NSB Coastal History

New Smyrna has a long and colorful history as a coastal town with a significant estuarine influence – the Indian River Lagoon – that has shaped the town’s growth on many levels.

Former Marine Discovery Center staff member and current New Smyrna Museum of History Volunteer Mark Spradley will discuss our coastal history as the guest speaker in this month’s Public Lecture Series on Thursday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held live in MDC’s Learning Lab.

A native of Key Biscayne, Spradley grew up in South Florida and has lived in New Smyrna Beach for 25 years. He was involved in many roles at MDC during his 10 years at the center, including working as a coastal naturalist in the kayak program, leading docent tours in MDC’s exhibit area, handling the center’s marketing duties and running the weekend Welcome Desk.

Spradley has volunteered at the New Smyrna Museum of History for seven years and has led historical walking tours in the city. He has also provided historical narration on MDC’s boat tours.

The event is free to the public, but donations to the Marine Discovery Center are always appreciated.

The presentation will be videotaped and archived later on MDC’s website. It also will be streamed on Facebook Live.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828. The Marine Discovery Center is located off the North Causeway at 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

The lecture is open to the public at no charge  |  No reservations are required