City of Tavares Participates in National America in Bloom Program
Tavares is the Only City in Florida to Participate
May 14, 2018, For Immediate Release, Tavares, FL: For the second year in a row, the City of Tavares will participate in America in Bloom, a national program for municipalities focusing on community building and beautification. America in Bloom envisions communities from across the country as welcoming and inviting places to live, work and play – benefitting from colorful plants and trees; enjoying clean environments; celebrating heritage; and planting pride through volunteerism.
Tavares is the only city representing Florida in this challenging competition designed to make municipalities better. Judging will occur on May 21st and 22nd. Results are announced at the America in Bloom National Symposium on September 27, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky.
Last year, Tavares received an impressive Bloom Rating of 4, with 5 being the best, a distinction that garnered congratulations from Florida Governor Rick Scott. There are seven criteria upon which cities are judged; Floral Displays, Landscaped Areas, Urban Forestry, Environmental Efforts, Heritage Preservation, Community Vitality and Overall Impression. The judges also look at the municipal, business and residential sectors of each of the categories.
Municipalities choose to participate in this challenging program. Tavares receives vital feedback from being scored against other comparable cities. “As a result of our America in Bloom participation, we are able to see how Tavares stacks up against other cities in terms of community building and beautification”, says Traci Anderson, Parks Supervisor for the City of Tavares, who coordinates the city’s participation.
Anderson says the feedback received is used as a guide for future city projects and beautification. “We choose to participate in the America in Bloom program because it challenges us to be better. It enables us to learn from other cities and professionals, which in turn helps us stay on the path of making Tavares a premier destination in Florida,” says Traci. “This program helps us stay on top of best practices and grow our knowledge without spending tax payer dollars”.
Among the stops during the America in Bloom judging tour will be the Sunnyland Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society’s (ACBS) facility, where they provide the Sunnyland Chapter Apprentice Mentoring Program for Youth (SCAMPY). In this program, chapter members share their knowledge of historical preservation and work side-by-side with local kids on boat construction and preservation projects. Since the inception of the program, over thirty local boys and girls and their families have produced some thirty boats of various designs and restoration. Judges will also visit Far Reach Ranch, Discovery Gardens, and Union Congregational Church, Pavilion on the Lake, several local neighborhoods, a trip through the Dora Canal, as well as a famous seaplane tour. Local businessman Freddie Belton will also discuss his sponsorship of the retired flag deposit box. The City of Tavares suffered tremendous losses during Hurricane Irma, but they look forward to competing as they continue to rebuild.
The City of Tavares would like to acknowledge the assistance of Covanta and Waste Management. Their support enabled Tavares to purchase some large, self-watering containers for their downtown area. These containers will be planted with various loquat, crape myrtle and bottle brush trees. Once the trees become too large, they can be relocated in parks and the pots can be replanted.
For more information contact:
Mandy Wettstein, APR, CPRC