In This Issue - February 2018 Newsletter


February 2018
Beth L. Mitchell, President & CEO

Chambers of Commerce, or some form of businesses organization, have been around since Ancient Rome, when it was necessary for businesses to band together for protection from thieves, raiders and predators. The Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce has now been around for sixty years, incorporating as an official not for profit in February, 1958.   The Chamber still focuses on a healthy business environment and prosperity for our community, so in that respect things haven't changed since Roman times, although these days it's more about promotion and less about protection! Sometimes though the businesses still need strong advocacy to be protected from excessive regulation and other threats.

Sixty years is a long time for a business organization, and shows the true level of commitment from the businesses members to work together for the good of all. The Chamber has worked diligently to maintain its credibility, trust and professionalism.  It is now a Certified Chamber of Commerce through the Florida Association for Chamber Professionals, for almost ten years, maintaining high levels of service and governance.    

Sixty years ago the business people created an area of focus, which included boundaries from Wabasso to the south, Grant to the north, Fellsmere to the west and the Sebastian Inlet and ocean to the east.  These lines were not drawn by government, this was the way businesses and community flowed between the communities.  While we still maintain our boundaries and collaborate with other Chambers in the area, we enjoy membership participation from businesses outside of those boundaries who strategically decide to do business in the Sebastian River Area. 

Sixty years ago commercial fishing was the largest and most profitable industry in the area.  Today, tourism outranks most industries, as our visitors come to enjoy the still enviable natural resources that are located in the area, including the recreational opportunities that are provided by the many access points to the St. Sebastian River, the Intracoastal waterway and Indian River lagoon and the Atlantic ocean.

Traditionally a chamber is autonomous and independent.  Most times there is common ground between government and business and in the case of the Sebastian River Area, one of the original incorporators of the Chamber of Commerce was Paul R. Stevenson, who was also the Mayor of Sebastian at the time.  We still work together with government representatives to this day, all on behalf of the residents, visitors and businesses.

The Sebastian River Area is a jewel on the Treasure Coast, and this year the Chamber celebrates its diamond anniversary!  On behalf of the Board of Directors and our Staff, thank you for all of the support of the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.  Sixty years strong! 


CareBag, Inc.
Rozanne "Roxy" Brown


Carebag, Inc.

"CareBag Inc. a grassroots 501(c)3 empowers individuals and families who face homelessness to survive, move forward and thrive. How soundly would you sleep in the cold or heat, without a tent, sleeping bag or coat? How would you keep track of your belongings if you had to carry them with you, all of the time, in a thin, black trash bag? Escaping homelessness is hard enough without these extra burdens. It is hard enough to land a job, find a home and take care of your family. But it is even harder-maybe even impossible-to do those things while you struggle to survive.

CareBag Inc. is a volunteer-driven organization. Last year, more than 200 individuals contribute hundreds of hours to CareBag Inc. ... collectively, those volunteers make possible all that we do. As an organization, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide anyone with a way to get involved: groups, classes, individuals... anyone who wants to make a difference!

When it comes to homelessness - and the organizations that provide services for people experiencing homelessness - the process of defining impact is almost as difficult as it is to create impact in the first place. Is CareBag Inc. fulfilling its mission? Do we empower individuals and families who face homelessness to survive, move forward and thrive? Are we making a splash, or is it just a drop in the bucket? How do we know? 

Homelessness is a complex issue that both impacts and is impacted by the world around us. In practical terms, that means that we must produce and tap into a wide range of data: qualitative and quantitative, outputs and outcomes, internal and external and, of course, both what we help make happen and what we help prevent from happening. 
Upcoming Events:  

February  2018 we will begin to Fill the Jar, Show the Love Project.  From Feb. 1st to April 2, 2018 All local businesses are encouraged to join. The goal is to fill each jar with the change to continue providing food and clothing to our homeless and families at risk. Your change will lead to change in the community, the Jars with the most change receive a lovely plaque. This event is throughout the Treasure Coast. We supply the jars which can fit on a counter top with information for those who which to participate. We will be happy to drop it of at your business and pick it up. Every two weeks we count, record and empty to be refilled.

April We have Painting with a Twist located in Jensen Beach, register online and on April 22nd at Applebee's in Port St Lucie US Hwy 1 our Flapjack Fundraiser $12.00 for a tall cause.  Please email for tickets.
Our goal for 2018 is acquiring a Mobile shower unit that will bring dignity and transform lives. One shower at a time.

Your business has the opportunity to have its logo on the Mobile trailer. Email us to find out how. CareBag has seen this need in our community and has started collecting towels, washcloths, soap items needed for the mobile shower.

