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Sebastian Inlet 2015 Volunteer Hours

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.

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City of Sebastian July 4th Parade

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.

July4float

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Sebastian Inlet Gift Shops

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.

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Manatees

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

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Bird Rescue

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!

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Night Sounds Concert

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 10, 2016

23 Treez

Elements of reggae, rock, funk and jazz fused together making up the laid back beach sounds of 23 Treez.

For more information about 23 Treez visit www.myspace.com/23treezmusic.

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Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming Meetings:

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 January 25, 2017  at the Fishing Museum.  Please call 772-388-2750 for more information.

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