Weather

Update: Christmas in the Park moves to Conference Center

Update: Christmas in the Park moves to Conference Center

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual “Christmas in the Park” set for Saturday is moving to the Days Inn Navarre Conference Center due to a rainy forecast. Festivities are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8700 Navarre Parkway. This year’s event will include a Merry Market where local arts and crafters […]

Extension launches comprehensive disaster blog

Extension launches comprehensive disaster blog

Floridians preparing for hurricanes can now access online resource to gather tips, tricks and the latest research to better prepare and better recover from storms. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF/IFAS) has launched disaster.ifas.ufl.edu, a blog site dedicated to publishing the university’s statewide database into a user-friendly format. Read the […]

Rain headed to panhandle

Rain headed to panhandle

The National Weather Service of Mobile is advising residents of the Florida panhandle that a few rainy days are on the way from a storm brewing in the Gulf. The National Hurricane Center sent out an advisory Sunday that a system in the Gulf of Mexico had the potential for tropical or subtropical characteristics. That […]

Helping your pet manage the cold

Helping your pet manage the cold

The low temperatures and cold snaps have finally made their way to Navarre and while it is likely it will warm up during the day, the temperatures may remain lower at night. How do you help your pet in the cold temperatures? Colder even freezing temperatures put pets at risk. Dora Thomason, kennel supervisor at […]

Damaging winds rip roof off business

Damaging winds rip roof off business

A strong storm that pushed through the area Sunday night brought damaging winds that tore through a couple of businesses in the 3000 block of Gulf Breeze Parkway. The damaged plaza included the businesses of Gulf Technical Services and hair salon Michele & Co. According to John Purdy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service […]

Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate made landfall just west of Biloxi, Mississippi putting our area on the east side of the storm. Navarre experienced light damage, storm surge and scattered power outages. Featured in the Oct. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year. P.S. Receive a digital subscription to […]

Versatility of FWC officers on display in Texas

Versatility of FWC officers on display in Texas

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers are as versatile as any law enforcement agents out there. Officers do everything from patrolling the water and woods, on the lookout for fishing and hunting violations, to assisting in chasing down criminals on the run. They also jump into action when a hurricane cripples an area, such […]

Local hazardous weather dependent on Harvey’s track

Local hazardous weather dependent on Harvey’s track

The potential for local severe weather and heavy rain next week is highly dependent on the eventual track of Hurricane Harvey as it thunders ashore in Texas, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Mobile. In a hazardous weather outlook for northwest Florida issued Friday morning, NWS stated: “At this time, confidence is too […]

Double red flags fail to deter swimmers

Double red flags fail to deter swimmers

Though Tropical Storm Cindy had double red flags flying over Navarre Beach for most of last week, visitors were lining the beaches to catch some sun between bouts of rain. Double red flags mean the waters are closed. While the waters had receded some, the surf was still too rough to swim said Navarre Beach […]

Navarre Press joins Amazon’s Alexa news app

Navarre Press joins Amazon’s Alexa news app

Navarre Press readers can get their news briefing with just a voice command thanks to the Amazon Alexa application Flash Briefing. Readers need only say “Alexa, read Flash Briefing,” and Alexa will read you the top headlines for Navarre, hot of the presses. Alexa is the voice interactive assistant available on some Amazon devices. In […]

Reef camera install underway despite rough seas

Reef camera install underway despite rough seas

After three years of waiting, the Gulf of Mexico’s only underwater live feed camera is being installed this week at Navarre Beach’s artificial snorkel reef. The 360-degree camera created by View into the Blue (VITB) is part of the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station’s (NBMSS) expansion, the interpretive center Gulf Coast Discovery Center. The reef […]

Fort Pickens Area Closed Ahead of Intense Weather

Fort Pickens Area Closed Ahead of Intense Weather

Gulf Islands National Seashore announced today the closure of Fort Pickens Area in Florida, in anticipation of intense wind and surf that will cause sand and water to cover the road. The forecasted wind and surf are anticipated to cause Fort Pickens road to become impassable.  The Fort Pickens Area is closed at noon today, Monday, November 28, 2016,to all incoming public use due […]

