Calling All Artists: ‘Creative Cans In The Sand’ Initiative Now Underway

By  //  August 17, 2015

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ABOVE VIDEO: Inspired by a desire to project the Space Coast beaches as among the best in the world, and also assist local good causes, Brevard natives Bobby Freeman and his wife Nikki have combined elements of their avocation and their profession to form the non-profit organization “Creative Cans In The Sand.”

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Calling all artists, sponsors and volunteers – the first set of “Creative Cans In The Sand” will start production this week with a mission 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.

The Creative Cans In the Sand initiative was organized by Bobby Freeman and his wife Nikki, and the program is being endorsed and embraced by many volunteers, local and famous artists, the media and local businesses.

In addition, the City of Cocoa Beach and Brevard County government has expressed their intent to help out in any way possible.

“A special thanks to District 2 County Commissioner Jim Barfield for allowing us to paint in the Brevard County parks, starting at Lori Wilson in Cocoa Beach,” said Bobby Freeman.

To be a part of this exciting project, contact co-founder Bobby Freeman at mccoyfreemangroup@gmail.com and for more information visit CLICK HERE.

Stay tuned as SpaceCoastDaily.com will feature each artist and their original “Creative Can.”

City of Cocoa Beach, Artist Guy Harvey Support ‘Creative Cans In The Sand’

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The “Creative Cans In the Sand” initiative got a big boost when world famous marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey shared the idea with his Facebook followers, and his post was shared more than 2,300 times and liked more than 11,000 times – and growing. Among the comments are “Best post ever” and “Great thing you did there! Every beach needs prominent trash cans.” (Guy Harvey image)

Inspired by a desire to project the Space Coast beaches as among the best in the world, and also assist children in need, Brevard natives Bobby Freeman and his wife Nikki have combined elements of their avocation and their profession to form the non-profit organization “Creative Cans In The Sand.”

THE RON JON SURF TEAM, a group of surfers who are sponsored by Ron Jon Surf Shop and participate in a variety of surfing competitions around the world, is currently comprised of 14 surfers ranging in age from 9 to 36 years old. Bob Freeman, above, was 19 when he joined the team for a two-year stint in 1967.

THE RON JON SURF TEAM, a group of surfers who are sponsored by Ron Jon Surf Shop and participate in a variety of surfing competitions around the world, is currently comprised of 14 surfers ranging in age from 9 to 36 years old. Bob Freeman, above, was 19 when he joined the team for a two-year stint in 1967.

The longtime Cocoa Beach residents are the area’s power couple of beachside real estate sales, specializing in properties on the ocean and canals along the coast of Brevard.

Bobby is the son of legendary local surfer Bob Freeman, who has been riding the waves of Brevard since the early 1960s and has been a proponent of the Space Coast beaches and lifestyle for many years.

“The idea for Creative Cans In The Sand came to us after speaking to a prospective buyer in Germany who was planning a trip to Brevard to purchase a high-end condo in Cape Canaveral from us,” said Bobby.

“The buyer stressed that one of his top priorities was the cleanliness of the beach, and was impressed with Brevard after a visit as a tourist.”

 The "Creative Cans In the Sand" initiative, recently organized by Cocoa Beach area realtors Bobby Freeman and his wife Nikki, has a new snappy logo.

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 interest as Local 6′s Tee Taylor interviews co-founder Nikki Freeman about Creative Cans In the Sand. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

As oceanfront residents and frequent beachgoers themselves, Bobby and Nikki knew firsthand the importance of keeping the beaches litter-free, and had often seen trash scattered around almost empty trash cans.

Then one day after a stroll down the beach, and a discussion about their love of art, they had the epiphany.

“The thought popped in our heads that we needed to get people to actually put their trash IN the cans – and also raise the awareness of how important our beaches are to tourism and real estate values,” said Nikki.

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“Being art lovers, and artist ourselves, we decided that a great way to bring positive attention to beach cleanliness, and garner media attention for Space Coast beaches, was to challenge our very talented area artists to paint the cans with beautiful and compelling designs,” said Bobby.

The Freemans knew their idea had legs when when Nikki posted a picture of a painted trash can she found online to Wake Up Cocoa Beach, a Facebook private group.

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As longtime business people in Brevard, Bobby and Nikki Freeman know how important it is to give back to the community, and will use Creative Cans In The Sand as a conduit to do so. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

“Within minutes it was shared and liked by so many asking us to do something like this in Cocoa Beach,” said Nikki. “We then knew we found a creative and unique way to accomplish our mission,” said Bobby.

