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New: Snorkeling Reefs to expand almost 200%
Location: Navarre Beach Marine Park on the Gulf and Sound
When: The additional snorkeling reefs already have funding and the permits from all the federal and state regulatory agencies should grant the permits since the process is at stage 7, which is the last stage.

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EcoSystem discs mounted on fiberglass pilings make great snorkeling reefs. Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach, Florida were the first to install EcoSystem Snorkeling reefs. They can be installed in the surf next to the beach, to provide another tourist attraction that will in turn be another revenue generator for the local community.

EcoSystems are the only U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved snorkeling reef in the United States. This is because they are able to withstand the harsh conditions from storm events in the surf without damage. The discs that make up this reef are made with natural Florida Limestone rock that fits over a piling. The fiberglass pilings are driven into the ocean floor so they provide a stable structure that can be configured to meet any need. The Limestone rock is the perfect habitat for all marine life that live on natural reefs to colonize and within months the manmade properties are unrecognizable under layers of marine growth and animals. Customers can choose any configuration they like such as the number of discs, spacing between discs, height above the bottom, and depth below the surface. The Ecosystem reef can even be designed to mimic natural reefs.


New: Diving Gulf Offshore Reefs
Type Reefs: Florida Limestone Artificial Reefs
Location: Navarre Beach Marine Park 1 to 2 Miles Gulf Offshore
Water Depth: About 45 Feet
Dimensions: 1 Mile wide by 2 Miles Long (From Eglin AFB to Emerald Surf)
Estimated Cost per Reef: $2,200.00
When: The Deep water Florida Limestone Reefs already have funding and the permits from all the federal and state regulatory agencies should grant the permits since the process is at stage 7, which is the last stage.

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The first “Florida Limestone” reef was first deployed in 2007 after three years of developing and testing. Florida Limestone rock is comprised of ancient clam shells and perfectly matches a natural reef in PH and substrate. Until now it was only used in boulder form for artificial reefs. We developed a patented process to embed the rock into the concrete reef surface. Every animal or plant that uses a natural reef as a home can utilize Walter Marine's "Florida Limestone" reef and no other artificial reef manufacturer can make the same claim.

Concrete alone has a slightly different PH value than seawater providing a hostile environment for some marine life. Boring organisms that dwell on artificial reefs cannot survive on a concrete reef but easily make the Florida Limestone reef their home. Walter Marine's patented design provides a cave-like habitat for grouper and attracts other species as it is the tallest artificial reef on the market coming in several sizes up to 25' tall.

The 8' Florida Limestone artificial reef in the above video is a 6,000 lb. Florida Limestone/Concrete structure built to withstand storm events is the reef that I believe is proposed for Navarre Beach. It has a 10' footprint designed to prevent settling and scouring. The limestone rock gives it a greater surface area and complexity which attracts marine life. This natural appearance is also pleasing to humans above or below the surface.

Can you imagine what impact the NEW Reefs will have on snorkeling, diving and fishing. It will certainly bring better fishing to the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. This will be huge for Navarre Beach!
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Sun Jan 04, 2015 5:08 pm

Truly amazing!!! Can't you just picture the great NB reef videos coming in the future!
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Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:06 am

Now that is what I am talking about. Surely wish those were closer in though. They will be good for scuba divers, that is for sure. Very cool!
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Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:15 am

The snorkeling reef, about 100 yds. off the beach in the gulf will go from 30 to 90 Eco-system reef units. The 1x2 mile area a mile offshore will be a long term project with reef structures added as funds are available. Navrre just keeps getting better!
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Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:26 am

Will the offshore reef work start this year?
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