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August 27th, 2015 | Author:

Run For The Reef  on Oct 10th is fast approaching.  Check out these  Special rates at Hampton Inn the weekend of the event.


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August 27th, 2015 | Author:

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August 23rd, 2015 | Author:

Volunteers supporting the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary helped to launch lots of folks in the “Glass Bottom” Kayaks in Navarre Beach County Park this past Thursday and again on Saturday.

45 folks were accomodated on Thursday and another 18 came out to view the reefs from the kayaks on Saturday.

Mike Sandler provided these pictures from Saturday’s time out at the reef.  The first is an octopus he caught hanging out on one of the reefs.  The second is reef fish finding some shade under one of the reef trees.

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August 07th, 2015 | Author:


Dear Kayakers,

If you have been following the weather today and in particular the Marine Forecast, you may be aware of rough water conditions both today and Saturday. Most local areas have posted Yellow or Red Flags for today and expect the same for Saturday. National Weather Service is predicting RIP Currents near shore, winds, and light to moderate chop for the next two days.

Although it actually looks fairly nice outside, water conditions are expected to be too rough for near shore kayak tours. Water visibility is poor due to the churned up water and not expected to improve Saturday.

Our volunteers try very hard to make these tours happen but for safety reasons we are cancelling the tour for this Saturday.

For those who are available, we have another tour scheduled Thursday, August 20.

We hope you will continue to check our Marine Sanctuary and the Sea Turtle Conservation websites for future events and support our programs whenever possible.

Thank you,
Mike Sandler
Marine Sanctuary Committee

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July 24th, 2015 | Author:

Date and categories are set for the 3rd annual Navarre Fishing Rodeo this fall –

Sat Oct 3 & Sun Oct 4

The event benefits Heroes on the Water, Take A Kid Fishing Foundation, & Navarre Beach Marine Park*

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station
Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center
Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary

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July 15th, 2015 | Author:

Final permits have been issued to Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners for a 1 x 2 mile reef area 1 nautical mile off of Navarre Beach.

A copy of the permit can be viewed along with other permits and official reef related documents on our Plans & Documents page

Plans are also being discussed for a wide dune walkover  with a large wash down station accessible from the parking lot of the Gulf Side pavilion in Navarre Beach Marine Park.  The walkover and wash down station will accommodate dive, paddle board, kayak and similar equipment making access to and from the beach for such items easier and provide a location for fresh water wash down.


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July 08th, 2015 | Author:

We will be hosting clear bottom kayak gulf reef tours on four days in July and August 9a -12p in Navarre Beach Marine Park.

Dates of tours

July 18 Saturday

July 30 Thursday

August 8 Saturday – Canceled due to weather & surf conditions

August 20 Thursday

For more info on the Kayak Tours  check out these links


Volunteer opportunity:

We also need volunteers to help sign-in participants, move kayaks to the beach, launch and recover, assist with tours, and at the end we will need volunteers to move the Kayaks back to parking and clean-up.  You may also bring your own SUP, Kayak, or other flotation if you like.  Extra life jackets and kayaks carts are always useful.

If interested in this opportunity please contact Mike Sandler at:

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June 02nd, 2015 | Author:

Video by Mike Sandler.

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May 30th, 2015 | Author:

Run for the Reef

Sponsorships Available

Check out our Race Page for event details.

The 5K, 10K and 1 mile Fun Run is Saturday October 10th – 8 AM at the Navarre Beach Pier.

Register online or download a registration form  here for the 7th Annual Run for the Reef.

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May 27th, 2015 | Author:

I swam with this little guy at the reef recently.

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