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The Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park (FSISP) welcomes you to our website.
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!
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.
Friday April 8, 2017
St. John’s Wood
St. John’s Wood is a five piece band that transports you back to the music of the 1960’s British invasion. This is the music that helped define a generation; it includes The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, The Zombies, The Animals David Bowie, Eric Clapton and many more. Enjoy the music that is etched into the golden history of Roll ‘n’ Roll.
Saturday May 6, 2017
Smokin’Country plays the latest top 40 country music with some kicking classic rock. They like to get the people dancing and encourage crowd participation.
For more information about Smokin’ Country visit www.facebook.com/smokincountryband.
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 April 26, 2017 at the Fishing Museum. Please call 772-388-2750 for more information.