Volusia Flagler ChapterThe Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was founded in 2008 and spans the entire coastline of Volusia and Flager counties in Florida. Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. More Details
Surfrider is all about grassroots volunteering, that means getting people involved in activities and outreach in our localcommunity and state, and helping them take the lead on creating change! There’s always something you can do to help, and if you have a good idea or know of an opportunity, let us know. For volunteer opportunities contact Ryan Mahler!
We are actively looking for new committee members to help lead beach cleanups, plan social events, or implement any other ideas you might have!
This week, New Smyrna Beach became the 9th city in Florida to say NO to seismic airgun testing. The NSB city commission unanimously passed a resolution opposing seismic air gun blasting to test for oil and gas in the Atlantic! Our Chair, Ryan, spoke during the public comment period to inform of the dangers of seismic airgun testing and the intended conclusion; offshore drilling.
Thank you to Jake Sachs for being a champion for our cause and to all of the city commissioners who did the right thing. Thank you also to Oceana Florida and everyone who came to show their support!
Our newest Executive Committee members are Sarah Bennett, Volunteer Coordinator, Tommy Moore, Secretary, and Todd Hardy, Business Liaison. We are so happy to have them on board and we look forward to doing great things in the community!
If you are interested in becoming more involved in the Chapter, please join us at our next Chapter meeting, November 20, 6:30 pm at Starbucks, 110 S. Ocean Avenue, Daytona Beach.
On Friday, our Best Dressed Couple was Tiffany and Kevin Dirlam and the runners up were Leslie and Jake Sachs. On Saturday, after the lil groms spent some time on their boards (graciously provided by the Volusia Jr. Lifeguards) in the water, they were treated to an eco lesson from Chad Truxall, from the Marine Discovery Center. They learned about the animals that live in our waters and even got to see a live jellyfish, caught (and later released) that day!
Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible: the VOLUNTEERS!, Nichol’s Surf Cafe (Chuck and Alison!), Eric at Sweetwater Brewing, Barefoot Wine, Alaia Luna, Volusia Jr. Lifeguards, Chad Truxall, Grom Gear, and Quiet Flight of NSB.
Thank you to everyone who made Hands Across the Sand a great day! Here are a few photos for your enjoyment:
Joining hands is a powerful way to say NO to offshore drilling and YES to clean energy!
This movement is not about politics — it is about the protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries. The accidents that continue to happen in offshore oil drilling are a threat to all of the above. Expanding offshore oil drilling is not the answer; embracing Clean Energy is.
WHEN: SAT, MAY 17TH 10AM BEACH CLEAN-UP / 12:00-12:15pm JOIN HANDS
LOCATION 1: HARTFORD AVE BEACH APPROACH, DAYTONA BEACH(1825 N. A1A) HARTFORD HAS SOME PARKING SPOTS BUT IS A CLOSED BEACH RAMP. IF YOU WANT TO PARK ON THE BEACH, USE SEAVIEW OR WILLIAMS.
LOCATION 2: FLAGLER AVE BEACH APPROACH, NEW SMYRNA BEACH. PARKING AVAILABLE IN LOT OR ON BEACH (TIDE PERMITTING).
WHO: SURFRIDER VOLUSIA-FLAGLER CHAPTER – LOOK FOR THE SURFRIDER FLAGS!
Please try to wear a black shirt/tank to represent drawing a line against dependency on oil/fossil fuels (the new Chapter shirts are fine too). We are gathering on the beach and “Drawing a line in the Sand” against Offshore Drilling, Deepwater Drilling, Seismic Testing, Keystone XL Pipeline, Tar Sands & Mountain-Top Removal Mining and Hydraulic Fracturing…and EMBRACING Clean-Energy! We encourage everyone to not buy/bring plastic water bottles and to keep this (and all) events minimum waste. We’ll have water/Gatorade on hand for you to fill your reusable container. We plan on only leaving footprints in the sand!
The Volusia-Flagler Surfrider Chapter will meet at 10am for a Beach Clean-Up. Then we’ll meet on the sand by our tent at 11:45 and join hands at 12pm.
STEP 1 – Go to the beach by at least 11 AM in your time zone, rain or shine.
STEP 2 – Join hands for 15 minutes starting at 12:00 PM in your time zone forming lines in the sand against oil drilling in your coastal waters. Yes to clean energy.
STEP 3 – Leave only your footprints.
- Use only approved beach accesses and parking.
- Create as long a line or as many lines as you wish.
- Be courteous and respectful to those who disagree with your view.
- Please steer clear of bird nesting areas
- Please steer clear of sea turtle nesting areas
- Please respect any flora and fauna during your event and leave nothing but footprints.
- …enjoy yourself, it’s the beach!
