The Navarre Chamber Foundation will have an informational booth at Fun Fest (Fri & Sat – Apr 27 & 28) to inform the community about the Marine Sanctuary progress, sell nature walk bricks and promote the Run for the Reef. We’ll also staff the beer booth Saturday night. The Foundation will get to keep tips received during the beer booth shift.
Additional volunteers are needed, particularly Saturday evening at the beer booth from 4 pm to 7 pm. Please contact Nancy Sandler (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to help.
Thanks to those who have already volunteered and a big thank you to the Navarre Chamber for donating part of the Fun Fest 5K Proceeds to the Marine Sanctuary program.
Fun Fest will be in the Navarre Beach County Parking Lot next to the Pier.
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 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.
Impact 100 Pensacola announced today (Sept 16, 2010) at a press conference that the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary is among ten finalists competing for five grants of $114,000 in each of five categories. There are two finalists per category – the Marine Sanctuary is in the Environmental category.
This marks the Marine Sanctuary’s 2nd consecutive year as a finalist for the annual Impact 100 Grant. It is a huge opportunity for the Marine Sanctuary Program, and can provide the necessary funding for the Phase I Gulf Side Reefs and good portion of the Phase II Sound Side Reefs funding. The final determination will be made after brief presentations by each finalists to the entire Impact 100 membership at their annual meeting on Sunday October 24th at 1:45 PM.
We believe the positive environmental benefits from the reefs – up to 1.8 million gallons of water filtered per day, increased biodiversity and juvenile marine species habitat – is very grant worthy. In addition the Marine Sanctuary project provides huge economic and educational benefits for the area with an estimated increase of $1.17 million in annual economic output and increased local educational institution and grant funded study opportunities,
The Marine Sanctuary Committee is honored to be among this years finalists and very grateful to the women of Impact 100 – not only for the current grant program but for their past seven years of contributions to making our community a better place to work and live.
The marine sanctuary program submitted a grant requesting $250,000 to Pepsi’s Refresheverything online grant program at midnight (ET) on September 1st. The Refresheverything grant program administrators will review the first 1,000 ideas submitted and those that are approved will be eligible for public online voting during the month of October via the Refresheveryting website. The title of the marine sanctuary grant is “Make The Gulf Snorkelicious! Heal The Gulf With Beach Reefs” .
Look for a Vote Snorkelicious campaign to begin shortly before October. Each person can vote daily during the month at www.refresheverything.com once the October grant voting cycle is opened.
Nancy Sandler, Co-Chair of the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee and Mike Sandler also on the Marine Sanctuary Committee will make a presentation about the progress and plans of Marine Sanctuary Program at the Navarre Library. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 27th at 5:30 pm.
The Sandler’s will present status and progress to date of the efforts to bring near shore reefs to Navarre Beach, upcoming events involving the Sanctuary Committee and information on you can become involved and keep informed.
The public is invited to come and learn how we are helping to Make Navarre Snorkelicious!
Date: Tuesday July 27th
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Navarre Library – 8484 James M. Harrell Road, Navarre, FL 32566
As 2009 begins to wind down and we head into the holiday months, the marine sanctuary committee is beginning to look forward to the coming year’s challenges and how best to meet them. One of the changes will be in the routine operations of the committee - like managing communications, coordinating fund raising and grant activity, managing the permit process, etc. Previously, we have taken things as they come and doled out the various tasks as the needs arise, like manning information booths, event planning, and speaking to community groups.
Now that we have a little more experience with running the different parts of the marine sanctuary program we can be more proactive with individuals leading different functional areas. Coming out of the October meeting, the breakout for the areas of leadership and the people that will be leading in each area are:
Communications- Nancy Sandler
Community Awareness Events – Dan McCarren
Presentations – Andy Epstein
Finance – Mike Sandler
Reef Sponsorship Program – Mandy Evers
Grants – Robert Turpin
Website – Mark Griffith
Permitting – Mark Griffith
After the new year a new Chairman of the Marine Sanctuary committee for the 2010 calendar year will be named.
2009 has been a year of many successes for the Marine Sanctuary Program, and with the reorganization outlined above we look forward to even better progress 2010. Thanks to those committee members stepping forward positively in leading our efforts to Make Navarre Snorkelicious!
Impact 100 Pensacola announced today at a press conference that the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary is among ten finalists that will compete for five grants of $102,800 in each of five categories. There are two finalists per category – the Marine Sanctuary is in the Environmental category.
This is a huge opportunity for the Marine Sanctuary Program ,and can provide most of the necessary funding for the completion of Phase II (sound side reefs). The final determination will be made after brief presentations by each finalists to the entire Impact 100 membership at their annual meeting on Sunday October 18th at 1:45 PM.
We believe the positive environmental benefits that will come from the sound side reefs – up to 1.8 million gallons of water filtered per day, increased biodiversity and juvenile marine species habitat – is very grant worthy. In addition the Marine Sanctuary project provides huge economic and educational benefits for the area with an estimated increase of $1.17 million in annual economic output for the combined gulf and sound side reefs and increased local educational institution and grant funded study opportunities,
The Marine Sanctuary Committee is is honored to be among this years finalists and is very grateful to the ladies of Impact 100 – not only for the current grant program but for their continued contribution to making our community a better place to work and live.