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Florida Tech University students from Melbourne, Florida came to Sebastian Inlet State Park to make a different and they sure did! Park staff cut woody plants in the dune area near the north jetty. The Florida Tech students hauled these plants, mostly sea grapes, a long distance and then loaded them into a one ton dump truck. They filled 15 dump truck loads in three hours! That is a dump truck load every 12 minutes including drive time. The students were amazing and under the wonderful leadership of Lexi Miller. Lexi did a safety talk and provided water, gloves and safety glasses. This work helped improve our dune habitat for the southeastern beach mouse and nesting shorebirds. Project A.N.T. Member Conner Wagner put this student work day all together.
In August, Sebastian Inlet State Park rangers found a very young and weak juvenile brown pelican that would not eat. It was taken to the Florida Wildlife Hospital in Melbourne, Florida with help from Wild Florida Rescue. They got the young pelican to eat on its own. After a month of tender, loving care it was released back at Sebastian Inlet State Park. It flew over the cove a couple times and landed on the cove rocks with his other pelican buddies.
Learn how to fish at Sebastian Inlet State Park! Click on our new page “Fishing at Sebastian Inlet”.
Located at Sebastian Inlet State Park is the McLarty Treasure Museum. The McLarty Treasure Museum is a National Historical Landmark Site of the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet Survivors’ & Salvaging Camp. On April 8, a program told the rich history of the Spanish Plate Fleet’s disaster with exhibits. Dr. John DeBry fascinated folks with facts of the lost fleet. The McLarty Treasure Museum is open daily from 10 AM to 4 PM and is located two miles south of Sebastian Inlet.
A Great Horned Owl made a nest in a group of cardinal air plant, on a branch of a live oak tree, at Sebastian Inlet State Park. During a powerful storm one of the two babies fell out of the nest. A basket was attached to the tree and the baby owls placed in it. The mother owl did not like all the commotion but soon after everyone moved away, mama came back and took good care of her babies. The babies recently took fight to start a new stage of their life.
When the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park found out the camp host’s old golf cart needed to be replaced, we came to the rescue. The Friends purchased a new 2017 Cushman Hauler 800 for $6,600.00. The campground hosts are thrilled to have this wonderful, new mode of transportation to do their assigned duties.
St John’s Wood rocked the park with the British invasion music of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Setting a Night Sounds concert attendance record with over 600 people enjoying the music and dancing into the night.
The Friends of Sebastian Inlet operate both the Nautical Nook Gift Shop at the Fishing Museum and the Treasure Gift Shop at the McLarty Treasure Museum. Select the Gift Shops tab above to see information on the gift shops including gift cards and monthly sales.
All concerts are held under the stars at Coconut Point, which is accessed through the south park entrance. See the Night Sounds page for more information.
Saturday December 2, 2017
Rod MacDonald is a folk singer and songwriter, novelist, and educator. Since the mid-seventies he has released 11 solo recordings in the United States, 8 in Europe, and 21 songs with Smithsonian Folkways. In 2006, he became an instructor for the Florida Atlantic University, hosting the lecture and performance series “Music Americana”, where he was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2012. Rod MacDonald has been named one of the “Ten Greatest South Florida Folksingers of All Time.” His CD “Later that Night” reached the top ten in national folk music charts in 2014. As part of the band called Big Brass Bed, they were named the “Best Folk Band” in 2016 in Palm Beach County. The content of Rod MacDonald’s songs covers political and social events. His songs possess words that go straight into your heart and soul.
The FSISP Board of Directors meetings are held at 4:30 pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month, except for June, July, August and December. The next meeting will be held November 22, 2017 at the Fishing Museum. Please call 772-388-2750 for more information.