About the Friends of Bahia Honda State Park

Who we are and what we do

Friends of Bahia Honda State Park, Inc. is a non-profit corporation which will function as a citizen support organization. The corporation’s function is to generate and employ additional resources and support for and in the best interests of Bahia Honda State Park. This will be done through, among other events and activities, such as the following: special work projects, special programs, special events, outreach programs, educational activities, guided tours and communications, special exhibits, interpretive programs, fund-raising activities and events, as well as those activities or events which are designed to meet the additional areas of park needs identified by the division of Recreation and Parks or the Park Manager of Bahia Honda State Park.

What is a CSO?

A Citizen Support Organization (CSO) is a non-profit corporation given special status by Florida law. By statute, CSOs are authorized to raise funds, seek and receive grants, accept gifts, bequests of money and tangible or real property on behalf of their host parks. In addition to monetary support, CSOs assist the parks through increasing community awareness and involvement in the parks and its programs.

The CSO supports the park by working on park projects or raising money to help meet the needs of a park as defined by park management and the Unit Management plan. The assistance CSOs provide the park may include but is not limited to, recruiting volunteers, helping with special work projects, serving as guides and docents and conducting tours or special programs. Members in the organization can also develop and promote special events and market the park and its programs to the community.

  • Membership- Members receive some fantastic benefits such as free admission to Bahia Honda State Park, our newsletter, invitations to members only events, and feeling great about helping a worthwhile organization!
  • Donations- Donations—whether designated for a specific use or towards general support — fill the gaps in state funding.

The Friends of Bahia Honda, Inc., is a non-profit organization formed by the citizens of the community to support Bahia Honda State Park and is registered as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, your Membership and Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.




Goals

 

Provide funding and volunteers for priorities identified by Bahia Honda State Park’s management team

Provide Electricity for the storage building adjacent to the Nature Center & all picnic pavilions in the area by the Nature Center

Continue sponsorship of Earth Day, National Public Land Days & develop evening events

Continue sidewalk beautification through the Walkway to the Sea Project

Increase ability to expand & improve interpretive opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accomplishments

As of May, 2019

Electricity to the Loggerhead Bath House – destroyed by Irma

Historic Concrete Repair under Old Bahia Honda Bridge

Safety Railings installed on steps under Old Bridge

Inaugural Christmas Evening Event

Inaugural and Annual Sponsorship of Earth Day Events

Participation in National Public Land Days including refreshments for volunteers

Sidewalk beautification through the Walkway to the Sea Project – over 300 installed, nearing a new order

Supplied 2 animal crates/cages to send injured or sick birds from BHSP to Wild Bird Center

Purchased and donated a trailer to be upgraded for on-site Ranger housing – destroyed by Irma

2016 – provided baby changing stations in all Bath Houses – destroyed by Irma

Provided 8 passenger golf cart for interpretive tours, visitors, and staff training

Provided dump trailer to collect and transport recycling to transfer station from BHSP

Provided power auger with rock bit for post holes at BHSP

Provided landscaping bricks and supplies to build a short wall between Calusa Beach and main parking lot to protect dunes and vegetation

Governance

Friends of Bahia Honda State Park Code of Ethics

 

Friends of Bahia Honda State Park Bylaws

Meet the Board

Vicki Weagley – President

Gary Wilkins – VP

DiAne Rullan – Treasurer

Bill Weagley – Secretary

Sandy Haas – Sergeant at Arms

Katie Atkins – Member at large