Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Awards Celebration – Due by July 31

Keep Manatee Beautiful is now accepting nominations for honorees of its 2015 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, 2015.

More than 20 nomination categories are available and include schools, neighborhood communities, individuals, youth organizations and more.  At the Awards Celebration on September 17, 2015, 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 by Rich Odell, IMG Academy’s Vice President of Student Affairs and IMG Academy Headmaster on “IMG’s Involvement in Beautifying our Community’s Image”.  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.

2015 National Arbor Day on April 24

Citizens are invited to tree plantings planned for National Arbor Day on Friday, April 24. These tree plantings events will recognize the value of trees to the 165 communities from Florida and thousands nationwide that are a Tree City/County USA.

Locally, Tree City USAs include Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Palmetto, and Manatee County as a Tree County USA. To become a Tree City/County USA, governments meet the following four requirements set by the National Arbor Day Foundation: a community must have a tree care ordinance, a legal tree governing body, a comprehensive urban forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.

In addition, educational DVDs and printed materials about “Selecting, Planting, and Maintaining Trees and Palms in Central Florida” will be distributed to homeowner and condominium associations, property managers, and tree care professionals of public and private properties. The production and printing of the materials were paid for by Keep Manatee Beautiful and an Urban and Community Forestry grant from the US Forest Service through the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Forest Service.

9:30 a.m.
The City of Anna Maria and Manatee County Government will continue enhancing Bayfront Park’s pavilion area on Bay Boulevard by planting one green buttonwood, two Jamaican capers and two live oaks. One of the trees will be in remembrance of Leonard Conner from the Manatee Sailing Association whose Adopt-A-Shore is nearby. Earlier in the week two sabal palms and one Little Gem Southern magnolia tree will be planted at Palma Sola Scenic Highway Park to grace its new park sign on Manatee Avenue West at the intersection of 75th Street West. The trees are funded by Manatee County Government, Keep Manatee Beautiful, Osceola Chapter NSDAR and loved ones of Leonard Conner.

10:00 a.m.
The City of Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee will be planting a Key Thatch Palm at 37th Street/Magnolia Park closest to 5th Avenue donated by Keep Manatee Beautiful in remembrance of Bob McDuffie from Modern Woodmen of America.

11:00 a.m.
The City of Bradenton Beach Scenic WAVES will be celebrating on John Chappie Park at 1400 Gulf Drive where two sabal palms will be dedicated and native groundcover will be added done in partnership with the City of Bradenton Beach and Keep Manatee Beautiful.

1:00 p.m.
The City of Bradenton will enhance Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park on 9th Avenue West at the intersection of 6th Street West by planting two live oak trees. Park improvements, such as picnic tables, playground surface, benches, trash receptacles and barbeque grills, are planned with possible Community Block Grant funds.

2:00 p.m.
The City of Palmetto will be adding tree canopy with the planting of a Red Maple (Florida Flame) at Hidden Lakes Park, 1702 12th St. W.


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, but extended to May 5, 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.

Golf Ad color revised 2015

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.
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