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Welcome to the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to the Sebastian River Area, one of Florida's authentic Treasure Coast communities on the Indian River Lagoon and home to America's first National Wildlife Refuge, Pelican Island. We are located on the central east coast of Florida, situated in the northernmost part of Indian River County, about 15 miles north of Vero Beach. Discover the natural splendor and rich history of the Sebastian River Area with a vast array of activities and attractions that includes fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, kayaking, recreational parks, and so much more.      

The Sebastian River Area has over 20,000 acres of preserve ideal for hiking, birding and horseback riding. Sebastian is home to Pelican Island, America’s 1st National Wildlife Refuge, with over 130 species of birds. The St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, is considered one of the top birding locations in the U.S. Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, a 248-acre refuge spanning 20.5 miles long, was designated to protect habitat for what is the most significant area for loggerhead sea turtle nesting in the Western Hemisphere, and the most significant area for green turtle nesting in North America

Sebastian Inlet State Park is one of the most popular state parks in the southeast known for its extraordinary surfing and fishing. One of the most consistent surf breaks in Florida is Sebastian Inlet's first peak, located next to the north jetty. Another hot surf spot is Monster Hole--located about 1/3 mile off the beach. Avid fishermen also flock to Sebastian Inlet, which is considered the premier saltwater fishing spot on Florida's east coast.

The Sebastian River Area also offers great inshore fishing. There are over 13,000 acres of freshwater wilderness famous for trophy bass, the diverse Indian River Lagoon, North America’s most biologically diverse estuary, has hundreds of species of fish and the St. Sebastian River takes you back in time with its "Old Florida" charm. These beautiful waterways not only offer amazing fishing opportunities but also the perfect scenery for pontoon boat and airboat tours, kayaking, and paddle boarding.

Sebastian is also well known for the rare antiquities that have washed upon its shores. The shipwreck from the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet left many treasures along Sebastian’s coast. Many treasure hunters continue to search our shoreline for other artifacts that were lost in history.

Sebastian boasts one of the most spectacular skydiving views in the world! Both tandem and experienced jumpers travel from all over the world to plunge from an altitude of 13,500 feet and experience the breathtaking view!

The Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway, one of two in the State of Florida, is 233 miles and the southern corridor of the byway encompasses the entire Sebastian River Area including Fellsmere. The Byway was designated a Scenic Highway because of the great historical, natural and recreational resources for explorers of all ages. As you travel the byway, you'll be taken back by the unique and diverse habitat, special places and breathtaking scenery that await you.

The Sebastian River Area is a perfect getaway for those seeking relaxation while learning to appreciate Florida’s natural wonderlands.



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The Sebastian River Area was recently featured on CBS 12's Road Trippin' Series. It included 5 segments on our area including: Where to Eat, Where to Stay, and 3 Activities & Attractions. You can watch the segments on Capt Hiram’s Resort, Sebastian Watercraft Rentals, Marsh Landing Restaurant, Skydive Sebastian and Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum online. Check it out here!

 

How to Do Florida

Sebastian was recently featured on an episode of "how to Do Florida" that aired in June. how to Do florida is a broadcast show that entertains, teaches, and encourages Floridians to actively engage their state. The episode we are featured in is "how to Treasure Dive." Our area is well known for the rare antiquities that have washed upon its shores. The shipwreck from the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet left many treasures along Sebastian's coast. Treasure hunters continue to search our waters for gold, jewelry, and other artifacts lost in history. Be sure to watch the online episode and learn more about our rich history and how you can get in on the thrill of treasure hunting!

 

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Indian River Lagoon Information

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Our Coast is Clear!   Click to See for yourself


In light of the conditions in some parts of the Indian River Lagoon, we are fortunate that the waterway in our county, Sebastian and Vero Beach remain at safe levels. Impacted areas reported on national news are over 50 miles south of our county. The Florida Health Department in Indian River County routinely test our beaches for bacteria as part of the Florida Healthy Beaches program.

 

Water Quality Reports: This link provides the most updated water quality reports from Indian River County Health Department. water quality reports

The County Health Department takes samples, every two weeks, at a number of locations along the beachfront coastline in Indian River County. There currently are no algae blooms in the Indian River Lagoon.


FAQ's: Although our coast is clear, many questions are being asked about the recent algea blooms. You can download Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Freshwater Algal Blooms here.

SBA Bridge Loan: information for small businesses affected by the lagoon condition - download pdf here

Indian River Lagoon Council Informatioin: More information on the Lagoon can be found here - http://www.irlcouncil.com/

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Board of Directors Nominees

 

Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce

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List of Nominees

Pursuant to the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce By-Laws, Article IV, Section 2 (b) and (c), the Chamber’s Nominating Committee submits the following business members as nominees for the slate of new board of directors to serve terms from 2016-2019.  Members shall chose three of the candidates to serve three year terms on the Board of Directors of the Chamber.  The official ballot will be available in the next issue of the Chamber Currents, and the election results will be tabulated on September 1, 2016.  We thank the following Chamber members for agreeing to serve if elected:

Jim Belanger – RE/MAX Associated Realty

Ali Qizilbash – Cemco Construction

Chuck Mechling – Insight Solutions

Bob Morgan – Marine Bank and Trust

Michelle Napier – Napier and Rollin, PLLC

Sue Skirvin – Tupperware

Chamber members may add additional names to the ballot by petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least ten (10) qualified members of the Chamber.  Such petition shall be filed with the Nominating Committee by June 15, 2016.  The determination of the Nominating Committee as to the legality of the petitions shall be final.

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Zika Virus Information

Our area is not affected by the Zika Virus.

As a VISIT FLORIDA Certified Travel Information Center, we want visitor's to know:
 
-The health and safety of our visitors is the highest priority for VISIT FLORIDA and the Florida tourism industry.
-We have complete confidence in the Zika response efforts of state and local authorities.
-The only locally transmitted cases to date are confined to a neighborhood in Miami. For perspective, that's a one-square-mile area in a state that covers more than 65,000 square miles.
-As the situation continues to evolve, we recommend that visitors consult the official source at FloridaHealth.gov or call the Florida Zika Virus Information Hotline at 855-622-6735.

 

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Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce

Since 1958, the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce has worked to promote business development, encourage growth of tourism & enhance the quality of life in the Sebastian River Area, located in Indian River and Brevard Counties, Florida. We represent over 450 businesses and serve various communities such as Wabasso, Fellsmere, Grant, Micco, Little Hollywood, Sebastian and surrounding areas such as Vero Beach and Melbourne, Florida.




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