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August 13th, 2014 | Author:

Thanks to Tim Axford for these recent pics of the gulf side reef and one of  it’s more recognizable visitors.















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August 11th, 2014 | Author:


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July 14th, 2014 | Author:

These guys just seem to hang in the water.  Very mesmerizing to watch while hovering over the reefs.


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July 13th, 2014 | Author:

Lots of snorkelers and divers,       Thanks to Mike Sandler for the photos.

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July 13th, 2014 | Author:

If you have been out to the Gulf Side Reefs or any where near them, chances are you have run into Dan McCarren.   Dan, a long time NBMS Committee member and avid supporter is at the beach daily all year round.  When he’s not on the reefs he’s showing folks how to get there or explaining their importance to visitors and residents alike.    Be Like Dan – Get out to Navarre County Beach Park and enjoy the reefs.


  This Nurse shark had beaten a fisherman by stripping the line from their reel, unfortunately the line trailed behind it and when it sought refuge with the Navarre Snorkeling reef it became entangled.   Two divers and a swimmer (Bob Boston) enjoying “snokeliscious” came to the rescue, secured a knife and cut the line holding the shark to the reef.  Just one more example of working together for Navarre’s environment and low impact enjoyment.

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May 27th, 2014 | Author:

Mike Sandler took this photo on a recent trip out to the reefs with Dan McCarren. Lots of growth and life on the reefs.
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April 08th, 2014 | Author:

All State and Federal permits have now been granted to Santa Rosa County to clear the way for an expansion of the current Gulf Side Snorkeling reefs to three times the current size.  This makes possible,  the addition of 60 reefs to the current 30 reefs.  One set of 30 additional reefs will be on the East side of the current reef site, and the other set of 30  will be on the west side.

The Gulf  Side Snorkeling reef expansion is one component of a project (SR-26) submitted into the NRDA funding process which distributes funding stemming from the BP Oil Spill related monies along the gulf coast.    A separate project (SR-27) currently in the permitting phase is a larger (1 mile by2  mile)  near shore reef zone approximately 1.2 miles offshore.


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April 05th, 2014 | Author:

The 6th annual Run for the Reef  is in the planning stages and Registration is OPEN.   The race is expanding this year to add a 10K race.

The run will be Saturday October 18th at the Navarre Pier.  Proceeds benefit the Marine Sanctuary and related programs or improvements.  You can register for the run on  and check out the Run Page on our website.    Don’t forget to put us on the calendar for October 18th!

Watch for race shirt sponsorship opportunities  to be available soon.

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April 03rd, 2014 | Author:

The next Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee meeting will be Monday, April 21 at 6 pm at the Navarre Chamber/VIC Conference room.

We will discuss the reef expansion project and Run for the Reef, and volunteers are needed for our Fun Fest booth April 25 and 26.

If you are interested in helping or just finding out what’s going on with the Marine Sanctuary  please join us.

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October 14th, 2013 | Author:

Navarre Press has posted the Run for the Reef results and placements.


Check it out.    You should find race pictures at the Navarre press site also (



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