February 16, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Chase, burglaries keep police on the go

¦ Driver of car blasts through toll booth gate, escapes; 2 men charged in Montrose burglaries

A stolen car being pursued by two Gulf Breeze Police vehicles Monday night crashed through a toll-booth gate on Pensacola Beach, and the unidentified driver avoided apprehension, Police Chief Robert Randle said Tuesday.  More...

Meade, Harper earn National Merit status

Alex Meade and Brandon Harper, seniors at Gulf Breeze High School, are known by their classmates as rather quiet, unassuming young gentlemen whose actions speak louder than words.  Their considerable accomplishments, however, speak volumes. More...

Special Sections



Rotary seeks Citizen of Year nominations

Gulf Breeze residents have the opportunity to nominate one of their neighbors as Citizen of the Year for 2011.  The Gulf Breeze Rotary Club is accepting nominees for that honor through Feb. More...

Transportation tops agenda at 3 meetings

The Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is in the process of conducting a Corridor Management Plan (CMP) for U.S. Highway 98 from Pensacola Bay Bridge to the Okaloosa County line. More...

18th Arts Fest is March 10-11 at high school

The 18th annual Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts 1012 arts and crafts festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, at the Gulf Breeze High School parking lot.  Proceeds are used to help produce the event, for scholarship awards More...


Gulf coast celebrates Mardi Gras

Milton Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 16  At 6 p.m., the parade will roll down Stewart Street south from Milton High School, east on Berryhill Street, and south on Willing Street, ending behind the County Courthouse. More...

Week brings jazz, gumbo and Mardi Gras fun


Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22) is fast-approaching, and that means the Mardi Gras festivities are peaking along the Gulf coast. There are also a couple of coming events serving up some great cajun cuisine. Thursday, Feb. 16 More...


Presidents Day means no school on Monday

There will be no school on Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of the federal holiday of Presidents Day.  Formerly known as Washington’s Day in honor of the birthday (Feb. More...

SoundWave Band campaigning for new uniforms

One of the most active and recognizable student organizations at Gulf Breeze High School is marching full-steam ahead in a campaign to raise funds to purchase new uniforms.  The GBHS SoundWave Band, with over 80 members, is asking the community More...

Gulf Breeze Middle School’s Science Olympiad team excels in recent district competition

The Gulf Breeze Middle School Science Olympiad team swept top honors in the recent district competition at the University of West Florida. More...


Run for the World sign-up under way

The clock is ticking as registration continues for the Run for the World 5K Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 a.m. at the Fairpoint Campus of the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church.  More...




Sanders “Sandy” Hatfield Bradshaw, 83, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012.  Bradshaw was born Jan. 12, 1929 in Atlanta and raised in Lake City. More...



Joseph Rene Chauvette, 78, of south Santa Rosa County, passed away on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012.  Chauvette was born June 11, 1933 in Manchester, N.H., the 13th of 14 children to Dorilla and Roseanna Chauvette. More...



Lou Dickinson, 79, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at his home.  Dickinson was born Nov. 1, 1932 in Falls Township, Pa., to Verne O. Dickinson and Mildred Reeves Dickinson. More...

Home & Garden

Crumbs' Cakes Dazzle

VICI PAPAJOHN Prepare your taste buds for another amazing event this year at the Panhandle Cake Crumbs (Creating Really Unusual and Mouthwatering  More...

Gulf Breeze still right choice for local Japanese family

It’s been almost five years since the  Hashida family moved to Gulf Breeze from Tokyo. More...

Pensacola celebrity chefs get encore invitation to NYC

Most chefs would agree that the crowning achievement in the culinary industry is to be invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York City – the feather in the chef’s cap, so to speak. More...

Dolphins' boys basketball season ends in Region semis

Gulf Breeze gets knocked out early in 65-35 defeat

   PANAMA CITY -- The Rutherford Rams scored the first 23 points of the game on their way to a 65-35 win over Gulf Breeze in a Region 1-5A boys basketball semifinal Tuesday night.     Gulf Breeze (17-9) missed its first 15 More...

SRIA okays $25 million roadway plan

Opinions varied as beach considers elevated avenue

Despite the large crowd gathered to express disapproval with either plan to improve Pensacola Beach, five members of the Santa Rosa Island Authority board voted to proceed with recommending plan B, the proposal featuring an elevated roadway over a pe More...

DeMaria contribution helps album nab Grammy

¦ ‘Gaia,’ however, falls short against legendary Metheny

Gulf Breeze recording artist Dr. Michael Brant DeMaria inched closer to the music industry’s mountaintop Sunday when a compilation album he contributed to in 2011 won a Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album.  More...



Island News

Kids and kritters have their day

Mardi Gras is in full swing on the island

Though cool, wet weather is currently being forecast for Sunday’s Pensacola Beach Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras parade, organizers and attendees are expecting the weather to clear and the usual big crowds to appear on the island.  More...

It’s worth the effort to plan for a cold snap

It was COLD on Sunday. Now, for all of you who moved here from somewhere in the northern part of our great country, I don’t want to hear about what “real” cold feels like. More...

Island poised for success, Lee says

Using  2011 as a guide,  Buck Lee, Executive Director of the Santa Rosa Island Authority, is planning for an even more successful 2012.  “Some of our beach businesses saw stellar numbers and we expect the trend to continue throug More...


Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Report

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

Felonies  2/7/2011  Schultz, Deborah Carol, W/F, 57, 8100 block of Fourth Street, Navarre, violation of probation.  2/8/2011  More...

Emergency Reports

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

GB Fire & Rescue   For the week ending Feb. 12, Gulf Breeze Fire and Rescue was called for 8 emergencies. More...

Police Report

Information from Gulf Breeze Police Department

Videotape evidence prompted several callers to identify the man suspected of burglarizing the Gulf Breeze Texaco station between Feb. 8 and 9. The suspect gained entrance by smashing a rear window. More...


Ezelle staying busy

It was perfectly understandable if Katelyn Ezelle slept in Sunday – she’s been plenty busy lately.  On Friday, Ezelle was one of several GBHS seniors who got accepted to the University of Florida. More...

Dolphin hoops playoff-bound

GBHS earns first playoff berth since ’03, plays at Rickards tonight after 52-47 loss in district final

The third time was almost the charm for the Dolphin basketball team Saturday, but missed free throws down the stretch proved costly as the Rutherford Rams edged Gulf Breeze 52-47 in the District 1-5A title game Saturday.  “Free throws dete More...

Odometer hits dubious milestone in hectic week

Because of the successes of GBHS’ winter sports teams, I, once again, was burning up the road in my car, getting from place to place.  More...

Calendar of Events


Monday, February 20 SRC Commission Committee 9 a.m., County Administrative Center, Commissioner's Board Room, 6495 Caroline Street, Milton SRC Economic Development Trasition Committee 3 p.m., County Administrative Center, Com More...


Prices up almost 6 cents in past week


Average retail gasoline prices in Pensacola rose 5.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 a gallon Sunday.  This compared with the national average that increased 3.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.47, according to gasolin More...

When should you start taking advantage of Social Security?

If you’re of a certain age, the new year means you’re that much closer to a day you might have anticipated with a combination of humor and resignation – specifically, the day you’re eligible for Social Security. More...



Full Story

FDOT toll poll limits, steers responses

When someone asks your opinion, you think that they are actually going to value it. More...

Agencies have eye on FairDistricts standards

On Feb. 9, the Florida Legislature passed a Congressional redistricting plan that does not comply with the new FairDistricts standards in the Florida Constitution.  More...