Children are our future….we would love to hear from you on how we can help educate our young generation, 3k to 6th grade about our environment, recycling and sustainability in our community. If you are interested in joining our education committee please complete the form below.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, 9am
West Florence High School / Florence ‘Rail Trail’ area
Beach Sweep / River Sweep—organized by S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with S.C. Department of Natural Resources—is the largest one-day litter cleanup of South Carolina’s beaches and waterways. Every third Saturday in September thousands of South Carolinians volunteer to clear trash from our beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps.
Beach Sweep/River Sweep is an annual event for South Carolina since 1988 and is held in conjunction with The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, which involves several hundred- thousand volunteers in over 75 nations.
This year KFB and our volunteers will meet behind West Florence High School in the back parking lot (near the Florence ‘Rail Trail’) to clean up the swamp area behind the school. Closed-toe shoes and insect repellent are recommended. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. For more information contact site captain Terasa Lott or visit the River Sweep page on the S.C. Department of Natural Resources website at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/bsrs/
Volunteer for the KFB River Sweep
Would you like to be a part of this year’s Beach Sweep/River Sweep? Anyone can participate, including businesses, civic clubs, recreation clubs, individuals, families, school groups, church groups, and youth groups. Volunteers select any river, lake, swamp, beach, creek, or marsh area they wish to clean. Click here to volunteer for this event and help be a solution to pollution!
ABOUT THE 4th Annual KFB Brew Fest
The Fourth Annual KFB Brew Fest will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Roseneath Farm (1102 Cherokee Rd) Florence, SC. Ticket sales from the event benefit Keep Florence Beautiful, a local non-profit organization with the mission of improving the community through beautification projects and recycling initiatives.
HOME BREW CONTEST – The Fourth Annual “Brew Fest” is an AHA / BJCP Sanctioned Competition. First, Second, and Third place prizes will be awarded to the winners based on Aroma, Appearance, Flavor, Mouth feel, and Overall Impression.
LOCAL BREWS & FOOD – Local and regional craft brewers along with local home brewers will be on hand pouring their prized craft beers. We will also provide several outstanding national craft beers for sampling. For the wine lovers, Grotto Fine Wine and Victor’s Bistro will be serving their favorite wines. Wholly Smokin’ BBQ and Ribs will be selling their award-winning, slow- cooked barbecue.
LIVE, LOCAL MUSIC – Once again attendees will be jamming to great local music. We will have two bands (to be announced) playing all festival long!
EVENT LOCATION – ROSENEATH FARM FLORENCE, SC – Roseneath Farm perfectly embodies the mission of Keep Florence Beautiful with its towering trees and peaceful in-town setting off of Cherokee Rd.
Purchase Tickets -$30.00 at the door. All attendees must be over 21 (ID will be checked at entrance), ticket includes Beer & Wine.
Download the Home Brew Application -There is an entry fee of $5 per beer and a maximum of 3 beers per entrant. However, you are allowed one free st entry with a ticket purchase. All fees must be paid and entry forms emailed to Xtophergoss@bellsouth.net by midnight on September 13, 2014.
Download the Sponsor Brochure – With four levels of sponsorship there are many ways to get involved download the brochure to learn more.
Keep Florence Beautiful is about to tackle a different form of litter in the community: pet waste. Funded in part by a grant from PalmettoPride, the “Clean Water, Clean Yards, Clean Shoes” campaign seeks to educate citizens about the negative impacts of pet waste. “The ultimate goal of the project is to increase the number of people picking up after their pets,” said KFB Board Chair Michelle Bailey.
Pet waste is unattractive and has a certain “yuck” factor that deters people from using public spaces. Pet waste also contains bacteria, viruses, and parasites that may be transported to local waterways during rain events which could lead to illness in pets or humans that ingest the water. “It’s a bigger problem than people realize,” Bailey said. “In Florence County alone, it is estimated that more than 2.8 tons of pet waste are left on the ground each day.”
In an effort to promote proper disposal of pet waste disposal, 15 pet waste stations are available to homeowners associations, neighborhood associations, and public parks through an application process. Organizations interested in receiving a pet waste station should complete the application/agreement form.
In addition to the pet waste stations, portable pet waste dispensers along with an educational brochure from the Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium have been provided to the Florence Area Humane Society. “We feel like education is key to getting people to pick up after their pets. The Consortium brochures do a great job of explaining the relationship between pet waste and water quality and the portable bag dispensers make picking up after your pet convenient.”
Keep Florence Beautiful and the City of Florence will be holding the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, March 15, 2014. An e-cycle drop site, located in the parking lot of Hallmark Square on S. Irby Street, will be available for the disposal of used electronics. Electronic waste can contain materials that are hazardous to human health and the environment when disposed of improperly. Click here for specific information about electronics eligible for drop off at the event.
The bi-annual residential Scrap Metal Collection Week for City residents will be held the following week on March 17-21, 2014. Residents within the municipal limits are encouraged to take this opportunity to dispose of scrap metal including old appliances. Refrigerator doors and compressors should be removed prior to placing them at the curb. Please keep scrap metal separate from other household waste and have it available on your yard waste collection day. If you have any questions about scrap metal collection, call 843-665-3236.
In its 14th year as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the Keep Florence Beautiful Board of Directors, along with individuals, churches, nonprofit organizations, political organizations, businesses and schools, join hands in cleaning up Florence and ridding streets and neighborhoods of debris and trash.