For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can now donate to Volusia/Flagler Surfrider through our website! How exciting
Here’s a quick catch up of what’s going on with the Chapter:
- Our Chair, Ryan, is giving a presentation about Ocean Friendly Gardens this Thursday, 6 pm at Marine Discovery Center.
- We are doing a beach clean up at the ESA Surf Contest this Saturday. Granada Approach, Ormond Beach, 8 am. Bring a bucket, reusable gloves and a reusable water bottle to keep it ocean friendly! We will have a few extra buckets for those who need them.
- The new Chapter shirts are in! $20/shirt or $15 during the months of March and April if you’re a member. We will have them at all of our upcoming events. If you need to renew your membership, there is a link on this page.
- Save the date: Black Tie and Baggies fundraiser, June 20. EcoSurf Clinic, June 21. More info to come!
As the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. While something like the Shiloh proposal is not generally within our purview of concern, we are certainly concerned with the delicate ecosystems that support those areas that we strive to keep open and clean.
At the outset we, as the voice of hundreds, perhaps thousands of volunteers and activists within the Volusia and Flagler Counties, would like to express our objection and disapproval of the option to use the Shiloh site for a commercial spaceport as proposed. However, at these early stages and during this comment period, we understand that you are requesting suggestions of what to consider in the Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”).
With all of the recent attention and concerns regarding the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoons, we must be certain that any environmental evaluation of the impacts of the Shiloh option for a spaceport considers not only the immediate impacts of the space port and its operations on the surrounding environment, but also the compounding effect an additional stressor would have on the already delicate ecosystem; ecosystems do not operate in a vacuum and certainly should not be evaluated as such. The Indian River Lagoon and potentially the Mosquito Lagoon are in danger of failing from a number of different and vicious external and internal stressors. The addition of such an invasive, poisonous and impactful operation in an otherwise pristine and untouched locale could potentially have the effect of being the straw that breaks the camels back so to speak. When ecosystems reach a tipping point, they fail catastrophically and are often prohibitively expensive to repair, or worse, can never be repaired. In conclusion, please consider the already delicate and stressed nature of the ecosystem and the large area it services in your studies.
The National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) requires reasonable alternatives to be considered in studies. The only “reasonable alternative” being considered in the current EIS, is apparently a “No Build” option. There are no other actual reasonable alternative sites being considered so the “No Build” alternative will necessarily produce skewed results towards building. It is likely where there are no other actual alternatives the majority, being economically minded and focused, will have only one option for build. The “No Build” should certainly serve as a baseline, but other alternatives should be considered. One logical, but oddly avoided alternative, is the existing NASA site and its unused pads. Therefore, please also consider actual alternatives in the EIS as required by NEPA.
Finally, while we are not certain economics play a role in the EIS stage, they should certainly be considered in the selection process. Briefly, fully functioning ecosystems have vast and almost immeasurable economic worth such as filtering water, providing nurseries for young and often commercially viable fish and wildlife, not to mention the tourism and use worth that they represent. Consider the cost to replace these ecosystem services with a mechanical and/or manmade option. The start up and continuing cost of reproducing all the services provided by this ecosystem would undoubtedly be staggering in comparison to any worth a commercial space station could provide. It is clear that if the Shiloh site is built, it will without a doubt have a negative impact on the functioning, and already fragile, ecosystem; the financial benefits, however much they are, would be inversely related to all other sources of income and economic worth of this system. As the worth of Shiloh increases the industries related to the ecosystem will decrease at a likely alarmingly faster rate. When the space industry has moved on to other states or countries, we are left with a used up and non-repairable resource that once brought in much more than the space industry ever had or will. Is this what we want to be our legacy? Does this option truly have vision? It seems like supporting this proposal will create a focus on two competing economic goals; one in the spaceport and one in the ecosystem, which, considering its expansive impacts, is effectively the economic juggernaut of the two. This tact is about the fastest way to get nowhere. Please consider the inverse and competing relationships of economic impacts.
We have such a pristine, beautiful and productive ecosystem that needs to be preserved. We are at a significant tipping point for our environment and need to fight to keep it alive.Sincerely, The Executive Board Volusia/Flagler Chapter Surfrider Foundation
Congratulations to our t-shirt design contest winner, Trey Edwards of Ponce Inlet. On teamclub.us, he is described as a “creative genius”, “human Swiss Army knife“, “4th generation Daytona Beach” and a “rad” dresser with a “special eye for seeing oddity in the everyday going-ons of life .”
We absolutely loved his design and how he saw something truly unique in our community and turned it into a t-shirt that represents our Chapter. From the whales we have been trying to protect by educating the public about the dangers of seismic airgun testing, to the Ponce Inlet lighthouse that keeps a watchful eye over Flagler and Volusia counties. Thank you,Trey, for supporting our Chapter with your creative genius!
The shirts will be ready sometime in the next few weeks. Once made, they will be available for purchase at all upcoming events.