Fire bans not in place despite unusually dry conditions

Fire bans not in place despite unusually dry conditions

No rain has fallen in at least a month, but despite drier than normal weather conditions, no restrictions have been issued banning fires in Gulf Islands National Seashore. Cassity Bromley is the Chief of Resource Science and Stewardship at Gulf Islands National Seashore and said that while no bans are in place at the moment, […]

Busy Labor Day weekend despite weather

Busy Labor Day weekend despite weather

Despite dwindling attendance along the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Hermine, Navarre Beach bed-tax collectors reported maxed out occupancy for the three-day Labor Day weekend. As CNBC warned travelers to rethink their Florida travel plans, hotels in Panama City Beach reported high cancellations due to the storm and discounted rates to recapture those […]

Phelan sets sights on breaking Florida National Scenic Trail speed record

Phelan sets sights on breaking Florida National Scenic Trail speed record

Phil Phelan loves to hike, but it wasn’t until five years ago that he started doing it professionally. His decision to go that route came at a time in his life things weren’t going so well. He was in the construction business and then went into sales, but the recession hurt business. “Life was tough,” […]

New Santa Rosa County strategy to ward off stormwater

New Santa Rosa County strategy to ward off stormwater

Six years in the making with input from dozens of Santa Rosa County residents, emergency officials and engineers, the new Local Mitigation Strategy poses 45 ways to reduce the impact of flooding: from landscaping low areas for better drainage to requiring that new construction be elevated. And just in case, encourage property owners to purchase […]

Gulf Breeze passes Halloween rain test

Gulf Breeze passes Halloween rain test

Bob Richards watched stormwater creep up the driveway toward his garage on Dracena Way in Gulf Breeze on the first Sunday in November and had visions of the record flooding on April 29-30, 2014. Although the Halloween weekend rain, estimated at between 7 and 10 inches in Richards’ neighborhood, totaled less than half the deluge […]

Rains, drains and pains

Rains, drains and pains

In the past two weekends, Navarre has seen more than a foot of rain. When the remnants of Hurricane Patricia swept through Oct. 25 – 26, nearly 7 inches of rain fell. The rain totals of Halloween weekend were nearly that at 6.41 inches with some areas receiving 7 inches. Rewind to Sept. 28 and […]

Recent rainfall nets 6 inches to Navarre area

Recent rainfall nets 6 inches to Navarre area

Navarre received between 4 and 6 inches of rain from Halloween night into Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile. Meteorologist Cody Lindsey said some localized areas received up to 7 inches of rain. As of 6 a.m. Monday, the weather station closest to Navarre reported 6.42 inches of rain. That rainfall […]

WeatherStem provides atmospheric experience in county

WeatherStem provides atmospheric experience in county

Edward Mansouri believes students don’t learn enough about weather in Florida and the self-proclaimed weather geek has spent the year generating more interest about weather in schools. He does it through his creation, the WeatherStem, an instrument installed at select schools throughout the state. It collects data that is used for educational purposes and Woodlawn […]

Fog hampering rescue efforts

Fog hampering rescue efforts

Wreckage from last night’s helicopter crash has washed up on Navarre Sound. Dense sea fog is hampering search and rescue and recovery efforts and is expected to persist. “We’re not expecting it to dissipate,” Don Shepherd, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service office based in Mobile, Alabama said. Shepherd said a dense marine fog advisory is […]

Temperatures scorch Northwest Florida

Temperatures scorch Northwest Florida

Last week Navarre recorded possibly the hottest weather of the year. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a warning for the weekend when temperatures and humidity soared. The NWS warned that most areas would see heat indices between 104 and 107 degrees while some locations were forecast to reach heat indices as high as 108-110. […]

Santa Rosa County Flood Update 12

Santa Rosa County Flood Update 12

Flood Update # 12 Sand & Sandbags In preparation for possible additional rain Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Santa Rosa County is making sand and 25 sandbags per vehicle available to the public at no cost at several locations. Residents should bring shovels and be prepared to fill and load bags. County and fire department staff […]

Santa Rosa Issues Final Winter Storm Update #13

Santa Rosa Issues Final Winter Storm Update #13

Winter Storm Update #13  The Emergency Operations Center has returned to a “Level 3” monitoring and Santa Rosa County emergency operations department has reverted back to regular operations. The citizen information center (850) 983- INFO (4636) is now closed. Road/Bridge Hazards The following roads and bridges are open with hazards: I-10 Bob Sikes Bridge Road […]