Friends of the Emerald Coast State Parks are a group of like minded individuals – 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.
Friends of the Emerald Coast State Parks is an official Citizen Support Organization (CSO) that works on behalf of Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou & Henderson Beach State Park. Membership dues and other funds raised by this organization are put to service for improvements of these State Parks.
The Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization whose goal is to improve and enhance the guests experience through services, improved facilities and interpretive programs. Funds generated through donations, membership dues, and services offered at the park go directly to support Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park and Henderson Beach State Park. These funds are used to make park improvements and repairs such as building projects, educational programs, equipment purchases, and interpretive displays to create an amazing experience for residents and visitors at both parks. Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of our growing organization.
BENEFITS OF JOINING THE FRIENDS
When you become a member of Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks, you are joining a tax-exempt organization. In addition, there are many benefits at all levels of memberships.
EXECUTIVE BOARD President Sue Kneller
Vice President Gary Wood
Treasurer David Hakanson
Secretary Donna Stiles
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Employees of the Friends
Operations and Special Events Manager Anne Marie Diaz
Marketing Veronica Deveau
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