Little Theatre Fundraiser for MDC

Little Theatre Fundraiser for MDC

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The Little Theatre is hosting a fundraiser for MDC this
Thursday, October 18 at 8:00 pm!

Come out and support our community theater AND our mission to protect and restore the Indian River Lagoon at the PREVIEW showing of the play I’ll Be Back Before Midnight.

Tickets for the show are $20 which includes a $10 donation to Marine Discovery Center. Tickets can be purchased at or at the Little Theatre Company Box Office.

City of NSB Voter Information: Turnbull Creek

City of NSB Voter Information: Turnbull Creek

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Disclaimer: This is for public information only and does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Marine Discovery Center.

On the 2018 general election ballot this November 6th, voters in New Smyrna Beach will be asked to vote on whether to give the City Commission authority to issue up to $15 million in general obligation bonds to protect natural areas and wildlife habitat from development by acquiring land along the Turnbull Creek watershed.

Turnbull Creek was selected for its environmental sensitivity as a critical waypoint for waters flowing north into Turnbull Bay, Spruce Creek, the Indian River, and Atlantic Ocean and its historical significance as “Andrew Turnbull’s Grand Canal” during our area’s British colonial period.  Any land acquired, including those portions of land currently zoned for development, would instead be set aside and protected in its natural state.

The City has scheduled guided walking tours to show voters some of the proposed preservation sites up close.  These tours will be free and open to the public, with no advance registration required.  City staff will be in attendance along with speakers from the Marine Discovery Center, New Smyrna Beach Museum of History, and other institutions to provide you with details about local waterways, plants, and wildlife along Turnbull Creek and offer insights into how it came to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Tours will start and finish at the picnic pavilion of Holland Park (357 Otter Blvd).

  • Saturday morning tours (8:30-10:00 AM): October 6, 13
  • Monday evening tours (5:30-7:00 PM): October 15, 22

Tours will first proceed east along the New Smyrna Beach multi-use trail to a bridge which passes over Turnbull Creek (0.25 miles).  After each speaker has presented, the group will return to Holland Park where you will have the option to conclude the tour or continue down Otter Boulevard to a bridge on Jungle Road for another peek at Turnbull Creek (0.75 miles).

Would you like to know more?  Please visit for more information and see below for the official language you can expect to see on your general election ballot.


Turnbull Creek Water Quality, Wildlife Habitat, and Natural Areas Protection Bonds

To protect water quality by preventing pollution in Turnbull Creek and Bay, Spruce Creek, the Indian River, and the Atlantic Ocean and preserve wildlife habitat and natural areas from development by acquiring land along Turnbull Creek, shall the City of New Smyrna Beach issue general obligation bonds at rates not exceeding the maximum legal rate, maturing within 30 years, not exceeding $15 million payable from ad valorem taxes with full public disclosure of all spending?


Public Lecture: Mangroves

Public Lecture: Mangroves



October, 2018

When: Thursday, October 18 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

Cost: FREE

The lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

Mangrove trees are tropical trees that can grow in coastal Central Florida, but property owners often struggle with the rules when it comes to trimming this protected plant species.

Mangroves will be the focus of the Marine Discovery Center’s October public lecture. Presenting on this topic will be Jason Seyfert and Amanda Krok, environmental specialists from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Central District office in Orlando.

The lecture on mangrove rules and regulations will discuss the different types of mangrove trees, how to identify them, the importance of mangrove species to shorelines and permitting requirements when trimming mangroves.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.

The lecture is open to the public at no charge  |  No reservations are required
Early arrival is recommended ~ seating is limited.

Indian River Lagoon Health Update

Indian River Lagoon Health Update

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The Marine Resources Council (MRC) teams with the Marine Discovery Center to present the first ever IRL Health Update report, which examines 20 years of Indian River Lagoon water quality data.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Session 1 at 2:00 p.m.  |  Session 2 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

  Admission is FREE. The event is open to the public. Attendees must register online.

Dr. Leesa Souto, Executive Director of the Marine Resources Council, will present on the key indicators and targets of lagoon health and how the water conditions have negatively changed over time. Each attendee will be given a copy of the report to use for education and advocacy for the well-being of the lagoon. Together we can bring the IRL back to health!

General IRL Health Update Info:
Local non-profit organization, the Marine Resources Council of East Florida (MRC) in collaboration with the U.S. EPA’s National Estuary Program & Applied Ecology Inc. to produce the first-ever comprehensive health analysis of the entire Indian River Lagoon (IRL) system.

It is common knowledge that the health of the lagoon is in peril. For the first time, we now have a baseline of health, backed by 20 years of available science provided by the governing water management districts, to guide future restoration efforts and policy moving forward to improve the water quality of the failing IRL system. This report is the first step in a comprehensive IRL restoration effort. How do you manage and restore a 156-mile lagoon that spans 42 cities and 5 counties, if you don’t have all the data in one location and easily accessible? Finally, the public can easily see the available information on the state of the lagoon portrayed in info-graphics and charts. The report divides the lagoon into 10 distinct regions from New Smyrna to Jupiter. Each lagoon region is graded based on 5 indicators of health on a scale from 0 to 100, 100 being the best score and 0 the worst. The development of this report has cultivated a communications coalition of lagoon community partners, working together to build consensus on the restoration of the estuary.

We hope you will join us at this educational event to see the results of the first IRL Health Update and get your very own copy of the report.  The more community involvement we have for the well-being of the lagoon, the louder our voice is. Together we can bring the lagoon back to health!

Price Goes Up July 16 In MDC’s Buy-A-Brick Campaign

Price Goes Up July 16 In MDC’s Buy-A-Brick Campaign

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The price of personalized bricks will go up on Monday, July 16, in the Marine Discovery Center’s Buy-A-Brick Campaign.

Construction of an amphitheater is currently underway on the campus of the non-profit organization — once occupied by the former New Smyrna Beach High School. Bricks may be personalized and purchased by the public that will be used in the first installation of the new amphitheater’s main staging area. Find out more about this and other ongoing projects here.

Purchase price for each brick is $45 each through Sunday, July 15, rising to $50 each on July 16. All bricks purchased by July 15 will be included in the initial installation for the stage and will be placed at the site later this fall in October.

The second group order of legacy bricks are scheduled for December 2018, with installation at the amphitheater set for March 2019.

Each brick order may include three lines of up to 20 characters and/or marine/nautical clip art with names and personal messages.

The personalized bricks are also an option for former New Smyrna Beach High School graduates — who attended school on the site from 1963 to 2006 — to commemorate their graduating class.

Brick order sheets for the campaign are available at the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach or online.

For more information, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.