Midsummer Night Gala a Huge Success! 

The Marine Resources Council 2nd Annual Midsummer’s Night Gala was an enormous success.   Contributions in excess of $40,000 were received to:

•    Support MRC’s policy advisory initiatives locally and in Tallahassee
•    Grow our youth education programs 
•    Collect important water quality indicators by expanding the Lagoonwatch Program
•    And launch the new Lagoon Lifesaver Business program

We will present the successes attained with this year’s funding at the 3rd Annual Midsummer’s Night Gala event scheduled for August 1st, 2015!  Hope to see you there!
The evening included delicious food, fine wine, fabulous auction items and inspiring speakers!
Manager William Payne and Owner Matt Nugnes from Matt's Casbah with their Seafood Paella.

Activist and former Martin County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla (left) and State Senator Thad Altman (right) speaking at the Midsummer Night Gala. Senator Altman promised to support and Indian River Lagoon Bill in this year's session, "you write it, Maggy, and I will support it," he said!
Be sure and stop by the restaurants and thank the owners of Matt's Casbah (Matt Nugnes), Nomad Cafe (Megan & Otilio Gonzalez) ,d.i.g. Bistro (Gina Pierce), Tuscany Grill (Gina Pierce) ,& Pappagallo's (Dave Rich)

Ready to work for the Indian River Lagoon?
Marine Resources Council at Hands Across the Lagoon.
Marine Resources Council (MRC), is seeking a highly motivated and skilled Education Program Coordinator to develop and implement youth and adult targeted watershed education programs.  Expertise in presenting and communicating information about the Indian River Lagoon coastal ecosystem is required. The qualified applicant will be skilled in media development & design; promotional advertising, public relations, & social media; project tracking & organizing; and grant writing & reporting. 
This full-time employee will work out of the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House in Palm Bay and the job requires working some nights and weekends.  Applicants must possess a Master's degree in environmental science, environmental or science education, biology, ecology, or an appropriate area of specialization; or a Bachelor's degree in same areas of specialization and two years of appropriate experience.  Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to by September 3, 2014.  Salary and benefits are negotiable depending on qualifications.  Visit for more information about MRC.

Volunteers are Making a Difference on Pelican Island

 With the help of our volunteers we planted 1,500 Mangroves and 3,000 grasses at Paul's Island this past week. It wouldn't have been possible without the help of the boats volunteered by Captain Hiram`s River King, Nancy Beaver with Dolphin Eco tours, and Jason Gardner from Seadeck to name a few. A big thanks to everyone involved! If you are looking to volunteer, the next planting day is this Saturday August 23rd. We will meet at Riverview Park, 600 Indian River Dr, Sebastian (Behind Mulligan's Beach House) at 9 AM.  Please contact Nicholas Frank Sanzone, the Marine Resources Council Habitat Restoration Specialist  Work-321-725-7775 or Cell-321-213-2879.

Learn the Importance of Amendment 1 - Water and Land Conservation Amendment 1 on Aug 28th 
The passage of Amendment 1 could be the most important step ever taken to protect Florida’s natural resources including water.  Every day, I speak with someone who has not heard of Amendment 1 or has a misconception about the provisions.  The August 28th event will provide information that the attendees can become strong advocates of Amendment 1. Speakers include Clay Henderson (former president of Audubon), Laurilee Thompson (Dixie Crossroads), and former Senator Bob Graham.

Registration is required online at   

Please help spread the word! We want to fill the Gleason Performing Arts Center with people who can be inspired to help determine our legacy. - (Vince Lamb, Friends of Ulumay)

MRC's Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series
September 2nd Surfrider - Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) revive our watersheds and oceans by applying CPR - Conservation, Permeability and Retention - to our landscapes and hardscapes. FGs utilize rainwater as a resource, create permeable soil and hard surfaces, and conserve water, energy and wildlife habitat through native plants and drip irrigation. 

The Marine Resources Council’s Brown Bag Lunch speaker series is held at noon on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House, 3275 Dixie Highway NE, Palm Bay.  This year’s Brown Bag presentations will focus on things we can do every day to help save the Indian River Lagoon.  

MRC has been organizing Brown Bag Lunch presentations in the community since 1991 thanks to community members like you.  Visit for more information on MRC's programs and events. 

Ecoscape Day September 27, 2014 9am - 11am
at theTed Moorhead Lagoon House, 
3275 Dixie Highway NE, Palm Bay, Florida 32905

 Attend this Ecoscape Day and you will learn how to live more sustainably by changing the way you interact with your yard and your community’s environment.  You will learn about native plants, green landscaping and how to live more in harmony with nature while enjoying the outdoors.
This is also a great way for young people to get those volunteer hours needed for Bright Future Scholarships. Bring with you a sharp mind, and a good attitude. See you there! For more information please contact Rodney at
Lifelong Scholar Society Presents: Indian River Lagoon


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