Our Needs:
 CareBag Inc. services multiple locations throughout the Treasure Coast.

Our goal is to provide food and hygiene items on an ongoing basis in addition to providing access to this mobile shower unit. As we assist them in transitioning to being self-sufficient. Please visit our web page and see how you can join our movement through monetary or in-kind donations. By joining us you support your community."


Concert in the Park

Chamber Breakfast

Chamber Luncheon

Business N'Pleasure
Date: Friday, Jan 26th
Time: 5:30 - 8PM
Band: 20th Street Jazz Band (Swing/Jazz)

Riverview Park, Sebastian
Date:  Friday, Feb 9th
Time: 5:30 - 8PM
Band: Professor Pennygoode's Mighty Flea Circus (5 piece swing, rockabilly, jump blues)

Riverview Park, Sebastian

Date:  Friday, Feb 2nd

Time:  8AM - 9AM

Sponsor:  Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care

13085 US Hwy 1, Sebastian

Date:  Tuesday , Feb 13th

Time: Noon - 1PM

Sponsor: Senior Resource Association

Speaker: 60th Anniversary Past Presidents

Marsh Landing Restaurant
44 N Broadway St, Fellsmere

Reservation requested, $15 with reservation,
$20 at the door.

Date:  Feb 15th

Time:  5PM - 7PM

Sponsor:  Strikezone

Location: 730 S Fleming St. Sebastian

Pictures from past Networking Events can be found on our Facebook page.
Contact us at 772-589-5969 if you would like to host or sponsor a Networking Event.

LGA Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 25th

Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
Health and Wellness Committee Meeting

Friday, February 2nd

Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian 
Executive Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 8th

Sebastian Chamber 
700 Main St., Sebastian

Ambassador Lunch

Wednesday, February 21st

Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian

Ribbon Cuttings
Davis House Ribbon Cutting
Date:  January 23rd
Time:  12 noon
607 Davis St., Sebastian

Come and enjoy lunch with us.

Community Event Calendar



We started the year off with a delicious,
well attended breakfast at the Sebastian Chamber
sponsored by DoTERRA. 


The Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County sponsored our January luncheon at Capt Hirams. Guest speaker Marc Gingras spoke on behalf of Shrimpfest. Thank you all for making our luncheon a successful networking event.

The Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival
January 18-21, 2018


The Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival has something for every member of your family!

Join us for famous mouth-watering frog leg and gator tail dinners. Browse hundreds of booths for unique gifts. Hear some great music and enjoy the fun rides. Discover why this festival is a January tradition for so many.

Thursday & Friday   4 pm - 9 pm
Saturday    11 am - 9 pm
Sunday    11 am - 6 pm
Thursday & Friday    4 pm - 11 pm
Saturday    10 am - 11 pm
Sunday    11 am - 6 pm

Chamber members who are interested in promoting their business at the Chamber booth
please contact the Chamber at 772-589-5969


Chamber Projects


Host a Breakfast, Lunch, or Business & Pleasure
Only a few spots available 


BREAKFAST dates still available: 9/7/18, 10/5/18, 11/2/18

Showcase your business, services & facilities to the business community. 
Offer Chamber members the chance to meet one another and network in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

Breakfasts are held the 1st Fri of the month at 8am.  Space where breakfast is being held needs to accommodate 50 people and be in the Sebastian, Fellsmere, Micco area.  (The Chamber office is available as well).  There is no charge to host a breakfast by the Chamber.  The hostess will be responsible for providing the breakfast food and drink.  Raffle prizes suggested. 


Lunch Sponsor dates available: 6/12/18, 7/10/18, 8/14/18, 10/9/18 
Benefits of sponsoring a Chamber luncheon include
exposure of your business to the Chamber members and lunch guest. 


Lunch is held the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  We rotate each month between Captain Hiram's and Marsh Landing.  The cost to sponsor a lunch is $150 which includes 2 lunch admissions, 10 minutes to address the crowd and promote your business, exclusive rights to luncheon table tops for promotional materials, and receive the business cards from spotlight drawing. 


Host a Business & Pleasure dates available: 4/19/18, 5/17/18, 11/15/18

Host a Business & Pleasure and show case your business while enjoying food and refreshments.

