TITUSVILLE – For most of her life, Laurilee Thompson has attended First United Methodist Church of Titusville, where she has served as an authority on Creation Care. Thompson's passion to preserve God's creation has inspired real action in Brevard County.
In addition to running her family's 33-year-old local restaurant, she took on a leadership role as 2016 Chair of the Brevard County Tourist Development Council. Despite the title, this position is elected a year in advance, and Thompson served her term as Chair in 2015. The Beachside Resident featured Thompson's accomplishments during her yearlong tenure.
Laurilee Thompson, Former Chair of the Brevard County Tourist Development Council
By Nataleigh Palmer | The Beachside Resident
Laurilee Thompson has a lifelong love of nature and is dedicated to preserving Brevard's natural treasures.
Thompson, who is the owner of Dixie Crossroads Restaurant in Titusville, grew up fishing along the Indian River Lagoon. She started shrimping as a child in a little rowboat with a push net. By fifteen, she had her first commercial bank loan and a bow runner mullet boat. Just a few years later, she was running commercial fishing boats.
“I’d been out on a longline boat for ten years and I came back and I was horrified at the condition the lagoon had degraded into while I was gone.”
Thompson’s interest in birds motivated her get more involved in conservation. “I’ve always had bird feeders in the backyard and watched them when I was a kid. I got a subscription to Wild Bird Magazine so I could learn about them. I was invited by the president of our local Audubon chapter to join the board.”
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