Just announced by the FL governor Rick Scott is a list of projects that will be funded in Phase 3 of the NRDA Early Restoration. Florida’s Proposed NRDA Phase III Projects total approximately $58 million. Projects SR 26 and SR 27 are within this set of projects
Memorial day weekend is a great time to visit the beach and get some snorkeling in. Reefs of the same design as those planned for Navarre are already deployed off Pensacola Beach. This YouTube video provides a view of what the Navarre reefs will look like when deployed.
They are located approximately 1.5 miles east of Portofino Towers on Pensacola beach. The GPS coordinates for the closest parking lot is N30.348000, W87.053787. The reefs are just to the east of the parking log. There is a cut in the dunes near the entrance, and you can unload your gear there , then park in the lot. The reef is marked with a bouy. There are two poles on the beach which you can use to line yourself up for direction. The first structure is between the first and second sand bar.
Want to help bring Snorkeling and Diving Reefs to Navarre Beach? The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee needs help in the following areas:
Website/Blog Development & Management
Grant Writing and Research
If you have experience, skills, or desire to volunteer your time and expertise in the above areas, we hope you will come to our monthly meeting on Jan 31st, 6PM at the Navarre Visitor Information Center Conference Room (Hwy 98 at Navarre Beach Bridge). You can also use or Contacts page or email us directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Help Make Navarre Snorkelicious!!
The Marine Sanctuary will be providing information about our efforts to Make Navarre Snorkelicious at the Navarre Health and Business Expo on Saturday January, 29th. The Expo will be at Navarre High School and we will be in the Chamber Foundation Booth. Come on by and pick up your Marine Sanctuary bumper sticker.
Visit with us and see how we’re doing in our efforts to bring beach accessible snorkeling and diving reefs to Navarre Beach.
For years now Escambia and Santa Rosa County visitors and residents alike have asked the question – Where can we snorkel? A ready answer may be forthcoming.
Beach accessible snorkeling and diving reefs are in the process of being installed off Pensacola beach and could be in place as early as November 1. Within the next month the Marine Resources Division of Escambia county should have permit applications for a similar Perdido Key snorkeling reef ready for submission by Escambia county.
To top it off, the state permits for Navarre Beach snorkeling and diving reefs in the Gulf and in Santa Rosa Sound are in hand with the federal permits expected to be issued next year. In addition, the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee is pursuing a $114,000 grant from the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 organization which could fund two of the three sites planned there (1 in the gulf and 1 in he sound).
With the creation of all three sites – a real snorkeling trail will emerge. This will make not only Navarre, but the Emerald Coast…..Snorkelicious!
We had a good looking booth at Fun Fest this weekend. We provided the public a lot of good information about the efforts to place snorkeling and diving reefs at Navarre Beach on the Gulf and Sound Sides. The Navarre High School Marine Science Department hosted a touch tank in our booth and the kids loved it. We raised a little money from donations too. Here’s some pics from the event.
Thanks to all those that helped man the booth, set up and break down. Thank you to the Navarre High Science Students for the touch tank – you guys were great.
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In the Thursday regular meeting of the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners, Resolution 2009-13 was passed, supporting the creation of the Navarre Underwater Marine Sanctuary outlined in our plan. The resolution formalizes the the county government’s support for the snorkeling and diving reefs we are working toward and indicates the Board of Commissioners agrees to sponsor and hold the required state and federal permits for the project.
Another Hurdle Passed for Phase III Reefs and Improvements www.navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.com Just announced by the FL governor Rick Scott is a list of projects that will be funded in Phase 3 of the NRDA Early Restoration. Florida’s Proposed NRDA Phase III Projects total approximately $58 million. Projects SR 26 and SR 27 are within this set of projects Nearshore fishing/diving reef Gulf sno...