About Friends of the Emerald Coast State Parks

The Friends of the Emerald Coast State Parks are a group of like minded individuals –  people who like you have a love of our State parks and a desire to support their recreational, environmental and economic value to the community.

Members of the Friends avidly promote the mission of the Florida Park Service intent on preserving and protecting our parks’ natural, cultural resources and we endeavor to enhance recreational opportunities for area visitors and residents.

The Friends of the Emerald Coast State Parks  is an official Citizen Support Organization that works on behalf of Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou & Henderson Beach State Park. All membership dues and other funds raised by this organization are put to service for improvements of these State Parks.

2012 Award

Outstanding Citizen
Support Organization
of the Year

Code of Ethics


President Sue Kneller
Vice President Gary Wood
Secretary Donna Stiles
Treasurer Richard Wood

Dick Hoey
Fred Dallas
Marie Bowman
Gail Baker

Business Manager
Anne Marie Diaz

Employees of the Friends
Events coordinator Anne Marie Diaz
Asstistant Coordinator Barbara Beecher

Social Media Manager Suzanne Bratton

Web Designer Mark McCormick

Accountant Carr, Riggs and Ingram Accounting

State Park Team

Park Manager for Henderson Beach State Park and Rocky Bayou State Park – Chris Hawthorne
Assistant Park Manager for Henderson Beach State Park – Lynda Smith
Assistant Park Manager for Rocky Bayou State Park – Geoff Davidson
Park Service Specialist for Henderson Beach State Park – Evan Waters
Park Service Specialist for Rocky Bayou State Park – Shane Williams


Would you like to join the friends?


When you become a member of Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks, Inc., you are joining a tax-exempt citizens’ organization. In addition, there are many benefits at all levels of membership:

Student ($10) and Regular ($20) levels:
12 free visits a year for one vehicle to either park
Discount in park gift shops
Invitation to a free annual picnic

Patron – $100 level
Same benefits as Regular, plus name in newsletter