In This Issue - May 2018 Newsletter

A Note from the President/CEO

May begins with the 27th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament at the beautifully renovated Sebastian Municipal Golf Course. There are still opportunities to join us at the Cinco de Mayo, Nacho Your Average Golf Tournament. You can find everything you need!

The Chamber committees have been busy! If you have an interest in becoming more involved, you may find one of these committee would be a good fit! Here's a short update on what they are working on:

Tourism Committee - this committee is made of tourism related businesses. They meet quarterly, receive updates from our Tourism Director Nicole Holbrook, network amongst each other, and bring new ideas to the table to support and promote tourism. The Committee met this month and you can read about their very lively discussions in Nicole's column, further in this newsletter.

Ambassadors - Our Ambassadors serve as the backbone of the Chamber and volunteer their time and efforts in supporting Chamber activities, and nurturing new members. They are everywhere. The Ambassadors also meet on a quarterly basis for lunch and they are led by our Membership Director, Vicki Wild.   This is a great way to meet new members, and stay active with the Chamber.

Legislative/Government Affairs Committee - This committee is working on an issues paper, and researching legislative and government issues that may have an impact on the business community. The Committee also is responsible for Candidates Forums during the election cycle, including elections for Sebastian City Council and Indian River County Commission races.  

Health and Wellness Committee - this is our newest committee, comprised of businesses that are related to the health and wellness community. This year the committee has taken on a monumental task of bringing an Opioid Summit to the general public. The committee members are working diligently to facilitate a discussion in the community about the Opioid/Prescription crises, how it is impacting our community, and linking resources and information to the general public. This event will be held in September.

As you can see, the Chamber is multi-faceted in its programs and services. If you want more information about any of these committees, give us a call!

The month of May is a busy one! We start with a Chamber breakfast at Riverview Coffee and Tea, with Leslie and Dave Wayment at their new business. Lunch at Capt. Hiram's features MN Worldwide as our lunch sponsor, and our guest speaker is Fl. State Representative Erin Grall, District 54. In order to insure a seat, you will want to make reservations for this lunch. The Business and Pleasure is hosted this month at the Sebastian Gym and Fitness, located on Sebastian Blvd. There's plenty of opportunities to get connected.

In closing, we want to recognize that Joe Griffin, Sebastian City Manager, is moving on to his next adventure. Joe has been a very dedicated public servant, and has worked on many levels to help Sebastian grow and prosper. The Chamber wishes him well, and thanks him for his years of service!

Have a great weekend, look up in the sky all weekend, there's a lot of interesting things going on with the Air Show!    

Beth Mitchell


Carole Jean Jordan serves as the Tax Collector in Indian River County. She was first elected in November 2008, and is the first woman to serve in this constitutional office.
Jordan focused her first years in office on increasing customer satisfaction through updating technology, eliminating the automated answering system, and preparing for seamless implementation of state mandated full Driver Licenses services. While continuing to emphasize efficient, cost effective, one-stop-shop customer service, Jordan continues to reduce the budget and annually returns almost three million dollars to the County Taxing Districts.

Her commitment to improvement and growth has been instrumental in bringing additional service opportunities to the Tax Collectors office, allowing residents to save time and accomplish more in one visit. Jordan was the first Tax Collector in Florida to offer Concealed Weapon Permit Applications as part of the pilot program in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture. Additionally, local Tax Collector offices now offer birth certificate services for those born in Florida, and, in the near future, will begin offering TSA Pre-Check and TWIC State Cards at the West Office.

One-stop-shopping currently includes Driver Licenses, Birth Certificates, SunPass Transponders, Concealed Weapon Applications and Renewals, Title and Registrations for vehicles, mobile homes, and vessels, Local Business Tax, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, and Tangible and Personal Property Tax collection.



