October 15, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Local theater to show sensory sensitive flicks

GB Cinemas 8 caters to children with autism, others with disabilities

Dasher loves the movies, but sometimes the sounds are just so overwhelming that he covers his ears or bolts for the door.   Sitting quietly – typical etiquette expected at the cinema – is another challenge. More...

CIO Joe Story vacates post at Andrews

Dr. Joe Story, Chief Innovations Officer at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, resigned Sept. 30 after accepting a job with a Destin waste conversion company. More...

Special Sections



Lifting in memory of a friend

Andy Tucker raises money for memorial fund supporting fitness

The Good Shepherd Lutheran School family is missing one of its most beloved members, Randy Halsall, who died Aug. 21 after a valiant battle against cancer and lymphedema.   More...

‘Life’s A Breeze Weekend’ Nov. 13-15

The City of Gulf Breeze and numerous Gulf Breeze community organizations are preparing for the first annual “Life’s A Breeze Weekend” to be held Nov. 13-15 at various locations throughout Gulf Breeze.   More...

Deanna Favre shares story of her life

Joe Culpepper/Gulf Breeze News Deanna Favre, wife of star Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, addresses a crowd of approximately 250 women on Saturday, Oct. More...


Pensacola Greek Fest offers sights, sounds and tastes

Pensacola’s 50th Annual Greek Festival takes place this year on Oct. 16-18.   Admission is free. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.   More...

October celebrates Hispanic Heritage

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, La Costa Latina brings back Expo Latino. This year, Expo Latino will be held at Santa Rosa Mall in Ft. Walton Beach/Mary Esther, Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. More...

‘Zombieland’ inspires laughs not screams


Director Ruben Fleischer's very first feature film, “Zombieland,” has taken perhaps the best stab at creating a mass market zombie outbreak to date. More...




Mary Jo Bookout, 73, of Pensacola Beach, passed away on Sept. 30, 2009.   Mary Jo was born June 26, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minn., to Ruth and Edward Kennedy. She also resided in Green Bay, Wis., and Troy, Mich., before moving to Florida.   More...



Monthon Lek Bell, 58, of Navarre, passed away on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009.   More...



Betty Sue Gabel, 77, of Gulf Breeze passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009.   Gabel was born Sept. 1, 1932. She retired from Baptist Health Care-Gulf Breeze Hospital after 26 years of dedicated service. More...


Plan for retirement – next week and every week

You might not see it on your calendar, but Oct. 18-24 is National Save for Retirement Week. More...

Cherry Fitch: portrait of a professional lady

Cherry Fitch Levin Rinke Resort Realty, Inc.

When former Gulf Breeze High School principal and 2005 Florida Principal of the Year Cherry Fitch "graduated" with the class of 2006 and retired, many in the community were left wondering what she could possibly do as a young woman retiring after 35 More...

Fireman Termite and Pest Control raises the service level of the Pest Control Industry

Mary Edna Lynn Logan Co- Owner Fireman Termite & Pest Control, Inc.

Mary Edna Lynn Logan is a very capable woman at the helm of a very maledominated arena, and she does a very good job. More...



Full Story

Proposed rate increase has justification

I have been a member of the South Santa Rosa Utilities (SSRU) Advisory Board for about 12 years and am currently the chairman.   The issue of City of Gulf Breeze ownership of SSRU and fairness to 32563 residents is a recurring one.   More...

Have concerns about Zoo? By all means, call me

It has come to my attention that there have been some comments regarding the operation of The Zoo Northwest Florida and implications of mismanagement. I am referring only to the 20 years that Animal Park, Inc., owned and operated The Zoo.   More...

Residents in 32563 argue hike

Proposed water/sewer rate increase irks SSRUS users

A proposed 8.5 percent water and sewer rate increase for South Santa Rosa Utility Services (SSRUS) customers in just the 32563 zip code has sparked controversy. More...

Gulf Breeze woman makes difference for disabled

Whitney Harris assists Florida Youth Council in helping empower people

Whitney Harris is not disabled, though she may appear to be. More...

Police cruiser involved in crash

Early indications are that officer might have been at fault in collision

Authorities this week still were investigating a three-car motor vehicle accident that occurred Thursday, Oct. 8 at the intersection of Andrew Jackson Trail and U.S. Highway 98 involving a city police cruiser.   More...



Island News

From Pensacola Beach to Nashville

Pearl Clarkin trains in country music capital in quest to become an American Idol

Pensacola Beach native Pearl Clarkin hopes a country music video shot on the island this summer helps vault her into a singing and songwriting career on the world’s biggest stages.   More...

One second can make a difference

While watching some snippets of football games played over the weekend, I was reminded again of the value of time and distance.   Of course, we all get the same amount of time – 60 seconds in every minute and 60 minutes in every hour. More...

Make fewer, bigger meatballs than more smaller ones

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County Republicans to meet tonight


The Santa Rosa County Republican Party will meet at 6:45 p m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 in the Red Roof Inn and Suites Conference Room at 2672 Avalon Boulevard near Interstate 10 in Milton. All registered Republicans are invited. More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Report

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

Felonies   10/6/2009   Boucher, April, W/F, 48, 2200 block of Lost Bottoms Lane, Navarre, battery and resisting an officer. More...

Emergency Reports

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

Gulf Breeze Fire & Rescue   More...


Winless teams square off Friday

Dolphins look to spoil Washington’s Homecoming

Coach Chris Nemith has had to find creative ways to motivate his team this season. Down big in most of their games at the half this season, Nemith has urged his team to win the second half.   More...

Lady Dolphin volleyball finishes district play perfect at 8-0

The Gulf Breeze Lady Dolphin volleyball team finished regular season play perfect in District 1- 4A play with a 25-11, 25-15, 25- 18 win over Washington Oct. 6 in Gulf Breeze. More...

Sports Schedule

Oct. 15 JV, ninth grade FB vs. Washington, 5/7 p.m. Volleyball at Milton (JV 6 p.m., Var. 7) Girls golf vs. Milton and Navarre at Tiger Point, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 Football at Washington, 7:30 p.m. Oct. More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 15 Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Breakfast 7 a.m., Andrews Research Pavilion, Andrews Institute, Gulf Breeze   Santa Rosa County Library Advisory Committee 4 p.m., County Administrative Center, 6495 Car More...


Because I love life, I’d like to do it again – even trips to grocery

Standing in the express lane at the store, I looked over at the regular line where a woman was pushing a loaded cart with one child in the seat and two others clinging to the side. More...

Home & Garden

Green living: Save energy on video games and home electronics

(ARA) - In today’s economy, consumers are looking to keep costs down and save on bills. Saving money can also save energy. More...

Stop those squeaky stairs

Q: The stairs down to my basement squeak like crazy when I walk on them. What’s causing this, too much humidity? -- Harriet S., Wheeling, W.Va.   More...

Orange and black caterpillars usher in autumn

Along Florida’s northern Gulf Coast, orange and black caterpillars are dining on local plants. Two very different orange caterpillars are present. One is the Gulf fritillary butterfly larva and the other is the oleander caterpillar. 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...