Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach just donated $5400 to the Clean Water Coalition from the Environmental Committee raised to revegetate the shoreline at last year’s Florida Craft Brew and Wingfest fundraising event (which is coming up again February 18th).
Mark Yanno was present to accept the check from President Pam O’Donnell and Environmental Chair Sue Flak. Mark said…”At the end of 2021, in order to maintain flood control, the City of Vero Beach removed all the mangrove trees in a canal connected to the Indian River Lagoon. The location was at the north end of Riverside Park. The Clean Water Coalition of Indian River County (CWC) initiated a project to revegetate the canal with a salt marsh perimeter. Salt marshes in this area of the Lagoon have all but disappeared due to mosquito impoundment creation and sea level rise allowing mangroves to dominate. The CWC partnered with the City of Vero Beach, Coastal Conservation Association of Florida, Sunrise Rotary Club, and Vero Beach Rotary Club to complete this project. In 2022, four species of salt marsh vegetation were planted along the almost 2000 linear foot shoreline. Currently signs and a kiosk are being designed for construction at the project site.”