Keepers of the Coast was started because as a member of this community we felt their was a need to provide more education and outreach regarding marine debris and imperiled species. We wanted to involve the community by offering an annual sea turtle festival and regularly scheduled beach cleanups.I was born in Sarasota, Florida and grew up just out side of the Orlando area in Lake Mary. I used to visit my family in St. Augustine often as a teenager and eventually moved here in May 1997 and then returned to live here in May of 2006 with my family. We moved from Lake Tahoe where we enjoyed snowboarding, hiking, and swimming in the lake as well as some of the most beautiful beaches. Big sur was by far one of my favorite places to visit, camp and surf. Living in St. Augustine brings a different lifestyle surrounded by salty water and air. Spending time with my kids is the most important as we enjoy biking, surfing, paddleboarding and collecting biological booty (aka sea shells and beans).
Billy Zeits // Vice President
In an effort to make the community I live and work in a better place I have been involved with environmental education since graduating from college. My career and lifestyle has brought me to some beautiful coastal communities including Kauai, Mexico, Central America, the San Francisco Bay Area, home to my favorite beach Pt. Reyes National Seashore, and now St. Augustine, Florida. Creating a sense of awareness and stewardship in these communities inspired me to become involved with non-profits that were responsible for bringing people together through festivals, environmental education field trips both in the U.S. and broad, and beach clean-ups. My love for the ocean started growing up on the west coast of Florida, Indian Rocks Beach, and grew as I began surfing and traveling. The actions of each coastal community impact the overall future of all of our oceans and any positive effort can go along way especially if it resonates throughout surrounding communities. Keepers of the Coast is a great avenue for providing The North Florida community with a way to be involved and as co-founder and current vice president I am proud to have the opportunity to be a part of this dynamic non profit organization. My favorite activity in St. Johns County is a bike ride and a surf in Anastasia State Park.
Sydney Lindblad // Project & Volunteer Coordinator
I moved from Maryland to St Augustine in 2007 to attend Flagler College for Sport Management. I started volunteering with Keepers of the Coast as an apprentice, and now serve as the Project and Volunteer Coordinator. Throughout my life I have had the opportunity to travel and live in many different places throughout the U.S., Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. My favorite beach is Maroubra Beach right outside Sydney, Australia.
Keepers of the Coast brings the community of North East Florida together through educational programs, beach clean ups, and events. The organization would not be where it is today with out all the volunteers’ efforts and passion to preserve our beach environment. Watching children become so eager to learn more about coastal wildlife and how they can help through beach clean ups is an experience that never gets old.