June 26, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

GB Council attentive to noise concerns

Sunset Bar & Lounge approval prompts noise ordinance review

At its June 11 meeting, the Gulf Breeze City Council granted developer Wayne Wheatley permission to serve alcoholic beverages on a small existing deck outside the Bridge Bar and Sunset Lounge located at 33 Gulf Breeze Parkway. More...

Special Sections



Tiger Point Park sidewalks crumbling

Tiger Point Park's sidewalks were not included in the threephase park improvement plan, despite their deplorable condition. The problem, however, has not been ignored. More...

Various criteria determine GB impact fees

Projected water usage, wastewater treatment must be figured by city authorities

The City of Gulf Breeze charges a water "tap" or impact fee depending on the size of the meter ordered by a business, as well as how many gallons of wastewater are generated each day and how many plumbing fixtures the business includes in its const More...

County refunds impact fees

Santa Rosa County is giving back $229,931 to 11 subdivision developers who were unaware that the money was coming their way. More...


Entertainment CALENDAR

Thursday 6/26 Evenings in Olde Seville Square Kitt Lough & the Dave Shelander Quartet, 7 - 9 p.m. Paddy O' Leary's Texas Hold'em 444 Fun, 7 p.m. Ragtyme Grill J.B. Davis, 7 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge Tim Spencer, 8 p.m. More...

Kung - Fu Panda isn't very bearable

Critic's Corner

"Kung-Fu Panda," the latest computeranimated feature from DreamWorks, is half of a good movie. The film stars Jack Black as Po, a chubby panda who dreams of being a great kung-fu hero. More...


Former GBHS graduate to perform at 'Hot Opera Nights' Erik Lautier, a former professional opera singer and graduate of Gulf Breeze High School, will return for a one-night performance at Varona's Restaurant in the finale of its "Hot Opera Nights" More...


GBSA 9-, 10-year-olds win district titles

The Gulf Breeze 9-under and 10- under All Stars went undefeated to win the Dizzy Dean District Championships June 18 at Shoreline Park. More...

Leading the way

Dylan Ferraro (left) and Blake Bidwell witnessed Jordan Cartledge's 1.84 spanish mackeral catch at the Budweiser King Mack and Cobia Tournament Sunday on Pensacola Beach. The catch was the first place finish at the time. More...

13-under GB AAU team takes second at Evans Shootout

The Breeze Basketball's 13- under team took second place at the recent Reggie Evans Southeast Jam Tournament. The 13s lost only one game in pool play. Among their wins was an overtime win against the Mobile Raptors. More...


CAROL JORDAN 1932-2008

Carol Bailey Jordan, 75, of Gulf Breeze, passed away May 27. Jordan was born June 6, 1932 in Bakersfield, Calif., to Stanley Bailey and Frances Haggard Bailey. More...

JAMES DIXON JR. 1938-2008

James Obie Dixon Jr., 70, a former Gulf Breeze resident, passed away June 16 in Brooksville. Dixon was born Feb. 19, 1938, in Thomaston, Ga., and moved to the Brooksville area 10 years ago from Gulf Breeze. He served on a submarine in the U.S. More...

Home & Garden

Benson homestead to become museum

A bit of history is saved

T hrough her Last Will and Testament, Ella Louise "Eloise" Benson made her wishes known. TShe wanted to establish and maintain public museum that will be named the Mark X. and E. Louise Benson Museum. More...

Gulf Breeze High school alumnus makes us proud

Christopher Parker Brown, who graduated from Gulf Breeze High School in 2001, received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Technical Design and Production from Yale University on May 26. More...

How to fix a cracked sidewalk

Q: Maybe it's the weather up here, but every spring when the snow melts, I find another crack in the concrete walkway leading from my door to the driveway. How do I fix these, and can I prevent them from occurring? More...



NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT MERLOTT 111 LLC holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate has filed said Tax Certificate for the Tax Deed to be issued thereon. More...

