OCTOBER 2017 ~ In this issue
Dear Friends,

From Matthew to Irma!  As I have heard so many times over the last couple of weeks, "it could have been worse".  But for many it was devastating. The Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve took a hard hit and many of their employees did too.  Again the seashore came through with a few bumps and bruises.  Our buildings, even historic ones came out very well.  Unfortunately, some of the same docks (Ranger Station boat house and Eldora dock) that were hit last year were damaged again.  While we were prepared for Irma she still took her toll, Seminole Rest was littered with boats and debris and was completely covered with water.  Let's stay prepared for the rest of the season and hope that we won't need to be.

And while 2017 is still a record smashing year with over 12000 sea turtle nests, sadly as many as 5000 may have been washed away.

Please steer clear of debris and help your neighbor if you can.  Please support the Friends of Canaveral as we move forward after hurricane season with new and exciting events. 

Stay Safe & See you at the beach!
Laura Henning currnets
Sept. 21, 2017

Apollo Playalinda
1792 2766
Green Turtle
2185 5506
7 16
Kemps Ridley
0 0

TOTAL:  12,272
Possibly 5,000 nests were washed away with Hurricane Irma.
As of  September 2016 total was: 5,437
 OCTOBER 8TH -14TH, 2017
This Paint Out was formerly known as "Canaveral Seashore Plein Air Paint Out"!

Friends of Canaveral are still involved and helping!  They have changed the name to New Smyrna Beach Paint Out!

This will be this area's 7th Paint Out and will feature professional artists invited from around the country to paint En Plein Air within the National Seashore and around the historic community of New Smyrna Beach.

Please look through the website and check out the list of incredible artists! Quite a few new artists to this Paint Out.  

Canaveral National Seashore

Join the fun as 500+ rubber turtles swim to the finish line for the grand prize of $500.

$10 for 1 turtle
$25 for 3 turtles

1st prize: $500 /  2nd prize: $300 /  3rd prize: $150
Slow but steady last: $50

All proceeds will be used to support environmental education programs at Canaveral National Seashore. (501(c)(3))
Facts About Hurricanes...

Once a storm has wind speeds of 38 mph (58 km/h), it is officially a tropical storm. At 74 mph (119 km/h), the storm has reached hurricane levels.

Category 1: 74-95 MPH
  • Minimal damage
  • No major damage to properly built structures
  • Damage to unanchored shrubs and trees
  • Evacuations maybe ordered for areas immediately adjacent to water.
Category 2: 96-100 MPH
  • Moderate damage
  • Some roof, door and window damage to buildings
  • Considerable damages to shrubs and trees with some trees being blown down.
  • Coastal and low lying areas flood 2 to 4 hours before arrival of the hurricane's center.
  • Evacuations maybe ordered for areas near the water.
Category 3: 111-130 MPH
  • Extensive damage
  • Structural damage to residences is likely.
  • Damage to shrubs and trees with foliage blown off. Large trees are blown down.
  • Mobile homes and signs are destroyed.
  • Low lying areas flood 3 to 5 hours before arrival of the hurricane's center.
  • Small structures near coast are destroyed with larger structures being heavily damaged.
  • Evacuations will be likely ordered for areas prone to storm-surge flooding.
Category 4: 131-155 MPH
  • Extreme damage
  • Complete roofs blown off some residences. Extensive exterior damages to large buildings.
  • Shrubs, trees and all signs are blown down.
  • Complete destruction of mobile homes.
  • Major damage to lower floors of structures near the store.
  • Some coastal buildings maybe washed away.
  • Evacuations will be likely ordered for areas prone to storm-surge flooding.
Category 5: Higher than 155 MPH
  • Catastrophic damage
  • Complete roof failure on many residences and prefabricated buildings.
  • Extensive damage to exposed glass on all large buildings.
  • Some complete building failures.
  • All shrubs, trees and signs are blown down.
  • Complete destruction of mobile homes.
  • Total destruction of all structures near the shoreline.
The official hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin (the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico) is from 1 June to 30 November. The peak of the season is from mid-August to late October. However, deadly hurricanes can occur anytime in the hurricane season.

For the 2017 hurricane season, the following hurricane names could come into play as the season progresses:

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Email Prepared by  Elaine Morin, Dale Smith
New Smyrna Beach, FL ~ 386.424.6931