Events

St. John’s River Celebration

Saturday, March 8, 2014   8:00 AM – Noon

Celebrate the St. Johns River: Assist with Cleanup of Watershed

St. Johns River Celebration 2014 is a two-day volunteer cleanup of the St. Johns River, and other contributing waterways throughout the St. Johns River Water Management District in Brevard County. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 8, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Keep Brevard Beautiful, Inc. has sponsored the celebration for the past eight years. Locally, Waste Management of Florida supplies all waste management of the debris collected by volunteers. The celebration helps people to see their connection to this important water system. Many volunteers are needed for this event, especially boaters who are willing to patrol the shorelines of the St. Johns River for trash! Actions by each person contribute to the health of the watershed, which covers a 12,400 square mile area. What one does to any part of the watershed drains to the river and its surrounding ecosystem, affecting the entire river.

Volunteers participating in the event should wear durable clothing appropriate to the weather, old shoes and bring any of the following items they may want to use: Rakes, garden carts, nets, jon boats, kayaks, canoes. Pick up trucks are needed for hauling debris.

Free t-shirts for first come, bags, gloves etc furnished by Keep Brevard Beautiful.  Please dress appropriately.

This year’s poster contest winner is Donovan Pranzoni. Congratulations, Donovan!

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For more information, please call Denise Song at (321) 631-0501 extension 203. Email at dsongkbb@gmail.com   Together we keep Brevard Beautiful.  For a volunteer application, please click here.

Check-In Site Type of Volunteer
1. MARCH 8 - 5500 W. Eau Gallie Blvd, west of 95, exit 182, by Sarno Lakes, Melbourne – the very end of the dirt road Pedestrians
2. MARCH 8 - Tucker Rd. and Providence, Hwy 520 West of I-95, turn south at McDonald’s, Cocoa  (3800 Pluckebaum Road, Cocoa)  Look for the dumpster. Pedestrians
3MARCH 8 - Midway Fish Camp, 5400 SR 50, Titusville River boats, airboats
4. MARCH 8 - LeRoy Wright Park (across from Lone Cabbage) 8189 S.R. 520, Cocoa Kayaks, canoes, airboats, motorboats
5. MARCH 8 - Hatbill Park – Mims – off 46 and west of I-95, turn south on Hatbill (100 Hatbill Road, Mims) Pedestrian, Kayaks and Canoes

Easter Surfing Festival

April 18th – 20th, 2014 at Shepard Park

The 49th Annual Easter Surfing Festival scheduled for April 18th – 20th, 2014 in Cocoa Beach at Shepard Park and the Cocoa Beach Pier is the premier surfing event on the East Coast. It features contests in virtually all classes of surfing ranging from menehunes 12 and under to legends as old as 80, with cash purses totaling over $30,000

Events include professional and amateur competitions in shortboard and longboard surfing, skim board and paddle board races. The festival events are youth focused, community oriented and staged in a family friendly atmosphere. The Longboard Magazine men’s and women’s pro events are part of three surfing competitions in the U.S. that determine the National Longboard Champions.

surffest sign up

Volunteer Application

Volunteer application PDF

For more information about the Easter Surf Festival, click here.

The Great American Cleanup/Trash Bash 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014   8:00 AM – Noon

About the Great American Cleanup

Each spring from March to May, extraordinary acts of civic pride and renewal take place all across the United States. Under the leadership of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., the Great American Cleanup™ mobilizes annually more than two million volunteers to make their neighborhoods more beautiful, safer and healthier places to live.

The national logo, “Green Starts Here” is representative of the message that when we roll up our sleeves and take action in our community, we build bonds with our neighbors as everyone unites in a common purpose. “Green” starts with each and every one of us.

About Trash Bash 2014

For the past 30 years, individuals and groups have joined Keep Brevard Beautiful in our community to help clean up unsightly litter. They help remove debris from neighborhoods, parks, roadsides, shorelines and wherever litter is found. By providing an example of positive behavior, volunteers help change attitudes about litter. As a result of the action taken by volunteers during Trash Bash, our community looks clean and beautiful and there is a sense of community pride. Sponsored by Florida Inland Navigation District and Waste Management of Florida, Inc., Trash Bash is an event supported by the Brevard County Commissioners and all municipalities in the county. A spirit of friendly competition prevails to recruit volunteers and reduce the most litter on April 26, 2014. The best reward is NO UGLY LITTER.