Ex-Bayside Soccer treasurer arrested

Eric Bryant charged with grand theft, could face 15 years in prison

Gulf Breeze resident Eric F. Bryant, 44, is free on bond after his June 13 arrest for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from Bayside Soccer Club while serving as its treasurer. More...

The of Impact Fees IMPACT

'Catch of the Day' owner outraged at city's water, sewage impact fees

Patrick Welch and his partner are working to open a seafood sports bar and grill called 'Catch of the Day' in the new Sea Shell Collections shopping plaza in Gulf Breeze. More...

Qualifying ends for county races

CANDIDATES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE 2008 Candidates for races in Santa Rosa for the County Commission District Candidate District District Clerk County Judge Avalon Fire District Seat 4 Holley-Navarre More...



Island News

Beach plans big Fourth of July celebration

KABOOM is expanded to 3 days of fun, frivolity

Make plans now to celebrate Independence Weekend on Pensacola Beach as Kaboom is now three days long, lasting from Friday, July the 4th through Sunday, July 6. Kaboom will feature one of the biggest and best fireworks displays on the coast. More...

FWC implores: Please don't feed the pelicans

feed the There's a new rule from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) about feeding pelicans. Don't do it. Brown pelicans, due to their social nature, become dependent on discarded fish and fish scraps. More...

IGMO interviews

Vice Presidents and personnel directors of the 100 largest corporations were asked to describe their most unusual experience interviewing prospective employees. I was sent some of the top experiences because I did a show for one of them recently. More...


Electric bills may be going up soon

Gulf Power requests hike that could raise prices by 11.3 percent

Citing double-digit increases in the price of natural gas and coal, Gulf Power Company is asking the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) to approve an increase in electricity prices to cover a $76 million shortfall in 2008 revenues. More...

Pedestrian killed on U.S. 98 in Midway

A Gulf Breeze man, Daniel L. Niemczyk, 50, died shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday when he was struck by two vehicles while attempting to cross U.S. Highway 98 near Abercrombie Road in Midway. More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

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

Felonies: 06/16/2008 White, William Ryan, W/M, 27, 2700 block of Villa Woods Circle, Gulf Breeze, child neglect. 06/17/2008 Smith, Anthony Allen, B/M, 26, 2000 block of Constitution Drive, Navarre, possession of cocaine. More...


Local students earn academic honors at UWF

The following University of West Florida area students were recognized on the spring semester 2008 President's Honor Roll. More...

Having fun at school

Tripp Abshire (above) eats a doughnut, while Abby Mock (below) plays some putt-putt at the recent Spring Carnival at Oriole Beach Elementary School. More...

If you plant it, it will grow

Students at Oriole Beach Elementary School learned about plant life and recently beautified the school grounds. Joann Shields' thirdgrade class planted a variety of plants and flowers in the Bennett C. Russell flowerbed. More...



Herb and Barbara Sadler are coming home to Gulf Breeze. After Herb's five-year tenure as Superintendent of the Dothan District, ministering to 99 churches in Southeast Alabama, the Sadlers are returning to the church and community they love. More...

Mischief-makers might someday learn satisfaction of God's love

My wife and I wake up very early every morning and take a walk together. I follow our walk with my own workout - usually jogging or jumping rope and calisthenics. More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 26 Santa Rosa County School Board 10 a.m. District Meeting Room, 5086 Canal Street, Milton Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours 5:30 p.m. More...


Exchange student wasn't intimidated by game 'Scrabble'

In 1967, my third son was a senior in high school, and the school first became involved in a foreign student exchange program. Each family hosted a student in their home for a month. More...


Political Cartoon


Yes, church readers pay attention

My momma told me there would be days like these. Last Thursday, Gulf Breeze News stirred up the congregations of two area churches, and the blame rests squarely on my shoulders. More...

On the Spot:


Would you support offshore drilling near the Florida coast? Why or why not? More...