May 21, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Insurance issues rise as storm season nears

¦ Residents, business owners should insure for 'replacement cost'

With the start of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season just 11 days away, now is the time for Gulf Breeze residents to review their homeowner property insurance and ensure that they have sufficient coverage. More...

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Midway Fire gives scholarship to student

The Midway Fire District awarded a $1,500 scholarship to a Navarre High School student to help her pursue a career as a paramedic. More...

Zoo babies showered with gifts and attention

Photos by Pam Brannon/Gulf Breeze News The Zoo Northwest Florida held a Baby Shower on Saturday, May 9, for Zoo babies. More...

Baccalaureate is May 31

Baccalaureate services for Gulf Breeze High School seniors will be held Sunday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, 75 Fairpoint Drive. More...


Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Emergency Report

Information provided by Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Department.

Weekly Activity Report For the week of May 9 to May 13, Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Department was called for 10 emergencies. These calls included 8 medical calls, 1 motor vehicle accident and 1 false alarm. More...

Midway Fire District Emergency Report

Information provided by Midway Fire District.

Weekly Activity Report For the week of May 8 through May 14, Midway Fire District was called for 51 incidents. More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

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

Felonies 5/15/2009 Irovando, Dominick John, W/M, 33, 7400 block of Frankfort Street, Navarre, sexual assault. 5/17/2009 Clay, Jordan Ashley, W/F, 22, 1800 block of Coral Street, Navarre, drug possession. More...


GBHS, GBMS compete in Science Olympiad

The Gulf Breeze Middle Science Olympiad Team represented the State of Florida for the 11th year in a row and the Gulf Breeze High team made its 10th appearance at the Science Olympiad National Tournament. More...

Gulf Breeze Middle School SAC applications due Friday


Gulf Breeze Middle School is now accepting applications for the 2009-10 School Advisory Committee. Applications, which are available at GBMS or the GBMS website, are due by Friday, May 22. Voting for new members will be May 26 through June 1. More...

Plant them and they will grow

Members of Mike Rodgerson's fifth grade science class planted 15 trees around the Gulf Breeze Elementary School campus to celebrate Arbor Day. The trees were donated by John Tonkin of the Santa Rosa Clean Community System. More...




Jesse Irene Watkins Fortin, 86, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Saturday, May 9. Fortin was born in Centralia, Ill., on Jan. 5, 1923. She lost her father at an early age and was raised by her mother, Lena Ann Watkins, who never remarried. More...



William S. (Bill) Towns Jr., 82, of Gulf Breeze, passed away at his home Friday, May 15. Towns was born in Natchez, Miss., the only child of William S. Towns Sr. and Edith Edens Towns, on March 12, 1927. More...


Prices surpass DOE's peak projection

The national average price of gasoline has climbed 25 cents a gallon since May 1, and in Florida the average price has increased by 25 cents. More...

It's time to boost your college savings

Do you have school-age children? If so, the end of the school year means that your kids are now one year closer to college. That means you have even more incentive to launch a college savings strategy - which is essential these days. More...

Home & Garden

Wounded vets welcomed, honored on bike route through Gulf Breeze

More than 130 severely wounded veterans from around the country joined locals for the EscaRosa Independence Weekend (EIW) and many of them rolled through Gulf Breeze last Saturday for the Wounded Warrior Bicycle Rally. More...

The Club offers unbeatable family summer swim options

Summer is almost here, and many moms in our area are wondering - what on earth am I going to do to keep the kids busy and find ways for us to spend more fun time together as a family? Well, the club has the answer! More...

Simple safety tips to protect your home

(ARA) - Home may be where the heart is, but it also is where the hazards are. More...

Yard parking sparks debate

City seeks community input on divisive vehicle parking issue

The City of Gulf Breeze is soliciting a varied group of people from the community to join in a series of workshops to consider roadside parking, boat and RV storage and other divisive issues. More...

