Central Florida Chapter

The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit, environmental organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches. Founded in 1984, Surfrider Foundation’s most important coastal environmental work is carried out by Surfrider Foundation’s 60 chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican, and Hawaiian coasts. More Details
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September 20, 2013

9/21/13 is International Coastal Cleanup Day

Please join Beach lovers from all over at an International Coastal Cleanup event.

Click on the link below to find an event near you and please participate

http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/

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September 7, 2013

Come See Us at Surf Expo

 

Come by our booth in the Boardroom at Surf Expo!

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September 4, 2013

Short Meeting and Party this Friday

PARTY STARTS AT 8:30PM, Friday 9/6/13!

Surfrider Central Florida will be kicking off the Surf Expo, September 6th at Spacebar.

We will have information on the sorry state of our aquifers with direction on actions you can take. Then it is time to relax, have a hand-crafted beer, and socialize with the group.

Raffle tickets will be available for a custom Andy Irons inspired surfboard. Come out and check out the board and buy your tickets for a chance to win this amazing board.

Spacebar - 2428 E. Robinson St., Orlando, FL.

(407) 228-0804

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August 26, 2013

Floridan Aquifer can only handle 6% more pumping before serious environmental harm

Just how much more water can Central Florida pump from the Floridan Aquifer without causing real harm to the region’s environment? After years of debate, study and anxiety, state authorities say they have finally — and officially — figured it out.

The answer: hardly any.

Using the most advanced databases and computing methodology yet developed for such a task, a consortium of state water managers and local utilities have calculated that the current amount of water pumped from the underground aquifer each day can be increased by only about 6 percent — which means the region is already exploiting the huge, life-sustaining aquifer for nearly every drop it can safely offer.

For the past several years, Central Florida’s demand for aquifer water by all users — homes, businesses and agriculture — has averaged 800 million gallons a day. But that demand is expected to rise during three decades to 1.1 billion gallons a day. The problem is, pumping more than 850 million gallons a day from the aquifer will inflict a significant amount of damage to wetlands, springs and rivers, according to the consortium’s new analysis, unless a lot of costly environmental splints and bandages are applied.

“This should come as no surprise,” said Hal Wilkening, a director with the St. Johns River Water Management District. The consortium, called the Central Florida Water Initiative, hopes its new calculations will give utilities the financial courage to spend large sums of money on meeting the region’s rising water needs by pumping water from relatively distant rivers, lakes or even the ocean rather than from the aquifer.

Another option — one not considered likely by state officials — is to improve existing conservation measures so that demand for water is kept in check even as Central Florida’s population grows from nearly 3 million today to 4.1 million in 2035.

Members of the Central Florida Water Initiative, closely chaperoned by their lawyers and consultants, have spent the better part of the past year trying to mesh the historical and projected demands for water with the amount of drinkable water actually available from the region’s vast aquifer.

“It’s taken a long time to go through the excruciating amount of scientific analysis,” said Daniel O’Keefe, an Orlando lawyer and chairman of the South Florida Water Management District, one of three state-run districts involved in the project. “I’m encouraged, because now we can start focusing on solutions.”

The consortium’s boundaries take in southern Lake and all of Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Polk counties. Among the dozens of water utilities in that area, the two largest are Orlando Utilities Commission, which pumps about 80 million gallons a day from the aquifer, and Orange County Utilities, which pumps 60 million.

The consortium’s newly calculated bottom line for the region’s water supply is in line with long-standing thinking that the Floridan Aquifer is already being pushed to its sustainable limits. But the group’s recent presentation did offer hope that tens of millions of additional gallons can still be safely squeezed from nature’s cistern, though the aquifer’s health depends on it receiving 1 gallon of rain for every gallon of water pumped out.

Mark Hammond, director of resource management at the Southwest Florida water district, said 850 million gallons is probably a sustainable volume.

He acknowledged that even the existing average of 800 million gallons a day already causes measurable harm to springs and wetlands, requiring an assortment of countermeasures to fix that damage and prevent further degradation.

But if the region crosses the line of 850 million gallons a day, he added, the remedies needed to prevent even greater damage to the environment would become increasingly costly — to the point that cities, counties and agricultural operations could find it cheaper to build water plants and pipelines that draw from sources other than the aquifer.

Damage or no damage, the initiative’s analysis offers no hope of getting more than 925 million gallons a day out of the aquifer.

The findings also emphasize that certain parts of Central Florida are particularly vulnerable to environmental degradation — diminished spring flows, shriveled wetlands and shrunken lakes — because of water pumping from the aquifer.

Those areas include the Wekiva River and its array of springs; west Orange and west Seminole counties; and south Lake County.

The new pumping limit is to be made part of the water-supply planning by the three water-management districts engaged in the consortium’s work: the South Florida district (whose territory extends south from downtown Orlando to the Everglades), the St. Johns River district (responsible for areas southeast, east, north and west of Orlando) and the Southwest Florida district (which manages counties west of Lake and southwest of Orange counties).

There are no regulations in place setting 850 million gallons — or 925 million gallons — as a maximum for aquifer pumping. Instead, consortium participants are planning a campaign to generate public support for their findings.

kspear@tribune.com or 407-420-5062

 

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-floridan-aquifer-to-max-out-20130825,0,6205271.story

August 19, 2013

Surfrider Central Florida and Macy’s are partnering in a fund raiser.

