travel

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 […]

Travel popular activity among seniors

Travel popular activity among seniors

Travel is high on the priority list of those 50 and over. It’s also big business for the industry, according to Stephanie Miles, the senior vice president for marketing and member benefits at AARP. “Travel is the number one thing people at that age aspire to do, especially with a significant other or family,” Miles […]

Couple’s volunteering spirit enlivens senior center

Couple’s volunteering spirit enlivens senior center

Janet and Mark Pokroy used to ride their bikes around the Holley-Navarre Senior Center in the summer months when they were down here visiting the area. Their first impression of it from the outside looking in was an interesting one. “It looked closed. There was no one around. We had no idea what it was,” […]

Snowbirds flock to Navarre Beach

Snowbirds flock to Navarre Beach

Though the nesting birds have long since left Navarre’s shores, a new flock of featherless birds have begun to arrive. It’s snowbird season. “Snowbird” is the affectionate term for seniors that travel to beaches along the Gulf Coast during the winter months. T.J. Goulet of the Navarre Beach Snowbirds Club said these visitors come from […]

Proper planning means smooth travels for Fido

Proper planning means smooth travels for Fido

On what USA Today calls “one of the worst travel days of the year” many families will be loading furry friends into the car to visit grandma for Christmas. But traveling with dogs and cats requires unique preparation and supplies. PetTravel.com is an informational website with tools and advice for a variety of travel to […]

Governor to Obama: Fund Zika fight now

Governor to Obama:  Fund Zika fight now

In late January, the first concerns about the Zika virus began to surface in the state of Florida.  By February, the first alert was issued and Santa Rosa County had reported its first and, to date, only case of the mosquito-borne illness which was travel-related.  On Feb. 2, the Florida Department of Health in Santa […]

Protecting president provided perspective

Protecting president provided perspective

Dan Bongino, former Secret Service member of President Obama’s Personal Protection Detail was in Northwest Florida this past weekend to speak. Bongino, 41, is a former New York City police officer, a federal agent who worked financial crimes for the Secret Service and then became assigned to the Personal Protection Detail for presidents Bush and […]

Navarre Beach ranked among best in the country

Navarre Beach ranked among best in the country

Florida’s best kept secret remains a favorite destination amongst travelers, and the secret may be getting out. Navarre Beach has been named one of the top beaches in the country in the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. Read the full article in the Feb. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as […]

Mabel Bruno, through good times and bad

Mabel Bruno, through good times and bad

“I’ve had such a great life,” Mabel Bruno said. “It hasn’t always been easy, but I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything.” Growing up in a family of seven children on a farm outside of Hammondsville, Ohio, Bruno, now a resident of The Beacon in Gulf Breeze, was accustomed to hardship. “It wasn’t always easy […]

County wrestles with burgeoning classroom needs

County wrestles with burgeoning classroom needs

Santa Rosa County education leaders may soon be calculating the distance between Navarre and Vancouver, British Columbia. The answer isn’t part of a geography test, but rather a measurement that might be used to illustrate how far county school buses carry students every day. That’s to prove to the Florida Department of Education that while […]

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 […]

Manning sharing Gospel on journey across the country

Manning sharing Gospel on journey across the country

As a light rain fell Monday morning, Mitchell Manning walked along Highway 98 in Navarre carrying a wooden cross, the bottom of laying on a wagon that also holds supplies for his trip. Manning has been on the road for nearly two months. Originally from Tennessee – a friend drove him to Florida — he […]

Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Announces 2015 December Business of the Month

Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Announces 2015 December Business of the Month

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber is pleased to announce SpringHill Suites by Marriott Pensacola Beach as the Chamber’s Business of the Month for December 2015. “Kudos to the management and staff! We enjoyed our stay so much that we’ve already planned to stay the entire week next year. Everyone at the hotel made us feel […]

Cook closing book on library career

Cook closing book on library career

Susan Cook remembers going into the public library in Panama City to do research for high school term papers, and it was during that time that she decided she wanted to be a librarian. “I remember observing the librarians and what they were doing in their jobs,” Cook said. “I think that planted the seed […]

Signs of the season

Signs of the season

Local businesses and residents know that the summer tourist season officially is underway on the Emerald Coast including Navarre Beach. AAA Travel estimated 36.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 1.5 percent increase from last year.  Additionally, AAA reports more than eight in 10 travelers will drive to […]