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January 31st, 2011 | Author:

Santa Rosa County is gathering information via a survey to help determine the public’s desire for improvements to the Navarre County Beach Park via a land use grant. We encourage you to take the survey and express your desire for beach accessible artificial reefs and the snorkeling and diving opportunities that they provide.

January 29th, 2011 | Author:

We met many folks at the Navarre Health and Business Expo this Saturday. The event was held at Navarre High School and was well attended. Many people expressed interest in the program and we hope to see some of them Monday at our monthly committee meeting (6 PM at the Navarre Visitor Info Center Conference Room). A few celebrities stopped by too….see if you can spot them?

January 24th, 2011 | Author:

Want to help bring Snorkeling and Diving Reefs to Navarre Beach? The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee needs help in the following areas:

Event Organization
Community Awareness
Website/Blog Development & Management
Grant Writing and Research

If you have experience, skills, or desire to volunteer your time and expertise in the above areas, we hope you will come to our monthly meeting on Jan 31st, 6PM at the Navarre Visitor Information Center Conference Room (Hwy 98 at Navarre Beach Bridge). You can also use or Contacts page or email us directly (navbms@navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.com).
Help Make Navarre Snorkelicious!!

January 17th, 2011 | Author:

Reports from the recent Escambia Marine Advisory Committee meeting indicates the gulf side snorkeling reef permits have been amended to allow shorter pilings (the same length planned for the Navarre site).  This clears the way for the deployment of the eco system reefs off of Pensacola beach near Portofino towers.    It is welcome news for the Navarre Beach reef effort since the design of the reef structures is identical to those planned for Pensacola Beach.  Tests from the piling manufacturer that showed the shorter pilings are actually stronger than the originally planned longer pilings were instrumental in the decision.

Also at the meeting, it was noted that Escambia county is proceeding with reef permits for the same type of reefs at Perdido Key.  With Perdido Key, Pensacola Beach, and Navarre Beach  all having beach accessible snorkeling and diving reefs a Snorkeling Trail is a real possibility and looks to be within our grasp.

According Keith Johnson of  Wetland Sciences, the environmental consultant for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee the federal permits for the Navarre reef sites are working their way through the process.   A  realistic projected date for having the permits in hand is  June 2011.    Construction and deployment of the reefs and the planned informational kiosk type signs is expected to cost between $160k and $200K.   The Marine Sanctuary Committee is raising funds for the effort and plans to rollout a reef sponsorship campaign this spring.  Also several grants have been and continued to be pursued to fund the project.

To find out more about the physical and financial progress of the project come to the monthly committee meeting January 31st at 6 PM in the conference room of the Navarre Visitor Information Center (Hwy 98 at the Navarre Beach Bridge).

January 08th, 2011 | Author:

The Marine Sanctuary will be providing information about our efforts to Make Navarre Snorkelicious at the Navarre Health and Business Expo on Saturday January, 29th. The Expo will be at Navarre High School and we will be in the Chamber Foundation Booth. Come on by and pick up your Marine Sanctuary bumper sticker.

Visit with us and see how we’re doing in our efforts to bring beach accessible snorkeling and diving reefs to Navarre Beach.

January 08th, 2011 | Author:

The next meeting of the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee will be 6 PM Monday, January 31, 2011 at the Navarre Visitor Information Center Conference Room.

A new year and plenty to plan for in 2011. We’ll review progress on permitting, funding, and community awareness and discuss next steps in planning the 3rd Annual Run for the Reef.

Any person interested in helping with the effort to bring beach accessible snorkeling and diving reefs to Navarre Beach (or just interested in knowing more about the project) is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Hope to see you there.