June 11, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Coyotes preying on cats

¦ At least 5 pet cats thought to have been victimized lately

In cartoon lore, coyotes have been depicted as bumbling, dim-witted predators. In real life, however, coyotes are shifty, cunning, calculated hunters. In recent days, some Gulf Breeze residents have been alarmed by savage coyote attacks on pets. More...

Granse's career reaches 'full circle'

¦ Retiring Gulf Breeze Middle School principal won't miss 'politics' of FCAT SECOND IN A SERIES

Gulf Breeze Middle School Principal Jennifer Granse is retiring June 29 after 41 years as an educator. More...

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Toastmasters club receives distinct honor

The Gulf Breeze Toastmasters Club recently achieved the highest award of "President's Distinguished Club" for a second year in a row. More...

Merle, Betty Bare stage dinner to celebrate 160 total years of life

Merle and Betty Bare's birthdays were in May; Merle was 85 on May 23 and Betty was 75 on May 16. But instead of celebrating mutual birthdays, they added 85 +75 = 160 and celebrated the total numbers of years they have been on this earth. More...

Disaster readiness theme of BRACE expo

Area residents and visitors are invited to attend the BRACE (Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies) Hurricane Expo on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...


Pensacola Little Theatre opens 'The Music Man' on June 12

The all-American story of "The Music Man" is coming to Pensacola Little Theatre this summer. The classic musical tells the story of a fast-talking con man who meets his match in a small town librarian. More...

Gulf Island National Seashore Florida District summer programs are under way

Fort Pickens Area The Fort Pickens Area is open daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Spot, Plot and Fire Meet at Battery 234 Observation Tower, Sundays, June 7 through August 9, 3:30 p.m. Snorkeling Meet at Battery Worth Picnic Area. More...

John Tesh concerts defined as intelligent entertainment

John Tesh and his five band mates take the Saenger stage for a high-energy evening of his best-loved music, comedy, and "intelligence for your life" on Sunday, June 14 at 3 p.m. More...


GBHS grad Brunty helps Eagles soar to College World Series

¦ '08 grad also named freshman All American

Call it Gulf Breeze karma. While Kameron Brunty's alma mater made history this season, his college team was doing the same. More...

12-U Wave, 14-U Titans win Summer Classic

¦ Tiger Point 10- Us, GBSA 14-Us take second

Both the Gulf Breeze Wave U- 12 and the U-14 Tiger Point Titans won their respective brackets at the GBHS Summer Classic Sunday at Shoreline Park. More...

GB native Davenport named new girls soccer coach

The coaching carousel continued to turn at Gulf Breeze High last week, as several coaches found their positions wouldn't be retained, while another will renew his connections with the school. More...




Patricia C. Rimer, 89, of Gulf Breeze, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at her home with family and friends at her side. Formerly of Upland, Calif., she and her husband moved to Gulf Breeze in 1999. More...



Vashti Elizabeth (Liz) Gerths, 68, formerly of Gulf Breeze, died Tuesday, June 2, 2009 in Panama City. Gerths was born April 18, 1941. More...



Marietta Palmer Hall Cole age 89, of Orlando, died peacefully at The Villas of Gulf Breeze on Thursday, June 4. Cole was the devoted wife of the late Philip J. Cole II. She was born Jan. More...


Experiences learned at summer camp can pay off later

This is the time of year we parents were always asked by our kids, "Mom, can I go to camp this summer? All my friends are going." It got me to thinking, of course, of what camp used to be like. More...

Home & Garden

GBHS graduate dives into new job with no sign of hesitation

Recent Gulf Breeze High School graduate Cayla Platt rescued two swimmers from the Gulf of Mexico while on lifeguard duty Sunday, May 24 . "I didn't even have to think about what I was doing," Platt said. "I just did it. More...

Good Shepherd Lutheran School graduates 21

Good Shepherd Lutheran School held graduation ceremonies on June 3 for 21 Pre-K and Kindergarten students. The graduates and fellow students presented several songs for their parents, families and friends. More...

Black twig beetle bores into, damage local trees

The warmer weather and frequent rains along the Gulf Coast has stimulated lush, green growth in the landscape. So, when you notice a dead branch in a tree, you have to wonder what's going on. More...



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

Gulf Breeze Dolphin to play in College World Series

Former Gulf Breeze High standout Kameron Brunty played a major role in helping propel Southern Mississippi into the 2009 College World Series in Omaha, Neb. More...

Hotel incident angers visitors

¦ Women in town for GBHS graduation stare down barrel of Gulf Breeze Police shotgun

Two women visiting Gulf Breeze to witness their grand-daughter/niece's high school graduation were held at gunpoint by a Gulf Breeze police officer at a local hotel that increasingly is becoming notorious for unsavory activities. More...

