April 12, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Methodist Church mulls how to honor Benson's wishes on Benson Building

Building is home to several retail businesses

The Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church (GBUMC) may sell the Benson Building on Highway 98. More...

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Santa Rosa Commissioners join property tax debate in Tallahassee

As state legislators prepare to sever county budgets via property tax reform, local government officials traveled to Tallahassee in late March to minimize the proposed damage. More...

My Safe Florida Home Program pays $30,000

Homeowners that took advantage of the My Safe Florida Home Program last year should start looking in their mailboxes for reimbursement - state officials say the checks are in the mail. More...


Do you need to establish a Trust?

During your working years, if you save money diligently and make wise investment choices, you have a good chance of enjoying a comfortable retirement. But will you be taking proper care of your family after you're gone? More...



Top Christian acts come to the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds for GraceFest 2007

Christian performing group Big Daddy Weave will perform at GraceFest 2007. Formed in Mobile, Ala., two brothers from the group, Mike and Jay Weaver, are originally from Gulf Breeze. "We love keeping it on the home front," Mike Weaver said. More...

Enjoy Sandestin Wine Festival

Enjoy four days of spectacular wine, food and fun at the 21st Annual Sandestin Wine Festival at Baytowne Wharf Thursday-Sunday, April 19- 22. More...

Entertainment CALENDAR

Thursday 4/ 12 Paddy O'Leary's Irish Pub Traditional Irish Music Session Sandshaker Lounge Small Change, 8 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's Richard Madden, 6 p.m. More...


Gupta excels

Local eighth grader takes high school course work and ranks in state, national education competitions

Most people have an academic specialty, but a select group of students excel in whatever subject they study. Gulf Breeze Middle School's (GBMS) Nathan Gupta is one of those rare few. More...

GBHS celebrates safe, successful Prom

GBHS Prom 2007 was held at the Saenger Theater and was a wonderful success according to GBHS students and administration. Prom goers danced the night away to DJ music and enjoyed a safe, successful evening. More...

Woodlawn Beach Middle School students try their luck at Shoreline Park

Thanks to a N a t i o n a l Fishing and B o a t i n g Education Grant, almost 300 Woodlawn Beach Middle School (WBMS) students were able to go fishing at Shoreline Park South last week, according to teacher Pete Della Ratta. More...


Michael Parliman


Michael Parliman, 48, died April 4, 2007. Michael was born in Lakehurst, N.J. He resided in Gulf Breeze and graduated from Gulf Breeze High School in 1977. He worked building boat docks and piers for many years. More...

James Thomas "Tom" Peavy


James Thomas "Tom" Peavy, 65 of Gulf Breeze, passed away April 4, 2007. Tom was born in Tallahassee in 1942, to James and Blanche Peavy. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1962 and served 4 years. He married Barbara Didday in 1963. More...

Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 12 Santa Rosa County Commission Regular Meeting, 9 a.m., Commissioner's Board Room, 6495 Caroline Street, Milton Friday, April 13 No meetings scheduled as of press time Saturday, April 14 High School Physicals 7 a.m. More...


Stroll along bay brings back memories of sailboats

Here it is, another beautiful day on the beautiful Gulf Coast. More...

Home & Garden

Outdoor living spaces have become one of the most popular renovation and homebuilding projects in recent years. A record number of homeowners are transforming simple decks, patios and even bare grass lots into year-round rooms. More...

Q. What can I do to give my home instant curb appeal? A. It's important to increase the value of your home, while streamlining the time and expense to do so. More...

Maxing out all available space and enhancing curb appeal is the name of the real estate game these days. More...



      NOTICE OF     APPLICATION   FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN   THAT   GARY COLEMAN   holder   of the following Tax Sale Certificate h More...

Supreme court will hear hurricane suit

T h e issue of wind vs. flood still looms large in Northwest Florida. More...

Teen drivers get extra instruction from Sheriff Hall

Car crashes are number one cause of death for young adults

Sheriff Wendell Hall of the Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office is planning a "teen driving course" to help reduce accidents caused by teenage drivers. More...

GB residents get a second chance for free trees Saturday

City residents who didn't get two free trees at the last tree giveaway have another opportunity next Saturday, April 21, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the parking lot of the South Santa Rosa Recreation Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. More...

Oriole Beach has two 'American Girls'

Fourth graders model for American Girl catalog

Oriole Beach Elementary students Rachel Taylor, 10, and Cayla Ephraim, 9, are true American Girls. Not only do they like apple pie and baseball, they have appeared as models in the current American Girl catalog. More...



Island News

Long marriages

I made it over 20 years with my first wife; her name was Plaintiff. 'Lishous and I are going on five years and I seem to have gotten it right this time. More...

Shhh .... sleepy shorebirds are nesting in the national park

Each summer the Florida District of Gulf Islands National Seashore (GUIS) hosts several species of ground nesting shorebirds. These include the least tern, snowy plover, Wilson's plover and black skimmers. More...

Beach clean up is Saturday

It's time to "Team Up to Clean Up" Pensacola Beach. More...


'Splash Pad' reopens this weekend in Navarre

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announced the reopening of the "splash pad" a popular seasonal attraction at the John Duncan Memorial Children's Park, located at the Navarre Park at the foot of the Bridge in Navarre. More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

FELONIES 4/2/07 Vandegrifft, Thomas Andrew, 27, W/M, 2000 block of Esplanade Street, Navarre, aggravated assault, lewd and lascivious behavior, cruelty toward child, selling obscene material to a minor Vandegrifft, Amy Marie, 25, W/F, 2000 block More...

Elected Officials



Track team hosts First Rehab meet

The Gulf Breeze High track program hosted its annual First Rehab Invitational Thursday. A total of 20 teams participated in the meet. The Lady Dolphins took fourth place with 49 points, while the boys team was fifth with 44.5 points. More...

Sports Schedule

April 12 BB vs. PHS (JV 4 p.m., Var. 6:30) SB at Catholic, 6:30 p.m. April 16- 17 District TN Tournament at UWF, time TBA April 17 BB at Woodham (JV 4 p.m., Var. More...

Sports Briefs

AAU boys basketball tryouts Saturday Tryouts will be held for AAU Boys Basketball for all boys interested in playing competitive basketball and representing Gulf Breeze for the upcoming league and travel season. More...


St. Paul UMC outreach hosts 'Mission Extravaganza' yard sale

April 14 sale to benefit missions

St. Paul United Methodist Church Outreach Ministry is hosting a "Mission Extravaganza" yard sale to benefit our Youth and Peru Mission trips. The sale will take place Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain date: April 21). More...

Catholic youth raise funds

The middle school and high school youth groups of St. Sylvester Catholic Church held a community yard sale Saturday, March 24. More...


Worship at the Water reopens this Sunday Worship at the Water, an outreach of the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, will begin on April 15 at Flounders on Pensacola Beach. The H2O band will be back to lead the service in music. More...


GBHS basketball coach leads teen anti-smoking campaign

Teen smoking statistics fail to dissipate despite Florida's strong smoke free air laws. The American Lung Association estimated that 15 percent of High School students in Florida smoke tobacco. More...


Council on Aging Seeks Volunteer Marketing Representatives

Council on Aging of West Florida is seeking out-going, people-oriented volunteers to assist with promotional efforts. The volunteers will become part of a new marketing team that will represent the council and its services at community events. More...


Political Cartoon

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Are Florida state government funds supporting Iran's drive for nuclear power?

You'll be surprised at the answer. More...

Letters to the Editor

Young children and teens need to volunteer

Teach your children and teens early that community service matters. What a way to raise self-esteem, teach integrity, responsibility and stewardship. More...