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August 10th, 2013 | Author:

Committee members and others indicate more and more people are using and enjoying the reef amenities at Navarre Beach Park.   Many reports of abundant sea life on and around the reefs and almost full coverage of the basic reef structures in less than one year since deployment.  Mike Sandler snapped this photo on a recent dive of the Gulf Reef site.

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September 20th, 2012 | Author:

After many weeks of waiting and watching for a good window of weather and sea state, the Reef Maker of Orange Beach installed the last of the Marine Sanctuary Eco System Reefs in the Gulf off of Navarre Beach County Park.   This deployment of reefs completes the set of three reef sites that make up the Marine Sanctuary at Navarre Beach County Park.  Two additional sites  are in Santa Rosa Sound just off the north shore of the park.

The newest reef addition  provide a great snorkel opportunity…and a fun way to cool off  after the October 13th Run for the Reef 5K

 

 

May 20th, 2011 | Author:

The monthly meeting of the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee will be Monday, May 23rd at 6PM. The meeting will be held in the conference room of the Hampton Inn on Highway 98.

We’ll be selecting the Run for the Reef Logo and reviewing progress on our plan of the reef construction and deployment.

April 06th, 2011 | Author:

The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners are scheduled to vote on approval of the TDC funding constuction and deployment of  the three Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary  reef sites currently being permitted.    The vote is planned for the 9 AM April 14th regular meeting of the Board in 6495 Caroline Street in Milton, FL.    Discussions about the project and proposed funding will be held at the Monday April 12th Commissioner Committee Meeting.

Assuming a successful funding vote, a major milestone  for the efforts to create snorkeling and diving reefs at Navarre Beach will be passed.   With up to $75,000 in matching funds from the TDC, Commissioner Jim Melvin has pledged to fund the balance of the cost out of district recreational funds.   The last hurdle is the receipt of the Federal permits.  Permits have been in the approval cycle with the Army Corps of Engineers since September of 2009 and are expected to be issued by early summer.  After issuance of permits construction may begin on the 135 reef units with installation to be scheduled as soon as possible afterwards.

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).