Island News

Intersection improvements begin in Casino Beach Parking Lot

 Construction of intersection improvements within the Casino Beach parking lot began Monday, May 14, on Pensacola Beach. The improvements will allow motorists to enter the main parking area from the parking lot in front of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Substation and will provide enhanced signage and pavement markings for guidance. The construction is anticipated to last three weeks. However, […]

Help turtles successfuly nest on Pensacola Beach

 May is the beginning of sea turtle nesting season on many of Florida’s sandy beaches. Beachfront property owners and beach visitors can help nesting turtles and hatchlings by turning off or shielding lights that are visible from the beach at night. “People’s efforts to keep our beaches as dark as possible at night, without affecting human safety, can make a […]

Advocates to discuss party houses on May 31

The Pensacola Beach Advocates, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate and inform leaseholders, public officials and other interested parties about important matters affecting Pensacola Beach, is hosting a town hall public meeting May 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Beach Community Church. The meeting will address the increasing number and size of event/party houses operating […]

SRIA tables million-dollar rest room bid at Portofino



A rest room proposed by Portofino developer Robert Rinke for Pensacola beach may not get built as proposed since it would cost over $1 million. The Santa Rosa island Authority put an indefinite hold on the project last week, saying with almost $300,000 in short fall of funds they don’t have the money to move forward. The rest room was […]

Seashore eliminating night time turtle monitoring

New Sea Turtle nesting protocols will reduce human interaction

 With sea turtle nesting season just around the corner, Gulf Islands National Seashore biologists and volunteers are implementing new sea turtle nesting protocols. The national seashore is coordinating efforts with state and local partners to use the least manipulative methods to protect nests. Specifically, national seashore biologists are responsible for sea turtle nests within the national seashore at Perdido Key, […]

Eight years later, beach advocates recall BP Oil Spill

Proposals would weaken drilling safety rules



Speaking about the anniversary of the BP Oil spill are (from left) Benjamin Stevenson of Pensacola Beach Advocates, Christian Wagley of Gulf Restoration Network, JJ Waters of Surfrider Foundation, Mike Pinzone with Pensacola Beach Pier and Grover Robinson, Escambia County commissioner. Lisa Newell | Gulf Breeze NewsChristian Wagley of Gulf Restoration Network stood on the concrete in front of Casino […]

Open House Sunday winner

Glenda Caudle | Gulf Breeze NewsMarilee Smeal of Gulf Breeze was the lucky winner of a gift basket she registered for during the most recent Open House Sunday. Gulf Breeze News plans another Open House Sunday on May 20. Deadline to advertise or sponsor the event is Thursday, May 10. For details, contact Doug Henriques or Lisa Newell at (850) […]

8 years after BP Oil Spill, coalition opposes offshore drilling

In 2010, Gov. Charlie Crist visited Pensacola to personally witness the oil that washed ashore after the Deepwater Horizon well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. File photoA coalition of businesses, residents, elected officials and environmental organizations will gather on Friday, April 20, on Pensacola Beach to mark the anniversary of the 2010 BP oil spill and announce their commitment […]

Pensacola Beach Wins USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018 Best Florida Beach

Gulf Islands National Seashore Cited to Top Three

  Visit Pensacola is pleased to share that Pensacola Beach has been recognized as USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice 2018 Best Florida Beach. The area boasted not one, but two, nominations for the contest, with the Gulf Islands National Seashore coming in third place. To add to the celebration, the beaches of Northwest Florida dominated the competition with Panama […]

Water board recommends scope, permitting proposal




South Santa Rosa Utility System will be recommending to Gulf Breeze City Council that members approve the scope and permitting fee proposal for the design of the Tiger Point Wastewater Treatment Facility upgrade and expansion in the amount of $1,132,500 in an upcoming meeting. Council recently approved Baskerville- Donovan’s moving ahead as a preliminary step in the project, which is […]


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