NAVARRE — The Holley Navarre Water System's board of directors voted Tuesday to endorse the re-opening of Navarre Pass.

James Calkins, vice president of the board, shared a written statement he presented to the board stating he "endorsed and encouraged" the re-opening based on the economic benefits, including potential job growth, improvements to the environment and potential additional revenue for the water system.

The board voted 3-2 to support the endorsement, according to the Navarre Newspaper website.

The Navarre Pass was about 150 yards east of the Navarre Beach Marine Park. It was opened in 1965 for just two months before a hurricane closed it. Earlier this week, Congressman Matt Gaetz met with local leaders to discuss the progress of re-opening the pass, saying he would first work to get a fee simple bill passed.

The Holley Navarre Water System isn't the only local organization to support reopening the pass. The Navarre Area Board of Realtors (NABOR) also in on board, Executive Director Angela Campbell said.

"NABOR is in favor of the pass in so much as it does not negatively impact the military mission," she said.