Our next meeting for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee is Monday, May 21 at 6:30PM at the Best Western in Navarre.
We will be focusing on the ground breaking event and firming up sponsor signage. The kiosks are being built now and will be completed by Friday. Sign and plaque design will be discussed at the meeting
Snorkelers are welcome at the ribbon cutting event on Tuesday May 22 at 11:30PM. Please contact Mandy Evers (email@example.com) if you would like to be part of a group snorkel at the ribbon cutting. Volunteers are also needed to man the table with information about the sponsorship program and Run for the Reef.
More volunteer opportunities are available for Thursdays in the Parks which start May 24th. The Foundation is using VolunteerSpot (an online sign up and reminder tool) to schedule volunteers for upcoming community awareness activities. Please sign up – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2) Enter your email address. (No registration required!) Please note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone or send spam emails.
3) Sign Up!
If you have trouble accessing the site or prefer not to enter your email address – please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary will have information about the sanctuary program and distribution for Run for the Reef registration forms on Juana’s deck for this weekend’s Regatta. Come out and enjoy the Regatta while picking up your entry form.
You can also download the registration form here from our site or register online at active.com
The Marine Sanctuary Committee booth at this year’s Fun Fest was the place to be. Nancy Sandler (Community Awareness Coordinator) and her band of merry volunteers made a big splash telling visitors about the recent program status and providing information on what’s to come. T-shirts and bumper stickers were snapped up in record numbers and over $200 was raised to aid program improvements and reef maintenance once the reefs are installed. Additionally – twenty new volunteers signed up to help Make Navarre Snorkelicious!
On May 7th Nancy and company were at it again – this time at the Sunset Stampede, handing out Run for the Reef registration forms and providing information on the reef program to the over large crowd at the annual evening 5K headquartered at Juana’s.
Thanks to all the volunteers that helped man the booth at these events!
The next Marine Sanctuary Meeting is Monday, April 25, 2011 at 6PM at the Hampton Inn.
We still need volunteers for the events and times below. Please contact Nancy Sandler at email@example.com if you are interested in helping out.
1. Funfest, April 29th Friday, April 29 – 3 to 5 pm
2. Funfest Saturday, April 30, 1 to 3:30 pm and 3:30 to 6 pm.
3. Sunset Stampede 5K, May 7th from 3-5pm and 5-7pm
April Monthly Meeting Agenda
A. Permitting update and Project Details
a. TDC and County funding update
Status of grants applied for
Impact 100 grant
c. Run for the Reef update
C. Community Awareness
a. Past Events
b. Future Events
D. Next Meeting
The next meeting for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee will be this Monday, March 28 at 6PM at the Hampton Inn, on Highway 98 in Navarre.
A. Committee Leadership
B. Permitting update
a. TDC and County funding update
b. Grants (applied for)
c. Future Grants
d. Run for the Reef update
D. Community Awareness
a. Past Events
b. Future Events
E. Next Meeting
County Commissioner Jim Melvin today confirmed that he will commit half of the cost of the reef construction deployment which will be match by the Santa Rosa Tourist Development Committee (TDC) who pledged support in a meeting earlier this week. His March newsletter on the Santa Rosa County website announces is commitment.
The TDC pledged to fund half of the cost of deploying reefs into the two Santa Rosa Sound sites and the Gulf of Mexico site being permitted off of Navarre Beach. The pledge came during the Wednesday, March 9th South End TDC meeting. Mandy Evers (Marine Sanctuary Committee Chair person) presented information to the TDC about the current status of the program and answered questions about the reefs, their economic, educational, and environmental impact and the future plans for the reef program. The commitment during the South End meeting must be confirmed by the full TDC which meets later this month.
Previously County Commissioner Jim Melvin has said in public statements that he will seek to fund the deployment of the reefs and has stressed avid support of the program. Today (March 10th) Commissioner Melvin confirmed to Mandy Evers that he will commit the funds pending issuing of the required federal permits. Once the permits are issued, a formal vote will be held by the County Commission to appropriate the committed funds.
With full funding for the program in hand, the only obstacle to installing the reefs is obtaining the required federal permits. State permits have been issued and the Federal permits are going through the final approval process with the Army Corps of Engineers. The Marine Sanctuary Committee continues with fund raising an community awareness activities such as the Run for the Reef and a planned reef sponsorship program to provide features such as educational interpretive signage, reef maintenance, and funding for unplanned expenses and contingencies.
The 100% funding is a huge milestone for the Marine Sanctuary program. We anticipate changing of our slogan soon from Make Navarre Snorkelicious! to Navarre IS Snorkelicious!
The monthly Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee meeting will be at the Navarre Visitor Information Center at 6 PM Monday Feb 28th.
We’ll discuss Grant/Funding Opportunities, Community Awareness, and Run for the Reef Planning.
Want to help bring Snorkeling and Diving Reefs to Navarre Beach? The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee needs help in the following areas:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Help Make Navarre Snorkelicious!!
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.
The Navarre Beach Fun Fest was held Saturday May 15th. Amidst all the food, shopping, entertainment, and activities was your Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Booth. Lots of folks stopped by to check out our progress on both the permitting and fund raising fronts. Others stopped by to see what the Marine Sanctuary was all about. A great day to be out on the beach in Navarre, and another great opportunity to communicate the marine sanctuary benefits to the Gulf Coast….our three E’s
Andy Epstein helps Make Navarre Snorkelicious
Thanks to all who came out and special thanks to those that manned the booth.