The Business & Pleasure will be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  There is no charge to host or attend.  The space must accommodate 50 people and be held in the Sebastian, Fellsmere, Micco area.  The host will provide the appetizers and drinks.  Raffle prizes optional.
If you are interested in sponsoring or hosting an event on the days still available, please contact me, Vicki Wild, membership Director at 772-589-5969 or email 

Welcome New Members

ADT Security LLC
Robert Mefford
Serving the Treasure Coast
(772) 453-3194
Home & Business Security Services
Chamber Member Discount:
2 Months Free Service

Jersey Mike's Subs
William G Micco, Jr.
13513 US Hwy 1
Sebastian FL 32958
(772) 418-3246

Gentle Moon Herbs & Gifts
Daniel & Elizabeth Kukulka
Vero Beach
(585) 993-3048
(585) 993-0413

Member News and Announcements

Tell us your good news and
we'll share it with the business community! 


Email your news to


Free Historical & Ghost Walking Tour special for Chamber Members!

Date: Saturday, February 10th, 2018
Time: 6PM - 8 PM
Location: Meet in parking lot of Chamber of Commerce building. 

Join the crew of Indian River Hauntings, LLC on Saturday, February 10th at 6pm to walk though time and uncover the history of Sebastian. During the tour, hear tales from the past and stories of paranormal evidence gathered at sites by the Florida Bureau of Paranormal Investigations. This special tour is FREE to Chamber Members.
**This is a walking event. Comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing suggested. (This is not a tour with staged events to frighten guests.)**  Questions? Contact Indian River Hauntings, LLC at (772) 633-3955


26th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival

The Pelican Island Wildlife Festival celebrates the anniversary of the establishment of the nation's first National Wildlife Refuge, on March 14, 1903, by President Theodore Roosevelt!  Hosted by the Pelican Island Preservation Society and the City of Sebastian.

To help make the festival a success each year, PIPS relies on numerous volunteers the day of the event.   If you are interested in information about volunteer opportunities or how to register to help out, visit our Volunteer Page.

For more information, please visit our webiste:

It's ShrimpFest time again!  New Location! New Format! 

Same great Florida shrimp and Florida craft beer.   This year the festival will be a three-day event and will be held at Riverview Park in Sebastian on March 16, 17 and 18.  Join us for a Florida style St. Patty's Day weekend!

Friday,  March 16 - 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 17 - 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 18 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo features FREE entry and parking, live music, exciting kids' activities, loads of vendors and more.  Festival goers can sample a variety of locally brewed craft beer on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00.  Pareidolia Brewing Company of Sebastian has joined forces with other  local brewers who will be bringing their best brews.  Entry to the festival is free but the Craft Brew Tasting is $35 at the door, presales are $30 at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery of Ft. Pierce will delight you with their selection of wine during the entire weekend.

For more information contact us or check out our website.   or

By Nicole Capp Holbrook - Tourism Director
Thank you to our Tourism Partners that participated in our 2nd Familiarization Tour, either by attending or hosting our group. We really appreciate you taking the time to better familiarize yourselves with some of the amazing attractions, activities and amenities in the Sebastian River Area. And to those business that hosted us, we appreciate you taking the time to talk to us about your business as well as give us a tour. It was very informative and very well received by our participants.
A special thanks to Capt Christy Lenz for being a great co-pilot, helping to narrate and take photos!

Here are some pictures from our adventures!

Upcoming Events:
Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival- January 18 th -21 st *booth space available
Davis House Inn Re-Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting- January 23 rd at 12 p.m.
Pelican Island Wildlife Festival- March 3 rd *booth space available
ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullaballoo- March 16 th -18 th *booth space available
Free Concerts in the Park- 5:30-8 p.m.
January 26 th - 20th Street Jazz Band
February 9 th - Professor Pennygoode's Mighty Flea Circus
February 23 rd - Sharkbait!
March 9 th - Daddy Wags
March 23rd - Sebastian River High School Jazz Ensemble & Steel Drum Band
April 13 th - The Ladies of Soul & the L.O.S. Band
May 18 th - Bobby Owen Band

Next Tourism Committee Meeting: April 17 th at 4 p.m. at the Chamber

January Tourism Spotlight
Treasure Coast Sports Commission 
PO Box 882172
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34988-2172

Our Mission
To strengthen the quality of life and economic well-being for the Treasure Coast region through recruiting, retaining and supporting sports-related events and activities that will enhance the region's economy and exposure.

Introduction and Definition
The Treasure Coast Sports Commission (TCSC) is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit Florida corporation created to attract local, state, regional, national and international events and sports-related business and activities to the Treasure Coast region on the eastern coast of Florida. These events provide tremendous exposure opportunities for Indian River County, St. Lucie County and Martin County and are a proven economic driver for the businesses in the Treasure Coast region. The Treasure Coast Sports Commission is a member of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) and the Florida Sports Foundation.

