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August 13th, 2013 | Author:

Check out this brief video of  just one of the 30 gulf side beach accessible reefs in Navarre….with more planned.

 

 

August 10th, 2013 | Author:

Committee members and others indicate more and more people are using and enjoying the reef amenities at Navarre Beach Park.   Many reports of abundant sea life on and around the reefs and almost full coverage of the basic reef structures in less than one year since deployment.  Mike Sandler snapped this photo on a recent dive of the Gulf Reef site.

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July 14th, 2013 | Author:

Heads up – you’re on NBMS Candid Camera.

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This guy didn’t seem too shy while swimming around one of the NBMS Gulf Reefs.   He even gave a profile shot.

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June 19th, 2013 | Author:

Local professional artist and marine sanctuary supporter Kelley Grace, created another beautiful Run for the Reef 5K logo which will adorn all our races shirts this year.  Thanks Kelley.   Register now to receive yours.

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June 15th, 2013 | Author:

The 5th annual Run for the Reef  is in the planning stages and Registration is OPEN.  The run will be Sunday October 13th at the Navarre Pier.  Proceeds benefit the Marine Sanctuary and related programs or improvements.  You can register for the run on Active.com or download the registration form from our website.   Area artist  Grace Kelley will create the race logo again this year.  Don’t forget to put us on the calendar for October 13th!

Race shirt sponsorships   ($250 logo, $125 name in text)   are available.    Run With It of Fort Walton Beach owner Jeff Harris  will provide the top two Men’s and Women’s finisher’s in this year’s run for the reef with gift certificates to keep the winner’s truckin’.

May 04th, 2013 | Author:

Just announced by the FL governor Rick Scott is a list of projects that will be funded in Phase 3 of the NRDA Early Restoration. Florida’s Proposed NRDA Phase III Projects total approximately $58 million. Projects SR 26 and SR 27 are within this set of projects

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Details from which the press release was gathered are in a Federal Register publication released May 6.

April 30th, 2013 | Author:

Check out the Inaugural event for the Navarre Fishing Rodeo

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March 23rd, 2013 | Author:

The Marine Sanctuary Committee has changed the Marine Sanctuary Plan to replace the Phase III observation pier with a more realistic and promising set of projects.  The projects have already been documented, and submitted for funding consideration with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) which is administering funds associated with the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill disaster.  The projects  are referenced within the DEP project system as  SR 26 and SR 27 and already have county concurrence.  Both projects  and the updated sanctuary  plan are summarized on the Plans and Documents page of our website.  SR 26 provides for additional beach dune walkovers and equipment wash down stations to encourage and  increase access and ease of transportation for park visitors with scuba equipment, kayaks, or other similar beach equipment. SR 27 is a project to permit and fully populate a 1 mile by 2 mile near shore artificial reef area approximately 1 mile south of the Navarre Beach shore.  Costs for the projects are estimated at approximately $1.8 Million.

Bob Boston will be spearheading the effort for both permitting and funding of the projects.  The Marine Sanctuary Committee has already committed $6,000 to develop permit applications and that work is currently underway with our Environmental Consultant.

Here’s to  keeping Navarre Snorkelicious!

March 02nd, 2013 | Author:

You can now find dive signage at the entrance to the park and at each Gulf and Sound Side Pavilions that are closest to the three beach accessible snorkeling and diving reefs.

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February 19th, 2013 | Author:

The next Marine Sanctuary Committee meeting will be Monday, February 25 at 6 pm in the Visitor Information Center/Chamber Conference Room.

Below is a list of some of the items we will be discussing:

Marine Sanctuary Committee leadership for 2013
Reef Sponsorship update
Run for the Reef update
Volunteers needed for Fun Fest booth April 26 and 27
Promoting and marketing reefs
Grant opportunities