March 22, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Driver’s cause of death unclear

¦ Gulf Breeze woman crossed U.S. 98 in SUV, crashed into road sign

Investigators believe a medical condition might be the cause of a fatal traffic accident on Thursday, March 15 in the College Parkway area.  More...

Walmart Market opens for business

Walmart Neighborhood Market opened last Wednesday to a large crowd of waiting shoppers and debuted their policy of community support with several checks for $500 each to local schools, not-for-profits and the sports association. More...

GBUMC dedicates 25th Habitat House

Local church was first to sponsor affiliate house

The sun brightly shined Saturday, March 17 as Gulf Breeze community members gathered to dedicate Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church’s 25th Habitat For Humanity Home in the honor of Betty and James Salter.  More...

Special Sections



Architect chosen for TP Center

The Santa Rosa County Commission on Monday selected Pensacola firm STOA Architects to design and build the proposed new Tiger Point Recreation Center.  More...

Parkes named bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee Catholic Diocese

Pope Benedict XVI has named Father Gregory L. More...

Historical Society hears about historic Bagdad homes

The Gulf Breeze Historical Society meeting Feb. 21 began with a lot of camaraderie between President Randall Broxton and the audience. Then he introduced the speaker, Michael Johnson, President of The Bagdad Village Preservation Association. More...


Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Report

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

Felonies  3/12/2012  Blevins, Shirley Ann, W/F, 57, 4500 block of Kelly Lane, Gulf Breeze, possession of cocaine.  Martinez, Juan Jose, H/M, 18, 2200 block of Lunetta Street, Navarre, burglary.  More...

Emergency Reports

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

GB Fire & Rescue   For the week ending March 18, Gulf Breeze Fire and Rescue was called for 18 emergencies. More...

Iphone thief targets Rec Center

Information from Gulf Breeze Police Department

Unguarded Apple iphones tempted a thief who targeted basketball players last week. On Wednesday, an iphone was taken from inside the Rec Center gym and on Thursday, two iphones were stolen from near the outdoor basketball courts. More...


Minish looks to help Gophers reach equestrian nationals

Many colleges are known for having one signature sport. For the University of Alabama, it’s football. For the University of Kentucky, it’s basketball. More...

Youths win state at Florida Folkstyle Championships

Ian Daily and Chase Blake each won a state championship at the recent Florida Folkstyle Wrestling Championships in Kissimmee.  Daily, competing in the Rookie Folkstyle tournament, won the Intermediate 65 lb. championship. More...

Tiger Point hosting Ladies Golf Fun Day on April 12

If you’re female and want to learn the game of golf, the Greater Pensacola Ladies Golf Conference is providing the perfect opportunity for you.  The GPLGC, along with Ladies Link Fore Golf, is hosting a Fun Day at Tiger Point Golf and Coun More...


Local pump prices up by nearly 4 cents


Average retail gasoline prices in Pensacola rose 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $3.71 Sunday. More...

NWF Consulting stands ready to assist in recouping spill losses

NWF Consulting is a fullservice consulting firm specializing in the calculating and processing of claims made against the BP Oil Company due to the explosion of the Horizon Deepwater Oil Platform and the subsequent oil spill of April 20, 2010.  More...

Home & Garden

Dive in!

For over 34 years, Pensacola Pools has perfected the art of luxurious outdoor living

When the temperature's rising, nothing is more indulgent than a headlong dive into cool, clear water.  For over 34 years Pensacola Pools has been perfecting the art of outdoor living, making those summer dreams come true.  More...

‘Woman of courage’ is a champion for disabled

Safek Pavey visits Gulf Breeze home of Karen and Mike Jurkowich

For one 19-year-old woman in Turkey, a moment changed life forever. While trying to help an ill man onto a train, the train began to move, and she fell between the track and the platform, severing her right arm and leg. More...

Rescued hawk survives Hwy. 98

A lone juvenile hawk was found stunned in the middle of Highway 98 on Monday during the early morning rush hour. Luckily, traffic stopped for the wounded bird later identified as a Red Tail Hawk.  More...

