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

WMlogo                  WasteProLogo


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

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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
    • Old Braden River Historical Society, Jiggs’ Landing, intersection of Braden River Road and Linger Lodge Road

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.

2014 Awards Celebration Limited Sponsor Opportunities

Sponsor opportunities are now available for Keep Manatee Beautiful’s 17th Annual Awards Celebration!  The celebration will be held on September 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Polo Grill Ballroom at Lakewood Ranch.  In addition to the awards presentations, guests and sponsors will enjoy a keynote address, live tropical music, dinner and a cash bar.

Keep Manatee Beautiful holds the annual celebration to honor those who demonstrate community leadership through their contributions to litter prevention, beautification and environmental improvement in Manatee County.  Awards will be presented for public service, recycling, landscaping image and green schools, and are based on nominations that span more than 20 categories, from individuals to small businesses and more.

Sponsors are a vital part of the celebration’s success, not only through their generosity, but also because their attendance helps raise community awareness of and participation in environmental stewardship.  Several sponsor levels are available, from Bronze ($250) to Emerald ($1,500).  All sponsorships include event seating and a name or logo in the event program, depending on the sponsor level.  Exclusive benefits for Emerald sponsors are the opportunity to briefly speak at the podium and placement of their logo on the awards.

John Neal, president of Neal Land Ventures, will deliver this year’s keynote address, “Beautification Begins at HOME”.  Mr. Neal’s philosophy emphasizes a commitment to natural design and responsible building, with a focus on ecological accountability and the economic growth of local communities.

Sponsor opportunities are limited, and the commitment form must be received no later than July 31, 2014, for inclusion in the celebration’s promotional materials.  Please complete and mail, e-mail or fax your form to Keep Manatee Beautiful today to sponsor this exciting event!

Payment can be made in September 2014 by mail or online.  For more information, e-mail us at or call (941) 795-8272.

Kick Off Summer with Dive Against Debris Cleanup Event on June 21

Kick off your summer with the “Dive Against Debris” cleanup event, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Green Consortium!

DiveAgainstDebris2014AdThis year’s dive is at Spanish Rocks Reef at Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island on Saturday, June 21 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. View a map and get driving directions here.

You can help out by volunteering as a scuba diver, kayaker, canoer, paddleboarder, safety observer, or data collector. Divers must be Open Water certified with at least 15 open water dives in their logbook.

Check out the event flyer for full details and diver requirements. To volunteer, register online with the Tampa Bay Green Consortium.

Thank you for helping keep Manatee beautiful. See you there!






Spring Cleaning Brings Website Changes

The first day of summer will be here before we know it!  Have you finished all of your spring cleaning?  Here at Keep Manatee Beautiful, we’re wrapping up some spring cleaning of our own, including a few changes to our website.

  • Want to visit us on your mobile device?  Our new, responsive website is easier than ever to view.
  • Want to view our YouTube channel?  Now you can quickly hop to it from any page on our site, thanks to our expanded social media bar.
  • Want to browse our photo galleries?  Simply click any photo in a gallery for convenient viewing using our new slideshow feature.
  • Want to find something quickly?  Use our new Search box to find what you need.

You might notice some other changes to our site, too, so take a few moments to explore!