January 31, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Man leads deputies on wild car chase

Suspect strikes Santa Rosa County deputy with vehicle during pursuit

A Navarre man led Santa Rosa County deputies on a car chase in the early morning hours of January 25 after someone came forward alleging the man was abusive towards them.  The suspect in question was later identified as Dominic Turner, 36, of Na More...

Helton convicted of aggravated battery

State attorney Bill Eddins announced on January 17 that Timothy Donald Helton, 43, of Navarre was convicted of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Causing Great Bodily Harm and Battery by a Santa Rosa County jury.  More...

Three-car accident ties up traffic eastbound on U.S. 98

A minor traffic mishap tied up traffic for westbound motorists on Highway 98 back on January 24.  The three-car pile-up occurred near Boy Scout Trail in the Naval Live Oaks area close to the city limits at around 9:07 a.m.  More...

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Driftwood Garden Club celebrates Arbor Day

Adolf and Thelma Wenning and Larry and Virginia Russo celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday January 23, 2013 with a scrumptious meal at Aegean Breeze in Gulf Breeze. More...


Eight years ago   More...

Free passes to help foster families enjoy state parks

Thousands of children in foster care and their foster parents will be able to enjoy free visits to Florida’s beautiful state parks this year.  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection joined with the Florida Department of Childre More...


Last chance to see PMAs National Youth Focus exhibit

Experience the next generation of great artists now through Saturday, Feb. 2. More...

Soak in the Margaritaville experience this Tuesday

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform at the Pensacola Bay Center for one night only  On Tuesday, Feb. More...

Tickets to Covenant Hospice fundraiser on sale now

Covenant Hospice, in conjunction with local artists and fashion retailers, presents the 8th Annual Art of Fashion event, to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at New World Landing. More...


Boys complete district sweep

Late second half goal seals 2-0 win over Washington; host regional quarters

With about 10 minutes left in Thursday’s District 1-3A championship match against Washington, Gulf Breeze assistant coach Dave McCarthy asked Nate Hoskins if he had anything left.  Safe to say – he did.  More...

Droogsma picks Florida State – and track

Pagonis, Nelson to play at West Alabama, Faulkner

Austin Droogsma will be following in his dad’s footsteps in more ways than one as he chose last week to join Florida State University’s track team.  A second-team All State football this year, Droogsma chose the sport his dad did, in More...

Catholic, Mosley to join District 1-5A in football

Crusaders win appeal to play up a class

The Gulf Breeze-Catholic football game is always highlighted on each other’s schedules, having been a fierce rivalry for nearly a half century.  The game will have even added importance for at least the next two seasons as Catholic won an More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Meetings

Monday, February 4  City Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Gulf Breeze City Hall, Council Chambers  Tuesday, February 5  Development Review Board, 6:30 p.m., Gulf Breeze City Hall, Council Chambers   More...


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Keep protecting Florida’s paradise

Do you enjoy going for boat rides, picnicking at state parks, deer hunting or bass fishing?  More...

Why is the city imposing fine on citizens?


I was in attendance for the January 22nd Gulf Breeze City Council meeting and heard the reasons given for the proposed ordinance governing residential parking.  At the meeting it was stated by City Manager Edwin Eddy the ordinance was necessary, More...

Locals react to parking limitations

The Gulf Breeze City Council voted to move forward with drafting an ordinance to regulate the storage of boats, RVs and trailers in city limits. More...

Gaetz, FDOT to share ‘good news’ tonight

Sen. Don Gaetz, President of the Florida Senate, and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) representatives are expected to share some “good news” about local transportation funding this afternoon, Thursday, Jan. More...

Deputy in wreck on U.S. 98

ASanta Rosa County deputy struck a Gulf Breeze woman as she attempted to turn onto Sanibel Lane at 7:30 a.m. More...

Teacher of Year announced Friday

The Teacher of the Year will be crowned the morning of February 1 according to sources with the local school system.  Check Gulf Breeze News’ Facebook page and website on Friday to find out who took home the crown in the south end.  L More...

Fire district hosting CERT training

Navarre Community Emergency Response Team will host training March 8-10 and March 15-17 at Holley-Navarre Fire District's Station #1 located at 8618 Esplanade Street in Navarre.  Topics will include first aid, disaster psychology, fire preventio More...

Decision on bid for pier put on hold until December

Dorothy Slye and her brother Everett Ratliff, managers of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier will have at least until the end of the year to decide their next career move after county commissioners extended her three year contract another six months in a More...



Island News

Beach toll counts up 500K since ’09

Toll counts up significantly in 2011, 2012

Paying the toll on the Bob Sikes Bridge is not taking its toll on the Escambia County Public Works Department that in 2012 reported a 158,000 vehicle jump in the amount of crossing onto Pensacola Beach.  The department also verified that vehicle More...

Visitor’s Center due for expansion

Looks like the Pensacola Beach Visitors Information Center will be getting a facelift. A committee of the Santa Rosa Island Authority Board decided last week to have the island authority staff move ahead with an expansion project for the center. More...

If your words aren’t ‘on target,’ take care to correct it

Two big black spray painted stripes crossed out the words “new” and “Target.” Their replacements were “old” and “Delchamps.” The sign went from saying, “Omega Construction and Design: New Highway More...


PSC looking to offer BAS program for under $10K

Pensacola State College is rolling up its sleeves and taking on a task given to Florida state colleges by Governor Rick Scott back in November to offer a bachelor's program that would cost students less than $10,000.  More...

Several charged with DUI in city limits

A man refused to leave Gulf Breeze Hospital after being discharged on Sunday, Jan. 27. More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Report

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

Felonies  1/11/2012 Caruso, Lance Anthony, W/M, 20, 8000 block of Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach, larceny  1/13/2013  Trull, Mitchell Scott, W/M, 29, 3000 block of Laurel Dr., Gulf Breeze, larceny, fraud  More...


Woodlawn Beach Middle unveils second Nine Week Honor Roll

Victor Lowrimore, Principal, Will Nowling, Vice Principal, and the staff at Woodlawn Beach Middle congratulate the following students for making the second nine week Honor Roll:  All A’s  Sixth Grade  More...

Rotary crowns essay winners

Gulf Breeze Rotary Club recognized students from Gulf Breeze Elementary and High School for their Four Way Test Essays at last week’s meeting. More...

Nixon is one of a kind at Gulf Breeze Middle

Gulf Breeze Middle School math teacher Annette Nixon is one of five semi-finalists in the county for Santa Rosa County’s Teacher of the Year. More...


Anne E. Cockrell

Anne E. Cockrell, 87, of Clinton, MS passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 27, 2013. More...

Home & Garden

GBHS student gaining popularity as movie reviewer

¦ Receives advanced copies from production companies for review.

Clay Bloodworth does not remember when his fondness for movies turned from movie buff to avid enthusiast, but one thing is for sure; he has taken his interest out of theaters and into the homes of several hundred curious movie seekers.  More...

T. T. Wentworth Museum presents exhibit on greatest generation

Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation, a new exhibition opening Friday at the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, explores the life arc of the World War II generation—as told in their own words.  More...