In This Issue - December 2017 Newsletter

December 2017
Beth L. Mitchell, President & CEO

Welcome to the December newsletter! 

The Chamber introduced its Officers and Board of Directors for 2017/2018 at our November Luncheon, and held an abbreviated annual awards ceremony.  Our incoming Chair is Dawn Biehl, of the Guardian Group of Sebastian, serving second term, Vice Chair will be Michelle Napier, Napier and Rollin, LLC and Bob Morgan, Marine Bank and Trust will serve as the Treasurer.  Kim Ellis will continue to serve as the past chair.  Elected board member also include Theresa Tolle, Capt. Christy Lenz, Joe Stout, Anna V. Tillery and Sue Skirvin.  Our appointed directors, who will serve one year terms are Robin Raiff, Dana Ryder, Ben Maffit, and Nancy Flickinger.  We look forward to the good work and valuable input from the Board as we all work towards fulfilling the Chamber mission!  The Awards Ceremony held several surprises for our businesses. The list of honorees reflects businesses and people who contribute towards the successes in the Sebastian River Area.  Please take a look at it further in this newsletter.

Also included is a one page snapshot of Chamber activities over the last fiscal year.  Chamber by the Numbers shows you all of the activities, all of the participants, all of the interaction on social media, number of visitors and how many people that were "touched" in some way by the Chamber during the year. It's just part of the Chamber story.

It is the season for gratitude and celebration.  To kick off the celebration we are holding our annual Light Up Night on December 1 this year.  That's a Friday, and the only way to start Friday off is with breakfast at Kashi.  It's indescribably delicious in a very peaceful setting and one breakfast you should not miss!  Light Up Night has been around for many years, created by one of our Chamber members and past president, Debbi Vickers.  We average thirty five businesses each year, with thousands of residents and visitors driving around to enjoy all of the holiday cheer.  We are thankful to the businesses who decorate, bake and host all of the attendees.   The next evening is a very special time to be a child in Sebastian, when the Annual Christmas parade delivers Santa to the park.  Many groups and individuals in our community organize this event to insure that Sebastian children believe in the wonders of the holiday!

We are thankful for all of the blessings we have received over the year, and the people and businesses who give so much to our community.  We hope that all of you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, with cool temperatures to make it feel like fall, and humongous turkey dinners and that your favorite football teams win all their games!  We hope to see you at our Volunteer Luncheon at Marsh Landing in December. 

Have a prosperous month!

It's right around the corner. 
Celebrate your community with the small businesses that make it special.
Sebastian office: 1627 US Highway 1, Suite 222, Sebastian, FL 32958 
Vero Beach office: 865 20th Place, Vero Beach, FL 32960
772-388-4447 | |


                   Michelle Napier
               Kevin Rollin

Napier & Rollin, PLLC is a law firm founded with the purpose of applying the highest standards of integrity and professionalism to the practice of law. Attorneys Michelle D. Napier and Kevin M. Rollin primarily appear in Florida State Court for divorce, family law, and civil litigation matters in Indian River, Brevard, and St. Lucie counties. 

While Kevin and Michelle are both adept at all aspects of divorce, family law, and general civil litigation, each of them have unique areas of focus. For example, Michelle has enjoyed success representing many local small businesses. She has proven over and over to be an effective advocate and negotiator for business clients. Kevin serves as the firm's appellate attorney and also has a wealth of experience dealing with complex child-related litigation. There are few attorneys in this area of Florida, such as Kevin, with the level of understanding and experience necessary to deal with even the most complicated family cases both at trial and on appeal. 

Being primarily a litigation firm, Napier & Rollin's main office is located less than one mile east of the Indian River County Courthouse on State Road 60 in Vero Beach, Florida. The firm has deep roots in the Sebastian community and also maintains an office in the Sebastian Center just north of Wendy's on U.S. 1.

Napier & Rollin's mantra is "You can't change the way the wind blows, but you can adjust your sails." There is nothing in life that can be controlled except the choices one makes. Litigation is no different. A client might have had little control over the circumstances which led to the necessity of an attorney, but individual choices will dramatically impact the direction and ultimate destination. This is why Michelle and Kevin empower their clients to make well informed decisions with purpose and direction.


Chamber Breakfast

Special Event

Special Event

Chamber Luncheon
Date:  Friday, Dec 1st

Time: 8AM - 9AM

Location:  KASHI Foundation
11155 Roseland Road, Sebastian

Light Up Night

Date:   Friday, Dec 1st

Time:  5:30- 8:00PM

Location:  Various businesses in Roseland and Sebastian. 

