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.
Runners and Walkers,
Whether you are as fast as a Spotted Eagle Ray or move like a Loggerhead Turtle out of water, this event is for you. Not only will this be a fun race down Gulf Blvd on Navarre Beach with an awards party on the gulf at the Navarre Beach Pier, this is an opportunity to help the local environment in an unprecedented way. Sign up today and beat the early race registration cut-off.
5k Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run
Saturday – October 13th 2012 7:30am Start
Help the Navarre Beach Chamber Foundation maintain our near shore Marine Sanctuaries and Artificial Reefs for Snorkeling and Diving in Santa Rosa Sound and Navarre Beach
Register online at www.active.com
Download registration form at www.navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.com
(Registration Drop Off – Navarre Chamber/Visitor Information Center)
AWARDS CEREMONY & PARTY @ NAVARRE PIER
For more Information on the 5K or the Marine Sanctuary project
or visit our website
MAKE NAVARRE SNORKELICIOUS!
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4th Annual Run for the Reef
The Navarre Pier will be the venue for the 4th Annual Run for the Reef on Saturday, October 13th, 2012 at 7:30 am. This 5K run/walk and one mile fun run will benefit the Marine Sanctuary project which includes snorkeling and diving reefs off Navarre Beach and have a significant impact on our local economy and environment.
Register online at active.com or find more information and download a registration form at navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.com. Registration forms are also available at the Navarre Beach Pier and the Navarre Visitor Information Center. Race day registration will be 6 am on the Pier deck. Awards and refreshments after the race, enjoy the run and the beautiful gulf front view from the Navarre Pier Deck.
The reefs are indeed installed and fully visible from the surface. Several Marine Sanctuary Committee members took to the water to check out the reefs up close by diving and snorkeling them. They do look impressive and the fish seemed to be enjoying the new structures already.
Here are some shots taken by Mike Sandler on one of the first dives of the Gulf Side reefs
One of the reef trees from below
Nancy Sandler inspecting a reef
Ray hiding in the sand
After many weeks of waiting and watching for a good window of weather and sea state, the Reef Maker of Orange Beach installed the last of the Marine Sanctuary Eco System Reefs in the Gulf off of Navarre Beach County Park. This deployment of reefs completes the set of three reef sites that make up the Marine Sanctuary at Navarre Beach County Park. Two additional sites are in Santa Rosa Sound just off the north shore of the park.
The newest reef addition provide a great snorkel opportunity…and a fun way to cool off after the October 13th Run for the Reef 5K
All three pavilions on the sound at Navarre Beach County Park have new walkway improvements and showers thanks to Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation funding and a solid partnership with Santa Rosa County. The Foundation provided the funds from monies raised by their Marine Sanctuary Committee and reserved for Marine Sanctuary and related program use. The monies were used to purchase material and the county provided the sweat and muscles to get it done. Sand fences will also be installed near two of the pavilions to mark a clear path through the sand from the pavilions to the shore near the reef areas, which will help direct foot traffic and minimize damage to the natural vegetation.
Signs identifying the sound side reef areas as snorkel reefs where no motorized vessels are allowed have also been deployed on all the sound side reef marker pilings