July 16, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Zoo director changes tack with commission

County leaders say funds aren't available for another bailout

Executive Director Danyelle Lantz of The Zoo Northwest Florida went to the Santa Rosa County Commission committee meeting last week seeking another $125,000 to help the zoo get through the winter. More...

OPEN HOUSE - Gulf Breeze Proper 7/18-19

Gulf Breeze Proper

221 Pinetree Drive July 18 and 19 1-4 pm Gorgeous renovation 4 BD/3 Bath W/Salt water gunite pool For more info Call (850) 916-1856 Agents Welcome! More...

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Continuance expected in GBHS gun case

Defense needs more time; trial could be on Nov. 2 sans plea

The prosecutor in the "Guntotin' Momma" case expects defendant Judy Lynn Hall to go on trial Nov. 2 if a plea agreement isn't reached beforehand. More...

Dannheisser among state's top governmental lawyers, mag says

Tom Dannheisser, Santa Rosa County Attorney, was one of the legal elites recently chosen as Florida's Top Governmental Lawyers by 'Florida Trend' magazine. More...

Fat Albert Airlines: 'You'll love the way we fly!'

Fat Albert gives a 360-mph roller coaster ride

S INCE moving here two years ago, I have become acquainted with the phenomenon that is Blue Angels weekend. More...


All's quiet (knock on wood) thanks to El Niño

It's been a tranquil season for tropical weather in the Atlantic Ocean basin. But how long can it last? More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

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

Felonies 6/16/2009 Larsen, Teresa Lynn, W/F, 38, 1600 block of Amarillo Trail, Gulf Breeze, dealing in stolen property. 7/7/2009 Woodley, Glenna Ann, W/F, 44, 4300 block of Deer Wood Lake Parkway, Gulf Breeze, fugitive from justice. More...

Gulf Breeze Fire & Rescue

Information provided by Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Department.

Weekly Activity Report For the week of July 3 through July 10, the Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Department was called for 19 emergencies. More...


Lady Dolphin volleyball team rolls at Gulf Shores Tournament

Won 14 of 16 games

The GBHS Lady Dolphin volleyball team had a strong showing at a tournament in Gulf Shores last week, going undefeated in eight matches and winning 14 of its 16 games. More...

Late Gulf Breeze resident played for 1942 NFL champs

Clyde Shugart, the last surviving member of the Washington Redskins' 1942 NFL championship team, passed away in Gulf Breeze on July 2. He was 92. More...

Five Questions with boys basketball coach Von deKozan

The fourth in our summer-long series Five Questions continues this week with boys basketball coach Von deKozan. 1. You had been out of high school coaching for a few years. What brought you back last year? I was asked. More...


Send that card while there's still time!

As I was fishing through a box of old greeting cards, I found one I had written to a friend who, unfortunately, did not receive it before she died. More...

Andrews Institute Rehabilitation opens new location at The Blake

Andrews Institute Rehabilitation is proud to announce the recent opening of it eighth location at The Blake in Gulf Breeze. More...

Newest advances in cataract implants available at Ullman Eyecare

Cataract surgery is in the midst of a technological revolution. New lens implants are allowing microincision cataract surgeons to restore vision after surgery better than before your cataract developed. More...

Home & Garden

Ban on commercial harvest of freshwater turtles goes into effect next week

Reports of large turtle harvests from a lake in Central Florida approximately 18 months ago led the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to pass the most restrictive turtle harvest rule in the nation. More...

Opal Beach facilities are complete, available to rent

Superintendent Jerry Eubanks announced that major construction of facilities at Opal Beach within the Santa Rosa Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore is complete and that visitors may now reserve select picnic pavilions. More...

Junior Lifeguard Class graduates at Opal Beach

The following boys completed Session II of the Junior Lifeguard Class hosted by the National Park Service, John Hunter, Water Safety Coordinator for the Gulf Islands National Seashore, said. 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...

