May 24, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Council swears in new member

Cleveland takes oath; business back to normal

Longtime Gulf Breeze resident Bob Cleveland was sworn in as City Councilman Seat A at the Wednesday, May 16 Gulf Breeze Executive Session.  More...

AFJROTC’s Armitage retires

Gulf Breeze High School Principal Jason Weeks (left) stands alongside retiring Air Force Junior ROTC instructor SMSgt. Ken Armitage, who is stepping down after 19 years with the program. More...

Pensacola State open house

Administrators, instructors, dignitaries and guests gather during Tuesday’s open house to celebrate the new South Santa Rosa Center. On The Spot, 6A More...

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Government agencies, businesses close Monday


The following offices and departments will close on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day:  The City of Gulf Breeze, the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce, Santa Rosa County Commission, including the library system and animal shelter, More...

2012 Medieval Festival brightens GBES’ spring

For the 17th consecutive year, Gulf Breeze Elementary School was transformed into an ancient 15th Century castle as third-graders, their teachers, volunteers and school administrators and district leaders participated in the annual Medieval Festival. More...

Miller finishes basic training

Navy Seaman Apprentice Tiffany Miller, a 2010 graduate of Gulf Breeze High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Marlaine Scanlan graduated from basic military training.   More...


Gulfarium reopens, offers interactive experiences

One of the Florida Panhandle's most iconic attractions reopens on Friday, May 25 with plenty of rennovations and a new name, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.  Formerly called Florida's Gulfarium, the marine park has greeted millions of touri More...

Kitt Lough jazzes up 'Evenings in Olde Seville Square’ tonight

The second concert in the 25th and final season of Evenings in Olde Seville takes place on May 24 at 7 p.m. and features jazz singer Kitt Lough.  More...

P’cola Lighthouse spooks, Ft. Pickens to honor Memorial Day


Today, May 24 Evenings in Olde Seville Square 7-9 p.m., Historic Seville Square, Government & Alcaniz Streets, Pensacola 850.438.6505 Friday, May 25  More...


GBHS AFJROTC bids farewell to Armitage

Recognition of retiring veteran instructor SMSgt. Ken Armitage and Distinuished Unit status highlighted the 2012 Gulf Breeze High School Air Force Junior ROTC banquet on Tuesday, May 15 at St. Ann Catholic Church. More...


Air Force Association Medal: Parker Vantassel  Daedalion Award: Torrey Williams  American Legion Scholastic Award: Torrey Williams, Mitch Hall  American Legion Military Excellence Award: Rebecca Worley, Alen Emperador  More...

Dolphins Debate Team guns for national championship

The Gulf Breeze High School Debate Team travels to Baltimore, Md., this weekend to participate in the National Catholic Forensics League championships.  More...


Ker-plunk! Pump prices still falling


On Monday, the national average price for regular retail gasoline had fallen for 45 consecutive days after peaking at $3.93 on April 6, according to AAA’s Historical Fuel Gauge Report.  More...

GB Chamber/Harbourtown Business After Hours

Perfect weather and the lure of a wine tasting sponsored by Montgomery Realtors were the perfect combination to lure visitors to last Thursday’s Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours at Harbourtown Complex.  Cha More...


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Process needed to fill vacant Council seats

I would like to thank Cherry Fitch, Bruce DeMotts and all the other citizens who volunteered to fill the vacant City Council seat recently. More...

Midway Fire District saves $100K through refinancing


Midway Fire District is more motivated than ever to prove to the community its commitment and dedication to being good stewards of the public funds that operate Midway Fire District. More...

Santa Rosa FCATs shine

County among state leaders as testing toughens

Santa Rosa County School District’s tenth-graders placed first in the state’s 67 counties on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) in writing, with the district’s fourth-graders and eighthgraders placing third in the stat More...

Statewide results mixed as transition continues

As Florida ramps up standards and strengthens assessments in preparation for a move to a more demanding set of nationwide academic educational standards called the Common Core State Standards in 2015, the first group of statewide assessment results o More...

Threat of job loss turns into blessing for fitness guru Tucker

¦ Uncertain future sparks frenzied biz relocation

A Gulf Breeze fitness instructor was forced to make a difficult, emotional decision to relocate his business four weeks ago when he learned The Club was being seized by its lien holder and closed.  More...

GBES Medieval Festival

Queen (assistant principal) Kim McChesney, King (principal Warren Stevens) and Santa Rosa Schools Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick enjoy Friday’s Gulf Breeze Elementary School Medieval Festival. More...

Early-morning collision with cyclist brings charges

A young Gulf Breeze woman was charged with a felony and released from the Santa Rosa County Jail on $10,000 bond after leaving the scene of an accident that seriously injured a bicyclist on U.S. Highway 98 at College Parkway.  More...



Island News


White quartz sand became a medium for artists to use to create art on Sunday during the annual Fiesta of Five Flags Sand Sculpture Contest on Pensacola Beach.  The contest was part of a family fun weekend on the beach.  More...

Free, cool and comfortable

¦ Trolley service begins for the summer season

Traversing the island gets a lot easier this week as trolley service begins Friday for the summer season from 4 to 12 p.m every day through Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3. More...

What are you hearing?

“What was that?” she asked. “What was what?” I replied. “THAT” she says intently, tipping her ear away from her shoulder. “I’m sorry ... I just don’t hear it” I say disappointedly. More...


Memorial Day observances set

Memorial Day will be observed in south Santa Rosa County at Navarre Park on U.S. Highway 98 near the Navarre Beach Causeway at 11 a.m. More...

PBS to air MD concert

Public Broadcasting Service and WSRE-TV will honor the service of men and women in uniform with broadcasts of new and encore programs this weekend and on Memorial Day, May 28.  More...

Motorists beware: Click it or Ticket is here

The Florida Highway Patrol has joined local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country for the national ‘Click It or Ticket’ safety belt enforcement campaign that ends June 3.  During the mo More...


Dolphins unbeaten in jamboree

GBHS varsity beats Murphy, Catholic; younger ones notch a win, scoreless tie

The Dolphin football team hosted a three-team spring jamboree Thursday, posting three 12-minute quarter wins and playing to a 0-0 tie with Catholic. More...

Old t-shirts bring back memories

Harbourtown held its Business After Hours last week, which means this sports writer had to (at least, my best effort) to tidy up my work area.  Among the old notebooks and press passes are a bunch of t-shirts and sweatshirts that have been given More...


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Seniors fitness program ongoing at Life Center

A fitness program designed for active seniors is being offered at the Community Life Center of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church Soundside Campus twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.  More...

Home & Garden

Renowned artists begin work on architectural ceramic sculpture for city

Work has already begun on the Gulf Breeze Municipal outdoor art project destined for Shoreline Park South, and the project is receiving national attention.  More...

Connect on your patio or porch, enjoy the new view

(ARA) - With temperatures on the rise, it's time to get outside to relax with family and friends. More...

Beautiful gardens start with Memorial Day

A gardening column by Melinda Myers

Get out the shovel and trowels – its Memorial Day weekend and that means gardening for many. Spend a bit more time getting your garden off to a good start and reap the benefits all season long. More...