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.
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
As of November, 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, a new order of 73 is ready to be installed soon
Donated 2 animal crates/cages to send injured or sick birds from BHSP to the 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
Donated 8 passenger golf cart for interpretive tours, visitors, and staff training
Donated dump trailer to collect and transport recycling to transfer station from BHSP
Donated power auger with rock bit for post holes at BHSP
Donated landscaping bricks and fencing supplies to build a short wall between Calusa Beach and main parking lot to protect dunes and vegetation
Donated replacement solar panels, supports, power supply and lights for Christmas Tree on Old Bridge
Friends of Bahia Honda State Park Code of Ethics
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