Being part of the solution for the Lagoon.

Hello Lagoon Advocates! 

Happy May!  Scroll down to read about all of the spring activities planned to build momentum for Lagoon restoration.

Indian River Lagoon Action Assembly (May 15-17)
Marine Resources Council and Florida Institute of Technology are coordinating the Lagoon Action Assembly where community leaders will work through a facilitated dialogue about how to work cooperatively to preserve the Indian River Lagoon. The Assembly outcomes will be shared with the public at a Lagoon Action Summit this summer. Sponsors, invited dignitaries, and the nominated community delegates will meet at the Inaugural Event at the Lagoon House

Sponsor the Lagoon Action Assembly and be part of history! Sponsorship starts at $250 and allows you to attend the Inaugural Event, May 15 starting at 6:00 pm.  Thank you to our Dolphin Sponsors MRC Board of DirectorsFlorida Institute of Technology, Jotkoff Financial GroupSnook Sponsors FPL, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program; Seagrass Sponsors Ameristar Parking Solutions LLC; Osprey Sponsors Yellow Dog Cafe; Mangrove Sponsors Marine Discovery Center, Dr. Duane DeFreese, Patricia Walsh, Kim Yoshiwara.

We need volunteers to help with registration and service for the Inaugural Night and assist with logistics at the event on Friday and Saturday. Please contact Beth McMillen at 321-725-7775 or if you would like to help.

Fertilizer ordinances are passing now!  
Congratulations to the City of Palm Bay for unanimously passing a fertilizer ordinance with the four additional stronger provisions!   Thanks to Council members Michele Paccione, Ken Greene, Kristine Isnardi, Harry Santiago Jr., and Mayor William Capote. Email Palm Bay City Council and thank them for passing a strong ordinance!

The City of West Melbourne ordinance will be considered on May 6th. The meeting starts at 6:30 at the Council Chambers - Veterans Memorial Complex; 2285 Minton Road; West Melbourne, FL 32904. Email West Melbourne City Council to ask that they pass a strong ordinance!

This is the last month to apply fertilizer to your lawn before hurricane season and the fertilizer restricted season begins on June 1.  Remember, to reduce impacts on the lagoon, use fertilizer sparingly and don’t fertilize before a heavy rain event. Ask for 50% slow-release nitrogen and 0 Phosphorus.

Municipalities with Strong Fertilizer Ordinances

Brevard County Indian River County St. Lucie County Martin County
Unicorporated Brevard Unincorporated Indian River Unincorporated St. Lucie Unincorporated Martin
Cape Canaveral Indian River Shores Ft. Pierce Ocean Breeze
Cocoa Sebastian Port St. Lucie Sewell's Point
Cocoa Beach Orchid St. Lucie Village Stuart
Grant-Valkaria Vero Beach    
Indian Harbour Beach      
Melbourne Beach*      
Melbourne Village      
Palm Bay *      
Palm Shores*      
Satellite Beach      

* strong ordinance passed first reading likely to pass second reading

Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series May 6th & June 3rd

May 6th - What's Bugging You: Integrated Pest Management
Marine Resources Council’s next Brown Bag Lunch Speaker on May 6th from noon to 1:00 pm will focus on Integrated Pest Management techniques, which use natural and biological methods for garden pest control. Come learn while you lunch with Sally Scalera, Brevard’s IFAS Extension Agent who has a wealth of knowledge on low-impact gardening. 

June 3rd - Recycle Brevard
Marine Resources Council's June Speaker is Recycle Brevard. They will be discussing their organization and giving consumer tips on ways we can incorporate recycling practices into our daily lives. 

The Marine Resources Council’s Brown Bag Lunch speaker series is held 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 MRCs programs and events. 

Indian River Lagoon Awareness Day May 24th!
Brevard’s beachside Walmart is hosting an Indian River Lagoon Awareness Day event May 24, 2014, from 10 am until noon. In support and celebration of the Indian River Lagoon, this fishing and environmental community event will help raise money for the  Marine Resources Council (MRC), a nonprofit organization that has been dedicated to protecting and restoring the Indian River Lagoon for the past 30 years.

There will be free raffles, displays and educational presentations covering a wide range of topics, including proper fertilizing demonstrations, a rain barrel workshop, and eco-friendly advice for concerned families.

Members of the Anglers for Conservation will offer casting games for kids and adults. They will also have demonstrations on surf and river fishing techniques, cast netting, and proper catch and release tactics.

Along with food, drink and music there will also be various eco-friendly lawn and garden, automotive and marine products discussed and displayed.

When: May 24, 2014, 10am -12pm
Where: Walmart 1001 Eau Gallie Blvd. Indian Harbour Beach

For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Dennis at: 

Matt’s Casbah Will Present ‘Farm to Table’ Dinner May 31 - Proceeds to Help Benefit the Lagoon

Matt’s Casbah will present Brevard County’s first,  “Farm To Table” Dinner on Saturday, May 31 at Florida Fields To Forks’ farm located at 1200 Corey Road in Malabar.

Matt, and his team of chefs, will prepare the delicious menu at live cooking stations, with each portion paired with the perfect wine. The menu will feature local, pasture-raised Katahdin lamb; Berkshire pork and grass-fed and finished Angus beef; and local, farm fresh seasonal vegetables, fruits, berries and desserts.

Florida Fields to Forks, a Community Supported Agriculture farm, owned and operated by mother and son partners, Jan Pence and Brock Hall will provide all the food for the event.

There will also be live entertainment during the event and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Marine Resources Council's Save the Indian River Lagoon Program.

The event is sponsored by, Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine, Florida Institute of Technology and Ameristar. The cost is just $85.00 per person and reservations can be made by calling Matt’s Casbah at 321-574-1099.

Message from our new Shoreline Restoration Specialist
My name is Nicholas Sanzone and I have just been hired as the Habitat Restoration Specialist at the Marine Resources Council. I am happy to be a part of the great team of like-minded individuals who care as deeply for the health of the Indian River  Lagoon as I do.

A little bit about me. I grew up in Satellite Beach, fishing, boating, kayaking and living near this lagoon. At a young age I knew I wanted to work for the lagoon. After attending college at the University of Florida I began interning with various agencies within Florida through the Student Conservation Association. First as a preserve steward with the Nature Conservancy at Blowing Rocks Preserve in Jupiter FL. Then with the National Parks service in Jacksonville FL as a biological technician. Lastly I was in Homestead Fl with the NPS again, this time as a volunteer coordinator. I have learned alot since I first left my home in search of an education and experience. Now I am happy to be working to restore the health of the lagoon with you and the MRC.

There is a lot of work to do to restore the health of the lagoon and together we can do more to achieve this goal. So it is with this in mind that I welcome any and all people interested in this goal to contact me at the MRC. I will be creating volunteer events and workdays as well as some possible classes in the future. Also if you have any ideas of how to help the lagoon please let me know. I look forward to the work I will do in the lagoon with the MRC and you the public.

Thank you,
Nicholas Sanzone

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Together, we can save the Indian River Lagoon!
All the best;

Dr. Leesa Souto, Executive Director
Marine Resources Council of East Florida, Inc.

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