February 24, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Thousands gather to honor ‘The Duke’

¦ Yancy Spencer’s life impacted all who knew him

Yancy Spencer III was known by many names – YS3, The Father of Gulf Coast Surfing and The Duke, to name a few.  He also filled many roles – husband, father, friend, professional surfer, businessman, hero and shepherd.  Regardles More...

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Proctor left corporate world behind

¦ Helping her children study sparked interest in teaching profession

Third in a series  Mary Ann Proctor has been nominated for Teacher of the Year at Gulf Breeze Elementary School several times in the past, but this is the first year she actually was awarded the title.  More...

Midway Fire still looking at merger idea

Midway Fire District and Holley-Navarre Fire officials are anticipating results from a International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) study that will help the departments determine whether consolidation of services or a possible merger are feasibl More...

When Gulf Breeze took its name, how much area was included, when did it change?

Countdown to 50: Gulf Breeze historical tidbits

The community of Gulf Breeze covered a geographical area in southwest Santa Rosa County from Town Point on the peninsula’s western tip to approximately present-day Navarre, especially for mailing purposes.  More...


Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Report

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

Felonies 2/16/2010 Haber, Carl Joseph, W/M, 40, 8200 block of Mercado Street, Navarre, sexual assault and lewd and lascivious behavior. 2/17/2010 More...

Emergency Reports

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

GB Fire & Rescue For the week ending Feb. 18, Gulf Breeze Fire and Rescue was called for 10 emergencies. These incidents included 7 medical calls, 1 activated alarm, 1 motor vehicle accident and 1 dispatched and canceled en route. More...

Council mum on Walmart Market’s variances request

¦ Public hearing scheduled for March 21 in business’ recruitment

Last November, the Gulf Breeze City Council granted nonbinding “conceptual approval” for the Walmart Company to be afforded several variances to bring a Walmart Market, complete with liquor store, to the long-vacant Bruno’s building More...


Dolphin wrestlers go 1-2 at state meet

All three of GBHS’ representatives at last week’s 2A state wrestling meet in Lakeland won at least one match, with two of them losing to eventual state champions.  More...

Walters signs tennis scholarship with NAIA school Lee University

Tonya Walters became GBHS’ third female tennis player in the last two years to sign a college tennis scholarship when she put pen to paper to play for Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. More...

Sports Calendar

Thursday, Feb. 24 Tennis vs. West Florida at Woodham Middle School, 3:30 p.m. Softball vs. Choctaw (JV 5 p.m., Var. 7) Friday, Feb.  More...


Pump prices cheaper in Pensacola area than national average


Average retail gasoline prices in the Pensacola area fell one-tenth of a cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.13 a gallon Sunday.  This compared with the national average that increased 4.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.16, a More...



Full Story

Iron Bowl filled with Spike 80DF-ed Kool-Aid

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Don’t drink the Kool- Aid?”  The idiom advises us not to believe in something firmly or blindly without critical examination. More...

On the Spot:

How did Yancy Spencer III’s life impact the Pensacola Beach area community?

“He brought surfing to the Gulf Coast, and he was a great Christian role model.” Katie Bowles/Gulf Breeze and Jessica Jantzen/Pensacola More...

2 trash haulers chosen

¦ Waste Management, Waste Pro yet to know which area of county they will serve

Santa Rosa County Commissioners last week chose two companies to offer trash collection for the next three years in South Santa Rosa County – one to serve the 32563 zip code zones, and one to serve the 32566 zip code areas.  More...

Motorist in cyclist’s death fined but avoids jail time

The motorist who collided with and caused the death of Gulf Breeze crosscountry cyclist Roger Grooters last October will not serve a jail sentence.  Eddie Hogg, 41, of Molino, pleaded no contest and was found guilty on a careless driving charge. More...



Island News

This is February?

70-degree weather and Yancy Spencer tribute lure thousands of patrons to Pensacola Beach

Bikinis, flip flops and coconut-scented suntan lotion were all over Pensacola Beach this weekend. Vehicles were lined up on the Bob Sikes bridge, waiting to pay the toll, with music wafting out of open windows. More...

Beach Chamber going green in March

The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the third annual Go Irish on the Island celebration March 11 through 17.  More...

DeLuna Fest changes the game

Concert organizers announced plans to expand the DeLuna fest music festival to four days, using six stages and partnering with Innisfree Hotels’ Hampton Inn, Hilton Pensacola Beach and Holiday Inn Resort to provide a resort experience.  More...


Gulf Breeze to ‘celebrate the arts’ March 12-13

Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc. and the city of Gulf Breeze are preparing for one of the nation's premium art festivals – Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts 2011.  The two-day famliy event will be held Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

February Mardi Gras fun parades into March

The official Mardi Gras celebration is scheduled for the first week in March, but the February calendar is overflowing with balls and other events.  Krewe of Avant Garde Ball, Feb. 25.   More...

‘Soundside Splendor’ around corner

The Children’s Home Society of Florida will present the 6th Annual “A Sunday of Soundside Splendor” on April 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. More...


WBMS sixth, seventh grade A/B Honor Roll announced

Mr. Victor Lowrimore, Principal, and the Woodlawn Beach Middle School Staff congratulate the following students for making the second nine weeks Honor Roll:  Sixth Grade   More...




Yancy Bailey Spencer III, 60, of Gulf Breeze, died suddenly from a heart attack while surfing in Malibu, Calif., on Monday, Feb. More...



Jimmy Dale Bright, 71, of Dothan, Ala., died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011.  Bright was born Oct. 30, 1939 in Snyder, Texas. He lived his early life in Pyote, Texas before joining the U.S. Army and serving two tours in Vietnam as an aviator. More...



Thelma May Ginn, 84, of Gulf Breeze, passed away Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.  Ginn was born on May 25, 1916, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Ethel L. Dickens Parnell and James H. Parnell. She married Leo F. “Cotton” Ginn in 1940. More...


Slide ride at 95 still exhilarating!

I recently read about an essay by a philosopher who dared to question Providence, saying in essence, “Meaning no offense, God, but had I arranged things, I’d let people be old first, and get it over with.”  More...

Home & Garden

Cantin tops Chamber’s elite

City receives 1st Lane Gilchrist Award of Excellence

A crowd of more than 250 people attended the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Awards Gala: “La Bella Notte” at New World Landing.  More...

Retirement reinvented

So, what are you going to do with yourself when you retire?  More...

‘Tax relief’ extended for Energy Star windows

Homeowners can receive up to $500 in tax credits for energy-efficient upgrades in 2011

(ARA) – Between 25 to 50 percent of energy used in a home goes right out the window – literally. More...