Calendar of Events

Monday, Jan. 3 Gulf Breeze City Council 6:30 p.m., Council Chamber, City Hall, 1070 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze Wednesday, Jan. 5 Gulf Breeze Toastmasters noon, Fellowship Hall, First Baptist Church, 555 Fairpoint Drive, Gulf Breeze Thursday, Jan. 6 Santa Rosa County North End Tourist Development Committee 8:30 a.m., County Administrative Center, 6495 Caroline Street, Milton Santa Rosa County Commission Zoning […]

Holiday gatherings abound for area ‘garden club ladies’

Wow! Those garden club ladies sure know how to have a party! Mona and Gerry Brown welcomed the Driftwood Garden Club members and their guests into their waterfront home Dec. 9. The tables were laid in silver and gold, and glittering candle light set the atmosphere. A beautiful crèche scene adorned the fireplace mantle, and Christmas toys and a beautiful […]

Countdown to 50: Gulf Breeze historical tidbits

How many GB acres are devoted to recreation?

The city of Gulf Breeze maintains its status as the Magic City with beautiful homes and 517 acres of undeveloped and developed property for recreation. Some of these are on the water and others are not; but they are all beautiful. Shoreline Park is the foremost recreation area in Gulf Breeze and consists of 155 acres. Shoreline is really two […]

GBPD honors volunteers



1 The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico stunts the area’s economy. Oil reaches Pensacola Beach on June 3. 2 FEMA gives final approval for $15 million in alternative projects in Gulf Breeze. 3 Avalex Technologies of Pensacola buys the vacant Gulf Breeze Ford property and will relocate to the peninsula in August 2011. Earlier […]

BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill leaves Gulf coast forever changed

O n April 20, a thunderous explosion rocked the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, positioned 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast claimed 11 lives, and the ruptured 5,000-ft pipe spewed an estimated 56,000-68,000 barrels of oil each day through mid-July, when it was finally capped. It would be mid-September, however, before the largest […]

Year in Review: Obama visit shuts down U.S. 98

JANUARY 7 Mediacom Cable Co. and Sinclair Broadcast Group reach a signal retransmission consent agreement that will allow WEAR-TV programming to continue airing in Santa Rosa County and on Pensacola Beach. The contract is for one year and will have to be renegotiated again before the end of 2010. . Gulf Breeze resident Walter Behrens, 21, is formally charged with […]


During the past year, our community tearfully said goodbye to numerous beloved family members, public figures and acquaintances. Gulf Breeze News had the honor of publishing obituaries for these loved ones: Alexander, Johnny (passed on May 7) Andersen, Dale (Jan. 10) Antonnacci, Helen (Jan. 30) Ard, Bertile (Sept. 4) Bare, Betty (Aug. 27) Betts, Margaret (Jan. 9) Blacklaw, Jo (Feb. […]

Bright, sunny and profitable is the forecast

Last year at this time, we could not predict that the summer tourism season would be stained with light crude oil which washed ashore after a tragic explosion aboard a gulf oil rig.   We at Gulf Breeze News decided to poll the people closest to Pensacola Beach to see if they could predict what 2011 holds for the island, […]

What kind of hope do you have for 2011?

So, I’m driving to Georgia to visit my family. It’s just a father and son trip this time and he’s fallen asleep. He’s conked out on in the passenger seat, his head resting on his pillow, brought from home. I notice his relaxed breathing and calm expression and find myself envious of how simple his life is right now. He’s […]