Santa Rosa Island Authority

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On Tuesday morning Chris Carter was loading the metal skeleton of a pop up beach tent onto the trailer of his truck. The Gulf Breeze resident says things looked a lot different over the weekend. "Over the weekend it looked like a catastrophe. There were these pop-up tents and tents and air mattresses and floats. The storms came through...Sunday morning and everyone left in a panic and the beach was in disarray."

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

The Santa Rosa Island Authority is at a bit of a crossroads.

The authority, which provides many services and events on Pensacola Beach, has been funded over the years, for the most part, with the lease fees paid by homeowners on the island. However, those home owners are now also being charged ad valorem property taxes. Some have called paying both property taxes and lease fees a form of double-taxation.

Gulf Power

Gulf Power and the Santa Rosa Island Authority are teaming up on a project to make Pensacola Beach a bit safer for both humans and sea turtles.



The Santa Rosa Island Authority has agreed to hire a community planner to prepare for a future where its primary source of funding could soon disappear.

Photo via Flickr//Ben Ferenchak

Dangerous surf conditions along the local beaches are in the forecast for early this week, as the number of lifeguards on Pensacola Beach are at their normal October reduction in force. Red flags are also up at Navarre Beach in Santa Rosa County, where lifeguards will be on duty through October 31.

Blue Angels

Final preparations are being made on Santa Rosa Island, for next weekend’s Blue Angels air show, the first since 2012. 

For Buck Lee, Executive Director of the Santa Rosa Island Authority, what a difference a year makes. He says the cancelation of most of the flight demonstration team’s 2013 season now has many of their fans viewing them in a new light.

Photo via Instagram// @wynnayscue

People are crowding onto Santa Rosa Island for the Memorial Day weekend. Many are looking forward to the beach parties that mark the annual mostly LGBT gathering at Park East.

About 150,000 people attended the LGBT-related events last Memorial Day. And organizer Johnny Chism is expecting higher numbers this time around. A number of events are on tap at Emerald City on Wright Street – the downtown Pensacola bar owned by Chism and considered the headquarters for the LGBT weekend.

Lifeguards returned to the beaches of Santa Rosa Island and Perdido Key this weekend, and are preparing for spring breakers and the 2014 summer tourist season. 

2013 In Review: Blue Angels

Dec 22, 2013
U.S. Navy

As we get WUWF’s look back at the major news stories of 2013 off the ground, we start with the Blue Angels – who spent most of the year on it.

The cancelation was announced in the wake of sequestration – mandated across-the-board cuts that trimmed 85 billion dollars from the federal budget. The squadron flew its kickoff show over Key West, before their first in-season grounding since the Korean Conflict.