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.
Mike Sandler took this photo on a recent trip out to the reefs with Dan McCarren. Lots of growth and life on the reefs.
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.
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 Active.com 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.
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.
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 (http://www.navarrepress.com)
It was an awesome day at Navarre Beach today (October 13th) for the 5th annual Run for the Reef. Results will be posted on line at http://www.eventtiming.com/
Thanks to all that came out to help keep Navarre Snorelicious
Another great reason to come out to the Run for the Reef Sunday, October 13th at the Navarre Pier.
You can purchase chances to win one of two beautiful pieces by local artists.
- A beautiful 18×24 matted print donated by local professional photographer Jeffrey Waldorff of Waldorff Photography .
- An impressive piece of marine artwork depicting the Navarre reefs and marine live donated by local professional marine artist Chuck Chunn of Chuck Chunn Marine Art
Chances to win are $1 each or 6 for $5. Purchase on the pier deck after the race or at packet pickup Friday 2-6 and Saturday 10-2 at the Navarre Visitor Information Center.
The race starts at 7:30 AM and the party/awards ceremony follows on the pier deck.
Kid’s fun run starts approximately 9 AM.
Come on out and join the fun. Your run registration gets you a one of a kind Run for the Reef 5K shirt, and free beverages and post race goodies at the awards ceremony.
Sign up today at our Marine Sanctuary booth during the Sand Sculpting competition at Navarre Beach Pier and get the early entry fee discount.
The run is only two weeks away – sign up today on at the Sand Sculpting competition, on Active.com, or download an entry form from our Run for the Reef page here.
The Run for the Reef is less than three weeks away. Event coordinators have been working on their parts of the event. It is time to get together and determine what has been done and what else needs to be done prior to that weekend.
We will meet this Thursday, September 26 at 6 pm at the Visitor Information Center/Navarre Chamber Conference room (enter through the Sound Side doors). If you are interested in helping out with the Run come on out – we’ll find a place for you.