March 11, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Spring Break means teens’ fake ID usage will increase

It’s Spring Break, and college students from across the country are flocking to the white sandy beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast.   More...

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Arts festival returns to city this weekend

Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc., and the City of Gulf Breeze will host the 16th annual Celebrate the Arts Festival this weekend.   The two-day family event runs Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. More...

Local Girl Scouts go ‘CSI’ during field trip


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) graciously opened its doors to welcome Girl Scout Troop No. 536 from Gulf Breeze on Tuesday, March 2.   The girls are in the process of completing a Studio 2B badge: Uncovering the Evidence. More...

Holley Navarre seniors plan yummy pancake breakfast

The Holley Navarre Senior Association will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 13 from 7 until 10:30 a.m. at the E.H. Pullum Senior Center in Navarre, across from the Navarre Library.   More...


Vernal equinox announces Spring

We spring forward to Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 14th, and the new moon falls on March 15th. More...

Nina, Pinta return to Gulf Coast

The Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships, will return to the Gulf Coast March 10 through their early departure Monday morning March 15th.   More...

Gaze at the stars in National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore’s stargazing programs will held on Friday, March 19 from sunset to 10 p.m. at the Battery Worth Picnic Area at Fort Pickens Area. More...


Barracudas win Spike and Splash Tourney

¦ U-14 team loses 17-15 in Game 3 of U15 semis; U16s take second

The Pensacola Beach Volleyball Club’s 17-under team was perfect in their inaugural Spike and Splash Tournament, beating the Mobile Storm 25-17, 25-13 in the championship game Sunday at Navarre High School. More...

Dolphin soccer seniors commit to playing college ball

¦ Begley to play at Merchant Marine Academy; Sperry at Chaminade

In what could be the first two of several, GBHS Dolphin soccer seniors Jack Begley and Hayes Sperry signed paperwork to play college soccer last week. More...

Sports Schedule

Thursday, March 11 Tennis at Catholic, 3 p.m. Softball vs. Washington (JV 5 p.m., Var. 7) Ninth grade baseball at Pace, 6 p.m. Friday, March 12 Track at Pace Invitational, 10 a.m. Baseball vs. PHS (JV 5, Var. More...




Mary Ruth Harrison, Ph.D., 86, of Gulf Breeze, passed away Thursday, March 4, 2010 following a brief illness.   More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 11 Santa Rosa County Commission 9 a.m., County Administrative Center, 6495 Caroline Street, Milton   Santa Rosa County Local Planning Board 6 p.m., County Administrative Center, Milton   Monday, March 15   More...


Shanks receives Certified Financial Planner certification


Scott Shanks of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Gulf Breeze has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the certification marks CFP. More...


Robert Gleim (left) of Bamboo Willie’s passes the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s gavel on to Don Ruth of Covenant Hospice during the 2010 Awards Gala on Feb. More...

21st Gulf Breeze Expo still has openings

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 21st Annual Gulf Breeze Expo on Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center, 800 Shoreline Drive.   More...


SRC education funding inequity ludicrous

As the Florida legislature moves through the 2010 Session, several actions (or inactions) are key to the future of local schools. More...


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Chamber president thanks military volunteers


On behalf of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and 2010 Gala Committee, I would like to thank and commend the outstanding service provided by the NATTC Pensacola Mech Department, Airframes Division volunteers and their supe More...

Legislature rolls back unemployment compensation tax

¦ First priority of session is recharging the state’s economy and putting Floridians back to work

Florida lawmakers promptly passed legislation last week that will help keep Floridians working, prevent layoffs, bring a degree of economic certainty to help create new jobs and foster economic growth in Florida.   More...

County considers regulations for wind-turbine generators

Alternative energy sources help save money

Santa Rosa County’s first wind turbine now sits in the south end in Midway, atop Midway Mini Storage. More...

Woodlawn probes potential drug case

A Woodlawn Beach Middle School student was suspended last Thursday when authorities discovered what was believed to be illegal drugs in the student’s possession.   More...



Island News

Throngs weigh in on beach master plan

The crowd attending the Santa Rosa Island Authority’s public input meeting on the proposed Master Plan spilled into the lobby and onto the front steps Friday afternoon. More...

You can’t trust the obvious

When driving on a side street recently, I came to a stop sign of a through street. As a good lawabiding citizen, I stopped, looked to the right, and then the left, and on the left was a car approaching with the right turn signal blinking.   More...

Pensacola Beach goes ‘green’ this week for St. Patrick’s Day

Irish eyes will smile on Pensacola Beach, March 12 through 17 during the Second Annual Go Irish on the Island celebration.   Children’s Events:   Saturday, March 13   10:30 a.m. More...


Emergency Reports

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

Gulf Breeze Fire & Rescue   For the week of Feb. 27 through March 5, Gulf Breeze Fire and Rescue was called for 18 emergencies. More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Report

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

Felonies   3/1/2010   Broxson, Cody Lee, W/M, 28, 7200 block of Bonnie Lane, Navarre, violation of probation.   3/2/2010   Sturdivant, Mark Anthony, B/M, 30, 9200 block of Deer Lane, Navarre, violation of probation. More...

Gulf Breeze Police Report

Information provided by Gulf Breeze Police Department

Cars burglarized at school   Lt. Rick Hawthorne of Gulf Breeze Police reported these incidents between Feb. 15 and March 1:   More...


Underfunding of school district alarms citizenry

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Board of Directors, Governmental Affairs and Education committees have joined together to send letters on behalf of the Santa Rosa County School District’s 2010 Legislative platform. More...


Gov. Charlie Crist Speaker Larry Cretul Senate President Jeff Atwater Sen. Don Gaetz Sen. More...

Contract dispute headed to hearing

The Santa Rosa County School District’s teachers’ union has rejected the opinion presented by the Special Magistrate in this year’s contract negotiations with the school district. More...


Winshape Camp coming to Gulf Breeze in summer


Gulf Breeze is one of 45 cities nationwide selected to host Winshape Camp this year.   Winshape Camps are an outreach ministry founded by Chick-Fil-A founder S. Truett Cathey to bring core values into a fun camping experience.   More...

‘Humidity’ threatens, permeates our lives

Can you remember back to the cold and very rainy days of January and February? The water level in the retention pond behind our school grew deeper every week. Moisture seemed to wick into everything. I couldn’t seem to get warm.   More...


Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.   Luke 6:37   More...

Home & Garden

Spring is in the air!

Time to sell? Your outdoor spaces can be the bonus buyers want

Many would-be home sellers are concerned about reduced housing prices, and those who are highly motivated are pulling out all the stops to make their homes more appealing than the competition.   More...

Top 11 Must-Haves for Spring


Dreaming of spring?

Keep warm weather home improvements on your wish list

A harsh winter may have many Americans dreaming of daffodils, green grass and open windows welcoming in fresh air. How will you celebrate a day of warm weather that signifies spring has arrived? More...