January 1, 2009

Barefoot Wine and Surfrider Team up to make beaches “barefoot friendly”!

By 11 am on [DATE] the sun was up, 85 degrees was reached, and 212 people had signed-in to help make Upham Beach Barefoot friendly. All of this was in celebration of Surfrider’s 25th Anniversary and to bring recognition to our area. Even Mayor Finnerty came out to help and called us all “family”!!!

All participants received a free t-shirt and free wristband to attend and be slathered with the evening festivities & goodies. We listened to some chill music preformed by Mason Jennings, drank plenty of Barefoot wine & Bubbly, and ate Cha-Cha Coconut’s appetizers until our stomachs were full! What a way to end an awesome summer’s day!

Thank You to Barefoot Wine, Mason Jennings, Hunter PR, Cha-Cha Coconuts, Mayor Finnerty, Commissioner Jim Parent, Publix, and ALL the volunteers!

John and Stacy McMahan walked away with this surfboard! Photos by Jake are here.

June 19, 2008

Surfers not so Mellow about the Big Yellow

Press Release
June 19, 2008
For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Julie Pappas
Telephone: 727-322-2392
Email: suncoast@surfrider.org

St. Pete Beach, FL (June 19, 2008) The Suncoast Chapter Surfrider Foundation springs into action
once again – or did they ever stop?. These wave riding, beach cleaning, machines will be out on Upham
Beach this Saturday at 9 a.m. Friday designates International Surf Day; in response, the local chapter
will swarm Upham Beach in an array of sunshiny colors. Their mission: pay tribute to their beloved surf
break.

Education, Outreach, and leaving the beach a little better before they leave is the theme of the day.
Upham Beach is being held hostage by 5 large “T” formation geotextile groins. The Suncoast Chapter
wishes their hallowed ground to be set free. “Let the beach once again shift naturally”, demands Jason,
an active member. “How many police and firefighters are not being hired because of elected officials
are cutting budgets? The fact is everyone is starting to feel the pinch of the economy and who really
wants to pay more in taxes for some rocks our kids are going to end up getting hurt on?”

To date, the chapter has collected almost 1,000 signatures virtually and over 350 physically. They have
approached the Beach Stewardship Committee, St. Pete Beach City Council, and the Pinellas BOCC.
Their request: remove the (five) 5 Geotextile tube experimental project off of Upham Beach – with
promise of no future permanent structure.

About the Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and
enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers
in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters
worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, go to www.surfrider.org.
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June 1, 2008

Upham Beach Article

Upham Beach
By: Julie Pappas

Blind Pass, named in the late eighteen hundreds, was a natural migrating pass until 1936 when
the first channel dredge and rock jetty project completed. By 1978, three of four condominiums
stood on the northern section of Long Key, literally on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Each
building came with its own seawall to hold the Gulf waters back. Decades later, concerned
residents pushed city, county, state and federal officials to do something about the severe erosion
problem on this section of St. Pete Beach.

As a solution, forty-four geotextile sand bags form pyramids that make up the five t groin jetties
that extend westward from the beach. The “T” crosses at the water line. Construction of the bags
consisted of filling them with sand provided by the federally funded nourishment project (regularly
scheduled every four to five years). Work began immediately after the 2004 re-nourishment on
Upham beach.

Contrary to project promises, the sand eroded away after being completely covered a t the end of
the installation process in 2005 and again in 2006. Today t head groins #1, 2, and 3 stands
visibly and dangerously exposed. Painted in large black lettering the label “Keep off!” rests on the
exposed groins. Yet photographs exist of adults and children standing, playing or wading in the
water all around the yellow mounds.

The installation, maintenance and repairs have cost taxpayers in excess of 1.5 million dollars in
just four years. In a document titled Implementation of Geotextile T-Groin in Pinellas County,
Florida by Nicole A. Elko, Ph.D. and Douglas W. Mann, P.E., published in spring 2007, there is
mention of replacing the temporary groins with permanent structures in the future.
Statewide, taxpayers will continue to pay for this project for years to come.

