Group Working to Maintain Paradise

When it comes to keeping things clean in our county, Keep Brevard Beautiful is the go-to place for maintaining this little slice of paradise we call home. And it’s not just about keeping up appearances, although that’s nice too. It’s about maintaining a quality of life we’ve all come to expect and want desperately to keep.

KBB is instrumental in helping Brevard residents in their efforts to clean up the area through some well-organized programs. These efforts make it easier for all of us to do our part. Whether it’s adopting a segment of highway or assisting periodically in picking up neighborhood trash, we all have a job to do when it comes to saving the planet for future generations.

One way you can get involved is to volunteer to be a part of the beach litter events that happen regularly throughout the year. In January, KBB organized the Cocoa Beach Community Trash Pickup. The event was put together in response to storm debris that had accumulated, but most of the collection projects they seek help with aren’t storm- or hurricane-related.

Tony Sasso of KBB notes that more people than ever are using our beaches. In response, the organization has staff out daily, from sunup to sundown, working to keep Brevard beautiful, along with countless volunteers that show up most weekends. The Adopt a Shore project has proven to be extremely popular, with cleanup efforts focusing on shorelines throughout the county.

Currently, KBB is waiting on a new experimental net for use on beaches that will act as a magnet for microplastics. A few years ago, Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach came up with biodegradable six-pack rings made from beer dregs that are actually edible, should wildlife decide to nibble on them, in their own efforts to reduce plastic waste. This is especially important for fish and sea turtles that are regularly harmed by these waste products.

More education is needed to enlighten the masses and change behavior when it comes to sustainability, but the goal is obtainable.