S.E.A. (Safety, Environment, Activities) is a dedicated initiative created to help protect, preserve, and enhance the beaches of the Emerald Coast.

 

Funding from S.E.A. helps provide additional beach safety efforts, aids in preservation and beautification initiatives, and enhances the Emerald Coast with family-friendly beachfront activities.

SAFETY

BEACH SAFETY & ACCESSIBILITY

S.E.A. supports efforts that make our beaches safer and more accessible for everyone.  Initiatives include accessibility equipment for handicap, and walkways designated for wheelchairs. S.E.A. also supports local lifeguard programs through contributing beach safety equipment and other initiatives that make our beaches easier to enjoy.

 

ENVIRONMENT

PRESERVATION & BEAUTIFICATION

S.E.A. assists in aiding organizations whose initiatives work in protecting and fighting for what we love – our beautiful Emerald Coast. Unpolluted water, plastic-­free shorelines, sustainable seafood, and energy consumption are all things that drive our fight for clean water and healthy beaches. S.E.A. also funds local projects whose mission is to protect our precious marine wildlife such as sea turtles, migratory birds, beach mice, and natural reefs.

 

ACTIVITIES

BEACHFRONT ACTIVITIES

The Emerald Coast beaches are perfect for creating long lasting memories for both locals and tourists. S.E.A. contributes in enhancing quality of life on the Emerald Coast with family friendly events such as Sunday church services, paddle board races, 5k runs, triathlons, fireworks, beach clean-ups, and more.

S.e.a. news & updates

Emerald Coast Wounded Warriors Donation

November 02, 2018

Al’s Beach Club and Burger Bar on Okaloosa Island hosted its first Beach Luau Party Series in August, September, and October. In addition to the Polynesian pig roast and fire dancers, they partnered with Emerald Coast Wounded Warriors to help support their cause to bring local war veterans together and to educate the public about none-visible wounds such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. A portion of the proceeds from the events were donated from the S.E.A. initiative to Emerald Coast Wounded Warriors in the amount of $1,000.00 dollars with thanks for their continued support of the troops.

Sea Turtle Release!

September 25, 2017

Saltwater Restaurants, Inc. has covered the costs of transporting eight rescued sea turtles from the Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island through funds from the S.E.A. initiative.

George, Guill, Okra, Rocko, Jeff, Lorraine, Sprout, and Elle have been rehabilitated and will be released back into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday September 26, 2017 at 11am by the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center. The release will be held at Fort Pickens National Park in Pensacola Beach, FL at 11am. The sea turtles that are cleared for release all came in to the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center at different times with different malady's and range in sizes, with Rocko weighing only 9lbs and George weighing it at a whooping 183lbs!

Check out each Saltwater Restaurants’ social media pages on Tuesday, September 26 as we share live footage of the release through the Crab Trap Perdido Key’s Facebook page!

Coastal Clean Up Day

September 17, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Free to volunteers while supplies last: T-shirt, Soda, Snacks. Volunteers: Please wear closed shoes, gloves, cap and sunscreen.

Citizen Okaloosa Environmental Council members organize a spring and fall beach cleanup each year. The Council also maintains an Adopt-A-County Road and Adopt-A-Dune litter control program.

Since 1994, Council volunteers have donated their time and effort to Okaloosa Aqualab in the monthly sampling of water quality at 22 sites on Choctawhatchee Bay and the Destin Harbor; with analysis by FDEP. The Council's Coastal Cleanup efforts are sponsored by the Tourist Development Council and Okaloosa County Commission.

Join us at the following beach cleanup locations:

  1. Okaloosa Island - Beasley Park (Hwy 98 East of Brooks Bridge)

  2. Beach Walk East of Surfdweller (Santa Rosa Blvd.)

  3. Henderson Beach State Park (Hwy 98 East of Destin)

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