Another pedestrian death occurs on U.S. 98

It's the third such fatality between Gulf Breeze and Navarre in two weeks

   The third pedestrian death in two weeks on U.S. More...

GBPD takes leap into 21st century with technology

The Gulf Breeze Police Department took a leap into the 21st century last week under its new leadership, joining the Facebook generation online. More...

Body in Escambia Bay tentatively identified

¦ Pensacola man suspected of jumping from interstate bridge

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that a body found floating in Escambia Bay near Interstate 10 on Saturday was likely that of Patrick Willingham, 29, of Pensacola.  More...

U.S. 98 safety to be improved

Changes are coming to U.S. Highway 98 that should give pedestrians and bicyclists more space to share the roadway and significantly enhance safety.  They can’t come a minute too soon.  More...



Island News

SRIA OKs wheel with hatchling-friendly LED lights

Bright lights are not good for baby turtles. More...

Blind man drowns in Little Sabine

A legally blind man swimming with his guide dog in Little Sabine Bay on Santa Rosa Island drowned last Wednesday.  John Blanchard, 46, of Brookline, Mass., became distressed while swimming in the calm waters of Little Sabine.  Santa Rosa Is More...

Ethics charge stalls Beach Master Plan

SRIA Board members discussed new developments regarding the master plan.  More...



Gulf Breeze Book Club talks “King Lear”   More...

Blue Angels return to the sky; PMA opens new exhibits


Today, March 22 PMA’s Annual ‘Art in Bloom’2012 Opening DayPensacola Museum of Art, 407South Jefferson Street,Pensacola850.432.6247 More...


Oriole Beach Junior Optimist Alpha Club raises $1,000

Oriole Beach Elementary School’s Junior Optimist Alpha Club sold “candy grams” for Valentine’s Day to raise money for Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. More...

DeMotts earns Kahn music scholarship

Gulf Breeze High School sophomore Mallory DeMotts recently auditioned and captured the Doris Jean Kahn Scholarship for woodwind/ brass (ages 14 to 19) given by the Music Study Club of Pensacola. More...

School’s annual surplus property auction is Saturday


Check out a passenger Dodge van, tractor, computers, office equipment, TVs, vacuums, lawn equipment and more at the Pensacola State College Surplus Property Auction.  The event is Saturday, March 31, at 2202 Douglas Avenue behind Kooter Brown&rs More...




Charles Merton Houston, 85, of Gulf Breeze, passed away suddenly Thursday, March 15, 2012 at a local hospital.  Houston, the son of Walter Charles and Mayre Elizabeth Helm Houston, was born March 6, 1927 in Ponca City, Okla. More...

Calendar of Events


Thursday, March 22 Santa Rosa Commissioner’s Meeting 9 a.m., County Commissioner’s Board Room, 6495 Caroline Street, Milton SRC Commission Special Rezoning Meeting 6 p.m., County Commissioner’s Board Room, 6 More...


Council on Aging support available

The Council on Aging of West Florida has a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. at Oriole Beach Elementary School, 1260 Oriole Beach Road, in Gulf Breeze.  More...

Covenant Hospice fundraiser hits $30K

Covenant Hospice, with help from local supporters, artists and fashion retailers, raised $30,000 at their 7th Annual Art of Fashion event last Wednesday, March 14. More...

Tobacco Free Florida Week starts Friday

Each year, Tobacco Free Florida Week is an opportunity to educate and empower Floridians about relevant issues related to tobacco use in the state. More...



Full Story

Time for Tebowmania to re-root

News Tuesday that Peyton Manning had agreed to a fiveyear, $96 million contract with the Denver Broncos was a bittersweet pill to swallow. More...

Love is alive, well in hearts of community


I wish to thank Gulf Breeze News for its support of the Bethany’s Butterflies fundraiser at the March 10-11 Gulf Breeze Arts Festival. More...