In spring of 2008, Suncoast Chapter Surfrider Foundation began a petition drive to remove these
t groins. Expect to see petitions among neighborhoods, on the beach, and in your local
businesses since this project affects all taxpayers – including tourists.

Members of this local grassroots organization do enjoy Upham Beach. And some have a long
relationship with this special stretch of the island. The public outcry – they are taxpayers and they
are against paying for this experimental project.

May 21, 2008

Free Upham Beach

Press Release
May 21, 2008
For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Julie Pappas
Telephone: 727-322-2392
Email: suncoast@surfrider.org
Free Upham Beach

Saint Petersburg, FL (May 9, 2008)- After a year of negotiations with the County Coastal
Coordinator, the Suncoast Chapter of Surfrider Foundation decided to reach out publicly. On
Friday, May 9th, the chapter published the Free Upham Beach Petition on the Care 2 Petition
website. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/free-upham-beach#signatures In so doing, the Suncoast
Chapter has achieved a major milestone in the National mission to preserving the diversity and
ecological integrity of Florida’s coastal environment and healthier waters – leading their first
local campaign.

The Suncoast Chapter will soon be seen patrolling neighbors in Pinellas County armed with
pictures, copies of DEP records, and a position paper by a PhD from Western Carolina
University, along with 42 others, have published a statement against the use of erosion control
structures. Education is a core mission of the Surfrider Foundation. Thus, the Suncoast Chapter
plans to rally support for their campaign by educating the public – one person at a time.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Coastal Engineering Manual describes
groins as: “…probably the most misused and improperly designed of all coastal
structures…(USACE, 2002)”. http://www.wcu.edu/4402.asp

“I worked with USGS and USF St.Pete campus on the original erosions studies for
Upham Beach placing a beach camera on the condo at the jetty to monitor the conditions
overtime. The conclusions then were that nothing would correct the problem of erosion
caused by man’s building and maintaining the pass/jetty. This is a known situation not
only at Upham but at all beaches where we continue to alter natural processes”, Randy
Johnson commented on the petition.

Supporters are logging countless volunteer hours on this campaign – and they have only just
begun. Over 400 electronic signatures have already been collected toward the chapter goal of
1,000 in under a month. The Suncoast Chapter wants the (five) 5 Geotextile tube
experimental project removed off of Upham Beach – with promise of no future
permanent structure.

April 30, 2008

Surfrider Wins Major Victory as Legislature Passes Clean Ocean Act

Press Release
April 30, 2008
For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Ericka D’Avanzo
Telephone: 772-225-3780
Email: edavanzo@surfrider.org

Surfrider Wins Major Victory as Legislature Passes Clean Ocean Act

Tallahassee, FL (April 30, 2008)– After a three-year campaign, the Clean Oceans Act (HB897
and SB1094), passed with tremendous support. In so doing, the Surfrider Foundation’s Florida
chapters have achieved a major milestone in their mission to preserving the diversity and
ecological integrity of Florida’s coastal environment and healthier waters.

The law requires owners and operators of day-cruise gambling vessels to implement sewage and
other wastewater pump-out systems at ports, or adopt closed-loop system technology just as the
cruise ships largely have begun doing. While restrictions in Federal Maritime Law state that
Florida cannot enact legislation banning sewage dumping from these vessels when they are
beyond 3 miles from the east coast and 9 miles from the west coast of the State, the bill does lay a
framework in which Florida can ensure coastal consistency and petition the Federal government
to extend sewage dumping restrictions into Federal waters.

Armed with definitive studies from the Pew Oceans Commission, Congressional Reporting
Service, U.S. General Accounting Office, U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and Florida Keys
Marine Sanctuary that vessel discharges are contributing factors to degradation of our oceans;
Senate Sponsor Mike Haridopolos (R-Indialantic)and House Sponsor Stan Mayfield (R-Vero
Beach) embraced their constituents wishes for action and the need for stronger coastal
stewardship. Senate and House committee meetings regarding the Clean Oceans Act showed that
gambling ships having the capacity to dump 44 million gallons of partially treated grey and black
water (sewage) off Florida’s coast every year.