House fire claims Gulf Breeze man

¦ Mother, brother manage to escape blaze on Pine Street

A late-night house fire Thursday in the 1200 block of Pine Street in the Oriole Beach area claimed the life of a Gulf Breeze resident. More...



Island News

Art in the Sand Annual sculpting contest is a part of Fiesta Days Celebration

On Sunday, June 7, artists of the bleached white sand lined the beach to compete in the Beach Community Bank Sand Sculpture Contest as part of the Fiesta Days Celebration. The winners are as follows. More...

We remain thankful for D-Day heroes

The newspapers, television and radio have been filled with stories about D-Day. I don't remember there ever being so much about this particular day. More...

Students plunge into summer

The seats were still warm in their desks on Thursday, June 4 when Gulf Breeze middle school students began celebrating the beginning of summer break. More...


Midway Fire District Emergency Report

Information provided by Midway Fire District.

Weekly Activity Report For the week of May 29 through June 25, Midway Fire District was called for 49 emergencies. More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

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

Felonies 5/15/2009 Smith, Jeffery Michael, W/M, 44, 3200 block of College Court, Gulf Breeze, fugitive from justice. 5/20/2009 Miller, Jonathan Ryan, W/M, 28, 6800 block of Donna Drive, Navarre, violation of probation. More...

Gulf Breeze Police Department Incident Report

Information provided by the Gulf Breeze Police Department.

Gulf Breeze Police Lt. Rick Hawthorne reported that the department is investigating the following incidents which occurred between June 4 and June 8. ¦ Criminal mischief at the Shoreline Park South men's restroom. More...


New National Junior Honor Society members

Gulf Breeze National Junior Honor Society inducted 78 members on Tuesday, May 12. The club is very active in the community; students perform individual and group service projects. Last year's members performed many service projects. More...

Oriole Beach Elementary School students plant vegetable garden

One month before First Lady Michelle Obama and a group of fifth graders planted a fruit and vegetable garden at the White House, Jodi Russell's third grade class broke ground on a vegetable garden at Oriole Beach Elementary School. More...

Gulf Breeze High School students excel at State Art Fair

Once again, Gulf Breeze artists did very well at State! The highest honor, the Award of Excellence, went to Morgan Arnett, Erin Cook, Cory Crowe, John Naybor, Julia Green, Wren Hooper, Hailey Jarrett, Haley Lauw, and Zack Ziglioli. More...


Calvary Chapel's Beach Baptism/Picnic is Sunday


Calvary Chapel-Gulf Breeze will hold its first Beach Baptism & Picnic of the summer on Sunday, June 14 at Park East on Pensacola Beach. Church members, their guests and the public are invited to gather at 4 p.m. More...

Like our flag, Cross fills us with emotion

In the spring of 1974, my wife and I were supposed to meet at the Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Rome. She was flying from the United States, and I was supposed to be flying from southern Spain where my ship had just completed a port visit. More...

Stacy Arnett becomes bride of Scott Cleveland


Jeff Arnett of Pensacola and Patty Arnett of Gulf Breeze announce the marriage of their daughter, Stacy Michelle Arnett, to Andrew Scott Cleveland. Scott is the son of Bob and Debi Cleveland of Gulf Breeze. More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 11 Santa Rosa County Commission 9 a.m., County Administrative Center, 6495 Caroline Street, Milton Santa Rosa County Budget Workshop for Constitutional Officers 1:30 p.m. More...


Better Business Bureau provides information for Chrysler customers


Both Chrysler and General Motors are effectively closing a total of nearly 2,000 dealerships across the country by not renewing their franchising contracts. Chrysler is terminating 798 franchise agreements across the U.S. More...

Fuel jumps 11 cents in week

Wholesale prices are 140 percent higher than on Dec. 24

The national average price of gasoline increased 11 cents a gallon in the past week. The price at the pump is being driven by consistently rising crude oil and wholesale gasoline prices. More...

If you're savvy, you can invest for college, retirement at same time

You most likely need to save and invest for retirement. But if you have children, you also might want to put money away for their college education. Are these two goals mutually exclusive? More...




Bay Beach Inn needs to get act together

It was very disappointing last week to hear of more alarming activity going on at the Bay Beach Inn Resort in Gulf Breeze (see story, Page 1A). More...

Triplett enjoyed 13 years in GB schools


I will be leaving Gulf Breeze after teaching here for over 13 years. Teaching here in Gulf Breeze since January 1996 has been an honor and a pleasure. More...