June 21, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

City upholds sign law

Chris Green appeared before the City Council June 18 to appeal what he says is an unfair sign ordinance. Green owns SeaGreen Center, 911 Gulf Breeze Parkway, housing Billy Bob's Beach Barbecue and Re/Max on the Coast. More...

Gulf Breeze grad fights for her life

Emily Hodgson, a 2005 Gulf Breeze graduate, is in a medically induced coma after suffering a brain aneurysm in her Pensacola apartment in the early hours of June 11. More...

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Residents urged to reduce water use

Water Management District issues water shortage warning

Havana, Florida-The Northwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board issued a water shortage warning effective June 5. More...

Area remains under burn ban

Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa Counties are still under county-mandated bans against all outdoor burning not authorized by the Florida Division of Forestry. More...

Midway Fire District receives grant for ambulance

Midway Fire District was approved for a grant for a new ambulance. But in order to get the $112,750 grant the district has to get permission from the county to be at least a back-up for the county's ambulance service. More...


Occhipinti's Big Band swings Crystal Ball tonight

Step back in time, when big band music swept the world with rhythms so addictive, it literally changed the musical styles of nearly every nation. Join Joe Occhipinti's Big Band for the traditional Crystal Ball Concert from 7- 9:15 p.m. More...

'Surf's Up' is good clean fun

I've been to a LOT of movies in my day, and more animated features than I had ever thought I would ever see since my grandson was born in 1999. More...

More is not better for 'Pirates'

"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" Running time: 168 minutes MPAA rating: PG-13 The third (and hopefully final) installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series suffers from the misapprehension that "more is better." Sometimes it isn' More...


GBSA's U6 district champs

The GBSA U6 All Stars beat Perdido 17-2 to win the Dizzy Dean Distict 1 championship Sunday at Shoreline Park. They are (front row, from left): Tyler Gore, Chance Napier, Jake Weldon, Tyler Dittmer, Joesph McPhetridge and Paul Snider. More...

GBSA's U7 district champs

The GBSA U7 All Stars beat Bill Bond 10-2 to win the Dizzy Dean Distict 1 championship Sunday at Shoreline Park. They are (front row, from left): Nick McCain, Joshua Hoffman, Jake Hering, Deems Edlund, Daniel Green and Matthew Hawkins. More...

Little guys stand tall with district titles

GBSA U6s, U7s to represent District 1 at state tournament at Shoreline Park July 6

Two dozen local fathers got a nice Father's Day present as the GBSA U6 and U7 All Star teams won the Dizzy Dean District 1 Tournament Sunday at Shoreline Park. The U6 team beat Perdido 17-2 in the final, while the U7s beat Bill Bond 10-2. More...



"If I should go before the rest of you, break not a flower, nor inscribe a stone, nor when I am gone speak in a Sunday voice but be the usual selves that I have known. More...


Ernest E. Porter went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 13, 2007, surrounded by his precious family he loved so much. He was born May 2, 1922, in Duncan, Okla. but early in life moved to Atlanta, Ga. Mr. More...


Baptist offers state of the art robotic surgery

On May 25, Baptist Hospital became the first hospital in northwest Florida to acquire a surgical robotic system to offer patients unparalleled benefits. More...

Inactivity and smoking promote artery clogs and hardening

To Your Good Health

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My wife has a problem. About a year ago, she saw a doctor about her legs. The doctor couldn't find a pulse in her legs. She is not active. She sits on the couch or in bed all day. When she walks, she has a lot of pain. More...

Cigar, beer sales will benefit United Cerebral Palsy programs


Support charity with cigars Grand Reserve Cigar and Smoke Shop will host Stogies and Sunsets on Sunday, July 1, from 5 to 8 pm to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Florida. More...




Super homestead exemption going to voters

A short time ago the Senate voted along party lines to give voters the opportunity to decide whether to substantially expand the homestead exemption and provide significant portability when people move to other homes. More...

Sheriff Hall kicks off Summer Youth Camp 2007

As The Sheriff of Santa Rosa County, I am very pleased that our agency is able to conduct its "Summer Youth Camp 2007. More...

