April 4, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

The power of healing

College football star Marcus Lattimore was expected to make an appearance at the Momentum Church Easter service on March 31, but no one expected him to make a surprise appearance elsewhere.  The South Carolina running back showed up at the Quen More...

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Taking flight

Teen performs first solo flight on his 16th birthday

Normally, crosswinds would never delay a birthday celebration, but they did for a 16-year-old who performed his first solo flight on Friday, March 29.  Trent Compton, of Gulf Breeze, son of Lisa and Randy Compton, accomplished his initial Solo F More...

Swenson Park Easter Egg Hunt

Mike Simmons, leader of Scout Troop #102, along with his scouts, help hide 2,500 Easter eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt at Swenson Park on March 30. More...


Eight years ago April 7, 2005 GBN Homes and roads in the Tiger Point and Midway areas were transformed into lakeside property as “Hurricane Ivan without the wind and storm surge” rained an average of 10 to 12 inches in a 24-hour period. More...


Police assist in number of fatalities

Gulf Breeze Police were busy assisting other agencies in dealing with the multiple tragedies that occurred this week.  They also responded to these incidents inside the city limits:  Tuesday, March 26   A Gulf Breeze High School studen More...

Gulf Power customers victims of scam

Scam artists have victimized residents in Northwest Florida recently by impersonating utility company employees.  Someone impersonating a Gulf Power employee contacted a resident by telephone. More...

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Report

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

Felonies  3/27/2013  Grubbs, David Jeremy, W/M, 24, 7000 block of Blackjack Cir., Navarre, probation violation  Lock, Wanda Faye, W/F, 36, 7000 block of Chablis Cir., Navarre, probation violation  More...


Coming through for Quentin

GBHS’ Student Government raises nearly $20K for junior fighting liver disease

The Student Government Association at Gulf Breeze High, with the help of the City of Gulf Breeze, raised more than $20,000 for junior Quentin Cooper in the inaugural Quentin Cooper Liver Life 5K.  Cooper is battling a fatal liver disease and the More...

Six lifters compete at sectionals

Droogsma lone sectional champ and state qualifier; four set personal bests

Austin Droogsma added yet another chapter to his storied high school career as he won the heavyweight division at the sectional meet Monday at Arnold.  Droogsma will be the lone Dolphin at the state meet April 20 in Kissimmee after lifting a tot More...

Andrews Invitational today

Clay Moss and the GBHS track team is hosting the Andrews Invitational today. See Page 4C for more track news. More...


Baptist first to implant new device for treatment of leg circulation


Baptist Hospital and its team of experienced cardiovascular specialists, Cardiology Consultants, are one of a few heart and vascular teams in the nation - and the only in Northwest Florida - to implant a new device for treatment of circulation disord More...

The debate over circumcision

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I recently got into a discussion about circumcision with my granddaughter, who recently gave birth to our great-granddaughter. She mentioned that if her next child were a boy, she would choose not to have him circumcised.  More...


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Florida’s economy is growing tremendously

In the four years before I took office, Florida lost more than 825,000 jobs, unemployment more than tripled from 3.5 percent to 11.1percent, and state debt increased by $5.2 billion.  More...

On the Spot:

“What is your favorite springtime activity?”

“Playing baseball.” Luke Stringfellow Gulf Breeze More...

Four die in separate tragedies

Motorcyclist thrown off of Bob Sikes Bridge

A 42- year-old Pace man was killed after he was thrown from his motorcycle off the side of the Bob Sikes Bridge late Saturday night. More...

Boaters come to aid of those injured in accident

Shawn  Laws has been labeled a hero in a lot of people’s eyes. More...

Pensacola man dies in boating accident

A peaceful Easter weekend quickly turned into panic after a freak boat accident took the life of a 61-year-old Pensacola businessman near Shoreline Park.  On Saturday at around 2:30 in the afternoon, boaters called 911 after witnessing a Velocit More...

Stamp of approval

Postal worker retires after 41 years

If there’s one thing that Gary Rhodes has seen throughout his life, it’s been change.  A change in the Gulf Breeze area, the color of his hair, and the cost of a stamp.  And now, the Gulf Breeze resident wants something else in More...



Island News

SRIA selects architect to design new Visitor’s Center

The Santa Rosa Island Authority took another step last week at the Architectural Committee meeting toward building its new Pensacola Beach Visitor’s Center.  More...

Life can be a series of puddle jumping and zig zagging

I leave on Tuesday. I will be boarding flight 2619 out of Pensacola to Charlotte. Then I will be taking flight 2264 to Washington and 208 to Johannesburg. Finally, I will take flight 24 to Harare, Zimbabwe. More...


Dive into the opportunity to rehabilitate the disabled

Achilles Divers, a local group that provides rehabilitative services for the disabled, is prepped and ready to host their second annual “Shore Thing” Spring Time charity event that helps fund their non profit year after year.  Achill More...

Blue Wahoos

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Momentum Church holds birthday party for community

Momentum Church’s first gathering was at Shoreline Park about a year ago in the midst of the open-air South Pavilion with a view of Pensacola Beach. The following Sun., Apr. 8, was its first Easter gathering.  More...


GBMS Students earn awards at county history fair

The Santa Rosa County History Fair was held on Friday, February 22 at Gulf Breeze Middle School. Students participated in the junior division categories of historical papers, websites, documentaries, exhibits, and performances. More...

Students invited to be a part of ‘Footloose: The Musical’

“Want to be part of “Footloose: The Musical” for one night? If you are a student in grades 3 to 12 and can spare a couple hours to learn a line dance, you can.   More...

SREF announces nominees for 2013 Rookie of the Year

The Santa Rosa Education Foundation, together with its partner in education Santa Rosa Medical Center, invited every school in the Santa Rosa School District to nominate one teacher for the Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year award. More...


Brooks Hollenbeck

Brooks Bartley Hollenbeck Jr., 86, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on March 27, 2013.  More...

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Meetings

Thursday, April 4  Blackwater Soil and Water Conservation, 7:30 a.m., U.S. Department of Agriculture, 6285 Dogwood Dr., Milton  North End Tourist Development Committee, 8:30 a.m., SRC Chamber of Commerce   More...

Home & Garden

Boy Scout Troop 417 hikes part of Appalachian Trail

Four Boy Scouts from BSA Troop 417 of St. Ann Catholic Church went on a 50-mile backpacking expedition on the Appalachian Trail, while another started an Eagle Scout community service project aimed at preserving Bayou Texar. More...

Kids Unlimited Summer Camp raising funds for second year

Those girls from Gulf Breeze High School are doing it again! Sara Papantonio (senior) and Mollie Johnson (junior) are getting ready for the second Kids Unlimited Summer Camp (KUSC) to take place during the week of June 24 through June 28. More...

Now is the time to start pest control

April is a wonderful time of year. The temperature is rising, the gardens are blooming and soon the produce will be plenty. So will the bugs. More...



NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING WHEREAS, David Daniel, representing Steve Wagner has petitioned to vacate, abandon, discontinue and renounce any interest and right of the public in and to the following described property to wit: BIG OAK LOOP ROAD LEGAL DESC More...