Come out the the Orlando Fashion Square Mall this Saturday (8/24/13)  to purchase your shopping pass and help raise money for Surfrider  Central Florida. Passes are $5.00, you get great savings in the store and Surfrider Central Florida keeps 100% of the proceeds. Click on the flyer below for more. We will be there from 12 noon – 5:00PM

 

check out our Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/494771673949819/

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July 31, 2013

August Meeting

August Meeting

Central Florida Surfrider Foundation

August 2, 2013

Friday, @ 7:30pm

Space Bar

2428 East Robinson St

Orlando, Fl 32803

407-228-0804

All ages welcome!

Surfrider Foundation – Central Florida Chapter will be holding the August meeting this Friday.

We are working on finalizing our “No Foam” campaign and need your help. We are also looking for a couple members to step up and handle our social media and website.

All ages welcome and everyone over 21 is welcome to hang out after the meeting on Friday when the bar will open.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

July 19, 2013

Polystyrene – Beachapedia

Learn the facts about polystyrene as Surfrider Central Florida gets ready to launch our foam free Florida campaign.

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The Dangers Of Polystyrene | Business Barbados.

 

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Learn the facts about polystyrene as Surfrider Central Florida gets ready to launch our foam free Florida campaign.

July 11, 2013

July Meeting

July Meeting

Central Florida Surfrider Foundation

July 12, 2013 

Friday, @ 7:30pm

Space Bar

2428 East Robinson St

Orlando, Fl 32803

407-228-0804

All ages welcome!

 

Surfrider Foundation – Central Florida Chapter will be holding the July meeting next Friday. The meeting date has been pushed back a week from the “1st Friday” to accommodate for the holiday weekend. The meeting is open to all members and anyone interested in learning more.

We are working on finalizing our “No Foam” campaign and need your help. We are also looking for a couple members to step up and handle our social media and website.
All ages welcome and everyone over 21 is welcome to hang out after the meeting on Friday when the bar will open.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

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June 19, 2013

International Surfing Day!

Surfrider Central Florida will be celebrating International Surfing Day June 21st, this Friday at Spacebar. See you at 8:00PM

Have some beers, watch a movie, listen to music, and share your stories about getting wet on the 20th.There will be drink specials and giveaways all night.

Spacebar - 2428 E. Robinson St., Orlando, FL.
(407) 228-0804

Keeping with tradition, the Surfrider Foundation will also host a special International Surfing Day membership drive on June 20th. Make sure you list Central Florida as your chapter!

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INTERNATIONAL SURFING DAY FACTS! 

EVENT HISTORY:  International Surfing Day sprung from the idea that it would be great to have an annual day to celebrate surfing, while giving thanks and appreciation to our oceans, waves and beaches. From there, the first International Surfing Day began with one international and 16 domestic events. It has grown to more than 90 domestic events and 71 International spanning more than 30 countries across the globe. The day is not only filled with fun surf sessions and paddle-outs, but encourages people everywhere, no matter where they live, to give back through various activations organized by the Surfrider Foundation.

LOCATION:  International Surfing Day is a grassroots celebration that takes place at various locations worldwide.  To find an event near you, or register to host one, visit www.intlsurfingday.com.

DATE:  Thursday, June 20, 2013

TIME:  Activation and event times will vary.  Visit www.intlsurfingday.com for additional details on activations taking place worldwide.

PARTICIPATION:  Participation in International Surfing Day is free.  Visit www.intlsurfingday.com to find a local event or register to host one.  If there is not an International Surfing Day event taking place locally, people can still give back to our oceans, waves and beaches by doing some of the following:

  • Pick up after your pet
  • Properly dispose of used motor oil
  • Refuse single-use plastic bags and bottles and opt for a reusable bag or bottle instead
  • Visit www.surfrider.org and participate in the one-day-only International Surfing Day membership drive.

STATISTICS:  In 2012…

  • More than 1,800 people joined or renewed their Surfrider Foundation membership on ISD
  • Surfrider Foundation led more than 138 events in more than 22 countries;
  • There were more than 250 events worldwide
  • More than 20,000 participants made it out to one of the ISD events
  • Participants helped removed more than 3 tons of trash from our coastlines

WEBSITE:  Additional information on International Surfing Day can be found at www.intlsurfingday.com.

CONTACT:  For all media inquiries, please contact Alexis Henry, Surfrider Foundation’s Communications Manager at 949.732.6413 or ahenry@surfrider.org.

June 1, 2013

June Meeting

June Meeting
Friday, June 7th @ 7:30pm
Space Bar
2428 East Robinson St
Orlando, Fl 32803
407-228-0804

All ages welcome!

Surfrider Foundation – Central Florida Chapter will be holding the June meeting this Friday. The meeting is open to all members and anyone interested in learning more.

Come out and help us plan our International Surfing Day party and event.

We have a couple campaign ideas to discuss and begin executing and need you input to help make them as successful as possible.

All ages welcome and everyone over 21 is welcome to hang out after the meeting on Friday when the bar will open.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

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