Friends of Lovers Key State Park

Together we protect, preserve and support Lovers Key State Park

About the Friends of Lovers Keys State Park

Who we are, what we do.

When Lovers Key State Recreation Area merged with Carl E. Johnson County Park in 1996, the 1,616 acre Lovers Key State Park was born. At that same time the Friends of Lovers Key, FOLKS, incorporated as a non-profit corporation and state sanctioned Citizen Support Organization (CSO) for the park.

FOLKS was soon busy identifying projects and raising money for restoration of the park's beach and mangrove communities. Each year the FOLKS raise funds to benefit Lovers Key now, and for future generations.

Typical projects include maintenance of the Park’s native plant nursery, shorebird nesting protection, and purchase of equipment. A portion of the FOLKS membership fees also go to the capital campaign to build the Lovers Key Environmental Education Center.

The FOLKS sponsor activities throughout the year that bring the community together and raise funds to support the park. Events such as "Reggae and Ribs" bring out the skills and talents of the organizations's members and supportors.

What is a CSO?

A Citizen Support Organization (CSO) is a non-profit corporation given special status by Florida law. By statute, CSOs are authorized to raise funds, seek and receive grants, accept gifts, bequests of money and tangible or real property on behalf of their host parks. In addition to monetary support, CSOs assist the parks through increasing community awareness and involvement in the parks and its programs.

The CSO supports the park by working on park projects or raising money to help meet the needs of a park as defined by park management and the Unit Management plan. The assistance CSOs provide the park may include but is not limited to, recruiting volunteers, helping with special work projects, serving as guides and docents and conducting tours or special programs. Members in the organization can also develop and promote special events and market the park and its programs to the community.

FOLKS raises funds through

  • Membership. Members receive benefits such as free admission to Lovers Key while lending financial support.
  • Donations. Donations—whether designated for a specific use or towards general support — fill the gaps in state funding.
  • Special event tickets, sponsorships and proceeds from silent auctions.

The Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed by the citizens of the community to support Lovers Key State Park and is registered as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, your Membership and Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.



  1. Support the Environmental Education Center's Capital Campaign Committee in its objectives of developing marketing materials, conducting training, identifying and organizing potential donors, and reaching our fund raising goal.
  2. Support major fundraising events including the Turtle Trot 5K, Valentines Vow Renewal, and T-shirts sales as well as developing a fourth event for implementation in 2015.
  3. Support shorebird, sea turtle nesting, and native plant nursery projects.
  4. Work with park management to promote volunteer recognition and appreciation.
  5. Work with park management to enhance community awareness and preservation of the park.

FOLKS Bylaws
FOLKS bylaws were revised in December 2013. A pdf of the current version can be downloaded here.

FOLKS Code of Ethics
The FOLKS Board Code of Ethics is also available for download.

Meet the FOLKS Board

  • Officers
  • Tim Horvatich – President
  • Joe Maccarone – Vice-President
  • Jack DeLancy – Treasurer
  • Flo Alexander – Secretary
  • Directors
  • Mark Generales
  • Neeley Murphy
  • Ray Murphy
  • Todd Richards
  • Sean Sanders

Board Meetings are the FIRST TUESDAY of the month at 2pm at the shop at LKSP. All meetings are open. Members and potential members are welcome to attend.

Committee Chairs

  • Membership Chair
    Rosie Cordes
  • Building Committee Chair
    Rich Donnelly
  • Event Chair
    Judy Greenwood
  • Capital Campaign Chair
    Pamela Jones-Morton
  • Communications Chair
    Shelley-Sue Williams

Board Meeting Minutes



Each March hundreds of Least Terns come to park beaches to nest, laying speckled eggs in the sand. Protection of these nesting sites is a priority for the Friends of Lovers Key State Park, who work with volunteers to monitor nests.