Sebastian InletThe 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
Surfrider Sebastian Inlet Chapter
April Meeting 4/19/17
Call to order 6:30pm
EC members in attendance
Alec Buchness, Eric Shwarze, John Robson, Allison Arteaga, Ryan Dadds, Roger Ross
14 additional members
Around-the-room introductions of everyone in attendance
Erik Schwarze: Treasurer’s Report
Check to Dylan Hansen for $600 to cover videos
Charlie Corbeil Awards
Food for adopt-a-highway road cleanup
Current Balance: $16, 065
Recap of cleanup along A1A: did cleanup, with BBQ afterwards. Most of the trash was found in bushes along road, next time, will look into separating out recycling. Got about six bags of trash. Supposed to be doing cleanups quarterly.
Charlie Corbeil Awards recap by Ryan Dadds: Ryan, Allison, and Mike Daniels were in attendance. Awarded to two kids and eight adults, big emphasis on Indian River Lagoon, less for the ocean, had hoped to see more for the ocean. Inspiring event, good to meet everyone in conservation. Chapter donated money to help with program. Can send chapter people next year too.
Updates on Local Bands, Boards & Brews Festival by Orlando: Met with John today, looks like everything is ready to go, have seven shapers signed up and six vendors. All sponsors have donated $200. April 29th noon-10pm. Still looking for volunteers, and having people come out. Main time slot = 6-8pm, will be the busiest time. Main goal will be membership sign-ups and renewals. Will be giving away reusable shopping bags too. Members get wristbands for discounted prices on beers. Two food trucks this year. Five bands signed up. Will be signing up additional volunteers for 6-8pm slot.
Josh had to step down as vice chair. Need to replace him. Executive Committee will need to vote on next person to take that position. It will be a two-year commitment. Would like to make nominations tonight.
Cocoa Beach chapter, black tie and baggies events at Long Dogger’s. Fundraiser for their chapter, encourage members from our chapter to go up and support them on May 6th. After that, May 20th is hands across the sand. Will take place at Paradise Park. Event started after Horizon oil spill, is a show of solidarity to prevent offshore drilling, will take place from 11-12, will form a line of people and hold hands. Cocoa Beach will have a simultaneous event in their area. Pete Stauffer from Surfrider’s corporate office has been sending out e-mails encouraging people to contact their senators to express their opposition for offshore drilling. Publication effort ideas for the event. Could do posters or talk to WFIT. Currently use social media. Need help with the website, asked for volunteers to help with updating the website. Consider doing Facebook advertising to promote chapter events. Consider picking and choosing certain locations to try out some posters.
Waterman’s Challenge June 3rd is a surf contest coming up, chapter challenge is a division among Florida chapters. Our chapter won it last year and a couple years ago. Will have tent there representing the chapter. Would like to put two teams out there. Tag-team event, win goes to team with most points in given time frame. Talk to Roger if you’re interested in competing
June 10th. Captain Hiram’s surf expo to raise money for Surfrider. Line-up of bands. Will be recruiting people to volunteer at the event as we get closer. Looking to support that event because can help recruit members from further south in the county
International surfing Day June 17th, Saturday closest to summer solstice. Looking for someone to help organize it. Usually reserve large pavilion at paradise, would like to get Long Dogger’s involved. Last few years had an evening event. Will be doing surf lessons for kids. Looking for volunteers to help out
Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport is celebrating 5th anniversary presentation by John Robson. Anniversary party usually raises funds for local surf teams to send them to NSSA Nationals. Talking to Pariedolia Brewing Company. Surfrider and First Peak can invite breweries, restaurants to do sampling. People can buy wristbands. Band will be coming in. Start day off with forum on the First Peak Project.
First Peak project: effort to restore the break at first peak. Founder of project wants the chapter’s support. Information as been sent to corporate, waiting to hear back to see if we can officially support it or not. Recent surfer magazine article featured first peak and the importance to professional surfing. The original jetty was a concrete wall, as swell came in, it formed a doubled up, hollow wave right at the sandbar, was consistent even when waves were small. 2004, reinforced the structure, put piling in front of wall, ended up diffusing wave energy. Jeff, the founder has worked on inland man-made surfing projects, wants to build a refracting wall around the pilings to bring back the wave, looking for lowest impact strategy possible. His proposal is removable if it doesn’t work. Has been talking to Sebastian inlet tax district, sea turtle conservancy, tourism development council, needs to be public/private project. Could potentially create habitat for worm reef, models show could also put less sand in inlet. TDC has pledged funding to professional contest, more consistent waves could mean better contests and more draw for local businesses
Surfrider has a new coordinator at the national level for their school club programs. Boyd runs a lot of our programs locally, will try to coordinate a quick call. If anyone know parents at beachside elementary schools, it is easy to get new clubs started. Meets once a month after school for an hour at a time. Also use the kids for volunteer projects like sea oats. Can do clubs at junior and senior high schools too. $20 dues cover snacks and shirts for the club
Should probably get a projector to use at our meeting and events. Erik has looked into pricing. Motion to buy a projector, seconded. Eric will get pricing. Approved to spend up to $300 on projector
Would like to suggest that after meetings, could have local musicians come in to play. Could be a good social thing , could be open to the general public
- Alec Buchness
- Josh Pause
- Julie Finch
- Mike Daniels
- Beach and shore committee meeting update coming soon on sale of public land in IRC. Looking to still preserve beach access even if public land sells
- Friday night climate event at MRC 6pm Friday the 21st
- Causeway rally for the lagoon set for the 22nd
- If you can only do one, do the lagoon event as priority
- EC elections are next month
- $750 sent to surfrider will be given to Pure Ocean for ORB fest
Please join us February 4th, 2017 to restore our dunes with a sea oats planting!
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 HelpTheBeach.com, 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 HelpTheBeach.com!
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!