SandBlast & Symphony on Anna Maria Island on November 8, 2014

Assemble your team of sculptors – it’s a fun-raiser for
a nonprofit organization dedicated to litter prevention, beautification
and environmental improvement throughout Manatee County.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Coquina Public Beach, 1402 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach, Florida
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Sand Sculpting Contest

Check-in 8 a.m.
Sculpting 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Judging 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Awards 2 p.m.

Beverages & Snack Bags Provided!  Lots of Awards!  Great Family Fun In the Sun!
Download the Event Flyer and Registration Form to register by October 31.
We will send you an invoice in January 2015.

Sand Themes

Free Form, Wildlife or Music

Southeast HS VPA2nd Nautical Manatee HS Anchor


School or Open

Sand Plots

$300 entry fee with up to 15 members per team. Collect $20 from each team member to pay the entry fee, OR contact a local business or organization and ask them to sponsor your team. If you need help with finding a sponsor, call Keep Manatee Beautiful.

Each 15′ x 15′ plot will be mounded with sand prior to the event.
Bring spades, shovels, buckets and trowels to create your winning sculpture.

Free Sand Sculpting Clinics

Learn the “Tips, Tricks and Techniques” of sand sculpture taught by master sculptors Team Sandtastic on Thursday and Friday, November 6 and 7 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Sand Pro Recycling

Team Sandtastic Music Sculpture (348x412)

Symphony on the Sand

Later on Saturday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. enjoy Symphony on the Sand, an elegant evening on picturesque and unspoiled Coquina Beach featuring three hours of great food and wonderful music provided by the Island’s own 45-piece orchestra, the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Alfred Gershfeld (a product of the Kishnev and Moscow Conservatories). To purchase tickets, go to or call (941) 795-2370.

National Planting Day 2014

Keep America Beautiful and Keep Manatee Beautiful are asking residents to join us in supporting local ecosystems by planting species native to their area this fall. Manatee County residents can join communities nationwide this Saturday, September 6, for the second annual Keep America Beautiful’s National Planting Day. National Planting Day celebrates the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities.

This will be a beautiful day to celebrate life by planting trees, especially Florida native trees, in yards at home and by businesses all across the county. Trees are truly beneficial. They help air quality, with their leaves acting as filters of pollutants above the surface. And they help water quality, with their roots acting as filters of pollutants below the surface. In addition, the root systems of mature trees help prevent soil erosion. Trees also cool the air naturally. Homes shaded by trees use less energy for air conditioning, reducing home energy bills by as much as 30%. Carefully landscaped, trees can also increase property values and even speed sales.

Trees are especially helpful because they absorb and hold carbon dioxide both above and below the surface. As part of their daily life cycle, they absorb carbon dioxide from the air and give off oxygen. At the same time, within their root systems, they support many microbes which also absorb carbon dioxide. In these days of climate change, trees are truly a gift to future generations.

As in many other counties in Florida, many residents of Manatee County are grandparents. What a beautiful gift it would be for them to plant a tree for each of their grandchildren, and where possible, even involve them in the selection.

Why Plant Natives?
Native species are losing ground to suburbanization, fragmented habitats, ornamental plants and invasive species. Yet we know that natives are critical to attracting specialized pollinators and insects, which in turn provide food for birds and ultimately many more animals up the food chain. Natives also provide habitat for wildlife. Natives are hardy, low maintenance and require less water than other ornamentals.

Trees native to Manatee County come in many different sizes and shapes, and they have different needs. Before planting a new tree, the homeowner should seek information about which trees will be right for the right place in his yard. Selecting the right tree for the right place will help make this planting a success. This information is readily available from reputable landscape businesses, Keep Manatee Beautiful (, the IFAS Extension Office in Palmetto (, the Florida Native Plant Society (, and at American Beauties Native Plants (

Thank You to Sponsors of the 2014 Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament

This year’s Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament on June 13 at Tara Golf & Country Club raised $8,381.  The proceeds will be used for litter prevention, beautification and environmental improvement of Manatee County’s community properties through increased community awareness, education and involvement.

As the community looks better, everybody benefits economically, environmentally and aesthetically.  We thank the following sponsors who fulfilled their roles in being part of the change to beautify our community’s image!

The 2015 Golf Tournament is Friday, May 8.  To be involved, e-mail or call (941) 795-8272.

Event Sponsors

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Concessions Sponsors

PepsiLogo             TropicanaLogo             MichULTRA_RedRibbon

Media Sponsors

Bradenton Herald logo 2014               BrighthouseLogo

Hole Sponsors

Electro Design Engineering
Firkins Chrysler Jeep

Tee/Green Sponsors

Benderson Development
CDM Smith
CH2M Hill
Labor Ready
Michelin North America
United Rentals

Sign Sponsors

Bright House Networks

Mulligan Stick Sponsors

Ad-VANCE Talent Solutions
Royal Palm Car Wash

Help Turn the Tide on Trash at the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup on October 4

International Coastal Cleanup logo

Don your gloves, shades and sunscreen – it’s time for the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup!  Join the world’s largest volunteer ocean and waterways cleanup to help us turn the tide on trash.


Saturday, October 4 from 9:00 a.m. to noon


Adopt-A-Highway, Road and Shore groups will clean their adopted sites.  All other volunteers can participate at the following locations:

  • Anna Maria Island:
    • Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Dr.
    • Holmes Beach – Kingfish Boat Ramp, S.R. 64 W., west of drawbridge
    • Bradenton Beach – Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Dr. S.
  • Bradenton – Historic Wares Creek at Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W.
  • Cortez – F.I.S.H. Preserve, 11601 Cortez Rd. W.
  • Terra Ceia – U.S. 19, northwest corner of bridge by Sea Hut Crab Trap I
  • Rivers (requires use of canoes or kayaks):
    • Ray’s Canoe Hideaway, 1289 Hagle Park Rd. off Upper Manatee River Road - free boat launch & canoes on a first-come, first-service basis to clean this river; however, caution due to flood waters
    • Old Braden River Historical Society, Jiggs’ Landing, intersection of Braden River Road and Linger Lodge Road - bring your own canoe, kayak or power boat to clean this river

What to bring

Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring your own gloves, sunscreen and cooler.  We also recommend hats and sunglasses.  We will provide trash bags and drinks.

For more information, e-mail us at or call (941) 795-8272.

Thank you for helping beautify Manatee County.  See you at the cleanup!

Now Accepting Nominations for 2014 Awards Celebration – Due by July 31

Keep Manatee Beautiful is now accepting nominations for honorees of its 2014 Awards Celebration!  The celebration recognizes exceptional volunteer efforts in the beautification of Manatee County.  Nomination forms must be postmarked or e-mailed to by July 31, 2014.

Over 20 nomination categories are available and include schools, neighborhood communities, individuals, youth organizations and more.  At the Awards Celebration on September 18, 2014, awards will be presented for public service, recycling, landscaping image and green schools.

The annual celebration honors award recipients with an enjoyable evening that includes live tropical music, dinner and a cash bar.  In addition to the awards presentations, the highlight of this year’s celebration is the keynote address “Beautification Begins at HOME” by John Neal, president of Neal Land Ventures.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with the celebration’s sponsors, who join Keep Manatee Beautiful in recognizing the award recipients.

Keep Manatee Beautiful encourages people to show appreciation for others by nominating them for an award.  Now is the time to speak up and nominate that special someone or group for going above and beyond!  The recognition fosters goodwill and the continued participation of those who give of themselves to help keep our community and environment beautiful and safe.

Complete details are available on the nomination form.  For more information, e-mail us at or call (941) 795-8272.