The map will be available 
in the Press Journal and at the Chamber office on Friday, December 1st.
Ribbon Cutting

Date:  Monday, Dec 4th

Time:  12 Noon

Location:  Hen House Eatery
11632 US Hwy 1,

Date:  Tuesday, Dec 12th

Time:   Noon - 1pm

Sponsor: Volunteer Luncheon

Marsh Landing Restaurant
44 N Broadway St., Fellsmere

Reservations requested, $15.00 with reservation,
$20 at the door
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!
members and guests for a FREE CRUISE including buffet style dining and $20 in Qualified Slot Play!

Also includes free drinks while gaming and live entertainment

Saturday, December 9th
7:00 PM - 12:30 AM sailing

Please RSVP directly through the Chamber only by Friday, December 1st
Please provide name and date of birth for the Passenger Manifest. 

Plan on arriving at 6:00 PM Terminal B2
180 Christopher Columbus Drive Cape Canaveral
Check in at the GROUP DESK (not regular ticketing)
Must be 18 to sail and 21 to drink

Community Event Calendar

Chamber Projects
2018 Directory Sales are Underway!
We encourage all Chamber members to consider the added benefits of advertising in the Chamber Business Directory & Community Guide. Your ad will appear in all 5,000 copies, and be distributed in multiple outlets throughout the community.
As an advertiser in the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce Business Directory & Community Guide you will:
  • Be able to send your message directly to your customers;
  • Display a format that has lasting value and utility;
  • Reach residents that are new to our area;
  • Reach clients & customers outside of our area.
Contact Vicki Wild to discuss Advertising Opportunities! Call 772-589-5969 or email

Mark your calendars for 
Friday, December 1st, 2017
for the  29th
Annual Light Up Night.

Deadline is November 22nd to be included in the map!!!

Get noticed!
Light Up Night has become a favorite among many and is the perfect opportunity to introduce your business to the public, let them learn how to find you, what you have to offer, and is a special way to show customer appreciation. This event marks the beginning of Sebastian's holiday happenings with the Christmas Parade scheduled the next day; and it's a great reason to get out all those holiday trappings and show off your decorating talents!
Get on the map!
A map of participating businesses along with a description of their special offerings will be published in the Press Journal on the day of the event. Maps will also be available for pick up in the Chamber office. Make sure to register for Light Up Night no later than Wednesday, November 22nd  so that you will be included on the map!

Get in the holiday spirit!
We look forward to sharing the holiday spirit with you and carrying on the Light Up Night tradition of encouraging the community to support our local businesses. Please join us the evening of December 1st for a night of magical lights and bustling crowds in the Sebastian River Area.


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



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
Tourism Tidbits
By Nicole Capp Holbrook  
At our November luncheon, we presented Will Collins with the 2017 Tourism Award. We've had a very busy year at the Chamber, and our Tourism Partners are essential to our success! In 2013, Will was appointed President (and Director of Good Times) of Capt Hiram's Resort. Having grown up with Capt Hiram's, Will has a true understanding of the impact of tourism to our area as well as a genuine appreciation for the areas natural and recreational resources. Will is passionate about promoting the Sebastian River Area while working to preserve and protect it. Here are just a few things we would like to recognize Will for:
  • Each November, Capt Hiram's hosts a River Challenge Sprint Triathlon raising awareness to the perils that face the Indian River Lagoon and to showcase the beautiful City of Sebastian (the 5th annual event is this Sunday for anyone interested in participating).  
  • Capt Hiram's hosts the Annual Sebastian Lionfish Festival, as well as several other inshore and offshore fishing tournaments such as the Bluewater Open.
  • Will was instrumental in collaborating with the Chamber to bring the VISIT FLORIDA Certified Travel Information Center Conference to Sebastian last month.

  • After Hurricane Irma, Will provided free rooms for special needs residents that weren't able to return home due to loss of power, after the shelters close.

  • Since 2015, Will has served as a member on the Indian River County Tourism Development Council, representing North County.
  • In addition to being a landmark and great vacation spot along Sebastian's Riverfront, Capt Hiram's is also very involved in the community supporting and hosting several organizations such as the St. Baldrick's Foundation, Women in Business, Paddle in Pink, Military Appreciation Month, and so much more!
We ask a lot of our tourism partners and Will never says no! His generosity towards helping promote the area is unparalleled. We would like to thank Will & Capt Hiram's for working with us so much this past year to promote the Sebastian River Area as the wonderful destination that it is.  
January Tourism Committee Meeting
Please mark your calendars for the 2nd Tourism Committee FAM Tour scheduled for Tuesday, January 16th from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (this will replace our regular Tourism Committee meeting). This tour will highlight West Sebastian, Fellsmere and West Vero.  
Here is the draft itinerary:
9:45 a.m. Meet at Chamber
Best Western Sebastian
LaPorte Farms
Sebastian Canoe Launch
North County Aquatic Center
St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park- South Entrance
Indian River County Shooting Range
Fellsmere Trailhead Preserve
Lunch at Marsh Landing Restaurant
Ditch 13 & Birding with David Simpson
C-54 Canal
St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park Welcome Center
Blue Cypress Lake Recreation Area
Country Inn & Suites
Hampton Inn
Vero Beach Outlets
Vero Beach Inn
Encore/Sunshine Travel RV Park
3:00 p.m. Return to Chamber
Space is limited and we only have 9 spots left. Reserve your spot today! RSVP to Nicole at 772-589-5969 or

Social Media
We are actively posting on Facebook & Instagram and building a great following. If you aren't already following us, please do:
  Like us on Facebook  

2017 has been a great year for tourism! We are thankful for all of our wonderful tourism partners and look forward to a very successful 2018!

