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Elevated dolphin deaths prompt NOAA investigation

Elevated dolphin deaths prompt NOAA investigation

Hundreds of bottlenose dolphin deaths in the northern Gulf of Mexico have prompted NOAA to declare an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) for the region. The declaration includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the panhandle of Florida in response to dolphins washing up dead on shorelines across the region.   Read the full article in the June […]

Mystery muck appears in Santa Rosa Sound

Mystery muck appears in Santa Rosa Sound

  Walking in his backyard, Navarre resident Duane Gilmore was greeted by an unusual odor and a frightening sight April 26. His home abuts Santa Rosa Sound, and he said looking out over the water that day he could see black, shiny muck floating in the water for several feet in each direction. Read the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 30

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 30

2 KILLED, 4 INJURED IN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT AT POWER PLANT Hillsborough County Fire Rescue says on social media that firefighters responded to calls about an explosion Thursday afternoon at the Tampa Electric Co. plant in Apollo Beach. Officials say two people were airlifted to a Tampa hospital and two others were taken by ground. The […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 27

POLICE: TSA WORKER CAUGHT STEALING CASH AT FLORIDA AIRPORT Alexander Shae Johnson was arrested Thursday. Court records show the 22-year-old faces a third-degree felony grand theft charge. An Orlando police report says a passenger selected for a pat-down search while going through security at Orlando International Airport saw Johnson standing near her bag. The report […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 21

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 21

DEPUTY FATALLY SHOOTS ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT IN FLORIDA Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey told reporters the shooting happened around 8 p.m. Sunday when deputies spotted the suspect a short distance from the site of the attempted robbery in Cape Canaveral. Ivey says the man “turned on our deputies with a firearm” and was fatally shot. […]

FWC scuttles move to require kayak license

FWC scuttles move to require kayak license

Last month a citizen panel put together by state boating authorities explored options that could lead to requiring registration and fees for non-motorized boats such as kayaks. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 14

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 14

HARASSED FEMALE WORKERS AT FEDERAL PRISON REACH SETTLEMENT An administrative judge on Friday signed off on the settlement involving workers at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex, located northwest of Orlando. The female workers had alleged in a complaint filed in 2013 that male inmates had groped them, threatened them with sexual violence and masturbated in […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 5

COAST GUARD: 185 MIGRANTS REACH FLORIDA KEYS IN DECEMBER Capt. Jeffrey Janszen of the Coast Guard’s Sector says it’s not clear why there were so many migrant landings in December. Good weather may have helped some migrants, though Janszen said winds were rough around Christmas. Coast Guard officials say the number of Cubans attempting to […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 16

PULSE GUNMAN’S WIDOW TRYING TO CHANGE CHILD’S NAME The widow of the gunman who carried out a deadly shooting at a Florida gay nightclub before he was killed has filed a petition in a California court to change the name of their son. An online docket from Contra Costa County, California, shows that Omar Mateen’s […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 28

COAST GUARD SEARCHES FOR CUBAN MIGRANTS FROM CAPSIZED BOAT In a news release, the agency said investigators are still trying to determine whether a fifth body found Saturday was part of the group that left Cuba on Sept. 21, which was also the day the vessel capsized. The Coast Guard found three survivors on Monday […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 27

COAST GUARD SEARCHES FOR CUBAN MIGRANTS FROM CAPSIZED BOAT A Coast Guard news release says crews from an airplane and a cutter were searching for survivors Monday. Coast Guard spokesman Eric Woodall says three migrants were found Monday on a smaller island near Big Pine Key. The men said they left Cuba last Tuesday with […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 4

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 4

POLICE FATALLY SHOOT FLORIDA MAN DURING DOMESTIC CALL Palm Bay police Lt. Mike Bandish says a woman told 911 dispatchers Tuesday night that her husband was cutting himself and threatening to shoot her. Bandish says the woman barricaded herself in a bathroom while police were on their way to the home in Palm Bay, which […]

Recovery effort for missing swimmer ends

Recovery effort for missing swimmer ends

Every four hours members the Navarre Beach Fire Department patrolled the beach from the military property westward to Opal Beach in hope of recovering the body of swimmer Christopher Beal who went missing on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Danny Fureigh of NBFD says that it was the roughest and highest surf Navarre Beach has had in […]

610 boating fatalities in 2014

610 boating fatalities in 2014

The U.S. Coast Guard last week released its 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics, which reported 610 boating fatalities, the second-lowest number of yearly boating fatalities on record. The lowest number of deaths were reported in 2013, with 560, an 8.9 increase. From 2013 to 2014, injuries increased from 2,620 to 2,678, a 2.2 percent increase and […]

Tar mat cleanup completed

Tar mat cleanup completed

Crews have completed their work to remove a tar mat discovered June 21 in the Gulf of Mexico in the Fort Pickens Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore. U. S. Coast Guard Public Information Officer Natalie Murphy announced Aug. 4 that the case was closed. More than 1,700 pounds of material were removed. The material included oil product […]