March 15, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

County chimes in with toll opposition

¦ Commissioners want FDOT to fund all of replacement costs

Santa Rosa County officially took a stand last Thursday against a toll to help fund the proposed replacement for the Pensacola Bay Bridge.  More...

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Book Club meets March 26

The Gulf Breeze Book Club will welcome a very special guest discussion leader this month, Dr. Bob Yeager, English Department Head at the University of West Florida. More...

GB Dog Lovers Club wants to explore possibility of ‘dog beach’

On Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. the Gulf Breeze Dog Lovers Club will be having their annual meeting at the Gulf Breeze Recreational Center to discuss their upcoming goals and projects for this year, including the possibility of a dog beach.  More...

Tiger Bay Club to hear Ramsey; ‘Garden Magic’ TV host to speak

Vice Admiral William E. Ramsey USN (Ret) will be Tiger Bay Club’s featured speaker Friday’s noon meeting at New World Landing.  More...


St. Patrick’s Day on the way, don’t forget the green


Today, March 15 Wizard of Oz live on stage10 a.m., Saenger Theatre, 118South Palafox Place, Pensacola850.595.3880 Friday, March 16 Gallery Night5-9 p.m., Downtown Pensacola850.434.5371 More...


Woodlawn artists excel

Woodlawn Beach Middle School is proud to recognize five of its art students for ranking among the Top 25 middle school art students in Santa Rosa County.  Three Woodlawn students ranked in the Top 3 slots – Allison Brummer, seventh grade, More...

Odyssey of Mind team at OBE wins Emerald Coast competition

Oriole Beach Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind team won its division at the Emerald Coast Odyssey of the Mind competition in Crestview, qualifying for the state OotM competition April 14 at the University of Central Florida.  More...

OBE’s Brown dusts the competition

David Brown, custodian at Oriole Beach Elementary, has been named the Employee of the Year among all custodians in the Santa Rosa County School District.  The award is given by Southern Management, the district’s custodial service contract More...


25th GBUMC Habitat House to be dedicated

Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church will dedicate its 25th Habitat Home on Saturday, March 17, at 11 a. m. at 5338 Maverick Lane off East Bay Boulevard in Midway.  More...




Lt. Col. (Ret.) Ray Morrow Burgess, 83, of Shalimar, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at his residence.  More...



Frances Amick Cunningham, 91, of Rayne, La, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2012 in Gulf Breeze.  Cunningham, the daughter of Frank MacLaurin Amick and Nanny Jackson Amick, was born in Rock Hill, S.C., on Dec. 12, 1920. More...



John McElgunn, 82, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012.  More...


Baptist Health Foundation honors 4 Hollinger recipients

Baptist Health Care Foundation is proud to announce the 2011 Hollinger Award recipients for outstanding service contributions to the community. Recipients are:  ¦ William Zimmern, M.D. More...

Williams seeing GB patients

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Council appointments dent process

The charter for the City of Gulf Breeze states that “vacancies in any office of the city shall be filled by vote of the city council and such vacancies shall be held until the next general election of the city.” No specific time frame is More...

Education to get $1 billion influx


On Jan. 10, as legislators gathered to convene to 2012 Legislative Session, Florida Gov. Rick Scott used his State of the State message to urge support for his budget, calling for a $1 billion increase in state education funding.  More...

Car-wash carjackers captured by Pensacola PD Swat Team

¦ Saturday night armed robbery occurred at Gulf Breeze business

A Pensacola Police Department SWAT team on Sunday apprehended three men believed to be responsible for a carjacking and armed robbery on Saturday at a Gulf Breeze car wash.  More...

Nighttime pedestrian deaths exemplify danger of U.S. 98

¦ Gulf Breeze woman, Navarre man killed in separate incidents

Two south Santa Rosa County pedestrians were killed in separate mishaps on U.S. Highway 98 this past weekend, renewing concerns about safety on the major east-west thoroughfare.  More...