The Great American Cleanup will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014. Volunteers will be cleaning their designated areas of the community then meeting at Timrod Park in Florence, where teams turn in their clean up reports and enjoy a free lunch provided by Keep Florence Beautiful and its sponsors.
In addition to the Cleanup, Keep Florence Beautiful has teamed up with Florence County Disabilities and Special Needs to collect paper at Timrod Park on Saturday to be recycled; the paper will be collected onsite then shredded at the AAA certified Palmetto Secure Document Destruction Facility. Funds and Materials from the collection will be used on beautification projects in the Florence Area.
Rain barrels and Compost Bins will be available for purchase through our partnerships with the Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium and Rain Water Solutions. The Ivy rain barrel, with a storage capacity of 50 gallons, is made in the US and contains 50% recycled plastic. More information about rain barrels is available at: www.rainbarrelprogram.org/fdsc. For more information, or to pre-order a KFB 65-Gallon Compost Bin click here to view our compost page.
Would you like to get involved in this year’s Great American Cleanup? Just complete the Registration and Authorization Forms below. We ask that teams register by March 14. Thanks for making a difference in our community!
For additional information, contact Michelle Bailey at 843-206-3205 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have community pride? Join KFB for a winter cleanup at Freedom Florence and surrounding trails this Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 12 Noon.
Participants should meet in the rear corner of the paved parking lot at Freedom Florence. Follow this link for a map. https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPnWnTQV0-CI.khuJ-Fw4xje8
The meeting location is marked with a red star. Cleaning can take place anywhere within the Freedom Florence complex or along the trail system which leads to the Stockade and National Cemetery. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.
*All participants will be required to sign a waiver. A parent or guardian must sign for anyone under 18. Participants under the age of 15 will need to be supervised by a parent/guardian.
The median in front of the Sav-Way convenient store and gas station will soon get a much needed makeover. Spearheaded by Keep Florence Beautiful, the beautification project is underway. The median is owned by Rainwater Gas & Oil, leased by Chase Oil and Adams Outdoor Advertising has the easement rights to the property. This is the first time Keep Florence Beautiful has had the pleasure of working with 3 companies at once, but they have all been very supportive of the project.
Funded by a Keep South Carolina Beautiful Affiliate Grant awarded by Palmetto Pride, cleanup efforts to remove overgrown vegetation are already underway with completion expected by the end of October. The original plans for the project called for a complete overhaul of the median including concrete work. “Unfortunately, we only received partial funding from PalmettoPride which meant we had to eliminate the concrete work. The new plants and mulch will still be a vast improvement and perhaps one day we will be able to re-visit the possibility of improving the concrete around the area.” said KFB Board Chair Michelle Bailey.
The group chose the site because it is such a high traffic area. “5 Points is a high traffic area which provides access to I-20 and I-95. We are really excited to have a project which will be viewed by so many people on a daily basis.”
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to help install plants and spread mulch. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.keepflorencebeautiful.org.
Media Contact: Michelle Bailey, Chair Keep Florence Beautiful 843.206.3205
The Third Annual KFB Brew Fest /Home Brew Competition benefiting Keep Florence Beautiful will be held this year on September 21, 2013 in Florence at Roseneath Farm on Cherokee Road.
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS ONLINE:
Click the links below to add your ticket to your shopping cart using Pay Pal, your tickets will be available at the entrance. Tickets purchased the week of the event will be $30.
Purchase Over 21 Ticket (includes Beer) – $30.00 each
Purchase Over 21 (No-Alcohol ticket) - $15.00 each
Home Brew Contest (1 free with $30 ticket, additional entries $5 per beer)*
Pay Sponsor Fees – Tent Sponsor ($250)
Pay Sponsor Fees – Stage Sponsor ($500)
*Home Brew Contest Fees: Participants are allowed one free beer entry per alcohol ticket purchase ($30), additional submissions are $5 per beer (maximum 3 beers per person). FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE HOMEBREW APPLICATION (BEER LABELS PRINT WITH APPLICATION FORM)
The Beer Lineup for the 2013 Brew Fest is below. Tastings are free, included in alcohol ticket price.
Local Breweries: Highway 15, featuring the KFB local hopped Pale Ale, Seminar Brewing, Southern Hops Brewery
National Craft Breweries: Aviator, Ballast Point, Batch 19, Big Eddy, Blue Moon, Dogfish Head, Founders, Full Sail, Goose Island, Lagunitas, Leinenkugal, Magic Hat, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Racer 5, Rogue, Sweetwater, Terrapin
Ticket sales are limited, non-alcohol tickets are for sale for persons 21 and over that plan to attend the event but not partake in the Beer Tasting. Buy your tickets using the links at the top of this article and join us during this wonderful event for a good cause! After we pay for the venue, bands, and materials for the event profits from the purchase of your ticket goes toward upcoming KFB projects and initiatives, learn more about Keep Florence Beautiful. Also, please share this with your friends.
At the 2013 Brew Fest we will have food vendors setup for cash purchase. For 2013 we have reduced the ticket price to reflect this change. If you are interested in being a vendor please contact us at email@example.com.
Join us on Saturday, September 21 for the South Carolina’s annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep. Keep Florence Beautiful and the Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium are once again cleaning at Jeffries Creek Park in Florence. Volunteers should meet at 9:00 AM at the parking lot on DeBerry Blvd. Closed-toe shoes and insect repellent are recommended. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. For more information or to sign up, contact Terasa Young. Help be a solution to pollution!