‘Creative Cans In the Sand’ Enjoys Widespread Support
By Space Coast Daily // July 21, 2014
ABOVE VIDEO: The “Creative Cans In the Sand” program has been enthusiastically endorsed and embraced by many volunteers, local artists, businesses and local government. The media has also shown an intense interest as Local 6′s Tee Taylor interviews co-founder Nikki Freeman about Creative Cans In the Sand and SpaceCoastDaily.com is among the major sponsors.
Beautifully Painted Trash Cans Will Encourage Beach-Goers To Clean Up Area Beaches
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Our beaches in Brevard are beautiful, and “Creative Cans In the Sand” is determined to keep them that way.
Hundreds of thousands visit our beaches regularly, unfortunately some of them leave more than their footprints behind.
“It’s just amazing that a little post on Facebook about a painted beach trash can has taken off like a rocket, and now turned into a huge community event,” said co-founder and RE/MAX Elite Realtor Bobby Freeman.
The Creative Cans In the Sand initiative was organized this summer by Freeman and his wife Nikki, and the program is being endorsed and embraced by many volunteers, local and famous artists, the media and businesses – and the City of Cocoa Beach has expressed their intent to help out in any way possible.
“This is a great community project we can get everybody behind,” said Ben Malik Cocoa Beach City Commissioner.
“Our beach is our greatest resource and we must preserve and maintain it for the benefit of all our residents and visitors. This will be a great project for the entire community to get involved in to raise awareness to please keep our beaches clean.”
The Creative Cans In the Sand mission is to help encourage beach-goers to dispose of their trash responsibility, and with the hopes that the more noticeable artistically painted cans will result in a cleaner, more litter-free beach.
“Kids, art and clean beaches – what a great concept,” said Tony Sasso of Keep Brevard Beautiful.
“Anything that involves kids, art and beautification I think is a great idea. Keep Brevard Beautiful is definitely behind this great effort.”
Organizers are now working out the details and are asking the community for their ideas on the messages on the trash cans.
Some of the slogans that have been suggested so far include “Respect Our Beach,” “Footprints Only, Trash Goes Here,” and “Please Help Keep Our Beach Clean.”
Maverick Multimedia, publisher of SpaceCoastDaily.com, and world famous marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey, have shown their support for Creative Cans In the Sand.
“SpaceCoastDaily.com is pleased to be among the first major sponsors and patrons of the Creative Cans In the Sand initiative,” said Tom Palermo, President and CEO of Maverick Multimedia.
“Tourism is a major economic driver for the Space Coast and the beaches are at the tip of the spear. Establishing high awareness of keeping our beautiful beaches clean and attractive translates to more revenue for area hotels, restaurants and attractions. We look forward to assisting Bobby and Nikki as they develop their Creative Cans In the Sand initiative into a major promotional campaign for the area, including special events and global multimedia exposure.”
The initiative got a big boost when world famous marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey recently shared the idea with his Facebook followers, and within hours Harvey’s post was shared more than 1,000 times and liked more than 7,000 times – and growing.
“Remember to do your part, Hammerheads – stash your trash when you’re at the beach! #HammerheadNation
Please leave your ideas and feedback as a comment below, and for sponsorship information e-mail Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org
BELOW VIDEO: Tony Sasso of Keep Brevard Beautiful and Cocoa Beach City Commissioner Ben Malik talk about the Creative Cans In the Sand initiative.