March 17, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

County stays firm on trash decision

¦ Commissioners take another look at hauler contracts for south end

Waste Management and Waste Pro definitely will be the trash collectors servicing the south end of Santa Rosa County for the next three years. More...

Walmart Market nears approval

DRB approves plan; Council to hear public input on Monday

For months, representatives from Walmart have been working with city representatives to come up with a development plan that is acceptable to the developer and the City Council for the old Bruno’s grocery store in the 300 block of Gulf Breeze P More...

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Andrews Institute hosts free back pain seminar

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work, and the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office.  More...

Gumbo Cook-off just a week away


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.  More...

Don’t let this week’s sunburn hurt you later


One of the first signs that spring is coming was Sunday’s arrival of Daylight Saving Time. An extra hour of daylight each day means not just longer days but additional exposure to solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation.  More...


Gulf Coast goes green on Saint Patrick’s Day

The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting the third annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, “Go Irish on the Island,” March 11-17. The highlight is today’s (March 17) Pub Crawl, which visits eighteen beach locations. More...

Renowned psychic medium headlines Metaphysical Festival

Sharon Renae – renowned intuitive medium, psychic, non-denominational minister and author – headlines the 9th Annual Emerald Coast Metaphysical Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20, in Navarre.  The two-day festival will feat More...

Genre-busting Black Violin in concert at Pensacola State College

The Pensacola State College Black History/Multicultural Committee presents Black Violin 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio on the Pensacola campus. The concert is free.  More...


Wave holds inaugural Battle by the Bay

The Gulf Breeze Wave travel baseball program hosted its first ever Battle by the Bay Saturday and Sunday at Shoreline Park and Gulf Breeze High School.  The host teams (12U, 13U and 14U) were a combined 6-0 during pool play on Saturday, but went More...

Dolphins to send eight to sectional weightlifting meet next week at Arnold

GBHS finishes second in team standings behind West Florida

The Gulf Breeze Dolphin weightlifting team will send eight athletes to the March 28 sectional meet at Arnold.  The eight – Clayton Minnick, Connor Barretta, Ryan Wan, Nick Kocon, Tyler Manning, Kody Kelley, Aaron Nicholson and Adam Enzian More...

Sports Schedule

Thursday, March 17 Baseball at Navarre, 6 p.m.  Saturday, March 19 Track at Catholic High Invitational, 9 a.m.   More...




Frank Douglas Jr., 79, of Gulf Breeze, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2011.  Douglas was born July 24, 1931. He was a Korean War veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star. More...



Timothy Lee Higley, 51, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2011.  Higley was born Feb. 8, 1960 and was an avid baseball and softball fan.  More...


Believe it: Pump prices 3 bits higher than this time a year ago


Average retail gasoline prices in Pensacola rose 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.53 a gallon Sunday. More...

Here’s your 2011 tax season ‘checklist’

Tax season is here. You’ve got until April 18 to file your taxes, so it is a good time to think about some moves to help improve your situation.  With these thoughts in mind, here are some “tax-smart” moves to consider:  More...



Full Story

Publix employee needs your help through ‘Relay’

Publix Supermarket in Gulf Breeze has created a Relay For Life team this year dedicated to one of our associates, Dylan Ferraro. Dylan is a 16-year-old Front End Service Clerk (bagger), and he’s in the fight for his life.  More...

Legislative session an ‘emergency’ session


Last week, I gave my first State of the State Address, urging the Florida Legislature to not allow special interests to persuade them to turn their backs on you – the people who elected them. More...

Workshop targets oil spill claims

¦ Residents, businesses can learn more at 6 p.m. Monday, March 21

State Rep. More...

Imposter arrested for lewd behavior

¦ Man told real estate agents he was a wealthy potential homebuyer; lifeguard reports unwanted advances

The State Attorney’s Office has charged a Gulf Breeze man who claimed to be a wealthy doctor with 12 counts of falsely impersonating a doctor, 12 counts of unlicensed practice of a health care profession and engaging in a lewd and lascivious ac More...

Haynes sentenced to prison

¦ Midway man was nabbed after he used Internet to solicit sex

Kenneth Eugene Haynes, 60, of Midway, was sentenced in federal court on Thursday, March 10 for attempting to entice a minor female over the Internet and traveling to Alabama to engage in sexual activity with her.  More...



Island News

Extra $100K funds to improve beach trolleys

The Santa Rosa Island Authority on March 9 voted to get rolling on an improved trolley system and several other projects intended to enhance the Pensacola Beach experience.  More...

Things I’ve learned at Disney, so far!

Since you are a loyal reader of this column, and because you are completely interested in my personal life, and because you love a good run-on sentence, you know that my family is at Disney World this week for Spring Break. More...


Cemetery vase burglars caught

Two Santa Rosa County residents have been arrested and face multiple charges after investigations from three law enforcement agencies linked them to thefts of bronze vases from area cemeteries.  More...

City considers meeting center

The City of Gulf Breeze is considering the possibility of building a meeting center and banquet hall similar to Pensacola’s community center at Sanders Beach (above) on the Shoreline Park area More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

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

Felonies   3/8/2010  Osborne, Joshua Jay, W/M, 30, 7100 block of Knollwood Drive, Navarre, fugitive from justice.  More...


GBMS History Fair winners move on to county competition

Gulf Breeze Middle School students presented their History Fair projects to judges on February 24. More...

Oriole Beach classrooms earn Accelerated Reader awards

Richardson’s Rascals earn Master and Model Classroom Jean Richardson (center) sits with her second-graders, which recently earned Model and Master Classroom Awards for its performance in the Ac More...


When is enough enough?

Six core Biblical values for faithful financial living can do wonders

When is enough enough?  As consumer debt rises, so do the levels of stress on our families. Confronting our consumerist tendencies produces a wealth of benefits. But why is it hard deciding when enough is indeed enough?  More...

O’Brien to share music, testimony with GB Methodist Church

Singer-songwriter Michael O’Brien will perform at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church on Friday, March 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  O’Brien will be the special guest on Saturday, March 19, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. More...

Calvary Chapel expanding into Destin

A little more than one year ago, Calvary Chapel Gulf Breeze began a ministry for those in Destin through word and deed. More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 17Xtreme Networking GulfBreeze and Navarre BeachChambers noon, NavarreVisitors Information Center,8543 Navarre Parkway,NavarreMonday, March 21Santa Rosa County More...


Covenant hosts pair of workshops

Covenant Hospice is seeking individuals who are interested in making a difference in the lives of patients and families facing end-of-life issues and in supporting the organization.  A volunteer workshop will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. More...

Home & Garden

17th Arts Festival attracts thousands

The Gulf Breeze Arts Festival attracted thousands of visitors to the city on Saturday and Sunday as immaculate, sunsplashed weather conditions helped kick off the 2011 arts season. More...

Beach taxpayers stunned by AMT tax

Some beach residents who waited for the outcome of the Pensacola Beach tax lawsuit before paying their property taxes are getting a rude awakening -- a tax penalty on top of the taxes and 12 percent interest.  More...


Blue Angels return to Pensacola skies

The Blue Angels are back for the 2011 season. Practices begin at 8:30 a.m. and last about an hour. Viewing area is located on the Museum Flight Line behind the National Naval Aviation Museum. More...