July 17, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Zoo asks county for $250K in aid

Commissioner suggests plea is 'too little, too late;' trust touted

The struggling Zoo-Northwest Florida continues to seek governmental help to avoid closure. Dawnyelle Lantz, Executive Director at the Zoo, addressed the Santa Rosa County Commission last week asking for help. More...

Blues, rain, wind and lightning

The world-famous Blue Angels performed their annual mid-summer shows over Pensacola Beach last week, but torrential storms with dangerous lightning marred Saturday's and Sunday's outings, making life miserable for fans. More...

Special Sections



Candidates to speak during July 22 forum

South Santa Rosa County and Gulf Breeze voters get the opportunity to familiarize themselves with candidates for state and county offices Tuesday, July 22, during the 2008 Candidates Forum sponsored by the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Gover More...

Businesses open in new development

Sea Shell Collections, the 89,000-square-foot shopping center recently completed by local developer Moulton Properties, announced the opening of three businesses. More...

Poor sales force two restaurants to shut down

Two Midway restaurants have closed, victims of poor sales likely related to the area's sagging economy. Burger King at 3372 Gulf Breeze Parkway and Moe's Southwest Grill in The Marketplace at Tiger Point recently shut their doors. More...


Entertainment CALENDAR

Thursday 7/17 Evenings in Olde Seville Square Jones & Company/Perdido Brass, 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...

Summer movies are sizzling hot

Critic's Corner

With so many great movies being released this summer, it's impossible to review only one a week, so I'm doubling up this week so I can do justice to films like "Wall-E," "The Dark Knight," "Hellboy 2" and others. More...


Reunion Band offers cool music at Bands on the Beach Summer's heating up but Bands on the Beach is offering cool music from crowd favorites, The Reunion Band, to chill things down on Tuesday, July 22 from 7-9 p.m. at the Gulfside Pavilion. More...


Super Bowl heroes appear at Tiger Point

Milton grad Tynes hosts inaugural Santa Rosa Kids House Golf Tourney

Milton native and Super Bowl champion Lawrence Tynes was in town last week for the inaugural Santa Rosa Kids House Golf Scramble and Auction Friday at Tiger Point Golf and Country Club. More...

Five Questions with girls soccer coach Sharon Kerby

The sixth installment of a summerlong series comes from GBHS girls soccer coach Sharon Kerby. Q. Go back to the day you were hired - how did it feel to be 24 and inherit a program like this? More...

Sports Briefs

GBSA volleyball registration under way Registration for the 2008 GBSA volleyball season is going on now until August 22 at the Rec Center. The league is open to girls entering fifth through eighth grade. More...



Charles Cameron Merritt, 50, of Gulf Breeze passed away July 5 after a courageous fight against colon cancer. Merritt was born Jan. 21, 1958 to Charles and Gretchen Merritt of Gulf Breeze. More...

Calendar of Events


Thursday, July 17 Santa Rosa County Zoning Board of Adjustments 5:30 p.m., Commissioners' Board Room, County Administrative Center, 6495 Caroline Street, Milton Friday, July 18 Sweet Treats For Good Eats Food Drive 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More...


Nothing pulls a group or family together like singing

It was Saturday night, and I turned on the television just at the time that WSRE runs the Gospel Hour. More...

Hit the road!

From Destin to Pensacola, National Bike Route exposes cyclists to area's wonderful resources

Cycling long has been one of Northwest Florida's favorite recreational activities. More...


Political Cartoon


'The weather started getting rough'

From my office chair, I typically enjoy a great, sunny view of the northern sky and traffic zipping past Harbourtown headed for Pensacola Beach and other points east. More...

On the Spot:


How would you feel if the City passed an ordinance that banned live music at establishments that serve alcohol? More...

City leaders U-turn on noise

Ordinance could ban live outdoor music at venues serving alcohol

After proposing on June 11, 16 and 25 a sound ordinance that required permitting for outdoor entertainment at area businesses, the Gulf Breeze city council shifted gears at its July 2 meeting and is now looking at banning any outdoor entertainment More...

