August 20, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Midway Fire, union agree to contract

Labor agreement gives firefighters more negotiating leverage

Two local fire service organizations last week entered into a historic new era of labor relations, solidifying an already strong working association that ultimately benefits the residents of Gulf Breeze/Midway. More...

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Tyner still enjoying islands; Ford wins car

Remember Chloe Tyner, the woman who is spending her third year working in the Caribbean for about four weeks? Where is she? We know that she was still on St John's Island in July and having a wonderful time. More...

Swenson Park picnic set

The Santa Rosa Shores Homeowners Association, Santa Rosa Shores Women's Club and The United Methodist Church (Life Center and Gulf Breeze) will sponsor an end of the summer picnic in Swenson Park. This event is scheduled on Saturday, Aug. More...

Elizabeth Bohannon to marry Nicholas Feilner

Tammy and Lewis Bohannon of Pensacola Beach announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth, to Nicholas Ryan Feilner. The couple will be married Nov. 28, 2009 at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church. More...


Wiggins' charge, bond increased by judge

Gulf Breeze News Pamela Long Wiggins, the Gulf Breeze woman charged as an accessory after the fact in the July 9 murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings in Escambia County, was jailed Monday after a circuit judge upped her charge and hiked her bond. More...

The Club Scene

Thursday 8/20 Bimini Beach Bar Live Entertainment. Paradise Bar & Grill Scott Holt, 6 p.m. Paddy O' Leary's Texas Hold'em 444 Fun, 7 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge Tim Spencer, 8 p.m. Bamboo Willie's Ladies Night, 7 p.m. More...

Local artist's work featured at Quayside Gallery


Friday, August 21 Local Hero performs at Sounds of Summer On August 21, at the Portofino Boardwalk Shell on Pensacola Beach, see Local Hero perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Music genres include rock, soul, blues and funk. More...


Field house construction starts next week

$1.7 million project will take 12 months to complete

While the 2009 Dolphin football team is preparing for the upcoming season, they won't get to enjoy their new field house until 2010. Construction on the near $1. More...

Meet the Dolphin JV, ninth grade football teams

While the 2009 Dolphin varsity squad is getting ready to play on Friday nights, the GBHS junior varsity and freshman teams will get the spotlight on Thursday nights. More...

Local college soccer players working way through preseason

Football players aren't the only ones going through a grueling preseason right now - several local college soccer players are also battling the sweltering heat as they prepare for the upcoming season. More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 20 Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Breakfast 7 a.m., Andrews Performance Research Pavillion, Andrews Institute, Gulf Breeze Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County Executive Committee More...


Much to Dad's chagrin, my golf exploits were no-go from start

Catching up on some of the recent Seniors golf competition, it was interesting to see some of the names that have been around for a number of years. Tom Watson, Boo Weekley, and the much younger Tiger Woods, who already seems perennial. More...

Ounce of prevention can prevent hip fractures


Hip fractures are a medical condition that has an enormous impact on the elderly, but it possibly is the easiest to prevent with good diet, supplements and a little exercise. Hip fractures are a common injury in the elderly. More...


Shingles in spotlight during 2 area events

Sacred Heart Hospital's SENIORSpirit! program will present a free seminar on shingles today, Aug. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rehabilitation Center at The Club in Gulf Breeze. The seminar will be presented by Dr. More...

Home & Garden

What new plants are you trying this year?

The fun of gardening is trying out new plants. Sometimes we are pleasantly surprised and sometimes we are just surprised. Here are a few of the "new-to-me" plants I am trying. The sword bean is an attention grabber. 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...

Zoo NW Florida closes before TDC can act

Wednesday's surprise announcement comes before tourist agency could vote on funding

The Zoo Northwest Florida closes permanently after owners decide a sufficient show of long-range support had not been shown by governmental agencies. More...

City plans to raise 2 tax rates

The Gulf Breeze City Council culminated monthslong discussions at multiple budget hearings concerning the need to rebuild reserves and fund long-delayed capital improvements with unanimous votes to raise both the Municipal Utility Service Tax (MUST More...

