March 1, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Soundside gun range in sights of lawmakers

¦ Potential new law would make such gun fire a misdemeanor

All recreational shooting in residential neighborhoods across Florida soon could be illegal.  If the bill that just passed the Florida House of Representatives makes it through the Florida Senate and is signed by Gov. More...

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Sunset Drive expansion begins

Motorists in Gulf Breeze along South Sunset Drive will soon see a major expansion and renovation of the road when 10 feet are added to its total width. More...

Gulf Breeze Arts Festival is next weekend

On March 10 and 11 the City of Gulf Breeze and Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc. More...

Signs point to new store’s arrival

A worker installs the signage at the Walmart Neighborhood Market, which is scheduled to open March 14. More...


Fleeing motorcyclist hit by turning car

A Navarre motorcyclist fleeing a law enforcement officer was seriously injured Monday evening when he was struck by a car that was turning from U.S. Highway 98 into the Pensacola State College South Service Center in Midway.  More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Report

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

Felonies  2/22/2012  Alford, Omar Acuna, W/M, 38, 8200 block of Tavira Street, Navarre, failure to appear.  Garcia, Hamilton Rufus, H/M, 54, 3400 block of Greenbriar Circle, Gulf Breeze, violation of probation.  More...

Pensacola man ticketed for going 100 in 45-mph zone on bridge

Information from Gulf Breeze Police Department

Gulf Breeze police arrested a man traveling 100 miles per hour over the Pensacola Bay Bridge.  On Monday, Feb. 27 at 1:20 a.m., Ulonzia D. Meeks, 27, of Pensacola, was stopped for speeding in a 45-mile-per-hour zone. More...


Thespians bound for Tampa

‘Drowsy Chaperone’ will be in Main Stage spotlight

The Gulf Breeze High School Drama troupe recently won the highly competitive honor of taking their two-act comedy ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ under the direction of Margie Timmons to Main Stage at the State Thespian’s Competition in Tampa on More...

GB Middle School Band collects top honors at festival


Gulf Breeze Middle School band students earned 149 Superior ratings and 11 Excellent ratings from the recent district Solo and Ensemble Festival held Feb. 18 at GBHS. More...

Wind, jazz ensembles to play


The Pensacola State College Lyceum Series presents the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 at the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, Building 8, on the Pensacola campus.  More...


Olive Baptist invites all to Expo/Carnival

Families can expect a unique experience Saturday at Olive Baptist Church’s Adventure Weekend.  The free public event starts at 10 a.m. with the Family Expo & Carnival. More...

Calendar of Events


Thursday, March 1 SRC North End Tourist Development Committee 8:30 a.m., Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce 5247 Stewart Street, Milton SRC Zoning Board: Wellfield Protection Area Modifications 6 p.m., County Administrativ More...

Home & Garden

Not just fun – new parks offer safety, sustainability

New and refurbished playground equipment has been popping up all over Gulf Breeze parks like fresh flowers after a good rain. More...

Join the fight against invading alien species

Observe National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW), February 26 through March 3, by learning about alien plant and animal species whose introduction does (or is likely to) cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.  Here More...

Some WBMS students to be rezoned

¦ School district acts to relieve overcrowding of 1,000-plus students

Woodlawn Beach Middle School is the most overcrowded school in the Santa Rosa County School District at 101 percent capacity. More...

Snorkel trail receives $10,000

¦ Monies will be released in July, education kiosks to be deployed in September

The Florida Bureau of Historical Preservation (FBHP) has awarded a matching grant of $5,000 to help fund the development of the Deadman’s Island underwater maritime educational snorkeling trail.  The trail will feature the natural resource More...

City eyes height restrictions

¦ Clarification sought that would affect commercial properties

In an attempt to unify the building codes for commercial and residential properties, the Gulf Breeze City Council will consider amending the Land Development Code.  More...



Island News

’Round and ’round she goes

SRIA committee advances 180-foot Ferris wheel proposal

I ’ m totally opposed to that wheel. It’s just stupid. This is not Paris,” Karen Jurkowich said of the proposed ferris wheel attraction on Pensacola Beach.  More...

Buried in the sand

Accumulating dunes burying wooden beach walkovers

Several years ago, powerful hurricanes swept through the area and washed away many of the beautiful rolling dunes of Pensacola Beach.  The good news: the dunes along Pensacola Beach are rebuilding. More...

Master plan opponents file ethics complaint

Did the Santa Rosa Island Authority board violate Florida Sunshine Law at its Feb. 8 meeting?  More...


Festivals bloom in March

Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire   Get Medieval at the Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire, 10 a.m. More...

Q: Where, oh where have you gone, Spring Break?

After graduation, it’s sayonara to this occasion

A: Keely McKissack   After graduating from the University of Florida back in April 2011, I thought my first year breaking into the business world would be all ups and no downs.  I also thought my reasoning for this was pretty solid: Would a More...

March begins with Florida Archaeology Month events

March is the time for celebrating Florida history!  Coordinated by the Florida Anthropological Society and the Florida Division of Historical Resources, Florida Archaeology Month is celebrated throughout the entire state during the month of Marc More...


GBHS hoop season ends

Rutherford hits nine 3-pointers in 65-35 win over Dolphins

Two weeks ago, the Gulf Breeze Dolphin basketball team took a couple of body shots from Rickards and was able to survive and win its first ever regional tournament game.  But last week, the Rutherford Rams recorded an early knockout, scoring the More...

Dolphin baseball needs extra innings to beat West Florida

Sacrifice fly in eighth the difference

The Gulf Breeze Dolphin baseball team got a sacrifice fly from Taylor Baynes in the bottom of the eighth as it edged West Florida 2-1 in a District 1-5A game Feb. More...

Administrator by day, coach (again) by night

GBMS Principal Cobb returns to bench to help long-time friend Pena coach at PSC

When Richard Cobb said yes to longtime friend Pete Pena last summer, he wasn’t only rekindling an old fire – he was also paying back a favor.  Cobb, in his third year as prinicipal at Gulf Breeze Middle School, finished up his first More...


Prices up more than 11 cents in a week


Average retail gasoline prices in Pensacola rose 6 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $3.64 Sunday. More...



Full Story

Here’s a toast to you, Gulf Breeze

This issue of Gulf Breeze News marks my last as a member of this community newspaper. More...

On the Spot:

When was the last time you paid a roadway toll, and was the cost was justified ?

“Every time I use the Garcon Point Bridge to visit my mother in-law it costs me $7.50 round trip. If I could get around that toll, I would.” Terri Duncan Gulf Breeze More...