The leaking oil well appears to be CAPPED!!
And that’s following a cavalcade of other good news about the Marine Sanctuary…..
We recently submitted our Impact 100 Grant application for a $114K Grant.
We’ll be submitting a $250K Grant through Pepsi’s Refresh Everything Site on August 1.
We just got our first pledge of $1,500 for our Pledge Program.
And last but not least …..there’s still time to reserve your spot for a Run For The Reef 5K T-shirt Sponsorship. $125 for your name or your company name on the Race Shirt and $250 for your logo.
Why not celebrate all the good news by signing up today.
You can reserve your sponsorship by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (850-677-1875). You can also do it online by making the appropriate donation amount on our website and noting in the additional notes section what sponsorship level to associate with your contribution.
Thanks for helping us Make Navarre Snorkelicious!!
Our next Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary meeting is Monday, May 24th at 6 pm at the Navarre Visitor Center in Navarre Park. Please attend for updates on the reef project and upcoming events. The success of this project is dependent on community awareness and funding, and we need your help. Sponsors and volunteers for the Run for the Reef 5K are being gathered and work is being done to compile the 2010 Impact 100 Grant Application. Come on out and learn how you can help Make Navarre Snorkelicious!
Run for the Reef 5K
Our inaugural event was a huge success and we grossed as much as $8,000 and netted as much as $5,000. Still waiting on word if there are any more registration monies to be collected from the Active.com on line registration system. This was not only a financial success but everyone involved seemed genuinely pleased that it went off without a hitch and we had over 300 participants. Including all the participant, volunteer and sponsor shirts distributed, we have 400 Run for the Reef T-shirts out there circulating to remind folks of the program. Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers, race committee members and most importantly participants that helped to make it a success.
As you may know we were selected as one of two finalist in the Environmental category for the 2009 Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 grant of $102,800. Approximately 250 Impact 100 members voted by absentee ballot prior to the final presentations (based on what they had read in the entire grant application or grant summaries they were provided). The other 250 members voted at the annual meeting (held October 18th in Pensacola) after hearing final presentations by each finalist. While we were not awarded the grant, we ;learned quite a lot about the grant process and are encouraged to try again next year since our first outing allowed us to get all the way to the final two. Thanks to all who helped with the grant throughout the grant process.
Memorial Reef Naming Program
Recently we have discussed a plan that would allow individuals or businesses to purchase naming rights for one or more individual gulf or sound side reefs. We would then place some type of memorial at the park with a graphic depicting the location of each donor’s reef. We need to start planning for this. Things that need to be worked out include a pricing structure for the naming rights, how to work with the county on the size, location and type of memorial that we might be allowed to be erected, and how best to market the effort.
We now have our State of Florida DEP permits and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineer Federal Permits have been published for comment, which is the first phase of the approval process. Our Environmental Consultant will receive and respond to any requests for additional information as the federal permit approval process continues.
The past couple of months we made many appearances at local civic organizations and set up and informational booth or table at a few events. We are looking for more opportunities to do this and need some enthusiastic committee members to step forward to both schedule/coordinate these opportunities and to help by manning a booth or table or presenting our (now fairly standardized) presentation. Opportunities to present our information in front of groups that typically have speakers and lunch meetings is a great way to keep our message out in public circulation and generate the type of community awareness and good will we need to keep the project moving forward.
Next monthly meeting – Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30 PM- Navarre Visitor Center Conference Room (enter through rear sound side door please).
At the meeting we will review and document lessons learned for both the Run for the Reef and the Impact 100 Grant and discuss the memorial reef naming plan. As always the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
The grant application package for the 2009 Impact 100 Grant is complete and has been delivered. The Marine Sanctuary has submitted the grant package in the Environmental category. There are five categories, each with an award of $102,800. The grant specifically targets using the funds for the Phase II sound side reef due to the ability to actually complete all the Phase II work before Fall of 2010 should we get the grant.
A site visit will occur where two to three of the Impact 100 grant reviewers visit with us to learn more about our project and the Chamber Foundation (the 501 c 3 that we opperate under). The site visit should occur in the July/August time frame with finalist selected the latter part of September.
Finalists make a presentation in October immediately prior to the final selection of grantees. Think good thoughts and spread the word about our great project and the wonderful community benefits with regard to Environment, Economy and Education. We feel it’s definitely grant worthy. Here’s to hoping Impact 100 helps us to “Make Navarre Snorkelicious”.
Impact 100 is a Pensacola organization that annually gives $100k+ grants for projects in different categories including education, environment, recreation,and preservation.
The sanctuary committee needs a volunteer to spearhead the grant application process. The first task is to attend the workshop put on by Impact 100 for prospective applicants. The workshop will be Friday, March 27th, 9 – 11:30 AM, at the Lewis Bear Company, 6120 Enterprise Drive in Pensacola.
Please contact Mark Griffith via email (email@example.com ) or phone (850-677-1875) if you can help in this area.