March 1, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Judge reverses La Caribe foreclosures

After only about one hour of presentation and deliberation, property owners in La Caribe subdivision received good news: Judge Michael Allen reversed the foreclosure proceedings on 11 lots accidentally included in a tax lien sale earlier this month. More...

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City approves long-term debt program

Officials from the City of Gulf Breeze are developing a financing plan for the city's long-term debt obligations. More...

County narrows down courthouse sites

County commissioners have begun to narrow down locations for their proposed courthouse. Out of 50 possible locations throughout the north and central portions of the county, on Feb. More...

Industrial park expands, creates jobs

County development officials are preparing for the creation of 650 to 800 new jobs thanks to new additions to the Santa Rosa Industrial Park in East Milton. More...


Weekly Best Bets

Thursday 7 p.m. on ABC Ugly Betty: Who's your daddy? He's a killer! In "Trust, Lust and Must," Ignacio (Tony Plana) shocks Betty (America Ferrera) with the reason he came to the United States illegally. More...


Schools keep '07 start time same

Contrary to rumors, Santa Rosa County School District officials are not planning to start Gulf Breeze area schools later next year. "People have been calling my office asking me about start times," said Tim Wyrosdick, Assistant Superintendent. More...

School Briefs

Gulf Breeze High SAC applications due today

The GBHS Student Advisory Council is looking to fill two parent and two community positions for its board for the 2007-08 school year. More...

The band that played on and on and on

Above: The Santa Rosa All-County Band recently held its recital at Milton High School's auditorium. More...


Married, engaged couples invited to Lenten enrichment program

This Lent, all engaged and married couples are invited to treat themselves to a special marriage enrichment program titled, "Spirituality and the Vocation of Marriage" cosponsored by the St. More...


Public invited to learn about the Bible's 'bad girls'

A member of the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Community Life Center is calling those interested in studying "Bad Girls of the Bible," by Liz Curtis Higgs. More...

St. Ann continues work on home

April and David Dobson (above), along with their two children, David Jr., 14, and Abigail, 12, are the recipients of St. Ann Parish's 11th Habitat for Humanity house. Volunteers broke ground on Saturday, Feb. More...

Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 1 Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Public Auction, 1 p.m., Manheim's Pensacola Auto Auction, 401 West Burgess Road, Pensacola. The sheriff's office will be holding a public auction of its seized vehicles. More...


Some garage sale buys stand test of time

Stepping out to fill the bird feeders on a cold, cold day (why do I bother - those greedy squirrels grab it all) I noticed that my wrought iron and wood plant stand, shaped like a spiral staircase, is definitely deteriorating. More...

A bridge hand may look wrong, but sometimes, it's right

Let's say you're in four hearts and West leads a club. You win with the ace and play the A-K of trumps, hoping for a 2-2 split. When East turns up with three trumps, you shift your attention to spades by playing the A-J and another spade. More...


Traffic authority to present plan addressing Hwy. 98 soon

A long-term solution for our drainage problems in key areas of South Santa Rosa County has begun. The commission has authorized and funded consultants for projects as follows: More...

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Homesteads will save on House plan

Over the last several years, escalating property taxes have far outpaced Floridian' ability to pay. Between Fiscal Year 2000- 2001 and 2006-2007, total property tax levies increased by 99 percent. More...

Body found on Navarre Beach

County government officials are claiming the body found lying on Navarre Beach over Mardi Gras weekend was an isolated occurrence and shouldn't hurt tourist activity. "We believe it's one of those things that could happen at any time. More...

Friends remember girl who was a 'beautiful gift'

"God Bless Sarah Brown," read a sign taped to the fence at Gulf Breeze High School. "(Heart) SARAH!" was emblazoned with Dixie Cups in the fence stretched across the overhead walkway on Highway 98. More...

Alleged drunk driver hits six cars in Navarre

An allegedly drunk driver is suspected of damaging six vehicles before leaving the beach during Mardi Gras weekend. Ruth Champion, 55, was arrested for drunk driving Feb. More...

