Pelican Island Audubon Society
celebrates its 50th Anniversary! 1964 - 2014

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Our Mission: To preserve and protect the animals, plants, and natural communities
in Indian River County through advocacy, education, and public awareness.

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Board of County Commissioner to Consider Oslo Boat Ramp Expansion on 10/21/14

Yesterday's headline in the Press Journal reads 'Close vote expected on boat ramp issue'.

At the 10/7 Indian River County Commission meeting, scientists, anglers, boat captains, and citizens voiced their concerns about the proposed $940,000 expansion of the Oslo Road boat ramp. Thank you to everyone who wrote letters of concern, called the Commissioners, attended the meeting, and helped to encourage the Commissioners to consider the potential impacts of this project.

Because of your efforts, Commissioners Flescher, Solari, and Zorc voted to temporarily postpone a vote on this issue. Commissioners Davis and O'Bryan dissented.

This issue is expected to be re-considered at the County Commission meeting on Tuesday, 10/21, beginning at 9am.

Please thank Commissioners Flescher, Zorc, and Solari for their vote on 10/7 and encourage them to vote to put an end to this project on 10/21:

Commissioner Joe Flescher (
Commissioner Bob Solari (
Commissioner Tim Zorc (

Please, if you can, attend the County Commsision meeting on Tuesday, October 21, beginning at 9am in the County Commissioner Chambers.

Hopefully, this project finally can be stopped at the local level on Tuesday.

One one more permit is necessary for approval at the state/federal level ...
If you have not already emailed or written to the US Army Corps of Engineers with your concerns, please do so before the October 21 . Information about how to do is below.

Thank you for your ongoing support for the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area and the natural resources of Indian River County.

Help to Conserve the Oslo Road Boat Ramp by Writing a Letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Many of you know that efforts to expand the Oslo Road boat ramp date back to 2003 and have written letters expressing your concerns to the Indian River County Board of Commissioners and to various regulatory agencies.

The US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) is requesting comments on this issue until October 21:

Permit #SAJ-2008-00223 (SP-TSD)

If the ACOE permits this project, the Indian River County Commission will have all of the necessary permits to proceed.

Please send an email or letter to the ACOE that mentions your connection with Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, expresses your concerns about this project, and requests a public hearing on this controversial matter.

Send your comments via email to:

Tamy Dabu, Project Manager, at

Or, mail to:
District Engineer
Cocoa Permits Section
400 High Point Drive, Suite 600
Cocoa, Florida 32926

Please encourage your family and friends to express their concerns, too.

Click here for a PDF summary of some of the issues that the ACOE will consider.

Thank you for your help.

Please sign our petition today to

Please also share it with all your contacts, friends, family and fishing buddies! Just email them the link, with a little note about why this is important to you.

Here's a copy you can print, to get signatures at your meetings, your soccer games, even your dinner table:
Download the printable petition

