July 3, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

City unaware of Maritime Park financing inquiries

City Manager says Capital Trust Agency open to consider helping

Local news sources have reported that the City of Gulf Breeze might finance the Maritime Park project through its Capital Trust Agency (CTA), but city officials deny that they have been contacted about the proposed improvement project. More...

Bus drivers' union fuming over benefits

Insurance coverage ends for some drivers, others who paid full premiums

There are 75 Santa Rosa County bus drivers and monitors who as of July 1 are no longer covered by insurance. Many of those have life threatening health issues in their family. More...

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Blues concert entertains crowd at South Shoreline Park

Temperatures and music were hot Sunday as top Blues music artists converged on South Shoreline Park for an afternoon concert and cookout. FROM LEFT: Guitarist Chris Stephenson of the SOB Band pounds out some licks. More...

Local family struggles with daughter's illness

A Gulf Breeze couple is eating on average just one meal a day while it struggles to pay medical bills for their daughter, who is undergoing costly treatment for Lupus disease. More...

Pensacola Children's Chorus schedules auditions for August

The Pensacola Children's Chorus, under the direction of Susan and Allen Pote, announces that auditions will be held in August for participation in the organization's 2008-09 season. More...



Fireworks mark 4th of July celebrations

Though the fireworks display at Pensacola Beach, KABOOM, is probably the closest Independence Day show for Breezers to attend, there are as many personal favorites and annual traditions as their area options! More...

Area fireworks shows

. Pensacola: Sertoma's 4th of July fireworks show takes place at 9 p.m. over Pensacola Bay. Call 850-262-6060 or 850- 393-5134 for more information. . More...

Arrive at beach early, plan to stay late

Happy Fourth of July! Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. More...


Shoreline hosts Dizzy Dean state

Mother Nature intervened twice Sunday, forcing the postponment of the Dizzy Dean State Championships at Shoreline Park to Monday. The park hosted the 6, 7, 8, 9, 13 and 14 year old championships. More...

Five Questions with boys soccer coach Bruce Savage

The fourth installment of a summerlong series comes from GBHS boys soccer coach Bruce Savage. Q: You went from losing your leading goal scorer and arguably your best player in goalkeeper Johnny Miller in 2007 and yet, More...

Dolphin football players get top-notch training at GB Athletes Performance

Last three overall top picks in NFL Draft among its client list

The Gulf Breeze Dolphin football team is hoping that if it's good enough for professional athletes, that it'll be good for them, too. More...

Home & Garden

Build a home repair kit

Q: I'd like to get a complete set of tools for my home. What makes up a basic tool set? -- Jamie B., Valdosta, Ga. A: Most homeimprovement and hardware stores sell 'starter' sets for first-time tool buyers. More...

Supremely good ribs supreme

Only 15 minutes of grilling time! The trick: Steam the ribs for an hour in the oven up to 2 days before barbecuing. More...


Political Cartoon

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H20 in gasoline won't be tolerated

The two family vehicles I have the responsibility of fueling each have more than 100,000 miles on their odometers. Therefore, I constantly pay attention to the performance of my vehicles with a keen awareness if anything's awry. More...

On the Spot:


Have you noticed a drop in your engine's performance lately and suspected 'bad' gas? More...

Dizzy Dean State Tournament

Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News Stephen Huggins of the Tiger Point 9-U team fires the ball to the plate during the state Dizzy Dean Tournament at Shoreline Park. More...

Fourth of July means food, fun . . . and injuries

Fireworks negligence often results in unwanted trip to emergency room

The Fourth of July usually offers a fun time and great memories. Warm weather, great food, parades and fireworks make Independence Day special. But before your family celebrates this year, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety. More...

The of Impact Fees IMPACT

System ingrained in business

Some businesses indeed might get sticker shock' Impact fees have become a part of the cost of doing business in Florida says Ed Gray III of Gulf Breeze, chairman of the county's economic development board TEAM Santa Rosa. More...



Island News

First, fireworks, then the Blues

Beach braces for two big weekends, back to back

The crowds are coming to Pensacola Beach to experience two big weekends in a row : the fourth of July weekend, which is chock full of entertainment and festivities, and the annual Blue Angels Airshow with events beginning on Wednesday, July 9. More...

Fishermen protest pier rate hikes

Lowering rates would increase profits, fishermen say

As pier operator Mike Pinzone requested permission from the Santa Rosa Island Authority to raise fees, two self proclaimed "avid fishermen" launched their own proposals before the SRIA's committee meeting on Wednesday, June 25. More...

Independence begets responsibility

Word association is a familiar game or pastime when friends get together. The word "independence," for example, is a good one. More...


Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

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

Felonies: 6/23/2008 Davis, Steven Darnell, B/M, 24, 8900 block of Deer Lane, Navarre, failure to appear. Smith, Timothy Brian, W/M, 28, 5800 block of Capitol Drive, Gulf Breeze, cruelty toward a child. More...

KC-45 tanker project stalled

County remains proactive on tanker support

The proposed military tanker program in Mobile, Ala., was put on hold after congressional auditors sustained an appeal by The Boeing Co., which disputed the Air Force's awarding of the $35 billion project to rival Northrop Grumman. More...

Pay increases stalled for bus drivers

Santa Rosa County school bus drivers and monitors will be receiving no pay raise - as they had expected they would - when Durham Bus Services take over for this school year. More...


Long retires after 34 years

The 'Voice of the Dolphins' and popular Gulf Breeze educator for 34 years has left the announcer's booth - to go fishing. More...

Autism Society of Panhandle looking for volunteers

The Autism Society of the Panhandle is looking for volunteers for Small Strides, Big Differences, an event to help disabled children through athletics. The events are held at Dolphin Stadium from 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday until August 5. More...



Charles Bennett Williamson, 68, of Pensacola, passed away Sunday, June 22. Williamson was born May 20, 1940, on a tobacco farm in Clarkton, N.C. More...

Calendar of Events


Friday, July 4 Gulf Breeze City Hall closed. Santa Rosa County offices closed. Monday, July 7 Gulf Breeze City Council 6:30 p.m. More...


Sand-sculpture contest brings back memories of family

While I was reading about our local sand-sculpture competition held last month, I wondered if my husband, who was good at such things, would have cared to compete. More...

Naval Museum celebrates U.S. flag

Join military heroes and fellow patriots as they celebrate our nation's independence and honor those who fight for our freedom at the National Naval Aviation Museum, one of the world's largest aviation museums. 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...