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April 16th, 2011 | Author:

The Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) will be a Prime Sponsor of the third annual Run for the Reef 5K.    After being a race shirt logo sponsor last year the organization voted to increase their role in the event to that of a prime sponsorship.  The move indicates their strong and continued support for the event and the Marine Sanctuary effort to establish snorkeling and diving reefs off Navarre Beach County Park.

A check presentation will be held at the next NBLRA meeting on May 21st with press and the public invited.

The Marine Sanctuary Committee is thrilled to have the NBLRA in this role and is looking forward to the October 15th event with great anticipation.  Already sponsorships for the event have increased over last year’s total and participation is sure to be high.  We’ll be unveiling a new logo this year and will enjoy a great award’s ceremony on the newly expanded Navarre Beach Pier Deck.   It’s early but we’ve already gotten a few registrants and have distributed registration forms to the Navarre Pier and Run With It shoes in Fort Walton.   Race registration is available on line at active.com and sponsorship registration is available online on this site’s Run  Sponsorship page.

Thanks NBLRA!!

October 24th, 2010 | Author:

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.