July 30, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Zoo idea: Create tax district for funding

Representatives of The Zoo Northwest Florida in Gulf Breeze have discussed with the Santa Rosa County Commission the possibility of creating a Municipal Service Tax Unit (MSTU) through a countywide vote. More...

World remembers 1969 moon voyage

Thousands visit Kennedy Space Center on 40th anniversary

Millions of Americans paused on Monday, July 20 to observe the 40th anniversary of arguably mankind's most significant accomplishment - humans' first steps on a terrestrial object, earth's moon. More...

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GB Middle School sets Orientation for Aug. 20

Gulf Breeze Middle School will have its Orientation for new students (sixth-graders and transfers) on Thursday, Aug. 20 between 9 and 11 a.m. Students can "drop in" to pick up their schedules, meet the teachers, find their classrooms, buy P.E. More...

Israeli Scouts landscape Habitat home

Israeli Boy Scout Kobi Arni thinks many Americans have a skewed vision of his country. "I know there are a lot of people who think we live in the desert and ride camels," Arni said earlier this month. More...

LSU student sendoff

The Panhandle Bayou Bengals will host a LSU student send-off party Sunday, Aug. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Jerry's Cajun Cafe', 6205 North 9th Avenue in Pensacola. A Cajun buffet will be served. More...


The Wharf wraps up great summer with Kenny Chesney

Four-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of The Year, Kenny Chesney, will bring his 2009 Sun City Carnival Tour, presented by Corona Extra, to The Amphitheater at The Wharf on Thursday, August 6 as a part of The Wharf's Pepsi Concert Series. More...

Blue Collar Comedy star Ron White takes stage at Saenger

Comedian Ron White, also known by his fans at "Tater Salad," takes the stage at the Saenger Theatre in Pensacola on Saturday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. More...

Free recreation guides for State Parks now available

Officials with the Florida Division of Forestry announce that Blackwater River State Forest Recreation Guides are now available for $7.00 at the following locations on the state forest: State Forest Headquarters, located at 11650 Munson Hwy., and C More...


GBUMC to host Mrs. Favre in October

Deanna Favre, New York Times bestselling author and wife of NFL quarterback Brett Favre, will be the keynote speaker at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church's Second Annual Women's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 a.m. More...

Concord Presbyterian plans big homecoming

Concord Presbyterian Church will celebrate 33 years of God's grace during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2. More...

East Hill rummage sale set

East Hill Christian School will hold a rummage and used book sale on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7 and 8, beginning at 8 a.m. each day. More...




Barbara Elizabeth Neild Ballew, 73, wife of the late Bobby Gene Ballew Sr., of Seneca, S.C., died Friday, July 24, 2009 at her residence. Born in New Bedford, Mass., on Sept. More...


'Bible School' serves several purposes

Well, schools have been closed several weeks and the kids are antsy, looking for something to do. More...

Home & Garden

Local designers win national competition


Local owner and designer, Cheryl Kees Clendenon, of In Detail, received three awards including first place in the small bath category in the 2009 National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design Competition. More...

Five ideas for an elegant, eco-friendly bath

(ARA) - There are many ways to "go green" nowadays; it can often be difficult to decide which sustainable elements to incorporate into your own home. More...

Work out and garden all at the same time

(ARA) - With all the bending, lifting and stretching involved, gardening can be a fun and effective workout - if you know how to make the most of it. More...

UPDATE: Town could net 300 jobs

AppRiver plans expansion; Avalex Technologies interested in relocating

The Gulf Breeze City Council on Wednesday considered two special requests to allow for potential future economic development within the city limits that could encourage growth worth an estimated $20 million. More...

Israeli Boy & Girl Scouts lend hands

Pam Brannon/Gulf Breeze News Members of the Tzofim Movement (Israeli Boy and Girl Scouts) gather after contributing to a Pensacola Habitat for Humanity home-building project in Gulf Breeze. More...

County limits firing range

Dr. William Howe II and his friends can still shoot target practice with their semi-automatic weapons on his firing range in Gulf Breeze. But they can now only shoot five times within 24 hours. More...



Island News

Hilton, Hampton, Holiday Inn

MacQueen's Gulf front hotel empire expands with help from credit unions

Special to Gulf Breeze News Through a ground-breaking partnership featuring a bank and two credit unions, Innisfree Hotels, Inc. has acquired $38 million to construct a 206-room Holiday Inn on Pensacola Beach. More...

SRIA may extend pier lease

Pier operat o r Mike Pinzone may get the opportunity to make improvements to his pier concessions now that the SRIA has tentatively approved an 18-year extension of his lease, with conditions. More...

It's official

Lisa Newell/Gulf Breeze News It's official The central beach has long been referred to as Casino Beach in reference to the large building that once graced the site. Now the name is official, with the posting of a large sign by the Island Authority. More...


Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

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

Felonies 7/20/2009 Ryan, Timothy James William, W/M, 18, 5000 block of Evergreen Drive, Gulf Breeze, burglary and larceny. Yates, Larry Dwayne, W/M, 47, 9000 block of Deer Lane, Navarre, violation of probation. More...

Gulf Breeze Police Department Incident Report

Information provided by the Gulf Breeze Police Department.

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Gulf Breeze Fire & Rescue

Information provided by Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Department.

Weekly Activity Report For the week of July 18 through July 24, Gulf Breeze Fire & Rescue was called for nine emergencies. More...


GBHS still waiting for final numbers

Basketball coach one of three teachers waiting to get rehired; school gets new asst. principal, dean

While most of the cuts mandated by the county have been made at Gulf Breeze High, the school is still waiting to hear whether three spots will be refilled, including girls basketball coach Jarrod Denmon. More...

Dolphins excel at 7-on-7 tournament

JV team wins tournament; varsity wins three straight before falling in semifinals

It was a good day for the Dolphin football program Friday at a 7-on-7 tournament at Fort Walton Beach High School. More...

Five Questions with girls soccer coach Ryan Davenport

The fifth in our summer-long series Five Questions continues this week with new girls soccer coach Ryan Davenport. 1. You're a Gulf Breeze native. What prompted you to come back to your alma mater? More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 30 Santa Rosa County School Board 1st Public Hearing on Budget Presentation 6:30 p.m. More...


Economic tide, fuel prices rise

As the saying goes, "a rising tide lifts all boats." The stock market's rally of the past two weeks raised the Dow Jones Index past 9,000; a milestone not seen since January. More...




It's time for mankind to return to moon

In this week's paper, I share with readers some of my impressions of a recent visit to the Kennedy Space Center that by design coincided with the 40th anniversary of man's first walk on the moon. The space program always has fascinated me. More...

Remember ABCs when evacuating pets

It is hurricane season again, and as a veteran of several hurricanes I always worry about preparing for the next "big one." Here are some tips I learned from different sources. The first thing is to make yourself a checklist. It is a short list. More...