“We are elated to have the Legislature’s support and would also like to thank our sponsors and
co-sponsors for their tireless efforts,” said Surfrider Foundation Suncoast Chapter Chair Mike
Meehan.

“Supporters have logged countless volunteer hours on this campaign over the last three years,”
said co-sponsor Representative Tony Sasso (D-Cocoa Beach), who had worked on this campaign
as a Surfrider member prior to his election. “This decision was an incredible affirmation for our
efforts, and a testament to the power of mobilizing grassroots activism.”

The Surfrider Foundation will continue to direct its efforts till end of session this week toward
similar coastal and ocean protection legislation regarding the closure of South Florida outfalls
(HB7139 and SB1302) and also inlet and beach management (HB1427 and SB1672).
Additional information about the Clean Oceans Act can be found at:
http://www.surfrider.org/sebastianinlet/news/gambling.htm

About the Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and
enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary
surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and
80 chapters worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, go to
www.surfrider.org.

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January 1, 2008

More News

In other news:

Below are some past chapter events:

October 2, 2007

Surfrider Foundation Suncoast Chapter, Starbucks and Keep Manatee Beautiful Teaming Up

For Immediate Release
October 2, 2007

Contact: Jake
(813)-484-6535 cell
(813)-835-3883 ext.229 office

Surfrider Foundation Suncoast Chapter, Starbucks and Keep
Manatee Beautiful teaming up Oct.6th to keep Bradenton
beaches trash free

(Bradenton, FL) Join bay area surfriders, Starbucks and Keep Manatee
Beautiful as they hit Bradenton beach at 4th St. S. & Gulf Dr. S. Saturday
October 6th from 9am until noon to collect trash.

We cordially invite anyone interested in working with the Suncoast
chapter Surfrider Foundation as we demonstrate the importance of being
good stewards of our coastlines in which we all enjoy and depend on for
tourism. Without support from bay area television and radio we simply
could not accomplish the tasks at hand, thank you for your continued support
as a media partner!

Join our local chapter of Surfrider Foundation and the blond and
bronze surfers of Tamp Bay as they return a favor to a community that has
provided so much to them. Bradenton beach, arguably one of the best
surfing beaches on the West coast has always been a welcoming community
to surfers and tourist. As a way of showing appreciation for years of
hospitality Surfrider Foundation is hosting a beach cleanup on Oct.6th at 9am
until noon at the intersection of 4th St. S. & Gulf Dr. S. Hot coffee provided
by Starbucks Cortez and bottled water provided by Keep Manatee Beautiful
as well as on-site surf lessons and photo ops of Tampa Bay’s surfing
community from surfboard makers, surf shop owners and the director of the
Suncoast chapter Surfrider Foundation.

For more information please contact Jake- beach cleanup
coordinator, 813-484-6535 cell, 813-835-3883 office or email. Thank you
for covering our events and helping us keep bay area beaches beautiful! For
more information on the Surfrider Foundation visit online at
http://www.surfrider.org/suncoast

June 23, 2007

SUNCOAST CHAPTER SET TO KICK OFF AT TWO INTERNATIONAL SURFING DAY EVENTS

For Immediate Release
June 23, 2007

Contact:Jamie Derzypolski
SPIRIT FM
Cell Phone: 813-393-6197

SUNCOAST CHAPTER SET TO KICK OFF AT TWO
INTERNATIONAL SURFING DAY EVENTS
9:00 AM SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2007.

ST PETE BEACH & TREASURE ISLAND, FL

IT’S OFFICIAL, SUMMER IS HERE! CELEBRATE THE
FIRST WEEKEND OF SUMMER with a push for the
reformation of the Surfrider Foundation’s
Suncoast Chapter.

Join the action starting at8am with a massive Treasure Island
beach cleanup where EVERTHING IS PROVIDED BUT THE SUNTAN
LOTION hosted by the Suncoast Surf Shop to a fun
and exciting surfboard paddle contest at 12 noon
hosted by The Surfshack.

FOR MORE DETAILS GO TO
GULFSTER.COM OR CALL:727-367-2483. All proceeds
from both events benefit the non-for-profit
Surfrider Foundation. For more news information
contact: Jamie @ 813-393-6197.

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