June 30, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Online sting nabs Midway man, others

¦ 42-year-old accused of using Internet, social networking sites to solicit sex with minors

A middle-aged Midway man was among 25 men arrested on felony charges after an intensive week-long undercover operation involving multiple law enforcement agencies determined they were using the Internet to arrange sexual encounters with minors. More...

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Community

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Gulf Breeze News Art Director Denise Lukas met Gov. Rick Scott during the Florida Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference on June 23 in Orlando. More...

Republican Club to hear Broxson

The Republican Club of Santa Rosa County will hold its next monthly meeting and Dutch treat dinner at The Club at Hidden Creek, 3070 PGA Boulevard in Navarre at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday July 5. The featured speaker will be Florida Rep. More...

Free veterans benefits seminar is Saturday

University Pines retirement community, located at 8991 University Parkway in Pensacola, is offering a free veterans benefits seminar on Saturday, July 2 at 10 a.m. More...

News

Santa Rosa remains under burn ban

With more than 95 percent of Santa Rosa County exceeding 600 on the Florida Division of Forestry’s Drought Index, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners enacted a burn ban on June 23.  More...

Heat wave keeping fire department on its toes

It might be hot, but the living is not always easy in Gulf Breeze.  The Gulf Breeze Volunteer Fire Department (GBVFD) has responded to a record number of calls as of late.  “Over the past two to three months, we’ve had a lot of More...

Emergency Reports

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

GB Fire & Rescue   For the week ending June 24, Gulf Breeze Fire & Rescue was called for 12 emergencies. More...

Sports

GBSA 6s win Dizzy Dean North Florida State Tournament

The Gulf Breeze 6-under All-Stars scored 21 in the game's final 23 runs to beat Tiger Point 21-6 in the final of the Dizzy Dean North Florida State Championships Sunday at Exchange Park.  More...

Dolphin football begins summer 7-on-7 play

The Gulf Breeze Dolphin football team used its depth to wear down the Baker Gators to win its first 7-on-7 game in Baker Thursday.  The final score, which gave six points to each touchdown, two points per extra point conversion from 10 yards out More...

Photos

South winners From left: Brian Parker subbing for Jim Morgan and Catherine Kane defeated Truli Hartley and Wade Wilson in the South final of the recent Heads and Tails Tennis Tournament at The Club. More...

Business

Pump prices slip another nickel in past week

GAS WATCH

Average retail gasoline prices in Pensacola have fallen 5.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.46 a gallon Sunday. More...

Home & Garden

Add to your 4th of July barbecue repertoire

(ARA) – Grilling is one of the great American rites of summer, but your average burgers and brats can only take you so far. More...

Prune gardenias and hydrangeas at end of flower season

Hydrangeas and gardenias are two of our most beloved shrubs in the South. They are revered for their flowers and are planted in large drifts throughout Northwest Florida.  Gardenia shrubs are evergreen and produce shiny, dark green leaves. More...

At Verona and Mike’s, the tomatoes taste like tomatoes!

If you’re looking for the freshest, tastiest tomatoes and peaches on the Gulf coast, pay Verona and Mike a visit at one of their produce stands.  Verona Lanier and Mike Alcott have been business partners for three years, selling peaches an More...

3% bump helps county workers fund retirement

¦ One-time measure offsets state-imposed ‘contributions’

Santa Rosa County employees will receive a three-percent supplement to reimburse them for the threepercent the state is requiring county employees to pay into the Florida Retirement System beginning on Friday. More...

Caution! Fireworks plus drought equals dangerous mix

¦ Fearing dangerous sparks, city bans fireworks in parks

With more than 95 percent of Santa Rosa County exceeding 600 KBDI on the Florida Division of Forestry’s Drought Index, the City of Gulf Breeze has enacted a fireworks ban including sparklers in all city owned parks. More...

Firearms ordinance repealed

Santa Rosa County no longer has control over the discharge of firearms in backyards or public parks as of this week. More...

Council addresses Deadman’s Island issue

Gulf Breeze City Council talked Wednesday at its Executive Committee meeting about changes to an ordinance establishing a motorfree zone between Deadman’s Island and offshore breakwater structures.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservati More...

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Island News

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire

I got a Big Green Egg for Father’s Day. It is awesome. In the week that we’ve had it we have already cooked on it five times and had pork tenderloin, asparagus, venison sausage, bratwurst, and a whole chicken. More...

Entertainment

Archaeology exhibit features history of trade with Cuba

The Destination Archaeology Resource Center (DARC) in Pensacola opened a new museum exhibit inside the “Roadtrip Through Florida Archaeology” last week.  More...

Here’s the scoop on local 4th of July celebrations

Pensacola Beach 4th of July Celebration   The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the 4th of July Fireworks starting at 9 p.m. More...

Pensacola Little Theatre has three great shows on the July schedule

FUN BRIEFS

Pensacola Little Theatre has three great shows in July, beginning with The Pied Piper of Hamelin.  Rats are taking over Hamelin, eating everything in sight and frightening the citizens. Nobody, including the greedy mayor, knows what to do. More...

School

She’s one busy lady

¦ First in a series Spend a typical day in Lilly Ewens’ shoes at Gulf Breeze High School, and you’ll probably be soaking your aching feet before bedtime. More...

2011-12 SANTA ROSA CO. SCHOOL CALENDAR

Pre-planning Aug. 15-19 Classes start Aug. 22 1st semester exams Jan. More...

‘Change’ coming for 2011-2012

GBHS

Change is coming to Gulf Breeze High this fall. New Principal Jason Weeks is taking over for retired Sylvan Ladner and is transitioning into the position now. More...

Faith

GBUMC’s Spencer to deliver 1st sermon

Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church welcomed its new incoming senior pastor last Sunday in a whirlwind tour of worship services.  Dr. Lester Spencer Jr. More...

‘For those who love God, all things work together for good’

My family and I arrived in Okinawa, Japan, the day following a typhoon.  More...

Obituaries

RICHARD AGOSTIN

1929-2011

Richard Calvert Agostin, 81, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2011.  More...

WARREN ANDERSON

1921-2011

Warren G. Anderson, 89, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2011.  Anderson was born Oct. 17, 1921, in Centrahoma, Okla. He spent post-war time in Germany assisting the transport of troops back to the United States. More...

JOHN BOUFFARD

1930-2011

John Henry “Jack” Bouffard, 80, a former longtime resident of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in Pensacola.  More...

Opinion

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Here’s my idea for realty TV show: ‘Expedition Impossible: NW Florida’

I’m not a fan of reality TV because I get enough reality all day long. More...

On the Spot:

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate Gov. Rick Scott’s first six months in office?

“6. I think he still has some room for improvement.” Freda Dieffenthaller More...