Chamber Breakfast

Chamber Luncheon

Chamber Business and Pleasure 

Concert in the Park

Date:  Friday, May 4, 2018

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Sponsor: Riverview Coffee and Tea

Location: 482 US Hwy 1, Suite 3 Sebastian, FL 32958


Date:Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Time: Noon - 1:00 PM

Sponsor: MN Worldwide   

Speaker: Erin Grall - State Representative District 54

Location: Capt'n Hirams Tiffany Room
1606 Indian River Dr. Sebastian, FL 32948


Date: Thursday, May 17th

Time:  5PM - 7 PM

Sponsor: Sebastian Gym and Fitness

Location:345 Sebastian Blvd. Sebastian, FL 32958

Date: Friday, May 18

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Band: Bobby Owen Band
(Country, Blues and Oldies)

Location: Riverview Park, Sebastian

Committee Meetings
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 3, 2018
8:00 AM
Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
Health & Wellness Committee Meeting
Friday, May 4, 2018
9:00 AM
Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
Full Board Meeting
Wednesday May 9, 2018
8:00 AM
Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
LGA Meeting
Thursday, May 10, 2018
4:00 PM
Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
Ribbon Cuttings
  Capt'n Butchers
Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

1730 Indian River Drive
Sebastian, Florida  32958

Come enjoy light fare and cocktails!

Beach Side Dog Spa
Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

4883 N Hwy A1A, Suite 1
Vero Beach, FL  32963

Pampering your Fur Babies in Paradise!

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!

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
GolfTournament 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, FPL, KSM Engineering & Testing, MN Worldwide, Napier & Rollin, Oculina Bank, Tiki Bar, 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


Chamber Breakfast on

April 6th at LaPorte Farms!

It Was a Great Morning!!

April Chamber Luncheon at Marsh Landing.  Our sponsor was Oculina Bank and our Guest Speaker was from the Better Business Bureau!

Very Informative and


 Business & Pleasure at Sebastian Golf Restaurant and Sports Lounge! 
Good time was had by all!!
April 19, 2018 

Cafe Latte da Ribbon Cutting - a great place to start your day!!

March 29, 2018
Sebastian Discount Pharmacy Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting!

April 4, 2018
Crab Stop Ribbon Cutting!!
New Business Friends on the Water!
April 12, 2018

Ribbon Cutting at Subway Sebastian!!
We wish them the Best of Luck!

April 13, 2018

Ribbon Cutting at the Grand Re-Opening at WellMed!!
We also welcome their new Provider, Dr. Marie Prinsen!

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. 



Whether you are an old or new member, we can help you get reacquainted with the Chamber to help you make business connections.

* Like us on Facebook

* Join our membership Group page

* Utilize our website for current news, calendar of events, posting employment opportunities, finding members, menus for restaurants and rainy day activities, etc.

* Post our logo on your Website or Facebook Page

* Have your business cards and pamphlets in our Chamber Visit FL Center for the public to take

* Use your Business to Business Discount cards for members

* Send us your media outreach, events, business updates, job postings, and economic news. We promote all of these things for you as part of your membership.

* Attend our networking functions and Ribbon Cuttings: Breakfast 1st Friday of month, Lunch 2nd Tuesday of Month, and Business and Pleasure 3rd Thursday of month. Even if you can't attend you can still participate by donating raffle items for breakfast, lunches, business & pleasures, concerts, golf tournaments, and media auction. This is a great way to have your business mentioned even if you're unable to attend.

* Have your 2018 Membership decal posted on the front of your business.

We are here for you and your business. Please feel free to contact me, Vicki Wild, your Membership Director, as I am happy to meet with you and go over all the benefits we have to offer you and your business. Thank you for being a member of our wonderful Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce. I can be reached by email, phone 772-589-5969, or stop in anytime.

Welcome New Members for the Month of March
Fully Promoted
Paul Lytle
915 17th St., Suite 102
Vero Beach, FL  32960
Trilogy Home Healthcare
Teresa Hilton
549 NW Lake Whitney Pl. 
Suite 204
Port St. Lucie, FL  34986
Mrs. G's Kitchen
Kerry Gould
971 Sebastian Blvd. #5
Sebastian, FL  32958

Danny Steppling
9609 US Hwy. 1
Sebastian, FL  32958

Capt'n Butchers
1730 Indian River Dr.
Sebastian, FL  32958
Applied Webology
Marc Lambert & Luis Lopez
The Treasure Coast
Sebastian, FL  32958
in Control Financial Coaching
Lori M. Boyd
The Treasure Coast
Sebastian, FL  32958
Downtown Crossing
Jack Alexander
1103 US Hwy 1 Suite B
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



Great turnout at the April Tourism Committee Meeting! 

