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Helms Quads are ready to step into new roles




The journey is taking a new turn. Teresa and Jeff Helms of Gulf Breeze learned seven weeks into their pregnancy, 19 years ago, that their family was about to increase by not one, not two, not even three, but by four babies. On June 5, 2021, the Helms watched their son and three daughters, who were born Aug. 22, 2002, […]

Deaths mar first week of summer break

A swimmer drowns at Pensacola Beach. A child drowns at Navarre Beach. An infant drowns in a Navarre canal. A Pace child dies after being left in a hot car. These are the reports from the first week of summer break. On Thursday, June 10, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a man died while swimming in the Gulf of […]

Summer safety tips from the American Red Cross

WATER SAFETY Every family member should become “water smart.” This starts with learning to be safe, making good choices and learning to swim to at least achieve the skills of water competency. Everyone should be able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance and then get out of the water safely. A variety […]

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FWC gives tips on coexisting with wildlife



It’s dark and you spot something moving in your yard. Once your eyes adjust, you realize it’s a black bear. What should you do? Many people’s first instinct is to pull a smart phone out and begin filming. Others run to the safety of their homes. Then, they say they want the bears relocated away from a populated area, to […]

‘Drama Mama’ calls it a wrap

Margie Timmons, center, is retiring after this school year after leading the Gulf Breeze High School’s award-winning drama program for over 30 years. She took a moment to pose with some of the graduating seniors including Lilian Dermody, Micah Veraneau, Emma Kale, Margie Timmons, Lydia Ent, Isabella Ellis, Isabella MacDonald, Lauren Flanagan, and not pictured is Madison Beverly.

Curriculum debate flares again




The concern about Santa Rosa County students being taught principles from Critical Race Theory is not going away. Last week’s school board meeting in Milton brought more complaints with some parents providing research for school board members on the matter to the microphone during public forum. But this meeting had no parents removed from the meeting by the board chair […]

Thomas Ins. Agency owner arrested for fraud

John Michael Thomas, 51, of Pensacola made his initial appearance Monday, June 7 on wire fraud charges related to his business, Thomas Insurance, LLC. A federal criminal complaint was filed on March 12, charging Thomas with selling fraudulent insurance policies to his clients in exchange for approximately $4 million in insurance premium payments. On April 1, Thomas was arrested on […]

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City Council delays vote on Shoreline boat ramp repair




FEMA says the hurricane-damaged boat ramps at Shoreline Park must be rebuilt in the same footprint and same configuration as the original decks for the City of Gulf Breeze to qualify for reimbursement. According to Gulf Breeze City Manager Samantha Abell, all necessary Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineer permits have now been received and bids have […]

Chamber of Commerce opens in new location

Gulf Breeze Chamber President and CEO Grace Arneault welcomed the community to the new home of the Chamber, at 3044 Gulf Breeze Parkway Friday afternoon, June 4. The new location was found after the school board sold the building the Chamber occupied for over two decades. The new Chamber office has over 2 300 square feet and several offices, including […]

ECAT discontinues Garcon bus route




Thanks to the recent opening of the Pensacola Bay Bridge, Escambia County Area Transit has altered some temporary local bus routes that went into effect following the Sept. 6, 2020, hurricane related barge damage to the bridge. That damage closed the connection between Gulf Breeze/ Pensacola Beach and Pensacola until repairs could be completed. The first span of the new […]


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