November Tourism Spotlight

Vero Beach Outlets
1824 94th Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32966
Phone: 772.770.6097

Beth Hager
Marketing Coordinator
772-770-6097  |

Vero Beach Outlets features an impressive and growing collection of more than 60 leading designer and brand names where shoppers enjoy savings up to 65 percent off regular retail prices every day.

Visit us to shop your favorites including Banana Republic Factory Store, Gap Outlet, Coach Outlet, J.Crew Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory 

Store and Nike Factory Store along with Restoration Hardware Outlet and Williams-Sonoma Outlet, among many more! 

Visit our website to join our VIP Savings Club to receive additional saving opportunities along with advance special event announcements reserved exclusively for our members.

By Vicki Wild - Membership Director

The Season is among us where it is time to say goodbye to 2017 and Hello 2018!  Here are a few reminders so that we start 2018 with great success. 
  • Check your Business  information on our website to make sure  we have everything up to date as we will be printing our 2018 Business Directory & Community Guide.  The link to the site is
  • Thinking of hosting a Breakfast,  Lunch, or Business & Pleasure; call and sign up as spaces are filling up fast.
  • Events are a great way to meet people and other business owners.  Mark your calendars; 1st Friday of each month is Breakfast, 2nd Tuesday, Lunch, 3rd Thursday B&P.
  •  Send us your events to be put on our calendar.
  •  Call  772-589-5969 or email me at as I am happy to help or answer any questions. 
Thank you for being a part of our Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.  You made 2017 a great year.   Looking forward to  seeing your business grow in 2018.  

May you have a wonderful Holiday Season and a happy New Year. 
Vicki Wild
 Your Membership Director

Welcome New Members!
Books2Tax, LLC
Candy LaPlante
Sebastian FL 32958
business & tax service

True Balance Energy Center
JoanE Patrick
8800 US Hwy 1, Suite 1
Sebastian Fl 32958

Paramount Residential
Mortgage Group, Inc.

Dawn Legue
1203 US Hwy 1
Sebastian FL 32958
Mortgage Broker

Cutting Edge Marketing
Michael & Cindy Mulleady
Port St Lucie FL 
promotional items

Sebastian Golf Restaurant & Sport Lounge
Wesley Campbell
100 Brush Foot Drive
Sebastian FL 3295

About Storage
Stephen Philipson
25 Airport Dr W
Sebastian Fl 32958
Indoor Mini Storage
Boat/RV Parking
Staske Photography
Paul &  Roberta Staske
Sebastian Fl

Networking Events

In addition to hearing from our Sponsor Kashi and our Speaker Indian River State College, the  Chamber honored a number of business leaders in the community at our annual Awards Luncheon:
  • The 2017 Chamber Member of the Year was awarded to Woody's Bar B Que;
  • Sue Skirvin, Tupperware, was recognized as the Chamber Director of the Year;
  • Robin Raiff, Robin Raiff Real Estate was recognized as the Entrepreneur of the Year; 
  • Chairman's award was given to Marine Bank and Trust;  
  • Cindi Green of Florida Eye Institute was honored as the Ambassador of the Year;
  • Will Collins of Capt. Hiram's received the Tourism 2017 award for his contributions and supporting Tourism in the area; 
  • The Strike Zone Entertainment Center was selected for honors for the renovations and commercial development of the beautiful new facility in Sebastian;
  • Cindy Williams, Primerica received the Volunteer of the Year award for her many contributions to the community and the Chamber.

See all of our events and photos on  Facebook

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By Britney Melchiori - Communications & Marketing Director
Chamber by the Numbers

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
Jim Belanger, Live Now Team/Dale Sorensen Real Estate
Nancy Flickinger, Florida Power & Light
Theresa Kannapes, VNA
Ben Maffett, Oculina Bank
Chuck Mechling, Insite Solutions
Ali Qizalbash, Cemco Construction
Robin Raiff, Robin Raiff Real Estate Team
Ex Officio
Susan Adams, Indian River County Commissioner
Andrea Coy, Councilwoman, City of Sebastian
Jason Nunemaker, City Manager, City of Fellsmere

Chamber Staff
Kimberlee Armstrong, Accounting
Gail Cavallo, Administrative Assistant
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