In This Issue - April 2018 Newsletter

A Note from the President/CEO

There's a lot of people in our happy little town! The Pelican Porch Visitor Center has seen a steady flow of people escaping the northern weather, or visiting friends and family! In the last three months we have extended Sebastian hospitality to over 3,000 visitors in the center!

One visitor really stood out this last week, and I thought I would share his story. He arrived about 4:45 pm, on a Thursday afternoon, asking for information about the Historical Society and Mel Fisher Treasure Museum, which were both unfortunately closed. He carried a forty pound backpack, strapped across his back, with another smaller pack carried around his chest, I phone in hand and ear plugs installed. He was about 22 years old and English was obviously his second language, but we were able to communicate! He was from Denmark, arrived in Florida after passing through France, and his first stop in the USA was the parks in Orlando. Then he went south to Miami Beach, where else would a young man go for spring break? And then he had started working his way north. I asked if he had walked all that way, he said no, "Uber". I asked where he stayed (he didn't look like he slept on the side of the road), and he said AirBNB, he had a place in Micco for the night, and his next plan was Kennedy Space Center!  After some more conversation he was getting ready to head out and slyly looked at Patti and I and said, "my name is Sebastian". Instant photo shoot! He was compelled to stop here in his travels, and I am sure there was a "selfie" taken in front of the Welcome Center sign for the folks back home!   Each day is very different in the Chamber.

We are winding down with two more Concerts in the Park, one in April and one in May. Nineteen years of Concerts and the Series still draws residents and visitors to enjoy the ambiance of the Lagoon with all genres of music, all free to the public. It's a great collaboration between the Chamber, the City of Sebastian and our corporate sponsors, providing a mellow 

Our golf tournament is coming along, and we are seeking golfers, sponsors and t-signs for our Cinco de Mayo Tournament (nacho average tournament)! We are eager to experience the newly renovated golf course, last year's tournament was scheduled just prior to all of the improvements, so this year should be spectacular! Hope you will join us for the tournament and the after party at the Tiki Bar and Grill, tequila for everyone, with IRC Commissioner Peter O'Bryan as the master of ceremonies.

There's transition in the works, and I wanted to take the opportunity to wish my fellow Chamber Executive, Penny Chandler, Indian River County Chamber President, all the best in her next stage of life, after leading her chamber for 23 years! Penny and I have had 18 years of collaboration, and working together on behalf of the business community, and she has lead the way. Her list of accomplishments is long, and her support of our Chamber, and staff has been extraordinary. I feel blessed to have worked beside her and with her in fulfilling our Chambers mission.

We will join Laura LaPorte for breakfast in April, at LaPorte Farms, presumably with fresh farm eggs! Lunch is at Marsh Landing in Fellsmere, sponsored by Oculina Bank and our guest speaker will be from the Better Business Bureau. Then we will help Wesley Campbell with a ribbon cutting and Business and Pleasure at the newly renovated Sebastian Golf Restaurant and Sports Lounge at the Municipal Golf Course. Hope to see you at one of these events, or at the ribbon cuttings happening in April.

Have a prosperous month!    

                                                                                                                                  ME AND SEBASTIAN!

Beth Mitchell


1013 US-1, Sebastian, FL 32958
(772) 589-1110

Property & Casualty insurance services for your
* Home * Auto * Boat * Flood *  Life * Business*

Bill Kriener has been in the financial industry for 40 years starting his career in Hartford, CT. Bill is the Managing Partner of Sebastian Insurance, LLC. As an independent agent, Bill prides himself on "providing insurance products to meet our clients risk at competitive prices".

On the personal side, Bill has lived in Florida for over 30 years with his wife Dawn. He has two children named Danny and Nicole, as well as two grandsons Zachary and Dillon. In his spare time Bill enjoys fishing and traveling with his family.

Bill is also a member of The Exchange Club of Sebastian, Sebastian Chamber of Commerce, Sebastian Rotary, BNI Business Builders of the Treasure Coast, and the Realtor's Association of Indian River County.

Sebastian Insurance is the insurance agency of choice for people up and down the Treasure Coast. Here at Sebastian Insurance we have been providing the best insurance coverage at an affordable cost to our customers for over 25 years. Sebastian Insurance can provide you with insurance policies which cover your home, auto, boat, motorcycle, and we also have separate policies for your valuables like jewelry and fine art. We also offer business coverage, life insurance and flood insurance. At Sebastian Insurance, we are committed to providing everyone with exceptional customer service as well as a commitment to making the insurance process as trouble free as possible.
  • Over 25 years experience
  • Excellent customer service
  • Competitive rates & quality carriers
  • Right-fit policies
Whether you just need coverage for your home, or you need insurance for other valuables in your life, call us and we will help you to find the best coverage for your needs.


