BROOKSVILLE — While Earth Day may serve as a momentary spike in our collective consciousness to remind us of the value of recycling, conserving water and driving fuel-efficient automobiles, Brooksville Mayor Lara Bradburn believes the day should never be celebrated passively. Rather, it should be a day of action.
Which is why on Saturday — two days ahead of the official 2013 Earth Day — Bradburn has plans to head up a brigade of volunteers to do some spring cleaning around the city, which in two weeks will serve as host of the second annual Florida Blueberry Festival.
"I just thought that with company coming, it would nice to have our city as welcoming and inviting as possible," Bradburn said.
She said she learned recently that state and county road crews will spruce up the major entries to Brooksville in advance of the festival, she felt the city's own rights of way would be best cared for by residents.
"I think most of our residents enjoy showing their civic pride," Bradburn said. "They realize that a lot of people from out of town will be visiting (the festival) and what we show them will be a direct reflection of who we are as a city."
The cleanup kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at Brooksville Cemetery with a brief opening program, followed by a tour of the city's recycling center. Later, members of the city's Cemetery, Parks and Recreation, and Beautification boards will assign volunteers to fan out to different areas of the downtown area to help with maintenance chores such as sweeping sidewalks, pruning shrubs, trimming grass along rights of way and planting flowering annuals.
Bradburn said residents are welcome to participate in any of the chores and should dress comfortably and bring work gloves. Although the city will provide some tools, participants can bring power equipment such as leaf blowers and weed-trimmers.
Logan Neill can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1435.