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May 18th, 2012 | Author:

Our next meeting for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee is Monday, May 21 at 6:30PM at the Best Western in Navarre.

We will be focusing on the ground breaking event and firming up sponsor signage.  The kiosks are being built now and will be completed by Friday.  Sign and plaque design will be discussed at the meeting
Snorkelers are welcome at the ribbon cutting event on Tuesday May 22 at 11:30PM.  Please contact Mandy Evers  (nwfevents@gmail.com)   if you would like to be part of a group snorkel at the ribbon cutting.   Volunteers are also  needed  to man the table with information about the sponsorship program and Run for the Reef.

More volunteer opportunities are available for Thursdays in the Parks which start May 24th.  The Foundation is using  VolunteerSpot (an online sign up and reminder tool) to schedule volunteers for upcoming community awareness activities.   Please sign up – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/1032345634189984080

2) Enter your email address. (No registration required!) Please note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone or send spam emails.

3) Sign Up!

If you have trouble accessing the site or prefer not to enter your email address – please email nasandler@bellsouth.net

February 10th, 2012 | Author:

Please mark the following dates on your calendar, and note the locations.

  • Feb. 13, 2012 at 6:30PM at the Hampton Inn, Navarre – sponsorship meeting.  Come help us finalize our sponsorship program and plan for it’s début to the public.
  • Feb. 27, 2012 at 6:30 at the Navarre Visitor Information Center – general committee meeting.  Discuss the status of permits, the project, and discuss Run for the Reef responsibilities.
  • April 27, 2012 from 4-7PM on Navarre Beach – We need volunteers to staff our booth at FunFest.  Contact Nancy, nasandler@bellsouth.net, if you can help.
  • April 28, 2012 from 10AM-7PM on Navarre Beach – We need volunteers in 2-3 hour shift to staff our booth at FunFest.  Contact Nancy, nasandler@bellsouth.net, if you can help.  Please include the times you are available.

Note that  a portion of the FunFest 5K proceeds go the NBMS committee.  Please spread the word and sign-up if you can.  More FunFest 5K information here.

Thanks  for your support,

December 21st, 2011 | Author:

There will be a meeting of those interested in helping and/or providing input into the reef sponsorship program on  January 3, 2012 at 6:30PM.  The meeting will be at the Best Western, Navarre.   All are invited to attend.

September 25th, 2011 | Author:

The next Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee meeting is Monday, Sept. 26th at 6:30PM at the Hampton Inn, Navarre.

Agenda Topics include, Permitting and Deployment Plan Update, Run for the Reef, Reef Sponsorship Program, and Community Awareness Events.

The Run for the Reef Race Shirts will also be unveiled.

 

March 10th, 2011 | Author:

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!

August 29th, 2010 | Author:

The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee’s plans for the Reef Sponsorship Program won’t be officially unveiled until after the Impact 100 Grant Winners have been decided in October.    Even so – the program has generated early interests.   Three companies or individuals have already stepped up to the plate to make pledges of support:

Best Western Navarre

Deep & Wide Dredging, Inc.

Mike & Nancy Sandler

Thank you to these individuals and companies for their leadership in helping to Make Navarre Snorkelicious!

April 25th, 2010 | Author:

Our next Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary meeting is Monday, April 26 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.  Check out the Run For the Reef volunteer checklist and let us know if there are some things on there you could help us do help with the run in our continuing efforts to to Make Navarre Snorkelicious!

AGENDA for Meeting Monday, April 26

1.  Fundraising and Grants

Impact100 Grant due in June
Run for Reef October 16
Bumper stickers

2.  Community awareness/volunteers needed

Sunset Stampede on Navarre Beach May 1st
Fun Fest on Navarre Beach  May 14th and 15th
Safe Boating Clinic May 22nd at the Navarre Beach Boat Ramp

3.   Update on reef sponsorship program and proposed signage for beach

4.   Comments

February 14th, 2010 | Author:

A Reef Sponsorship Program is in the planning stages for the Marine Sanctuary that will allow businesses and individuals to contribute and be recognized on an individual contributor,  or  reef sponsorship,  reef site sponsorship basis.   The committee has  developed a tiered contributor/sponsorship  plan with multi level  recognition benefits in exchange for various levels of tax deductible donations.  We are working with the County on appropriate interpretive signage  and preparing designs for the committee and the county’s review.   The committee is striving to create an effective program that will help develop and sustain the reefs for years to come and provide lasting recognition to the people that have contributed to help Make Navarre Snorkelicious.  Stay tuned for more details as they develop.!

Planning for the 2nd Annual Run for the Reef is also beginning.  The committee will agree on a date soon and begin recruiting sponsors and volunteers.   This event was a huge success last year and we are looking to improve on last years turnout of over 300 participants.  Be part of the fun by participating, sponsoring or volunteering.

January 17th, 2010 | Author:

Next Meeting:
Our next monthly meeting will be Tuesday, January 26th at 6 PM in the Navarre Visitor Center Conference Room (enter through rear sound side door please).  As always the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.  We  look forward to building on the successes of last year by continuing to inform the public about the economic, environmental, and educational benefits of the reef program and Making Navarre Snorkelicious!


Fundraising:

Reef Sponsorship Program
After input from discussion at our December meeting, a draft of the final plan for a Reef Sponsorship Program has been developed.   Information  and plans will be presented at our January meeting.

Grants
Our application for an International Paper Foundation  Grant with a focus on environmental education was submitted this month.  We continue to research grant opportunities.

Run for the Reef 2010
It is time to start planning our Second Run for the Reef.  We are looking for a volunteer to chair this committee.  This was our major fundraiser for 2009.  With what we learned, it can be even bigger in 2010.

Permitting:
We are pleased to be on track for successful completion of permitting.  Santa Rosa County BOCC submitted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit applications in August 2009, and our environmental consultant is in the process of responding to the first round of comments.  We are on track to meet the projected 8 -14 month time frame of approval for the ACOE permits which would place the projected permit approval date between April and October 2010.

Community Awareness:
On January 2nd we set up our information booth at the Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association Rigging Clinic at Hot Spots Bait and Tackle in Gulf Breeze.  This was a great opportunity to explain how the artificial reef and  marine sanctuary will benefit all  marine life in the area.
A presentation to the Navarre Beach Yacht Club is scheduled for their February 1st general meeting , 7pm at Juana’s.

Community awareness is very important to keep this project moving forward.  We continue to look for opportunities to make appearances at local civic organizations and set up and informational booth or table at events.  Committee members are encouraged 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.

Agenda for Marine Sanctuary Monthly Meeting – January 26, 2010 at 6pm

1.      Leadership roles for 2010

2.      Fundraising:
a.   Reef Sponsorship Program
b.  Grants
c.     2010 Run for the Reef (pre planning, prime sponsor recruiting, etc)

3.    Permitting Update

4.    Community Awareness:  Recent and Future events or speaking engagements

October 28th, 2009 | Author:

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!