Coastal Connection





Thursday, August 2nd, The SCPA will show the critically acclaimed film, "UPRISING" at 6:30 p.m. at the Front Street Civic Center, 2205 Front Street, Melbourne, FL. This is a free showing, and like all of our meetings, is open to the public.

Two Florida communities, united in grief and anger from deadly mass shootings, ignited a national uprising against the gun industry and the politicians who profit from gun violence in America.

The reporter Christiane Amanpour has said: "We are at peril and at risk if we don't know the difference between truth and lies. Truth and lies are the only thing that separates us from democracy and dictatorship."

So how can you tell when a story is true or false? How can we know whether a photo or video has been doctored? Can we trust what we read in the paper, hear on the radio or podcasts, or see on T.V.? Who is controlling the message that massive media conglomerates pump out every minute of every day? Who is spinning the message?

In this edition of Coastal Connection, board member Jim Parks and founder/artistic director Crystal Bujol of The Gifford Youth Orchestra talk about the organization's upcoming annual concert and 10th anniversary. The Gifford Youth Orchestra provides education, experience, and training in various cultural and performing arts, including music, drama, dance, and the vocal arts for the youth of Gifford and neighboring Indian River County Communities in an effort to break the cycle of poverty. The annual concert will be held on Saturday, November 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at the Vero Beach Emerson Center.

In this edition of Coastal Connection, hear Ed Garland, spokesperson for St John’s River Water Management District, talk about the Hands Across the Lagoon event on September 28 at 9 a.m.

In this interview hear from Dr. George Maul, head of the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems and Kelli Zargiel, camp director for the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems summer camp.