First Coast Chapter

Protecting 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
March 11, 2015

Florida Coasts & Oceans Day

Join the Surfrider Foundation and Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition on March 24th and 25th at the Florida Capitol for Florida Coasts & Oceans Day!

We’ll kick things off with a lobbying training session on March 24th from 6:00-7:30pm at 621 Gallery, followed by a reception and mixer at Grasslands Brewery!

On March 25th we’ll have educational displays from other environmental causes and will spend the day meeting with legislators and attending committee meetings, touring the capitol, and networking with other ocean champions from across the state!

RSVP here!

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February 16, 2015

Say NO to new oil/gas/seismic in the Atlantic

Join us this Thursday for a rally and press conference at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) public meeting on the proposed expansion of oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic. The public will have the opportunity to meet with BOEM officials and provide written comments on their plan from 3-7pm. The rally and press conference will be held at 5:30pm. For more info, click here!

June 10, 2014

Black Tie & Baggies Gala 2014 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!

Click here for Black Tie & Baggies information!

For more info email or call Erin at 904-885-1348.

June 10, 2014

International Surfing Day Beach Cleanup

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)
June 20th

Beach Cleanup – Jacksonville

Jacksonville Beach Pier
June 20th

June 10, 2014

ISD Membership Packages Available


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

May 29, 2014

Black Tie & Baggies

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!

Click here for more details!

September 18, 2013

September Social


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.

Where: REI Jacksonville
4862 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32246

Don’t miss our September Social!
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!
Guest Speaker: Alex Catechis, attorney with Oceana will do a presentation on Seismic Airgun Testing off the East Coast, including Florida. For more information on this issue:


Also on the agenda:
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!

May 16, 2013


The First Coast Chapter is also home to the University of North Florida QUAD Club. They work with the Chapter to protect and promote the waves, beaches, and oceans of our beautiful, local environment. Click here to learn more!


April 19, 2013

Black Tie & Baggies Gala 2013

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)

February 21, 2013

FL Legislative Update – February


This information was presented by Surfrider Foundation FL Regional Coordinator, Holly Parker, at our February meeting.

State Issues:

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”.

Learn more here:

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:

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:

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.


FEDERAL  $2,997,938

STATE    $282,138

LOCAL  $325,394

TOTAL $3,605,470

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.



STATE    $138,317

LOCAL   $179,215

TOTAL   $317,532

Federal Issues:

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:

Surfrider at the Florida State Capitol!

Save the date for our lobby day at the State Capitol on April 4, 2013. Details to come.

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