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Pensacola steaming over natural gas dispute

Gulf Breeze started service to beach in mid-March

It seems to be three against one as the dispute over natural gas service to Pensacola Beach heats up with Escambia County and the Santa Rosa Island Authority expressing gratitude over seeing their residents finally served – and the City of Pens More...

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Bagdad Village plans music gala

Following the success of its sold-out Christmas Gala, the Bagdad Village Preservation Association is proud to announce its Spring Music Gala featuring music from the era of “Casablanca.”  More...

IMPACT 100 membership climbs to 728, grants grow

IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area’s 2012 Membership Drive has successfully concluded with 728 members. More...

Sunset Kids Park playground equipment ribbon cutting

First-graders from Gulf Breeze Elementary School were the guests of honor Friday as the City of Gulf Breeze officially dedicated the new playground equipment at Sunset Kids Park. More...


Gulf Breeze News asks, ‘What’s your story?’

Gulf Breeze News is planning its 2012 Progress Report to detail the changes to our community over the past year.  Using our reporters, we will detail the changes to government, education and sports, among other topics.  That’s only pa More...

GBPD nabs Pensacola armed robbery suspects

Gulf Breeze Police and Escambia County deputies surround a car and suspect on Daniel Drive east of Gulf Breeze High School sought by Pensacola Police on Wednesday, March 21 after a “be-on-the-l More...

Tougher law enacted to battle synthetics

From staff & special reports  More...


Push underway to bring lacrosse to GBHS

The Gulf Breeze Sports Association’s Lacrosse will hold its fourth annual Emerald Coast Lacrosse Bash Saturday and Sunday at Shoreline Park and at Gulf Breeze High.  The tournament will feature Gulf Breeze teams in the Youth, Middle School More...

Meredeth, McDaniel to continue football careers

Two members of the Dolphin football team will continue their playing careers as walk ons. Receiver Blake Meredeth will walk on at Louisiana Tech, while kicker Max McDaniel will walk on at Southern Miss.  More...

PTSO hosting GBHS Spirit Night May 3 at Blue Wahoos game

A week from today, area residents will be able to cure their Blue Wahoo Fever as the new Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds will kick off its inaugural season.  More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Monday, April 2 Gulf Breeze City Council Meeting 6:30 p.m., Council Chamber, City Hall, 1070 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze Tuesday, April 3 Development Review Board 6:30 p.m., Council Chamber, City Hall, 1070 Shoreline Dr More...


Prices, like temperatures, on the rise


Average retail gasoline prices in Pensacola rose 4.6 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $3.76 a gallon Sunday. More...

Josephs prevails in Studers’ Pensacola Business Challenge

From special reports  Mari Josephs, an area restaurant manager and chef who has excelled in several downtown Pensacola establishments, was chosen the winner of the Pensacola Business Challenge sponsored by Quint and Rishy Studer.  More...

Blue Wahoos pay rent for entire year

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos professional baseball team paid its entire first year’s rent of $175,000 to the Community Maritime Park Association last week.  More...

Home & Garden

Blue Wahoos set to ‘WOW’ with season opener April 5

Bruce Baldwin is a man who knows what he wants.  The president of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos knows the reaction he hopes to see from what should be a sellout crowd when the new Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds open the 2012 season April More...

First of city’s 50th Anniversary Art Projects to be unveiled April 24

For years, the city of  Gulf Breeze has placed beautification as a priority, working one median or one park at a time to improve the city, taking advantage of its unique waterfront beauty.  More...

Mole crickets can give you ‘March madness!’

Eighteen and counting! Over the last few evenings, eighteen tawny mole crickets were captured in my backyard using a soap-flushing technique. Mole crickets are very lively this year and reports of activity are coming in earlier than normal. More...

Traffic ‘tsunami’ expected Saturday

Baseball, lacrosse tournaments, other events to lure crowds

Gulf Breeze is accustomed to dealing with the onslaught of vehicular traffic that besets U.S. Highway 98 during the first “beach” weekends of the spring. More...

