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April Newsletter

City of Vero Beach Clean Water Victories

The City of Vero Beach is taking strides toward cleaner waterways, and the Clean Water Coalition applauds their efforts. Two recently enacted measures demonstrate a strong commitment to protecting our water resources and fostering a healthier environment for everyone.

First, a significant win for the Indian River Lagoon is the city's mandate for properties using septic systems to connect tocentral sewer by June 2028. In addition, new home buyers must connect a home with septic to sewer within one year of the sale.  These forward-thinking decisions will eliminate the harmful pollutants entering the Lagoon from waste effluent.

Additionally, Vero Beach has reaffirmed its dedication to seasonal fertilizer restrictions with a recent resolution. This move strengthens local commitment to preventing nutrient runoff from fertilizer that contributes to devastating algae blooms. It also acts as a positive example in the face of state attempts to diminish local environmental protections. Reminder: no fertilizer application from June through September! 

These actions by the City of Vero Beach reflect a deep understanding of the urgent need for clean water solutions. By addressing pollution at the source, the city is safeguarding the health of our waterways, the wellbeing of our community, and the natural beauty of our Florida home. The Clean Water Coalition enthusiastically supports these efforts and encourages ongoing progress towards a cleaner, greener future.


Spring Break Camp!

Spring Break Native Campers spent Wednesday, March 27th at the salt marsh at Jones' Pier Conservation Area. The camp's goal is educating and experiencing  the local ecosystem in the salt marsh by seining, fishing, and sketching their 'catch', like fiddler crabs and other small invertebrates. The sketches will be part of  a Jones' Pier field guide being produced for visitors to enjoy. Pelican Island Audubon Society,  partners with the Homeless Children's Foundation and is excited to begin partnering with the Indian River County Conservation Lands Division.  Special thanks to Lauren Reeves, an environmental educator with Pelican Island Audubon Society, Olivia Roddenberry, an environmental education coordinator for Indian River County Conservation Lands Division, and Ashley Lingwood, the IRC Conservation Lands program coordinator for continuing to engage, and support this special partnership. These seasonal camps are sponsored by the non-profit;  Clean Water Coalition of IRC.


Vero Beach is further bolstering its commitment to water quality with the appointment of Officer Hurtado as the new Marine Patrol Officer. Equipped with a 20-foot police boat, Officer Hurtado will play a crucial role in enforcing marine and boating laws, promoting water safety, and preserving marine life. This proactive approach demonstrates Vero Beach's dedication to upholding environmental regulations and protecting our precious waterways.


Indian River County Welcomes Nancy Bunt as New Assistant County Administrator

Indian River County is thrilled to announce the appointment of Nancy Bunt as its new Assistant County Administrator. With nearly three decades of experience in local government, Bunt brings a deep understanding of how to serve communities effectively. Her expertise in areas like infrastructure, development, and grant funding will be invaluable to the county.

As Assistant County Administrator, Bunt will play a leading role in shaping Indian River County's future. She'll oversee several key departments – Natural Resources, Planning & Development, Public Works, and Utility Services.

Bunt holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida. She officially started her new role on March 18, 2024, and the county is eager to benefit from her leadership and vision.


Join Harbor Branch Monday, April 29th, from 6 to 8 pm

Walking Tree Brewery 

3209 Dodger Rd.

Vero Beach, FL 32960

Don't miss this exciting fundraiser benefitting FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute's undergraduate and graduate students.

Hosted by Salvador Deli and Walking Tree Brewery, this culinary journey will highlight our priority research areas and give you the opportunity to mix and mingle with our faculty and students while enjoying the outstanding food and beer pairings that await you!

This fun and unique event will be complemented by live music from Murphy Dogs, featuring our very own Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., executive director, and Tim Moore, Ph.D., research professor. 

Tickets include access to all five pairings and a portion of proceeds will support student success at FAU Harbor Branch. 

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