SRF Feb. Meeting Minutes 2/19/20
Location – The Standard Collective Studio, Eau Gallie Arts District
6:30 Social “Meet & Greet” 25 in attendance
6:45 Call to Order/ Board & Member Intros
7:00 Guest Speaker – Kate Mansfield, Phd, Sea Turtle Reseacher
-UCF Marine Turtle Research Group Lead Researcher
3 different missions: 1.) Collect data/ re-nourishment assessments 2.) research (in-water projects)3.) Projects
-Surfrider’s EC will meet to determine donation amount for their research group.

7:30 Recent Events Recap
Jan. 25th – Member Appreciation and Volunteer Awards Party – Whiskey Beach Pub Congratulations to our 2019 Coastal Defender of the Year recipients; Dawn Harrell, Scott Maki and Coleen Seitter! Also the Chairman’s Above & Beyond Award recipient, Ryan Dadds.

Feb. 4th – Rise Above Plastics Day – State Capitol, Tallahassee. Alec, Camila Prada & Dylan Hansen.
Legislative Update – Bo Platt
-Met with Randy Fine, Debbie Mayfield, and Thad Altman
-Worked on passing single-use plastic reduction bills with many advocacy groups

Feb. 1st & 2nd – Sea Oat Planting Bonsteel Park in S. Melbourne Beach. Jason Hyder & Cocoa Beach
-Cocoa Beach planting was next day and following Wednesday with 2 plantings

Feb. 8th & 9th Villon Locals Only Surf Festival Pelican Beach Park. Jay Whalen
-Clean up before the contest on Saturday and after on Sunday

Feb. 15th Ocean Treasures & Sea Glass Festival Archie Carr Barrier Island Center. 3 new members. Merchandise sales

7:45 Program/Campaign Reports
~ Blue Water Task Force “BWTF” – Ryan Dadds
BWTF new sites: Cocoa Beach Pier, Ramp Road (Cocoa Beach), and Ponce de Leon Park (S. Melbourne Beach)
-Still working with MRC to get a standardized bacteria level that compares with FL’s level
-There will be a new BWTF program coming out to log data in that will present data in graph format.
-We have new volunteers Joyce Anderson, Lew Storum and James Austin.
-Fundraiser Spin-a-Thon planned on 3/28 or 29 and proceeds will go to Surfrider: BWTF and Spring Forward for Autism
~ Ocean Friendly Gardens “OFG” – Bill Deluccia
Native plants and gardens extending into Indialantic, plan on getting more volunteers to do more gardens around the area that are manicured to get more people interested in having native plants in their yard
_Will need volunteers for every 4th Monday to help out at Douglas Park at 5:30
~ Ocean Friendly Restaurants “OFR” – Vanessa Whelan/Ryan Dadds
-Vanessa Whelan will be the new director of this program and Ryan Dadds assisting
-Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster is considering joining
~ Ocean Club Update: No new updates

8:00 Upcoming Events
~ BWTF Fundraiser? Date/location TBD

  • Possibly in April at 4th Street Fillin Station. Entertaining other idea since space limited
    ~ 4/25/20 Coastal Garden Fair/Earth Day Schechter Center Satellite Beach
    Need volunteers
    ~ 5/2/20 Melbourne Beach Founders Day
    Need volunteers

8:15 New Business
~Storage unit cleanup – Feb. 29th Need volunteers to clean out and bring CB to SB at 8am.
-Beach cleanup at Hightower with KBB and Orlando Surfrider 9am -12 noon March 14

8:30 Adjourn