Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Public comment open for Marine Park parcel purchase

Public comment open for Marine Park parcel purchase

State officials are seeking feedback on a proposal to purchase the only developable land in the Navarre Beach Marine Park to convert it to county ownership. The proposal would cost $2 million in BP oil spill restoration funds. The Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Florida Trustee Implementation Group (TIG) has proposed the idea as the […]

Marine Park improvements on schedule for April completion

Marine Park improvements on schedule for April completion

Winter beachgoers at Navarre Beach Marine Park may have noticed black silt fencing, work crews and heavy machinery since early November along their coastline. The work underway is part of new visitor amenities coming to the park, coordinated and paid for by roughly $3 million in Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grants through the Florida […]

Artificial reef deployment coming soon

Artificial reef deployment coming soon

A project to deploy deep water “nearshore” artificial reefs has been tentatively scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 13. Orange Beach, Alabama contractor Walter Marine will install the reef modules. The contractor has also installed several artificial reef projects for the county in the past including the snorkel reef in the Navarre Beach Marine […]

Another reef on the horizon for Navarre Beach

Another reef on the horizon for Navarre Beach

Phase III of the Florida Artificial Reef Creation and Restoration project continues and bid solicitation has been finalized for a near-shore fishing and diving reef off Navarre Beach. The project is funded by Natural Resource Damage Assessment money as a result of the BP oil spill in 2010. The total estimated cost of the project […]

Oyster population poised to thrive again

Oyster population poised to thrive again

Oyster populations are poised to thrive again in the region thanks to the Oyster Cultch Placement Project, a $5.3 million regional plan designed to enhance and improve the oyster populations in Pensacola Bay, St. Andrews Bay and Apalachicola Bay. The project’s most recent focus was on the waters in the Pensacola Bay System in Escambia […]

Mauro wins prestigious Johnette B. Bosarge Memorial Award

Mauro wins prestigious Johnette B. Bosarge Memorial Award

Charlene Mauro knew she had been nominated for a prestigious award from the National Marine Educator’s Association but the science specialist with the Santa Rosa County School District had no idea she would actually win the Johnette B. Bosarge Memorial Award. “I knew I was nominated by my colleague and mentor, Jean May-Brett, however, the […]