Chamber Breakfast

Chamber Luncheon

Concert in the Park

Chamber Business and Pleasure
AND Ribbon Cutting

Date:  Friday, April 6th

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Sponsor: LaPorte Farms

Location: 7700 129th St, Sebastian, FL 32958


Date:Tuesday, April 10th

Time: Noon - 1:00 PM

Sponsor: Oculina Bank

Speaker: Better Business Bureau

Location: Marsh Landing Restaurant
44 N. Broadway, Fellsmere, FL 32948


Date: Friday, April 13th

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Band: The Ladies of Soul and the L.O.S. Band
(Motown, Dance, Party Band)

Location: Riverview Park, Sebastian

Date:  Thursday, April 19th

Time:  5PM - 7PM

Sponsor:  Sebastian Golf Restaurant & Lounge

Location: 101 Brushfroot Drive, Sebastian, FL 32958

Committee Meetings
Executive Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 5th
8:00 AM

Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
LGA Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 5th
4:00 PM

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

Friday, April 6th
9:00 AM

Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
Tourism Committee Meeting

Tuesday, April 17th
4:00 PM

Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
Ribbon Cuttings
  Cafe Latte Da
Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening

Date: Thursday, March 29th
Time: 9:00 AM

1101 US 1, Suite B
Sebastian, Florida
(In the Village Square)

Enjoy Breakfast and Coffee! 

Sebastian Discount Pharmacy
Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening

Date: Wednesday, April 4th
Time: 12:00 PM
13403 US Hwy 1, Sebastian, FL 32958

Come learn about the newest pharmacy in town and meet their staff!
WellMed Ribbon Cutting Event

Date: Thursday, April 19th
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
1627 US Hwy 1, Sebastian, FL 32958

Visit their renovated and expanded facility, and meet their newest provider on staff!

Community Event Calendar

Chamber Projects

Rocking Riverview Park for 19 Years!

Sponsored by:
Bay Street Pharmacy, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Hometown News,
Indian River Fitness, FPL, Oculina Bank, Sebastian River Medical Center  & Waste Management

Join us at Riverview Park from 5:30 - 8:00pm to enjoy an evening of music on the Indian River Lagoon.

Concerts in the Park series features great music and a free raffle during intermission with a chance to win giveaways from the local business community.

Food and refreshments for sale from New York Nick's Hot Dogs, Woody's BBQ, Louie G's Italian Ice, and the Lions Club of Sebastian will be selling popcorn. Sebastian PD C.O.P.E. Unit will also be on site! Bring the kids down to clown around with "Josephine Short Britches" - who will have balloon animals and smiles to spare!

Bring your lawn chair and blanket, and enjoy the local talent and river breezes!

April 13th -
The Ladies of Soul & the L.O.S. Band 
(Motown, Dance, Party Band)

May 18th - 
Bobby Owen Band
(Country, blues, and oldies)

 Concerts in the Park is brought to you by the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Sebastian.

  It's time for the 27th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament

2011 Golf Tournament
Hit the links with us Cinco De Mayo style!
Saturday, May 5th 2018
7:45 AM Shotgun Start
Sebastian Municipal Golf Course

This is an opportunity to have a great day at the golf course as well as mingle with many Sebastian area business associates. Join us for the Chamber's most important fundraiser of the year and help us  celebrate 27 years of this great event!

Gold Sponsor: Sandpiper Pest Control
& Sebastian River Medical Center

Silver Sponsors: Adam Preuss Appraisal Services, Bay Street Pharmacy, MN Worldwide, Waste Management & Woody's BBQ
Enjoy a complimentary screw driver or bloody mary at the
NEW Sebastian Golf & Sport Restaurant compliments of Beverage Sponsor: 
White Glove Moving, Storage & Delivery
Hole in One Sponsor: Nightingale Private Care

Sponsorship & Participation Levels

Gold Sponsor - $1,000
  • (2) 4-Person Teams for 18 Holes of Golf w/cart
  • Prizes for the Sponsorship Category, Coveted Pelican Cup
  • (2) Tee Box Sponsorship Sign and Business Display Space on the Course
  • Sponsorship Banner Display, Sponsor Listed in All Advertising
  • Range Balls, Coffee and Lunch
Silver Sponsor - $500
  • (1) 4-Person Team for 18 holes of Golf w/cart
  • Prizes for the Sponsorship Category, Coveted Pelican Cup
  • Tee Box Sponsorship Sign and Business Display Space on the Course
  • Sponsorship Banner Display. Sponsor Listed In All Advertising
  • Range Balls, Coffee and Lunch
Individual Player - $100
  • 18 Holes of Golf w/Cart, Opportunity to Win Prizes
  • Range Balls, Coffee and Lunch
T-Box Sponsor - (1) $100 or (2) $150
  • T-Box sign with Business Display Space on the Course (Bring your promotional material and spend time with the players on the course)
"Nacho Average Golf Tourney"

Tournament Followed By
Luncheon & Awards Ceremony
at the Tiki Bar & Grill
Enjoy a fiesta-style lunch on the
Indian River Lagoon. Luncheon includes (2) draft, wine or well drinks or (1) well margarita.
What are you waiting for? 
Promote your business on the green and sign up today! Deadline is May 1st.

