory of his job. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online […]

Back country camping on hold for now

Back country camping on hold for now

Bags full of trash piled up high. Tents abandoned in the sand. Beer cans and soda cups litter the beach. All of it paints a not so perfect picture of the irresponsibility of those who take part in back country camping at Perdido Key. Read the full article in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre […]

Tourists and locals alike responsible for beach litter

Tourists and locals alike responsible for beach litter

Approximately 2,000 pounds of garbage were collected off Navarre Beach this year by volunteers each month, and despite tourist season coming to an end the garbage bag loads keep coming. Those collecting that garbage and reporting the numbers are the volunteers behind the monthly Trash Bash, a spinoff of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation […]

Ready to restart recycling?

Ready to restart recycling?

Starting Oct. 3, thousands of tons of used glass, paper products, plastics and more from Santa Rosa County will once again be collected curbside, processed and sold to be recycled. Curbside recycling for the county ceased back in January after the closest processing plant in Montgomery, Ala. unexpectedly shut its doors. The Emerald Coast Utilities […]

Navarre goes global in cleanup effort

Navarre goes global in cleanup effort

Murky skies and a little rain could not deter volunteers Saturday morning, Sept. 17, from participating in the 31st International Coastal Cleanup on Navarre Beach. More than 30 students from Pensacola State College’s South Santa Rosa Campus dawned rain coats and gloves to pick up garbage bag after garbage bag of trash along the beaches […]

Bear-control law shot down

Bear-control law shot down

No, residents of Santa Rosa won’t be breaking the law by failing to pick up ripe fruit that has fallen from trees or bushes in their yards. County commissioners this week unanimously rejected adopting an ordinance modeled after one in Seminole County that contains such requirements. Despite numerous complaints of black bears being a nuisance, […]

County and cities seek recycling in Perdido

County and cities seek recycling in Perdido

The cities of Gulf Breeze and Milton are in discussions to mirror Santa Rosa County’s proposed agreement to send residents’ recyclables to the new Emerald Coast Utilities Authority facility in Escambia County when it opens this summer. Separate contracts that are now in the works would join about 27,000 residents of the county and two […]