February 12, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

High-paying company has its eyes on Gulf Breeze

Gulf Breeze might become the home of a new high-tech business that could provide 80 news jobs paying an average of $22 an hour. More...

Commissioners ponder funding for sports parks

It appears the county's six youth sports associations will not have to pick up all the maintenance costs for their sports parks without help from the county this year. More...

State Farm to halt property coverage

Polk County Commissioner says state 'heading for train wreck'

"Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there." Residents around the Sunshine State know the slogan of one of their oldest neighbors, a longtime presence providing insurance for auto, life, fire - and property. More...

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Rotary seeks citizen nominations

From The Gulf Breeze Rotary Club is soliciting nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards. More...

Recreational red snapper dates have changed


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a rule last week that changes the recreational harvest season for red snapper in Gulf of Mexico state waters. More...

Historical Society to hear Dr. Hightower

The next Gulf Breeze Area Historical Society meeting will be Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in Gilmore Hall at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church. Guest speaker will be Dr. More...


Jolie shines in Eastwood's 'Changeling'

Couch Theater

PICK OF THE WEEK "Changeling" — Angelina Jolie gives an award-winning performance as Christine Collins, a single mother living in 1920s Los Angeles who challenges a corrupt police department and is brutalized as a result. More...

What's on tap?

Thursday 2/12 Bimini Beach Bar Live Entertainment. Paddy O' Leary's Texas Hold'em 444 Fun, 7 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge Tim Spencer, 8 p.m. Friday 2/13 Seville Quarter Not Just Another Wine Tasting, 5-7 p.m. More...

Plays, bikes and hikes lead week of fun


Thursday, Feb. 12 PLT presents 'Short Attention Span Theatre' The Pensacola Little Theatre presents Studio 400's annual Valentine's tribute to love and relationships, "Short Attention Span Theatre" from Thursday, Feb. More...


State-bound again!

Majewski, Lady Dolphins at state for third straight year; take on Ponta Vedra in state semifinals today in Tampa

Not that they needed her, but in the Lady Dolphins' 6-0 regional quarterfinal win over Bay two weeks ago, leading scorer Jessica Majewski didn't have a goal or an assist. More...

Wrestling's second place at district a first

GBHS to send 13 wrestlers to regionals Saturday

The Gulf Breeze Dolphin wrestling team brought home a trophy, just not the one they were shooting for. The Dolphins finished second out of seven teams at the District 1-A meet Saturday at Arnold, who won the meet. More...

Sports Schedule

Feb. 12 Girls soccer vs. Ponte Vedra in 4A state semifinals in Tampa, 11 a.m. Boys basketball at PHS in District 1-4A semifinals, 7:30 p.m. Baseball at Pace vs. Tallahassee Chiles, 4 p.m. Feb. More...




Richard "Dick" Charles D'Aubin, 76, of Gulf Breeze, a retired Eastern Air Lines captain, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 after a long illness. More...



Donald Winfield Weldon, 61, of Gulf Breeze, passed away Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009. Weldon was born Aug. 20, 1947 and was a native of Charleston, S.C. He resided in Gulf Breeze the past five years. He was a graduate of Charleston Southern University. More...



Emily G. Nelsen, 100, of Gulf Breeze and formerly a a longt resident of Omaha, Neb., died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 in Gulf Breeze. A memorial service was held Sunday, Feb. 1 at Bay Breeze Nursing Home in Gulf Breeze. More...


High-tech business eyeing Gulf Breeze

A high-tech company offering at least 80 new jobs might be coming to Gulf Breeze soon. Those jobs would average $22 an hour starting pay. Santa Rosa County Commissioners heard from TEAM Santa Rosa Economic Development Inc. More...

Hatcher gets Infrastructure Inspector certification

Harrold Hatcher, public services compliance officer for the City of Gulf Breeze, recently earned certification as an American Public Works Association (APWA) Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII). More...

Enjoy rare one-year holiday from required minimum distributions

Although it sounds strange, you might encounter situations in which you have to accept money even if you'd rather not. More...

Home & Garden

Laser Images is the place for some unique decorating ideas

Laser images your old photo and large format specialists can help you personalize your home or office. Just picture your walls with a tribute to your families. Your old photos restored and enlarged on display. More...

Baccalaureate tradition will continue

Interfaith Council of Ministers schedules event for May 31

Gulf Breeze High School students will be able to continue the tradition of a Christian baccalaureate service prior to graduation this year. Baccalaureate will be hosted by Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. More...

