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
The Seismic Airgun Testing Public Forum, held at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach on December 5, 2013, was a great success! We had around 30 in attendance to hear speakers from Oceana, Fins and Fluke and Surfrider Foundation speak about the dangers of Seismic Airgun Testing. We obtained signatures for our opposition petition to the Secretary of the Interior from everyone there and it was a great night of discussion and education fueled by donated Starbucks coffee and pastries.
The next evening was our end of year Beach Bonfire Social and we had about 20 Surfrider members, volunteers and friends join us for s’mores and fun in New Smyrna Beach at the Sapphire fire pit. It was nice to sit back and relax and remember that our mission is not only about protecting our beaches, waves and oceans but also enjoying them!
Next year we aim to increase our impact by engaging more volunteers, holding more events like beach clean ups and Ocean Friendly Garden projects and fundraising to aid our efforts. We are truly a grassroots organization and this means that we cannot do any of what we do without YOU! If you are interested in getting involved in 2014, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
We are pleased to invite you to Volusia’s first educational forum on seismic airgun testing on December 5 from 6:30-8:30 at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach. Our forum will include information from experts, local leaders, and other passionate voices speaking about seismic airgun testing. Learn about the dangers associated with a proposal that could ravage our Atlantic coast.
Join Oceana Florida, Surfrider Foundation Volusia/Flagler Chapter, Fins and Fluke and Hands Across The Sand to get the REAL scoop on seismic airgun testing and find out what YOU can do about it!
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Be sure to join us for our Beach Bonfire Social the next day (Friday) from 8pm-11pm to celebrate a great year of protecting and enjoying our oceans, waves and beaches! See our calendar for more information or RSVP here.
Volusia/Flagler Surfrider members get a 10% discount on festival passes! It will be a fun time, so we hope to see everyone there to support this great event.
Also, we need volunteers to man a table at this event, so if you’re interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for our first ever digital clean up of our beaches! There is no specific date, time or location. Sometime this month, go out to your favorite stretch of beach and conduct your own personal clean up. Then, take the plastic pieces and create a square foot of art (you can use the downloadable templates here) and email the photo to email@example.com
In addition to the One Foot at a Time project, here are 10 ways to avoid unnecessary plastics in your life all month long:http://www.rapmonth.org/10-ways/. Challenge yourself to think twice before buying and make decisions that conserve energy, avoid waste and reuse and recycle items where possible!
Location: Toni & Joe’s Patio, Time: 6:30 pm. We will be discussing our new campaign against seismic testing in the Atlantic, upcoming events and fundraising efforts. You do not need to be a member to attend, all are welcome! (FYI: Please do not bring outside food or drink into meetings. Toni and Joe’s is a great host, let’s make sure we are great guests!)
Location: The Beach Bucket, Time: 6:30 pm. We will be discussing upcoming events, how to begin work on the Ocean Friendly Garden and Rise Above Plastics campaigns, partnering with local businesses, obtaining sponsors, and where we want the Chapter to go in the coming months. As always, you do not have to be a member to attend the meeting, everyone is welcome!
The Beach Bucket: 867 S Atlantic Ave Ormond Beach, FL 32176, (386) 677-8111
The beach clean up with Starbucks at Sun Splash Park was amazing! We had 43 attendees (who signed in. Some did not, like the kids that helped out) who picked up a massive amount of trash. Today we started asking volunteers to separate cigarette butts from trash as they went and we will be sending the mountain of cigarette butts they found to TerraCycle to be recycled!
We cannot do this without all of you so thank you to everyone who took time out of their Saturday to help us keep the beach beautiful! Hope to see everyone next month at the International Coastal Clean Up!
Each September, volunteers around the WORLD work together to clean beaches, rivers and other waterways. Volunteers document every piece of trash they find on standardized trash tally data cards. This information helps the Ocean Conservancy produce the world’s only state-by-state, country-by-country Marine Debris Index. By understanding sources of marine debris, we can work together to solve this problem.
Volusia/Flagler Surfrider will be participating in the International Coastal Clean-Up in 2 locations: The Crawford Road beach access in New Smyrna Beach and the Hartford Avenue beach access in Daytona Beach from 8am-10am on September 21, 2013. Please RSVP by August 28 with your preferred location and t-shirt size either on this event page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
In an effort to reduce the waste produced by the clean-up, please bring plastic shopping bags (to re-use for trash collection) and garden gloves (to reduce the use of plastic gloves)! Trash grabbers may be helpful but not necessary. Don’t forget to wear sun screen, comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring plenty of water!
August 21, 2013, 6:30 pm: Chapter Meeting, Toni and Joe’s Patio
Join us for a Chapter meeting where we will discuss future events and where we would like the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of Surfrider to go! You do not have to be a member, all are welcome that are passionate about protecting our beaches. We will be meeting on the beach patio of Toni and Joe’s in New Smyrna Beach. If their parking lot is full, there is additional public parking at the end of Flagler Avenue. Please RSVP here. We need your participation to be successful in achieving our mission, so we hope to see you there!