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
Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday for Hands Across the Sand and our beach clean up and to everyone who helped organize the event. Thank you also to Starbucks for donating coffee and reusable coffee cups and Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach for donating donuts. We were joined by Women in Chiropractic, Grostic Club and SABCA in addition to several other volunteers. We had just over 50 people join us in total for the clean up (where we collected over 2,000 cigarette butts from the beach!) and to say NO! to offshore drilling and seismic testing by joining hands at noon. Our event made the front page of Sunday’s Daytona Beach News Journal and they posted a video to their website from the event and their interview with our Chair, Ryan.
To celebrate International Surfing Day (a bit early), we are holding a fundraiser party! Wear your finest black tie attire with your favorite baggies or swim suit and join us for a few beverages. There will be a best dressed contest with prizes…start planning your outfit!
$10 donation at the door, includes 2 drink tickets (Thanks to The Shores Festhaus for donating a pony keg and Barefoot Wine for donating wine!)
Food and additional drinks available for purchase from Nichol’s Surf Cafe, our lovely hosts.
Support your local Surfrider Foundation – Volusia/Flagler Chapter and have fun doing so!
Money raised will be used to further our efforts in the community such as, the 9th Annual EcoSurf Clinic to be held in Ponce Inlet later this year.
We will meet on the beach at the Hartford Approach in Daytona Beach at 10 am to do a beach clean up. We’ll reconvene at our tent around 11:30 to get ready to join hands at 12 pm for 15 minutes. Handmade signs opposing seismic testing/offshore drilling are welcome, see photos from our past events for ideas! Remember your reusable water bottles/cups and gloves, if you have them.
A beach cookout will immediately follow at 12:30. We will have hot dogs/veggie dogs and snacks. Feel free to bring a dish to share!
Note about parking: You cannot drive onto the beach at Hartford but you can enter on Williams and drive South to the Hartford Approach.
Visit www.handsacrossthesand.com for more info about this movement.
Join the Surfrider Foundation and Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition on March 24th and 25th at the Florida Capitol for Florida Coasts & Oceans Day!
We’ll kick things off with a lobbying training session on March 24th from 6:00-7:30pm at 621 Gallery, followed by a reception and mixer at Grasslands Brewery!
On March 25th we’ll have educational displays from other environmental causes and will spend the day meeting with legislators and attending committee meetings, touring the capitol, and networking with other ocean champions from across the state!
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!
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