Central Florida ChapterThe 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
Save the date! Here’s what’s on our radar!
April 4th, 6:30PM: Chapter General Meeting, SpaceBar
April 22, 10AM: Central Florida Earth Day, Lake Eola, MORE
May 3, 6:30PM: Chapter Executive Committee Meeting, The Lucky Lure
May 6th, 7PM: Black Tie & Baggies, Cocoa Beach, MORE
May 20th, Hands Across the Sand, Cocoa Beach, MORE
June 3rd & 4th, Watermans Challenge Surf Contest, Cocoa Beach, MORE
June 7th, 6:30PM: Chapter General Meeting, SpaceBar
June 17th, International Surfing Day, Cocoa Beach
For Hands Across the Sand this year, the Central Florida Chapter will be joining the Volusia/Flagler Chapter. This means that the line of joined hands will be longer than ever this year at the Hartford Approach (1900 N. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, 32118, look for the Surfrider flags)…you don’t want to miss it!
We will meet on the beach at 10 am on Saturday, May 21 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!
Visit www.handsacrossthesand.com for more info about this movement but please realize this is not about politics, it is about protecting our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, fisheries and our land environment!
A beach cookout will immediately follow at 12:30. Remember your reusable water bottles/cups. 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 drive on at Williams and drive South to meet us at Hartford.
There are many issues facing Florida’s beaches and waterways. We can make a difference but it will take effort and cooperation from all concerned individuals for positive changes to occur. We need your help to build the Central Florida Chapter of Surfrider Foundation and it is critical to start 2016 with a positive effort.
Let’s make the new year a great one for Surfrider Foundation and take off running. Come learn how you can protect Central Florida’s vital waterways!
Location: Space Bar, 2428 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL
1) Meeting convened: 7:10 pm on 01/06/2016
2) Attendees: Bill Kyte, Eric Rollings, Holly Parker, Kevin Anderson, Kevin McQueen, Marcus Alig, Robert Kaplinger(Kap), Terry Barnard, Tim Orrange, Tommy Barger, Willy Warden,
3) Old Business (?)
4) New Business
- Fracking Ban approved in Orlando (unanimous vote)
- Please sign petition to also ban foam (nofoamzone.org)
- 1/20 Trip to Tallahassee for No Fracking Lobby Day
- 1/21 Trip to Tallahassee for Florida Coast and Oceans day.
- 2/11-12 Trip to Washington DC for Federal Lobby day.
- Motion made by Kap to elect Kevin as Chair, Tim as Treasurer, and all other members to remain.
- Motion seconded and carried.
- Current Board
- Kevin Anderson- Chair
- Tommy Barger- Vice Chair
- Tim Orrange – Treasurer
- Marcus Alig – Secretary
- Bill Kyte – Volunteer Coordinator
- Kap – Member at Large
- When is Avex Event? (Tim will call and confirm)
- In order for Surfrider to participate in the Earth Day Birthday event, the event needs to be more earth friendly.
- Kap will talk with JRR about making the Earth Day event more earth friendly.
6) Meeting adjourned: 8:30
We have lots of opportunities for volunteers, and we need your help!
Chapter Executive Committee: Become a member of the leadership team! Positions on the Executive Committee include: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Volunteer Coordinator. Help grow the chapter, plan campaigns, organize events and build the future of the Central Florida Chapter!
Rise Above Plastic Committee: Tired of finding plastic straws, bottles, bags, and foam cups on your beach visits? Join the Rise Above Plastic Committee to work on foam foodware bans, banning plastic bags, and much more!
Waterway Cleanup Organizer: Do you have a passion for picking up plastic? We are looking for waterway cleanup organizers. We’ll bring the gloves and buckets, you pick the river, lake, spring or stream and help get out the word!
If you’re interested in serving in any capacity, email Holly to learn more!
Please help us in reducing plastic bag waste in our waterways. Click the link below, read the article, and take the poll.
Attention Central Florida! Want to join a worthy cause? Stop by the Spacebar on Robinson from 5:30-6:30 to discuss the Orlando No Foam Zone, and how you can get involved in this campaign!
Help us ban foam containers in Central Florida! The Central Florida Chapter is part of a large and diverse coalition working to create a NO FOAM ZONE in the City of Orlando. We’re proud to partner with the Foundation for Florida Environmental Protection, I.D.E.A.S. for us, ECO-Action, Sierra Club Central Florida Group and Orange Audubon Society. Foam products are petroleum based and never decompose, they just break into tiny pieces, which are extremely difficult to remove from our waterways, streets and parks. This poses a threat to wildlife, water quality and our health. Please join us to learn how you can help ban EPS foam in Orlando!
Step One: Sign the petition!
Step Three: Attend a chapter meeting to find out how else you can help!