Excerpts from Indian River County Commission
meetings concerning the Oslo Boat Ramp.
Comments by Susan Boyd - June 3, 2014
Comments by Richard Baker - June 3, 2014
Comments by Corry Westbrook - July 1, 2014
Comments by Juanita Baker - August 19, 2014
Comments by Lange Sykes, Paris Westbrook, and Kristen Beck - September 9, 2014
Comments by Pearl McKenzie and Indian RiverKeeper Marty Baum - September 16, 2014
Comments by Brenden Burke, John Warner, Diane Morgan, and Rosemary Wilson - September 23, 2014
Oslo Road Conservation Area: The Sacred Site by Lange Sykes
Editorials, Guest Editorials, & Articles
  1. Fate of Oslo Boat Ramp could be decided Tuesday by Debbie Carson
  2. Devil is in the details for Oslo Boat Ramp trade-off by Eve Samples
  3. Sea grass basis of lagoon fisheries, Oslo Road boat ramp controversy by Tyler Treadway
  4. Commission should kill Oslo boat ramp expansion by Editors/Vero Beach 32963
  5. Close vote expected on Oslo boat ramp issue by Tyler Treadway
  6. Indian River County commissioners' point of view on boating, Indian River Lagoon by Editors, TCPalm
  7. Boat ramp expansion proponents had better speak out or... by Laurence Reisman
  8. Myths of Olso Road by Ed Killer
  9. As powerful committee chairman, Poppell pressured regulators on Oslo Road boat ramp project by Mark Schumann
  10. County Commission delays decision on $1 million Oslo Road boat ramp project by Mark Schumann
  11. Leaders urged to 'do no harm' by Ed Killer
  12. Indian River officials mull over lengthy delay in Oslo boat ramp project by Tyler Treadway
  13. Update: Decision on Oslo road boat ramp delayed, again by Steve Thomas
  14. Improving Oslo boat ramp will damage lagoon by Diane Morgan
  15. People rally against Oslo boat ramp expansion by Lisa Angell
  16. County remains obsessed with Oslo Road Boat Ramp by Editors/Vero Beach 32963
  17. County schedules Oct. 7 Oslo boat ramp meeting by Henry Stephens
  18. What will it take for the county commission to listen? by Milt Thomas
  19. Commissioners dodge Oslo Road Boat Ramp opponents at rally by Steven Thomas
  20. Protest does not move the County Commission by Milt Thomas
  21. Oslo Boat Road boat ramp quietly moves forward by Ed Killer
  22. Environmental Groups: 'Fast-track' docks, ramps threaten manatees by Jim Waymer
  23. Environmentalist rally at Oslo boat ramp to protest county project by Steven Thomas
  24. Destroying Seagrass is a Dumb Idea by Rodney Smith
  25. Mitigation may make some people feel better... by Richard H. Baker
  26. Federal appeal could block Oslo boat ramp project by Steven Thomas
  27. State judge approves controversial Oslo boat ramp project by Milt Thomas
  28. Judge OKs Oslo ramp project by Tyler Treadway
  29. County's request for funds for Olso boat ramp denied by Steve Thomas
  30. Oslo Ramp fails to secure grant by Tyler Treadway
  31. 'Special place' under siege by county commissioners by Bob Bruce
  32. Seagrass threatened by Oslo Road boat ramp expansion by Steven Thomas
  33. Posey said to bring pressure for Oslo Road Boat Ramp Expansion by Steve Thomas
  34. Politicians hug us before stabbing us in the back by Lynne Larkin
  35. One vote against Oslo boat ramp by Ed Killer
  36. Judge to decide boat ramp's fate by Tyler Treadway
  37. No justification for proposed Oslo Boat Ramp by Robert L. Smith
  38. No need for redundant, unnecessary project by Richard Baker
  39. This is one 'improvement' the Lagoon can do without by Richard Baker
  40. Want to catch fewer fish? 'Improve' Oslo Boat Ramp by Grant Gilmore
October 2014 at a glance

Field Trips - Click for more information.
October 8 - Wednesday - Captain Forster Hammock Preserve
October 25 - Saturday - Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

General Meetings - Click for more information.
October 13 (Sebastian) - The Manatee Mystique with Diane Morgan
October 20 (Vero Beach) - South Florida Ecosystem Photography with Mac Stone

October Peligram

Read the latest edition of the newsletter.

October Hoot

Will County Commissioners Answer these Oslo Boat Ramp Questions October 7?

Programs & Field Trips

Schedule of upcoming events.

Bird Photo Contest

Enter your photos of Florida birds!

Other News

Political interference alleged in Oslo Boat Ramp approval
Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint


Blue Cypress Lake Guided Boat Tours

The Pelican Island Audubon Society offers guided pontoon boat tours of Blue Cypress Lake for up to 8 persons per trip.  Expert guides Dr. Richard H. Baker and Bob Bruce provide a unique insight into the wildlife, habitats, and beautiful scenery of one of Florida’s special places.  Sunrise and sunset tours are offered for a donation of $85 per person.  The tours are a fundraiser for the Pelican Island Audubon Society.  Food and drinks are included.  For information and reservations, please call 772-567-3520 or e-mail View the flyer.

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