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March 12th, 2010 | Author:

Escambia County received word today from NOAA,  of a favorable ruling for the  snorekeling reef permits in the sound near the Fort Pickens gate and nearshore in the Gulf, just west of  Casino Beach.   This means  after the Army Corps of Engineers is officially notified of the ruling, that Federal Permits should be forthcoming.

This is GREAT NEWS for both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.  Because of the favorable ruling, the way is paved for application of the same criteria and precedent  inthe permits being sought by the Marine Sanctuary.  We are one very large step closer to Making Navarre Snorkelicious!!

Another bit of good news is that the re survey of the Navarre Gulf Reef Site came back with no changes to the original survey.  This means no  information gathered for the Navarre Gulf side snorkeling reef permits will need to be altered, which should further help the speed of the permitting process.

February 14th, 2010 | Author:

We’ve updated the Plans and Documents page with the current revision of the Marine Sanctuary Plan to bring it up to date with the reef design in the permit applications.  Also new are all permit documents for the Gulf and Sound Side Reef.

Check out these new additions to the site to see the official communications on the permitting and the up to date plan for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary.

You can also see a historical record of all the committee meeting minutes there along with general information and links to pictures and drawings of the reefs and reef permit areas.

November 08th, 2009 | Author:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began accepting public comments  on October 19th for  the Gulf Side Snorkeling and Diving Reef Permit applications made by the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners.  The Permit reference for it is SAJ-2009-3187 (IP-SWA).  Comments will be received regarding this permit for 21 days (through November 9th).

The Corps also began accepting public comments on October 29th for the east and west Sound Side Reef Permit applications made by the Commissioners.   The Permit reference number for this permit is SAJ-2009-3188 (IP-SWA).  Comments will be received regarding this permit for 21 days also (through November 19th).

We encourage the public to comment positively on the need for both of these permits to be approved.   Let the Federal Government know that the reefs will have an immediate, large and lasting positive impact on the panhandle area economy, environment, and education  on both permit applications.  Economically the reefs will increase annual economic output in Santa Rosa County alone by $1.17 Million.  The estimated oyster growth on the proposed sound side reefs will create a water filtration capacity of almost 2 Million gallons of water per day and both the sound and gulf side reefs will provide essential marine habitat for juvenile fish species and increase marine biodiversity.  Both reefs will be a centerpiece amenity for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary and all other area educational institutions and will facilitate learning and research programs from grade school through post graduate studies.

Please reference the permit number(s) when sending your comments.  You can send comments in writing by regular mail or email to Mr. Steve Andrews Jr. of the Army Corps.

Email comments can be sent to stephen.w.andrews@usace.army.mil

The physical address for letters is:

Dept of the Army – Jacksonville District Corps of Engineers

Pensacola Regional Office

41 North Jefferson St. Suite 111

Pensacola, FL 32502

August 19th, 2009 | Author:

The Marine Sanctuary Committee will meet Tuesday, August 25th at 6:30 PM in the Navarre Visitor Center Conference Room (Hwy 98 at the Navarre Beach Bridge).

The public is welcome.

We will continue Run for the Reef 5K planning, preview the Navarre Press produced informational video, and take public questions and comments on the recently completed Reef Permit Applications.

Please enter through the sound side (rear) entrance.

Minutes of this meeting available here.

June 21st, 2009 | Author:

Here are some views that excerpted from the Gulf Side Reef drawings – these are taken from original reef design drawings done by the state dept of parks and recreation when the state park was being constructed. Thanks to Roy Larsen we also now have the original two AutoCAD drawings of the Gulf Side Reef converted to a pdf format.  You can view them under the two drawing links listed on our Plans and Documents page.

Gulf Reef Pilings Profile View

Gulf Reef Pilings Profile View

Piling Cluster Detail

Piling Cluster Detail

Shape of Area - Gulf Reef

Shape of Area - Gulf Reef

Gulf Reef Locational Drawing

Gulf Reef Locational Drawing