Creative Cans In The Sand has also been endorsed by politicians and a famous artist.

Rep. Tom Goodson

Rep. Tom Goodson

“Creative Cans in the Sand is such an excellent idea,” said Florida House Representative Tom Goodson. “I certainly support any program that is encouraging beach goers to keep the beaches and waterway clean.”

The initiative got a big boost when world famous marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey shared the idea with his Facebook followers, and his post was shared more than 2,300 times and liked more than 11,000 times – and growing. Among the comments are “Best post ever” and “Great thing you did there! Every beach needs prominent trash cans.”

#GuyHarveyPhoto Credit: Creative Cans In The Sand

Posted by Guy Harvey on Saturday, July 11, 2015

As a result of their epiphany, and with the enthusiastic support and encouragement for the program by many volunteers, local artists and businesses, the City of Cocoa Beach has approved city-owned cans located in the parks, beaches and boat ramps to be painted.

Tony Sasso

Tony Sasso

“Anything that involves kids, art and beautification I think is a great idea,” said Tony Sasso, Executive Director of Keep Brevard Beautiful.

The couple formed their not for profit organization with a mission to encourage beachgoers to dispose of their trash responsibility, raise the visibility of the Space Coast as having one of the best beaches in the world, and also donate any proceeds to benefit Brevard area children’s health and wellbeing.

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Ben Malik

“The City looks forward to this partnership and continued efforts to educate the public about keeping our beaches clean,” said Ben Malik, Cocoa Beach City Commissioner.

“This will be a great project for the entire community and also giving a venue to our local artists to display their talents and also allowing local businesses to sponsor these efforts.”

Freeman’s Creative Cans In The Sand project has received great support and encouragement from Ron Jon Surf Shop, The Endless Summer Foundation, Keep Brevard Beautiful, A1A Sign Wave, Sherwin-Williams, Savings Safari, Space Coast Daily and many other local businesses.

“The media coverage we have gotten has been awesome,” said Bobby.

“A very special thanks to SpaceCoastDaily.com, Local 6 News, News 13, Space Coast Medicine & Active Living Magazine, Savings Safari and the Beachside Resident for supporting our cause,” said Bobby.

As Realtors, the Freeemans know firsthand the economic impact that tourism has on the Brevard economy, and our beaches are the point of the spear.

Melissa Byron

Melissa Byron

“The City of Cocoa Beach is thrilled and excited to partner with Creative Cans in the Sand,” said Melissa Byron, Director of Marketing & Economic Development for City of Cocoa Beach.

“This volunteer organization will bring awareness to preserving our wonderful asset, the beach, by encouraging visitors and residents alike to pick up and deposit their trash in fun and creative trash cans.”

Bobby and Nikki, along with Jennifer McCoy are family partners for RE/MAX Elite’s McCoy-Freeman Group. Together they have more than 30 years of extensive experience in all aspects of the real estate industry and have sold more than $250 million.

Among McCoy-Freeman Group’s achievement are RE/MAX Hall of Fame, RE/MAX Platinum Club, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), Certified Distressed Property Experts (CDPE), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and voted Best Realtor in Brevard County.

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As longtime business people in Brevard the Freemans know how important it is to give back to the community, and will use Creative Cans In The Sand as a conduit to do so.

“We will be producing and selling a 2016 Creative Cans In The Sand calendar, featuring Brevard County models and 12 of our most artistic cans – along with the artists that painted them,” said Bobby.

“All of the proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be going to charities that assist children.”

For more information, or to volunteer or sponsor the Creative Cans In The Sand program, e-mail mccoyfreemangroup@gmail.com or call 321-693-1694. You can also log on to the Creative Cans In The Sand Facebook page at Facebook.com/creativecansinthesand

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The “Creative Cans In the Sand” initiative, organized by Brevard County Realtors Bobby Freeman and his wife Nikki, has a snappy logo designed by Billy McGuire, above left, of A1A Sign Wave in Cocoa Beach. McGuire has been making signs and designing logos for more than 25 years. He also serves on the Cocoa Beach Waterways & Wildlife Advisory Board which is comprised of citizens who voluntarily devote their time and talents to the management and safety of the City waterways and wildlife. (McGuire image by Ray Baldino)


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