Is the Chamber of Commerce part of City Government?
The Chamber of Commerce is a non profit (501C6) Business organization. The Chamber interacts with all forms of government on issues that impact the business community.
Is the Chamber Politically involved?
After a near unanimous polling of our members, Chamber members have decided not to endorse or support candidates for office. The Chamber does advocate for its members on issues that impact the business community. We are active members of The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals.
Will the Chamber advocate for me on local issues?
The Chamber will address issues, that influence expansion and growth of business and the community. The Chamber works with local government, including the Mayor, the city council and local representatives to develop pro-business initiatives.
How & why should I join the Chamber?
Being a member of the Chamber of Commerce connects you to a network of hundreds of other business professionals working to promote local business. The Chamber works daily to promote member businesses through monthly networking events, festivals, concerts and local and Chamber publications.
Where is the beach?
The beach is a short drive from Sebastian & Fellsmere. From Sebastian, a trip to the beach is approximately 8 miles. Take US Highway 1 south to CR 510 and head east. You will end at A1A. From Fellsmere, it's approximately a 13 mile trip. You'll head east on CR 512. At CR 510, you turn right and take it all the way to A1A. If you go straight at the CR 510 & A1A intersection, you will end up at Wabasso Beach. If you go north on A1A, you will come across Golden Sands Beach and Treasure Shores Beach. Sebastian Inlet State Park is located 7 miles north of CR 510 & A1A. For more information on beaches, visit our beaches page.
Can you go on Pelican Island?
Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge is the first dedicated national wildlife refuge in the country, established in 1903 by President Teddy Roosevelt. The Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge is accessible from A1A in northern Indian River County. While you cannot actually step foot on the island (you wouldn’t want to disturb the nesting birds) there is a lovely viewing area in the Refuge park, with a boardwalk made of planks that represent over 300 National Parks throughout the country. For more information about the story of Pelican Island and Paul Krogel, the first warden, and directions to Pelican Island, click here.
Can you really see elephants in Fellsmere?
Created by a collaborative network of zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the National Elephant Center is a 225 acre home for elephants. The Center provides short-term and long term care for North American elephants in support of the accredited zoo population and for the welfare of all elephants in need. Located in Fellsmere, The Center is home to flexible habitats for African and Asian elephants including individual males and social groups. Though not open to the public, the Center offers education programs that raise awareness about elephants and our work to care for them. Limited opportunities to visit in support of these goals are offered. Visit their website to learn more: www.nationalelephantcenter.org.
What is the population of the area?
According to the 2012 census, the city of Sebastian had approximately 22,500 residents, the city of Fellsmere had approximately 5,500. The Chamber estimates that the area between Fellsmere and Sebastian, Wabasso and Grant in Brevard County, there are over 45,000 people. For more demographic information please visit www.ircgov.com, and go to the Community Development report which provides the most updated demographics of Indian River County
What kind of fish are in the river?
The Sebastian River Area is blessed with a multitude of marine resources and fish species. With access to the Atlantic Ocean through the Sebastian Inlet, fishing opportunities on the Indian River Lagoon (an estuary with national significance), the St. Sebastian River and the headlands of the St. John’ River in Fellsmere with fresh water resources, we have every kind of fish you can imagine! Click here to view the Fish Identification Charts.
Can I go metal detecting on the beach?
Yes, you can metal detect on the beach. You just can't search in the water or the dunes. For more information on our treasure history, visit our Treasure Hunting page. For more information on metal detecting in our area, visit the Treasure Coast Archaeological Society- Sebastian, FL at www.tcas.us.
Does Sebastian have a “Downtown” district?
The Sebastian River Area Chamber is located in the heart of town along Sebastian's Working Waterfront, minutes from shopping, dining, parks, and beaches!
Where is the best place to see Manatees?
- Sebastian Inlet Cove Tidal Pool
- 17th Street Bridge, Vero Beach
- Mouth of the St. Sebastian River where it meets the Indian River Lagoon
- Manatee Viewing Platform at St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park
What are the School Ratings for Sebastian and the surrounding area?
Many of our schools boast A and B ratings. For details and to view the grading for all 24 schools in Indian River County, please visit http://www.indianriverschools.org/SiteDirectory/SchoolLinks/Pages/SchoolGrades.aspx
How much does it cost to get into the Sebastian Inlet State Park? Can you buy a yearly pass? Do they offer a Locals/Veteran’s Discount?
