Adventure Coast Group

Welcome to Sierra Club Adventure Coast Group. Our group territory includes Hernando and Citrus Counties, Florida. This area is known as the Nature Coast for its abundance of natural springs such as the first magnitude springs at Weeki Wachee, Kings Bay, Rainbow, and Chassahowitzka. It is also home to the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, containing valuable coastal marshes that comprise the second-largest aquatic preserve in Florida and part of the largest continuous seagrass meadows in the world. This area is also home to the Withlachochee Forest, with 164,073 acres spanning Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Pasco, and Sumter Counties. Together these ecosystems provide a habitat for extensive biological diversity from black bears to manatees, sea turtles, fish, birds, flowers, and native plants. Nature tourism is alive and well here and residents and visitors alike enjoy hiking, biking, bird watching, kayaking, canoeing, and enjoying the beauty of our natural areas. Commercial fisheries are an important part of the local economy. 

Contact: Our all-volunteer team of officers, board members, student leaders, and communications team members are dedicated to protecting the continued environmental quality of the Nature Coast. Check out our team at this tab. 

Take Action: You can make an impact! Find current action items on this tab. 

Get Involved: There are many opportunities to get involved whether it is speaking out at a public hearing, submitting comments on a compelling issue at hand, or helping set up and staff special events. Click the tab to learn more. Our executive committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 5pm at the Brooksville Community Center, 601 East Martin Luther King Boulevard in Brooksville and virtually on Zoom. Join us for the next Adventure Coast Group Membership Meet Up at the South Brooksville Community Center, 601 East Martin Luther King Boulevard in Brooksville, from 7—8pm on Wednesday, Novemeber 8thMore information on the Get Involved tab.

Outings: Adventure Coast Group regularly plans group outings for members and supporters. Check the Outings tab for more information. 

Conservation: Our team is comprised of several dedicated and qualified individuals who are actively involved in protecting the biodiversity of our group territory. The many issues facing us stem from the area's popularity and the increased development to accommodate both residents and visitors. We watchdog local and state decision-making and monitor new developments. We use our expertise to speak out to protect the natural world when it is at risk of degradation or destruction. Check the Conservation tab to learn more about our recent effort to achieve a Springs Protection Zone.

Check out the Sierra Club Foundation's 2022 Annual Report here!

Adventure Coast Holiday Party Dec. 13th
Join us to celebrate! 

Greetings Adventure Coast Group Members and Supporters:

The Sierra Club Adventure Coast Group Holiday Party is Wednesday, December 13th from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at The Bistro, 10 South Main Street in Brooksville, 34601.

After a year of monumental challenges and impressive achievements, we are ready to celebrate, so I hope that each of you who have made our successes possible will be there for a moment of celebration and friendship.   

The party includes a charcuterie and appetizer buffet and cash bar. Please RSVP to DeeVon at or call 352 277-3330. 

Florida Lawmakers Need to Take
the Climate Crisis Seriously

Image of damage after Hurricane Idalia by USFWS

"Forecasters report sunny-day flooding has become more common throughout Florida in the past two decades, while hurricanes and storms are growing stronger and more destructive. Residents will see more occurrences of storms, such as Hurricane Idalia, that brought widespread flooding to coastal Hernando and Citrus counties and elsewhere in Florida.

Instead of bold action to help Floridians create safer communities and address climate change head on, the governor continues to veto our own tax dollars for popular, common-sense community benefits. Who are the leaders who will invest in our future?"

Read the opinion piece by Sierra Club Adventure Coast Chair DeeVon Quirolo published in The Invading Sea on November 13, 2023, at:


Defending Local Government Authority to Reduce Nutrient Pollution

Sierra Club of Florida is working in partnership with a coalition of other concerned organizations to protect the authority of local governments to adopt, amend, and/or implement strong ordinances that manage applications of fertilizer to residential and commercial turf grass lawns. To that end, Lead Organizer Michael McGrath recently attended the Florida Association of Counties annual Legislative Conference, conducted in Tampa from November 15-17. With assistance from Adventure Coast Vice-Chair Eugene Kelly, Michael alerted many of the local government officials in attendance of the legislature’s recent action that temporarily suspended their authority to enact or amend fertilizer ordinances and encouraged consideration of a model resolution, or other communications with their legislative delegation, to oppose any additional attempts at preemption. 

Nutrient pollution has degraded many of Florida’s rivers and lakes, and tainted the groundwater that is the source of flow for most of our springs. We see the evidence all around us in the form of algae blooms, fish kills, and large-scale loss of seagrasses and other aquatic vegetation. While the primary sources of the contamination may vary across watersheds, we know that the nitrogen and phosphorous in fertilizer is a significant contributor. So it defies reason that the Florida Legislature, during the concluding hours of the legislative session last April, chose to prevent local governments from being part of the solution to nutrient pollution by preempting their ability to adopt or amend fertilizer ordinances.

Hernando County is one of 18 county governments, and more than 100 municipalities, that have already adopted “strong” fertilizer ordinances. Strong ordinances are distinguished by a strict ban on applications of turf fertilizer during the rainy season. Research has confirmed that much of the fertilizer applied to residential lawns during the summer simply leaches into our groundwater or is washed into our rivers and lakes by the frequent rains. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has designated the Weeki Wachee Spring and River system, Mud Spring, Bystre Lake, Neff Lake and others as “impaired” on the basis of nutrient pollution. Citrus County has not adopted a strong ordinance – yet! But like Hernando, Citrus is home to some well-known waterbodies, including Crystal River-Kings Bay and the Tsala Apopka marsh and lake system, that have been likewise designated as impaired by nutrient pollution. Citrus, and every other local government in Florida that has not already adopted a turf fertilizer ordinance, has been denied that authority while the current preemption remains in place.

The preemption was inserted into the final state budget at the behest of lawncare giant TruGreen and requires the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to conduct a study to determine whether fertilizer ordinances are effective – despite extensive research that has already concluded the ordinances are effective and do not preclude homeowners from having healthy lawns. The only silver lining to this backward decision is that it expires after one year because of the backhanded way it was inserted into the budget, thereby avoiding any opportunities for debate or public comment. Given the legislature’s nefarious approach to enacting the preemption, and demonstrated antipathy towards the home rule authority of local governments, it is prudent to expect an attempt to make the preemption permanent, and maybe even retroactive, during the 2024 legislative session that will begin in January.

A model resolution opposing the preemption of local government authority to manage turf fertilizer applications within their jurisdictions has been developed by Sierra Club of Florida and is available for distribution to local government officials. It has already been submitted to Hernando County. Please remain alert for opportunities to assist us in this effort to protect existing fertilizer ordinances, promote the adoption of new ones, and oppose the continued erosion of home rule authority in Florida. Fertilizer ordinances may be the single most cost-effective approach to preventing nutrient pollution. Help protect Weeki Wachee Spring by protecting Hernando County’s strong fertilizer ordinance.






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