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The Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park (FSISP) welcomes you to our website.
National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 24 @ 8 to 10 AM
As part of the statewide Florida Coastal Clean Up and National Public Lands Day, Sebastian Inlet State Park is looking for volunteers to help keep our beautiful beaches clean, on Saturday, September 24, from 8 to 10 AM. Volunteers from all over Florida will unite to pick up litter and help keep our beaches clean. The volunteers sign in station will be under the bridge on the Indian River County side of the park. Enjoy a morning stroll down the beach while lending a hand. For more information on all events: www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet/default.asp or call 772-388-2750 or 321-984-4852.
2015 was an outstanding year for volunteers at Sebastian Inlet State Park. 247 volunteers worked 31,638.75 hours which is equivalent to $638,713.35 or 15 full time staff. Thanks to all the volunteers.
Sebastian Inlet State Park volunteers Tom Heitl, Jim LaPorte and Roger DiFillipo designed and built this replica Spanish Galleon for the City of Sebastian’s July 4th parade. The float won best in the parade! The idea of this project was formulated by volunteers Doris and Ed Ramsey, who have tabulated a combined total of 16,000 volunteer hours. The galleon project was funded by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park. This replica Spanish galleon commemorates the three hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet. The 1715 survivor and salvage camp was located at present day Sebastian Inlet State Park’s McLarty Treasure Museum. This is a National Historical Site. Park volunteers walked besides the galleon handing out replica Spanish gold doubloon and silver reales to the delight of the children watching the July 4 parade.
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.
Click on the link below to find sites along the Space & Treasure Coasts where Manatees congregate in the winter.
Manatees – where to find in the winter
The Friends of Sebastian Inlet supports the park’s wildlife in various ways. Much assistance is provided to the park’s injured birds. Winter time is especially difficult for the birds as the number of people fishing increases and the baitfish available for the birds to feed upon drops dramatically. This makes it even more difficult for the birds to safely feed without mistaking a fisherman’s lure for baitfish. The end result is MANY birds being hooked every year. Each year about 150 birds are rescued at Sebastian Inlet State Park. In the past, the Friends have purchased finger mullet to feed the injured birds until transportation to Florida Wildlife Center can be arranged. The Friends provided funding for volunteers to build a new six compartment holding cage affectionately dubbed “The Pelican Palace” which is where the birds are kept while they await transport.
The support the Friends and volunteers give to our injured wildlife is not strictly monetary but hands on also with many opportunities available. Volunteers are always needed to transport sick or injured birds to Florida Wildlife Hospital in Melbourne; fresh finger mullet are needed to feed the birds awaiting transportation and able bodied people are needed to catch and unhook birds that are in need of help.
This is just a small representation of the various programs our group supports. The Friends of Sebastian Inlet is no ordinary friends group!
The Sebastian Inlet State Park Friends organization has been awarded a matching funds grant of $1000.00 from the Friends of Florida State Parks, Inc. for the replacement of the McLarty Museum boardwalk and observation deck. This grant was made possible by our new FSISP Grant Writing Committee consisting of Sherry Hunter (chairman), Bill Bennett and Chris Douglass. Let’s give our thanks to them and wish them good luck on future grant projects.
The Fishing Museum’s Nautical Nook Gift Shop needs one full time volunteer each day. The museum is open Sunday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Contact Terry O’Toole 772.388.2750. See the Gift Shop page for more news.
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 September 17, 2016
The Ladies of Soul and the LOS Band
The Ladies of Soul are three singers backed by the four piece LOS Band. They play music inspired by great R and B, dance, funk and classic party tunes. Known for tight harmonies and high energy, The Ladies of Soul connect with the audience. Their fun show is contagious with dancing to your favorite party and dance classics.
For more information about The Ladies of soul visit, http://ladiesofsoulband.com.
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 September 28, 2016 at the Fishing Museum. Please call 772-388-2750 for more information.