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The Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park (FSISP) welcomes you to our website.
The Sebastian Fishing Museum attracts guests from all over the world. In the first six months of 2018, visitors from all 50 states and most of the Canadian Provinces have signed in on the museum registrar. Visitors have come from Peru and Poland, Haiti and Hungry, Brazil and Belgium, Ireland and Australia, Taiwan and Turkey, St Maarten and Saudi Arabia, Puerto Rico and Panama, the Cayman Islands and China. There are folks that have signed in from many other counties and everyone has come to experience “The Real Florida.”
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 26, 2018 at the Fishing Museum. Please call 772-388-2750 for more information.
Night Sound Concerts are not presented in summer. They will resume in September.
Diamond Dixie bought out the country music fans to the Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet State Park. They played some original music and cover tunes that had folks tapping their toes and singing along!
The 5th annual Vuelta A Sebastian Inlet bike tours had a peddle prefect day. Sebastian Inlet Surf and Sport led three tours around the Indian River Lagoon State Park and Sebastian Inlet State Park. There were two challenging fat tire tours and one pavement surface tour. Many bicyclist said they never knew about the riding and hiking trails in the parks until this event. After the Vuelta A Sebastian Inlet, a party with music by Radio Flyer kept everyone smiling. The Vuelta A Sebastian Inlet always make a nice donation to the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park.
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Surfrider Foundation and the Barrier Island Center teamed up and planted 2,000 sea oats on the south side of Sebastian Inlet State Park. Looking at the pictures the volunteers had a grand time planting the sea oats! Sea oats are the primary dune’s frontline defense against erosion. The roots of sea oat plants are legendary for holding the upper reaches of the beach together. Also, shorebirds like to nest amidst the sea oats.
The Florida Pro Surf Contest was a weeklong event held at Sebastian Inlet State Park in January. The cash purse for the women’s division is the largest ever in the United States. 14 of the top 22 female surfers in the world completed in the Florida Pro. Melbourne Beach’s own 15 year old Caroline Marks won first place!
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.