March 3, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

GB Blockbuster stores to close

¦ Competitors’ technology, company’s bankruptcy bring iconic rental video chain down

Residents who enjoy renting or buying movies at two Gulf Breeze-area Blockbuster Video stores soon will have to look elsewhere for their entertainment opportunities.  More...

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Tech job whets appetite for teaching

¦ GB Middle School’s Mary Graham goes from library to classroom

Fourth in a series  Mary Graham has worked at Gulf Breeze Middle School for about 23 years – but has only taught there for the past eight. More...

Broxson decries ‘bad faith’ by GCCF


State Rep. Doug Broxson spoke to the Gulf Breeze Rotary Club on Tuesday, urging every resident to file a claim with the Gulf Coast Claims Fund (GCCF).  More...

Time remains to get in on Gumbo Cook-off

The Gulf Breeze Rotary Club will stage its 2011 Gumbo Cook-off at Shoreline Park on Saturday, March 26.  The annual popular event raises funds for college scholarships for local students and also funds local community projects.  Cooking tea More...


City of 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 family event will be held Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

Mardi Gras gets month of March rolling

March is here and the weather along the Gulf coast is starting to warm up. More...

Pensacola Historical Society announces bus tour of Northwest Florida

Residents of Northwest Florida are invited to join the Pensacola Historical Society – a division of West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. More...


Chapman wins President’s Volunteer Service Award

Cheyenne Chapman, a senior at Gulf Breeze High, was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award last week.  “(Mrs. Hardee) told me to go to the Principal’s Office. She said I was in trouble. More...

WBMS eighth-grade Honor Rolls released

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


‘Sauce Boss’ performs Friday


Bill Wharton, also known as the “Sauce Boss,” has cooked gumbo on stage for more than 170,000 people. On Friday, March 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., he will be at the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church Soundside Campus at the corner of U.S. More...

Connect with your teen at SHH seminar

Parents, would you like to connect better with your teen?  Join Sacred Heart Hospital for “Real Love & Real Life,” a two-day retreat for seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls and their parents at the Sacred Heart Conference Ce More...


For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. More...


Hoo, boy! Pump prices skyrocket by 23 cents during past week


Average retail gasoline prices in the Pensacola area rose 23.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.35 a gallon on Sunday. More...

Home & Garden

Tiger Point Park has come a long way, baby!

Some wondered if they would ever see 10th anniversary

Tiger Point Park will open its 10th year of baseball and softball on Saturday and as the old cigarette jingle goes, they’ve come a long way, baby. More...

Animals’ welfare top priority for Seither, colleagues

Kathleen Seither of Gulf Breeze has been working as a foster pet volunteer for the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Fort Walton Beach for about 18 months. More...

Save time and money with proactive home maintenance

(ARA) – If you think home maintenance means fixing something only when it's broken, then you could be in for some costly surprises. More...

Council could scrub car-wash request

¦ Community Services Director says C-1 zoning not ‘compatible’

requested a zoning change to build a car wash on the corner of the Gulf Breeze Parkway and Daniel Drive. More...

Flip-flop? County rethinks garbage

¦ Backlash prompts leaders to reevaluate collection decision

Waste Management and Waste Pro might not be the trash collectors serving the south end for the next three years after all.  More...

Behrens, Schroth sentenced to prison

Two Gulf Breeze men learned their sentences last week stemming from a pair of felony criminal cases.  Walter A. More...

Lawmakers could override county

¦ Controversy over local shooting range apparently prompts pair of bills that would protect gun owners’ rights

It appears the National Rifle Association (NRA) has gone over the heads of the Santa Rosa County Commissioners after they basically closed down a personal NRAsanctioned firing range last year in Gulf Breeze using a noise ordinance.  More...



Island News

Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras parade is Sunday on Pensacola Beach

Sunny weather is in the forecast for Sunday’s Pensacola Beach Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras parade, and organizers are planning to see big crowds on the island.  Over 40 floats are registered for the parade, which will begin at 2 p.m. More...

SRIA considers memorial to Spencer

Yancy Spencer’s contributions to Gulf Coast surfing may be memorialized on Pensacola Beach, and Santa Rosa Island Authority board members are considering several options.  A marble park bench was suggested, and SRIA Executive Director Buck More...

Mother’s Day concert returning

Asalty breeze will carry the sounds of orchestra music to concert goers on Pensacola Beach as the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra will perform a special concert for Mother’s Day.  More...


Formal meeting facility might be constructed at Shoreline South

The Gulf Breeze City Council is considering building a formal meeting facility in the wooded area of Shoreline Park South.  Sam Marshall Architects was hired in December o conduct a feasibility study, and the group will present their work to dat More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Report

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

Felonies   2/24/2010  Poe, Adam, W/M, 36, 2100 block of Jeannie Street, Navarre, violation of probation.  Riley, Isaac Daniel, W/M, 20, 8500 block of Laredo Street, Navarre, burglary and larceny.   More...

Emergency Reports

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

GB Fire & Rescue   For the week ending Feb. 25, Gulf Breeze Fire and Rescue was called for 10 emergencies. More...


Savage signs with NASL’s FC Tampa Bay

FC Tampa Bay announces the signing of attacking midfielder Keith Savage (GBHS Class of 2003) last week to a oneyear contract, along with a one-year club option for 2012. Savage most recently played for Portland from 2009-2010.  More...

Weightlifters open with win over Catholic

The Dolphin weightlifting team started the 2011 last week with a 55-34 win over Catholic.  GBHS won six of the 10 weight classes. Dolphin results are as follows:  119 lb. class – 1) Clayton Minnick (145 lbs. bench press, 125 lbs. More...

Sports Schedule

Thursday, March 3 Softball at Washington (JV 5 p.m., Var. 7)   More...




Dorothy J. “Coot” Fleming, 83, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.  Fleming was born Oct. 19, 1927 in Weston, W.Va. to Cisco Jackson and Dorothy Helen Keister. More...



Michael L. Williamson, 61, of Gulf Breeze, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.  Williamson was born and raised in Talladega, Ala. More...


Learn how you can help during Red Cross Month

March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is asking people to join them in helping those in need by volunteering their time, making a donation, taking a class or giving blood.  More...



Full Story

Down-to-earth problems will be challenging

Traditionally, the week before start of the regular legislative session is unscheduled in order to allow Representatives and Senators to catch their breath before beginning the two-month ordeal of trying to produce a balanced budget for the State of More...

It’s high time we ‘Share a Little Sunshine’


Last week, we celebrated the diversity of our people and our state. First, we recognized students, teachers and business leaders as we observed Black History Month. Lt. Gov. More...