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The Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park (FSISP) welcomes you to our website.

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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Matching Grant

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.

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Fishing Museum Gift Shop Volunteers

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.

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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.

Night Sound concerts are taking the summer off.  Concerts will resume in September.

 

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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 June 3, 2015  at the Fishing Museum.  Please call 772-388-2750 for more information.

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