SRF July Meeting Minutes 7/15/20

Location – Paradise Park S. Pavillon

6:30  Intro – Call to order   – Alec Buchness

6:40  EC/Program/Campaign Reports

~ Blue Water Task Force  “BWTF” – Ryan Dadds

            — Abnormally high levels of Enterococcal levels the first 2 weeks of July. High levels at Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach Pier, and Sebastian Inlet

            –Results display board for first year of BWTF in the process of being constructed for tent display at events

~ Ocean Friendly Gardens “OFG” – Bill Deluccia

            — OFG weed clean up at Douglas Park on July 21 at 6:30

            –Requesting to plant Ocean Friendly native plants along swale of new sewage pipe being installed in Indialantic 

            –Jay Whelan suggested submitting OFG to Leadership Brevard as a volunteer project, may possibly submit

~ Ocean Friendly Restaurants “OFR” – Vanessa Whalen/Ryan Dadds

            –Discussing membership with Skinny Mermaid

            –Will be visiting all participating restaurants to show support and provide letter as well as determine if criteria are being met and educate to avoid bioplastics

~ Ocean Club Update — N/A

7:00          Old Business

  • UCF Marine Turtle Research Group – Sent check.  Sourcing ATV’s.  No purchase yet.
  • Chapter Name Change?
  • Unanimous decision to change chapter name to Space Coast Surfrider by present EC members to provide for greater inclusion of north Brevard & Indian River County,  create less confusion, and more name recognition.  Rebranding of website, Facebook pages, etc. will proceed.           

7:20  New Business

~  Candidate Forum for County Commission District 3 7/16/20 @ 7 pm

Email questions to Isadora Rangel –  irangel@floridatoday.com

  Candidates:  Kathy Meehan, John Tobia and Sanjay Patel

-Need to focus on questions regarding cleaning up the lagoon

~  Int’l Coastal Clean-up Day 9/19/20

—Must be 30 people or less, location to be determined

~  Adopt-a-Hwy A1A Cleanup of ‘Surfrider’ section

–Will likely have cleanup in November

~  Beach cleanups?

–Suggested beach for consistent clean up is 2nd Light—will need to request permission by PAFB

~  Other?

–Suggest creating an Earth conscience tassel for high school graduates who focus on environmental conservation from organizations who support saving natural resources

7:45 Adjorn