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Old 08-26-2008, 05:07 PM   #31
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:36 PM   #32
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Man, Thats all I want for Christmas is a inshore reef.Pensacola is so behind the times compared to our neighbors that have everything going for them inshore,nearshore and offshore and we cant even put a few cinder blocks in the water without being crucified because of a few county jerks wont hand out the permits.Good luck and will help out in anyway.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:48 PM   #33
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Please contact all of your representatives and let them know that you support this initiative!<P align=center>How to contact the Santa Rosa County Commission<P align=center>The Santa Rosa County Commission members can be contacted at the Santa Rosa County Administrative Office Complex, 6495 Caroline St., Suite M, Milton, 32570. The commission?s office phone number is 983-1876; fax number is 983-1856. E-mail members at comm-[last name]@co.santa-rosa.fl.us; example: Tom Stewart;s e-mail address would be comm-stewart@co.santa-rosa.fl.us<P align=center>The County Commission meets at 9 a.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Committee meetings are conducted on the Mondays preceding the regular meetings at 9 a.m. All meetings are in the Administrative Office Complex.<HR><P align=center>How to contact the Escambia County Commission<P align=center>? Mike Whitehead, District 1, 2463 Cavalla Loop, Pensacola, FL 32526; Phone: 595-4910 (office);595-0478 (fax); E-mail: district1@co.escambia.fl.us.<P align=center>? Gene Valentino: District 2, P.O. Box 1591, Pensacola, FL 32591-1591; Phone: 595-4920 (office); 595-4923 (fax); 554-2177 (cell); 866-730-9152 (toll-free); E-mail: district2@co.escambia.fl.us.<P align=center>? Marie Young, District 3, 800 W. Lee St.; Phone: 595-4930 (office); 595-4795 (fax); E-mail: district3@co.escambia.fl.us.<P align=center>? Grover Robinson IV: District 4, 4165 Baisden Road, Pensacola, FL 32503; Phone: 595-4940 (office); 433-8261 (work); E-mail: district4@co.escambia.fl.us.<P align=center>? Kevin White, District 5, 4341 Molino Drive, Molino, FL 32577; Phone: 595-4950 (office). Fax: 595-4204. E-mail: district5@co.escambia.fl.us<P align=center>The office numbers listed are commissioners? phone numbers at the courthouse. The commission meets twice a month on Thursday nights, beginning with a 4:30 p.m. public forum followed by a
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:26 PM   #34
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[quote]Telum Piscis (8/26/2008)
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need2fish (8/26/2008)I'm very enthusiastic (to borrow from Evensplit's letter) about near shore and inshore artificial reef placement but I don't understand what specific approval needs to be obtained.

Is there a definitive approval from a group or person that has to happen before we can sink near shore artificial reefs and is there a zone or set of zones that have already been proposed as the known preferred area to sink them?
Army Corps of Engineers sets where reefs can be placed. And yes there are permited areas. The east andwest LAARS areas are the only place we can sink reefs currently. See link below.

http://www.co.escambia.fl.us/departments/nesd/NESDMarineResourcesLAARSMaps.htm[/quote]



Thanks for the info. I'm aware of the LAARS areas we are currently approved for. I'm interested to know the process by which approval is granted by the Corps or the specific person(s) who need to provide the approval of a newnear shore or in shore area for reef placement. Who has jurisdiction in those areas and who is/are the decision maker(s).
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:13 PM   #35
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OUTSTANDING! spearfisher that is the links that needed to be posted.



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I'm interested to know the process by which approval is granted by the Corps or the specific person(s) who need to provide the approval of a new near shore or in shore area for reef placement. Who has jurisdiction in those areas and who is/are the decision maker(s).


The problem is you will never know. I'm talking about the Army Corp here.



They hide behind



"WE ARE the GOVERNMENT and YOU CAN'T TOUCH US!"



Put the pressure on the people that Army Corp has to answer to. Then and only then this will happen.



I met with 7 different business owners today to get them behind this project.




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Old 08-26-2008, 08:48 PM   #36
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Your contact for the Army Corp of Engineers is Cliff Payne. In the past when I have emailed him I have found him to be very responsive. Please email him and let him know how you feel on this issue.

His email address is:

<U>Lyal.C.Payne@usace.army.mil</U>
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:39 AM   #37
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This would be great for our local bays!!! Imagine more places to catch snapper inshore!
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:56 AM   #38
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Hey Guys and Gals,

Thanks for the support, I have recieved some emails but would really like to see alot more if you can find time.

We really wont have another material opportunity like this, I can put this stuff outin a weekin the laars east and west sites but that would only provide more commercial fishing opportunities while we cant fish but 2 months this year and what looks like 0 total allowable catch for federal waters next year. I really want to see this stuff inside state waters.

Here's why you should help make this happen.

1. essential fish habitat- the magnusson-stevens act requires it

2.economic impact to our community- I dont think you could put a dollar amount on it.In mask fin snorkel's, rods and reels, camerassales alone it would be off the charts.If we had an beach approachable site for tourist every walmart, k-mart academy, convenience store,tackle shopthat carried afishing or diving equipmentwould benefit from that alone. Not to mention the other things that go along with getting to and from the site; fuel, food etc. etc.

3.Safety- I know I should have said this one first. We dont have a snorkel or dive site in less than 1 atmosphere (33 ft) for training. The sheriff departments dive team could use it, Escambia search and rescue etc, etc.

4. Equal fishing opportunities - not everyone is lucky enough to have an off- shore vessel to make it off shore safely and should be awarded the same oppurtunitie's as the rest of us .Besides weather is not always accurate and it would be another opportunity for large vessels as well.

5. Competition amongst our neighbors; to the east and west; we should not I repeat should not have to send our tourists that we bring into our community to other places because we dont have something like this . Because let me tell you some counties have over 1000 in there bays and near shore area's.

6. NO COST TO THE COUNTY ; ONLY REWARD THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS

We are going to put it out.



Hope that may help a little in writing a support letter.



If not you can just write .

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Old 08-27-2008, 07:07 PM   #39
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Get in letter writing mode guys! We need personal letters and letters from businesses (preferably on the company letterhead) showing your support.Once you write your letter, you can get it to Capt. Paul one oftwo easyways:

1. Take it by the RFRA Building at:

RFRA Headquarters

1007 West Pine St

Pensacola, FL 32501

(850) 516-1665

2. Email your letter to Capt. Paul:

rfra@reeffishra.com

WRITE A LETTER! IT WILL TAKE TWO MINUTES!!!!!!!







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Old 08-27-2008, 10:08 PM   #40
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Paul,

I'm gonna drop off some letters at the RFRA building in the morning. I'll put them on the desk. SHB
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