First Coast ChapterProtecting your oceans, beaches and waves! The First Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was founded in 2002 and spans the First Coast of Florida, from the Georgia border to the end of Anastasia Island. More Details
The First Coast Chapter will be hosting our one-of-a-kind annual fundraiser on Friday June 20th (7 to 10 pm) at The Four Points Hotel in Jacksonville Beachfront (11 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL). The party will be on their beautiful oceanfront patio.
There is a $10 donation at the door ($5 under 18), which includes 1 free drink ticket, appetizers and an evening of FUN! Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available.
We will have music by DJ Tony “Antoine” Prat, dancing, a silent auction with the best loot at the beach, and as always, our famous best-dressed contest with prizes! Start planning your outfit!
For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Erin at 904-885-1348.
We’ll be hosting two beach cleanups on International Surfing Day, one in Jacksonville and one in St. Augustine. Please note the different time for each (And feel free to come to both!).
Beach Cleanup – St. Augustine
St. Johns County Ocean Pier (St. Augustine Beach Pier)
Beach Cleanup – Jacksonville
Jacksonville Beach Pier
We have ISD special-edition Surfrider membership packages available if you begin or renew your membership with the Surfrider Foundation. We will have these for sale at Black Tie & Baggies and all our meetings, beach cleanups, and other events going forward.
$40 gets you:
One-year Surfrider Foundation Memerbership
One-year Subscription to Surfing Magazine
2014 International Surfing Day t-shirt
Save the date! BLACK TIE AND BAGGIES 2014 will be on Friday June 20th 7 to 10 pm at the Four Points Hotel in Jacksonville Beach.
June 20th is also International Surfing Day…an extra special day to party down, live it up and show your support for protecting and preserving our ocean, waves, and beaches!
When: Thursday, September 19 @ 7pm
Please note the day of the week. We are meeting on Thursday based on feedback from members about their availability during the week.
We are changing the location of our social for this month only and we will be meeting in the community room at the REI Jacksonville store at the St. Johns Town Center. We will have a special presentation on seismic testing by a guest speaker from Oceana Florida. You will not want to miss this!
International Coastal Clean Up September 21st
Rise Above Plastics month in October
Annual FCSR/SOS Art Auction Nov. 9th – call out to artists
Let us know you’re coming on Facebook.
All ages and non-members welcome!
Get out your snazziest formal wear and give it some surfing style! Black Tie and Baggies is finally here! It’s First Coast Surfrider’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and it’s name is also the dress code: formal wear (black tie) mixed with surf wear (baggies). There’s going to be food, music, raffles, auctions, a best-dressed contest, drink specials, and more! Please join us to support your oceans, beaches, and waves for what promises to be a great night!
$10 at the door. Ages 18+
$2 drinks (cash bar)
FLORIDA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
This information was presented by Surfrider Foundation FL Regional Coordinator, Holly Parker, at our February meeting.
Ocean Outfall Bill
It’s back! Since the Surfrider Foundation successfully passed an Ocean Outfall Closure bill in 2009, there have been numerous attempts to delay or weaken its implementation. This year, like the last two years, is no exception. Senator Diaz de la Portilla (Miami-Dade) submitted SB444, titled “Domestic Wastewater Discharged Through Ocean Outfalls”.
Oil Drilling in Blackwater River State Forest
You may have already heard rumblings of a new bill proposing oil drilling on state lands. There is a bill proposing oil/gas exploration on state lands, but it is limited to the Blackwater River State Park (near Milton). We will be keeping an eye on this bill to make sure it doesn’t morph into anything broader, but the good news is that identical legislation was filed last session and promptly killed after substantial public outcry. Stay tuned for more as there are additional developments. Learn more here: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=49579
FLORIDA DEP Beach Management Funding Assistance Program
The DEP has released its list of local projects though the Beach Management Funding Program. Once this list is approved, these projects will be fast tracked and we’ll have a much harder time stopping them. You can also see each individual funding request application here: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/programs/becp/fund-req.htm
Nassau County Shore Protection Project
Nourishment of approximately 4.4 miles of Atlantic shoreline between DEP Monuments R11 and R34. Restoration was completed in 2008 and nourishment is scheduled for nourishment 2014.
St. Johns County Shore Protection Project
Nourishment of approximately 2.9 miles of shoreline between DEP Monuments R137 – R151 in St. Johns County. The project includes 0.9 miles of beach within Anastasia Island State Recreation Area. Restoration of the federal project and the non-federal extension within the state recreation area was completed in 2003. Emergency nourishment was completed in 2005 based on damages sustained during the 2004 hurricane season.
Seismic Testing Delay
Good news! The US Department of the Interior has delayed a decision on whether to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic until October. For those chapters working on this campaign, that means you have several more months to push petitions, sign-on letters, and public outreach events. Learn more about seismic testing here: http://action.surfrider.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6937
Surfrider at the Florida State Capitol!
Save the date for our lobby day at the State Capitol on April 4, 2013. Details to come.
Since getting involved with Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Gardens program and joining the Florida Native Plant Society I can now see the mistakes I made and am now better equipped to make the right decisions for my yard going forward.
So before starting your own OFG project please consider the following. You might first want to consult with a landscaper who is knowledgeable regarding native plants and OFG landscapes. There are also a number of garden centers in the area that specialize in native and Florida Friendly plants and ground covers. Another great resource is the Florida Native Plant Society that has chapters in our area. Last but not least please check out our own OFG program. There are great resources to be found on Surfrider’s national web-site and our chapter will be looking to hold OFG seminars and hands on events during the coming year(s).
So get involved and become more knowledgeable while at the same time saving yourself time, money and resources as well as our waves oceans beaches and rivers.
There is a part of me that truly believes that the sport of surfing and the ocean have saved my life. Both have given me strength, comfort and confidence when it was most needed throughout my life as well as a great deal of joy and happiness.
It is often said that when someone saves your life you them yours. I think this can be expanded to include activities or experiences that impact you significantly. I certainly feel this way about surfing and our oceans. In part, this is why I have devoted so much of my time giving back to both as best I can.
I feel extremely blessed to have had the privilege to serve as the chairman of the First Coast Chapter for the past two years. I have been associated with a great bunch of activists and learned a great deal.
As I leave my post at the end of the year I do so feeling very good about the things our chapter, including our executive committee and members, have accomplished and the progress we have made. At the same time, however, I wish I could have accomplished more. There are so many threats to our sport and coastlines and seemingly so little time and bodies to accomplish all we would like to.
I know that none of what we accomplished would have been possible without the dedication, time, talents and contributions of our executive committee, volunteers, members, sponsors and donors. I owe you all a great debt of gratitude.
Although I am stepping down as your Chairman I want you to know that I am planning on staying on as an advisor to the EC and plan to head up the Ocean Friendly Garden Committee and help out the Chapter in any manner required.
I am confident that I am leaving the chapter in very capable hands with Erin Handy as our new Chair – and the team she is putting together – and I expect great things to come.
Recently we sent out a survey to our members. We received a great response to it which will help us immensely to build the foundation of the chapter. We will be sharing the results with you all and personally contacting those who indicated they would like to get further involved.
We also recently held our seventh annual art auction. Thanks to the talented and generous artists that donated their work and the hard work of our volunteers, headed by Jamie Sauer, the auction was a huge success and the income from it will certainly help us accomplish our mission.
Thanks so much for your support of me and the chapter and I will look forward to seeing you at a future event.