That’s right – we’re getting an early jump on planning for next year’s run and we wan YOU to help make it another banner year for this signature fall event. You are invited to a Preliminary Planning Meeting to begin Planning all the things that go on before and during the race to make it successful.
If you like planning parties or being involved behind the scenes this is your chance. No run experience is needed – just a willingness to Help Make Navarre Snorkelicious.
When: Monday, November 15th at 6 PM.
Where: Navarre Visitor Information Conference Room
The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary program came in 2nd place again this year for the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 grant. At the Impact 100 organization’s annual meeting, the full grant amount of $114,000 was awarded to the other finalist in the Environmental, Recreation and Preservation category, St. Michael’s Cemetery Preservation Program. Had the Marine Sanctuary been awarded the grant, the monies would have funded two of the three reef sites in the Marine Sanctuary plan.
This marks the second year the Marine Sanctuary program has been a finalist for the Impact 100 grant. Mandy Evers authored this year’s grant and was successful at getting the program to the finals for this, the second consecutive year. Site visits were conducted with each applicant by Impact 100 committees after which two finalist in each of five categories were selected. The vote was held to award the grant immediately after the final presentations at the annual meeting.
While we are disappointed that the Marine Sanctuary was not the recipient, congratulations go the St. Michael’s Cemetary Preservation Program for their achievement. The Marine Sanctuary Committee also thanks the members of the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 for the opportunity to compete for the grant.
For years now Escambia and Santa Rosa County visitors and residents alike have asked the question – Where can we snorkel? A ready answer may be forthcoming.
Beach accessible snorkeling and diving reefs are in the process of being installed off Pensacola beach and could be in place as early as November 1. Within the next month the Marine Resources Division of Escambia county should have permit applications for a similar Perdido Key snorkeling reef ready for submission by Escambia county.
To top it off, the state permits for Navarre Beach snorkeling and diving reefs in the Gulf and in Santa Rosa Sound are in hand with the federal permits expected to be issued next year. In addition, the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee is pursuing a $114,000 grant from the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 organization which could fund two of the three sites planned there (1 in the gulf and 1 in he sound).
With the creation of all three sites – a real snorkeling trail will emerge. This will make not only Navarre, but the Emerald Coast…..Snorkelicious!
The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee will meet Monday, October 25th at 6 PM in the Navarre Visitor Information Center Conference Room.
It was a busy summer for the committee. We appreciate all new committee members and community support. You can Help Make Navarre Snorkelicious.
RUN FOR THE REEF
Thanks to the participants, volunteers and sponsors, the 2nd Annual Run For the Reef 5K and Kid’s 1 Mile Fun Run was another huge success and brought in over $5,000 for the marine sanctuary. The venue for this year’s event was the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Runners again were treated to entertainment, food, beer and soft drinks with free after race massages and lots of great door prizes. You can check out our website www.navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.com for more information and a link to the results.
Mandy has set up some times to meet to practice the Impact 100 presentation. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend these practice sessions. Bring a friend. Practice days, time, and place:
Monday, October 18 – 6PM , Wednesday, October 20 – 6PM, and Friday, October 22 – 6PM – Navarre Visitor Information Center (enter through back door)
Saturday, October 23 – 10AM – Navarre Best Western (conference room on the left as you enter the front)
The Impact 100 presentation is this Sunday, October 24. Voting by Impact 100 members and announcement of grant recipients will follow the presentations.
Thanks to the participants, volunteers and sponsors, the 2nd Annual Run For the Reef 5k and Kid’s 1 Mile Fun Run was another huge success. The venue for this year’s event was the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Runners again were treated to entertainment, food, beer and soft drinks with free after race massages and lots of great door prizes. You can check out the results at the event timing website – (http://www.eventtiming.com).
The post race party and awards ceremony was emcee’d by Tom and Jan Dearien of Islandtime Entertainment with special celebrity guest Aimee Shaffer of 102.1 FM and Mr. Navarre – Andy Epstein. The Navarre Pier proved a perfect setting with everyone enjoying the great fall weather and breathtaking Gulf Front views from the deck.
This year’s event saw us almost double our sponsorships and participation was again close to 300 people.
Thanks to everyone that came out to help Make Navarre Snorkelicious!!
Only 1 week left to register for the 2nd Annual Run For the Reef 5K and Kid’s 1 mile Fun Run. You can register online at active.com thru Thursday October 14th or drop off your registration form at the Visitor Information Center by Friday October 15th. Race Day Registration at the Pier is also available Saturday October 16th from 6 AM until 7:15 AM at the Navarre Beach Pier.
2nd Annual Run For The Reef 5K
Come on out and Help Make Navarre Snorkelicious!