County braces for liquor license frenzy

After Santa Rosa County electorate voted last week to “go wet,” the immediate buzz was “what’s next?” Residents wondered how quickly the first drink would be served, and some concerns were raised about limitations. “I think we can all count on a minimum of a six month wait,” explains Ruby Tuesday manager Eric Mattiza. “There are delays in the process. […]

Home Builders drop impact fee lawsuit

At the September Workshop Meeting of the Midway Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Buck Thackeray announced that the Home Builders Association of West Florida (HBA) is dropping its lawsuit against Midway Fire District. Fire Chief Demeter confirmed that the motion to drop the suit had been filed on Monday, according to HBA Executive Director David Peaden. The lawsuit, filed a year […]

Navarre Beach taxation leaps second hurdle

On August 31, 2005, the First District Court of Appeal denied the Navarre Beach Leaseholders motion for rehearing, for rehearing en banc and certification. The motion for rehearing was made after the appellant court upheld the Santa Rosa circuit court ruling on Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser Greg Brown’s assessment of real property improvements on Navarre Beach. The leaseholders had […]

Grocery chain eyes GB location

Gulf Breeze grocery shoppers may get another set of aisles to peruse, according to Cindy Anderson, TEAM Santa Rosa Director. She said a major grocery store chain is “definitely looking” at building a location in the city limits of Gulf Breeze. Anderson wouldn’t reveal the name of the chain until the contract is signed. “The questions they are asking are […]

‘Dry’ storm wreaks havoc on power

With very little rain in Northwest Florida in the first 24 hours of impact, Hurricane Katrina wrecked havoc on power lines as salt-laden winds covered coastal areas. Within the Naval Live Oaks area, the situation was exacerbated by the deforestation caused by the last year’s storms; salt-laden winds met little resistance as they blew inland. “With a dry storm,” John […]

Community unites to aid Katrina survivors, refugees

Interfaith Disaster Response (IDR), the recent organization formed by the city government of Gulf Breeze and several local churches, is pooling its resources to address the needs of Katrina hurricane survivors. For the second time in less than a week, a 45-foot tractor-trailer, furnished by Clark Site Contractors, Inc., left the area loaded with hurricane relief for the Mississippi Gulf […]

Gulf Breeze student shot, killed after struggle

At 2:40 a.m. on September 7, a Santa Rosa County Sheriff ’s deputy responded to a call from Gulf Breeze residents Allen and Bonnie Ambrose. The Ambroses stated they believed someone had broken into their Tiger Point home after hearing their two dogs barking by the backdoor and their alarm system sounding. When police arrived, they found the back door […]

Whataburger to open soon

It won’t be too much longer before Gulf Breezers can satifsy cravings for Whataburgers and taquitos. Workers are putting the finishing touches on the Gulf Breeze location of Whataburger and franchise operations director Lee Cartledge said it will be open as soon as possible. The restaurant is located in the Live Oak Shopping Center in front of Consignment Furniture and […]

Flea Market serves as drop off and distribution area for hurricane relief

Those looking for a place to help make a difference for Katrina evacuees in our area are encouraged to volunteer at the Disaster Drop-off and Distribution Center located on the west end of the Gulf Breeze Flea Market. The facility is located on Highway 98, across from the zoo. The space for the Disaster Center was donated by the owners […]

Local children reach out to hurricane victims

Though many have lost their homes and belongings themselves, local children are reaching out to the many victims of Hurricane Katrina. Pensacola Beach Elementary School students Adian O’Brien, Taylor Daynes, Parker Daynes, Alexandra O’Brien and Savannah Green raised over $200 selling frozen drinks on Pensacola Beach for hurricane Katrina victims. The students were all affected directly by hurricane Ivan last […]