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June Seminar: Reflections on the Lagoon

An MRC Lunch & Learn Seminar

June 6, 2023
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Marine Resources Council is pleased to partner with Nick Sanzone, Environmental Scientist and Steward, to present June’s Lunch and Learn: Reflections on the Lagoon. See below for video from this event.

Learn how human development has shaped our lagoon, the restoration work being done, and how we can improve our relationship with the IRL.

The presentation features

  • The history of the Lagoon, from how it was shaped over the last 10,000 years by natural systems, to the last 200 years of human development, to the last decade of restoration work.
  • Samson’s Island Submerged Lands Restoration Project, and its associated clam, oyster, and seagrass restoration.
  • How we can improve our relationship with the environment and the Lagoon.

Meet the Presenter

Nick Sanzone, Environmental Scientist and StewardAfter growing up in Brevard County along the Lagoon, Nick Sanzone attended the University of Florida and graduated with a degree in Soil and Water Science in 2010. He worked on the lagoon as an ecotour narrator before being selected to intern with the Nature Conservancy at the Blowing Rocks preserve in Jupiter, Florida. He continued to intern through the Student Conservation Association with the National Parks in Jacksonville and in Biscayne National Park until 2013 when he started work with the Marine Resources Council. After three years with the MRC, Nick went to work for the City of Satellite Beach as their first Environmental Programs Coordinator. After six and a half years he has left the City and is here today to discuss the health and history of the Lagoon and role of stewardship in its return to health. Mr. Sanzone is an avid waterman and advocate for environmental science education, sitting on multiple boards in and beyond Brevard County to better serve the community.


MRC’s Lunch & Learn Webinar series is a long-standing and cherished social offered to the East Central Florida coast region, and is supported by volunteers and the community’s charitable giving. If interested and able, we ask participants to donate toward our guest speaker series. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information on the Marine Resources Council, please visit SaveTheIRL.org.