Escambia County received word today from NOAA, of a favorable ruling for the snorekeling reef permits in the sound near the Fort Pickens gate and nearshore in the Gulf, just west of Casino Beach. This means after the Army Corps of Engineers is officially notified of the ruling, that Federal Permits should be forthcoming.
This is GREAT NEWS for both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Because of the favorable ruling, the way is paved for application of the same criteria and precedent inthe permits being sought by the Marine Sanctuary. We are one very large step closer to Making Navarre Snorkelicious!!
Another bit of good news is that the re survey of the Navarre Gulf Reef Site came back with no changes to the original survey. This means no information gathered for the Navarre Gulf side snorkeling reef permits will need to be altered, which should further help the speed of the permitting process.