21st Annual Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament – May 8

Friday, May 8, 2015

Tara Golf & Country Club

6602 Drewry’s Bluff
Bradenton, FL 34203


Keep Manatee Beautiful is gearing up for our 21st Annual Golf Tournament – our primary fundraiser for the year.  Get ready to have fun while helping Keep Manatee Beautiful! 

Attire: Collared shirt, no denim, soft spikes only
Format: Four-Person, Best-Ball Scramble
Deadline for Entry: April 24, 2015
Entry Fee includes: Greens fee, cart, range balls, team photo, goody bag, snacks and awards presentation

Contests Include

  • Low Gross & Runner-Up
  • Low Net & Runner-Up
  • Closest to the Pin/Longest Drive Men’s & Women’s
  • Putting Contest
  • Dice Roll

Golf Tournament Schedule

7:30 a.m. – Registration Begins, Complimentary Range Balls, Buy Mulligans/Raffle Tickets, Putt for Prizes
8:30 a.m. – Shotgun Start & Contests, Team Photos on Hole #9
12:30 p.m. – Awards with Snacks, Cash Bar, Raffle Prizes

Registration Information

To register for play or to be a sponsor by April 24, 2015  please complete the Golf Entry Form Brochure and make payment on our website or by mail to:

Keep Manatee Beautiful, Inc.
P.O. Box 14426
Bradenton, FL 34280

Proceeds Make Visible Environmental Enhancements

Keep Manatee Beautiful, a nonprofit organization and local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is dedicated to promoting community awareness and involvement in litter prevention, recycling and beautification throughout Manatee County.

Keep Manatee Beautiful’s team of 8,594 volunteers is making visible improvements to the environmental quality of Manatee County’s public spaces – planting trees and landscaping, creating and enhancing parks, ridding litter from roads, shores and neighborhoods, removing graffiti and providing pollution prevention education to bus users, motorists, beach goers, boaters and anglers.

Spring 2015 Events Include Make Every Day Earth Day Exhibits & Great American Cleanup

KMB Earth Day Exhibits at De Soto Heritage Festival SeaFood Fest

Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29, Noon to 6:00 p.m.EveryDayEarthDay
10th Avenue West in Downtown Palmetto
Learn from the experts how to reduce waste, use water wisely, protect our natural resources and improve our urban forest. Bring the whole family for giveaways and activities to help keep Manatee County beautiful.

Great American Cleanup Countywide

Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m. to Noon
Adopt-A-Highway, Road or Shore groups will be doing cleanups at their sites in Manatee County.  Other volunteers can do cleanups by checking in at 9 a.m. at:

  • Anna Maria City Hall at 10005 Gulf Dr.
  • Kingfish Boat Ramp on S.R. 64 W., west of drawbridge in Holmes Beach
  • Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge at 110 Gulf Dr. S. in Bradenton Beach
  • F.I.S.H. Preserve at 11601 Cortez Road W.
  • Terra Ceia on U.S. 19 at northwest corner of bridge by Sea Hut Crab Trap I
  • Ray’s Canoe Hideaway at 1289 Hagle Park Rd. off Upper Manatee River
    Road – free boat launch & use of canoes on a first-come, first-serve basis to
    clean river
  • Historic Wares Creek at Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W.
  • Old Braden River Historical Society at Mote Ranch Recreation Center,
    6398 Old Farm Rd.– bring your canoe, kayak or power boat to clean river
  • Palmetto City Hall at 518 8th Ave. W.
  • Palmetto will also have trash drop off sites at three sites: 17th Street Park, 6th Street West between 10th & 11th Avenues in Sutton Park, 10th Street West & 5th Avenue West.

Great American Cleanup - Florida

Thank You to Our SandBlast Sponsors & Participants!

Keep Manatee Beautiful thanks our 2014 teams and sponsors for a wonderful event.

Free Form Category

1st Place
Bradenton Christian Art Dept.
Sponsor – Waste Pro
Sculpture Name – Picnic at the Beach

Team – SCF Earth Club & Alliance Club
Sponsor – Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
Sculpture Name – Minion Hot Tub Party

Wildlife Category

1st Place
Team – Category Five Art Club – Manatee High School
Sponsor – 1-800-GOT-JUNK
Sculpture Name – Sea Beast

Team – Palmetto High School
Sponsor – Mosaic
Sculpture Name – The Grand Escape

Music Category

1st Place
Team – Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County
Sponsor – Bright House Networks
Sculpture Name – Joyful Noise

Team – Manatee School for the Arts Team 1
Sponsor – Waste Management
Sculpture Name – Musical Minion 1

Download a PDF of the Sponsors & Teams Poster 2014

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
View the Event Poster

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 www.symphonyonthesand.com 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 (www.manateebeautiful.com), the IFAS Extension Office in Palmetto (www.floridayards.org), the Florida Native Plant Society (www.fnps.org), and at American Beauties Native Plants (www.abnativeplants.com).