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
Nearshore fishing/diving reef
Gulf snorkeling reef expansion
Details from which the press release was gathered are in a Federal Register publication released May 6.
Check out the Inaugural event for the Navarre Fishing Rodeo
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!
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.
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
Tune into the Weather Channel to see footage of the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary reef system being installed among other reefing tales.
The first Northwest Florida Artificial Reef Workshop since 2006 will be held February 19 – 20, 2013 at the Niceville Community Center. For Registration and Agenda Info visit: http://2013nwfarworkshop.eventbrite.com/
Join UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant, FWC Artificial Reef Program, NW FL County Artificial Reef Programs, Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association, and Emerald Coast Artificial Reef Association for the 2013 NW Florida Artificial Reef Workshop. General registration for all events is $40.00 (lunch and dinner included). Register now by clicking on the NW FL Artifical Reef General Registration ticket!
Can’t make the entire workshop? Don’t miss the FREE Evening Expo, 6-8 pm, February 19, 2013, register now by clicking on the NW FL Artificial Reef Workshop Free Evening Expo Only, 6-8 pm, February 19, 2013 ticket!
Commercial vendors interested in display space to promote their business and products are welcome. Vendor registration is $100.00 (includes general registration for 1 person). Register now by clicking on the NW FL Artificial Reef Workshop Vendor registration ticket!
Register on Active.com for the Navarre Chamber Foundation Jingle Bell Run.
Links to the Placements for the Runners and Walkers (Male and Female) Categories have been posted. Please use the links below to access the various .pdf files. If your name is listed in the Run for the reef placements file and you did not receive a medal on the pier deck, you can pick up your medal Monday Oct 15 thru Saturday Oct 20 at the Navarre Visitor Information Center (Highway 98 just west of the Navarre Beach Bridge).
Run for the Reef Placements – Overall, Masters Category and Age Catgory placements for Male and Female Runners and Walkers
Female Runners Times – Overall Placement and Times for Female Runners
Male Runners Times - Overall Placement and Times for Male Runners
Female Walkers Times - Overall Placement and Times for Female Walkers
Male Walkers Times - Overall Placement and Times for Male Walkers
Note Medals are provided for places 1 thru 3 of Male and Female Runner Overall and Age Category. Maters, Grand Masters and Senior Grand Masters are awarded medals for first place only. All Walkers Medals are awarded for 1st place in the listed category. Additional places are listed for information only.
We apologize for the delay in posting the results and appreciate your support in Making Navarre Snorkelicious!
The 4th Annual Run for the Reef 5K saw the highest participation level yet with 317 registered participants and almost all registrants showing up to participate in this year’s event. It was a gorgeous panhandle day. Participants enjoyed perfect fall morning weather, and great sunshine for the after party on the pier deck, with plenty of food and drink.
Local artist Kelley Grace, who designed the race shirts for two years now, was on hand to sign runner’s shirts. Two original prints of the 2011 and 2012 Race Shirt artwork were auctioned off during the after party at a silent auction.
The quilt raffle was quite the hit at the after party also, as a lucky winner took home the beautiful quilt hand made and donated by Lenore Nicholson.
Technical difficulties with the scoring delayed the announcement of the results. Some results were not able to be provided by the end of the event and will be posted here and on active.com after they are complete. Participants that won an award and not able to receive it may view the results for their award listing, and pick it up next week starting Monday October 15 at the Navarre Visitor Information Center VIC). We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience. The awards will be available at the VIC through Saturday October 20.
We do have some preliminary overall results for the Male and Female Runners and Walkers as follows – Congratulations to them!
Female Runners Overall
1st- Amber Barbaresi Age 22
2nd – Cheryl Wolfe Age 53
3rd -Abigail Nichols Age 24
4th – Caroline Levesqe Age 51
Male Runners Overall
1st – Aaron Runyon Age 34
2nd – Logan Hull Age 14
3rd – Neil Postlewaite Age 42
Female Walkers Overall
1st – Julie Harington
2nd – Christine Salome
3rd – Aimee Shaffer
Male Walkers Overall
1st – Ken Smalewich
2nd – Ken Wolfe
3rd – Kevin Freeland
A special congratulations to our youngest 5K competitor Abigail Bennet who finished first in the Female Runner’s 9 and under age category.