SPORTS: Lady Dolphins fall 2-0 in state semifinal soccer game

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Second mayor of Gulf Breeze dies at 92

John J. Schilf, 92, the second Mayor of Gulf Breeze and beloved husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather, died of congestive heart failure Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 in his Gulf Breeze home. More...

Soccer stars sign scholarships

Call it Gulf Breeze High's answer to Trent Richardson. More...

Schaeffner overcame an early phobia about teaching

Gulf Breeze Middle School's Teacher of Year co-instructs ESE students

Fifth in a series Gulf Breeze Middle School teacher Sharon Schaeffner never planned to be a teacher. "My father was a teacher, and I said I would never teach," she laughs. "And here I am, all these years later. More...



Island News

Beach leases falling to bargain prices

They say every cloud has a silver lining. Real estate agents on Pensacola Beach who saw values reach the heavens in 2004 and 2005 say the sun is coming out again, this time in the form of affordable leaseholds. More...

Presidents Day Program Saturday at Naval Live Oaks

"A Presidential Perspective of the National Seashore," a 45-minute audiovisual program, will be at the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center on Saturday, February 14 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The free program to commemorates U. S. Presidents' Day. More...

This week on Pensacola Beach

Today, February 12 Shaker Racers meet to Run and Walk, 6 p.m. at the Sandshaker Friday, Feb. 13 Cowboy Mouth Rock N Mardi Gras Tour Party at Capt'n Fun Beach Club 8PM Saturday, Feb. 14 Bananimals Ball, 8 p.m. More...


Reckless driver gets 6 months probation

A Gulf Breeze man was sentenced to six months of probation and must pay fines and court costs totaling $813 after pleading no contest to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage following a Jan. More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

Felonies 9/25/2009 Demotts, Scott Ludwig, W/M, 45, 800 block of Bay Cliffs Road, Gulf Breeze, credit card fraud. 12/5/2009 Wilson, Joshua Benjamin, W/M, 29, 1400 block of Oak Drive, Gulf Breeze, violation of probation. More...

Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Emergency Report

Weekly Activity Report For the week of Jan. 31 through Feb. 6, Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Department was called for 13 emergencies. More...


Schools' Chamber property sale 'a dead deal'

The deal to sell the Santa Rosa County School District's property at 409 Gulf Breeze Parkway, which is the home of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce, is now null and void. More...

OBES A/B Honor Roll released

Mrs. Dawn Alt, Principal, and the Oriole Beach Elementary congratulate the following students for making the second nine week A/B Honor Roll: Third Grade Mrs. More...

GBES DARE essay contest winners

The following Gulf Breeze Elementary students won the DARE essay contest for their age groups (back row): Taylor Moore, Jordan Renfroe and Reese Adams Front row: Emily Slate and Sarah Callahan Right - Overall winner Mackenzie Wilson from Mrs. More...


Knights of Columbus meet weekly at St. Ann's

The Knights of Columbus invite all to join them for dinner every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Nickelsen Hall at the St. Ann Catholic Church, 100 Daniel Drive in Gulf Breeze. The Feb. More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, Feb. 12 Santa Rosa County Commission 9 a.m., County Administrative Center, 6495 Caroline Street, Milton Santa Rosa County Fire Protection Board of Adjustment and Appeals 4 p.m. More...


Letter dated June 6, 1935 preserves memory of generosity

As a longtime published writer, it seems that every cabinet in the house is packed with scraps of information about places, things and people that might pique a reader's interest. More...


Treat unsightly veins for improved health, beauty

Varicose vein repair has never been easier

By age 50, two-thirds of American women have to deal with painful and unsightly varicose veins. Although women contribute to the majority of cases, about 25% of men also suffer from varicose veins. More...

Dear Mr. President - and the rest of us: forego our forefathers' sleepless nights

(ARA) - President Nixon roamed the White House halls at night and spoke to the portraits on the walls; President Clinton slept less than five hours each night and phoned old friends at 3 a.m.; President Bush Sr. More...

Asthma sufferers can get college scholarships

(ARA) - Even as the class of 2009 enjoys the milestones of their senior year, many are already well into their preparations for college. More...




Gulf Breeze News delivers to all city residents

Greetings to our new readers in the 32561 zip-code area of Gulf Breeze! Today, Gulf Breeze News is being mailed to every home and business in the city as part of an advertising saturation effort. More...


What's your reaction to State Farm terminating its property insurance coverage from the state of Florida?

"It's bad because we have State Farm, and now we've got to find something new." Katrina Blankenship Gulf Breeze More...