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July 2004


    July is "vacation" month for us - sort of and as usual, we will not have a general meeting this month.  That doesn't mean there is nothing going on!  We continue to be involved in several issues, and of course one of the biggest ones is the exponential growth in our area.  There are some interesting activities going on too, so be sure and check out the Calendar of Events.  Besides what is listed there, you will find more details and future events listed on the "Meeting Info/Events" page of our website.
    One of the recent events that was listed there was Florida's State Parks Photo Contest.  The contest concluded the end of June and the winners have been announced.  You will find a link to the photos that were entered on our "Photo Gallery" page.  The photos are available to download as computer wallpaper too!


    Two recent videos that have been sponsored by the state feature some of Florida's greatest rivers and Aquatic Preserves.  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection sponsored the "Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida".  It features various preserves around the state, including our own here in Brevard and Indian River Counties.  The DEP's website says that this video will be broadcast on WMFE on August 26, 2004.  We have a request into WMFE for the specific broadcast time and when we find out, it will be posted under the "Events" listing on our website.  You can read more about the video at:
    The other video was sponsored by the St. Johns River Water Management District.  It is called "Off the Map: Kayaking Florida's Great Rivers", and also features some of the Indian River Lagoon in the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.  The video is in multiple segments, the first of which has already aired on the "Sunshine Network".  It appears this segment will be rebroadcast on Tuesday, July 27 at 8 AM.  The Sunshine Network in on channel 55 in the Sebastian area and channel 36 in the Vero Beach area.  You can read more about this video at:


    As we reported in our last newsletter, Kimberley Maxwell, a Sebastian River High School senior was this year's recipient of our George Schum Memorial Award.  She wrote a very eloquent "Thank You" note.  It was too long to publish in this issue of the newsletter, but if you would like to read it, you will find it posted in the "Members Only" section of our website.