SRF February Minutes 2/16/22

Location – Mavericks 321, Satellite Beach

6:35 -Meeting Called to Order. Jay Whelan called the meeting to order.  There were 20 persons in attendance.

6:40-Guest Speaker:  Dylan Cross—Sea Threads

Dylan is a Florida Tech graduate and the Founder and CEO of Sea Threads, a company producing clothing from plastics directly obtained from the ocean.  He stressed the company is tackling the pollution problem that harms our coastal and marine ecosystems and has partnered with Oceanworks(R) to manufacture 100% Certified Ocean Plastic fabrics.  The clothing is breathable, moisture wicking, and UV protective.

Dylan emphasized Sea Threads is different because they repurpose plastics from the ocean rather than utilizing post-consumer or new created plastic.   His company is working at the local level with restaurants, non-profits, and other companies to customize clothing using Sea Threads.  For more information, please visit Our Mission | Sea Threads .

7:00-Past Event Recap

  • Treasurer-Chris Smith stated there were a few expenses including the A1A beach clean up BBQ luncheon, taxes and purchase of the sound system.
  • BWTF-Kris Baker summarized findings that some areas are still high in bacteria. Results are posted on facebook and space coast website.
  • Sea Oat Planting, Feb. 6—Scott Maki emphasized it was a great turn-out of approximately 50 volunteers.  This is an annual event for the City of Cocoa Beach.
  • Villon’s Locals Only, Feb. 5 & 6—Jay Whelan presented it was a great two days of surf.
  • A1A Highway and Beach Cleanup, Jan. 22—Alec Buchness stated there were approximately 25 volunteers and 200 pounds of trash collected.  After the clean-up, there was a luncheon at the Sebastian Inlet Sport and Surf Shop.  It was a fun time.
  • Ocean Friendly Gardens-Bill Deluccia reminded the group of an upcoming planting event on Friday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m., Crane Creek Golf Course, Melbourne.  Partnering with the City of Melbourne, native plants will be planted in areas where there is runoff.  This should help reduce algae blooms.
  • Beach Bucket Foundation-no report
  • Ocean Friendly Restaurants-Fran Buchness.  No updates.  There was a request for volunteers to help with OFRs. Chris Smith mentioned Island Fish Grill meets the criteria.

7:15 Upcoming Events

  • Beach Cleanup—February 26, 8:00 to 10:00, 2nd Light Cocoa Beach .  Jay reminded members of the cleanup and Kris Baker, Volunteer Coordinator sent out an email and flyer on Facebook.

7:30 New Business

  • Mail Chimp:  Kris Baker.  Kris requested members to verify their emails. There is a limit of postings with Mail Chimp.   After communicating with Evan (Regional Director), SRF corporate is considering a different email blast program than Mail Chimp.  There was discussion that the chapter pay for Mail Chimp directly since it already works. 
  • A1A Highway and Beach Cleanup, Saturday, March 26 8:30-11:30, Sebastian Inlet Sport & Surf Shop.  After the clean-up there will be a luncheon at the shop.  Volunteers are to notify Volunteer Coordinator, Kris Baker at volunteercoordinator@sebastianinlet.surfrider.org

8:00 General Meeting Adjourned.

            Jay thanked the attendees for their support and continued volunteer efforts.