Blue Angels dazzle crowds at beach

The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels streak through the sky in close formation as a wayward seagull appears to be gouged by the lead jet. The bird and jet were far apart, however, making for a harmless situation last Friday. More...

3 seek vacant Council Seat A

The candidate pool to fill the vacant Seat A on the Gulf Breeze City Council began taking shape in recent days as three hopefuls officially filed documentation for consideration. More...

Pruitt steps down at St. Francis Church

Soft-spoken Rector led Parish growth, made community hospitality a priority

Rev. Albert W. Pruitt bid an emotional goodbye to St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on Sunday after previously announcing his unexpected resignation in June. Pruitt passionately served the Gulf Breeze parish as Rector since Nov. 1, 2002. More...



Island News

Air show brings out the Boaters

Boats, jet skis, kayaks and rowboats filled Little Sabine Bay on Pensacola Beach Saturday as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other performers dazzled crowds More...

SRIA OKs off-premise sign for Sandshaker Lounge

John Asmar brought an overflowing file to the Santa Rosa Island Authority meeting but he didn't face any opposition to his case to install an off premise sign for the Sandshaker Lounge. The board approved the sign 5-0 with Tammy Bohannon opposing. More...

This week on Pensacola Beach

Friday The Sounds of Summer, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. At the Portofino Boardwalk Shell. Mystic Springs will perform classic rock. Saturday The Sounds of Summer, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. More...


'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' casts its spell on viewers

Everyone's favorite teenage wizard returned to the big screen in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." It opened at The Breeze Cinema 8 yesterday. Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts turns out to be quite the exciting year. More...

The Club Scene

Thursday 7/16 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 7/17 Seville Quarter Summer Paradise Party, all day event. More...

Aviation museum, zoo host exciting programs


Friday, July 17 Passport to Paris opens at PMA The Pensacola Museum of Art opens a new exhibit, Passport to Paris: 19th Century French Prints on July 17. It runs through Sept. 12. More...




Ilene Cheatwood , 79, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Friday, July 10, 2009. Born Nov. 13, 1929 in Berry, Ala., Ilene married Robert Glenn Cheatwood Jr., and traveled extensively beside her loving husband through 20 years in the United States Navy. More...



Clyde Earl Shugart, 92, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Thursday, July 2 at his home. Shugart was born Dec. 7, 1916 in Elberon, Iowa. More...



Marguerite Louise Lagrone Covington, 88, of Gulf Breeze, passed away July 10, 2009. Covington was born in Birmingham Ala., to Margaret and Jesse Lagrone on June 19, 1921. She moved to Gulf Breeze in 1951 from Meridian, Miss. More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 16 Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce 'Good Morning, Gulf Breeze!' Breakfast 7 a.m., St. More...


Prices show distinct tumble

Fuel about 7 cents cheaper than it was just a week ago

A sluggish economy as well as supply and demand fundamentals that led to the steepest week-to-week drop this year in the price of crude oil — $6.84 a barrel — are expected to push retail gasoline prices lower in the weeks ahead. More...

Goodin denies ethics conflict in Pullum Park purchase vote

Gordon Goodin apologized last week to supporters, fellow Santa Rosa County commissioners and his family for any embarrassment or disappointment he might have caused them by not reporting to the state an all-expense-paid trip he and his wife took in More...

Millennials, Gen X, Baby Boomers should invest for growth

Is there a "generation gap" today? In some ways, it's possible. While many baby boomers are happy just to understand the basics of Facebook, "Millennials" are busy texting and twittering. More...


Political Cartoon


A second stimulus? Ya gotta be kiddin'

Taxpayers barely have had a chance to put their now-empty wallets away after the last "stimulus" bill forced through by the Obama Administration, yet already plans are in the works to potentially send a second round of billions of dollars out the w More...

CVB has no record of Lexington contact


The Pensacola News Journal recently printed a front-page article claiming the Pensacola Bay Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, through carelessness, lost the U.S.S. Lexington reunion to a more aggressive Mobile. More...