Thank you to those of you that attending our April Tourism Committee Meeting! For those of you that missed it, here is a quick recap:

  1. 2018/2019 Visitor's Guide- Vicki Wild
We are updating the Visitors Guide which will go to print in June. We print 25,000 a year and they are distributed at the I-95 and I-75 Welcome Centers, Melbourne International Airport, Sebastian Municipal Airport, Vero Beach Regional Airport, as well as hotels, attractions, restaurants and festivals around town! All of our Tourism Partners are included in the listings but if you would like to stand out with an ad, please contact Vicki at This year we are revamping the map to unfold at the end of the guide. If you are pet friendly, kid friendly, offer free WIFI, etc., please let us know so we can update your listing! Also, if you have any annual events that we can include in the Calendar of Events section, please email the details to  
     2. Art & Mural Projects & Their Impact on Tourism- Juanita Baker, Audubon Society
J u anita gave us a great presentation about birding in our area and examples of other mural projects around the world. If y ou are interesting in being on a sub-committee to help facilitate a mural project in the Sebastian River Area, please let me know!   
     3. Tourism Director Report-
  • 2018 Video Contest- Connie Campbell Pitcher won our video contest for her awesome Manta Ray Video. Check it out:

  • Advertising-
    • Destination Video- We are currently wrapping up the filming for our new destination video which should be completed in mid-May. We received a VISIT FLORIDA Matching Grant to help make this project possible. The video will be in 4K and utilizes lots of amazing drone footage of our area! Once its complete, we will be sure to share the link with you!
    • Summer Social Media Campaigns- This summer we will be implementing social media campaigns promoting our new Destination Video, Summer Vacations & Staycations as well as Fishing Tournaments.
  • 2018-2019 TDC Budget Request
    We have submitted our 2018-2019 TDC Budget Request, which helps fund our Pelican Porch Visitors Center. The Budget Meeting is in May, where we will find out if its been approved. We will present our plans for next fiscal year at the August meeting.
  • Upcoming Events-
      • Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration- April 21st from 9-4 at Riverview Park
      • Capt Hiram's Riverfront Clean-up- April 22nd from 8-10 a.m. at Capt Hiram's
      • Vero Beach Air Show- April 21st & 22nd at Vero Beach Regional Airport
      • 27th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament- May 5th at 7:45 a.m. at Sebastian Municipal Golf Course; Awards at Tiki Bar & Grill
      • Pareidolican 5K Watercraft Race- May 6th: Race at 10:30am at Sebastian Yacht Club
      • National Travel and Tourism Week- May 6th-12th
      • Treasure Coast Tourism Showcase- Sunday, May 20th from 11-3 at PSL Civic               *We will be there promoting the Sebastian River Area! This is a great event to target people along the Treasure Coast interested in a staycation getaway. If you are interested in attending, here is the form to sign up: Tourism Expo 2018
      • Fishing Tournaments-
        • Central Florida Shootout- May 12th at Capt Hiram's
        • 2018 Sebastian Lionfish Fest- Tourney: May 19th & 20th at Capt Hiram's          (Cook-off: May 20th from 12-4 p.m.)
        • SISA Spring Fling- May 26th at Capt'n Butcher's Marina
        • Blue Water Open Charity Fishing Tournament- June 2nd at Capt Hiram's

