South Walton Artificial Reef Assn. announcement

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  1. DuneAHH

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    SWARA is excited to share the locations of our Phase 1 reef plan! Soon there will be much much more to do on our perfect beaches. Special thanks go out to Coastal Conservation Association Florida, the Alys Foundation, the Howard Group and the Walton County TDC for their generous assistance in making our vision a reality.

    Membership and Donation checks may be made out and mailed to South Walton Artificial Reef Association -- P.O. Box 2482, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. Thank You for joining us in Creating Living Reefs for Generations!

    Each near shore Fish /Dive area is typically about .65 of a mile from the mean high water line to the northern boundary of the patch. Each 40 acre patch will have (9) 1-2 acre reef sites with 30+ structures per site. We are shooting for a spring 2015 deployment!!!


    SWARA reef location plan.jpg
    In addition to the facebook page posts, more information and photos may be found at
    http://www.waltonreefs.org

    https://www.facebook.com/SouthWaltonArtificialReefAssociation
     
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    SWARA is excited to share the reef module layout designs for each of the 4 snorkel reefs! We hope this will create 4 individually unique and exciting snorkeling experiences. Which reef do you plan to explore first? Miramar Beach Plan.jpg Topsail Hill Plan.jpg Inlet Beach Plan copy.jpg Grayton Beach Plan copy.jpg
     
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    The last one is off of Grayton correct?
     
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    Yes that is correct, the last one is off Grayton Beach State Park. The location is noted at the bottom of each drawing just beneath the Taylor Engineering logo.

    These 4 snorkel reef module designs are mapped (little circles) along the coastal sandbar map on post #1.
     
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    I think you should place them to spell out "SoWal".
     
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    The first map shows two large area reef sites inside State waters off SOWAL. Are these permitted or in the permitting process ? If so there are quite a few folks who would contribute time, money and materials for reefs........ especially if the county can be brought on board to do inspections as is done in our sourrounding counties
    Let me know please

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    30A would be more cost effective. :D
     
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    SW would be fine - anything to be unique...
     
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    Think this is an excellent idea! Can't wait until they are in place!
     
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    This is a great idea for a number of reasons--ecological, economical and aesthetic.
     
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    Thanks! Regular updates are currently being posted here:
    https://www.facebook.com/SouthWaltonArtificialReefAssociation


    Hopefully NRDA funding (administered thru FWC) for artificial reef modules will see structures going into the water between late 2014 and early 2015!

    Please spread the word that "liking" the SWARA facebook page, in this case, carries weight! The "likes" prove public support to the govt. agencies and other sources of grant funding.
     
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    I'll pass that on Kurt!
    But meanwhile... you want we should put you down for a Memorial reef plaque :clap:?!?
     
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    With 9 40acre fish/diving patches requiring hundreds of reef structure deployments (after the 4 snorkel reefs), the need for SWARA memberships & financial contributions will provide ample opportunities for all to be involved!

    but Hey! far be it from SWARA to squelch a nice, stimulating, community bidding bonanza! :funn:
     
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    Capt. Larry,
    Short answer: Not yet.

    Long answer: There are some funds set aside for a portion of the permitting costs for 'LAARS A'. Guidance from FWC, FDEP, and USACOE recommended that this particular permit be submitted after the 13 nearshore permit applications, because LAARS (Large Area Artificial Reef Site) permitting is a significantly more complex, costly, and time consuming process.

    Upcoming NRDA / FWC ph.3 funds distribution is limited to structure deployment on "in-play permits". Imminent deadlines had to be met in order for Walton County to be eligible for these deployment $. This is why the 13 nearshore permit apps were prioritized.

    You and the other folks involvement and assistance is needed, valued, and appreciated!
    Please stay in contact!

    Note: As required by law, the county is involved in every process. In fact, SWARA currently has an official, long term (10year?) "Walton County Artificial Reef Plan" being drafted for adoption. Among other things, this plan will include inspection & monitoring requirements as well as education & awareness initiatives.
     
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    Do you know something I don't know? :blink: :lol:

    What's the cost?
     
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    DuneAHH Beach Fanatic

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    Oh you made me snort-laff!
    That post did come off sounding kinda 'not so good' didn't it?! :blush:

    I meant: a publicly named reef structure with an attached plaque commemorating SoWal.com for generations to come. But you knew that didn't you ;-) ?

    Stay tuned... will come back with the price!

    As a general FYI (not to be taken personally): we are advised that human remains, by law, are not to be interred within 3 miles of the shoreline.
     
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    At least we know where the rumor kurt is dying started.
     
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    This is great news. We always go to Panama City to dive. Look forward to seeing this come to life
     

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