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Boardwalk gunfire lands couple in jail

¦ Woman was holding a baby during the fight; no one was injured

A Pensacola man accused of firing a gun on the Portofino Boardwalk at Pensacola Beach remained in jail nearly one week after the incident.  Joshua Allen, 18, was being held under $502,000 bond at Escambia County Jail for aggravated assault, poss More...

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Big wheel keep on turnin’

Using a time-lapse photography technique, the ferris wheel at last week’s GBHS Quarterback Club Spring Break Carnival takes on a stunning look. More...

Haz-Waste ‘Amnesty Day’ is Saturday

Amnesty Day, which offers south end Santa Rosa County residents the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at no charge, is scheduled for Saturday, March 26 from 8 a.m. More...

Countdown to 50: Gulf Breeze historical tidbits

What were the pros, cons of incorporation?

The Fact Finding Committee studying incorporation for Gulf Breeze drew up with the following advantages and disadvantages:  Advantages   1. Enact and enforce zoning ordinances.  2. Enact and enforce a building code.  3. More...


As the weather warms, a unique artwork forms

From a Northwest Florida beach, the observer swings binoculars past sunbathers to watch the Gulf sweep into a cove. More...

Choral Society of Pensacola presents Dvorák’s ‘Requiem’

The Choral Society of Pensacola presents Antonin Dvorák’s Requiem at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at Pensacola’s First Presbyterian Church, 33 E. Gregory Street, Pensacola.  More...

Get ready for some gumbo!

If you have a hankering for gumbo and want to help send local students to college, come on out to Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 for the sixth annual Gulf Breeze Rotary Gumbo Cook-Off.  More...


GBH wins three academic state titles

Boys, girls soccer; wrestling finish first in team grade point averages; title second straight for boys soccer

Their 3.402 team grade point average was the highest among 2A teams in the state.  More...

Droogsma one busy Dolphin

Sophomore competed in three spring sports, five this school year

While Spring Break may have been a time to relax for many students at Gulf Breeze High, it was a very busy one in the life of Austin Droogsma.  The middle child and only son of Mike and Patricia Droogsma competed in three different sports in les More...

Sports Schedule

Thursday, March 24 Softball at West Florida (JV 5 p.m., Var. 7) Tennis vs. West Florida, 3:30 p.m. Track vs.  More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 24Santa Rosa CountyCommission Regular 9a.m., County AdministrativeCenter, Commissioner'sBoard Room, 6495 CarolineStreet, MiltonSRC Commission SpecialRezoning 6 p.m., CountyAdminist More...


Finally, a little relief comes our way in terms of prices at pump


Average retail gasoline prices in Pensacola fell 6.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.46 a gallon Sunday. More...

Home & Garden

Covenant Hospice ‘Art of Fashion’ event raises over $24 K

For six years, Covenant Hospice has hosted its annual Art of Fashion Fundraiser to celebrate local clothing businesses and art. More...

An Evening to Remember dress sale ‘shows community love, support for Pope’

On Sunday afternoon the ballroom of the Hilton on Pensacola Beach was appropriately filled with – well, ball gowns.  Amassed to support "A Night to Remember Dress Benefit," the new and used dresses were on sale to benefit Gulf Breeze resid More...

Breezer chef named Celebrity Chef of Florida

On March 22, Visit Florida hosted a media reception to highlight "Untold stories of Florida." Tourism partners gathered from around the state to highlight upcoming events and attractions that they represent.  More...

Walmart Market gets Council’s blessing to open in 2012

After months of give and take, the Gulf Breeze City Council and Walmart representatives struck a deal paving the way for the grocery and retail giant to open a Walmart Market in the Gulf Breeze Shopping Center.  More...

Reeves is Rotary’s Citizen of Year

¦ Leader respected for his vision, activism that know no bounds

Gulf Breeze Rotary on Tuesday honored James J. More...



Island News

The Island goes Irish

Revelers “crawl” from pub to pub
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2 deaths mar Spring Break

Two recent deaths at Pensacola Beach emphasize visitors’ need to be wary of the risks that could ruin an otherwise pleasant trip to the beach.  More...

Roads close due to smoke and lifestyles

Sunday was a detour day for me. Instead of turning left on 98 and heading to Gulf Breeze Sunday morning, I had to turn right and drive all the way to the Navarre Beach bridge. More...


Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report

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

Felonies   3/15/2010  Conner, James Kenneth, W/M, 27, 8100 block of Carmona Street, Navarre, larceny.  Pigg, Robert Aron, W/M, 27, 1200 block of College Parkway, Gulf Breeze, larceny.  More...

Emergency Reports

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

GB Fire & Rescue   For the week ending March 18, Gulf Breeze Fire and Rescue was called for 12 emergencies. More...

GBPD kept busy during ‘Break’

Information from Gulf Breeze Police Department

Gulf Breeze Police officers had a busy week, responding to several reports of driving under the influence or alcohol possession, in addition to a range of other incidents.  On Tuesday, March 15, officers responded to a report about a suspicious More...


GBUMC collects $2K for Japan relief

In response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church last Sunday offered prayers and collected almost $2,000 for those affected.  More...




Geraldine “Jerry” Twiford Fox, 81, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2011, just shy of her 82nd birthday.  Fox was born in Wilmington, Del., to the late Jack Twiford and Esther Russell Twiford Frasier, and stepdaughter More...



Clare Schluter Barr, 88, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2011.  Barr was born Feb. 26, 1923 in New Orleans and lived there until she relocated to Gulf Breeze after Hurricane Katrina.  More...



Robert R. Brown Jr., 90, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2011.  Brown was born on May 24, 1920 in Michigan and resided there until 1987 when he moved with his wife, Barbara, to Gulf Breeze.  More...


Kapok makes bloomin’ good time

¦ Pink blossoms go perfectly in places that nature forgot; so, what’s your ‘miles per gallon?’

Each day lately, I pass a beautiful Kapok tree on my daily walk, and I can’t resist plucking four or five large pink blossoms (okay, some people insist these are orange, but sometimes the exact color of something is a matter of opinion). More...


Gulf Breeze Hospital unveils its brand-new Two Annex East wing

¦ Two East Annex ads 10 new beds, physical therapy gym to facility

Gulf Breeze Hospital officials have announced the facility’s new expansion – Two Annex East – should be open by next week, pending a Certificate of Occupancy. More...



Full Story

World events have potential to affect us greatly

While the rest of the world was enjoying the fantastic weekend weather Sunday, I spent an hour or so walking the crowded aisles of a local grocery store to stock up on the week’s necessities. More...

Reader questions decisions to close U.S. 98 for smog


I cannot begin to understand what the superintendent of the National Seashore Park Service, Dan Brown, was thinking last week as a major highway was closed for fear of fog mixed with miniscule amounts of smoke.  More...