      • 2018 Concerts in the Park-
        • May 18th- The Bobby Owen Band
      • Sebastian's Freedom Festival- Wednesday, July 4th at Riverview Park                          *We will have a booth if you are interested in volunteering to work a time slot and promote your business!
      • Christmas in July/Shop with a Cop- July 21st from 10-2 at Riverview Park
  • Interest in Summer FAM Tour? If there is enough interest, we will be doing a FAM Tour in place of our regularly scheduled meeting in July. The Tour would include: US 1 South & A1A- Whispering Palms, Pennwood Motor Lodge, ELC, Jungle Trail, Pelican Island, McLarty Treasure Museum, Sebastian Inlet, Disney, Holiday Inn Oceanside, SpringHill Suites, Riverside Theatre, Countryside Citrus, and Vero Beach Kamp. If you are interested in participating, please let me know:
  • Follow us on Facebook & Instagram:
The next meeting will most likely be a FAM Tour on Tuesday, July 17th.
Please stay tuned for a start time and the itinerary!  



Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum

Nichole Johanson has been working and managing the Sebastian Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum for the past 15 years, but you could say she's been a part of the family business since the day she was born. Although she was just 1 year old when her grandfather Mel Fisher made history with the discovery of the famed Spanish galleon, The Atocha, all of the stories still fascinate her to this day.

Mel Fisher was a dreamer, a visionary, a legend and most importantly the World's Greatest Treasure Hunter. He got his start in treasure hunting salvaging off of the 1715 Fleet Shipwrecks right here on the Treasure Coast in the early 60's. With the winters being too rough to salvage up here, he decided to move his operation south to search for a very wealthy shipwreck called the "Nuestra Senora de Atocha." After many personal losses, struggles with debt, ridicule, doubt, and 16 years of searching, the $450 million-dollar treasure cache or "Atocha Mother Lode," was finally unveiled on the ocean floor. The immensity of the Atocha's treasure was staggering. What was only a dream instantly became an undeniable reality. He did what many have not - he realized his dream during his lifetime.
Even though the Fisher Family sold their admiralty claims of the 1715 Fleet Shipwrecks on the Treasure Coast in 2009, they still maintain 100% ownership and salvage rights of the Atocha down in Key West. Every day Mel insisted, "Today's the Day"! His mantra continues to inspire their team and family to search for the missing $200 million in treasures from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and her sister ship the Santa Margarita as well as another shipwreck they are in search of off of Cape Canaveral which they have named "The Lost Merchant." They have some new cutting-edge equipment that we affectionately call the "Dolores," named after Mel's wife, Nichole's grandmother, and the family's and crew's anchor through every storm. They are confident that their HAUV (Hybrid Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) will help them discover the treasures they are searching for.

We encourage everyone and anyone to visit the local treasure museum located in Sebastian. If you haven't been yet, then "Today's the Day!" When you enter the museum, you will witness a spectacular collection of Spanish artifacts. They have displayed a little bit of everything such as rigging, medical tools, cooking utensils, and weaponry to some of the most unique items you will ever see as well as glistening gold chains, silver coins and bullion. You will be granted the opportunity to feel the weight of a solid gold bar recovered from the ocean depths of the Atocha wreck site. A visit to the Gift Shop affords you the distinct opportunity to own an authentic "piece of history", unique gold escudos or silver reales in fine jewelry settings, museum quality recreations as well as other nautical gifts. They have products for every size wallet, from $1-$35K and everything in between.

We welcome you to discover the fun, romance, and adventure of Mel Fisher's Treasures.
Nichole Johanson


Adults-$7                                                                              1322 U.S. Highway One
Seniors 55+-$5                                                                     Sebastian, FL 32958

Children 6-12-$3                                                                  772-589-0435
                    Active military, student, and local rates available with ID. 
Monday-Saturday: 10AM-5PM
CLOSED Major Holidays and Septembers

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.

Sebastian Inlet Marina
one month free rent with an annual contract
8685 N US Hwy 1
Micco, FL  32976
The Cat's Meow Clinic
free claw trim
1105 US Hwy 1
Sebastian, FL  32958

Mel Fisher Treasure Museum
10% discount in gift shop
1322 US Hwy 1 
Sebastian, FL 32958
double thank you gift for host, 10% off products

See all of our member discounts  here
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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