'Claudette' springs to life, then fizzles

Weak tropical storm makes landfall nearby, but its effects minimal

Claudette wasn't 'all that,' thank goodness. Tropical storm Claudette, the third of three named Atlantic Basin tropical storms to form Saturday and Sunday, made landfall at Fort Walton Beach at approximately 1 a.m. Monday. More...



Island News

DeLuna lands again

Reenactment was part of Pensacola's 450th Birthday celebration BY LISA NEWELL Gulf Breeze News

A crowd o f almost 3 0 0 filled the parking lot at Park West on Pensacola Beach Saturday morning to witness an event that, when it occurred the first time, was a turning point in history. More...

In golf, as in life, you have to play it as it lies

There is a wonderful story about monkeys and golfing as told by Gregory Jones. After the English had colonized India and established their businesses, they decided to build a golf course in Calcutta. More...

Chamber making plans for Taste of the Beach

Sea. Sip. Savor a Taste of the Beach, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20 on Pensacola Beach. Colorful canopies will line Casino Beach as island chefs present their delicious signature dishes. More...


Man gets DUI in drive-through

¦ Customer apparently passed out while trying to find change

A Burger King employee alerted police of a possible intoxicated driver after a man failed to make forward progress in the drive-through lane during the early morning hours of Thursday, Aug. 13. More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

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

Felonies 8/11/2009 Maddox, Christian Ferril, W/M, 18, 2700 block of Creeks Edge Lane, Navarre, aggravated battery. Rice, Brandon Jeffrey, W/M, 20, 9900 block of Parker Lane, Navarre, selling synthetic narcotics. More...

Emergency Reports

Information provided by Gulf Breeze Fire & Rescue and Midway Fire District

Gulf Breeze Fire & Rescue For the week of Aug. 1 through Aug. 7, Gulf Breeze Fire & Rescue was called for 16 emergencies. More...


Elite Repeats & Boutique

A Fashionista's Fantasy

Books, folders, paper... back-to-school shopping can be a drain on your pocket book before you even get to filling your closet! However, one local store offers Juniors, Misses and Women's clothing at prices that are sure to make you smile. More...

Four days before school starts, bus drivers still do not have contract

Most of the school bus drivers in Santa Rosa County's School District will start the school year in four days with no new contract. More...

Oriole Beach Elementary School

Administration, students get new assistant principal

Oriole Beach Elementary doesn't have many changes for parents and students this year, except for one - assistant principal Josh McGrew. More...




Charles "Chuck" Worthington McNemar, 79, of Gulf Breeze passed away Saturday, Aug. 15 after a brave fight against lung disease. McNemar was born and raised in Reynoldsville, W.Va. After two years in the U.S. More...



Thomas (Tom) Stanfill Siler, 81, of Lillian, Ala., a former columnist for the Gulf Breeze Sentinel, passed away Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009. Siler was born Feb. 21, 1928 in Columbus, Ohio, to Thomas D. and Hildreth (Staggs) Siler. More...


Up one week, down the next

Fuel prices ride late-summer rollercoaster with economy

What a difference a week makes. Just last week, NYMEX crude oil closed over $70 per barrel as investors responded to positive news from the U.S. More...

Emerald Coast Massage opening

Emerald Coast Massage Specialists of Gulf Breeze, LLC will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, Aug. 22 to mark its move to Gulf Breeze. The event will take place at 1198 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Suite 8, across the highway from Office Depot. More...

Pen Air Federal Credit Union plans grand opening of GB branch

Pen Air Federal Credit Union will celebrate the grand opening of its new Gulf Breeze branch with ribbon-cutting ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 3591 Gulf Breeze Parkway. The local community is invited to attend. More...




Many had hand in Tiger Point progress

It is super that we have a new playground, benches and covered trash receptacles finally at Tiger Point Park. Your article ('Tiger Point Park replaces playground equipment,' Aug. More...

Stand up, oppose socialized abortion funding


Like many families across the country, my own family is struggling to make ends meet, pay the bills and fill up the car with gas. Now President Obama wants to tax my family even more to pay for his healthcare bill. But that's not the worst of it. More...