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May 19th, 2009 | Author:

Be a “RUN for the REEF” 5K Charity Race sponsor!

When: October 10th, 2009

Where: Navarre Beach Park/Pier Parking Lot

It’s Easy – You can do it on line at

Just write “Run for the Reef” under Special Instructions for Seller and the information asked below (name, company, email, phone and sponsorship level) when reviewing your on line donation.

Levels of sponsorship between Silver and Gold are also available – please contact Mark Griffith at 850-677-1875 to or email him at to find out more.

Gold      $2000 Prime sponsors – logo on front of t-shirt (Max of 2 Prime sponsors)
Silver       $250 Small logo or larger font – company or business listing on back (Max of 10)
Bronze     $100 Small font – company or business listing on back of t-shirt

Name:  _______________________________________________________

E Mail:  ________________________________________________

Phone: _____________________________________________________

Company:  ____________________________________________________

“Run For the Reef” Sponsorship Level:

Gold    $2000 ___

Silver       $250 ___

Bronze $100 ___

Or you can do it by check – pay to Navarre COC Foundation Account – Indicate Run Sponsorship in Memo and include the information from the form above. You can copy and paste the above form information into a word document and print it or go here to view/download it in .pdf format.  Completed forms can be delivered to the Chamber at the Visitor’s Center at the Hwy 98 and the Navarre Beach Bridge or mailed to:
Navarre Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Drawer 5430, Navarre, FL 32566

May 19th, 2009 | Author:

We are Making Navarre Snorkelicious with two snorkeling/diving reefs and a pier.  The reefs will be beautiful, and benefit our economy and coastal ecosystem, as well as provide marine life education to children and adults.

As residents of Navarre, we are excited about this project for three main reasons:

•    Economy            –  $1.17 Million/Yr Economic Output
•    Environment    –   Increased Biodiversity and Cleaner Water
•    Education         –   Centerpiece Amenity for Marine Science Center

***How You or Your Business Can Help***

Sponsorship of the “Run for the Reef” charity 5k run and 1mile fun run October 10th.

Race Volunteers – Volunteer to be on the Run for the Reef Subcommittee to help plan and execute the Run for the Reef charity 5k run in the fall.

Event Volunteers – Volunteer to help man our booth at community events or with the International Coastal Cleanup in September

Tax Deductible Donations – On line at
By check payable to Navarre COC Foundation Account (include Marine Sanctuary in the memo of your check).  at the Visitor’s Center at the Hwy 98 and the Navarre Beach Bridge or mailed to:
Navarre Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Drawer 5430
Navarre, FL 32566

For details on how you can Make Navarre Snorkelicious visit our website or email us at


Your friends at the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary
Mark Griffith / Chairman

May 17th, 2009 | Author:

We had a good looking booth at Fun Fest this weekend.  We provided the public a lot of good information about the efforts to place snorkeling and diving reefs at Navarre Beach on the Gulf and Sound Sides.  The Navarre High School Marine Science Department hosted a touch tank in our booth and the kids loved it.  We raised a little money from donations too.  Here’s some pics from the event.

Thanks to all those that helped man the booth, set up and break down.  Thank you to the Navarre High Science Students for the touch tank – you guys were great.

Click on the links below to view the picture associated with the link.

The Day Begins

Gulf Reef Detail Drawing

Gulf Reef Locational Drawing

Minding the touch tank

Navarre High science students in action

Checking out the reef info.

Make Navarre Snorkelicious

May 15th, 2009 | Author:

In the Thursday regular meeting of the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners, Resolution 2009-13 was passed,  supporting the creation of the Navarre Underwater Marine Sanctuary outlined in our plan.  The resolution formalizes the the county government’s support for the snorkeling and diving reefs we are working toward and indicates the Board of Commissioners agrees to sponsor and hold the required state and federal permits for the project.

You can view the resolution here or from a link on  our Plan Documents page.


May 12th, 2009 | Author:

A resolution to confirm the county’s support for creation of  the marine sanctuary will be voted on at the Thursday, May 14th Board of Commissioners meeting at the  County Offices in Milton.

The meeting will be at 9 AM

County Administrative Center,

Commissioner’s Board Room,

6495 Caroline Street,

Milton, Florida, 32570

You can view the resolution here.

May 09th, 2009 | Author:

Do you kow your 3 E’s.   Learn more about the major benefits of the Marine Sanctuary at the link below.

The 3 E’s

May 09th, 2009 | Author:

Hello All –   Fun Fest is fast approaching!


We’ll be setting up our booth Friday May 15th 4 PM – 7 PM.  We only have one vehicle pass  so you will not be allowed to park in the parking lot where the event will be held (behind Cocodries).   Those coming to help set up Friday should park in the boat launch parking lot across the street  from the Pier (north side of Gulf Blvd).

We’re arranging with Charlene Mauro Fearon to pick up the touch tanks and will coordinate with Kenny and Dale Wilder to pick up the tables we’ll need.  A truck will arrive at the Fun Fest site with the set up materials  Friday at 4:00 PM and get our booth assignment.  Our booth will be located in the pier/park parking lot South West of the Cocodries parking lot just south of where the food Vendors will be set up.

If you can come help us set up Friday  between anytime between 4 and 7  PM please come on out (just remember to park in the boat ramp lot and walk over).   We’ll likely finish setting up before 7 (more like 5:30 or 6)

We should have a great turnout for Fun Fest so please come on out and kibitz with us at the booth during the weekend even if you are not signed up to work the booth.  We’ll be herding folks through the touch tanks,  providing information about the snorkeling and diving reefs, and of course collecting donations.

We’ll also have some Sea grass Awareness wrist bands to hand out and hopefully some ‘Make Navarre Snorkelicious’ bumper stickers (I’m going by the printer today –let’s hope they come in on time and look good).

Below is the booth manning schedule for the weekend.   The Navarre High School Marine Science Club Students will be there throughout the event maintaining the touch tanks.
Remember to park inland and take the shuttle or park in the boat ramp parking lot.


Friday 4 PM – 7 PM – Initial Setup – Come on out if you can to help figure out the best layout

Saturday May 16th Setup (8:30-10 AM)
Mark Griffith
Andy Epstein

Saturday May 16th Man the Booth (10 AM – 1 PM)
Tim Taylor
Stacey Malegni

Saturday May 16th Man the Booth (1 PM – 4 PM)
Stacey Malegni

Saturday May 16th Man the Booth (4 PM – 7 PM)
Bob Haring
Dave Barker

Saturday May 16th Man the Booth (7 PM – 10 PM)
Mark Griffith

Sunday  May 17th Man the Booth (10 AM – 1 PM)
Dale & Kenny Wilder

Sunday May 17th Man the Booth (1 PM – 4 PM)
Dave Barker
Will Smith

Sunday May 17th Breakdown (4 PM – 6 PM)
Mark Griffith
Andy Epstein
Dan McCarren

May 02nd, 2009 | Author:

The Funfest 5K support team is seeking volunteers.  This event raises funds for the Chamber (501 c 3) Foundation.  This is the same foundation that we  (the Maine Sanctuary) are associated with.

Volunteers can sign-up at the Navarre Area Chamber (Visitor Center – Hwy 98 and Navarre Beach Bridge) or contact Mike Sandler at

Volunteers are needed to do the following:

Build race packets week prior to Funfest

Help set up course or registration on morning of race

Help during the race on the course or finish line

Help with the after race party

You are encouraged to volunteer – it will provide some good practice for the 5K that we may be doing in the fall.