August 2, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Back-to-school tax holiday offers shoppers some relief

¦ Many clothes, supplies items won’t be assessed 6 percent state sales tax

It might not rival the weekend after Thanksgiving, but one of Florida’s most popular shopping opportunities begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday in the form of a three-day sales tax holiday on many back-toschool items.  More...

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Community

GB Expo: A cool show on hot day

On Saturday, Aug. 11, the Gulf Breeze Expo will continue for its 23rd year – joining residents and businesses from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the annual community event in the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center at 800 Shoreline Drive.  More...

Garcon Point Bridge: Song remains same

Garcon Point Bridge is still operating, still selling passes, and still bankrupt. “I get calls all the time from bond holders who are irate. Some had invested their life savings in bonds for that bridge. More...

MILITARY

Breezer Mayfield completes training

Air Force Airman Erik C. Mayfield graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Mayfield is the son of Charles and Heidi Mayfield of Gulf Breeze. He is a 2010 graduate of Gulf Breeze High School.  More...

Entertainment

Pensacola Beach sips frosty bushwackers this weekend

BEST BETS

Thursday, August 2 Red, White and Blue Celebration 7 p.m., 10 Harbor Boulevard, Destin 850.424.0600 Friday, August 3 Toast at the Top Tour  More...

School

Best values in education

Pensacola State ranks 11th among 5,000 national leaders

Manuela Fiorentino is studying for a career in accounting. More...

Locker assignments, parking permits start

Gulf Breeze High School students can begin the back to school process by getting their locker assignments and parking permits next week between 8 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.  More...

GBHS’ Pate takes teaching position with Pensacola State

Edward Pate, a distinguished English teacher at Gulf Breeze High School and Santa Rosa County’s Teacher of the Year for 2010, has accepted a full-time teaching position at Pensacola State College.  Pate taught English III and dual-enrollme More...

Obituaries

JENNA BREDESEN

1985-2012

Jenna Bredesen, 27, a former resident of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.  More...

GORDON PITMAN

1938-2012

Gordon A. Pitman, 73, of Pensacola, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2012 in Gulf Breeze.  More...

DON VANDERRYT

1936-2012

Donald Eugene VanDerryt, 76, of Navarre, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2012.  VanDerryt was born April 27, 1936 in Paxton, Ill., to Wayne and Evelyn VanDerryt. More...

Calendar of Events

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Thursday, August 2 North End Tourist Development Committee, 8:30 a.m., Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce Law Library Committee, 12 p.m., Santa Rosa County Courthouse, Rm M4 Monday, August 6  More...

Home & Garden

Beat summer heat with cool fashions for back to school

Skip the mall and shop local for your back-to-school fashions.  Try shopping in Gulf Breeze Proper at Innerlight, Coastal Paddle or Elite Repeats to save time and money this year before you send your teens off to school.   More...

Cummings jailed after bond is revoked

Circuit Judge Marci Goodman last week revoked the bond of Debi Mari Cummings, the 19-year-old Gulf Breeze woman charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and DUI, following Cummings’ new arrest for DUI last Wednesday morning in Gu More...

Jury duty costly for South End residents

No relief from Garcon toll, gas prices hit pocketbook

Anyone serving on Santa Rosa County jury duty who lives in Gulf Breeze probably incurs extra cost just to do their civic duty when they pay $7.50 a day to cross Garcon Point Bridge to get to and from the County Courthouse in Milton. More...

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Island News

SRIA considering hiring BP fine consultant

With news that Escambia County may be in line for a portion of the BP fine money in excess of $170 million, Santa Rosa Island Authority members began the task of developing a wish list of projects on Pensacola Beach to submit when the time is ready.& More...

Sea turtle baby shower rescheduled for Aug. 4

The Sea Turtle Baby Shower originally planned for Saturday July 28 is rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4 at 4:30 pm. at the Holiday Inn Express on Fort Pickens Road on Pensacola Beach.  Inclement weather necessitated the change.  More...

Dock collapses, putting crowd into the sound

About a dozen excited parasailers got more than they bargained for when the dock they were standing on collapsed underneath their feet at Key Sailing on 400 Quietwater Rd. in Pensacola Beach last Thursday. More...

News

Cotton seeks District 1 seat on Commission

Mark Cotton, a former resident of Gulf Breeze, is a candidate for the Santa Rosa  County Commission, District  1 (Pace) seat.  Cotton, a 1981 Gulf Breeze High School graduate, is now a Pace resident. More...

Ford eyes re-election as representative

Clay Ford of Gulf Breeze is running for reelection for the Florida House of  Representatives,  District 2.  Ford and his wife, Carol Ann, are the parents of three sons, with three grandchildren in Gulf Breeze schools.  More...

Santa Rosa faces $2M in budget cuts

About $2 million is being cut from the Santa Rosa County budget for the 2013 fiscal year, which the county’s administrator Hunter Walker told county commissioners last week was “primarily because of overall less revenues coming in.” More...

Sports

LSU fired up to finish job this year

¦ Tigers have talent, incentive to vindicate last year’s drubbing by Alabama

Second in a series New LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger could be the missing piece of the puzzle for the Tigers, who struggled in the passing game last year. More...

Dolphins start hot, end cold in 7-on-7

Final summer action sees GBHS win pair before dropping three

Entering his team’s final 7-on-7 tournament of the summer, Gulf Breeze High School coach Chris Nemith had some meager goals in mind.  By the time the Dolphins took their helmets off to head home on July 28 from the Ashton Brosnaham Complex More...

Volleyball has depth, experience to excel

Second in a series  Over the next several weeks, Gulf Breeze High School coaches talk with GBN Sports Editor Jason Thompson about their respective sports and the outlooks for the coming seasons. More...

Business

Pump prices might inch upward this week

GAS WATCH

While most indicators point to lower oil and gas prices, speculation has kept them elevated and on the rise. Oil prices have hovered around $90 a barrel for the past three weeks and caused the national average to jump 16 cents since July 1.  More...

Opinion

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Caring & Sharing revving up for events

Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County, Inc. started more than 30 years ago when the Holley-Navarre Fire Station gathered toys for area children for Christmas. More...

Retired Marine voices appreciation for ‘GBN’

LETTERS

Please find enclosed with this letter a check for $35 for a subscription to Gulf Breeze News.  More...