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Event targets trashy problem

Inverness officials join in county beautification efforts Saturday for a trash pickup on the city streets. Help is welcome.

By SUZANNAH GONZALES, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 20, 2003

INVERNESS -- Inverness officials are talking trash again, but they plan to clean things up.

Saturday, they will join Citrus County's Keep Citrus County Beautiful Committee for the city's annual cleanup day and to show their of support for Earth Day and a national cleanup effort.

"It's just a one-time deal, but hopefully it'll carry throughout the year," said council member John Sullivan, the city's representative on the committee.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, Inverness officials, and any other groups or residents who choose to participate, will meet at City Hall for coffee before hitting city streets.

Armed with trash bags, which will be provided, participants will walk the streets picking up trash.

Participants will be assigned different areas of the city, and they will try to cover the well-traveled roads so a lot of trash will be collected, Sullivan said.

The filled bags of trash will be left along the roads to be picked up later by trucks.

By picking up the city's litter, city leaders hope to send message: "Not only to clean up, but not get (the city) messy in the first place," Sullivan said.

He said the city's image of a nice, clean hometown is one "we want to maintain."

For more information on Inverness' cleanup day, call 726-2611.

-- Suzannah Gonzales can be reached at 860-7312 or

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