Studers are Rotary’s Citizens of the Year

¦ Power couple has given millions to local causes, promotes empowerment

Quint and Rishy Studer were crowned the 2012 Gulf Breeze Rotary Citizens of the Year on Tuesday, receiving praise for their incredible business successes, their entrepreneurial spirit and the immense contributions they’ve made to the community. More...



Island News

Beach tax fight heads to Florida Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court will review the cases leading to taxation of both improvements and the land on Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach. The cases in question are those filed by the Leonard J. Accardo, et. al. More...

St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl is Saturday

Chamber invites everyone to ‘Go Irish on the Island’

Pensacola Beach is the headquarters for the area’s merriment leading up to St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday.  For the 26th time, the St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl will take place on March 17 on Pensacola Beach. More...

Ride to Recovery group glides down Via DeLuna Drive

A group of veterans, wounded veterans and supports ride their bicycles eastward on Via DeLuna Drive on Pensacola Beach last Wednesday as part of an awareness ride from New Orleans to Tallahassee. More...


Morris’ council seat to be filled April 2

With Gulf Breeze Councilman Dana Morris vacating his seat at the end of the month, council is expected to move forward to fill the void.  More...

GBHS adds 3 academic state titles to case

Gulf Breeze High’s historymaking school year continued Monday with the release of 2011-12 Academic State Champions for winter sports.  GBHS won three more championships (boys basketball, wrestling, girls weightlifting) to go with the three More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Report

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

Felonies  3/8/2012  Cann, Alec Christopher, W/M, 21, 5300 block of Tulsa Court, Gulf Breeze, destroying evidence.  Carr, Garrett Lee, W/M, 21, 1100 block of Champagne Avenue, Gulf Breeze, destroying evidence.  More...


Lady Dolphins slam, no-no Bay, 11-0

McDonald drives in seven – four on grand slam – and throws no-hitter in district win

Megan McDonald had a career night in the Lady Dolphins’ 11-0, district win over Bay at home Thursday.  The senior threw a no-hitter, with three walks and eight strikeouts. More...

Devin Hester among names coming to second McKie Camp

Yours truly got a real exciting text last week from good buddy Jud Odom.  Odom, before he owned JO Services/Media, played football at GBHS with former Chicago Bear Jason McKie.  Two years ago, the 1998 GBHS grads hosted the inaugural All Pr More...

Bennett, Meredeth win Kessler scholarships; Mims named MVP at PSA All-Star Game

Gulf Breeze High was well represented during last weekend’s Pensacola Sports Association All-Star Basketball Game.  The games were played Friday at Pensacola State College, but the day before, GBHS seniors Jordan Bennett and Blake Meredeth More...

Calendar of Events


Monday, March 19 Gulf Breeze City Council 6:30 p.m., Council Chamber, City Hall, 1070 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze Santa Rosa County Commission Regular 9 a.m., County Administrative Center, Commissioner's Board Room, 649 More...


Local prices are below national average


Average retail gasoline prices in the Pensacola area rose 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.67 a gallon Sunday. More...

Humbaugh, Busse get key appointments

Courtney Humbaugh has joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida as the Director of Marketing and Development.  Her responsibilities include implementation and organization of fund development programs and special events, public relati More...

Roth IRA: A lifetime investment, ‘companion’

Some investments are appropriate during your working years, while others are more suitable for retirement. But a Roth Individual Retirement Account (IRA) can provide you with benefits at virtually every stage of your life. More...

Home & Garden

Move over meatloaf! It’s time for Lent fish substitutions

Ahhh … Lent. I doubt Gulf Coast residents that participate in the religious observance actually struggle with the fish substitutions in their diet. More...

Artists showcase talent, beauty

The 2012 Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts Festival was a bubble of colorful and vibrant life in the middle of a windy and overcast weekend. More...

Gulf Breeze Beautification Awards granted

Five homes were recognized throughout the city for maintaining beautiful yards during the first quarter of 2012 – despite the pall that winter imposes upon our area’s landscaping.   More...