South End teachers honored at Golden Apple

Educator Nicole Mayhew was recently honored as Santa Rosa County's Teacher of the Year at the annual Golden Apple Celebration, presented by the Santa Rosa Education Foundation. More...



Island News

Bumper stickers and men

I like bumper stickers! My old Jeep was held together by bumper stickers, and when Ivan took it, the bumper stickers were on the driveway plastered to the pavement. They last forever and can say a message in a single sentence. More...

Campanella is PBES's top teacher

Pensacola Beach Elementary School (PBES) Teacher of the Year Debbie Campanella would never have bet that she'd be 2006 PBES teacher of the year. In fact, she isn't a betting woman. More...

This week on Pensacola Beach

Free music continues as concert bands meet

Free concerts and great band music continue through Sunday, March 4 as the Association of Concert Bands convenes on Pensacola Beach. All concerts occur at the Hilton Garden Inn, 12 Via de Luna Drive. More...


Trash consolidation picks up speed

As many as five garbage collection companies currently serve parts of South Santa Rosa County, but the County Commissioners may soon change that. The move to consolidate residential trash pickup is gaining momentum among county commissioners. More...

Officials break ground on information center

Ground was officially broken by several community leaders last week in Navarre Park for the new Santa Rosa County Tourist Information Center. Projected cost of the building is $1,049,750. More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

Information provided by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office.

FELONIES 2/16/07 Fralish, Christopher Russell, 19, W/M, 1800 block of Commodore Drive, Navarre, sexual offense Anderson, William Monroe III, 19, W/M, 2300 block of Frontera Street, Navarre, larceny, less than $5,000 2/17/07 Heath, Mark Benjamin More...


Dolphins roll to first win

Tober throws gem in 1-0 loss; freshman trio combine on no-hitter

The Gulf Breeze Dolphin baseball team finally cracked the win column Friday, blanking Woodham 10-0 in six innings. Michael Thomas threw a twohit shutout for Gulf Breeze (1-3), striking out five with no walks. He threw only 75 pitches in the win. More...

National champion

Jennifer Pfeifler (left), an eighth grader at Gulf Breeze Middle School, along with her partner Amy Grossclag of Bonito Springs, Fla., won the 14- under doubles division at the USTA Clay Court Nationals in Dothan, Ala. on Feb. 18. More...

Lady Dolphins lose big at Navarre

The Gulf Breeze Lady Dolphin team won a pair of games last week before getting drilled 10-1 Friday at Navarre. The Lady Dolphins (2-3) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Erin Powell singled and scored when Natalie Newell reached on an error. More...



Mary Jean Blyth passed away on February 2, 2007 at the age of 84 years. She was surrounded by loved ones and friends and left this life in peace. Mary was born on January, 8, 1923 in New York City. More...


David E. Bogan, age 43, of Gulf Breeze, FL, went home to his Heavenly Father on February 21, 2007, leaving behind the love of his life and wife of 10 years, Dove Hadley Bogan, and their young daughter Joy Dawn Bogan. More...


Sarah Elizabeth Brown, a sophomore at Gulf Breeze High School, died suddenly on Feb. 18 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Sarah was a lifelong honors student with a larger-thanlife enthusiasm for music, friends and fun. More...


Different face-lifts offered for different needs

Dear Dr. McCollough: I'm not sure that I am ready for a "full" face-lift. I have heard about "mini" or "weekend" face-lifts and "thread-lifts". What are those? Dear Reader: Don't be misled by "new" minimally-invasive procedures. More...

Home & Garden

Spring offers good gardening

It's time for the spring show. This is a very pretty time of year along the Gulf Coast and a pleasant time to work outside. Many people are anxious to get into the garden, and gardening does begin in earnest during March. More...

A recipe for whole wheat pita pizza with vegetables

PREP: 10 minutes COOK: about 25 minutes MAKES: 4 main-dish servings 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 medium red onion, sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed with press 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 8 ounces broccoli florets, cut into 1 1/2- inch pieces 1/4 cup More...