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Tornado forces UA students to GB

¦ Conditions in Tuscaloosa were not safe following last week’s deadly storm

Gulf Breeze became a refuge for four University of Alabama students after the massive EF4 tornado of April 27 cut a swath of major devastation through Tuscaloosa and brought life there to a virtual standstill.  More...

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‘Relay’ pie- eating contest

What happens at 4:30 a.m. during Relay For Life? Alex Nguyen (seated, far right) of the Ocean's 13 wins the annual pie-eating contest against a host of friends and rivals. More...

GBHS Science Olympiad shines at state meet

Gulf Breeze High School team members won three two-person single-event championships, and the Dolphins finished third in the 2011 Science Olympiad state competition April 16-17 in Orlando.  More...

Countdown to 50: Gulf Breeze historical tidbits

How was the first water system established for Casablanca subdivision?

The man who was co-sponsor of the development was Will Coe, who had a home in Navy Cove. He was married to Minta Godwin. James Godwin, Minta’s nephew, was raised as a son by Will Coe and Minta. More...


Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Report

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

Felonies   4/27/2010  Roberts, Daniel Jason, W/M, 47, 1200 block of College Parkway, Gulf Breeze, aggravated battery.  4/28/2010  More...

Emergency Reports

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

GB Fire & Rescue   On Tuesday, April 26 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Gulf Breeze Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a gasoline leak at the Santa Rosa Yacht Club located at 300 Pensacola Beach Road. More...

Pair of thefts reported at local motel

Information from Gulf Breeze Police Department

Two hotel rooms reportedly were burglarized this week at the Bay Beach Inn. The occupants of the first room said they returned to their room on April 30 and discovered prescription medication was missing. There was no sign of forced entry.  More...


Lady Dolphins succumb 2-1 in 4A regional semifinals

Wakulla homer in 6th the difference

It appeared that Gulf Breeze and Wakulla were headed for extra innings for the third consecutive year, but Wakulla’s Brooklynn Tindall had other ideas.  Tindall’s solo home run in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the difference a More...

Nine bound for state in track

Droogsma siblings, Wein, Lewis, 4x800 boys, Villane advance

Nine members of the Gulf Breeze High track team will compete in Friday’s 3A state track meet in Winter Park.  More...

Dolphins drubbed at districts, 17-4

Shaking pitching by the Dolphins and a near flawless performance by the PHS Tigers added up to a 17-4, six inning win by the Tigers in the District 1-4A Tournament April 26 at Choctaw.  More...




Patricia Caffee Cowley, 75, of Bagdad, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2011.  She was born Oct. 26, 1935 in Norfolk, Va., and lived in the Santa Rosa County area for the past 30 years. More...



Allen S. Holliday, 96, of Gulf Breeze, died Friday, April 22, 2011.  Holliday was born in Tucson, Ariz., the oldest son of Allen and Mary Holliday along with 10 siblings. He retired CWO-2 from the United States Navy with 22 ½ years of service. More...



Martha Donaldson Turner, 64, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2011.  Turner was born Sept. 15, 1946 in Pensacola and later lived in Gulf Breeze. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. More...



Full Story

Tuscaloosa tornado had great, BIG teeth

Tuscaloosa has changed a lot since I graduated from the University of Alabama in May 2007. More...

On the Spot:

Are you surprised Osama bin Laden was found and killed?

“I wouldn’t say I’m surprised. We have been diligent in tracking him, and it was only a matter of time.” Kacey Bollrud Gulf Breeze More...

FDOT speeds up 3-Mile Bridge replacement

¦ Heart of city’s culture, economics might not get due consideration

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) met with city leaders last Wednesday to “kick off” the Project, Development and Environment (PD&E) Study on the replacement of the Pensacola Bay Bridge.  Problem is, the team from R More...

Ladner retiring as GBHS principal

¦ Thirty-seven-year veteran agrees to leave early to assist transition

Gulf Breeze High School will have a new principal next school year.  Principal Sylvan Ladner is eligible for retirement at Christmas time this year but decided to retire early to allow a new principal to begin transitioning prior to the resumpti More...

Bright Futures slashed by 20 percent

¦ College students, fall’s incoming freshmen to feel major hit in pocketbook

Bright Futures Scholarships offered by the state have been the only way some Florida students have been able to afford college over the past 14 years since its creation.  But every year, the program sees ballooning numbers of students applying a More...



Island News

Ghost stories at Fort Pickens

Folklorist, park volunteer and author of ‘Ghosts of Santa Rosa Island’ David L. More...

SRIA presents free Mother’s Day concert

The Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) will present a special Mother’s Day concert, “Symphony by the Sea,” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 8 at the Casino Beach Gulf Side Pavilion on Pensacola Beach.  More...

‘Ivan, Schmivan, Bring it on! ... Not!

Hurricane season around corner; complacency ill-advised

¦ Dreaded six-month period begins June 1, so start preparations now   No matter how much we don’t want hurricane season to come, it will arrive anyway on June 1. More...


‘Driving Miss Daisy’ at PLT this weekend


Pensacola Little Theatre's Studio 400 series presents "Driving Miss Daisy" for three remaining performances, May 6-8 in the Courtroom at the Pensacola Cultural Center, located at 400 South Jefferson Street.  Friday and Saturday performances begi More...

May brings lots of fun events to Gulf coast


May is here, bringng lots of fun events along the Gulf coast. More...


Popular fishing program lands at GB Middle

Gulf Breeze Middle School has been awarded a $1,000 grant to sponsor a fishing program for its students similar to the highly popular program started several years ago at Woodlawn Beach Middle School.  More...

Test scores carry incredible weight

With more than 3 million college admission tests administered each year, the American College Test (ACT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) are two of the most important exams that a high school student ever takes.  More...

5 expelled from GBHS for drug offenses

Nineteen students were expelled for a year from their particular schools by the Santa Rosa County School Board during its April meeting in Milton. Of those, 15 were expelled for marijuana possession, distribution, or being under the influence. More...


Spencer appointed pastor at GBUMC

Dr. Lester Spencer of Saint James United Methodist Church in East Montgomery, Ala., has been appointed to succeed Rev. More...


“Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  – Proverbs 22:5-7   More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 5READY, SET, READ 7:15p.m., Sylvan Learning Center,5668 Gulf Breeze Parkway,RSVP at 934-6111 by May 3Gulf Breeze ChamberBusiness DevelopmentCommittee 4-5 p.m., ChamberConference Room, 409 More...


Follow the bouncing ball: This week, prices shoot up by 8.5 cents


Average retail gasoline prices in the Pensacola area rose 8.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.84 a gallon Sunday. More...

Home & Garden

Fire ravages Oriole Beach business

¦ Venting 150-pound propane tank creates plume of fire 50 feet high

The investigation continued earlier this week into a spectacular late-afternoon fire on Friday, April 29 at Ken Griffin Landscape Contractors in the Oriole Beach area of Gulf Breeze.  More...

‘Bare-bones’ budget woes cause concern

¦ Midway Fire Commission to discuss possible millage rate hike

The Midway Fire District Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. More...

Mother’s Day: Sunday, May 8

How to find the perfect gift for moms

(ARA) – What woman in your life has most influenced you? Perhaps your mother, who has guided you since childhood. Or maybe it's your grandmother or wife who has supported you during your most unforgettable moments. More...