Growth of volleyball tournament spikes interest in Navarre Beach

Navarre Beach is known as Florida’s best-kept secret but volleyball enthusiast and former pro Judd Smith is changing that reputation to a degree with his efforts to make the beach a volleyball destination.

“We have a diamond in the rough here and it’s turned out to be awesome,” Smith said. “I love it. It definitely puts us on the map with volleyball. A lot of people used to just drive by. Now people stop.”

They will have another reason to stop next weekend when Bulldog Beach Volleyball and Lagerheads on the Gulf plays host to a Southeast Volleyball Tour tournament.

The effort is aided by a $5,000 grant provided to Lagerheads on the Gulf from the Tourism Development Council. A $1,000 portion of the grant will be used for the tournament and the rest divided up for future events.

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