***Still accepting raffle prizes*** 
If your business would like to donate a gift certificate toward a product or service, let us know! 
Call 772-589-5969 or email
 Thank you! 

Attention Tourism Partners
Our Visitor Guide Project is Underway! 

Get your message in front of visitors planning a fun-filled trip to the Sebastian River Area! We are gearing up for our 2018 Visitors Guide advertising sales! This award winning publication has been the go-to guide for visitor information for over 18 years!

NEW for 2018! Advertisers will have the opportunity to increase their online exposure with a web banner on for one year! Track clicks and impressions and link direct to your site! 

Reach your target audience with this powerful marketing tool used for travel inspiration, trip planning, and on-location reference. The Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Visitors Guide influences readers to eat, shop, and explore, thus increasing your visitor traffic and boosting your business! 

Learn more by contacting Vicki Wild at or 772-589-5969


Wonderful Chamber Breakfast Sponsored by Mikamar Dog Training Facility! What a fun morning!

Chamber Luncheon at Capt. Hirams!  Our sponsor was Kashi School of Yoga and our guest speaker was Eric Flowers from the Indian River Sheriff's Department
                 Business & Pleasure and Ribbon Cutting at Eric Ponce State Farm!  There was a great turn out from our Members and the Commnity wishing them the best of luck in their new location!

LaPorte Farms Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Children's Library!

For the Love of Paws Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

For the Love of Paws Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening at Jersey Mike's Subs!

Check out our Facebook Page to view all pictures from past networking events.
4th of July Parade and Freedom Festival
The Lions Club of Sebastian and the City of Sebastian enthusiastically invite you to participate in the 46th Annual 4th of July Parade which will be held on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. 

"TOURISM" Based Businesses "ITS TIME" to get noticed! Here is an "EXCELLENT" tool for your business!!
This award winning publication has been the go-to guide for visitor information for over 19 years! As a tourism business, you will have a listing in our guide along with a star on the map showing visitors where to go. You can upscale your presence with an advertising Ad showcasing your business, and Banner ads on our Website.
We offer additional Special Advertising in this publication.

Reach your target audience with this powerful marketing tool used for travel inspiration, trip planning, and on-site reference. The Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Visitors Guide influences readers to eat, shop, and explore, increasing your visitor traffic and boosting your business! We encourage you to consider the added benefits of advertising in the Chamber Visitors Guide. Your ad will appear in all 25,000 copies, and be distributed in multiple outlets throughout the community and the State, such as:
* Chamber Visitors Center
* 5 Local Festivals
* Mailed in response to Inquiries and Leads (over 5,000 in 2017)
* Visit Florida Welcome Centers
* 1-95 (Yulee) - Approx. 5,000/year
* 1-75 (Jennings) - Approx. 4,000/year
* Over 120 Tourism Related Businesses
* 25+Local Hotels, Restaurants, Attractions, Municipal Airports (Vero and Sebastian)
* Melbourne International Airport Baggage Kiosk & Information Desk
As an advertiser in the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce Visitors 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.
Make the Chamber Visitors Guide part of your advertising plan this year and reap the benefits of Chamber advertising. Your clients and customers will appreciate your participation in this important Chamber publication. If you would like to meet and discuss advertising in the Chamber Visitors Guide, simply contact Vicki Wild at or by calling 772-589-5969. We're here to help you to get the word out about your Business!
Welcome New Members for the Month of March
Unicorn Epoxy
1635 24th Avenue
Vero Beach, FL  32960
Rebecca Bazyler of Treasure Coast Sotheby's International Realty
Sebastian, FL  32958
Cafe Latte da
Lisa Myers
1101 US Hwy 1 Suite B
Sebastian, FL  32958

CornerStone Church
245 Sebastian Blvd.
Sebastian, FL  32958

The Crab Stop Seafood Bar & Grill
1550 Indian River Dr.
Sebastian, FL  32958
Aqua Blast Pressure Cleaning & Small Repairs, LLC
Sebastian, FL  32958

Member News and Announcements

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

Email your news to


Florida Sets Another Tourism Record in 2017
Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida set another tourism record in 2017 by welcoming the highest number of visitors in any year in the state's history with 116.5 million visitors, according to VISIT FLORIDA. This represents a 3.6 percent increase over the 112.4 million visitors in 2016. "Because of VISIT FLORIDA's aggressive marketing efforts to make sure families across the world knew that Florida was open to visitors following Hurricane Irma, we are able to celebrate another record-breaking year for tourism. This is especially great news for the 1.4 million jobs that rely on our growing tourism industry. We will continue to market our state as the number one global destination for tourism."

