A crowd was on hand for today’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary. Commissioners Jim Melvin, Don Salter, and Lane Lynchard and Roger Blaylock (county engineer), along with Representatives of the Navarre Chamber of Commerce, the Navarre Chamber Foundation, the TDC, the Marine Sanctuary Committee and David Walter of Walter Marine (the reefing contractor) were present as snorkelers immediately took to the water.
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Sponsorship response for the 3rd Annual Run for the Reef 5K on October 15th has been outstanding. THANK YOU to the businesses and individuals that have already made this a record breaking year for sponsor support – especially our Prime Sponsor the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association.
We have a few sponsorship opportunities still available including:
Mile Marker Sponsors
Awards Ceremony Sponsors
Race Shirt Logo and Name Sponsors
Check out the details for these opportunities here .
Please support these fine sponsors already on board to help to Make Navarre Snorkelicious!
May 17, 2011:
The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee (NBMSC), a program of the Navarre Chamber Foundation, is pleased to announce that the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) has voted to become a Prime Sponsor of the 3rd Annual Run For The Reef 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run on October 15, 2011. The Run For The Reef 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run benefits the NBMSC’s mission to bring shore-accessible snorkeling and diving reefs to both the Sound side and Gulf side waters off of beautiful Navarre Beach Park. The NBLRA’s generous $1000 gift, which will be presented to the NBMSC at 10a.m. on Saturday, May 21st at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Center, pushes the pre-race sponsorships for the Run For The Reef to record levels, insuring that this year’s event will be the most successful fund raising event ever to benefit the NBMSC. With the recent announcement of funding commitments for the actual construction of the reefs from Santa Rosa County and the TDC, the NBMSC looks forward to a point in the very near future where Navarre Beach Is Snorkelicious!! For more information on the Run For The Reef (including Race Registration forms) and the NBMSC’s mission, please visit our website at: www.navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.com.
The next Marine Sanctuary Meeting is Monday, April 25, 2011 at 6PM at the Hampton Inn.
We still need volunteers for the events and times below. Please contact Nancy Sandler at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping out.
1. Funfest, April 29th Friday, April 29 – 3 to 5 pm
2. Funfest Saturday, April 30, 1 to 3:30 pm and 3:30 to 6 pm.
3. Sunset Stampede 5K, May 7th from 3-5pm and 5-7pm
April Monthly Meeting Agenda
A. Permitting update and Project Details
a. TDC and County funding update
Status of grants applied for
Impact 100 grant
c. Run for the Reef update
C. Community Awareness
a. Past Events
b. Future Events
D. Next Meeting
The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners are scheduled to vote on approval of the TDC funding constuction and deployment of the three Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary reef sites currently being permitted. The vote is planned for the 9 AM April 14th regular meeting of the Board in 6495 Caroline Street in Milton, FL. Discussions about the project and proposed funding will be held at the Monday April 12th Commissioner Committee Meeting.
Assuming a successful funding vote, a major milestone for the efforts to create snorkeling and diving reefs at Navarre Beach will be passed. With up to $75,000 in matching funds from the TDC, Commissioner Jim Melvin has pledged to fund the balance of the cost out of district recreational funds. The last hurdle is the receipt of the Federal permits. Permits have been in the approval cycle with the Army Corps of Engineers since September of 2009 and are expected to be issued by early summer. After issuance of permits construction may begin on the 135 reef units with installation to be scheduled as soon as possible afterwards.
The next meeting for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Committee will be this Monday, March 28 at 6PM at the Hampton Inn, on Highway 98 in Navarre.
A. Committee Leadership
B. Permitting update
a. TDC and County funding update
b. Grants (applied for)
c. Future Grants
d. Run for the Reef update
D. Community Awareness
a. Past Events
b. Future Events
E. Next Meeting
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!