Update: Town cancels Spring Fling event
By Rich Pollack
The environment will be in the spotlight during the town’s annual Spring Fling community event, which will also feature food, a fire department demonstration and live music.
Set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21 at Highland Beach Town Hall, the event will include a tree giveaway as well as the distribution of wildflower seeds and wooden toothbrushes. There will also be games for children with an environmental focus.
“One of our goals is to educate the community about the environment,” said Nievecita Maraj, chair of the town’s Natural Resources Preservation Board, which will staff a booth at the event.
The board also will hand out fliers about Earth Day, whose 50th anniversary is April 22, and pass out information about actions people can take to be more environmentally friendly.
For residents looking to plant trees, the nonprofit Community Greening will give away between 20 and 25 environmentally friendly trees.
The environmental focus, Town Commissioner Peggy Gossett-Seidman said, is fitting since preserving the environment is a priority in Highland Beach.
“A great deal of our residents care about environmental causes,” she said. “The people really hold that value dear.”
Gossett-Seidman said the community as a whole benefits from environmentally focused efforts.
“Having Highland Beach seen as an environmentally friendly community is important,” she said.
As it has done in the past, the town will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and cold drinks and will offer residents the opportunity to have secure documents shredded at no charge.
Live music will be provided throughout the event by The Good Old Guys band, and there will be a live fire department demonstration from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Representatives from the Highland Beach Police Department will be on hand to conduct pet registrations, and Highland Beach Library staff members will conduct a book sale.
A team from Tri-County Animal Rescue will have a table at the event, and information about the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census will be available.
The event will include crafts for children and feature booths highlighting local businesses and restaurants.
To make it easier for residents to reach the event, the town will offer trolley service along State Road A1A beginning at 10:30 a.m.
For more information about the Spring Fling, call 561-278-4548 or visit www.highlandbeach.us.