Marine Sanctuary finalist for Pepsi Refresh Grant

The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary project has been chosen as a finalist for a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant. The project includes installing 3 near-shore snorkeling reef off of Navarre Beach; one in the Gulf of Mexico and 2 in Santa Rosa Sound. These reefs would created economic growth through tourism by providing visitors with a safe, easy-to-access beach-recreation site; sustain or improve water quality through oyster growth; provide habitat for many marine animals; and provide an education resource for area schools, universities, and organizations.

The Pepsi Refresh Grant will fund the Gulf-Side snorkeling reef. Grants are awarded to the ten projects with the most votes in their category. An individual can vote for the cause everyday. Vote on-line at or text 104451 to Pepsi (73774) today and everyday to make the Gulf Coast Snorkelicious.

For more information about the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary project please visit or contact Mandy Evers at