Fatal hit-and-run nets man 15 years

Peter Felix Armstrong, the owner of a Midway recording studio, was sentenced last week by Judge David Rimmer to the maximum of 15 years state prison for DUI Manslaughter and Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Property Damage.  More...

School Board alters conduct code to address ‘Spice’ issue

The synthetic drug that is made to mimic marijuana effects is now illegal to be possessed or used on Santa Rosa County School grounds or within 1,000 feet of school properties.  More...



Island News

‘Recyclemania’ comes to Pensacola Beach Saturday

Event offers free paper shredding, ECUA recycling kits and giant yard sale

The “three R’s” to some people are “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic,” but in the recycling world they are “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” On Saturday, March 31, from 8 a.m. More...

Sandpipers pose with the Governor

The fourth grade class at Pensacola Beach Elementary School traveled to the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee recently where they were able to meet Gov. Rick Scott. More...

Mild weather entices crowds to beach

Staff reports  Fifty-three thousand cars passed through the toll booth on the Bob Sikes bridge last weekend, over 5,000 more cars than on the same weekend last year and over 10,000 more than in 2010. More...


BonFireJam-Pensacola Beach announces three stellar opening acts

¦ Morgan, Sweeney and Eldredge to perform

Three of the most exciting voices in country music will open the March 12th BonFireJam-Pensacola Beach, concert promoters announced today.  Craig Morgan, Sunny Sweeney, and Brett Eldredge will open the beachfront concert to be headlined by count More...

2012 Saenger fund-raiser the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross

The Saenger Theatre will stage the 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Glengarry Glen Ross" by David Mamet in the Saenger Theatre Meeting Rooms.  More...

Blue Wahoos open season with a bang – and an Easter basketful of promotions

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos open their season with a bang – and a basketful of promotions to add fun and excitement to the games.  Several exciting promotions are targeted for the very first week baseball, in addition to weekly occurring dai More...


Road trip takes on global literacy

¦ Gulf Breeze High students use Spring Break to deliver books

Conventional notions of teenagers on spring break include lethargic afternoons at the beach, sleeping in, and generally “chillin’,” to employ current teenage vernacular.  More...

Baer, Huntley show ‘creative’ writing skills


Chloe Baer and Magen Huntley of Gulf Breeze Middle School excelled in the recent Santa Rosa County Creative Writing Contest.  Huntley earned second place and a blue ribbon in the middle school short- story category. More...




Edward L. Bonifay Jr., 87, of Gulf Breeze, passed away peacefully at The Villas on  Saturday, March  24, 2012.  Bonifay was born Oct. 10, 1924 in St. Andrews Panama City. More...



Larry Stephen King, 62, of Gulf Breeze, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2012 after a brief illness.  More...


March 16, 2012

Sidney Edwin Nelson, 84, of Gulf Breeze, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 16, 2012.  Nelson was a loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. More...


GB Hospital beds new, improved for comfort

Baptist Health Care recently partnered with Linet Americas, a worldwide leader in health care technology, to install stateof the-art patient beds at Baptist and Gulf Breeze hospitals. More...

Mothers, daughters talk about abstinence

Join Sacred Heart Children’s and Women’s Hospital and the Escambia County Department of Health for a special free seminar, ‘A Girls Night Out: A Mother-Daughter Talk on Abstinence,’ on Tuesday, April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. More...



Full Story

Leave bridge to mayor; keep council rounded

By Dana Morris Gulf Breze City Council  Serving on the Gulf Breeze City Council has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Leaving the council and my hometown for a new job opportunity in Panama City is truly bittersweet.  More...

State’s firefighters deserve recognition for jobs well done


As Florida’s CFO, I have the privilege of serving as the State Fire Marshal. As your State Fire Marshal, I am proud to present the annual Fire Service Awards, recognizing the heroes who respond to all types of emergencies.  More...