August 2023

By Jim Moir
Chair, Board of Directors
Make Your Indian River Lagoon
Award Nominations Now
Now is the time to pause and consider the historic and inspirational progress being made all across the Indian River Lagoon coastal community of east central Florida, and nominate those who should be recognized.
  • Who should be celebrated in 2023 for outstanding service to the Indian River Lagoon?
  • Who should longest be remembered along the lagoon?

Making a nomination is quick and simple.
  • Send an email to [email protected] by Aug. 31, 2023
  • Subject: Nomination
  • In the email provide your name and preferred contact info
  • Then, briefly tell why you are making your nomination(s)
  • Be sure to clearly indicate for each nomination whether it is for:
  • Legends of the IRL
  • Or, a 2023 MRC Conservation Award/and the category
  • We will confirm your nomination with you with a reply email.

Make your nominations for one of two awards:
  • Legends of the Indian River Lagoon (The IRL hall of fame)
  • Those that should longest be remembered
  • 2023 MRC Conservation Awards
  • 6 Categories: For Outstanding Service to the Indian River Lagoon
  • NEW: Kids for Conservation
  • WaveMakers
  • Volunteer Service
  • Government Employee
  • Elected Official
  • Achievement of the Year

For 20 years, Marine Resources Council has annually presented its Conservation Awards. Be sure to nominate people who have done not only great work, but those who are greatly inspirational.
Last year, MRC introduced Legends of the IRL: Those that should longest be remembered, the IRL hall of fame. Legends will be joining these inaugural inductees:
  • Ted Moorhead
  • Ais Indigenous People
  • Diane Barile
  • Virginia H. Barker
  • Dr. Duane De Freese
  • Jonathan Dickinson
  • Maggy Hurchalla
  • Dr. Grant Gilmore, Jr.
  • Paul Kroegel
  • Mark Perry
  • Nathaniel “Nat” Pryor Reed
  • Jim and Jonnie Swann
  • Laurilee Thompson
Executive Director Search Update
The deadline to apply for the MRC Executive Director position was July 28. The MRC Board of Directors Executive Search Committee is working with Columns Fundraising, which was hired to manage the process, in selecting top candidates. We received many applications from candidates with a wide variety of backgrounds and locations, and will be holding interviews soon.
Special thanks to our Kids for Conservation Premier and Presenting Donors!
MRC is located at Ted Moorhead Lagoon House

Call 321.725.7775 if you care to visit or arrange a tour
Events Calendar
August 1 - Lunch & Learn: Seagrasses in the IRL
August 4 - First Friday Litter Patrol
August 12 - Mangrove Workshop
Marine Resources Council
3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, FL 3905 | (321) 725-7775 |