Hoffman Bayou to be dredged

Adjoining property owners will be assessed $1,500 to pay for work

Residents with property adjoining Hoffman Bayou attended Gulf Breeze City Council meetings May 13 and 18 to weigh in on a proposed dredging project. More...

County schools' funding cuts less than anticipated

¦ School board also can assess quarter-mill bump in taxes for 1 year

The people who crunch the numbers for Santa Rosa County School District are breathing much easier this week, thanks to the actions of the Florida Legislature in its final budget passage last week. More...

No passing on Shoreline

Vici Papajohn/Gulf Breeze News A highway striping machine recently placed double no-passing lines along Shoreline Drive, making the entire area along Shoreline from the City Hall entrance to Sunset a no-passing zone. More...



Island News

Ready, set... Summer!

File Photo This weekend is the official kickoff to the summer tourist season, and Santa Rosa Island officials say they are ready. More...

Beach park offers a learning opportunity

BY PAM BRANNON Gulf Breeze News

Charlene Mauro Fearon says the Marine Science Station in the county's new Navarre County Park on the Gulf of Mexico is a dream come true for her. More...

Military fishing trip includes all branches this year

Last year, a group o f young Marines got the opportunity to spend a memorable day on the water, deep sea fishing. This year, members of every branch of service will get the same opportunity. Sgt. More...


What's on tap?

Thursday 5/21 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 5/22 Paradise Bar & Grill 30x90, 6 p.m. More...

Re-releases rule the week

Couch Theater

"Land of the Lost: Complete Series" (Limited Edition Gift Set) — Released to coincide with Will Farrell's theatrical remake of the cult '70s kids show, this DVD package is 32 flavors of cool. More...

Ghost Seekers of Texas return to lighthouse


Thursday, May 21 UWF hosts Memorial Day events UWF Military Connections along with WUWF Public Media will host a Memorial Day event May 21 at the UWF Main Campus. A flagpole ceremony will be held from 9 to 9:20 a.m. More...


Dolphins' dream season comes to end

GBHS loses final game of championship series, 4-2

An affliction the Dolphin baseball team had appeared to have cured reared its ugly head last weekend, bringing an end to their Cinderella-like run through the postseason. More...

GBHS' Tryon top female scholar athlete

Gulf Breeze senior Emily Tryon was the overall female athlete award winner at last week's Pensacola Sports Association's Scholar Athlete Awards banquet. More...

Dolphins hold Blue and Gold game; jamboree next

¦ Dolphins at Milton for jamboree next Thursday

A couple hundred fans showed up on Saturday to cheer on the 2009 GBHS football team in the annual Blue and Gold intersquad game. Head Coach Chris Nemith said he was pleased with the effort and intensity the team showed. More...

Calendar of Events


Thursday, May 21 Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast 7 a.m., Andrews Performance Research Pavillion, Gulf Breeze Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County Executive Committee 9 a.m.; Finance Committee 9:30 a.m.; full Board More...


Let's encourage beautification efforts

This time of the year it is easy to wax enthusiastic about all the beautiful plantings around most of the homes in our area. More...

Take precautions to avoid sun's effects


Here comes the sun, and we all need to prepare for it. Skin cancer has become an epidemic in our country. Sun safety should be an important part of our lives regardless of color, gender or age. Adults should use UV protection daily. More...


Celebrating past, present, future

Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing holds fourth reunion

The Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing had its reunion on April 24-26. Onehundred twenty-five alumni plus invited guests attended; some came from as far away as Oregon and California. More...




Military Appreciation is 365 days a year

Every time a special recognition day - wedding anniversary, Father's Day, Thanksgiving, etc. - rolls around at the Culpepper house, my family knows what I am fond of saying: "Every day is (fill in the blank)," I proclaim. More...


Organ donation also benefits previous donors Your story (Paddle Out for a purpose, May 14) about organ donation highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations. More...



NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A P OR AMY CAPUTI holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate has filed said Tax Certificate for the Tax Deed to be issued thereon. More...