Harbor City Masonic Lodge Joins With Space Coast Area Transit to Clean Up Bus Stop
A bus stop will now be free of litter thanks to a partnership between the Harbor City Masonic Lodge No. 318, Space Coast Area Transit and the City of Melbourne.
Members of the Lodge have agreed to sponsor and maintain a newly installed trash can at the bus stop adjacent to their building on Aurora Road in an effort to keep the area clean.
Long-time resident Cindy Wickham initially alerted City of Melbourne staff about the large amount of trash being left around the stop. Planner Kelly Hyvonen contacted Space Coast Area Transit asking if a trash can could be installed at the stop. Space Coast Area Transit agreed, but said they did not have the staff to empty the can on a regular basis. Noting that the stop was right next to the Harbor City Masonic Lodge, Hyvonen reached out to lodge members through Wickham to see if they would be interested in removing the filled trash bags as a community service. Lodge members enthusiastically agreed. The can was installed on June 16 and so far has been a success.
“A partnership to provide a clean bus stop next to the Lodge is great for everyone,” Hyvonen said. “We greatly appreciate the Harbor City Lodge’s willingness to provide this much-needed community service.”
Since its founding in 1954, the 180-member Harbor City Masonic Lodge No. 318 has provided service to the Melbourne community, primarily through monetary donations to many of the established charities in the city, but also by its many charitable acts. Since 1994 they have been hosting a pancake breakfast to raise money for the PTA and students of Croton Elementary School; they currently provide a meeting place for Cub Scout Pack 318; and each year at Thanksgiving, with the help of Ascension Catholic Church, Harbor City Lodge adopts several families and provides them with a full Thanksgiving meal right to their doorsteps. For more information about the Harbor City Masonic Lodge visit the organization's website.