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


President Sue Keller
Vice President Gary Wood
Secretary Donna Stiles
Asst. Secretary Marie Bowman
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
Asst. Coordinator Barbara Beecher

Event Staff
Clarke Williams, Suzanne Bratton, Bryan Poole,
Valerie Tressler, James Tressler,
Erin Poole, Matthew Weideman

Accountant Debbie Murphy
Gift Shop Anne Marie Diaz, Barbara Beecher, Dreeta Copeland
Web Designer Mark McCormick

Valued Park Employees
Park Manager Chris Hawthorne
Assistant Park Managers
Henderson Lynda Smith
Rocky Bayou Josh Herman
Park Service Specialists
Henderson Liz Trueblood
Rocky Bayou Kit Snyder

Code of Ethics


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