Sebastian Inlet

The Sebastian Inlet Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1997 and spans portions of Brevard and Indian River counties in Florida. Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. More Details
February 15, 2017

February Chapter Meeting Minutes

February Chapter Meeting

February 15, 2017

November meeting minutes

November Chapter Meeting

January 18, 2017

Sea Oats Planting – February 4th, 2017

Please join us February 4th, 2017 to restore our dunes with a sea oats planting!

November 5, 2016

Rise Above Plastics: Founder’s Day Event

Today we launched our latest Rise Above Plastics campaign at the City of Satellite Beach Founders Day’s event.

You may have seen Todd the Trash Turtle in the parade. Here is a photo of Eric Schwarze, RAP leader, and the mastermind behind Todd posing with his creation:


Todd the Trash Turtle is filled with the single-use plastic bags we collected via our location at Satellite Beach City Hall in the past week. If you haven’t already, please stop by to donate any unwanted single-use plastics bags you may have at home. As we continue to collect these bags, Todd the Trash Turtle will continue to grow.

Many people scoffed at Eric’s brilliant trash sculpture, but in the end, Todd had the last laugh:

We are pleased to report that Todd the Prize-Winning Trash Turtle is the official winner of the Spirit Award for Founder’s Day 2016. Here we see Todd displaying his newest prize:


We have already distributed over 140 reusable bags as part of this campaign. If those bags are used every day for the next year, we will have saved 52,560 single-use plastic bags, 13,140 pieces of litter, and offset over 1,158 pounds of CO2 emissions. Most importantly, we are working together to protect our precious sea turtles from choking on this trash. Just like Todd, real sea turtles mistake single-use plastic bags for jellyfish and try to eat them. This results in serious injury or death.

If you missed us today at Founder’s Day, have no fear! The adventures of Todd the Trash Turtle have only just begun. You can still order your own reusable bags at, and learn more about the dangers of single-use plastic there.

You can also catch us at the upcoming Ocean Reef Beach Festival on December 3rd to get more reusable bags, and see Todd for yourself.

Skip the bag, save a turtle.

Together we can!

Special thanks to Eric Schwarze, Julie Finch, Mike Daniel, James Smith, Allison Arteaga, Orlando Briceno, all the members of the City of Satellite Beach Sustainability Board, Sebastian Inlet Surfrider Chapter, and of course, Todd the Trash Turtle, for making today’s event such a success!


October 18, 2016

September Meeting Minutes

Surfrider Meeting – 6:30pm Tuesday 9/20th
In attendance:
– Mike Daniel
– Eric Schwarze
– Bill Dellucia
– Josh Pause
– Darren
Mike called meeting to order @ 6:32p.
Mike D: update on 5 acre parcel in Indian County. We are waiting for more information.
We have the option to prevent getting an easement from the County re: beach access.
There was a meeting 9/19; lacked quorum, tabled until next meeting.
See Chair Report for further details.
Treasury Report – Eric
$10,247 balance last meeting.
Issue with phone app, unable to get access to balance information.
Surfer Stomp $270 cash donations Saturday Night.
John and Gay are working out some of the issue with sponsors check. Sponsors wrote a check
to John, John needs to cut a new check to Surfrider 501(3)c.
Mike advised against this practice; direct checks are tabled
Donating $100 to PAC Meeting via Vince Lamb for event Gleason Auditorium.
Regular Joe wrap-up pending, will address additional funds.
Bill Report – Ocean Friendly Gardens
Two tours this Sat at MRC for National Estuaries Day; discussing natives v. invasives.
Frank Mazzeone [SIC] MRC / Habitat Restoration for Melbourne Beach restoration is
in a planning stage.
Eric suggested film “Into the Sea” commissioned by Surfrider.
Eric discussed the synergy between Natives and Litter Reduction.
Chapter Elections: the following candidates have declared intent:
Alec Buchness, Chairman
Josh Pause, Vice Chairman
Allison Arteaga, Secretary
Eric Schwarze, Treasurer
Ryan Dadds, Volunteer Coordinator
Old Business:
Regular Joe debriefing is pending John. interviewed Eric, glowing reviews, high media engagement, response is positive.
Mike D:
Space Coast Saunter starts Surf and Sport on October 5th. Facebook promo Saunter.
Josh P:
Lagoon Update- BIRLC now 600+ members, Josh has delegate Marilyn and others to lead communications.
PAC Update – $8,000 collected; another $10,000 pending
October 18, 2016

June Meeting Minutes


October 18, 2016

August Surfrider Meeting


October 18, 2016

July Meeting Minutes


September 19, 2016

Executive Committee Declared Candidates

The following people have declared themselves for consideration for our Executive Committee elections in November:

  • Chair – Alec Buchness
  • Vice Chair – Josh Pause
  • Treasurer – Eric Schwarze
  • Secretary – Allison Arteaga
  • Volunteer Coordination – Ryan Dadds


June 20, 2016

Meeting Minutes

Read minutes from May 17, 2016 Executive Council meeting.

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