The TCSC allocates funds from its annual budget to a grant program for Event Owners, Rights Holders, Tournament Directors, Groups and Organizations that coordinate events with a demonstrated history of visitor impact or significant potential to draw visitors to the area. The Sports and Events Grant Fund is administered by the TCSC with recommendations from designated advisory groups including the TCSC Event Grant Committee.
Direct sales, advertising or marketing programs that are either supplemental to, or are in conflict with the "Treasure Coast Sports Commission" direct sales, advertising or marketing programs do not qualify as a special event.
Each application will be evaluated against established criteria and historic precedent. The number and extent of these grants will be dependent upon the availability of designated funds and specific allocations. Ideally, the funds allocated by the TCSC will eventually be returned through an increase in transient lodging sales and the tourist development tax generated from those sales.

Rick Hatcher, Executive Director
Ryan Strickland, Director of Business Development and Marketing
Kevin Greene, Events Manager

Social Media
Like us on Facebook at Treasure Coast Sports Commission and follow us on Instagram @tcsc_fl

Treasure Life, Treasure Sports, Treasure Coast

By Britney Melchiori - Communications & Marketing Director

We're excited to announce that the 2018 Chamber Business Directory and Community Guides are here! This award-winning publication is the go-to-guide for newcomers moving to the area and includes a wealth of information on our local communities, healthcare, elected officials, important relocation numbers, taxes and demographics, recreation, and our businesses.
We print 5,000 copies a year and this handy book is distributed throughout various locations in the community. You can find them at real estate offices and hospitals, insurance offices and banks, city halls and the Chamber. We look forward to distributing them at all of the upcoming festivals and concerts in the park, too!
Copies will be sent out in the coming weeks along with your 2018 Membership decals, so keep an eye out for it in the mail! A digital copy is also available online at for anyone who would like to access it through the web. If you paid to have an ad, you'll also find that the digital version of your ad links directly to your website! 
If your business wishes to have a larger quantity of Directories on hand, that's awesome! Give us a call at (772) 589-5969 and we'll be sure to drop off to you! A big thanks to all of the participating advertisers that helped make this project another great success! And thank you to ALL of our members for seeing the value of making the Chamber choice.
As we move into our 60th year of "taking care of business", we look forward to continuing our mission of supporting a healthy business community, encouraging the growth of tourism, and enhancing the quality of life in our community.

Are you Hiring?
Whether your business is growing, hiring for season, or filling an empty position, we are here to help you get the word out. 
Submit your employment opportunity to us and we'll post it on our 
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To make an appointment or sign-up for a workshop visit

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Executive Team
Dawn Biehl, The Tiki Bar and Grill  -  Chair
Michelle Napier, Napier & Rollins - Vice Chair
Bob Morgan, Marine Bank and Trust  - Treasurer
Kim Ellis, Vintage to Vogue - Immediate Past Chair
Elected Directors
Capt. Christy Lenz, "Casual Cruisin"
Theresa Tolle, Bay Street Pharmacy
Sue Skirvin, Tupperware
Joel Stout, Sandpiper Pest Control
Anna V. Tillery, White Glove Moving & Storage
Appointed Directors
Nancy Flickinger, Florida Power & Light
Ben Maffett, Oculina Bank
Robin Raiff, Robin Raiff Real Estate Team
Dana Ryder, Pelican's Landing of Sebastian

Ex Officio
Susan Adams, Indian River County Commissioner
Jason Nunemaker, City Manager, City of Fellsmere

Chamber Staff
Kimberlee Armstrong, Accounting
Nicole Capp Holbrook, Tourism Director
Beth L. Mitchell, President/CEO
Britney Melchiori, Marketing & Communications Dir
Vicki Wild, Membership Director
Chamber Ambassadors
Opey Angelone, Action Realty            772-633-8617
Terry Gardner, Seacoast Bank            772-581-1341
Sandi Gehrke, TD Bank                      772-581-1490
Cindi Green, Florida Eye Institute       772-569-9500
Jackie Hart, Hart Escapes                   772-646-4828
Gina Melton, LF Staffing                      772-564-8777
Isabel Marron, Oculina Bank               772-571-1400
Michael Natale, MN Worldwide, Inc.    772-664-0525
Sue Skirvin, Tupperware                      772-913-2010
Cynthia Williams, Primerica                 772-713-1991
Kristie Woodward, Oculina Bank         772-581-3199
Mori Serpa, KE Insurance Agency       772-589-1800
Brittany A. Beatty, VanDeVoorde          772-589-4353
          Hall Law, P.L. 
Anna Valencia Tillery, White Glove      772-232-7843
          Moving, Storage & Delivery