April 30, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

No swine flu seen in Santa Rosa

Local health department monitors situation closely as world cases rise

As of Monday, April 27, there had been no reports of swine flu in Florida, including Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. More...

'Lazarus Project' breathes final breath

City Council extends Chamber lease buyout to no avail; contract expires, property could be re-bid

Despite an extension to the Gulf Breeze City Council's commitment to partially buy out the lease on property occupied by the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce, the sale still did not close and a final extension installment did not arrive. More...

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Democrats plan luau, rally at Shoreline The Santa Rosa Democrats' fourth annual Luau and Political Rally will be held Saturday, May 2, from 3-7 p.m. at the gazebo in Shoreline Park South off Shoreline Drive in Gulf Breeze. More...

Fisherman gets wet, boat winds up in Ala.

It might go down as one of the most bizarre boating accidents in years. A 41-year-old Georgia man was recovering after falling overboard April 17 while cobia fishing off Panama City Beach. More...

Second company eyeing Gulf Breeze

A high-tech company is eyeing Gulf Breeze as a possible site to build from the ground up. More...


What's on tap?

Thursday 4/30 Bimini Beach Bar Live Entertainment. Seville Quarter Rock Band Competition, 6-10 p.m. Paddy O' Leary's Texas Hold'em 444 Fun, 7 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge Tim Spencer, 8 p.m. More...

Couch Theater

Twilight' Collector's Set hits stores

PICKS OF THE WEEK "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" — Brad Pitt stars as the titular Button, a man who lives his life backward. He is born as a tiny elderly man and lives out the rest of his adventurous life aging in reverse. More...


Thursday, April 30 The ZOO offers elephant rides Kamba and Congo will be at The ZOO from April 30 through May 3. Elephant rides will be available for $5; pictures with the elephants are available for an additional $5. More...


Close enough

Gulf Breeze Elementary School students (clockwise, from bottom left): Tyler Phelps, Sarah Callahan, Jennifer Lennon and Gionni Vecchio show off some of the 2,345 books raised by GBES students in their recent Book Drive. More...

Fiesta for retiring teacher May 1

Was Jim Singleton your physical education teacher at Gulf Breeze Elementary? Did he teach your children and grandchildren? After a 30 year career at GBE, he's finally retiring his sneakers to finish out his golden years in cowboy boots. More...

WBMS Accelerated Readers rewarded

The following Woodlawn Beach Middle School students were rewarded on ITV for reaching their Accelerated Reading goals (not listed in order): 150 Points - Students received an AR T-Shirt and Certificate - Terry Barnes, Kobi Bell, Zackary Brawner, Tayl More...



Jeanette Woolf Roder, of Pembroke, Mass., and formerly of Gulf Breeze, died Wednesday, April 15 in Kingston, Mass. Roder was born June 10, 1923. She was the wife of the late Karl Roder. More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 30 Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce By-Laws Committee 8 a.m., Chamber Headquarters, 409 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Miniature Golf 4:30 p.m. More...



Pizzaz relocates to shopping center Pizzaz Monograms and Gifts is moving to the Sea Shell Collections shopping center in Gulf Breeze. More...

Home & Garden

Relay for Life salutes survivors, raises funds and awareness

Saturday was a good day for Donna Dotson, an ovarian and liver cancer patient who served as Honorary Chairman for the American Cancer Society's eighth-annual Relay For Life. More...



NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT PPTS 150 LLC holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate has filed said Tax Certificate for the Tax Deed to be issued thereon. More...


Friday Funeral procession to affect traffic flow in Gulf Breeze

There will be a funeral processional Friday, May 1, to transport the body of slain Okaloosa Sheriff's Deputy Skip York from St. Mary More...

Relay For Life

Joe Culpepper/Gulf Breeze News Cancer patient and Relay For Life Honorary Chairman Donna Dotson (left) of Gulf Breeze reads an emotional opening statement prior to Saturday's eighth annual American Cancer Society fundraiser at Gulf Breeze High. More...

Attack on Pearl Harbor prompted Pape to enlist, serve country

It was a mild early- December day, and Clarence Pape was a young whippersnapper trying to repair the radio in his parents' 1942 Chevrolet in their Pensacola backyard when the awful news broke: "Japanese planes have bombed Pearl Harbor," an announc More...



Island News

Optimists mix fun, fundraising

Pensacola Beach Optimists know how to throw a party: pick a fun theme, a fun place and throw in great food and entertainment and the rest will fall into place. More...

Teen dances, another waterslide proposed

Pensacola Beach will have a lot of new attractions if the Santa Rosa Island Authority gives the go ahead. Doug McAllister of Fun Coast Productions asked the SRIA to approve an alcohol free, adult supervised teen dance for ages 13 to 19. More...

Sandpipers travel to capitol

Kylie Finkbone met Senate President Jeff Atwater and Sen. Don Gaetz when the Pensacola Beach Elementary fourth graders took their annual trip to Tallahassee on April 2, Florida's State Day. The group also got to meet Gov. Charlie Crist. More...


Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

Felonies 4/22/2009 Rogers, Bobby Joyce, W/M, 49, 2400 block of Basswood Drive, Navarre, battery. 4/23/2009 Lindsey, Steven Evert, W/M, 33, 3900 block of Spanish Moss Cove, Gulf Breeze, obstructing justice. More...

Gulf Breeze Police Department Incident Report

Gulf Breeze Police arrested a middle school student for alcohol possession on school property during school hours. The eighth grade girl was discovered with spiced rum in her backpack on Thursday, April 23. More...

Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Emergency Report

Weekly Activity Report For the week of April 18 through April 24, Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Department was called for 14 emergencies. These calls included 13 medical calls and 1 public assistance. More...


Lady Dolphins district champs

GBHS scores game-winning run in title game in final at-bat

The year was 1998 - the country was entralled by the efforts of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa as they chased what was (then) the singleseason home run record. More...

Dolphins win tourney opener

Stephen Robbins had three hits, including an RBI single in a four-run sixth inning, as the Dolphins pulled away to beat Washington 10-3 in a District 1- 4A first round game Monday at Navarre. More...

FHSAA cuts athletic schedules for two years

GAINESVILLE - The Florida High School Athletic Association board of directors voted Monday to reduce regularseason athletic schedules by 20 percent for varsity contests and 40 percent for junior varsity contests. More...


GBUMC hosts 'Pathways for Change' graduation

Of the 650, 000 offenders released from prisons each year, nearly two-thirds of these offenders are rearrested for serious and violent offenses within three years of release. More...

Remembrance Celebration set for May 9 at St. Francis

Covenant Hospice invites bereaved hospice families, as well as community members who have endured the loss of a loved one, to attend a special Remembrance Celebration at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 9 at St. More...


After all that eating out, I'm stuffed!

I am recovering from an exciting visit from my three sons, all of whom live in Pennsylvania. Visits can be exhausting, but the upside of all this is that I won't have to eat for the next week or so, as I was taken out for dinner every day. More...


Political Cartoon


Community is a hub of activity, support

It was very busy in Gulf Breeze last Saturday, and I was excited to see our community host three major events all in one day. Events that benefitted others on a beautiful spring day that could have lured each one of us out to the beach! More...

E-mail often delivers tales worth repeating

I get a ton of e-mail each week, often from people I don't even know. Some of the e-mail quickly gets deleted, but sometimes there are things that I find quite entertaining. More...