Jul 08

Trash Bash Volunteers

Posted on July 8, 2022 at 9:54 AM by Rachel Horst

Once again the City of Cocoa participated in the Keep Brevard Beautiful Trash Bash event held in April. This countywide, one-day event has municipalities organizing volunteers to collect trash in their communities. The municipality that organizes the most volunteers and collects the most trash on this one day, wins the title and $1,000 in prizes. #TeamCocoa led by the City of Cocoa Leisure Services Division once again claimed the top title for the 2022 Trash Bash event by recruiting over 228 volunteers that collected 14,150 lbs. of trash.

All of the municipalities together had a total of 700 volunteers collecting 572 bags (31,477 lbs.) of trash. Groups such as the Cocoa High ROTC, Cocoa PAL, the Rockledge Youth Football team, Cocoa Rotary, students from local high schools, local churches, and girl and boy scout troops all gathered volunteers to help the City of Cocoa collect the most trash and become champions once again.

All of the volunteers were treated to lunch cooked by the Cocoa Police Department after the trash clean-up event. A huge thank you to all of the volunteers that came out and participated with the City at this event, many of whom come out year after year to provide volunteers for this great community cleanup Trash Bash collageevent.

Mar 22

Gregg Stoll

Posted on March 22, 2022 at 2:15 PM by Rachel Horst

Gregg StollGregg Stoll is a graduate of Cocoa’s first Citizens Academy and community volunteer. After graduating from the first ever Cocoa Citizens Academy, Gregg knew he wanted to be a bigger part of his community.

Gregg was appointed by Cocoa City Council in June of 2020 to sit on the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization’s Citizens Advisory Committee and reports back to Council regularly about transportation issues and initiatives in the County.

He is also a passionate supporter of the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science and volunteers to help maintain the trails behind the museum. Gregg has also been heavily involved with the creation of a nonprofit organization aiming to keep the museum in operation after the Florida Historical Society withdrew from management of the museum in 2021.

Gregg also can be found regularly giving guided tours of the Cocoa Conservation Area where he leads groups such as the Space Coast Audubon Society through the conservation area.

Gregg is always willing to step up and assist when needed, like the time he helped do a voiceover for the video about changes to our waste services in October of 2021. Gregg is a great community volunteer and asset to Cocoa.

Jan 05

Kaitlyn Aliano Weisberg

Posted on January 5, 2022 at 2:07 PM by Rachel Horst

group photo of Keep Brevard Beautiful Cocoa Village eventKaitlyn Aliano-Weisberg, graduate of Cocoa’s Citizens Academy and community volunteer, moved to Cocoa with her family and immediately got involved in the community. Kaitlyn explains, “when my husband and I made the decision to buy our "forever home" and raise our family here, we committed to playing a part in the continuous improvement of our community. I quickly discovered the work Keep Brevard Beautiful chapters were doing across the county and wanted to bring similar results to Cocoa Village.” She started the Cocoa Village chapter in July 2020 and the rest is history. Kaitlyn and the volunteers have collected and properly disposed of over 1,170 pounds of trash. The items they pick up most are cigarette butts, disposable napkins rings, and bottles and cans. The monthly volunteers come from all areas of the community, from Girl Scout troops, to students and residents. Even businesses and their employees have donned gloves and trash bags to help keep Cocoa beautiful.

Kaitlyn is a newly elected board member of the Historic Cocoa Village Main Street organization. Though Kaitlyn is relatively new to our Cocoa family, her impact has been extensive. Keep an eye out for Kaitlyn and offer a hello or thanks for her continued contributions to our City.

Interested in volunteering at a cleanup event? Follow on the Keep Brevard Beautiful Facebook page or check the Keep Brevard Beautiful website for the next monthly opportunity to volunteer.