Midway Fire Chief placed on paid leave

Demeter wants speedy resolution; Kanzigg gets pay hike

The Midway Fire District Board of Commissioners placed Chief Stephen Demeter on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of Demeter's July 1 arrest on an indecent exposure charge. More...

Couple's refusal to support island erosion project irks some

Deadman's Island restoration effort stalled; neighbors want action

A Gulf Breeze couple filed a complaint to the Department of Environmental Protection that stalled The Deadman's Island Restoration Project. More...



Island News

Five Flags Inn will be rebuilt as Best Western

Slowly but surely, Pensacola Beach is shaking off the residue of Hurricane Ivan. More...

SRIA eyes patron-only parking at Boardwalk

With parking at a premium in the boardwalk area, the members of the Santa Rosa Island Authority are considering making spaces available to patrons only. If approved, employees would be banned from parking between Key Sailing and Island Style. More...

T-storm grounds Blue Angels till Sunday

The crowds got a different air show than the one they were expecting on Saturday as a sudden summer thunderstorm cropped up before the air show began. More...


Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

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

Felonies 06/30/2008 Thomas, James Ryan, W/M, 24, 2100 block of Jeannie Street, Navarre, burglary. 07/01/2008 Cox, Joseph Arthur, W/M, 51, 2400 block of Salamanca Street, Navarre, illegal possession of a weapon. More...

Variances to alcohol ordinance on block

Requests pit residents, pastors against businesses

Santa Rosa County Commissioners want no misunderstanding about how they feel about bars next to schools and churches. They won't allow it. More...

Bus drivers' union pushes arbitration

For the second time in two weeks, the new school bus company operating in Santa Rosa County School District is claiming it has done nothing wrong in its hiring practices. More...


GBHS back in its 'A' groove; Navarre achieves elite status

Gulf Breeze High School returned to its accustomed status as an A-rated school after a twoyear period at Level B. Gulf Breeze Principal Sylvan Ladner said he was very pleased with the rating. More...

Military Children's scholarship goes to Smith

Rachel Smith of Gulf Breeze has received a $1,500 college scholarship from the annual Scholarships for Military Children Program. More...

High praise

Kelly Johansen, a 2005 Gulf Breeze High graduate, was recently awarded one of only 15 Campbell Scholarships awarded annually from Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. More...


St. Sylvester blessed by Rev. Bishop Ricard

On Sunday, July 13, the Most Rev. Bishop John H. Ricard, Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, dedicated the new sanctuary at St. Sylvester Catholic Church at 6464 Gulf Breeze Parkway. More...

GB Methodist

Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church has started a group for widowers. This will be a breakfast meeting and begins at 7 a.m. on July 23 in the Fellowship Hall at the Fairpoint Campus. More...

Calvary Chapel

Calvary Chapel of Gulf Breeze has two functions scheduled for Friday, July 18. The first, at 5 p.m., is the Active Singles group for ages 18- 25. More...


Women's hormonal health to be discussed

Women's hormonal health will be the topic of a free presentation at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 in Gulf Breeze. Gynecologist Karen Kennedy, M.D. will address the issues of hormones at Fit for Women, Quietwater Business Park, Building 2, Suite 3. More...

Bereavement decisions can be hard

Sacred Heart Hospital's Senior Services' program will present a free seminar in Pensacola entitled "The Surviving Spouse: Making the Money Last" on Thursday, July 31, with the choice of two different sessions on the same topic. More...

Home & Garden

Don't throw away that paintbrush

Q: I enjoyed your recent article on techniques that make it easier to restore paintbrushes. You didn't mention oil-based paints and varnish. What would you recommend? More...

Doing civic duty, while dog does his duty

"Whenever I walk my dogs, along with doggie bags for cleaning up their messes, I also bring an extra plastic grocery bag with me. More...



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