$8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. Annual pass gives 25% discount.
$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Admission Pass.
Boat ramp fee: The boat ramp fee is $4.00 + tax. This is in addition to the entrance fee.
Camping Fee: $28.00 per night, plus tax.Includes water and electricity. Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older or who hold a social security disability award certificate or a 100 percent disability award certificate from the Federal Government are permitted to receive a 50 percent discount on current base campsite fees.
What sort of attractions/activities are there for children and younger families?
The Sebastian River Area boasts a multitude of nature based and educational activities for the young and young at heart:
LaPorte Farms: The 5 acre estate of LaPorte Farms was established in 1994 by Sebastian resident, Laura LaPorte. Among the many animals found a LaPorte Farms, guest will also be able to enjoy the beautiful Butterfly House which opened in the summer of 2012. LaPorte Farms was also voted the best Pony Ride Business in town! In addition, the farm also offers “horse and critter” day camps for children during the summer as well as an Outdoor Cinema series!
Environmental Learning Center: Founded in 1988, the ELC offers hundreds of programs for all ages. Guests are invited to participate in hands-on activities to uncover the many wonders of the Indian River Lagoon and its thriving eco-system. From nature walks, to canoe and kayak tours, and educational “EcoVentures”, there is sure to be something for everyone!
Barrier Island Sanctuary: The sanctuary is a modern educational facility with classrooms, an interactive exhibit room, a library, offices, auditorium, restrooms and a gift shop. The center provides a focal point for the Archie Carr Refuge and the associated barrier island by providing exhibit space, a presentation hall, and ongoing educational programs that promote stewardship of the area’s fragile natural resources. This 34-acre sanctuary offers visitors an invitation to explore the barrier island’s diverse habitats through interactive exhibits at the Center, and along a 1-mile hiking trail that winds from the ocean to the Indian River Lagoon.
Riverview Park Splash Pad: The Splash Pad is a great place to take the little ones on a hot Florida day. Colorful fountain structures spray a cool and refreshing stream of water that offers endless fun for the whole family! The Splash Pad is located in the heart of town at Riverview Park along the Indian River Lagoon.
Barber Street Skate Park: The Barber Street Skate Park offers a variation of ramps and half pipes ideal for any skate enthusiast.
North County Aquatic Center: This facility offers an Activity Pool with slides, water cannons, bubbles and a huge water play structure. The Activity pool has a zero depth entry for easy entry to accommodate all ages. In addition, there are 18 lanes for lap swimming as well as a one meter and three meter diving well.
Sebastian Inlet Cove Tidal Pool: Located on the North Side of the Sebastian Inlet State Park is a shallow tidal pool with a sand bottom composition teeming with tropical fish, crabs, starfish, shells, shrimp, squid and lobster. A small rock jetty encloses the pool with a 200 ft. wide opening into the inlet. Manatees are commonly seen swimming in the pool. This spot is ideal for young families and snorkelers!
For more information on kids activities, click here.
Where is the best place for birding?
A popular place for birding is the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park. Totaling 22,000 acres, this beautiful parkis part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Many species of birds use the preserve during migration, including swallow-tailed kites, hawks, hummingbirds and robins. The most popular birds are red-cockaded woodpeckers, Florida scrub jays, Bachman’s sparrows, sandhill cranes, wood storks, southern bald eagles and American kestrels.
St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park
1000 Buffer Preserve Drive
Fellsmere, Florida 32948
For more birding sites, click here.
What time of year do the Sea Turtles nest and where can we book a “Turtle Walk?”
In Florida, sea turtles come ashore to nest beginning in May and hatching continues until late October; but the best time to view sea turtles is in June and July. Turtle walks may be booked by calling the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge at (772) 562-3909 x 275 or the Barrier Island Sanctuary at 321-723-3556.
What is the closest Airport?
The Sebastian River Area is conveniently located about 30 minutes south of Melbourne International Airport. The next closest airports are Orlando International Airport which is located 85 miles north west of Sebastian and Palm Beach International Airport which is 95 miles south of Sebastian. Both airports are approximately an hour and a half away. Sebastian also has a municipal airport for small personal and corporate aircraft.
Where can you pick up Recycling Bins?
Recycling Bins can be picked up at Sebastian City Hall in the Public Works department located at 1245 Main Street. Their phone number is 772-228-7001.