Keep Brevard Beautiful’s 2014 Trash Bash is part of the Keep America Beautiful’s annual Great American Cleanup.  KBB invites you to join the community in our county wide clean up.  With 96 locations slated to be cleaned this year: including beaches, rivers, islands, roads, trails and  two underwater cleanups there are plenty of opportunities for you to join in and make a difference in Brevard County.   The cleanup runs from 8 :00 am until 12 noon April 26th, 2014.   All equipment and supplies are furnished by Keep Brevard Beautiful.

KBB Trash Bash 2014 Poster ArtThis year’s theme is “We Fight Dirty” and the award winning t-shirt design  was submitted  by Taylor Yancey of Rockledge High School.

For more information about how you, your organization, dive team, club,  or corporation may join in the cleanup  of Brevard County, please contact Denise Song, Environmental Programs & Event Director, KBB 321-432-3620 or dsongkbb@gmail.com .  Remember LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS.

TRASH BASH Important Dates and Info:

Site Captain Information Lunch April 10, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM @ KBB office  Call 321-631-0501 x 203 or email dsongkbb@gmail.com to RSVP or for questions.

APRIL 10, 2014 – TRASH BASH – SITE  CAPTAIN – SUPPLY and T-SHIRT  PICK UP DAY

APRIL 26, 2014 – TRASH BASH

8:00 a.m. to Noon

Trash Bash 2014 Check-In Sites

South Brevard

Palm Bay – Kaylene Wheeler – Coordinator

City Hall – Check in Site (120 Malabar Rd) – Kaylene Wheeler – Site Captain

Turkey Creek Sanctuary (1518 Port Malabar Blvd NE) – with CITO cleanup

West Melbourne – Chris Johnson – Coordinator

City Hall – Check in Site – Chris Johnson & Chris Mavis

Melbourne – Jennifer Thompson – Coordinator

Florida Avenue – Southwest Park, 400 W. Florida Ave.

Ascension Catholic School, 2950 N. Harbor City Blvd.

Elks Lodge #1744, 211 Nieman Avenue

Palm Bay High School, 101 Pirate Lane, Gate 4

McGrath Field, 1975 Stewart Rd.

Lipscomb Community Center, 3316 Monroe St.

Carver Park, 1092 Swan St.

Rockwell Collins, 1100 W. Hibiscus Blvd.

Melbourne Central Catholic High School (football field parking lot)

100 E. Florida Ave.

Apollo Surgery Center, 375 S. Wickham Rd.

Howard E. Futch Memorial Park (north pavilion – Paradise Beach)

2301 N. Hwy A1A

Grant St. Community Center, 2547 Grant St.

EFSC in Melbourne, 3865 N. Wickham Rd.

Front St. – Closed Group cleanup – Sarah

Melbourne Beach

Ocean Park – Curtis Byrd – Site Captain

Coconut Point, 3535 S. Highway A1A (pavilion first come first serve) – Gerry Burke – Site Captain

Indian Harbour Beach – Kari VanMeter – Coordinator

Bicentennial Park, 1900 A1A (pavilion reserved) – Harris Group and Harris Grads

Satellite Beach – Kerry Strom – Coordinator

Pelican Beach, 1500 A1A (Sea Grape Pavilion reserved) – Site Captain TBA

Viera

Regional Park, 6400 Lake Andrew Drive – Noor Tawnik – Site Captain

Central Brevard – Denise Song – Coordinator

Cocoa Beach

Bicentennial Park (520) – Site Captain TBA

Lutheran Church Minuteman Causeway (Spoil Island cleanup) – Bob Day – Site Captain

Alan Shepard Park, 4100 Ocean Beach Blvd – Marjorie – Site Captain

Lori Wilson Park, 1500 N. Atlantic Ave. (pavilion west on beach reserved) – Joan Jackson – Site Captain

East End of Minutemen Causeway/Coconuts – Vicky Croft – Site Captain

Minutemen Causeway – CBHS  Interact Club – Dave Brown – Site Captain

Tables Beach – Frank Skiff – Site Captain

Cape Canaveral

Cherie Down Park, 8492 Ridgewood Ave., (pavilion reserved) Site Captain – TBA

Merritt Island

Kelly Park East, 2550 N. Banana River Dr. (pavilion reserved) – Virginia Gaylor – Site Captain

Mitchell Ellington Park, 4110 N. Tropical Trail North (pavilion reserved) – Site Captain TBA

Veteran’s Center – Sykes Creek Drive – Merritt Island – CB Power Squadron

Cocoa – Lisa Moody – Coordinator

Riverfront Park, Cocoa Village – check in site

Rockledge – Renee Lamarr – Coordinator

City Hall, 1600 Huntington Lane – check in site

 North Brevard

 Titusville

City Hall, Check in site, 555 S. Washington Ave.

Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge

Bairs Cove, Nancy Corona – Site Captain

Mims

Hatbill Park – Site Captain TBA

Holder Park – Site Captain TBA

Contact Denise Song for more information at:  321-631-0501, ext. 203, 321-432-3620, or dsongkbb@gmail.com

The Great American Cleanup – Trash Bash 2013

Thank you for everyone who made Trash Bash a success last year and we hope to see you again this year.

1624 volunteers!

37.5 tons of trash collected!

City Winners:

Cocoa – Most volunteers and trash

Per population:

Melbourne – pop.>35K

Cocoa – 15K – 30K

Cocoa Beach – 5K -15K

Indialantic – < 5K

County Districts

District 2 – Chuck Nelson – Most Volunteers and Litter Collected and Most  Improved from last year

Many thanks to our site captains and volunteers who make this event happen each year.  We greatly appreciate the generous support of our 2012 business sponsors:

  • Waste Management
  • Sol Tec Electronics
  • City of Cape Canaveral
  • City of Cocoa Beach
  • City of Cocoa
  • City of Rockledge, Tree Board
  • Brevard County
  • Port Canaveral
  • J.W. Edens and Co.
  • Inc. Insurance and Financial
  • Carroll Distributing Corp.
  • Ron Jon Surf Shop
  • Progressive Recycling
  • Quality Collision Repair
  • Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club
  • Rockledge Gardens
  • Community Bank of the South
  • Delaware North Companies Park & Resorts
  • Florida Inland Navigation District
  • PIP Printing, M.I.
  • WalMart
  • Target
  • Residence Inn, Melbourne
  • Courtyard Marriott Inn, Melbourne
  • Suntree Technologies, Inc.
  • Cocoa Beach Pier
  • Harris
  • CH2M HILL
  • Waste Pro
  • Ocean Partners

Secret Garden Tour

Sunday, May 18, 2014   9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at locations throughout the county.  Locations are as follows:

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List of Tour Homes:

2014 Program Cover

Directions:

2014 Program Cover Directions

We hope you enjoy this tour and note the many ideas to reuse items as we practice the three R’s. Landscaping using edible and medicinal plants is a great way to have the plants work for you!  Florida native plants are an easy way to landscape using less water and fertilizers. Perhaps you will also like to try a rain barrel, composting, and worm composting. Perhaps a maintenance free section of your yard with rocks would be to your liking. And of course, attracting birds and butterflies is an important feature for many of us. As most of us living in Brevard County realize, when it rains, it drains and pollutes our waterways. Landscaping with stormwater in mind is one more idea to consider. We appreciate the kindness when these ten homeowners open their gardens for us, and know you will also be in awe of their beautiful gardens.

Many thanks for your donation when buying a ticket for the Secret Garden Tour. This is a fundraiser organized by the three chapters of volunteers of Keep Brevard Beautiful. Each year for the last 10, we have organized this tour. This year the Central Chapter welcomes you to their area – gardens in central Brevard County from Route 528 south to the Pineda Causeway. We hope you will take home lots of ideas that may work in your yard, and be motivated to get your yard in the tour for next year in South Brevard!

Money from this fundraiser helps to pay for our School Environment Awards (SEA) end of the year awards. During the school year, Vicky Croft organizes volunteer judges to visit 54 elementary schools monthly. They look at the cleanliness of the campuses, environmental projects, recycling, and gardening/beautification projects. Each month, a school is awarded winner in one of three areas, and at the end of the year, a grand prize is given to three winners.

Best Regards,

Linda Nichols  631-0501 x 204

Florida Coastal Cleanup

Saturday, September 20, 2014   8:00 a.m. to Noon

The Florida Coastal Cleanup, sponsored in Brevard County by the Ocean Conservancy and Keep Brevard Beautiful, is held every September, on the third Saturday of the month. This cleanup effort is the only event at which volunteers are urged to record all of the items they collect. The Florida Coastal Cleanup is part of a world-wide litter reduction effort. The data from the event are used to educate our community about the problems associated with marine debris and the role we play in solving those problems. Keep Brevard Beautiful, Inc., the Ocean Conservancy and our sponsors will supply trash bags, gloves, data cards, pencils.  Volunteers should bring drinking water and a snack, if desired.  FREE T-Shirts while supplies last.  For more information, please email Jim Kriewaldt at jimkbb2005@yahoo.com.For more information on the International Coastal Cleanup, click on this link to the Ocean Conservancy’s site. Note that the date for Brevard’s cleanups is September 20. Ramp Road kayaks provided by Tim Chastain from Finn Expeditions. Water Resource Association