April Tourism Committee Meeting
Our next Tourism Committee Meeting is Tuesday, April 17th at 4 p.m. at the Chamber.
For those of you that are new to the Chamber, we have a Tourism Committee that meets on a quarterly basis and it is comprised of Chamber members that are in the tourism industry (hotels, restaurants, attractions, shops, boat tours, fishing charters, etc). The purpose of the committee is to create new ideas on how to promote tourism in the Sebastian River Area that will benefit our community. The meetings are also an opportunity to brainstorm ideas and network with other tourism businesses throughout the community. We will be discussing our Video Project, Summer Campaigns, National Tourism Week, a Summer Tourism Committee Familiarization Tour. At the end of the meeting, we will be drawing the Tourism Spotlights for June, July & August. You must be present to win this FREE advertising opportunity which is featured in the Chamber Currents and in the Chamber Tourism E-blast which is distributed to our database consisting of over 6,500 email addresses. I encourage all of our Tourism Partners to attend and I look forward to seeing everyone on the 17th!

2018-2019 TDC Budget Request 
We are working on our 2018-2019 Indian River County Tourist Development Council budget request which we will be submitting in early April.

Upcoming Festivals & Events
  • Free Concerts in the Park from 5:30-8 p.m. at Riverview Park:
    • March 23rd - Sebastian River High School Jazz Ensemble & Steel Drum Band
    • April 13th- The Ladies of Soul & the L.O.S. Band
    • May 18th- Bobby Owen Band


Birding with David Simpson
Together David and Dee Simpson run Birding with David Simpson providing educational and entertaining classes and talks and customized birding tours throughout Florida as well as scheduled tours to local birding hotspots in the Fellsmere area.

David is a lifelong birder and nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for nature with others.   A native Floridian, he has spent over 40 years exploring and learning about Florida's many natural treasures. Through his 12+ years of working at St., Sebastian River Preserve, as well as many other nature-related jobs and volunteer activities, David has developed a knowledge of nature that extends well beyond birds to snakes, frogs, plants, local history and more. He has been leading field trips with Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival since it's inception in 1997 as well as many other birding and nature-related festivals throughout the state. He is also a major contributor to .

Dee is a Florida Master Naturalist, artist, and writer and creative force behind their brochures, business cards, videos, and web presence. She also designs and writes the classes and presentations they offer, including making all of the props. Dee also writes a daily blog in which she takes a daily photograph and writes a brief poem to help educate readers about Florida flora and fauna in a fun an easy to remember style.
Birding With David Simpson offers scheduled and customized tours throughout Florida for individuals or small groups. In addition, they offer classes and presentations on many subjects including Introduction to Birding, All About eBird, Non-scientific Birding, Historic and Modern Birding in the Dry Tortugas, and even PokemonGo! Birding. Most of these classes also include a field trip to try out your new skills. You can visit their web site to see the complete list of classes offered. If you would like to sign up for a class, you can also call, send email, or join Birding With David Simpson on Meetup to find the next scheduled class or tour.


Business to Business Member Discounts
Shop Chamber Members First!

Be sure to take advantage of great savings and discounts from your fellow Chamber members. 
Here are this weeks highlighted discounts.

K-12 Tax Services, Inc.
$25 off new client & free consultatation
9432 N US Hwy 1
Sebastian, FL  32958
The Italian Cousin
Buy one-Get one desert, appetizer, or drink
480 US Hwy 1
Sebastian, FL  32958

Sandpiper Pest/Termite Control
$50 off initial clean out for home, $10 off initial lawn service, $120 off initial house termite service.
1323 N Central Ave., 
Sebastian, FL 32958
Boost Mobile by Life Essentials Wireless
10% off accessories for phone
971 Sebastian Blvd. #6
Sebastian, FL  32958

See all of our member discounts  here

In March we welcomed our newest addition to the Chamber family!  

Baby Emilia Claire Melchiori
was born March 13, 2018 at 12:41 p.m. weighing in at 6 lb. 7 oz. and measuring 18 1/4 inches.  

We congratulate Britney and look forward to her return after her maternity leave!!! 
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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
Linda Kinchen, Vice Mayor, City of Sebastian
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
Patti Williams, Information Specialist
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