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July 27, 2011

Surfing Ordinance Discussion in Navarre FL

ATTENTION LOCALS (and visitors alike): NB Pier surf ordinance revision discussion!!!

Local surfer Jonathan Kanzigg (also the Midway FD Fire chief) had a meeting recently with the County Engineer and the Public Works Director for NB concerning the issue of the “no surfing zone” and they have asked him to get with everyone and come up with ideas to change the ordinance.

So…We will be discussing at this meeting the revisions for the ordinance to give to the County Reps. As we already know, surfing by the pier is not an option, but one possible idea is to change it to address hours and surfing in desinated swimming areas (for example).

This is our chance for local surfers to be heard and change things for the better @ the pier!

Meeting will be this Wednesday 8/3/11 @ 6PM at Holley Navarre FD on Esplande St. (behind McDonalds)

Pass it on & Get the word out!!!!

July 23, 2011

Emerald Coast Chapter Diving in to find Oil Tarmats

To learn more of about their testing and results go to www.emeraldcoastsurfrider.org

July 20, 2011

Press Release: Surfrider Supports Coastal Scientists Calling Out DEP

For Immediate Release 

Surfrider Foundation Supports Coastal Scientists’ Response To DEP On Beach Sand Rules

Tallahassee (July 20, 2011) — The Surfrider Foundation applauds coastal scientists who harshly responded to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) recent action to suspend key environmental and health protections when rebuilding eroded beaches with dredged materials.  A sign-on letter submitted to the agency today, highlights scientific inaccuracies and DEP’s complete lack of understanding for Florida’s ecosystems. 

Without any rulemaking, Jeff Littlejohn, the new DEP Deputy Secretary for Regulatory programs decided to issue a reinterpretation for how the agency would apply rules governing beach projects.  The memo suggests that beach work should be presumptively approved regardless of consequences.

The memo directs DEP permit staff to –

  • Not consider listed “contaminants” used in borrow material when deciding whether or not to allow the project to go forward, unless they would cause “cementation” of the beach;
  • Avoid requesting additional information about projects or imposing conditions.  Under the memo, it is uncertain how DEP will prevent prohibited toxic material, construction debris or other foreign matter from being deposited onto artificially reinforced beaches; and
  • Suspend reviews on planting plans, which determine “a project’s potential to impact the beach and dune system.”

“We urge FDEP to immediately reconsider these changes and to work with the scientific community to develop adequate standards for testing borrow material to ensure that native beach quality sand is used and to ensure that Florida’s beaches remain the important economic resource that they are,” says Rob Young, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines.  “The revised interpretation is likely to kill the goose that laid the golden egg.”

This major lack of protection occurs as millions of dollars from British Petroleum are being released to finance a large number of environmental and natural resource restoration and recovery projects from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

Michael Sturdivant, Emerald Coast Chapter Chairman asserts,  “The Florida DEP and coastal counties attempt to use damage assessment funds actually further damages our beaches with poorly regulated dredging projects.   Oil Pollution Act (OPA) funds are meant for meaningful ecological restoration such as to sea grass beds, reefs, and bird habitat.  The oil disaster had no significant impact on erosion.  This dangerous combination of less regulation and using funds in this manner not only attempts to cover up the remaining oil on our beaches but will in fact introduce countless more contaminants from the sea floor, increasing our environmental damage.”

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Coastal Scientist Sign-On Letter

Read the DEP directive

View Gov. Scott comments on beach restoration

Look at the state Rules and Procedures for Coastal Construction Permits

See BP accelerated 2011 restoration payment pledge

Recent Media Coverage

Concern over contaminated sand: MyFoxTAMPABAY.com

July 7, 2011

Volusia Flagler Eco-Surf Clinic

Check out pics from Volusia Flagler Chapter’s 5th Annual ISD Eco-Surf Clinic! Thanks to everyone who came out and volunteered and all those who participated, this year’s event was a great success!  Come to their monthly chapter meeting next week (Thursday 7/14 at 7pm) at Jerry’s Tiki Bar in Ponce Inlet as we put the wraps on June events and discuss our upcoming agenda.

Check out photos on facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/media/set/?set=oa.10150212762681700

and you can check out photos from the Hometown News Photographer by going to www.myhometownnews.net, then “Order Photos”, then Randy Barber.  If the event isn’t on that page, just search by date (6/18)

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