Park Service plans new signage for Navarre

Posted on July 10, 2017 by Romi White

Santa Rosa County Commissioners this week are expected to approve U.S. National Park Service plans to install directional signage in Navarre, guiding motorists to its Santa Rosa Area, located in the Gulf Islands National Seashore on Santa Rosa Island between Navarre and Pensacola Beach.

Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown said the signs will be placed on road shoulders in three sites: U.S. 98 eastbound and westbound near Navarre Beach Bridge and on Navarre Beach Causeway just north of the intersection with Gulf Boulevard.

According to Brown, the project will produce signs that match the graphic identity standards of the National Park Service highway and pathfinder guide signs. Highway and Pathfinder guides are part of the motorist guidance
packet of standards. These guides were created to conform with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control

“The purpose of the signs will be to accurately direct visitors to the Santa Rosa Area of the Gulf Islands
National Seashore while traveling on Highway 98 through Navarre,” stated Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Director Julie Morgan.

The Santa Rosa Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore, including Opal Beach, is one of only 10 national seashores and offers eight miles of undeveloped Gulf-front in Navarre Beach. Four out of the world’s seven sea turtle species nest along this seashore. To access the Opal Beach facility, located between Navarre and Pensacola Beach, there is a $7 per person user fee or a $15 vehicle fee for vehicles with up to 15 persons.

For more information contact the National Seashore headquarters at 850-934-2600.