Medical park, hotel coming

Gulf Breeze is getting a new medical park built by Sacred Heart. Navarre is getting a very large Home Depot, a Hampton Inn - and maybe a lot more soon. That was just some of the information reported by Santa Rosa County's Asst. More...

Garcon Point toll $3.50 July 1

Heading across the Garcon Point Bridge? After July 1, make sure to have an extra 50 cents. After the first of next month the toll will increase from $3 per car per trip to $3.50. Toll prices for vehicles with additional axles will also increase. More...

Rising costs, falling values causing foreclosures

Foreclosures are spiking in Santa Rosa County. "It's the worst I've ever seen it," said Deputy Clerk Joyce Watkins, who's been processing foreclosures in the Circuit Civil department of Clerk of Court's office for over eight years. More...

Swimming bear surprises father and son on Sunday

A black bear interrupted a father and son fishing excursion on Father's Day. Mike and Hank Baggett were fishing from a 22-foot bay boat around 11 a.m. More...



Island News


Saturday morning at 8:44 a.m., the day before Father's Day was the day we never wanted to come. My mother was dead. I don't care how long the "goodbye" is, you are never ready for your mother to die. More...

See Gulf Breeze, beaches on aSegway

Our multi-part series detailing the top outdoor activities in our area continues this week. As mentioned last week, Gulf Breeze News has done most of the legwork to bring you the following list of top things to do during summer. More...

SRIA defines hotels, motels; OKs concept at Clarion site

After (time) of deliberating the definition of a hotel, the Santa Rosa Island Authority finally laid down a set of policies to ensure that hotels are constructed on properties designated for transient lodging. More...



In last week's issue, the newly renamed Gulf Breeze Courtyard was listed with an incorrect address. The correct address is 3428 Gulf Breeze Parkway and the building is located across from Tiger Point Country Club. More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

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

Fish and Wildlife Commission offers public unique hunting opportunities

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering sportsmen some unique hunting opportunities for the coming season. More...


SoundWave band offers hand to supporter

When a 'big white truck' came across the center line and hit Heather Freeman's van head-on in April she discovered real quick how life can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye. More...

School district to install GPS' on school buses

Fifty of Santa Rosa County School District's 325 buses will be reporting back to the bus garage every 10 seconds next school year - without their drivers saying a word over their radios. More...

Mosley graduates from Emory's Candler School of Theology

Ashlee B. Mosley of Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, FLreceived a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University during commencement activities on May 14, 2007. More...


Thank God for the freedom to worship as we wish

My wife and I attended a seminar in Hong Kong four years before it reverted to Chinese authority. We studied the future of the Christian church in Hong Kong and China under Communist rule. More...

Calendar of Events


Thursday, June 21 Learn to Read tutoring workshop, today ant June 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Town and Country Plaza to help train volunteers to help other adults learn to read and write. Call 432-4347 for details. More...


Vacations in Jersey as month turns to July

Every year as the end of June approached, my family got ready for their exodus to a summer place at the New Jersey shore, first at Wildwood and then (most years) in Ocean City. More...

Home & Garden

Stink bugs becoming pests, but there's still hope for control

Stink bugs populations are on the increase. Once considered a minor pest of vegetable, fruit and nut crops, they are now causing serious damage. More...

Know your oak this hurricane season

Knowing the type of oak you have is important as we move into hurricane season. At first glance, a majestic live oak and a laurel oak may look alike to most people. More...

Protect your trees from power mower blight

Ever heard a tree scream? You might have if you'd listened closely and your lawn mower hadn't been so loud. More...



NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT MTAG CUST/COLORADO ASSET holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate has filed said Tax Certificate for the Tax Deed to be issued thereon. More...


The administration of the ancillary estate of Roscoe Franklin Johnson, deceased, whose date of death was February 26, 2003, is pending in the Circuit Court for Santa Rosa County, Florida, Probate Division, File Number 2005 CP 96, the address of whi More...


WHEREAS, Keith and Fran Harris, has petitioned to vacate, abandon, discontinue and renounce any interest and right of the public in and to the following described property to wit: More...